Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Handover of toddler petition

 165 toddlers put their handprints to the toddler petition which Cllr Dan Whittle is presenting to full council tonight.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Snow people to build our playclubs

 We have had some great snow people pictures sent in - feel free to send your in and if you want to include our poster, you can download it here

Friday, 18 January 2013

Build a snowman and help us build our playclubs

Please build a snowman and take a picture with our poster and send it to us via 
email - 
or our facebook page -
We will collect all the pictures and submit them with the toddler's petition.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Parents & Carers Meeting - Monday 28th January 9.30-10.30am

Please come to a meeting at Telegraph Hill Centre, London SE14 5TY, for Parents, Carers and Childminders to get an update on the Council cuts and to discuss where next for the Playclub..

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What would you like from your community run playclub? Would you be interested in becoming involved?

This is a meeting to inform a presentation we will be making at a Children and Young People's Committee Council meeting on 30th January.

Toys will be available for children to play with at meeting.

Notes of the meeting will be available on our website if you can't attend, and you can also email us at, comment here, or on our Facebook page.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Update from Cllr Bell about proposed cuts

Here is an update on what happened at the weekend sent to us by Cllr Paul Bell who has been supportive of our campaign . It is not good news as it means the cuts will be highly likely to be voted through in February.

"The Labour Group discussed the Stay & Play Clubs, unfortunately against a background of £53.5 million of cuts. The starting point was to agree the cut so that they would be closed from April 2013 onwards. After a debate, it was agreed to close the play clubs but to find a community solution. There are no further details on this at present.
I have asked for an exact breakdown of the Stay & Play Club costs." Cllr Paul Bell 14/1/2013
What can you do? We can still fight to keep our playclubs inclusive and free.
1) Get your toddler to sign the handprint petition by Friday 18 January.
Babies can also sign by hand or foot print if easier. A copy of the petition is at the Telegraph Hill Playclub and others will be taken to local toddler groups and nurseries over the next week. Volunteers can collect prints for the petition by going to the Playclub and collecting materials.
2) Be ready to attend a meeting about what we want from our community offer when it is arranged.
We need as many of our supporters to become active in getting the best Playclub we can possibly offer, free at the point of access. Watch this space. Please also let us know if you have any ideas, by emailing us at

Thursday, 10 January 2013

URGENT - Letter to write by 12th January

The Save our Playclub Campaign is at an important stage now. The Council will be making its decision in February whether to cut all funding to all Playclubs in the Borough.

This Saturday, the Labour Councillors have an away day to decide which proposals remain in the cuts document. You need to let your local Labour representative know how important the Playclub is to you. We include a template below you may want to adapt to send.  If you can't do this by Saturday, please send as soon as possible as they are also meeting on Monday evening for further discussions.

We are also asking you to email Mayor Sir Steve Bullock and Cllr Helen Klier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People as well. The contact are below:

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock

Cllr Helen Klier (Cabinet Member for Children and Young People)

Brockley Councillors,

Crofton Park Councillors ,

Evelyn Councillors ,

Lewisham Central Councillors , ,

New Cross Councillors , ,

Telegraph Hill Councillors , ,

Remember to include your address. If you are unsure who your Labour Councillors are please click on the link and enter your postcode.

We need to show our elected representatives how important the Playclubs are to our children and community.

Dear Labour Elected Representative,

Lewisham Generation Playclubs

I live in your Constituency at <<insert address and postcode>>.

As you will be aware, Lewisham Council are currently proposing to ‘stop providing Generation Play Clubs’ in our borough and this includes Telegraph Hill Playclub.

Please support our campaign to save Lewisham’s Playclubs - they provide free early learning and peer-group parental support in a safe and healthy environment and have been part of our community for the last 50 years.

This attempt to save money by ending universal Early Years provision and instead concentrating solely on ‘targeted’ help (via its Children’s Centres) is totally misguided and will very soon backfire socially and financially.  Research studies show that there are many families in need that only universal provision can reach, a finding borne out by talking to Playclub users who have seen both sides of the coin.  The short session/ cramped room/targeted-families-only/council-official-support nature of targeted help is much less attractive than the all-day/open space/big social mix/peer-group support of Playclubs.  Targeted families need support at this vulnerable time, not stigmatisation.

Our local Playclub  <<insert name of Playclub>>   is important to me because <<insert a few lines telling your story>>  (e.g. it enables me to go to work, college, meet other parents, learn new skills, get help with childcare)

Please, support our campaign by  continuing to fund Playclubs.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Next week's activities will include signing the toddlers petition to keep Playclubs free which will be at the Playclub next week and writing to your local MP.

Many thanks for your continued support.