Grieving can feel isolating enough without social distancing. Many people bereaved during lockdown have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones, comfort or even hug each other. If they can't get the support they need, they will be more likely to struggle with the long term effects of grief.
To help, Marie Curie offers a free bereavement support service. Anyone who is grieving can access up to six telephone sessions with a matched volunteer by calling 0800 090 2309. Further details as well as online information and support is available here: www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/telephone-bereavement-support.
National Day of reflection
Over 150,000 people across the UK have now sadly died of all conditions since lockdown began on 23 March. After lockdown is fully lifted, we’ll be in desperate need of time and space to collectively support those who have lost someone during this time, #UniteInMemory of all who sadly die and celebrate their lives.
You can show your support by signing Marie Curie’s petition for a National Day of reflection here: www.mariecurie.org.uk/who/day-to-reflect
You Can Save Me
During lockdown, some children and young people may be being abused and exploited at home. They can be made
to believe that they should never tell anyone and that the abuse is their fault.
Shut in with their abusers, they have little chance to escape or to tell anyone.
These children need your help! As a neighbour or key worker visiting homes for any reason, you may be the only
person able to spot abuse and report it.
• Guarded behaviour of a child around particular individuals
• Sudden changes in behaviour
• Children with bruises, burns, bite marks or fractures
• Children appearing withdrawn, anxious or frightened
• Hearing or seeing shouting and violence towards a child
• Children seen carrying or using drugs
• Children being late or arriving home late in different cars
• Unaccompanied children visiting a house where only adults live
• Stay curious and look beyond the obvious
• If something doesn’t feel right, it might not be
• Even if you’re unsure, it’s better to report your concerns
• Do not attempt to intervene yourself
• If you have a safeguarding manager / lead within your organisation, notify them immediately
• Call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency
• Call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
We continue to think about you all at this difficult time. In response we hope you have been able to connect with your neighbours to support each other through this crisis.
At Neighbourhood Watch we have seen a 25% increase in membership. We have published a special edition of 'Our News' (the e-newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters) to welcome our new members, look at how Neighbourhood Watch brings communities together, ways existing groups are supporting their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and more things you can do such as establishing a phone tree, and how to avoid and report crimes and scams.
Read the e-newsletter by following this link or viewing it on our website.
Keep safe, stay at home.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK | Building Safer and Stronger Communities
Our Book on the Fallen of WW2 is due out this year
If you are related to or have information on any of the following then we would love to hear from you. Named on Swanley, Crockenhill or Hextable War Memorials; related to someone who died in WWII and is buried locally; or Civilians who died in the area.
Or if you haven’t yet ordered a copy of
SWANLEY WAR MEMORIAL
The First World War The Stories Behind The Names
Contact us via the following:
Visit our webpage: swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com
Or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07952 050898
We are a local Swanley Charity and need your support
Swanley Therapy Centre (SUMS)
If you shop in Asda Swanley, please collect the green tokens and support Swanley Therapy Centre (SUMS).
For more information on SUMS please visit our website:
Kent Police Independent Police
Sevenoaks & Swanley District
Your Community – Your Issues!
The IPAG are a group of community volunteers who work with Kent Police to improve policing services across the county. The IPAG make a difference to policing in Kent by:
- Helping Kent Police to support victims of crime and anti-social behaviour
- Providing a link between the police and the communities of Kent
- Encouraging witnesses of crime to come forward
- Sharing feedback from the communities with the police to help improve services
- Discuss Kent Police priorities/objectives
We are currently looking for new members to join us and attend four meetings a year at a location which is relevant to you. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss community issues with Kent Police and the IPAG Chair.
We would like to welcome members from a variety of different cultures with a view to providing tactical advice and support in relation to dealing with serious incidents involving victims and offenders from different backgrounds
For a further insight into what the IPAG is and what is required from its members please go to link - https://ipag.kent.police.uk/
If you require any further information or would like to attend one of the meetings please contact Community.email@example.com or 01622 652444 / 652440
“Working in partnership to build confidence and trust for all”
Volunteers needed for new Digital Den Club for anyone aged 8-11 at Swanley Library.
The sessions will include how circuits work; how to program robots; how to make a piano with bananas; and much more…
For more information phone 03000 413131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit