Some of the runners who were recruited by the Mayor of Southwark take part in the marathon for SDCAS came to the centre this week - for lunch and a congratulatory certificate. Check out their legs. It was great to meet them all, and thank them in person. Some had even run two marathons - they got two servings at lunch. This is Tom, Tesni, the Mayor and Mayoress, James and Luca, and between them they raised over £10,000 which will really help us climb back to a normal level of service after the lockdown.
On Remembrance Sunday, Mayor Barry Hargrove has invited SDCAS to participate in the commemorative event held at Southwark War Memorial on Walworth Road. Our client Sayeda will be reading a poem to mark the occasion, at 10:50 am. We’re proud of her and of our association with the Mayor throughout this year. Please spare a moment to remember all those who have lost their lives and in conflicts all over the world.
This week at the Peckham Levels, something positive and a sign of life from the Penally MOD facility that houses asylum seekers in Wales. It’s an exhibition of artwork done by residents there, and it promises to be an insight of rare intimacy into the thoughts and dreams of people who are too often voiceless. Do go along if you can.
As part of Refugee Week, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery this week and online, have a look at our exhibition of photos Here Now, featuring friends of the Day Centre in locations that mean something to them. To find out more, Click here.
Thanks to support from friends, partners and businesses in the local area we’re providing a bag of essential groceries and toiletries to 70-80 families every week, with half a dozen more bags being delivered to people who aren’t able to leave their homes. That means that since the start of lockdown until the beginning of February we’ve handed out around 2800 bags.
We’ve also managed to keep a remote advice service going, which currently handles around 20 enquiries a month. Thanks to all our volunteers who are making that possible.a