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Volunteer of the Month: Yosief Tewolde

Yosief is a published author who now volunteers at the New Horizon Centre. He has been trying to improve himself through volunteering. Yosief has been volunteering at Commonside for over 4 years now as a safety advisor. He researches best practices to make sure everything at Commonside runs smoothly. Yosief’s favorite thing about Commonside is how helpful the staff are. He wants to volunteer as much as he can, and the staff are always finding ways to let him.

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Volunteer of the Month: Maureen Middleton

Maureen is 72 years old from Norbury. She and her husband used to come to the New Horizon Centre for lunch, and now she spends her free time volunteering.  Maureen has been volunteering at Commonside since last June. She will spend four to five days per week working at the New Horizon Centre. She volunteers in the kitchen, cooking for the lunch club, as well as the cafe. Maureen’s favorite part of Commonside is its people. Commonside is a big family to Maureen. She says they are all nice, helpful people.

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The Wonderful Candy Girls Are Back

Returning by popular demand The Candy Girls

Returning by popular demand The Candy Girls

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Christmas Opening Times


THE CENTRE WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL up to & including the 23rd DECEMBER

  • Saturday 24th – Tuesday 27th December inclusive CLOSED
  • Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December inclusive OPEN
  • Saturday 31st December OPEN (For pre-booked watchnight services only)*
  • Sunday 1st January 2017 OPEN
  • Monday 2nd January 2017 CLOSED                                  

The Lunch Club will be open as usual on 28/29/30 December.

The Step Forward offices will not be staffed between the 24th December & 3rd January. During this time there will be no Foodbank service running from the Centre. Please call the Main Foodbank office on

020 8544 0126 for assistance.


 The staff, volunteers & trustees at Commonside would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy & healthy 2017!!

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Andy Hodge Leaving

Commonside Staff

As some of you may know, Andy Hodge will be leaving Commonside this month after more than a decade of what started as a ‘temporary job’ at the Pollards Hill Community Association. Together we have been through some major and minor ups and downs and held the good ship Commonside on course through some very choppy waters. He has been a stalwart at the Commonside Trust with a stock of curious tales and a very kind heart. None of us know anyone with such a rich knowledge of local history, jokes, facilities management and personal contacts and he will be sorely missed.

To mark his departure we are holding a party here at the Commonside Trust, starting in the afternoon of 19th December and finishing sometime in the evening.

You are all very welcome to call in to the New Horizon Centre any time from 2pm onwards to say goodbye and wish Andy well.

Please do pass on this invitation to anyone who has known and worked with Andy in Merton over the years.
There are so many I am not sure where to start.

Best Wishes

Naomi Martin
Commonside Trust

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Root7 – Corporate Volunterring

Root7 Volunteering A number of local businesses help Commonside where they can, one of them is Root7 and recently their work was recognised by winning a Team London volunteering award.

Robert Innes from Root7 had this to say:
‘When Naomi told us she had nominated us for the corporate volunteering award from Team London, we were very flattered, but thought that there was little chance that a small business from South London would win the award.

So we were very suprised and overjoyed when our name was called out on the night.
We went on to have a cracking evening with Shari and Andy as we celebrated the win. We think that businesses have an important role to play in the community, and the partnership we have with Commonside is something we consider important as part of our company ethos.
I would like to thank everyone at Commonside for all the work they do, and for the nomination and recognition of the value of our partnership.’

If you are a business and you want to help out Commonside then please get in touch here

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Get A Stall At The Christmas Fair

Calling all knitters, stitchers, jewelers, bakers and candlestick makers! Did you know there are stalls available for you at the New Horizon Centre Christmas Fair?

If you, or someone you know would like to have a stall to sell handmade wares at our Christmas Fair, please contact:

Lorraine or Christine on 0208 764 9582 | or

Tables or £5 for 4ft table or £8 for a 6ft table.

Christmas Fair Mitcham

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Get Involved at The New Horizon Centre

At the New Horizon Centre there are activities, throughout the week, for all ages and abilities. Check out our What’s On section or call us for more details on 020 8764 9582.

Whats on at Commonside

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