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School holiday clubs will be available for children in Croydon.   Pic: Sigmund

Croydon children to be offered free activities during school holidays

Children in Croydon borough who are eligible for free school meals, will be able to join activity clubs and eat healthy food during their summer and Christmas break this year.

Croydon council opened applications on May 21 for organisations to apply to set up a holiday club, providing balanced meals, physical activities and exercises that promote personal enhancement for children during the two holiday periods.

Croydon councillor and Cabinet member for children, young people and learning, Alisa Flemming, said in a press release: “We are also looking forward to working with a host of partners from across the community in a bid to organise a diverse range of holiday schemes so there is something for children of all ages, backgrounds and interests.”

Lewisham sign agreement to renew support of refugees and migrants

Lewisham council has signed an agreement with its twin borough, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin, to continue their commitment of giving aid to migrants and refugees.

The agreement, pledges that the two councils will commit to sharing with each other, their ideas and methods of supporting migrants.

Lewisham maintains a reputation of welcoming immigrants, as the borough has currently resettled 33 refugee families and has continued campaigning for the UK government to provide wider safeguarding for migrants and refugees.

Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan said in a press release: “Over the past few years Lewisham has emerged as a national leader in resettling refugees, migrants and asylum seekers from across the world.”

Egan added: “This new agreement reaffirms our commitment to working together . . .”

The agreement was signed in a video conference between Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, Mayor of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Reinhard Naumann and voluntary organisations advocating for refugees and migrants.

New vaccine clinics for over 40s in Hackney

Pop-up vaccine clinics will be opening from May 26 in Dalston, for residents over the age of 40 in Hackney and City of London.

The walk-in clinics, which are set to open in Gillett Square, will be available for public entry on May 26 between 11am-5pm, as well as June 2, June 5 and June 6 between 10am-2pm.

The clinics, which are for the first dose of the vaccine only, are being launched in an effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The council said in a press release: “In a bid to help more people access the vaccine and help keep residents safe the council is working with the NHS to do pop up clinics for this age group.”

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