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On my web site you can find out about me, my work in Sydenham and Lewisham Council. In short I have represented Sydenham ward since 1986 and believe I have a real understanding of the local issues having lived in and represented Sydenham for over 30 years. I am always ready to listen to what residents say and provide community leadership in chairing the Sydenham Assembly. I am currently the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

I also chair the Sydenham Town Centre Steering Group and SEE3 Portas pilot to attract quality independent businesses to Sydenham.

Please visit my councillor web site as this provides links to Lewisham Council and factual information such as my Newsletters and the Ward Profile.

Please visit my Contact me page for way to get in touch or just send me an email - info@chrisbest.org

Sydenham Fun Palace

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October 2021

Please join us for a weekend of FREE fun at the third annual Sydenham Fun Palace!

Last year was sadly cancelled due to COVID restrictions so this will be the first opportunity for residents to meet in person to say hello to neighbours and check in and hear the latest community news. Being on the road to recovery we can all contribute on how to keep our community safe and help support our traders in the high street.

On Saturday we are honoured and delighted that Lewisham's three Mayoresses will officially open the Fun Palace. They have been busy supporting residents through the pandemic and the urgent need of foodbanks.

We are still planning all the workshops and fun events - on Sunday 3 October we will be screening Lewisham's Positive Ageing Council's Silver Sunday on Zoom. Residents will be able to take part in different activities including dance, singing and Tai Chi.

Sydenham Fun Palace

Launch of the Sydenham Fun Palace

Don't miss our Sydenham Assembly followed by the Fun Palace

11am Saturday 2 October 2021

We are launching the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) this month and discussing possible projects for the £88,084 that will benefit Sydenham residents.

The fund can be spent on community facilities, community health and wellbeing; open/green spaces and nature; air quality; transport and streets plus community safety.

We will also have community updates and time for questions and answers.

I hope you will be able to join in - I will be chairing the meeting so please email me any issues or concerns you would like to raise during the meeting - cllr_chris.best@lewisham.gov.uk

Details of the meeting will be posted at www.lewisham.gov.uk/localassemblies/sydenhamassembly

The Sydenham Assembly Newsletters are online here

Our top five priorities for Sydenham are - Bringing our community together - Health and Wellbeing - Vibrant high street - Keeping Sydenham clean and green - Crime and Antisocial behaviour.

Previous Sydenham Assembly meetings are under the Get Involved page

Please visit the Sydenham Assembly page of Lewisham's web site for more information.

You can also join the facebook page.

Valuing a career in social care

I have been promoting a career in social care and talking to the Labour Party's Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner. At the Labour Party Conference Angela launched the Green Paper on Employment Rights

Please see my blog below.


Public Health during COVID-19

As we start to recover from our third national lockdown and I want to encourage our residents to wear masks on public transport. Although many have been double jabbed this is a deadly virus and we have now, sadly and tragically, reached 136,000 deaths in the UK.

If you’re worried about your symptoms or you're not sure what to do, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you can’t get help online. Do not go to your GP, the hospital or a pharmacy.

Anyone without coronavirus symptoms who needs to leave the home for work or volunteering can get a rapid COVID-19 test. We have a test centre at the Civic Suite in Catford and or the Green Man in Downham. Tests are processed on site, meaning that a test result can be returned quickly on the same day. Test appointments must be booked in advance.

COVID-19 Community Champions help spread truthful information about COVID-19. This helps our community avoid myths and stay safe. More info and link here:


Mental Health support during the Covid-19 outbreak

I am delighted to be working with South London and Maudsley (SLAM) on the South East London Covid-19 Mental Ill-Health Prevention Taskforce which is chaired by Normal Lamb. We are reviewing the support available on mental health and well-being and working with on a listening programme.
Public Health England have published guidance for everyone on how to cope during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Rethink Mental Illness have a Coronavirus Hub for information, support and advice. They have also published a list of tips to help manage daily life during the outbreak.

Every Mind Matters have published advice on staying mentally well staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) have published advice on how to cope with anxiety throughout the outbreak.

Mind have published comprehensive guidance on coping with the coronavirus if you have ongoing or specific mental health issues.

Talking about the heritage of Sydenham including Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic

Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

Visiting Sydenham Community Library

Ellie Reeves has been out and about visiting different organizations as MP for Lewisham West and Penge. I was delighted to meet Ellie at Sydenham Community Library and talk about the offer of our new ipads for hire.

Please clickhere for further information. You can get in contact by writing to: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Alternatively you can email at: ellie.reeves.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 2668. You can also keep up to date with Ellie's activities by following my Twitter and Facebook.

Ellie has lived in the area for most of her life going to Adamsrill Primary School and Cator Park Secondary School. She lives in the constituency with her family and is married to John Cryer, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Ellie is providing a strong voice in Parliament as well as locally. She follows on from Jim Dowd, who served for 25 years as our MP and 20 years a Councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham.