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Registered Charity Number 1151980

Company Number 8013774

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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» HOUNSLOW MELA 2024 – London's Biggest South Asian Outdoor Music Festival, 22nd June 2024

Welcome to HOUNSLOW MELA 2024, London's Biggest South Asian Outdoor Music Festival. Hounslow Mela is a vibrant celebration of South Asian culture in the heart of Hounslow! FEATURING: 15 Live Singers; 2 Stages; 10+ Dance Performances; Food Village; Shopping Bazaar; Arts Village; Grand Indian Street Food Bazaar, Jaipur Kitchen, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Brand, Circus Raj; and Funfair rides.

» Lloyds Bank funding for Deaf and Disabled people (Live webinar 13th June)

This programme is aimed at registered charities and CICs which are led by and working for Deaf and Disabled people. Your organisation will be led by and work directly with Deaf and Disabled people over the long term to support them to have more choice and control over their lives. This programme offers organisational development support alongside a three-year grant of £75,000. They will be holding a live webinar on 13 June 2024 to talk through eligibility, shortlisting and prioritising criteria.

» Westminster Prevent Newsletter Vol. 3

Westminster City Council's third edition Prevent newsletter is here keeping you informed about the latest happenings around the Prevent Strategy and their work. Information enclosed includes: Workshops and projects offered for 2024/2025; Recent Prevent news including the government’s updated extremism definition and the establishment of the standards and compliance unit to oversee Prevent. Proscribed groups in the UK, including the proscription of Hizb ut-Tahrir; The most recent Prevent statistics from 2022-2023; Updates from our Community Safety & Specialist Services at the Council, including the introduction of our newest advisory group and the appointment of the latest new staff member, the Community Resilience Officer; Resources and information on Hate Crime; and Awareness events.

» You Need to Know campaign winner!

After North East London Cancer Alliance submitted their information poster (featuring the BME Health Forum's Phayza Fudlalla) about the You Need to Know (womb cancer) campaign to the Cancer Research UK conference in Birmingham this week, they are pleased to announce that the poster has won the Patient and Carer prize! This was voted for by patients. A fantastic recognition for a very important campaign.

» Disability Equality & Coproduction Training Course

Action on Disability and Trust for London proudly present 'Disability Equality & Coproduction Training Course'. Open to all Disabled People residing, working, volunteering, or studying in H&F, this course is designed to empower and equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive impactful change within their communities. Furthermore, attendance is completely free of charge, with participants receiving remuneration (£20 per session) as a token of appreciation for their invaluable contributions.

» Public Health Apprenticeship Recruitment Now Open

The Public Health Apprenticeship Integrated Programme is delivered with University of East London and Public Health. It is a 36-month paid placement that provides hands-on training and mentorship in a variety of public health disciplines. Apprentices will work closely with experienced professionals in the City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Public Health Team, gaining valuable skills and experience.

» Pimlico Toy Library service and information (2024)

Please see up to date information about the Pimlico Toy Library! Services available to members include: Drop-in stay, play & toy-loan sessions for 0-4’s all year; Parental support and expertise; Song time and table top games led by Toy Librarian; New toys to explore,1000 toys to loan 50p or 1.00 per week; Special events and outings; Meet families from a range of backgrounds and cultures.

» Junior CRM & System Administrator role at Open Age (apply by 17.06.24)

Open Age is currently seeking a Junior CRM & System Administrator to join their team to manage the configuration and operation of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system ensuring the CRM is optimized for data integrity, user efficiency, and effective communication with members and stakeholders.

» Black Health and Well Being Event Part 2/Windrush Day - 22nd June 2024

As part of our Windrush Celebration we invite you to our Black Health and Wellbeing Event on Saturday 22nd June in Novotel Hammersmith 12 - 5pm. This event is FREE and there will be Food and drinks, Fun activities for all ages, Health checks (including diabetes and blood pressure), and various workshops.

» GLA City Resilience Update - May 2024

See the latest Greater London Authority City Resilience update with infomation and news including the following highlights; An invitation to an event to celebrate and highlight the invaluable work the voluntary and community sector do in planning and responding to emergencies in our capital; an invitation to register for the London Climate Resilience Communities Webinar; and an invitation to register your venue as a cool space ahead of the summer.

» 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...