COVID-19 Support Page for SE5

SE5 Forum sends our best wishes to the local community 
We’re here to help share any information that can help those self-isolating or vulnerable in SE5

Our Chair Barbara Pattinson is self-isolating and wishes everyone the best in these difficult times and is heartened at how people are cooperating and helping each other. 

SE5 Forum, as a voluntary group, is keen to help vulnerable members of our community at this extremely difficult time and to support those wanting to help, too. So we will do our best to serve our local community online by circulating and sharing useful and essential information through our enewsletters, website and on social media channels. Whether it’s getting help, volunteering, health, safety, or what local businesses are open, we will pass on any useful and essential information during this difficult period. 

Below is a list we’ve started to put together of useful links for the community. We will add to this and keep it as up-to-date as possible on our website. Please send us any news and information that you’d like us to share with members.
You can contact us on email: or via Twitter @SE5Forum or SE5 Forum’s Facebook page.

Getting Advice and Support:

Government advice:

Advice from the NHS on Covid-19:
Click here for advice from the NHS.

Government advice for employers and businesses:

Lambeth Council Covid-19 advice:

Lambeth Council support for vulnerable people:
Helpline number: 020 7926 2999
The helpline is open from 8am – 8pm everyday.
For more info on support from Lambeth Council for vulnerable people, click here, – including welfare, benefits and council tax support, employment support and advice, and a list of support organisations in Lambeth.

Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance has helpful advice here.

Southwark Council – Covid-19 Support and Advice:
From financial support, parking, vulnerable people, how to help, business support and more, go to Southwark’s Covid-19 pages on its website:

Citizens Advice Southwark – there are no face-to-face appointments – if you have financial difficulties and can’t pay bills or rent or mortgage. Tel: 0344 499 4134  or go to the website where you can email and get online advice:
There is also a dedicated telephone number for carers: 0300 330 1170

Southwark Wellbeing Hub is not doing appointments but you can find out about food banks and other advice and support at:
Email them at:

Mental Health:
Isolation can lead to serious mental health problems. Solidarity in Crisis offers an out-of-hours advice line; click here.

Domestic Abuse:
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline provides guidance and support. Call freephone 24h/day 0808 2000 247.
Southwark helpline: 020 7593 1290

Volunteering and Giving Help:

Southwark Mutual Aid Covid-19 group organises volunteers on a local basis. Look at the Google sheets document which is constantly being updated. This has lists of local WhatsApp groups on individual streets and areas and how to set one up, as well as information on local community groups, foodbanks, volunteering, businesses doing local deliveries, mental health resources and more.
Southwark Mutual Aid Covid-19 Facebook page – look on this Facebook page to post or find help and support in SE5.
Southwark Mutual Aid Covid 19 Facebook:

The Lambeth Mutual Aid Covid-19 also does the same. Refer to their links: Lambeth Covid mutual aid and their Lambeth Whatsapp coordination spreadsheet, this has links to Whatsapp groups which have been set-up – originally on a ward-by-ward basis across Lambeth, but now have some more local neighbourhoods. The Lambeth Mutual Aid Covid-19 Facebook page can be found here: 

A useful website for sharing help locally is

Lambeth Council has started its own volunteer scheme:
Twitter: @lambeth_council. Lambeth Council is appealing for volunteers to help support vulnerable people during the Coranvirus outbreak Enlist here:

Volunteering Opportunities and guidance can also be found on The Mayor of London‘s website: Go to the Covid-19 information and advice here, which includes finding volunteering opportunities.

St Giles Trust in Camberwell is appealing to all of their supporters to donate what they can to their Covid 19 crisis fund. They will be supporting local vulnerable people. Brewbird café is closed but supporting St Giles Trust by operating as a social supermarket.

Southwark Pensioners Centre needs your help. Over 70 of their older people have asked for help with either a weekly social telephone call, food delivery or prescriptions delivery. Go to:
Twitter: Southwark Pensioners @SwarkPensioners

Pedal Me: Cycle couriers including @pedalmeapp are delivering essential food supplies to people in self-isolation, in partnership with councils and businesses. Cycle freight is crucial to #zerocarbonroads but more than that, it’s saving lives and caring for people in need of help.

The Trussell Trust and Independent Food Aid Network – charities which represent food banks across London and the UK – have recently reported some food banks have been forced to close or are considering closing due to a shortage of food and personnel. Please consider supporting your local food bank with a donation of food, money or time. You can find your local food bank and more information on how you can support them at: or

Southwark Council have set up a food access page for those who are unable to afford food or who are self-isolating and can’t access food. Some of the food access points for those in need are: PECAN Southwark Foodbank in Peckham and the Central Southwark Community Hub Foodbanks, including St Giles Parish Hall, 161 Benhill Road, SE5 7LL – available to those referred or with school vouchers or universal credit. Tel: 020 7703 1653 or 07762 501656. email: website:   
The Pantry in Chandler Way, SE15 is a community-run shop – for a small monthly fee, shoppers can buy groceries at an affordable price.
Go to Southwark Wellbeing Hub for more details on food banks:

Voluntary organisations:

Lambeth Council has set up a dedicated page with information for voluntary community sector  organisations including details of where to seek additional funding and support.

Community Southwark is supporting local voluntary and charity organisations to help the community during the crisis by posting information on local volunteer opportunities and more. Find out about volunteer opportunities here:

Voluntary sector organisations may be able to get help from:
City Bridge Trust has given £1 million to an emergency fund
Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund
John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund
Arts Council England Covid-19 support
London Community Foundation Coronavirus Appeal
National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

Helping the NHS:

Lumberjack cafe in Camberwell is dropping off meals for NHS staff at King’s College Hospital and has been asked to supply other NHS organisations. Please donate buy buying their bundles at:

Wellbeing deliveries for King’s Hospital workers: Local resident Jill Orr is fundraising to supply free coffee and healthy refreshments to King’s NHS heroes by stocking up the Wellbeing Centres for NHS workers at King’s College Hospital on Denmark Hiland Princess Royal Kings for Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more at:

Meals for the NHS: buy a meal for NHS workers with this fundraiser online. After 18-hour shifts trying to save our lives from COVID-19, NHS Hospital Staff are faced with canteens that shut at 5pm. Help get food to wards with your donation.

National NHS Volunteer Scheme: The government has launched a national scheme for volunteers to help the NHS, which has seen a massive response. Find out more here: You can sign up to be a Community Response volunteer, NHS Transport volunteer, or Check-in and Chat volunteer.


The Camberwell Online blog is maintaining a map of what businesses are open or closed and which ones are offering local deliveries: find out more here:

The Camberwell Farmers Market has been suspended so SE5 Forum’s Saturday market stall on Camberwell green can’t run at the moment. However, stallholder Keeley Watson is continuing to feed NHS workers from her fruit and veg stall by Denmark station.

Lambeth Council support for businesses:
Lambeth have set up a dedicated information page for businesses in Lambeth which they will be using to share updates. The Government has announced that all non-essential retail premises must close to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). It is important that all Lambeth businesses urgently read the new guidance.

Southwark Council has a business support page and has now paid over £15 million to local businesses in business grants – another £45 million due out soon. Go to their support page:

Southwark Council AND Lambeth Council General Updates:
Lambeth Council information:
The council’s number one priority is to support the over 4,000 most vulnerable residents in our borough. We are working very closely with our foodbanks, Lambeth Larder, Age UK and other organisations to ensure vulnerable residents have access to the supplies they need to stay safely at home. In only a week we have put in place a network which will shortly be called into action to deliver at a local level. We are launching a helpline for vulnerable people to contact the council as part of our Community Hub which is the command centre for their protection and where food and medicine delivery, connection and distance support as well as intelligence and information will be coordinated.
Now, we need to harness the energy of our community to help our neighbours at this time of great need – please volunteer online at to take part in this enormous community effort.
Rent relief for voluntary and community sector and businesses that rent council properties and are most impacted by the crisis including hairdressers, cafes, restaurants, beauty salons and non-food retailers. This benefits over 220 local small businesses and community organisations.
Grants to businesses – Government have announced grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 for businesses who receive Small Business Rate Relief or are in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors. From today we are paying these grants directly to businesses who are eligible, and we are doing this before receiving the funding from Government. There is no need to apply for this and those who are eligible will be contacted directly.
Business Rates relief – the business rate relief support announced by Government is being applied to accounts automatically. This includes 100% business rate relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020/21.
Freezing commercial waste charges for any pub, club or restaurant that requests it.
A Business Task Force with Lambeth’s seven Business Improvement Districts, coordinating our response and working up additional proposals to support local businesses and support the eventual economic recovery effort.
Expanding our Emergency Support Scheme for those at immediate risk of financial hardship, with an extra £500,000 for emergency financial support for Lambeth residents.
Pausing all enforcement activity against people for council tax and rent arrears during the pandemic. It is vital you keep paying your council tax and rent if you can so you do not fall into debt but we do not wish to cause anxiety for people at this stressful time. We have already committed to not pursuing any evictions during this period as well. Expanding our support for vulnerable people who struggle to pay their council tax by increasing the scope and funding for our Council Tax Support Scheme.
Offering council tax payment flexibility, for example switching direct debit payments so they run from June to March. Please contact the council tax team if you wish to discuss this further.
We have invested additional money in our Crowdfunding platform to enable grants for local community organisations that are responding to the pandemic.
Free parking for NHS staff, social care staff and other key workers in the borough.

Southwark Council information:
A new community hub will support vulnerable residents, and especially those who the NHS has identified as needing to take extra care (known as the shielding programme). Our priority will be to work with voluntary and community groups to help those who are unable to rely on friends and family. We will make sure they receive the food, essential supplies, medicines and social contact they need. You can find out more here.
We are taking action locally to provide financial protection to those in our communities who are most in need. We have supplemented our Southwark emergency support scheme (SESS) budget of £650,000 per year with an additional emergency fund of £1.5 million. We have suspended all debt recovery actions related to council tax and business rates and are looking at how we can help residents who are struggling financially. We also have information and support if you’re struggling with rent payments.
Information about business grants, business rates relief, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme and much more is available on our business support webpage which is being regularly updated. We know this is a very difficult time for the Southwark business community. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
We are currently keeping our parks open so that residents have somewhere to exercise and get some fresh air alone or with members of their household, but it is essential that we all limit our time outside and stay at least 2 metres away from other people. Any enclosed areas within parks where it is more difficult to keep away from other people (such as playgrounds, cafés, tennis courts) have been closed.
Our libraries are now closed. However, we are auto-renewing all loans and cancelling overdue fines until we can reopen, so there’s no need to worry about any books or DVDs that you’ve already borrowed. In the meantime, you can explore our huge, free, online library offering. We have free audiobooks and online booksfree magazines and newspapersfree movie streaming and more.
Waste and recycling
Although our Reuse and Recycling Centre is currently closed to the public, we are prioritising the collection of household waste, and will reach you as quickly as possible. We ask that you please bear with us if your waste is collected on a later day than normal, as we are experiencing some delays.
All health and key workers in Southwark are being allocated free, virtual parking permits. These are associated with their registered vehicles and apply to all of our permitted parking spaces. The permits are allocated through the businesses and organisations that employ health and key workers. We have reached out to as many as we can identify, including NHS workers, schools and police, but would invite other such employers to come forward by emailing. Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) will continue to operate, with parking concessions for health and key workers. Parking restrictions and CPZs play an important role in keeping traffic moving and ensuring that deliveries (especially essential medical supplies) reach their destinations on time.

We hope to post more information soon. In the meantime, keep us informed and check for updates on our social media channels and our website – see links below. Keep safe everyone!

Best wishes,
SE5 Forum for Camberwell

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @SE5Forum or Facebook to find out what is happening in Camberwell! 

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Camberwell Identity and Business: Freelance marketing opportunity (5 days)

SE5 Forum has a freelance marketing/sales opportunity (5 days) to promote the new Camberwell Identity brand designs to local businesses.

SE5 Forum’s Camberwell Identity group is looking for a freelance marketing professional to help recruit 20 businesses to adopt the new Camberwell brand design/s as Camberwell ‘champions’. The fee for 35 hours work (5 days) is £425.

Person specification:

• Self-employed
• 3yrs+ experience/qualification in branding/marketing/media.
• Understanding/experience of Small to Medium Enterprises (SME);
• Sales and pitching experience
• Knowledge of Camberwell area
• Strong IT skills
• Networking and social media skills
• Values in alignment with SE5 Values

Please contact SE5 Forum by Monday 2 March with a brief email and CV at:

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Camberwell branding and banners launched by actress Jenny Agutter

The ‘Camberwell Brick’ branding design has been unveiled, with strong cultural and historical significance. The colourful design is featured on the new crowdfunded Camberwell Banners along Denmark Hill to reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the area.

The ‘Camberwell Brick’, created by local design consultancy Studio Sutherland, who have designed identities for the Natural History Museum, Pallant House Gallery and Kings Place, was inspired by the well which features in the area’s name, history and coat of arms. The well acts as a metaphor for Camberwell’s diverse and vibrant community, with each brick able to symbolise different characteristics that come together to make a cohesive whole. The bricks also form the C for Camberwell.

Camberwell-resident Jenny Agutter, currently starring in Call the Midwife, says: “Camberwell is a real neighbourhood; its strong cultural mix and rich history are what make it a great place to live. Using the Camberwell Brick on the banners and other projects will enable us to bring the story of Camberwell’s vibrancy to life, making everyone feel proud of what we have here in SE5.”

The visual branding was commissioned by the Camberwell Identity Group, following research which showed people felt Camberwell can often be overlooked, and its identity overshadowed by the surrounding areas of Peckham, Brixton and Dulwich. The group of volunteers recognised the need to create a sense of place for Camberwell; one which brings the community together, creates more business for local traders and a Camberwell for everyone to be proud of.

“Working closely with our chosen designer, Studio Sutherland, and through on-going community consultations, we have created branding which can show the many reasons Camberwell is a great place to live and work, such as its diversity, green spaces, food & drink and community,” says Jessica Bishop, Chair, Camberwell Identity Group. “We are delighted with the ‘Camberwell Brick’; it provides us with a distinctive and relevant space to own, enabling us to tell the story of Camberwell brick by brick. It will be used to signpost and raise awareness of Camberwell and enhance the look of the area.”

The branding, which uses a palette of colours drawn from local greenery, architecture and the sky, and a typeface created by local typographer Berthold Wolpe, was unveiled today on lamppost banners positioned along Denmark Hill.

The banner themes are based on locals’ favourite aspects of Camberwell which are community, creativity, health, green spaces, businesses and food and drink and the visuals used are by local artists and photographers.

The aim of the banners is to encourage the millions of people that come every year to visit its world-famous hospitals to see more of Camberwell, leading them down the high street to discover the wonderful cafes, shops, green spaces and galleries of Camberwell.

Local business owner Ross Farmer from Support & Sustain, who was consulted on the brand development, says: “the ‘Camberwell Brick’ introduces a consistent and highly visible branding that unites all the different elements that make Camberwell great. The lamppost banners create immediate impact and bring life into the high street which will hopefully boost the local economy by attracting new visitors and customers into Camberwell.”

The Camberwell Identity Group has developed guidelines for all stakeholders, which will allow the brand to work consistently. This will include a bank of imagery donated by local people, artists and photographers. The Group has an open call-out to residents of Camberwell to submit their visuals that they would like to make available for use.

The banners are just the beginning. The Group is in talks with local businesses and organisations, Network Rail and Southwark Council about using the identity, they are looking for a local maker to produce real bricks for use in development projects, and residents will also be encouraged to use and own the idea.

The money for Camberwell Banners was crowdfunded through Spacehive, with donations received from local businesses, community groups and Camberwell residents, and supported with matched funding of £6500 from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfund London scheme.

Camberwell Identity Group

The Camberwell identity group includes brand experts, artists, teachers, and representatives from local churches, mosques and estates. It consulted widely and commissioned local designers Sutherland Studio, whose award-winning portfolio includes the rebrand of the Natural History Museum, had experience of developing identities for geographical locations and also local understanding and connections, to develop the brand identity for Camberwell.

The Wolpe Collection Font

Camberwell even has its own font, thanks to Berthold Ludwig Wolpe – the visionary German-Jewish calligrapher, typographer, designer and illustrator who helped shape graphic design in post-war Europe. He designed the Albertus typeface which is used for many road signs in London.

Having escaped Nazi persecution in Germany in 1935, Wolpe moved to London where he created his legendary Albertus, Sachsenwald and Pegasus fonts for Monotype. In 1941 he joined Faber & Faber, where he designed many of their most beautiful and memorable book jackets over the course of three decades.

Wolpe went on to teach at Camberwell School of Art from 1948-53, as well as designing a masthead for The Times in 1966. He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1959, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in 1968 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983.

The Wolpe Collection, revived by type designer Toshi Omagari, brings together a restored set of his typefaces and reinvigorates the work of a man who was quietly instrumental in the world of British visual culture.

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SE5 Forum AGM 2019: Creating a Camberwell iD


Thank you for coming to our fantastic AGM!
Thank you to everyone who came to our SE5 Forum AGM: Creating a Camberwell iD. It was a highly successful event, with 50+ attendees and lively discussions. 

The main focus of the evening was the work of our Camberwell Identity group in partnership with Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society and in consultation with the community. Projects to strengthen Camberwell’s identity include murals, banners, vinyls and illustrated maps, as well as a new brand expression for Camberwell that can be used by local organisations and businesses. 

There was also a volunteer presentation by Southwark’s Deputy Mayor Barrie Hargrove and our Chair Barbara Pattinson to community safety volunteer Mark Webb, who had received the Keib Thomas Active Citizen of the Year award from Community Southwark.  

We would also like to thank Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London (UAL) for their kind offer of the Wilson Hall for the event. 


SE5 Forum for Camberwell would like to invite you to our upcoming AGM 2019 which will present:

• This year’s topic – Creating a Camberwell iD.
A panel of speakers & discussion on our ambitious Identity Group projects, including: a new brand design iD for Camberwell, devised using wide consultation with the community; Camberwell Banners (successfully crowdfunded and with Mayor of London backing); murals (one already completed on Camberwell New Road – see below); and a Travel Guide to Camberwell.
All to create a buzz in the area and support the local economy. 

The latest developments in our strategic areas of Transport, Business & Identity as per our Strategy & Action Plan 2018-21

• Q&A and community safety, chair’s and finance reports.

The AGM takes place on Wednesday 2 October 6.15-8.30pm at Wilson Road Hall, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL), 1 Wilson Road, SE5 8LU.

We really hope you can join us on this occasion. Refreshments, as always, will be provided. 

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TV actor Jenny Agutter O.B.E. backs Camberwell Banners and new partnership with Denmark Hill Station
TV actor Jenny Agutter O.B.E. backs Camberwell Banners and new partnership with Denmark Hill Station

But we still need help from local residents and businesses to reach our Camberwell Banners crowdfunding target on Spacehive! 

Local actor Jenny Agutter O.B.E., star of Call the Midwife, has now joined actor Lorraine Chase in supporting our Camberwell Banners crowdfunding project on Spacehive, And with the £6,500 Mayor of London matchfunding too, we’re getting near our target.

Just £1,078 more to raise to reach £10,703. But we’ve only got 22 days left!

We need your help to brighten our high street and support our local cafes, shops and businesses!

We want to thank all those fantastic pledgers to Camberwell Banners so far. But if you haven’t already, if you can pledge any amount to Camberwell Banners, however big or small amount, or pledge again just £5 – we will be able to install inspiring lamppost banners down Denmark Hill. Or why not spread the word and encourage a friend or colleague to give. 
Please pledge here at: 

As Jenny Agutter tweets: “Support your local shops and facilities folks… Enjoy them quietly in case they disappear quietly!” 

Jenny Agutter is not only backing our Camberwell Banners project but has also launched a new local partnership with Denmark Hill Station – with the help of Mole the terrier. Jenny, famous for her role in the Railway Children, was welcomed by new Station Manager Louis Williams, Florence Eshalomi, Chair of the Transport Committee of the London Assembly,  local Councillor Jason Ochere and members of the Camberwell Identity group, who represent Camberwell Arts, Camberwell Society and SE5 Forum. Local residents including Mole the terrier joined in.

The colourful signposting installed at Denmark Hill station – along with the Camberwell Banners – will lead station visitors to explore the great shops, cafes & green spaces down in Camberwell.

Anyone can pledge (again) to Camberwell Banners here:

Many thanks from SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society, working with the local community. 
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Colour comes to Camberwell! New mural launched by school pupils is first of our local identity projects

Pupils from Sacred Heart School art club in Camberwell opened the first mural today to be painted as part of Camberwell’s place identity project.

The Camberwell mural by Lionel Stanhope, famous for his vintage typography, is on Camberwell New Road under the railway bridge right next to Sacred Heart School.

The colours were chosen by the pupils from Sacred Heart who said it best reflected how they see Camberwell – Culture, Colour, Cool, Community, saying that these colours give life to the bridge.

The mural is part of a new Camberwell identity project by SE5 Forum, Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts with the community and businesses. The aim is to bring to life Camberwell’s unique, vibrant identity and make everyone feel proud of Camberwell.

Jordan Naylor, Art teacher at Sacred Heart explains “We have been studying Bob and Roberta Smith – promoting the arts with text art. So, this mural is really relevant to the pupils’ work and it is great to be involved in something representing Camberwell’s community.”

Eddie Burton, Customer Service Manager at Network Rail, who are funding the mural, said: “Our experience across South London is that these artworks inspire pride in people’s neighbourhoods and encourage people to respect railway bridges and other structures.

The Camberwell identity group, which includes brand experts, artists, teachers, representatives from churches, mosques and estates, is now raising money to install raised lamppost banners along Denmark Hill. The banners aim to lead visitors down the high street to discover the wonderful cafes, shops, green spaces and galleries of Camberwell – please donate any amount here by 12 August to help us reach our target:

The mural has already attracted a local twitter storm:

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Local celebrity Lorraine Chase backs our Camberwell Banners campaign

We are excited to announce that local resident, TV star, actress and presenter Lorraine Chase is supporting our Camberwell Banners crowdfund campaign on Spacehive.

Lorraine says: “As a resident of Camberwell, born and bred, l’m proud to support the Camberwell Banners crowdfund campaign and share the delights of my community to support our wonderful pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as local businesses.”

Thanks Lorraine!
You can pledge to Camberwell Banners here.

And also thanks to the Mayor of London, who has now awarded our Camberwell Banners campaign with a generous £6,500 donation (more than 50% of our target) from the Crowdfund London scheme, which backs community projects in the capital. Camberwell Banners is only one of two projects in Southwark, and one of 23 in London, to receive matchfunding from the Mayor. 

We’re now getting close to our target but we still need your help!
We need to get to £10,712 by 12 August or the project can’t happen. 
Please pledge now at:

Camberwell Banners – by SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society – will install banners from Denmark Hill to Camberwell Green, to encourage visitors down into Camberwell to enjoy our excellent shops, eateries, green spaces and facilities – helping to give a well-needed boost to the high street. 

Many thanks to those who’ve already pledged to Camberwell Banners and keep spreading the word. If we go over our target, we can install more banners along Camberwell Church Street and/or Camberwell New Road.

You can read more about the Mayor’s Crowdfund London scheme here

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Free Business Brunch with Camberwell Business Network and Theatre Peckham

Camberwell Business Network and Theatre Peckham invite all local businesses to attend the next FREE Business Brunch: Creative Approaches to Local Opportunities on Thursday 4 July, 10-11.30am.

This is a chance for businesses to come together to build relationships, develop networks, share best practice and exchange skills in the heart of the community. SE5 Forum for Camberwell will also present its latest projects to boost Camberwell’s identity and support the local economy.

If you’d like to attend, please contact Simone Watson, Head of Events, Theatre Peckham: or tel: 0207 708 5401.
Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, SE5 7SD. 

This event is a partnership between SE5 Forum’s Camberwell Business Network and Theatre Peckham.

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Camberwell Banners: Please pledge to our crowdfund campaign

Camberwell Banners – support our Spacehive campaign!‐banners.

Support inspiring Camberwell lamppost banners from Denmark Hill station to Camberwell Green and get a free Travel Guide to Camberwell 2019 – the essential companion for those in search of the real SE5.

SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society have got together to design new Camberwell Identity projects with the local community (banners, murals, floor vinyls at Denmark Hill, travel guide to Camberwell and more) to encourage visitors, boost the high street and celebrate the unique vibrancy of our area.

Now we’ve launched a fundraising campaign for one of our projects – Camberwell Banners – on Spacehive and we need your help! With your pledge, this can happen!

Thanks to all of you who’ve pledged so far. With your amazing generosity, we managed to get 150 people pledging by 18 June. This was the amount we needed to reach for the Mayor of London to consider matchfunding the project – we will find out soon if we’ve succeeded. Meanwhile, our Camberwell Banners campaign will keep running until 12 August, so keep those pledges coming in by sharing and tweeting about it.

Some of our favourite shops are closing in Camberwell ‐ Cruson grocers, GX gallery, and Pesh flowers. Yet 5 million patients use King’s College Hospital and more than 3 million pass through Denmark Hill Station every year. Camberwell Banners will install raised lamppost banners along Denmark Hill to lead visitors to the hospitals and station down the high street to discover the wonderful cafes, shops, restaurants, businesses, green spaces and galleries of Camberwell.
Go to:‐banners & pledge from £2

Thanks also to those who gave feedback at our stall during the Camberwell Arts Festivals launch on our Camberwell Identity design ideas which will inform the final banners design.

Many thanks for your support.

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Camberwell Business Network: free event to support local businesses

The next free Camberwell Business Network (CBN) engagement and networking event – in association with SE5 Forum for Camberwell – takes place next Thursday 25 April 6-8pm at Theatre Peckham. ALL local businesses are invited to attend for FREE. 

The event (the second of three free events) is being facilitated by our CBN Engagement Officer Oli Polidore Perrins as part of his brief to create an active business network, support business growth in the area and create an improved retail experience for locals and visitors. 

Businesses will be able to hear presentations and get advice from councillors, brand experts and SE5 Forum representatives, as well as finding out more about the Camberwell Business Network.

SE5 Forum will also be giving a presentation on its current Camberwell Identity project, and how this will support local business. The CBN event will be chaired by our SE5 Forum board member and business lead Will Reeves.

Any business representative who would like to attend this exciting business event, please see details below on our business invite and contact Oli on:

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Camberwell Police Station closure. How safe do you feel?

Camberwell Police Station closure. How safe do you feel? Southwark News wants your views. 

Local newspaper Southwark News has approached SE5 Forum to get local Camberwell residents’ views on the closure of Camberwell Police Station, with local teams no longer to be based there (in March).

The newspaper is keen to have your views on local community safety and policing.

If you’d like to give your views to Southwark News, you can reply to this email with your full name and any brief quotes you’re happy for Southwark News to use.

We will email this on to the newspaper (if you’re interested in passing on your phone number, too, you can – and the newspaper may contact you further).

DEADLINE: THIS MONDAY (morning at latest)

Many thanks for your contributions.

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Camberwell Identity – please fill in our survey

SE5 Forum’s board members and other volunteers are currently working hard together on initiatives to strengthen Camberwell’s identity – to help increase awareness and interest in the area and encourage improvements for residents, visitors and businesses. We are collecting people’s views on the area to inform our work.

SO we are reaching out to you, our community, to ask you for your thoughts and input!

We’d be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in our short survey. This quick anonymous questionnaire asks you to tell us what you like/don’t like about Camberwell, what improvements you’d like to see, what facilities you use, etc.


OR PRINT OUT the survey and bring it to the SE5 Forum stall on Saturdays on Camberwell Green between 10am and 2pm.

If you would be interested in taking part in any future informal focus groups on Camberwell’s identity, or would like to just tell us more, please email:


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