@BrixtonAdvice and @Centre70 have produced a short report on their experience of providing advice to people using foodbanks during the #coronavirus lockdown.
They have seen a 79% increase in people accessing their services compared to the same time last year and experienced a 120% increase in the number of new, first-time clients accessing the advice service via the foodbank during these three months of lockdown when compared with the same period last year.
We recently received advice from a tree expert we had commissioned that one of the trees on St Mary's Green had to be removed. We had commissioned this review in the light of earlier advice that it was showing signs of ill health and should be periodically checked. The latest opinion has been reported to the Lambeth Tree Officer under a Five Day Notice and since being informed of the tree's condition we have been seeking quotes for the work.
As the tree overhangs part of the public footpath surrounding the Green, we have asked the Council to erect safety barriers pending the works. We do not have any date for the works as yet.
Whether this specimen will be replaced, and by what species, is a matter for further consideration at a later stage. We don't like losing trees or having to severely reduce them. We act on professional advice and give priority to the safety of people and property.
We have just received confirmation that the works will be undertaken tomorrow, 8 July, starting arount 8.45am. There will be some unavoidable noise because of the equipment used. We hope this will not be too intrusive and are sorry for any inconvenience neighbours may experience.
The Walcot Foundation will consider new grant applications from charities and social enterprises for projects due to begin from September 2020 via the London Community Response portal.
This will replace our usual application process throughout the summer of 2020 and it is recommended that applications are submitted early to ensure they can be considered before funding is exhausted. This will be part of the Lambeth Community Response Fund.
Grants of up to £50,000 (for a maximum 6-month project) can be applied for and The Walcot Foundation will be prioritising those applications which focus wholly or substantially on supporting Lambeth residents and fit within our updated Covid-19 priorities. Joint funding projects with other funders will be considered where work is spread across a small number of other boroughs or for larger grant requests.
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