It has been really amazing to hear how much people appreciated last week's online Yoga Class! This week we invite you to join Geny for a special Family Yoga Session! It couldn't be easier to joi, just make sure you've set up your free Zoom account, and register and follow the instructions on the Eventbrite listing. The join Geny on Saturday 4th April at 10am as she takes you on a magical Storytelling Yoga adventure!

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Following on from our earlier post, our in person Food Project is currently suspended until further notice.


The team is working hard to reach out to our registered visitors to arrange distribution of our current supplies to those most in need. We are working closely with other local voluntary groups and organisations as part of the LewishamLocal initiative to continue to support our community during this difficult time.


If you are in need of support, or are interested in volunteering locally please visit or call 03330 150378


For more information about ChART projects please email or leave us a message on 020 8851 0174 and one of the team will get back to you as soon as we can.Poster adverrtising where individuals can both access support or offer to volunteer in the community to help during the covid-19 pandemic




Black text on white background, ChART has had to stop all our face-to-face activities and events in line with the current government advice for the time being.








ChART Garden Competition - The Winners

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We had a second great year of our garden competition. The judges visited some very different growing spaces, from small balconies to larger community gardens. It was wonderful to hear the passion people had for growing and caring for their outdoor space and the sharing of advice, seeds and plants that went on between neighbours.

We were especially pleased to have a children’s category this year and our winners John John (4) and Melody (9) both impressed the judges with their ...growing skills, both winning £25 vouchers. The judges thought Melody's delightful planter was made even more attractive by the use of the hat as planter in preference to a plastic pot. We thought the plants, which looked so good together, would have been very popular with bees and other insects too. John John was our youngest entrant and it was clear to see his enthusiasm for all the vegetables and fruit he has grown this year. He has grown carrots, peas, beetroot, rhubarb, strawberries and tomatoes, all in a small area. His carrots looked amazing!

This years' winners in the adults class (each winning a £50 voucher) were:

Jon & Pia: They have nurtured a blank canvas of garden space into a series of interesting areas around the house. Each area works well with interesting planting. They have installed a watering system which uses water with care as needed. The judges particularly enjoyed the contrasting textures and leaf shapes and the winding stony path area leading round one side of the house.

Patricia: Patricia has a small well cared for balcony. It was a delight to hear her talk with such enthusiasm about her plants. She is relatively new to gardening and admits to not knowing much about plant names but is picking up tips and plants from neighbours and is justly proud of what she has created – a beautiful and colourful display.

Philip & Derek: This community space has been brought to life over many years. From short grass all over (maintained by council) Derek has created beds and built fruit cages and raised beds using recycled timber. Most of the work is done by Derek and Philip and they both have areas that they concentrate on. Philip showed us a photo album showing the changes over the years. There is a small greenhouse too. There was a great selection of tomato plants and some colourful bedding. The judges liked the use of old toilets gleaned from a skip which were transformed into jazzy planters.



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What's On:


ChART Yoga with Geny

Face to face classes are temporarily cancelled in line with current advice. But watch this space! We are very excited that Geny is preparing some online video classes for us!

ChART Community Food Project

Update from our Food Project Team on 25/03/2020:
"Our food project was open today at WG Grace Community Centre for our visitors, and we were able to give out two weeks’ food supplies to all that come along.
We will now be closed for a week, but this could change. ChART will be investigating all areas in order to reopen and continue our food project on Wednesdays at midday. We are sorry for any inconvenience, as we try our very best to get food supplies.
If you need to contact Citizens advice Lewisham we have been informed that the advice line will be available in the next couple of days, the number is 0800 231 5453.
For additional support in Lewisham, including befriending, help with deliveries and access to food parcels / foodbanks please phone 03330 150378 or visit the website for further details."

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Walk with ChART 

Our Thursday Walking group is currently suspended until further notice, in line with current recommendations. We will be back as soon as it is safe for us to do so, please follow this page , and our facebook page for updates.

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Grove Park Connections -

Grove Park Connections Thursday Group is cancelled until further notice. But VSL and ChART are still very much around to support our community. If you are interested in a volunteer calling for a chat, or if you need support please do get in touch to find out what we can offer, call VSL on 020 8291 1747

Chinbrook Meadows Conservation & Clean-Up with Friends of Chinbrook Meadows

Last Saturday of each month - March Session is cancelled.

11am - 1pm

Meet in front of the Cafe in the park at 11am


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Do you want to do something for your local community?

Volunteer with ChART and help make our little corner of the world an even better place.

We're currently looking for help setting up & staffing FREE community events.

Help with community engagement & canvassing for Play Streets.

Can you hep us publicise events - could you put a poster up on your gate?

Admin & Social Media Support.

Even half an hour can make a big difference. For more information e-mail: 


Our priorities are

• Social Investment & Small Grants
• Education & Training
• Employment Prospects
• Parks & Green Spaces
• Community & Belonging
• Health & Well-being
• Routes out of Poverty