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» Supplementary COVID-19 resources from Westminster City Council

Resources include updated official Government advice and Public Health guidance in 60 languages from Doctors of the World UK, COVID-19 Advice for Parents’ poster, and Factual and easy-to-understand COVID-19 Infographics also available in 35 languages.

» Important COVID-19 info & resources for families, children and overseas visitors/ immigrants

Important COVID-19 info & resources for families, children and overseas visitors/ immigrants from Westminster City Council around bereavement support and Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment for migrant patients.

» FEATURE: CLYD’s Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period

Mr Abdul Aziz Toki, Director of Central London Youth Development talks about their new initiative to support the mental and emotional well-being of disadvantaged BME children (aged between 4-16 years old) in North Westminster during COVID-19. This includes delivering food packs, wellbeing acitivity packs for different ages and a 12 weeks Fun and Learn programme.

» Launch of New Alliance of BAME Mental Health Therapists and Campaigners in Response to COVID-19

BAMEStream is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health and therapy. Reported statistics show that BAME communities are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; and as such, the group’s core purpose is to raise awareness and undertake impactful actions to address the urgent mental health and wellbeing needs of the UK’s BAME communities.

» Videos about using the NHS 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 and Sylheti,.and hope to soon have them also available in Somali, Spanish and Portuguese.

» Mosaic Community Trust's COVID-19 Response Project - We're Here For You

Lena Choudary-Salter CEO of Mosaic Community Trust talks about their COVID-19 Response project that has come about from the need of their service users and clients to get support during the coronavirus pandemic to address their worries and fears and alsp pass on important COVID-19 related information.

» Public Health England Every Mind Matters campaign

Every Mind Matters is a digital resource to help people to look after their mental health and support others to do the same. At its heart is ‘Your Mind Plan, ’a digital tool that enables people to create their own action plan to help them take simple, practical steps to look after their mental wellbeing.

» MEWSo's success in offering services and support to their clients during COVID-19

Interview with the DIrector of Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation(MEWSO), Halaleh Taheri where she talks about their success in continuing to support their clients and vulnerable local community via online video platforms, WhatsApp groups and phone.

» Funding available for charitable projects in Westminster

The Community Contribution Fund has launched an urgent COVID-19 grant scheme that awards £15,000 to local community groups and organisations for projects that focus on helping rough sleepers, young people and individuals who are facing social isolation and loneliness during the outbreak.

» REPORT LAUNCH: Impact of COVID-19 on BAME community and voluntary organisations

The Ubele Initiative have just launched the report, Impact of COVID-19 on BAME community and voluntary organisations. It is based on two surveys they ran between 19 March and 4 April receiving 182 responses, of which 137 were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led organisations.

» SURVEY: Covid-19, Nature and Well-being

Wild in the City are building a picture of the role that parks and open spaces have played within our lockdown experience and the impact of nature on our well being, by running a survey.

» Survey on child vaccination during COVID

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is inviting participants to take part in an anonymous survey looking at parents' and guardians' views on childhood vaccination and experiences of accessing childhood vaccinations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

» The Ubele Initiative

The Ubele Initiative – a BAME-led social enterprise specialising in intergenerational community grassroots capacity building – has created a digital platform offering strategic advice and guidance on how organisations serving BAME communities can best adapt to the COVID-19 situation.

» Useful Covid-19 information from NHS West London CCG

Information includes list of Food banks, Support for over 65s, RBKC COVID-19 Hub, Westminster Connects and Coronavirus and Ramadan guidance.

» Coronavirus - Easy Read Guides and Other Language Guides (from Doncaster Council)

Doncaster Council's website has a good page for information in Easy Read and Other languages and important related information for communities around the coronavirus pandemic. Resources include translated versions of the national guidance; Stay at home guidance , COVID-19 Information leaflet: Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives , audio/video translations, Easy Read guides and British Sign Language information.

» Advice on Ramadan and coronavirus

Important advice and information for those observing Ramadan concerning whether it is safe to fast during the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing during Ramadan - from the Tower Hamlets council website.

» Advice for Parents during Coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself - and whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.

» Advice documents on Domestic Abuse & Domestic Violence

FREE RAIL JOURNEYS -Train companies to offer free travel to those fleeing domestic abuse during coronavirus lockdown. SILENCE SHIELDS ABUSE - If you are have concerns about a friend, family member or a neighbour, please be their voice contact Solace Advice Line or the 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline.

» UK coronavirus rules relaxed for people with autism and learning disabilities

Amended guidance now says that those with learning difficulties and autism can leave the house more than once a day for exercise should they need to or travel outside their local area.

» COVID-19 Explained by GPs in different Asian languages

BBC Asian Network have produced videos of GPs explaining COVID-19 in the following Asian languages: Gujurati, Tamil, Sylheti,Hindi and Urdu.

» St Charles - Emergency Covid-19 service changes

St Charles Urgent Care Centre is temporarily closed as an emergency measure to help manage the developing local need and support social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. See full information here.

» Consultation with BAMER organisations and Individuals

Integrating Migrant People through Activities to Connect & Thrive Programme (IMPACT) programme has been developed and will be implemented by Groundwork from from January 2020 until December 2022. The purpose of this consultation survey is to capture your thoughts on what is already on offer, identify who is currently providing those services, and identify potential partnership opportunities.

» Coronavirus Video Advice

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) video advice for patients in 4 languages, with more to added soon. The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information.

» Coronavirus (COVID-19) information leaflet - GOV.UK

This leaflet has information on what everyone must do to help stop the spread of coronavirus. There is also information on spotting the symptoms, advice for vulnerable groups, and information about government support for businesses and workers. The leaflet is available in different languages and alternative formats - it was prepared for distribution to UK households from 3 April 2020, and was in line with the latest guidance at that point.

» Al-Manaar's Emergency measures in regard to the Coronavirus pandemic

During these challenging times Al-Manaar will be providing a number of daily services to the community including telephone counselling and religious advice and guidance. Please also see the list of useful information to support the local community in this time.

» Cadent Foundation Grant Funding

The Cadent Foundation will work with UK charities or groups with charitable purposes to fund projects, up to £100,000 that have a positive impact to people, the environment and communities.

» LONDON COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND

London’s funders are working together to provide support to groups responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund has now reached more than £8m. The first wave of funding will focus on urgent needs, though later funding will support organisations to deliver services in new ways to support communities, and to ensure that their longer-term needs are considered.

» 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.

» 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.

» 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;...

» Healthwatch COVID-19 Support & Guidance Page

Healthwatch Central West London have created a useful support and guidance page for the community. Healthwatch CWL is following the latest information from Public Health England. You can also read the government response and the NHS response to the outbreak, along with the latest developments from the World Health Organisation.

» Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest NHS Guidelines translated in 32 languages

Doctors of the World have produces Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 32 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.:

» COVID-19: GOV.UK guidance in community languages on social distancing and protecting vulnerable people

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people is available in the following languages:Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu, Welsh.

» Emotional Wellbeing Project to continue via telephone support

In respect of government guidelines relating to the COVID-9 outbreak we are announcing that the BME Health Forum's Emotional Well-being project is continuing via telephone support and with the support of our partners, we hope to be able to continue support clients who don’t speak English in a number of community languages during this difficult time.

» Whispering for Help project seeks BAME participants

The artist, Marie Smith is currently looking for women of colour aged 18 years and over, based in the UK to participate in her forthcoming project, Whispering for help. The project involves documenting women of colour lived experience of mental health.

» COVID-19 Advice and Guidance for Muslim community on MCB website

The Muslim Council of Britain is keeping up to date guidance and information for the Muslim community in Britain on the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

» Men's Health Forum: - Prostate Cancer awareness story

PAUL: 'SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO BE PUSHY'. Paul reckons his prostate cancer diagnosis began with an NHS health check his GP didn't want to give him.

» Chinese Health & Wellbeing Clinic and COVID 19 information for the Chinese Community

In the following video Eddie Chan, former Chair of the BME Health Forum introduces the Chinese Health & Wellbeing Clinic services in Central London followed by lead doctor Dr Kit Wu who gives important public health information about the COVID 19 virus to the Chinese Community.

» Diabetes User Group informs new Diabetes 10 point Training for patients

The Diabetes User Group that was supported by the BME Health Forum received a presentation about short ten point training that is offered to clinicians and other frontline workers to teach them the basics of caring for people with Diabetes. Patients asked that similar training was produced for patients who were first diagnosed and also people with diabetes who were admitted as inpatients to hospital.

» Westminster PDT ESFA contract

The PDT has been awarded an ESFA contract to manage the awarding of a high number (170 approx) of small grants to community groups in West and Central London. The grants can be between £5,000 and £20,000 each and they can be used for all sorts of employment work including the very early parts of a person's journey (motivation/engagement etc) right through to job entry and sustainment.

» Pregnant? There's an app for that

NHS Mum and baby maternity app launch

» Recruitment of BME Adopters

PACT are appealing for more people to consider adopting children of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) heritage

» Dementia survey/study

Help improve the care given to dementia patients by GPs - for family caregivers

» Flu Vaccine for over 65s

Public Health England has released some useful information about the flu vaccine for the over 65s

» The GLAD Study

Depression and anxiety are common but complex disorders whose research needs very large sample sizes. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study will be the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression, and aims to recruit >40,000 individuals.

» Diabetes Project - food carbohydrate content

NHS Diabetes Transformation Team are producing a book and app to help people understand the carbohydrate content of their food. The book is specifically aimed at Arabic, South Asian, Caribbean and African communities.

» Are you a parent or carer in Kensington & Chelsea? Young Families and Urgent Care survey

Over the next week, staff and volunteers will be at the St Charles Urgent Care Centre, talking to parents and carers about their experiences of using the service. Have you seen your GP or used urgent care services in the last year? Help us understand how these services are working for you!

» Research - addressing inequalities in weight management among Black and Ethnic Minority communities

Abimbola Ojo is currently undertaking a doctorate in public health, at the School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University. The focus of the research is on addressing inequalities in weight management among Black and Ethnic Minority communities. The study involves one to one telephone interviews with members of the Black and Ethnic Minority community, to gain insight into their dietary patterns, and their awareness of, and views on existing healthy eating resources.

» Maternity Care in England and its Impact on Migrant Women

This study, released in September 2018 by Maternity Action, explores the experiences of women who faced charges for NHS maternity care. Most of the participants were socially and economically vulnerable but faced unrepayable debts for bills which they were sent from the NHS.

» Young Healthwatch Westminster

Healthwatch will be setting up a Young Healthwatch Westminster. This will be a group of young people who share their views and experiences of healthcare in the borough, and use this feedback to help shape the services they use. If you're between 14 - 25, use health or social care services in Westminster, and would like to have a say in how local healthcare services are run, please get in touch.

» Opportunity for Free Facilitated Coaching

Pilotlight is an award-winning charity that provides charities and social enterprises access to strategic business support to become bigger, better and more sustainable. The programme offers 10 months of facilitated coaching from four senior business mentors (‘Pilotlighters’), free of charge.

» Government proposals on children and young people's mental health

Ways for schools and colleges to support pupils' mental health are set out in a green paper, as well as plans for new mental health support teams.

» Invitation: BME Health Forum – NHS Choices Course Grant

Organisations that work with patients registered with Hammersmith & Fulham GP practices are invited to apply to deliver one or two 10 session courses benefiting a minimum of 10 clients per course whose level of English is at Entry Level 2. Each organisation will receive £790 for each course they deliver.

» SURVEY: Care Co-ordination Service (CCS) and Health Watch Survey

Primary care coordination services have changed in Westminster. Healthwatch and the Older Adults Group at the Advocacy Project want to hear your experiences of receiving support, so that we can check that the changes are improving people's lives.

» January issue of K&C Mind's Peer Support Network newsletter, #PeerTalk

#PeerTalk: K&C Mind’s Peer Support Network Newsletter - This issue includes:Happy new year; PeerFest 2015; Peer Support Fair; Steering Group; Peer Bank; Peer Support Directory; Marsh Award; Peer Support in the news; Dates for the diary...

» LSCB Newsletter for January 2016

The LSCB Newsletter for January 2016 is now available to download. Please note that the newsletter particularly highlights the Tri-Borough LADO role [Local Authority Designated Officer], whose purpose is to investigate any allegations of misconduct amongst staff who work with children and/or young people...

» MEWSO's January 2016 Newsletter

Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation's January newsletter is now published. We have a new section called "your say" where we will feature our reader's opinions on issues such as domestic violence, emotional abuse, and women's rights...

» New Patient Participation Group Best Practice Guide!

Healthwatch Central West London have a new Patient Participation Group Best Practice Guide! Thinking about starting up a PPG, joining a group or getting more members for your PPG? Then have a read of this guide! It has top tips on recruiting patients, the roles and responsibilities of a PPG, and the support...

» Peer Support Network - New Monthly Newsletter (November Issue)

Kensington and Chelsea Mind’s Peer Support Network have a new monthly newsletter, called #PeerTalk. November is the first issue...

» New Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) Single Point of Access

The new CNWL Single Point of Access was launched on 3rd November 2015. This is a one-stop entry point into working age adult secondary community mental health services for patients living in the North West London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, K&C, and Westminster...

» Why do men engage less with primary health care? - [from People First Website]

On People First: Why do men engage less with primary health care? Men, on average, visit the GP 20% less than women, and younger men visit the GP half as often as younger women. Men are generally poor users of primary care. They are less likely to access other health services such as dentists...

» Maternity Project - Heathwatch CWL + Project management group Meeting on 28th Oct

Healthwatch Central West London have begun a research project on maternity and associated services in our three boroughs (Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham). We want to assess the quality of the experience of women who have delivered and used inpatients,outpatients...

» Westminster Time Credits - off to a strong start!

Westminster Time Credits Newsletter (October 2015).Since our update announcing that organisations can now sign up to the Westminster Time Credits network we have been super busy here at Westminster Time Credits. Our main focus has been to get out and about to spread the news...

» Flu Vaccination information letter from Public Health (Three boroughs)

Flu season is here again. For most people flu is an unpleasant illness from which they recover in two to seven days. However for children under 6 months, those over 65 years, those with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women, the risk of serious complications is higher. These complications...

» MEWSO Monthly Newsletter-September 2015

The Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation (MEWSO) is pleased to bring you our second monthly newsletter. MEWSO is a women's run organisation dedicated to providing mental and emotional support to Middle Eastern and North African women who have faced/witnessed domestic violence...

» Westminster Time Credits

Spice, the social enterprise that has developed Time Credits -a way of recognising and celebrating the time people give to their community and to encourage more new people to get involved in volunteering – are setting up a local network in Westminster, with a specific focus on South Westminster…

» Medical Justice Press Release: HM Inspector of Prisons 2015 report on Yarl’s Wood - 12/08/15

HM Inspector Prisons 2015 insection of Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre -12th August 2015. “The severe decline in healthcare documented by HM Inspector of Prisons demonstrates that the Home Office and its private contractors have been incapable of learning lessons. The endemic harmful...

» Victoria Medical Centre in Westminster Rated 'Outstanding' by CQC

The Victoria Medical Centre – the oldest practice in Westminster - was rated ‘outstanding’ in the Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s latest round of reports. The Victoria Medical Centre offers General Practices (GP) services, and specialises in diagnostic and screening procedure, family planning services...