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Videos about using the NHS during COVID-19 in different languages 

To help encourage communities to use the NHS if they need to, the BME Health Forum, Imperial College medical students and West London CCG have co-produced videos about using the NHS during the pandemic in Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, Sylheti and Somali.

We hope to soon have them also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Please view the videos at the links below:

Working with NHS Imperial Healthcare Trust to improve services and trust for BME communities

In the following video Nafsika Thalassis, Director of the BME Health Forum speaks about our work with NHS Imperial Healthcare Trust in responding to BME communities' concerns during the pandemic.



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News/Events/Jobs/Services/Activities

» Community Development Manager / Community Connector - K&C and Westminster IAPT - Great new opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for people passionate about community development and wellbeing in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Our Talking Therapies services (IAPT) have created new roles for Community Development Managers (1 full time post for each service) to help the services work more closely with community groups and GP networks to improve engagement and our service provision for all in our communities.

» PDT recruiting new Trustees (deadline end of November)

Paddington Development Trust aims to empower deprived communities in London, through employability, social entrepreneurship, health and well-being programmes, and facility development. They are currently seeking to recruit new trustees to their board. They are particularly keen to hear from those who are or have recently been PDT service users, and those with a connection to the local community in north-west Westminster, , either through work, volunteering or residency. They also actively encourage applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, and people with disabilities.

» JOB: Outreach Worker (P/T) at Henna Asian Women's Group

Henna is recruiting an Outreach Worker to: To develop cooperate fundraising and contacts; to undertake outreach and make contacts in all London boroughs; and to increase and maintain Hennas online services portal. The role is a 2 day post (14 hours) for 3 months @ £11 per hour.

» Opportunities to work with The Advocacy Project

The Advocacy Project has a well-earned reputation for providing high quality advocacy and user involvement. We are a diverse and inclusive organisation. We currently have a number of vacancies including Advocates, Experienced managers and a Treasurer (Board of Trustees).

» Safeguarding during the pandemic

Safeguarding people from abuse and neglect is a pressing concern as the pandemic continues. The Advocacy Project is holding two national online discussions during Safeguarding Adults Week (16 – 22 November): When a home becomes a drugs base: cuckooing (16th Nov); and What now for safeguarding in our ‘new normal’ world? (19th Nov)

» Celebrate Black History Month 2020 with us!

The Ubelele Initiative is running a number or events to celebrate Black History Month. 100 Great Black Britons Official Online Book Launch on 20th Oct; Diaspora Kitchen Session with Betty Vandy, Bettylicious Cooks pm27th Oct; What radicalised you? Workshop on 28th Oct; and The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival from 17th Oct to 8th Nov.

» Black History Month Celebration - 29th October, 11am - 12.30pm

Zoom panel discussion: Black Women in politics-Achievements & Challenges. Join WAND UK to meet and listen to the stories and journeys of a panel of Black women in politics recalling the PAST and shaping the FUTURE. 29th October, 11 - 12.30pm.

» JOB: Social Prescribing Link Worker (One Westminster)

One Westminster is recruiting a Social Prescribing Link Worker. The suitable candidate is an individual who is passionate about connecting people to a broad range of community groups and services. Social Prescribing Link Workers will use a holistic approach to support patients to take control of their health and wellbeing.

» Update on Local Services from Westminster Dementia Advisor

Please see Westminster Dementia Advisor's latest update on local services including information about Abbey Centre's continued face to face services, Penfold Hub's socially distanced History walks and Sports For Confidence able to support individuals in need of support in leisure centres.

» H&F, GP Access Over the Course of the Pandemic (Healthwatch Survey)

As we know, there was a requirement to put social distancing in place in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and GP surgeries across the country were urged to undertake consultations with those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 remotely. With this in mind, we are looking to gain insight into your experience and get your views on the impact of accessing health and social care services remotely. That includes digitally or by telephone, focusing on access to GP services.
Services

» 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...