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Welcome to my web site

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

Booster jab, flu and pneumonia vaccine

I'm pleased to have received my booster jab, flu and pneumonia vaccine at Sydenham Green Group Practice - super smooth and safe taking a few minutes.

Walk-ins are available on push to get everyone vaccinated - 1st, 2nd and booster. Lewisham Hospital are providing the Pfizer vaccine and will be open on Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday from 8am - 4pm. Children aged 12 and over are welcome to attend can have AstraZeneca vaccine rather than Pfizer. South East London CCG website lists local clinics and which vaccine they are offering.

A hug thank thank you to everyone who has been attending the different sites their vaccines and booster jabs.

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 if you have symptoms.

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: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/socialcare/health/lewisham-covid19-champions

Lighting of the Sydenham Christmas Tree

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the lighting of the Christmas Tree including Our Lady and St Philip Neri Brass Band and St Barts School Choir.
The Christmas lights are looking fantastic thanks to Alex from the Sydenham Community Project who has been fundraising for new frames.

Sydenham Fun Palace on Saturday 2nd October 2021 with the Lewisham Mayoresses

Sydenham Assembly

Next meeting on Saturday 11am Saturday 22 January 2022

We will be agreeing the funding for the Sydenham Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) that was launched at the Assembly meeting on Saturday 2nd October - a total of £88,084 that will benefit Sydenham residents.

The Assembly meeting was followed by the Sydenham Fun Palace and we were delighted that the Mayoresses of Lewisham took part with a free tombola. Afternoon activities included a hoola-hooping workshop, learning Icelandic and glassmaking. On Sunday we started with an art class, poetry workshop and pilates. The bee keepers and alternative living was well attended in the Ignition Brewery area.

More information about the Sydenham Assembly posted here - 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.


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.

Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

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 Ellie's web site and 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.