The Team provides advice to those living in the private rented accommodations as well as local landlords and lettings agents. The team promotes and supports the private rented sector in Southwark to ensure that private rented accommodation is of good quality, secure and operating within the law. Along with our role we aim to support clients who are struggling to pay their rents such as referring clients to the financial inclusion team, jobcentre. We also encourage our clients to seek further support from citizen’s advice bureau, housing ombudsman, and shelter.
Updates; Action! Positive Images Campaign Our schools; Notre Dame, Harris Academy, St James the Great and Oliver Goldsmiths have been working hard documenting positive things young people are doing within the community to counter negative stereotypes portrayed in the media. In November they ran an action on Southwark and Lambeth Police, challenging them on their posting of weapons on social media. They respectfully challenged the Deputy Borough Commander and he committed to posting more positive images and less pictures of knives. They also won a meeting with the Borough Commander and regular meetings with the police to think about the relationship between young people and the police more generally. Negotiations Housing The housing team met with Cllr Keiron Williams to discuss treatment of tenants by housing staff. He agreed to run an internal listening exercise with staff and tenants. We will present a plan to him in the new year. NHS Fees The NHS team met with Kings Overseas Charging Department and they agreed to run know your rights workshops at one of our institutions PACT (Parent and Communities Together) Internal Democracy London Issues Workshops and Delegates Assembly We have run 6 workshops preparing for the Mayoral Assembly next April to decide what issues we will put to Sadiq Khan and the other mayoral candidates in front of 7,000 of our members. 550 of these members voted for the following issues; Youth Safety Housing and Homelessness Climate Change Welcome Living Wage Local Delegates 78 of us from across the 24 institutions in Southwark came together to celebrate our people, welcome our new members and plan for the next 6 months. From 8 institutions we committed to 240 people for the Mayoral Assembly next year. The Young Leader of the term award was given to Tehillah from Notre Dame. The Leader of the term award was given to Carina from PACT. PACT Assembly 200 people got together to celebrate the work of PACT and it's role in social integration. We had presentations in Spanish and English about identity, the issues faced in our community and the community organising work that parents are leading. Training This term we have run; 2 day training Training in Spanish Training for Harris Student Council Training for Parents in Surrey Square Primary School
Upcoming; Please see the below timeline for dates of upcoming events and training;
TIMELINE DECEMBER Thursday 19th December - WELCOME ACTION - London is on trial - is it a welcoming city or not - you decide! 5pm - 6pm - City Hall JANUARY Thursday 9th January - Southwark and Peckham Citizens Leadership Meeting - 6-7.30pm Camberwell SA - designated representatives only. Tuesday 21st January - South London celebration and preparation from the Copper Box - reps from each institution 6pm-8pm - Notre Dame Girls School Wednesday 22nd January - Meeting with Southwark Council Cabinet to discuss all campaigns 4.15pm-6.45pm - Limited spaces contact me for details. FEBRUARY Thursday 6th February - Welcome Meeting - Camberwell Salvation Army 5.30pm-7pm Monday 24th February - South London 1 day Community Organising Training 9am - 5pm - Location TBC MARCH Thursday 5th March - NHS fees workshop 6pm-8pm - Camberwell Salvation Army Saturday 7th March - South London 1 day Community Organising Training 9am-5pm - Location TBC APRIL Tuesday April 21st – London Mayoral Assembly!! MAY JUNE 6 Day Training - 28 June - 3 July 2020 (location tbc) JULY