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On my web site you can find out about me, my work in Sydenham and Lewisham Council. In short I have represented Sydenham ward since 1986 and believe I have a real understanding of the local issues having lived in and represented Sydenham for over 30 years. I am always ready to listen to what residents say and provide community leadership in chairing the Sydenham Assembly. I am the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care. I also chair the Sydenham Town Centre Steering Group and SEE3 Portas pilot to attract quality independent businesses to Sydenham.

Please visit my councillor web site as this provides links to Lewisham Council and factual information such as my Newsletters and the Ward Profile.

Please visit my Contact me page for way to get in touch or just send me an email - info@chrisbest.org

COVID-19 restrictions in Lewisham

We are currently in our third national lockdown and I want to encourage our residents to wear masks - not only when you enter a shop but also on the street and in parks. This is a deadly virus and we have now, sadly and tragically, reached over 100,000 deaths.

If you’re worried about your symptoms or you're not sure what to do, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you can’t get help online. Do not go to your GP, the hospital or a pharmacy.

Anyone without coronavirus symptoms who needs to leave the home for work or volunteering can get a rapid COVID-19 test. We have a test centre at the Civic Suite in Catford and or the Green Man in Downham. Tests are processed on site, meaning that a test result can be returned quickly on the same day. Test appointments must be booked in advance.

Mental Health support during the Covid-19 outbreak

I am delighted to be working with South London and Maudsley (SLAM) on the South East London Covid-19 Mental Ill-Health Prevention Taskforce which is chaired by Normal Lamb. We are reviewing the support available on mental health and well-being and working with on a listening programme.
Public Health England have published guidance for everyone on how to cope during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Rethink Mental Illness have a Coronavirus Hub for information, support and advice. They have also published a list of tips to help manage daily life during the outbreak.

Every Mind Matters have published advice on staying mentally well staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) have published advice on how to cope with anxiety throughout the outbreak.

Mind have published comprehensive guidance on coping with the coronavirus if you have ongoing or specific mental health issues.

COVID-19 Community Champions

COVID-19 Community Champions help spread truthful information about COVID-19. This helps our community avoid myths and stay safe. More info and link here:
https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/socialcare/health/lewisham-covid19-champions

Jack Lavery selected as Lewisham Labour’s candidate for Sydenham by-election

Jack Lavery has been selected as Lewisham Labour’s candidate for Sydenham in the upcoming by-election, currently due on 6 May 2021. Jack is a local economics teacher and school governor who hopes to bring his experience as an educator and of living in Lewisham’s private rented sector into the council chamber. Jack said,

“I am incredibly proud to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Sydenham. I am looking forward to working hard on behalf of everyone living in Sydenham. Lewisham Council are doing a huge amount of work in improving education attainment and opportunities. If elected, I hope I can bring my experience as a teacher and school governor into the role. I also want to advocate for the thousands who are living in the private rented sector, like myself, and help deliver more council housing across the borough. Sydenham has such a wonderful sense of community and I am eager, as soon as it is safe, to get on the doorstep, speak with local residents and earn their trust.”

Both myself and Cllr Liam Curran are delighted Sydenham Labour Party has selected Jack to be our candidate. I have been very impressed with his hard work and I know that, if elected, he will be a fantastic councillor for Sydenham and an asset to the council. We are looking forward to the campaign leading up to next May.

Launch of the Sydenham Fun Palace

Latest from the Sydenham Assembly

Meeting on Saturday 21 March 2020 cancelled

The meeting on the 21 March was going to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a Controlled Parking Zone in Sydenham plus the East Sydenham Healthy Neighbourhood Zone.

The Sydenham Assembly Newsletters are online [here](http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/neighbourhoods/sydenham/Pages/Sydenham-newsletters.aspx

Our top five priorities for Sydenham are - Bringing our community together - Health and Wellbeing - Vibrant high street - Keeping Sydenham clean and green - Crime and Antisocial behaviour.

Previous Sydenham Assembly meetings are under the Get Involved page

Please visit the Sydenham Assembly page of Lewisham's web site for more information.

You can also join the facebook page.

Talking about the heritage of Sydenham including Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic

Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

Visiting Sydenham Community Library

Ellie Reeves has been out and about visiting different organizations as MP for Lewisham West and Penge. I was delighted to meet Ellie at Sydenham Community Library and talk about the offer of our new ipads for hire.

Please clickhere for further information. You can get in contact by writing to: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Alternatively you can email at: ellie.reeves.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 2668. You can also keep up to date with Ellie's activities by following my Twitter and Facebook.

Ellie has lived in the area for most of her life going to Adamsrill Primary School and Cator Park Secondary School. She lives in the constituency with her family and is married to John Cryer, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Ellie is providing a strong voice in Parliament as well as locally. She follows on from Jim Dowd, who served for 25 years as our MP and 20 years a Councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham.