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Registered Charity Number 1151980

London Fund for Racialised Communities

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.
The BME Health Forum has awarded grants of between £4000 and £20,000 to 21 organisations across London helping communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. 

To find out more about the organisations and projects we have funded see here.

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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» Westminster Hardship Fund now open for referrals

To alleviate some of the financial pressure in these increasingly hard pressed times, Citizens Advice Westminster is partnering with Westminster City Council again to deliver the Westminster Hardship Fund (funded from the national Household Support Grant Extension).

» Be part of Silver Sunday – the National Day for Older People

Silver Sunday is a day dedicated to older people. Initially it was started as a response to social isolation and loneliness among our older population. It is now a national day where everyone can come together by hosting fun and free events for older people around the country: a day where older people can meet new people, visit new places, try new activities and connect with their local communities and generations around them.

» Church Street Community Champions Summer Fair! 2nd July, 2 - 4pm

Summer Fun for Everyone! wirh Church Street Community Champions and Maternity Champions. Events including Mini Zoo, facepainting, Music, and Crafts, across Greenside Community Park, Lilestone street and Church street on the 2nd July from 2 - 4pm.

» Latest WGN Employment Opportunities

Women and Girls Network (WGN) currently have various part-time and full-time, fixed-term and permanent opportunities to join their team. Roles include: Administrator (Human Resources) Community Engagement Worker; Gateway Sexual Violence Lines Worker; Head of Operations; Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Manager; Intervention & Rapid Response Navigator; Navigator (Sexual Violence Services).

» Apprenticeship Opportunity with ActiveWestminster!

Coach Core is a national charity, using sport and apprenticeships to support young people into employment, whilst also enabling them to become a positive influence in their communities. Coach Core is offering the level 2 Sports coaching apprenticeship. This apprenticeship combines paid, on-the-job training with some accompanying study.

» Monkeypox: What you need to know

You may have heard about monkeypox in the news recently. But what is it, what are the symptoms and how can you access help and information?

» CATHIP National Health Hour - Saturdays 11am - 12.15pm

Caribbean African Health Network (CAHN) and 5 partners host the Caribbean African Targeted Health Improvement Programme (CATHIP) which takes place each Saturday morning 11am -12.15pm via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube and is affectionately known as the 'Health Hour'. Each session looks at heath issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, sexual health, mental health, affecting our communities, the presentations are led by a Dr/ Consultant or other Clinician for 30 - 45 minutes followed by a question & answer session of 15 minutes.

» Westminster CAMHS - Children's Wellbeing Service

We are a team of mental health workers trained in helping children and young people manage their mental health difficulties by building up their emotional wellbeing and resilience. We offer structured guided self-help interventions for children and young people experiencing difficulties with anxiety and low mood.

» JOB: Head of Community Programmes at The Abbey Centre

An opportunity has arisen for a new Head of Community Programmes to join the Abbey Centre at an exciting point in the charity’s history. As new needs emerge from the both the pandemic and the current costof-living crisis, the Abbey Centre is reviewing its strategy and future direction. We are looking for a strategic thinker who is also a details person. You will need to be able to “horizon scan” and plan our services into the future, whilst remaining on top of current activities and ensuring they are delivered to the highest possible standards.

» VOLUNTEER: Empower others with Be Active (from Open Age)

Be Active Volunteers help people over 60 improve confidence, rebuild strength, and connect with their community. Work one on one over 9 sessions to support rehabilitation exercises and achieve activity goals. Volunteering takes place in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. Full training provided.

» 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

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.

» 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...

» Chinese community counselling service now at Chinese Welfare Trust

The Chinese Community Health and Wellbeing Service has now moved its counselling services to the Chinese Welfare Trust. Counselling is available over phone in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

» COFFEE MORNINGS with SW1 Community Organisers every Friday 10.30 - 12.00

Share your ideas, chat and catch up on local issues. Open to all SW1 residents. VENUE: The Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace. London SW1P 1EW. Time: Every Friday 10.30am - 12pm...