Saturday, 11 April 2009

Happy Easter from SufS

Happy Easter to all our readers from the Stand up for Stockwell Team.

Hope you have a peaceful and happy Easter, Vaisakhi, and Passover this year.

Teenager convicted for murder on Studley Estate

Ngosi Edwards has been sentenced to 19 years in jail after he was found guilty of murdering Robel Tewelde on the Studley Estate in Stockwell in 2007.

Ngosi Edwards, of Hemans Street, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, the second teenager to be convicted of killing Robel Tewelde.

Edwards was with Jermaine Callum - who was found guilty of murder on July 10 last year and sentenced to 19 years - in a communal stairwell of the Studley Estate in Stockwell on Tuesday October 2, 2007.
Just before midnight Mr Tewelde was with his brother and friends when Callum, from Clapham, arrived and produced a Mac-10 machine gun.

Mr Tewelde and the group run away up a communal staircase but Callum fired at least three shots at them as they reached the second floor.

Mr Tewelde was hit by two 9mm bullets.
One struck him in the back of his right leg, the other - the fatal shot - entered his lower back, travelling up and across his body and striking his liver, both lungs and his heart.

Mr Tewelde collapsed on the landing of the next floor. Police officers and ambulance tried to save him, but he died of at the scene.

Edwards and Callum cycled away on their bikes.

Detective Chief Inspector Adnan Qureshi said: “Edwards was an accomplice in this crime and has been convicted accordingly. "Neither he nor Callum has given an explanation as to why the shots were fired. "I do not believe Robel was an intended target.

“Robel was a decent young man from a decent family. "He had started a university course that very day and should have been looking forward to a bright future.

“Instead he had his life taken in a pointless and apparently random act of violence.”

Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival

Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival starts on 5 May and includes talks, discussions, and performances - all totally FREE.

More details at the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival webpage
For more details and to book tickets email

There are some details of the event at Stockwell News as well.

Women's Football for Beginners

Event for those working with adults with learning disabilities

Increasing Access to Mainstream Leisure Activities for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Lambeth

A day for Statutory and Voluntary Providers and Commissioners

Weds 6th May 2009
9.30am – 1pm
Lambeth Accord, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA

Lambeth Learning Disability Partnership Board in conjunction with Lambeth Mencap and People First Lambeth are inviting Senior Managers, Commissioners and Providers to come to a half day event where people who provide mainstream services can hear how other organisations have opened their services to Adults with Learning Difficulties. We will share information about how to overcome barriers to inclusion and so increase the take up of mainstream services by this often hard to reach group of people.

Hear examples of current good practice and learn how organisations like;
Ø Whippersnappers
Ø English National Opera
Ø The Young Vic
Successfully overcame barriers to inclusion.

Share their experiences, successes and challenges of mainstreaming leisure activities ( i.e. non-educational activities) to Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Listen to the experience of adults with a learning disability

Be part of producing a plan to overcome barriers. to access for Adults with Learning Disabilities

In order for the day to be a success and for us to increase take up of mainstream services by this underrepresented group of vulnerable adults we need draw on a wide range of senior managers and those who can make a difference in their organisations so that we can produce a plan that will show what is working in Lambeth, where there are gaps and how we should move forward. TO this end we need statutory and voluntary organisations to commit to send a representative.

The event is free but to book your place please contact
Rhys Price at Or Alison White at

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Stockwell Labour and the Portuguese Community

As avid followers of this blog will be aware, members of the Labour Party from Stockwell and across Lambeth will be holding a "Stand up for Stockwell dinner" tonight at Casa Madeira near Vauxhall.

The Portuguese community are one of the most important groups in Stockwell and in Lambeth - estimated to be the largest single minority community in the borough. It's therefore only right that we celebrate the great contribution that the Portuguese make to our community.

Cllr Steve Reed, the leader of Lambeth and Cllr Pete Bowyer, Stockwell councillor recently gave an interview to Lusa, Portugal's national news agency. The video is no longer available on their website, but you can read details (in Portuguese) here:
If you want to read more about what Labour has done in partnership with the Portuguese community, read Steve Reed's blog:
Over 100 people from both the Portuguese community and the Labour Party attended the dinner at Casa Madeira, and was a fantastic night with speeches from Antonio Cunha, UK representative of the Portuguese community, Stephen Twigg, Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth,Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member and Anne Fairweather, Labour Candidate for the European Elections.