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BME Health Forum Quarterly Meetings

The BME Health Forum holds four engagement meetings a year to which we invite local BME organisations delivering services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, and local NHS commissioners.

At these meetings there will be opportunities to feedback about local NHS services as well as the work your organisations are doing.

If you would like to be invited to these meetings please get in touch with Nafsika Thalassis here

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» Update on translated COVID-19 Guidance from Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World have updated the translated coronavirus guidance to reflect the changes made regarding the lock down rules for the whole population in the UK. This new version (version 3 -24.03.2020) is ready in English and 28 other languages at the moment, and remaining languages will be updated very soon.

» Update on Covid 19 funerals and care of deceased guidance

New government guidance was released on 31st March on funerals and care of the deceased for anyone who, sadly, dies with confirmed or suspected coronavirus. The most pertinent paragraphs are relating to the question of ritual washing of bodies.

» COVID-19 Advice and Guidance: Non UK Nationals

The London Assembly website has a number of useful pages with information and advice around the current Coronavirus outbreak including a useful page for non UK Nationals living in London which includes info and advice in people's own languages and how to get support.

» Westminster Dementia Adviser’s Update– April 2020 (coronavirus support)

Instead of their regular newsletter Westminster Dementia Advisors have put together a list of support services in Westminster related to the coronavirus outbreak. Also,Terezie Wickenden, Westminster Dementia Adviser is currently avaiable to support people over the phone.

» Virtual Parenting programs- open to referrals

Total Family Coaching is starting 2 Virtual parenting programs to be delivered on Zoom (support in using Zoom offered prior to course). Mondays 11.30am: The Nurturing Program- 8 online group sessions, and Wednesdays 11.30am: Combined Triple P - 6 online group sessions (for parents of children aged 2-16).

» Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Mind has released guidance on COVID-19 and caring for your mental health during self-isolation. You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

» Food Delivery for People in Need - URGENT

WAND UK Is offering some emergency help to the most vulnerable people in our local communities . We developed a small food delivery project focusing on three boroughs Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster only.

» Beware of COVID-19 scams

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

» Covid-19 information & guidance from NHS West London CCG

Information and guidance around Coronavirus will be constantly changing over the coming weeks. The CCG has developed the attached poster to share the latest information as of 25th March 2020 and includes: Where to go for up to date Coronavirus information; Key public health messages – as of 25th March;...

» New Westminster Helpline

A new dedicated phone number is now live for Westminster Connects and is available from 8am to 10pm seven days a week. If you need help or you know of anyone who needs help as a result of COVID-19, please send us the details or phone us on 020 7641 1222.

» Access to Health New Project: Information and Referral form

‘Access to Health’ is a new project which aims to support homeless and vulnerably housed pregnant women and families with a child/children under 5 years old in Westminster or temporarily housed outside the borough...

» Active for Life - Opportunities to Keep Fit In the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Leisure Services’ Sports Development Team provides a wide variety of sport and physical activity opportunities for RBKC residents at venues across the borough including targeted sessions for specific groups...

» ADKC Disability Connect project

The Disability Connect project is for socially isolated disabled people (with a physical, sensory or hidden impairment) who need or would like some encouragement and support to get out and about doing activities of interest to them.

» African Women's Care

AWC works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) adults, children and young people, fleeing domestic and sexual abuse including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and ‘honour’-based violence.

» Al-Aman (DVIP) Arabic Speaking service

DVIP’s Al-aman service has continued to receive funding from London Councils to support women from Arabic speaking communities who have been affected by gender based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour based violence...

» ANGELOU Referrals

On the 1st July ADVANCE in conjunction with eight other organisations launched a shared service across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster supporting women and girls who are experiencing or have experienced violence and abuse this partnership is called Angelou...

» Arabic Women’s Project at Al-Hasaniya, North Kensington

Based in North Kensington we offer advice and support in health and welfare of Arabic speaking women. We have a Domestic Violence project and also a children and families mental health project as well as many other...

» Befriending for Asian Women at Henna

Henna’s befriender-workers will pay regular weekly or monthly visits to some of the most vulnerable ladies in the community. These visits could be to those who were members of Henna in the past and have been restricted...

» Breathe Easy Support Group

DO YOU LIVE IN PIMLICO AND SUFFER FROM A BREATHING PROBLEM? BREATHE EASY PADDINGTON is your Westminster patient support group, for anyone affected by a lung condition. We offer mutual support, information...

» British Red Cross Refugees and Befriending Project

The British Red Cross runs four 'Refugees and Befriending Projects' (R'n'B) for young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers aged 14-21. Our peer-led befriending projects are facilitated by peer-befrienders and adult volunteers...