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!

Do you make greetings cards, jewellery, prints, badges, headband, soft furnishings or anything else? Would you like to sell it in a shop? Spark is a ‘pop-up’ shop about to open in More »

Monthly Archives: July 2013

Start-Up Loans for Young People Wanting to Start a Business

Over the next few months Elevation Networks will aim to distribute up to £5 million worth of loans to more than 2000 young people that need capital to start or grow a new business.

They will be given access to a mentor, monthly training, and a number of other benefits through the initiatives Global Partners (including Ebay and PayPal).

The programme is available to anyone between the age of 18 and 30 whose business is in England. Applications have more than doubled in the
last month, from 3000 to more than 8,300 in January.

For more information on the Elevation Networks Start-Up Loans Programme contact:

Alexandra Shaw –
Ronke Lawal –

About the Loan:

• The average loan amount is £2,500, there is no definite limit and the final amount will be determined by your business plan.

• There is an option of a 1 year holiday period before beginning repayment.

• The total interest for the loan is 3% + RPI.

• Repayments period can be from 1 to 5 years.

• The Start-Up loan is a personal loan, which means if 4 or 5 people from the

same company apply for a loan, all are eligible for an individual loan up to invest in their business.

To apply for a loan visit

Beauty Course in August

A free beauty course is running in August for anybody interested in working in the Beauty Industry and currently unemployed adults in receipt of benefits and young people aged 16-18.

Ideal for those looking to get started in the Beauty Industry this course covers:
Eyebrow and eyelash treatments
The qualifications gained are industry recognized City and Guilds Level 2 Awards and we have a dedicated recruitment service to help students find employment upon completion.

The course runs for 8 weeks over Mon – Weds 9 – 5.30.

If you are interested please call STAG on 0207 277 6172.

Crossrail Job- Fitter’s Mate

Pay £160 per shift

Location Westbourne Park

Closing Date: 06/08/13

Duration Permanent

Hours 5 days per week. 8 hours per shift.



Fitters mate required. Must have some experience with small tools fix, such as disc cutters,

drills, small plant generators and lighting, preferably along with TBM maintenance and any

other associated works as and when required.


Essential Criteria:

• CSCS (green and up).

• Correct Visa (If applicable).

• MUST have eligibility to work on a PAYE basis.

• Experience in relevant role.

• TBM experience preferable.


This role is PAYE only.


Successful applicants will undergo a Drug and Alcohol test.

Please ensure you have the required cards and qualifications before applying.


Recruitment Process:

Applicants to submit Covering Letter and CV to the Brokerage team inbox.

Please put the following reference into the subject box of your email:




Council Tax Statutory Demands

This week the council has issued a large amount of Council Tax Statutory Demands to Southwark residents who are behind on their Council Tax payments. Court summons will be issued on 19th August for those that do not sort out their arrears. The Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) and Blackfriars Advice Centre are offering free drop in sessions for anybody with a Council Tax Statutory Demand letter.

To remind everybody that Council Tax payments need to be made on or before the 1st of every month.


The sessions are:

Tuesday 6th August Bermondsey CAB, 8 Market Place Southwark Park Road SE16  5-7pm

Tuesday 13th August; Kingswood Community Shop, Seeley  11-4pm

Weds 14th August Blackfriars Advice Centre Cambridge House, Addington Square SE5 2-6pm

Thursday 15th August: Peckham CAB; 97 Peckham High St SE15 3-7pm


There is no need to book- residents can drop in during these hours.

Statement from Southwark Council on Site Checks

Over the next weeks, the council will be conducting Traveller site checks. Here is a statement from Southwark council explaining these checks.

As part of the feedback process on the consultation on the new agreements and in order to allow people to opportunity to sign up to the new agreement, the Gypsy and Traveller officer will be on site to talk to residents.

At the same time the Gypsy and Traveller officer will be ensuring that pitches are in good repair, residents are properly registered and we are providing support and signposting services

Following on from the consultation the council has noted concerns in relation to the allocations policy and needs assessment. The council is exploring options internally and there will be news soon on this.

A reminder on responsibilities for repairs can be found here:


The Gypsy and Traveller Officer referred to is Paul Jeffery.

Questions Asked at Community Council Meetings about Ilderton Rd Site

This is from the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe community council newsletter. Archie Utley from STAG asked questions about the Ilderton Road site:

Although there are no more meetings until Wednesday 2 October, there are still plenty of exciting and interesting events going on over the summer.
As promised – follow up on the questions from previous meetings (apologies for delay)

There were three public questions at the April meeting.
1. “Are councillors aware that the wall which separates Ilderton Road traveller site from the railway track is falling down and represents a serious risk to residents’ safety? It has been falling down for over 8 years, nothing has been done. The wall is owned by Railtrack, but they are not taking responsibility and repairing the wall. Please can councillors put pressure on Railtrack, so that this problem is finally resolved?”

Council officers have received an official response from Network Rail regarding their position on who is responsible for the wall in question. Officers will continue negotiating with Network Rail to resolve this issue, as a matter of urgency.

2. “The road which serves Ilderton Road traveller site is sinking. Water collects on it and in cold weather this freezes. This is a health and safety risk to residents, especially young children. Can the council repair the road?

Officers have undertaken an inspection of the road in question and found there was a need to undertake some localised remedial action. Officers are looking to arrange for a specialist civil engineering company to inspect the site in the week starting Monday 10 June 2013, to agree the best course of action. Whatever course of action is agreed on, officers will aim to complete the works before the onset of cold weather.

Free Pet Hospital

If you receive help with your Council Tax payment and Housing Benefit you may be eligible for free vet care from PDSA.

To find out, click on this link to the eligibility calculator.

If you are eligible, phone your PDSA PetAid hospital New Cross on 0208 691 0577 to make an appointment.

You will need to take these documents with you to the hospital:
Proof of benefit. A recent housing benefit letter.
Proof of identity. Driving licence/passport/ other formal ID.

An appointment will then be made for your pet to be seen, unless it needs urgent care.

At your first appointment you will be given a Client Agreement that you are asked to show each time you bring your pet for treatment.

PDSA veterinary services are restricted to companion animals that are kept in the home or in a hutch (no horses).

Please note you will be asked to make a donation to PDSA for any treatment your pet receives.

Preventive services (eg Neutering & Vaccinations) are not free. You can register 3 pets, but only 1 pedigree dog or cat per household is allowed to be registered.

New Cross PDSA Pet Hospital
The Philippa and George Adams Centre
6 Amersham Vale
New Cross
SE14 6LD

Telephone: 020 8691 0577

Construction Workers Needed for Works in Denmark Hill

Labourers, Electricians, Plumbers and Fitters Needed

Must provide own hand tools. Must have a CSCS card. The more experience the better.

Standard industry rates of pay based on experience. 8 hours per day. 8am start. Work begins in August.

Interested? Send in a C.V. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to

Deadline for this job is 26th July. Please ask STAG if you need help with your CV.

Make Sure Your Freeview TV Keeps a Clear Signal

This summer, a new mobile phone signal is being switched on which will affect some Freeview TVs. If over the summer your Freeview signal gets worse, go to the website which will send you a free filter to make sure your TV is not disrupted. If you need help, please call STAG and we will order the filter for you.

Child Tax Credits- Renewal deadline 31st July

If you receive tax credits, you should have received a pack from HMRC recently. Tax Credits must be renewed before 31st July 2013.


  • Check all the information is correct- especially your income.
  • If all the information is correct- you don’t need to do anything. Your tax credits will renew automatically.
  • If there have been changes, or incorrect information, you MUST inform HMRC. If you don’t, you might not receive the right amount. If you are given too much money, it may seem good at the time, but the tax office always ask for repayment of overpayment, which can make life very difficult in the future.

Please check this before the 31st July. If you have any questions, come in to ask STAG with your letter.



  • You MUST complete the form and send it back. If you don’t, you will stop receiving tax credits.
  • You fill in the 4 sections (benefits, income, circumstances and place to sign) and make any changes necessary.
  • If all the information is correct, you still need to sign the form and send it back.
  • You can call the hotline on 0345 300 3900 if you prefer, but this is very busy.
  • If you inform HMRC of any changes, make a note of when you do this.

If you need help with the form, come into STAG’s office with the form. 



Remember, if you receive overpayments, you will have to pay these back. This will be taken directly from your future benefits in many cases, so it’s not worth it. If you tell HMRC all your changes in details, you will not have to pay back any overpayments.