CCL is delighted to announce the launch of a new weekly Drop-In on Thursday 17th March! Each Thursday from 2-4pm Lewisham residents (18 or over) will have the opportunity to meet face to face with our friendly team and get support with exploring groups and services in their community.
While open to all adults in the borough, one of the key motivations behind the new Drop-In is to improve access to our service for residents who find it difficult to communicate over our phone line (0330 0583 464). This might be due to issues such as hearing and speech difficulties, language barriers and/or feelings of anxiety. Equally, some might just feel happier getting out of the home and enjoying some face to face interaction with our team and other local residents. Who can blame them really!?
This face to face interaction will also allow the practical benefit of our team being able to give out useful written information there and then; for example, transport application forms, leaflets from our various partner groups, and/or CCL’s helpful factsheets about community provision.
For those who would like some in-depth support, our Partnership Coordination team will offer ten 1:1 appointments each week on a first come first served basis. These will be confidential appointments up to 20 minutes each where attendees get help finding out about services and groups that are relevant to their own unique needs, whether social, practical and/or emotional. For example, helping them find their nearest walking group or IT class, or help accessing mental health support or educational courses.
At the same time, the Drop-In aims to provide a safe and informal social environment where residents feel free just to drop by and enjoy some chat and free refreshments. Our team will also lead a variety of fun activities and games designed to support people’s mental and physical wellbeing as well as raise awareness of the many great services, activities and events that exist in the borough.
The Drop-In will be located in the light and spacious PLACE/Ladywell building (unit C), located centrally on Lewisham High Street and just a five minute stroll from Ladywell station. We are incredibly grateful to our partner in the community Lewisham Local for granting us access to their space!