Experience what it’s like to be a firefighter!

Peabody and London Fire Brigade are offering an intensive five-day firefighting course to young people aged 13 to 17.  You’ll learn about many aspects of fire safety and prevention, including casuality rescue techniques, breathing apparatus, first aid equipment and how to use ladders. 

The course is run by local firefighters.

Find out about the award-winning LIFE programme on Saturday 30 June from noon to 3pm at the Senior Citizens’ Hall, Pembury estate, 103 Hindrey Road, London E5 8HQ.

Ring or text Sharon Barbour on 07768 536 725.  You can also email her at Sharon.Barbour@peabody.org.uk.


if it looks to good to be true it probably is.

The above statement is proving very apt recently at the pembury learning centre, with a number of scams sent to people’s e-mail address offering them guaranteed jobs. The email further requests them to purchase a £50 ukash voucher from a paypoint to cover the cost of a c.r.b. disclosure . You are then requested to e-mail the voucher number to the company. One of our clients have attended an interview  to find it’s bogus and the funds have disappeared. They even request uniform sizes and prefered shifts for work

Also observe caution when asked for bank details.I f you have been a victim or suspect fraud. The Met have a helpful site http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/reporting_fraud.htm

Free blog training

Want to learn how to create, update, and grow a local community blog?  Want to contribute to this blog?  There will be a free training session on using the WordPress online blogging programme to make and use a blog at 2pm on May 30th at the Pembury Learning Centre 183 Dalston Lane E8 1HL. Snacks, tea and coffee will be served. Spaces are limited, so please email maria.vitale@peabody.org.uk to book your spot!

Read about our most recent training session: http://talkaboutlocal.org.uk/talk-about-local-training-with-peabody/ 

Well Met Befriending Scheme

 Volunteer befriending schemes for the elderly and vulnerable in our community are familiar all over the world these days. There are many advantages for the person who is befriended and for the volunteer befriender.

Peabody have been running a successful befriending scheme in the London Borough of Wandsworth for the last three years. We have now decided to extend this scheme to the Hackney area and will initially focus our energy on the Pembury estate.

Befrienders provide good company and can assist in useful everyday support. As well as a cup of tea and a chat this might involve escorting someone to the end of the road to buy a newspaper. You might give them some help to get round the supermarket. Some people might even need occasional help and support to go to the hospital or to the doctors.

 Volunteers for this scheme will receive induction training and further free training in a variety of subjects such as ‘Working with Vulnerable Adults, Introduction to Mental Health or Communication skills.

 They will be given help with job applications and with job searches and successful volunteers can be provided with suitable references.

 Befrienders can also be encouraged to improve their IT skills and their literacy skills.

 All travel and meals expenses for Well Met volunteers will be reimbursed with receipts.

 For further details call Joseph Crilly on 07930 570 412 or email me on joseph.crilly@peabody.org.uk