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Registered Charity Number 1151980

Company Number 08013774

Helping BAME patients access NHS services in North West London


The BME Health Forum’s Health Advocacy project has involved training bilingual Health Advocates from a number of BAME community groups to help patients in their own language.

This project is funded by the National Lottery.

The video above was made by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust showing the impact that Health Advocates make in their hospitals in understanding the barriers that many of their patients are facing.

Read more about this project here

 You Need To Know - NHS womb cancer awareness campaign

The 'You Need To Know' campagn was launched on the 31st January. Womb cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women in the United Kingdom. It is important to understand what women know about this cancer so that we can increase awareness. Several campaign assets have been developed such as posters, images, and a video that can be shared of which the BME Health Forum's Phayza Fudlalla took part in (see above). These can be shared on Social media, newsletters and placed in community settings. A video in Arabic is also now available.

Bi Borough VCS Health and Wellbeing Strategy

This Strategy has been developed over a period of months through a collaborative process with the voluntary and community sector and colleagues from across the statutory sector/NHS. It presents a number of case studies from the VCS including from the BME Health Forum that illustrate its main goals and offers a set of clear recommended actions.

Read more here

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» NEW Managing Fatherhood group from Westminster Talking Therapies

This August, Westminster Talking Therapies is starting a CBT group specifically for fathers (or partners) who are experiencing stress and anxiety relating to parenthood. This group will be hosted online for 6 weeks beginning Monday August 5th at 5.30pm.

» JOB: Project Support Worker at In-Deep

In-Deep is a grassroots registered charity working with isolated older people and children with special educational needs and disabilities in London. We are recruiting for a Project Support Worker to support with the administration of our services for young people and families.

» JOB: Dementia Coordinator at Age UK Westminster (apply by 26.07.24)

Join Age UK Westminster's friendly team and help grow its service supporting Westminster residents who are living with dementia. In 2024 the ambition is to grow the reach of the successful monthly ‘Heart of Westminster' Cafe delivered in partnership with the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall and grow the weekly community-based MCST group to two weekly groups and provide expertise to the Befriending team to manage some befriending matches.

» Job: Harrow Road Champions Project Leader at PDT (apply by 29.07.24)

Paddington Development Trust is looking for a friendly person with outstanding relationship building and organisational skills, a passion for health and wellbeing and for supporting and empowering others to run their Community and Maternity Champions project in Harrow Road ward.

» How to run a resilience exercise - FREE training (18.07.2024)

The VCS Emergencies Partnership are providing free training on how to facilitate emergency exercises for community partners. They have previously run exercises with scenarios including a rail crash, heatwaves, and winter pressures. These tabletop exercises are built to bring partners together to work through a situation to build connections, test the information flow, reduce duplication, and build our understanding of the roles we can each play in an emergency.

» Funding Opportunity - Community Public Health Programme

RBKC's Public Health team is investing £2.35 million to partner with Voluntary, Community and Faith sector (VCFS) in Kensington & Chelsea over the next 3 years. The aim of the RBKC Community Public Health Programme (2024-2027) is to support and build the capacity of the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector (VCFS) and work in partnership to design and deliver specific community-based interventions to prevent ill-health for adults most impacted by health inequalities.

» JOB: Band 6 Social Prescriber at Imperial (apply by 01/08/2024)

The Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust accredited Pulmonary Rehabilitation service have received funding from NHS England to conduct a 12 month pilot examining the impact of an embedded social prescriber on the experience of those invited to attend pulmonary rehabilitation. This is a fantastic and long anticipated opportunity for the service to explore the impact this role has on the experience of those offered pulmonary rehabilitation.

» Summer Wellbeing Programmes at ClementJames

ClementJames Centre will be running some exciting programmes over summer such as Decluttering workshop, Food for Mood workshop, and Practicing Gratitude! Their Weekly Wellbeing Group, Gardening Group and Creative Wellbeing Group will be continuing throughout the summer as well and they are always welcoming new members of the community!

» Job opportunities at WAND UK (application deadlines by 19 and 27 July 2024)

WAND UK currently have the following fantastic job opportunities: Community Advice, Support and Advocacy Worker; Youth worker; and Food coordinator to be applied for by 19th July. WAND UK is also recruiting for a part time Director with an application deadline of 27th July.

» Free First Aid & Safeguarding Courses

Please see information about upcoming FREE training in Basic Sports First Aid (Tuesday 30th July and Tuesday 29th October full days) and also Safeguarding & Protecting Children (Tuesdays 23rd July and 22nd October 6-9pm)

» 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.

» Age UK K&C & Age UK Westminster Digital Inclusion Project (added 03.11.2023)

The Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster (KCW) Social Isolation pilot supports and enhances existing Older Adult Mental Health services provided by CNWL by providing targeted outreach support to vulnerable elderly people including those living alone who are known to be more likely to experience social isolation.

» Age UK leaflet of Westminster services (May 2024)

Please see the current services leaflet for Age UK Westminster including details about: Information and Advice service; Complex needs Information and Advice and Advocacuy service, Wellbeing and Connections post discharge service, Activities, Lunch clubs, and Face to face and telephone befriending services.

» 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

Angelou is a partnership of 9 organisations offering a shared service across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster supporting women and girls who are experiencing violence and abuse.

» 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...

» CB Plus financial services to Charities

CB Plus provide an accountancy, payroll and independent examination servicem at a much cheaper cost than a commercial rate. It's specifically for VCS organisations so advice is specialised. We can do one-off services or complete accounts services. Services include: Bookkeeping and financial systems; Payroll services; and financial planning.

» Community Living Well service

Community Living Well is an emotional wellbeing support service for anyone aged 16 and over, and who is registered with a GP in Kensington, Chelsea, Queen’s Park or Paddington. We can help to support your mental health and wellbeing.

» Conversational English for beginners (for over 50s)

Brush up on your spoken, written and grammatical English to become a more confident speaker! For people aged 50 and over. TUESDAYs - 10.00am – 12.00pm. £3.00 per class @ New Horizons, Guinness Trust Estate, Cadogan Street, London, SW3 2PF...