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Health and social care news

Health and care trio team up for trailblazing new strategy

Published on 17 November 2016

Southwark Council

In a unique move to pull together expertise from all three health and social care providers in Southwark, the council has teamed up with local voluntary and community groups AND the local CCG.

Southwark serious about a healthier and happier future

Southwark Council

Published on 7 October 2016

Southwark Council is encouraging its residents to take their mental health seriously, get out and about, and think about how they can help those close to them, on World Mental Health Day.

Southwark supports Food Safety Week

Food safety week 2016

Published on 7 July 2016

Southwark Council is supporting this year’s Food Safety Week (4-10 July) and encouraging residents to waste less food by making more use of their freezers.

Registration opens for London’s first borough-wide free swim and gym scheme

People running on treadmills

Published on 6 July 2016

Southwark Council is delighted to announce that all Southwark residents are now able to register to swim and use the gym for free on Fridays, and from 2pm at weekends.

Southwark Council’s response to Sisters Uncut claims

Southwark Council

Published on 29 June 2016

The safety of residents is a top priority for the council and we take domestic abuse extremely seriously.

Southwark marks its Dementia Friendly status

Dementia Awareness Week

Published on 20 May 2016

In November 2014, Southwark Council agreed to formally sign up to join the National Dementia Declaration and move towards making Southwark a dementia friendly community.

Residents urged to speak out about suspected child abuse or neglect

Southwark logo

Published on 7 March 2016

Southwark residents are urged to open their eyes to child abuse and neglect, by a new government campaign from the Department of Education.

New plans for Cator Street to include new extra care housing units

Southwark Council logo

Published on 26 February 2016

Southwark’s original plans for a specialist centre for people with dementia at Cator Street, are to get a boost as Cllr Stephanie Cryan announces the council’s updated new plans for the site.

Southwark launches new integrated service for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems

Southwark Council

Published on 7 January 2016

After a competitive procurement process, Lifeline Project Ltd has been commissioned by Southwark Council to provide adult substance use services in Southwark from 4 January 2016.

Keeping warm this winter when the temperatures drop

Southwark Council

Published on 14 December 2015

We may not have seen the worst of the winter weather yet this year but we're once again reminding residents to watch out for older and vulnerable members of their community.

Council offers financial 'diagnosis' to GP patients

Southwark Council logo

Published on 11 December 2015

An innovative pilot to help Southwark residents stay out of debt has been launched this week by Southwark Council in partnership with the NHS.

National health checks invite language to change following London council study

Southwark Council

Published on 19 November 2015

Take up of life-saving cardiovascular risk (health) checks could soon be on the rise nationally thanks to work done by a local council.

Workout while watching your child play

Southwark Council logo

Published on 8 September 2015

New outdoor gym equipment at Pynners Playing Fields in Southwark will give spectators the chance to have a workout of their own.

Kids Company

Southwark Council

Published on 7 August 2015

BBC’s Newsnight last night (Thursday 6 August) reported on allegations surrounding drug use and abuse at the charity Kids Company, which has now closed.

Summer safety service available for vulnerable residents as temperatures rise


Published on 30 June 2015

Hot and humid weather is being forecast for this week so Southwark Council is reminding residents to stay safe in the sun and watch out for friends, neighbours and family who might be affected.

Southwark teams up with Millwall FC for Men’s Health Week 2015

Men's health

Published on 24 June 2015

Southwark Council teamed up with Millwall FC for National Men’s Health Week 2015 to offer complimentary tickets to selected Millwall FC home match to men who signed up for a free NHS Health Check.

Views sought on changes to adult social care contributions

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Published on 16 June 2015

Southwark Council is asking local people for their views on proposals to change the way adult social care is paid for locally.

Southwark Council gains international recognition for Age Friendly policies

Southwark Council

Published on 12 June 2015

Southwark is the first borough in London to be officially recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of its Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

Southwark’s Youth Offending Service give back to community

Southwark Council logo

Published on 22 May 2015

Young people from Southwark’s Youth Offending Service have been painting Victim Support’s office walls at the Elephant and Castle, as part of their reparation to victims and to the community.

Southwark launches Operation Makesafe

Southwark Council logo

Published on 18 March 2015

Southwark Council and Southwark Police are launching a joint initiative calling on the assistance of the local business community to help identify potential victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Southwark selected as only London borough in new diabetes prevention programme

Southwark Council

Published on 12 March 2015

Southwark residents will be among the first in the country to take part in and shape a new national diabetes prevention programme.

Put your best foot forward with free borough guide books


Published on 12 March 2015

Get more out of your walk with the free to download CoolWalks guide book, showcasing themed CoolWalks around Southwark highlighting a dynamic mix of topics.

Southwark GP practices get active at Millwall Stadium

Millwall FC

Published on 12 March 2015

GP practice teams across Southwark put the topic of physical activity in the spotlight at a training event at Millwall Stadium.

Southwark Council creates unique fire safety system

Southwark Council

Published on 12 February 2015

Southwark residents will be some of the first in the country to be protected by a new, bespoke, linked fire alarm system co-designed by the council.

Got a New Year’s Resolution? We can help

Healthy lifestyles

Published on 9 January 2015

If your New Year's resolution is to get more active and lose weight, cut down your alcohol intake or quit smoking, Southwark Council can get you started with lots of opportunities to help.

Millwall team help kick start Southwark’s Dementia Pledge

DAA Millwall

Published on 9 December 2014

From world famous tourist hot spots to local shops, over 30 Southwark organisations have already signed up to the council’s Dementia Action Alliance, which was officially launched this weekend.

Southwark shines with National Social Work Award win

Southwark Council logo

Published on 5 December 2014

The prestigious annual Social Work Awards were a night to remember for Southwark social worker Wendy Whitaker as she took home the Mental Health Social Worker of the Year award at the national ceremony last week.

Southwark Council backs campaign to promote HIV testing

Southwark Council

Published on 25 November 2014

It is National HIV Testing Week and Southwark Council is backing the national campaign to encourage people to get themselves tested.

Council brings communities together to create Dementia Friendly Borough

Southwark Council

Published on 20 November 2014

Famous arts venues, major supermarkets, and the local football club are just three of the organisations and businesses who are signing up to a council-led scheme to make Southwark dementia friendly.

Council set to support National Alcohol Awareness Week


Published on 14 November 2014

The council is encouraging people to think more about their alcohol intake with a series of events and activities across the borough as part of National Alcohol Awareness Week (17 to 23 November).

Southwark announced as one of only six local authorities to receive a clean bill of health for local Better Care Fund plans

Southwark Council

Published on 31 October 2014

Yesterday the Health Secretary announced that Southwark is one of only six local authorities in the UK to have been approved for the Government's Better Care Fund.

Get the facts on Ebola


Published on 14 October 2014

Southwark Council is continuing to provide the facts and information regarding Ebola for local people who might have concerns.

Calling all young athletes to join Team Southwark for the 2015 London Youth Games

Team Southwark 2015

Published on 7 October 2014

Southwark Council is calling upon the next generation of local sporting talent to get involved in the 2015 London Youth Games.

Southwark marks National Older People's Day

National Older People Day

Published on 2 October 2014

Southwark marked National Older People's Day by holding an open Q&A session at a local church to discuss key issues on 1 October.

Southwark set to save more lives than ever this Stoptober


Published on 30 September 2014

Smokers in Southwark are being encouraged to sign up to this year's Stoptober campaign, as the Stoptober roadshow holds London's only launch event for 2014 in Southwark's own Peckham Square.

Wardens help homeless man after assault in Bankside

Southwark Council

Published on 22 September 2014

Southwark's community wardens came to the rescue of a homeless man after he was assaulted on Wednesday 10 September in Bankside.

Council campaign connects to combat isolation


Published on 16 September 2014

Calls to Southwark’s advice service for older people rocketed by almost 40 per cent during the council's recent anti-isolation campaign.

Council ready for Care Act challenges

Southwark Council

Published on 16 September 2014

Southwark Council is preparing to implement key changes introduced by the new Care Act, the legal part of national government's reform of adult care and support.

Council takes pioneering step in its fight against harassment

Women's Safety

Published on 15 September 2014

The notoriously under-reported issue of harassment is being tackled head on by Southwark council.

Southwark's Young Advisors shortlisted in the National Personal Safety Awards

Southwark Council

Published on 8 September 2014

Southwark's Young Advisors have been shortlisted for the prestigious National Personal Safety Awards 2014 for their "StreetBase" Team project.

Thousands of primary school pupils to receive free fruit at school from September


Published on 1 September 2014

The council is rolling out its offer of free fruit for pupils aged 7-11, building on the existing scheme for infants so that every child who attends a local authority primary school gets fruit daily.

Beko recalls gas cookers in important safety warning for residents


Published on 26 August 2014

Beko is still seeking some older models (manufactured prior to 2009) of Beko, Flavel and Leisure gas cookers that can produce potentially fatal levels of carbon monoxide.

Homelessness prevention: Southwark Council tackles issues for most vulnerable

Southwark Council

Published on 25 July 2014

Southwark Council is set to agree a new protocol to help those most vulnerable to becoming homeless in the borough.

Southwark first council in country to commit to care worker contracts

Southwark Council

Published on 22 July 2014

Tackling the negative impact of zero hour contracts and introducing occupational sick pay are just some of the measures Southwark Council is planning to introduce through its own Ethical Care Charter.

Southwark Council reminding residents to enjoy the sunshine and stay safe during hot weather


Published on 21 July 2014

As the MET office predicts another rise in temperatures towards the end of the week, Southwark Council is continuing to ensure our more vulnerable residents are safe and well in the heat.

Stay safe in the summer sun


Published on 25 June 2014

Summer has officially started so Southwark Council is calling on residents to stay sun safe and check on vulnerable people in their communities as temperatures start to rise.

Southwark campaign launched to find 'right' care home workers

Southwark Council

Published on 23 June 2014

Southwark Council, working with local job centres and care home providers, has launched a unique campaign to make care home work a career choice and find the 'right' people for the job.

Southwark continues to rise up the ranks as it helps more people than ever before get active

cycling and exercise

Published on 20 June 2014

The eighth annual Active People survey by Sport England shows that adult participation in sport and activity between April 2013 and April 2014 in Southwark has increased again, to 38 per cent.

Council encourages screening kit returns for Bowel Cancer month

Southwark Council

Published on 16 April 2014

As part of April’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month campaign Southwark Council is encouraging older residents to make use of their free screening kits.

Council and NHS pledges targeted support for Southwark’s community of carers

Carer talking to older man and woman

Published on 8 April 2014

Southwark Council and NHS Southwark CCG have pledged a raft of new, targeted support services to the borough’s estimated 21,000* unpaid carers as part of a new joint strategy.

Work set to start on user-designed, state-of-the-art dementia centre in Southwark

Visual of garden

Published on 7 April 2014

It may look calm and quiet on the outside but inside is a flurry of activity as contractors are currently clearing out space at the Cator Street Resource Centre in Peckham.

Council agrees to pool funds for better health and social care

Southwark Council

Published on 28 March 2014

Southwark Council has committed to work closely with the CCG to create a £22m shared budget for better, integrated health and social care.

Share The Care Week: find out more about Family Link

Southwark Council

Published on 27 March 2014

As part of national Share the Care week (23 March to 2 April) Southwark Council is calling for people to sign up to its Family Link scheme and help out a family caring for a disabled child.

Smokers urged to quit borough's biggest killer on National No Smoking Day

Stop smoking

Published on 7 March 2014

Smokers in Southwark are being encouraged to take the first steps to quitting as the nation marks No Smoking Day on Wednesday 12 March, 2014.

Southwark drops out of top three for teen pregnancies in London

Southwark Council logo

Published on 4 March 2014

Southwark’s teenage conception rate has more than halved over the last 15 years as figures show the borough has dropped from the top three of inner London authorities for the first time in ten years.

Council’s single number 'lifeline' helps thousands of vulnerable adults


Published on 28 February 2014

For some people it is a vital lifeline and in the last 12 months, Southwark Council's single number hotline for adult social care has received over 25,000 calls.

An apple a day keeps more than the doctor away...

Mind Apples

Published on 3 February 2014

People in Southwark will be seeing a new 'Mindapple' tree around the borough encouraging them to pledge five simple things to promote their own positive thinking and good mental health.

Southwark Council gives account of local care services

Southwark council logo

Published on 28 January 2014

From care homes to home care, thousands of people in Southwark who regularly use services provided by adult social care can read exactly how the council is performing in this area.

Southwark Council expands Telecare service in unique bid to support vulnerable people

Southwark council logo

Published on 27 January 2014

Thousands more people will be eligible for free state-of-the-art technology that will mean they can stay in their own homes longer as the council announces a major expansion to its Telecare service.

New app launches to put personal safety in the hands of users

Tap It

Published on 24 January 2014

Today sees the launch of a new personal safety mobile app designed to help people who find themselves in vulnerable situations.

Avoid alcohol excess and consider a ‘Dry’ January suggests Council


Published on 2 January 2014

Southwark Council is encouraging residents to try going 'dry' in January as part of a national campaign.

Council wishes the Southwark Foodbank a very Merry Christmas

Southwark Food Bank

Published on 12 December 2013

The Southwark Foodbank, hosted by Pecan, received an unexpected Christmas present this week as Southwark Council presented them with a cheque for £10,310.

Southwark partnership sets SAIL to support residents in joint launch

Published on 10 December 2013

Southwark Council has teamed up with the local branch of Age UK to launch two schemes designed to support older residents to stay safe and independent at home and tackle the issue of isolation.

Lowest ever number of teen pregnancies recorded in Southwark

Free condoms

Published on 29 November 2013

Latest figures on teenage conception rates show Southwark has recorded the lowest figure since records began – evidence that work to reduce teen pregnancies is paying off.

Council reiterates safe sex message during national HIV Testing Week

HIV and Aids awareness red ribbon

Published on 26 November 2013

Southwark Council is highlighting the importance of safe sex and early testing as part of National HIV Testing Week (November 22 to 29).

Southwark signs up to Ethical Home Care Charter


Published on 19 November 2013

Southwark Council has signed up to UNISON's Ethical Home Care Charter and commit to improving working terms and conditions for hundreds of local care workers.

Adult learning services receive 92 per cent satisfaction rating in national learner survey

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Published on 15 November 2013

Southwark residents are delighted with the council's adult learning courses, a new survey has shown.

Southwark Council leads London authorities to sign up to tobacco commitment

Stop smoking

Published on 12 November 2013

Southwark Council has become the first London authority to commit to a joint action to tackle the single greatest cause of premature death and disease in our communities – smoking.

Council outlines actions to improve health and wellbeing in borough

Southwark council logo

Published on 24 October 2013

Silver surfers, special sports teams and families facing obesity issues are just some of the groups that are being targeted for extra support to make Southwark a healthier and happier place.

Southwark Council urges women to be 'breast aware' this October

Bra breast awareness

Published on 10 October 2013

Women in Southwark are being reminded to regularly check their breasts and report any unusual changes to their GP as part of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Council offers warning on e-shisha products used by children


Published on 8 October 2013

Children as young as 11 are using e-shisha sticks as part of a new craze developing across London but Trading Standards officers at Southwark Council have warned the products may not be safe.

Update on Fire Brigade Union strikes

Fire engine

Published on 24 September 2013

The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) is on strike on Wednesday 25 September from 12 midday to 4pm.

Southwark signs up to second Stoptober to save lives (and money)


Published on 20 September 2013

Smokers in Southwark are being encouraged to sign up to this year's Stoptober campaign – a mass stop smoking event – to kick start their own chances of giving up permanently.

Council lays out plans to improve lives of children, young people and families

School children

Published on 20 September 2013

Thoughts, experiences and reflections from over a thousand local people – including hundreds of children and teenagers - have been used as a basis for the council’s new Children and Young People Plan.

Council and NHS seeks views on plans to support thousands of Southwark carers

Carer assessing older man

Published on 18 September 2013

Southwark Council is calling on local carers to help shape a new strategy designed to support them to stay healthy.

Southwark charities share £20k of public health funding for workplace wellbeing


Published on 30 August 2013

From healthy eating to health and safety, six Southwark charities have been given funding to set up new schemes or initiatives that will help keep their workforce well.

Council consults on proposals to enhance mental health services

Southwark council logo

Published on 30 August 2013

People in Southwark are being invited to have their say on proposals to introduce extra new services to provide information, advice and support to people with mental health conditions.

Council confirms location for dementia centre of excellence

Southwark council logo

Published on 30 August 2013

Southwark Council has taken the next step in creating its groundbreaking centre of excellence for people with dementia this week, by confirming where the new service will be based.

Council confirms: 'Health Checks ARE saving lives'


Published on 23 August 2013

Southwark Council has repeated its call for people to take up their free health check and says they are essential to help save lives.

Boroughs join forces to fight illicit tobacco trade

Southwark council logo

Published on 22 August 2013

Boroughs across South East London plan to curb the sale of illicit tobacco after a report found criminal gangs sold illicit cigarettes with a street value of £22 million annually in the region.

Southwark health checks recognised as best practice


Published on 12 August 2013

A simple check up that can identify a range of potential health problems is finding and helping a hidden population of people who weren’t aware they might be at risk of having one of these illnesses.

Local libraries celebrate Southwark Wellbeing Week

Canada Water library

Published on 8 August 2013

Next week is Southwark Libraries' Wellbeing Week bringing an eclectic mix of interesting and engaging events to your local library spaces.

Stay safe in the summer sun


Published on 15 July 2013

Southwark Council is calling on residents to stay sun safe and check on vulnerable people in their communities as record temperatures are recorded in London.

Difficult decisions ahead as council faces budget shortfall


Published on 1 July 2013

Southwark Council has admitted it will be facing some difficult decisions in the coming years as it faces a £23m budget gap, but adds that plans are in place to make up the majority of the shortfall.

Southwark Council delivers on promises

Fairer future

Published on 1 July 2013

New homes delivery, a significant reduction in violent crime and an extensive programme of major housing repair works are just some of the promises Southwark Council is keeping.

Southwark Council highlights vital work of local carers

Carers week

Published on 12 June 2013

Southwark Council and Southwark Carers are highlighting the important work of carers during carers' week.

Council backs diabetes programmes for national awareness week


Published on 3 June 2013

Although almost 12,000 people in Southwark have been diagnosed with diabetes there are still concerns there may be a high number of people living with the condition.

Council campaign launched to highlight elderly abuse

Southwark council logo

Published on 24 May 2013

Southwark Council has launched a new campaign to encourage people to come forward if they suspect an older person is experiencing abuse.

Southwark Council pledges over £260k for dementia projects, including Alzheimer’s Cafe

care worker comforting older man

Published on 23 May 2013

Southwark Council has pledged £55,000 to continue funding the Alzheimer Society’s dementia cafe in South Bermondsey for another year - part of its commitment to supporting people living with dementia.

It’s the roll overs return for vulnerable people's Taxicard scheme

someone to drive you

Published on 10 May 2013

Disabled people living in Southwark will be able to roll over unused credit on their Taxicard from June 1 as the council takes on board requests from users.

Council one-stop telephone number gets over 20,000 calls in first few months

My Support Choices

Published on 2 May 2013

Southwark Council's new and improved single number for adult social care enquiries has successfully dealt with over 20,000 calls since it was set up eight months ago.

Southwark leads council charge on Ethical Care Charter for Home Care workers

care helping older woman wash dishes

Published on 22 April 2013

Southwark Council has promised to investigate how it can further support the borough's home care workers as part of its work with Unison on an Ethical Home Care Charter.

Southwark Council and Anchor strike early repayment deal for care homes

older woman in wheelchair being pushed by younger woman

Published on 16 April 2013

Southwark Council is buying out a long-term contract with Anchor Homes, in a move that will save the council around £12m over the next 12 years, while continuing to provide the same quality of service to all care-home residents, who will continue to benefit from the new facilities brought in as part of the original deal.

Local organisations share windfall with Southwark Council’s bumper Innovation Fund

A carer looking after the person they care for

Published on 15 April 2013

Ten local organisations that offer services to vulnerable people around Southwark have been awarded a share of the council’s bumper Innovation Fund for 2013.

Council encourages screening kit returns for Bowel Cancer month

Elderly people

Published on 15 April 2013

As part of April's Bowel Cancer Awareness month campaign Southwark Council is encouraging older residents to make use of their free screening kits.

Southwark Council takes on public health challenges

Healthy lifestyles

Published on 4 April 2013

Factors behind the high rates of heart disease, lung disease and HIV are among the challenges that Southwark Council will be tackling after taking on responsibility for public health this week.

One step scheme set up to spot vulnerable people in Southwark

Support worker talking to an older woman at the table

Published on 3 April 2013

Southwark Council, Age UK and a range of other organisations have teamed up to offer a one step scheme to spot and support potentially vulnerable people in their homes.

Southwark children share healthy eating secrets with American dignitary

USDA visit

Published on 2 April 2013

Children and parents from a Southwark council funded centre played host to a special guest this week to showcase their work in healthy eating.

Council lays out plans to tackle alcohol-related crime and ill health in Southwark


Published on 25 March 2013

Southwark Council has approved a new strategy aiming to reduce the numbers of people committing crimes, suffering ill health or even dying from alcohol-related issues.

Southwark Council ready to tackle public health

Southwark council logo

Published on 22 March 2013

With just a few days to go before the responsibility for public health transfers to local authorities, Southwark Council is gearing up to tackle the borough’s health inequalities head-on.

Smokers urged to quit borough’s biggest killer on National No Smoking Day

Stop smoking

Published on 13 March 2013

Smokers in Southwark are being encouraged to take the first steps to quitting as the nation marks No Smoking Day 2013.

Council gears up to improve the borough’s health

Docter examining elderly man

Published on 13 February 2013

The council is ready for its new public health responsibilities, and is set to tackle the borough's health inequalities head-on, according to this week's Cabinet report.

Southwark Council plans council tax freeze for fifth year in a row

Published on 1 February 2013

Southwark residents will see a zero per cent increase in their council tax, after the planned 2013/14 draft budget was approved this week by Cabinet.

Positive outlook as Southwark publishes first Local Account on adult social care

Older adult with carer

Published on 31 January 2013

Southwark's older people have cheaper meals on wheels, more say in their own care, and better help to stay living independently in their own homes, according to the council's first Local Account.

‘Snow’ rest for Council staff as weekend weather keeps them busy

Cllr Barrie Hargrove with driver Jason Lockett from Conways

Published on 22 January 2013

Southwark Council staff have been busy over the weekend keeping roads and pavements safe and checking on vulnerable residents during the bad weather.

£200k cash pot set up to offer better choice for social care users

Money falling out of an envelope

Published on 17 January 2013

Organisations that can offer new services to people with personal budgets are being encouraged to apply for part of a £200,000 cash pot from Southwark Council to kick start their idea.

Council call for residents to check on vulnerable neighbours as cold snap bites

An elderly lady and a young woman

Published on 15 January 2013

Southwark Council is echoing calls on residents to think about vulnerable people in their communities this winter as the weather becomes colder.

Council highlights helplines for vulnerable, lonely residents this Christmas

Carer helping older woman

Published on 19 December 2012

Christmas is a time to be with friends and families but there are some vulnerable older people in the borough who face spending the festive season alone.

Southwark celebrates successful five years of self-help book scheme


Published on 11 December 2012

Over 22,000 loans of self-help books, mostly around mental health, have been made through Southwark’s libraries over the last five years through the innovative Books on Prescription scheme.

Southwark Council to take next steps towards creating centre of excellence

Southwark Council logo

Published on 5 December 2012

Southwark Council is moving forward with the next stages for its vision for a £2million centre of excellence for older people with dementia or other complex needs associated with old age.

Expected increase in rough sleeping, one council prepares for the changes

Rough sleeping

Published on 28 November 2012

The latest pan-London rough sleeping count will take place tonight, in order to seek solutions going forward and gauge any changes from previous data.

Southwark Council call to carers as part of national awareness day

Published on 27 November 2012

This Friday 30 November is Carer's Rights Day and Southwark Council is reaching out to the borough's carers to make sure they have all the information and support they need.

Know your limit


Published on 22 November 2012

Southwark Council and its partners will be holding a series of events from 22 November to 24 November to mark National Alcohol Awareness Week (19 - 25 November).

Resident pick up post-Olympic baton as activity website hits double

Girls football session

Published on 9 November 2012

Searches for healthy activities in Southwark on the Get Active London website have doubled in the months between June and October as the borough felt the inspiring effects of the London 2012 Olympics.

Southwark Council bucks trend by putting wardens back in sheltered housing

An elderly lady and a young woman

Published on 24 October 2012

Southwark Council is set to buck a decade-old national trend by re-introducing permanent day-time wardens in all 20 of its sheltered housing schemes as part of plans to enhance its housing service.

South Korean visitors learn about Southwark's adult social care

Korean delegation

Published on 17 October 2012

Southwark Council has been sharing its approach to social care with a delegation from South Korea's Ministry of Health this week.

Southwark Council unveil plaque to commemorate World Mental Health Day 2012

WMHD 2012

Published on 16 October 2012

Three Southwark councillors joined CoolTan Arts participants and over 60 supporters walking from Maudsley Hospital to Tate Modern to mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 13 October.

Initial results show strong support for proposed £2m centre of excellence

care worker comforting older man

Published on 10 October 2012

Southwark Council’s plans to overhaul its day services provision for older people have been well received by an overwhelming majority of the people who took part in a recent consultation.

Southwark social worker shortlisted for national award

Social worker

Published on 9 October 2012

A social worker from Southwark Council has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012 as a result of his outstanding work with children and families.

Success of Olympic-inspired summer of activities leaves a healthy legacy

Boundless Sport

Published on 1 October 2012

From dancing to gardening, a series of fun, non-sports based healthy activities inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics has got Southwark communities healthy and active this summer.

Warming up for winter as the heating goes on for council residents

Heating pressure

Published on 20 September 2012

This month, the council will begin the process of switching on its district heating, which will heat around 17,000 homes.

One week left to have say on proposed centre of excellence

care worker comforting older man

Published on 18 September 2012

Residents and service users have just a few days left to take part in the consultation into a proposed new centre of excellence.

Arts and crafts sessions at sheltered housing units are stress relief for older people

Arts and crafts sessions at sheltered housing unit

Published on 22 August 2012

Sheltered housing unit tenants have been taking part in arts and crafts sessions run by voluntary group Community Outreach Ministries.

Centre of excellence consultation well underway as project gathers support

older woman in wheelchair being pushed by younger woman

Published on 6 August 2012

Southwark Council is continuing its consultation on proposed services at the centre of excellence as the project gathers support from service users, staff and NHS and voluntary sector partners.

Southwark confirms plan for shared Director of Public Health with Lambeth


Published on 19 July 2012

Southwark Council has agreed to share a Director of Public Health (DPH) and a specialist public health team with Lambeth Council.

Inaugural meeting of the Southwark Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board takes place

Shadow health and well being board

Published on 12 July 2012

Tackling mental health, obesity and alcohol misuse are among the challenges set out at the first ever meeting of Southwark’s Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, which took place this week.

Southwark Council to consult older people and carers on plans for a new centre of excellence

An elderly lady and a young woman

Published on 4 July 2012

Southwark Council is launching a major consultation into a proposed new centre of excellence to provide top quality day services facilities for older people across the borough living with dementia.

Southwark carers join to celebrate National Carers Week

Carers Week 2012

Published on 22 June 2012

Hundreds of carers from around Southwark joined together this week to celebrate National Carers’ Week.

Mayor joins local artists to launch new gallery space at Unity Cafe

Unity kitchen art

Published on 19 June 2012

Last week the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith, joined the cabinet member for health and adult social care and members of the Camden Society and council officers to launch a new exhibition space.

Events planned around Southwark to celebrate National Carers' Week

Southwark carers logo

Published on 15 June 2012

Southwark's community of carers are being supported and celebrated with a series of activities as part of national awareness week in June.

Championing a 'family first' approach to mental health care

Published on 12 June 2012

Families are being placed at the forefront of a recently re-launched strategy to help parents and children whose lives are affected by mental ill health.

Events planned to celebrate National Carers Week


Published on 12 June 2012

Southwark's community of carers are being supported and celebrated with a series of activities as part of national awareness week in June.

Southwark council signs up to new pilot for elderly care

Elderly people

Published on 7 June 2012

The council is working closely with a number of health care partner organisations to put older residents at the heart of its health care work.

Local home care services enhanced by new contract structure

Published on 25 May 2012

Two providers responsible for the delivery of home care services in Southwark are helping the council honour its commitment to delivering high quality home care for vulnerable adults.

New Southwark forum to tackle health challenges

Published on 1 May 2012

A new forum where council chiefs, the NHS and other experts will join forces to tackle health inequalities in Southwark has been established.

Southwark forms partnership to improve standards of care

Published on 17 April 2012

A key priority for Southwark Council and Southwark NHS is to work in partnership to bring about sustainable improvements to the quality of care being provided within residential and nursing homes for

New project to reach out to 'hidden' group of carers in Southwark

Published on 15 March 2012

Southwark Council is working in partnership with Southwark NHS and Carers UK, as well as local voluntary organisations, to find out more information about carers in the borough.

Official opening for multi - million pound Southwark Resource Centre

Published on 22 February 2012

The Southwark Resource Centre which has been designed to help and support disabled people officially opened its doors to the public this week.

Young people board bus for independent travel training

Young people board bus for independent travel training

Published on 18 October 2011

Young people from Highshore and Spa Schools boarded Southwark’s training bus last Wednesday.

A guide to independent travel training for parents

Independent travel training

Published on 30 September 2011

Southwark Council’s road safety team will be hosting an Independent Travel Training Bus Awareness day on Wednesday 12 October.

Councillor visits Time and Talents charity

Councillor Dora Dixon - Fyle at the Time and Talents charity based in Rotherhithe. The organisation offers community lead services and support to people in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey.

Published on 29 September 2011

Councillor Dora Dixon - Fyle, cabinet member for health and adult social care paid a visit yesterday afternoon to the Time and Talents charity based in Rotherhithe.

Southwark’s Health Factor comes to an end with over 75km run, 35 km walked, 1,200 metres swum, and hundreds of people inspired to live healthier lives

Published on 9 September 2011

Thirteen Southwark residents who took park in the council’s Health Factor this summer have crossed the finish line, notching up an impressive array of achievements.

Innovation fund to help health and community services

Published on 16 August 2011

Southwark Council’s health and community services department has launched an Innovation Fund worth £200,000 for local voluntary and community organisations.

Event marks new chapter for community venture

Elim community centre

Published on 2 August 2011

Elim House Community Venture (formerly the Black Elderly Group Southwark) hosted a barbeque to celebrate its 30th anniversary in Peckham last Friday.

Group member hits high note for councillor

Edward Thompson of 19plus plays his own song to Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle

Published on 20 July 2011

Councillor Dora Dixon – Fyle had a song performed to her on Monday afternoon, when she made a visit to the 19Plus disability programme at Cambridge House.

Important update - Southern Cross care homes

A carer with the person they look after.

Published on 11 July 2011

The Chief Executive of Southern Cross care homes has written to all local authorities across the country today to let them know that homes run by the company are to be transferred to new operators.

Have your say on Taxicard consultation

Published on 15 April 2011

Residents using travel subsidy scheme Taxicard are being urged to have their say on a consultation regarding its future.

Cabinet approves award of home care service contracts

Published on 16 February 2011

Last night, Southwark Council's cabinet approved the award of Home Care Service contracts for a period of three years, from 6 April 2011.

Government's care inspectors upgrade council's adult social care service

Published on 25 November 2010

The body that inspects adult social care today upgraded Southwark Council to the second highest category. The authority is described as "performing well" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Free health event

Published on 8 April 2010

Southwark Health and Social Care (NHS Southwark and Southwark Council) and Thames Reach are pleased to announce an event for Southwark residents to improve their health.

Southwark: free health event

Published on 8 April 2010

Southwark Health and Social Care (NHS Southwark and Southwark Council) and Thames Reach are pleased to announce an event for Southwark residents to improve their health.

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