Do you need professional advice?

Do you need quality, professional advice? Although the drop-in advice sessions at STAG have now stopped, Blackfriars Advice Centre is still providing a service for Travellers in the area and STAG are More »

Driving Theory Test

Passing your driving theory can be tough. If you are a Southwark resident, there is free driving theory test practice available. All you need is to have a library number. Follow the More »

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

Should all schools celebrate GRTHM in June? Yes, all schools should. No, but schools which have Traveller, Gypsy and Roma students should. No, no schools should. If you would like to find More »

Applying for Schools in Southwark

For the most accurate up-to-date information on applying to school in Southwark it is best to use Southwark Council’s website or call 0207 525 5337. All school applications have to be done More »

CSCS Cards

What is a CSCS Card? The CSCS Card is used by the construction industry to make sure that all workers have enough Health and Safety knowledge to work on a construction site. More »

Make Money From Your Creative Skills!

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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Eat Sleep Learn Play- Save the Children Grants for Children under 3 and Women 28+ Weeks Pregnant

Save the Children have a grant programme open for families in financial hardship with children under the age of 3 and women who are more than 28 weeks pregnant.

To qualify for a grant you must be in receipt of one of the following: Income Support; Job Seeker’s Allowance; Employment Support Allowance; Child Tax Credit (with an income less than £16,190); Working Tax Credits (disability element); or Health Start Vouchers.

The grant can help you by providing household items (no money is available) which will help children to eat, sleep, learn and play- e.g. cots, bedding, fridge, chairs, pushchair, storage, books, toys etc.

Please contact STAG if you have children under 3 or are 28+ weeks pregnant, in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits and are in need of essential items for your children. We will need to see evidence of your receipt of benefit and have to visit you at home to verify the need.

If you have children under 5-years-old, why not come to STAG’s parent toddler group every Tuesday at Leyton Square Children’s Centre from 1:30-3pm. All the children that go really love it, it’s a good place to chat with other parents, and it’s free.

Sewing Workshops – Project has started !!! June 2013

A young Traveller girl applied to Well London to fund a Sewing project for Travellers and Non Travellers who live in the Unwin & Friary neighbourhood, £1000 was applied for and after a very well presented presentation done by the young Traveller girl the funding application was successful.

The sewing workshops runs every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm at Nell Gwynn Nursery school in Peckham SE15, there is also a Crèche provided for the young children so that it gives parents an opportunity to come and learn how to sew.

if your interested then please come and long and join in…

We will be uploading photos from each workshop so keep checking in to see how they progress!!!!!!!!!!!!

Refurbishment Works Underway at Spring Tide Close

Last week refurbishment works at Spring Tide Close started. The site is the last of Southwark’s 4 Traveller sites to undergo refurbishment, which is set to be completed within a year. The site was in desperate need of refurbishment due to it being originally intended as a temporary site. The temporary status of the site meant that the site experienced frequent power-cuts and amenity huts were not built to last.

The history of Spring Tide Close
The site has a long history as a Traveller site. In 1975, the council purchased the land, granting Travellers temporary permission to use it for a site in 1978. It lay empty for 10 years after this expired. Following the eviction of Travellers from Kirkwood Road, Spring Tide Close reopened as a Traveller site in 1989, providing 9 pitches.

(Picture Right- How the unofficial sites used to look- without hardstanding the mud was terrible when wet, a dustbowl when dry.)

In 1994, 5 years temporary planning permission was granted. Due to inaction by Southwark Council, the site remained unofficial until 2003. During this time, the terraced houses on Staffordshire Street were built. In 1997, permission was granted for new terraced houses to be built, encroaching on Spring Tide Close. The residents agreed to allow this development to go ahead, ceding a part of their land, on the understanding that Southwark Council was looking to provide a site at an alternative location within the next couple of years. The residents had every reason to be optimistic as Southwark Council had recently published 2 reports, ‘Needs of the Traveller Community in Southwark’- Maire Gaffney 2000 and ‘The Future of Southwark’s Traveller Sites’- Starfish 2001, highlighting the need of new sites (27 immediately and 25 over the following 5 years). However, a new site was never provided and the result was that Spring Tide became even more cramped than it had been before.The site has got more and more overcrowded since then.

Residents are still campaigning for a new site, hoping that the Council will keep to its promise. Councillors have told STAG that they are in talks with neighbouring boroughs Lambeth and Lewisham, who provide only 1 site with 15 pitches between them (in Lambeth), about provision of future sites. Southwark has said that there is very little space in the borough and is struggling to home many people, with a currently housing waiting list of around 20,000 people. STAG would like to invite Southwark Councillors to speak to residents of Spring Tide about their future housing plans.

In the meantime the refurbishment is going ahead, which will hopefully mean that residents will live without the regular occurrence of power cuts and have amenity huts which are built to last.

No Advice Session 12th June

There is no advisor on Wednesday 12th June.

If you need to see the advisor, you can still come into STAG and we can arrange an appointment.

Otherwise, the session will be on next week (19th June).

We will be holding some meetings in the future about the changes that are being made to benefits and welfare. Please let us know if you would like to come to find out about how changes will affect you.

Farm Family Fun Day – Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month 2013

STAG invites you to our Farm Family Fun-Day on Saturday 29th June- 12-4pm at Leyton Square Gardens

Come down and play with the City Farm’s animals- a Shetland pony, goats and kids, sheep and lambs, rabbits, ferrets, ducks and chicks. We’ll also have a great children’s entertainer to model balloons, do magic and clown around from 1:30-3:30- make sure you don’t miss out. We’ll have a bouncy castle and healthy snacks all afternoon. Everything at the event will be free- Travellers and non-Travellers welcome. We look forward to seeing you all. Happy Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

Leyton Square Gardens, Maismore Street off Peckham Park Road, London SE15 6TP. Saturday 29th June- 12-4pm. Free entry

Southwark Apprenticeships

Southwark Council is advertising apprenticeships on its website at the moment.

Highlights include plumbing, carpentry and roofing. The application deadline is 6th June so get your applications in quickly. If you would like somebody at STAG to help with your application please come in.

Apprentice Job Description and Person Specification May 2013