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Service Updates for Greenwich

Published on 03 December 2020 04:18 PM

Christmas Season activities
We’re putting together a directory of Christmassy activities, including any support or food available on Christmas Day to share in Greenwich Info so that people who are feeling socially isolated and want to meet with others know what’s on and where. Please tell us what your organisation is doing, what support is open to all, and how to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you! Email details to:

Mayor’s Christmas outfit day

Join Cllr Linda Bird, the Mayor of Royal Greenwich, and wear a Christmas outfit on Friday 11 December. Wear anything from a red top to a full Rudolph the Reindeer costume to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charities - METRO Charity and Greenwich Starting Blocks. Find out how to donate on our website.

Met Police Christmas Tree Appeal

For the ninth year running, the Met Police is running their Christmas Tree Appeal to make sure London children in care get a present this Christmas.  This year the appeal is virtual and presents can be bought through their virtual store. The deadline to buy presents or make a monetary donation is Wednesday 16 December. For more information, visit the Met Police website.

Coronavirus Updates

The new Community Champions initiative is a partnership between the Council and the NHS and welcomes volunteers from across the borough to help us share key information about coronavirus with friends, family and local community networks. This will ensure our messages reach as many people as possible so that we are fully informed about the virus, reduce the amount of misinformation and signpost the support available. To find out more and sign up click HERE.

Moving into Tier 2

England’s national lockdown ends today, and London goes into Tier 2 on Wednesday 2 December. This means that shops, restaurants and pubs will open again, but only those that serve food, and alcohol will only be served with a meal. You can socialise with up to 5 others not in your household, but only outside. It’s still very important to follow the rules to keep our community safe, avoid cases rising and going into Tier 3. Remember – hands, face, space!

Christmas rules

We are also allowed to form Christmas bubbles with up to 3 households for 5 days from 23 – 27 December. This means we can meet our bubbles indoors, stay overnight and travel between tiers. There are 3 main rules with the Christmas bubbles:

  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • your Christmas bubble should not include people from more than three households

Borough’s Food Response – food pathway, Holiday Meals & Healthy Start

Last week, Greenwich Advice Network (GAN) held a network meeting highlighting our Food Response.  For information on how to support your users with food needs, please see the attached presentations highlighting (1) Community Hub food pathways; (2) Holiday Meals scheme over Christmas & (3) Healthy Start programme for pregnant women & those with young children. For more details email:

Sikh Seva in Woolwich – FREE food to take-away

Guru Nanak Seva is a Sikh organisation that gives out free food (langar) to the local community in Woolwich and Erith.  They would welcome working with other organisations to make sure that they are getting food and basic necessities to those in need - especially during this pandemic. The team distributes FREE take-away meals on Sundays, outside Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station between 5:30-6:30pm and Erith (outside the health centre) on Thursdays, 5.30-6.30pm.  For more information or to work with them, contact