Monday, 26 November 2012

Handover of Petition

The petition was handed in today to Cllr Joan Millbank in order to be submitted at the Council meeting on 28th November.

838 signatures were collected - showing how much support there is for a free and accessible playclub.

Please do share your views in the consultation
before 7th December

or if you would prefer to tell your story to us, either on film or as an interview, please email us on, or call Abi on 07771 633590

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Contact your Mayor and Councillors

Here is a suggested letter that you could send to your local Councillors or the Lewisham Mayor.

Contact email for the Mayor is:

and for the Telegraph Hill ward councillors is:

You can download a doc. file of the letter here

Monday, 19 November 2012

Lewisham Council public consultation

The consultation runs to 7th December 2012.

The proposal suggests stopping funding to all 7 Generations playclubs, with the hope that other organisations or community groups will raise funds to keep it open.

The consultation paper is available at Generations playclubs, or can be completed online
 What will happen next?

The results of the consultation will be shared with users of Generation Play Clubs and fed into the decision-making process. The Mayor of Lewisham is expected to consider this proposal at a meeting of Mayor and Cabinet in February 2013.

A full Equality Analysis Assessment will be completed and will be informed by the outcomes of the consultation processes.

We will let users of the play clubs know what decision has been taken as soon as we can.
Please share your views as to why Telegraph Hill playclub should remain free and accessible to all families and carers - this is not directly asked in the consultation.

We will share a suggested letter template with you soon to send to your local councillors, Mayor and MP.

You can also share your views at the Drop In consultations:

Centre Date & Time Address
Friendly Gardens
Friday 23 November
11.30am – 1.00pm
Lucas Street, Deptford, SE8 4QH
Telegraph Hill
Friday 23 November
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Erlanger Road, New Cross SE14 5GJ
Deptford Park
Thursday 29 November
10.00am – 11.30am
Scawen Road, Deptford, SE8 5RS
Silwood Estate
Thursday 29 November
12.30 – 2.00pm
Lewington Centre, 9 Eugenia Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 2RU
Grove Park
Wednesday 28 November
10.00am – 11.30am
Somertrees Avenue, Grove Park, SE12 0BX
Forster Park
Tuesday 27 November
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Whitefoot Lane, Downham, BR1 5SD
Bellingham Green
Thursday 22 November
10.00am – 11.30am
Randlesdown Road
Bellingham, SE6 3HB

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

ITV London Tonight news

Liz Wickham reports
This playgroup is an easy target for cuts but it may well be the kind of place that prevents family breakdowns which ultimately would be of much greater cost to the community at large.

Watch the London Tonight film:

Credit: London Tonight

Friday, 9 November 2012

Why is the playclub so important?


Hundreds of local children in one of London’s poorest boroughs face losing a safe and free place to play due to future council cuts.
The Telegraph Hill Playclub, which has been a vital part of the community for over 50 years, is threatened with closure as part of proposed cuts to be decided by the Mayor of Lewisham in February 2013.
Parents and carers have therefore set up the ‘Save Telegraph Hill Playclub’ campaign in order to protect this fundamental service. A public meeting attended by local Councillors launched this campaign on Saturday 10th November.
Many children everyday attend the club and local parents and carers explain it also provides somewhere where they can support each other and avoid the crippling isolation that many people experience when looking after small children.
The Playclub, based in Telegraph Hill Lower Park, provides a stimulating place for all local children to play indoors and outdoors every weekday in beautiful park surroundings with a range of toys, which inspire creative play and socialisation.
Local parent, Laura Brereton says “My son and I use the club at least once a week and sometimes everyday! It is a place where you are always welcome, given support on the days when your child is hard to manage and also a place to celebrate the good times. We have both made so many friends here which was particularly important for me as a new mum finding my feet.”
Local mum Yasmin Rizvi says “Being a self employed single mum, the Playclub in Telegraph Hill has played a vital role in mine and my child's daily life. It has been a place where both of us learn and discover new things, meet new people, but mostly enjoy the freedom of play, a luxury that is becoming more and more difficult to obtain.
Local childminder Sonia Quinn says “As childminders this is a valuable resource for us to meet and support each other as we don't have drop-ins like other areas in Lewisham.”
To support the campaign please sign the petition in person at New Cross Learning or Telegraph Hill Playclub or online at
Save Telegraph Hill Playclub Campaign