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BME Health Forum launches second round for London Fund for Racialised Communities

The BME Health Forum has opened a second funding round for organisations wishing to help communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 4 October 2021.

This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £10,000 but less than £100,000.

Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here.

The BME Health Forum is acting as an intermediary partner for Comic Relief, in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Barclays and The Clothworkers' Foundation to distribute funds from the Global Majority Fund.



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

» The National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund in partnership with Crowdfunder

In partnership with Crowdfunder, the National Emergencies Trust has launched a £1.2million Local Action Fund: a new and exciting match funding opportunity as part of their Coronavirus Appeal to help voluntary and community organisations overcome the effects of the pandemic! Eligible organisations will be required to crowdfund, with every pledge being matched pound for pound by the National Emergencies Trust, up to a total of £10,000. Applications for the Local Action Fund open on 22 September 2021 and close on 22 October 2021.

» Grant Funding Opportunities in RBKC and Westminster

Please see the following Grant funding opportunities in RBKC and Westminster: Arts Grant Scheme - for individuals and organisations looking to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; City Living Local Life for for projects and activities in RBKC that help make their neighbourhood a better place; and Westminster City Council's Ward Budget funding for organisations or clubs running activities/ programmes benefitting local residents.

» Webinars for your community from ONE YOU

ONE YOU is hosting two health and wellbeing webinars in October for residents of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Healthy Ageing Webinar: Mind, Body & Soul on 4th October and Winter Wellbeing webinar on the 14th October.

» Westminster Employment Service Job Fair - Tue 28th Sep, 10am - 4pm

The Westminster Employment Service will be hosting a Job Fair, which will give employers the opportunity to meet local residents and hold direct 1 to 1 conversations, carry out initial first stage interviews and offer jobs for those immediate starts. We have 40+ employers in construction, retail and hospitality, who are recruiting for new staff and we will also have a stand to talk about a range of jobs available in the council.

» Palliative and End of life Care experiences of people of African and Caribbean descent during Covid-19 (PEACE)

Researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Manchester with the support of NIHR are seeking bereaved relatives AND professionals (health, social care and community workers) to take part in a research study focused on end of life experiences of people of African and Caribbean descent, during the coronavirus pandemic. We are interested in everyone’s views and experiences of receiving and providing support.

» Applications open for Trainee PWP's to start in Feb 2022

Applications opened today for the next cohort of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) trainees to start in Feb 2022. This is a great opportunity for someone considering or build on a career as a qualified mental health professional and ‘earn as you learn’. They are keen for local people and people from diverse backgrounds to apply as it is essential for meeting the needs of our local communities.

» VOLUNTEER: Honorary Counsellors at WGN

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is a specialist organisation leading in developing and delivering innovative and effective services for women and girls who have experienced all forms of gender-based violence. We seek practitioners for our outstanding therapeutic services across London, who will thrive in a multi-cultural feminist environment.

» JOB: Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate at WGN

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (Black Women’s ISVA) to join our West London Rape Crisis Service’s ISVA team. The Black Women’s ISVA will provide high quality, specialist support to women in West London who have experienced any form of sexual violence and are engaging (or considering engaging) with the criminal justice system.

» JOB: Pan-London Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate at WGN

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is currently recruiting a Pan-London Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate. This post holder will support women and girls who cannot access an ISVA in their local area or who are on a waiting list and need rapid interim support or advice. Closing date for applications is 11th October 2021.

» Funding for Black and Minoritised Women's Organisations

Women's Resource Centre is accepting applications for their Black & Minoritised Women's Fund. Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations, led-by-and-for Black and minoritised women, that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to support their core costs and enable continued service delivery in England.
Services

» 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 speaking mental health outreach service in Westminster

Hestia has a new mental health outreach service for the Arabic speaking communities in Westminster. The Outreach service offers a range of practical and emotional support to members of the Arabic speaking communities and supports them in working towards a recovery programme.

» 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...

» BAMEStream Bereavement Support Service

A FREE Bereavement Support Service has now been launched provided by BAMEStream member Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Nafsiyat will provide FREE culturally competent brief emotional online support to anyone from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background experiencing bereavement and loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

» 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...