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Environment and Community

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Organisation (Please click for more info) Organisation Description Services Provided
St Mary the Virgin Church, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin Church, Bexley is a Church of England Church which works together with St John's in Bexley as the established church to serve the parishioners of these two parishes.

Regular Sunday worship according to Church of England services.
Weddings.
Baptisms.
Memorial Services.
Messy Church every month on a Sunday for the whole family.

Cold Blow Crescent Residents Association

We promote a safe and clean environment and ensure roads and pathways are maintained and repaired. We also watch out for local building projects that might be detrimental to our residents and oppose them where agreed. We also constantly keep residents informed of crime trends and help them where needed. We make a particular effort to help those home bound and send get well cards, condolence cards, new arrival cards and welcome notes to new residents. We have 95% membership.

We have successfully petitioned to get a Sunday bus service for our residents.
We petitioned the Council to install a crossing island in Dartford Road and for traffic calming measures at Baldwyn's Park/Dartford Road Junction.
We have installed our own dog-poo bin and empty it ourselves.

Deepdene Seniors Learning Skills Club

The Club aims to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with people in London Borough of Bexley and neighbouring boroughs and the local area who are socially excluded on the grounds of their age, and by relieving their needs, help them to integrate into society. In particular we look to provide computer training and other skills and advancing their physical and mental health

Our logo of “Computerise, Exercise and Socialise and motto - “Never too old to learn” describe the core activities we undertake.

Chairobics session – Standing 30 minutes for the more able and seated 30 mins for the less able.
Tutored Computer courses 1:1 and sessional
Bridge – Tutored from beginners level to advanced levels
Social activities- Knit and natter, crochet, table top games, Bingo , Raffle AND Bonus Ball as well as Bring and Share Lunches

Lark in The Park

Lark in the Park is a free community event provided by churches in Sidcup.
It takes place during the summer holidays and provides kids’ clubs, youth activities, fun days, creative zone, over 60s venue, community action projects, evening events and much more. No matter who you are, Lark in the Park has something for you!

• 0-5s venue
• 5-7yrs club
• 7-11yrs club
• 11-14yrs youth venue
• 15-18yrs events
• Over 60s venue and events
• Creative craft venue
• Open air stage and events
• Park Pastor team
• Evening events
• Family fun nights with free food
• Free tea & coffee
• Volunteer opportunites across the whole site and event

Some activities require a small payment such as face painting in the 0-5yrs venue and some craft items in the creative venue.

Family Matters

Family Matters provides specialist therapy to victims of rape and sexual abuse and our aim is to relieve the mental and physical distress of children, adolescents and adults who have been victims of this horrific abuse.

The sexual violence can be recent or historic; it can be reported to police or not reported. As a charity our services are subject to funding and at present and we are funded to offer support to clients living within Kent or the London Borough of Bexley or if aged 16 and under we also accept clients from London Boroughs of Greenwich and Bromley.

We also offer a helpline service which is provided by trained volunteers. Opening times : 9am-5.00pm Helpline 7 days a week:01474 537392.

• One to One therapy
• Helpline

North West Kent Countryside Partnership

NWKCP is a non-profit organisation, hosted by Kent County Council. We exist to protect and enhance the wildlife and green spaces of north-west Kent though community action and involvement, and through this to improve the wellbeing of local people. Our practical conservation work is carried out by
local volunteers, and we endeavour to create projects that will have a positive effect on their physical and mental health through increased physical activity in the outdoors. We also carry out community and education projects in local schools and green spaces, to help young people learn about and connect with
the natural world.

Practical conservation volunteering opportunities.
Environmental education volunteering opportunities.
Ecological and land-management advice.
Outdoor education sessions for schools.
Natural therapy projects for mental health
River enhancements and natural flood management
Woodland and meadow management
Nature-themed community events and fun days
Help starting community groups on green spaces

Erith Town Forum

The Forum is set up to promote the town, to encourage businesses to locate in Erith and monitor the regeneration of the area in order to encourage community participation and cohesion.

We hold regular public meetings at Bexley College at which presentations are given on local environment/housing developments, community safety, health provision, leisure activities. Forum members and the public are invited to fully participate in discussions.

Belvedere Community Centre

Local facility for hire to the community and organisations. Sports hall, meeting rooms, offices

Sports
Education
Training
Events
Meetings
Children's Parties

Abbey Wood Community Sound

Promoting participatory Community Music for the purpose of personal and community development.

We provide ‘community music’ – that is, music events where everyone has the opportunity to participate in music-making, rather than to just listen to performances.
We are a ‘well-being’ project aiming to promote lifestyle improvements through music.

Music events & related emotional support.

Blackfen Community Library ( New Generation Community Trust)

We are a community library in the heart of Blackfen High Street and our vision is to have an 'open door' for our community - providing opportunities to access a great world of books in a comforting 'third space' – a home away from home. We believe our library space offers us the opportunity to not only cater for specific population groups, such as children, families, students, the unemployed, carers, the retired and anyone who needs a place to belong – but also a brilliant way to bring different groups in our community together. Our motto is 'a big hello' - a warm greeting and welcoming space for everyone – including those who may not always feel welcome elsewhere. Our coffee shop is a central part of our library and we run various programmes and events in the space to bring our community together. We have big ideas for the future and our staff and volunteers have a big heart to use our space in a big way to impact Blackfen for good.

Café / Coffee Shop
Books for loan
Books for Sale
Study space
Venue hire
Photo copying
Printing
Computers
Wifi
Phone / laptop charging
Children’s reading / singing programmes
Children’s crafts / educational programmes
Scrabble Club
Craft Club
Support Group coffee mornings (Parkinsons, dementia)
Coffee Morning – discounted drinks
IT support
Outreach programmes (seasonal and for specific groups – e.g. for lonely and isolated people)
Volunteering
Work experience

Christ Church Bexleyheath

Christ Church is a town centre church serving those who live, work and shop in Bexleyheath. It is part of the Church of England.
Notes on disability access : Wheelchair access
We offer worship on Sundays and Wednesdays as well as being open for prayer on weekdays from 12 noon - 1pm. We offer christian teaching and fellowship for families with specific groups for toddlers through to the elderly.

We are a welcoming and Inclusive community that is open to all people whether of faith of or no faith. We offer Christian acts of worship on Sunday at 8am, 10am, and 6pm, but we also have a variety of social activities that is open to anyone to join. We try hard to care for everyone who comes to Christ Church, and we seek to be a loving family.

• Christenings (or Baptisms)
• Weddings
• Funerals
• Sunday Services at 8am, 10am and 6pm
• Wednesday morning service at 10.30am
• Happy Café at 12 each Wednesday
• Sunbeams for children under 5 and parents or carers each Friday 10 to 12pm
• Messy Church for children and parents or carers at 3pm
• Knitting group each Tuesday – 10 to 12pm
• Craft group each Tuesday – 10 to 12pm
• Ladies Social Groups – Tuesday afternoon group and evening group
• Pastoral care and befriending services
• Men’s social group
• Varied social programme – quizzes, barn dance, music concerts etc etc
• Monthly Concerts first Wednesday each month at 1pm
• Saturday morning refreshments 10 until 12pm

Bostall Library Community Group

Bostall Library is a friendly local library on the corner of King Harolds Way and Westbourne Road. There's been a library here since 1939 and it has been extended and refurbished over the years, most recently in 2004. Bus number 422 stops nearby. The nearest railway station is Bexleyheath. There is some on-street parking.

Library Service
Community Cinema
Coffee Shop
Adult and Children's Activities

Bexley Women's Aid

Bexley Women’s Aid provide refuge accommodation and outreach support to women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Refuge accommodation
Helpline
Outreach support for women
One Stop Shop
Drop in service
Community Support Groups
Freedom Programme
Positive Assertive Confidence Training
Mother’s Moving Forward Group
Children’s Outreach Support
Education and Prevention Work
Training for Domestic Abuse Awareness

Friends of Footscray Meadows

Foots Cray Meadows are the largest public open space in the London Borough of Bexley, situated in the South East of the Borough bordered by Sidcup, Albany Park, North Cray and Bexley Village. The River Cray forms a central feature of the landscape. Foots Cray Meadows have evolved from the estates of: Foots Cray Place and North Cray Place. They are rich in Natural History with the River, Woods and Meadows providing valuable pockets of nature conservation. The area is within the suburban sprawl of South East London as such it is site of huge ecological importance as well as an outdoor recreation area. The Meadows are controlled and managed by Bexley Council

Information Centre.
Community Engagement including some volunteer activities.
Other events e.g. Bat Walk Fun dog show.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

The Hospice cares for over 2,500 people every year, and all of our care is provided free of charge to people living in the Boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Bexley. We provide high-quality, compassionate care and support to people with all types of terminal illnesses, their families and their carers. Our care is delivered to people at home, in care homes, in our Hospice beds, in our Day Hospice and in hospital.

Inpatient end of life care, symptom control
Day Hospice
Specialist palliative care at home
Bereavement groups and 1 : 1 support
Compassionate Neighbours
Specialist palliative care service at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Education and training
Community Café
Fundraising sports and challenges

Metro Charity

A centre in South East London for lesbian, gay and bisexual people and those questioning their sexuality. Providing information, support, advice, education and training.
METRO is a leading equality & diversity charity, providing health, community & youth services across London & the South East & national & international projects.

Youth services
Mental health & wellbeing services
Sexual & reproductive health & HIV services
Community participation & involvement

BexleySNB (Bexley Safer Neighbourhood Board)

The main function of the Bexley Safer Neighbourhoods Board is to keep Bexley borough safe by providing a public forum by holding public meetings, where local people and groups can have direct access to senior officers from the police, the local council and other statutory agencies and have constructive discussion and debate about policing, crime and community safety issues in the borough. The board also works closely with the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and ward panels in the borough.

Public meetings - providing Information on local crime and safety issues
Funding Projects related to topics such as youth crime, DV, scams and fraud, for example

Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch

Community group of local volunteers (street coordinators) working with Police and other community safety groups to reduce crime and anti social behaviour on a street, ward and borough basis.

Provides support to Residential Neighbourhood watch, Shop watch, Hound watch, Faith watch, Plot watch and Bike watch

Centrepieces - Mental Health Arts Project

Centrepieces mental health art project provides opportunities for people who have experienced mental ill health to develop skills in art, and to exhibit and sell their artwork. It also undertakes art projects in schools and the community, including public art commissions.

Promoting mental health recovery through art:
Activities include:
Exhibitions of artists work.
Current tutor lead sessions include: creative writing, sculpture, mosaic, watercolours and photography
Informal art drop in sessions.
Commissions of public art.

Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme

We aim to reduce loneliness and isolation by providing community transport to the vulnerable and less able.

Hop’N shop
SEN transport
Adult Day centre Transport
Patient transport
Shop mobility
Community transport
Individual transport
Group hire
Day trips
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Travel Training.

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