Nunhead Knocks - the first update

June 25, 2020
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Hi Nunhead Knocks Volunteers!

Firstly, an enormous thank you to all of you who have volunteered to get involved in the Nunhead Knocks Community – your response has been phenomenal.

In little over a week, we’ve had more than 1,150 offers of assistance from neighbours across Nunhead and the surrounding areas, ready to share their skills and time with those who are isolated by the Coronavirus outbreak. Your community spirit and kindness is a little ray of light at this difficult time.

Our donation site is now up and running! If you wish to donate, visit and please do share in your networks and help us raise money to support vulnerable people in the area.

We’ve got a few ideas about how you can start helping out the Nunhead community, if you’re otherwise fit and healthy but unable to go into work:

Local foodbanks are reliant on your donations to keep going; as increasing numbers of people self-isolate, there’s a real risk that their stocks will dwindle and those most in need will struggle to feed their families. Check out the Southwark foodbank website to see where you can drop food in the area.

[NOW CLOSED] ALKEMI on Nunhead Lane has kindly offered to act as a drop off point for donations of supplies for vulnerable people. If you have surplus toilet paper, food, medicines or other essentials, please bring them to the shop this weekend, from 10-6pm on Saturday or 11-5pm Sunday. We will shortly be organising volunteers to distribute in the community.*

The Southwark Baby Bank needs nappies (all sizes), wipes, toiletries (adult and children’s – including baby wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel etc) and menstrual products (pads, maternity pads); pick up some extra goodies when you brave Dog Kennel Hill Sainsburys and drop them at Priory Court Former Tenants Hall, Cheltenham Road, Nunhead, SE15 3BG every Tuesday 09.30am-12pm. Alternatively, you can donate to their Amazon wishlist here or donate via their JustGiving page.

Lots of drop-in centres across London frequented by the most vulnerable in our communities have been closed due to COVID-19. A community group has been set up by Joseph Funnell, of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and also Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, to connect individuals and organisations on a local level and to signpost those looking for help, volunteers and resources. Please consider joining this group here or invite someone to join this group if you/they are one of the following:

  • A migrant, an asylum seeker or an individual without immigration status who needs immediate support
  • An organisation that supports migrants and asylum seekers
  • An individual who is able to support asylum seekers in their local area
  • An individual with language skills who is able to assist with translation
  • An existing regional mutual aid group looking to reach out to migrant groups

Help a local business - give one of our lovely local businesses a call and see if you can help with any delivery services; this will help them to keep their doors open and ensure local people get then goods they need. If you’re feeling in need of a treat, order a Deliveroo from the fabulous array of restaurants in the area this will help them out a little bit too (but maybe not your waistline).

Use your time at home to have a clear out – there are clothes banks at most of the local Supermarkets and donations can be left outside most of the Charity Shops on Lordship Lane.

Get moving – exercise is good for your mental and physical health, so get your trainers on and go for a jog on the Rye. If this isn’t the moment for your to make your fresh air running debut, there are some great free apps available for all levels like FIIT and SWEAT. Bonus: it’s totally acceptable to do them in your PJs.

If you have any other ideas about how we can all be safely contributing to the community effort and keeping healthy in body and mind we’d love to hear from you. As schools are due to close on Friday, we’d be particularly interested in any wild and wacky ideas and resources you might have to keep the kids amused for the duration.

Once we’ve worked out how we can best use your skills and experiences in Nunhead we will contact you directly; until then stay safe and be kind.

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