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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

» Community Safety Survey 2021 (RBKC)

The Safer Kensington and Chelsea Partnership would like your help to find out what are the most important crime and community safety issues affecting residents and businesses in our borough. This survey is an opportunity to tell us how resources from agencies across a range of statutory services, including Police, Council, The National Probation Service, and Health services - should be used to make the borough a safer place to live, work and learn.

» JOB: Community Programme Caseworker at Migrants Organise

Migrants Organise's Community Programme provides practical support, advocacy and training for refugees and migrants. We provide casework support including advice on housing, welfare benefits, community care, education, asylum support, immigration and employment. We are looking for someone with experience of working with refugees or other vulnerable groups, and a strong commitment to equality, human rights and justice.

» JOBS: H&F Mind is recruiting for two roles within their crisis alternative service.

H&F Mind is currently recruiting for two roles: Peripatetic Crisis Alternative Team Coordinator and Peripatetic Crisis Alternative Support Worker. Both roles are within their crisis cafes, an out of hours service providing a safe and welcoming space for people who are feeling distressed and experiencing crisis. Deadline for applications is 30th April.

» Inviting young people, parents and carers to a virtual workshop on the 22nd of April

Your voice is important, so let’s hear it! Are you interested in shaping the health and wellbeing priorities for Children and Young People? Connecting Care for Children are inviting local children, young people and their families to talk to us about what matters to them in terms of local healthcare. We would like to hear: how health care for children and young people is delivered; the healthcare worries of your communities; how to design services that work for you and your family.

» FORWARD - Zumba with Mofraka Fitness!

Women only session - all levels welcome. Energise and get fit with Fanta as she takes you around the world with music and fun dance moves in a safe space for Migrant and BAMER women. Date: Every Friday from 19th March - 7th May 2021. Time: 10:00-11:00am.

» FORWARD Support

FORWARD Support - Safe & culturally sensitive support for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) women, asylum seekers or refugee victim-survivors of domestic abuse & harmful practices such as FGM, so called 'honour' based abuse, forced marriage & abuse based on faith/belief. Online or telephone services Include: COVID-19 support from peer support workers One-to-one emotional support & casework; Migrant Women's coffee morning & Whole & Healthy Woman's group; Community workshops for faith leaders & local organisations; Frontline Professionals training & advice on harmful practices.

» MEWSo Conference: #BanVirginityTests - 30th April

The Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation (MEWSo) cordially invites you to join us in a coalition to #BanVirginityTests. Banning these tests is one of our major campaigns in supporting the human rights of women and girls, and we hope you agree that this barbaric practice needs to end. I am holding a conference on Friday 30th April and will be joined by an incredible line up of guest speakers, who are specialists, advocates, campaigners in the field.

» Muslim Charities Forum launch Global Majority Fund

Muslim Charities Forum as Intermediary Partner for Comic Relief has launched the Global Majority Fund for organisations who work with communities facing racial inequality within the UK. MCF has now opened the funding application process for small-medium organisations to apply for project or core costs for up to £10,000.

» Investigation - How care at home has been impacted during the pandemic

Do you or someone in your family receive council-funded personal assistance/ care at home from a care worker or nurse? The Bureau Local is investigating how care at home has been impacted during the pandemic and excess deaths amongst this group. Health inequality reporter, Vicky Gayle, would like to hear from personal assistance users, relatives, and care workers, also from academics and professionals working in this field or who have a vested interest in domiciliary care, such as advocates.

» Cycling for Wellbeing - RBKC

In response to the impact of COVID on those experiencing health inequalities in RBKC, Bikeworks has developed a Cycling for Wellbeing programme which will be delivered in Wormwood Scrubs and the surrounding off-road green spaces and quiet roads. Inspired by the NHS 5 steps to wellbeing, the programme encourages people to form sociable networks, incorporate regular physical activity into their lives, take notice of the present moment, and learn new skills.
Services

» Access to Health: Information and Referral form

‘Access to Health’ is a programme which aims to support homeless and vulnerably housed pregnant women and families with a child/children under 5 years old in Westminster or temporarily housed outside the borough...

» 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.

» Age UK Free Taxi Transport for over 50s to Vaccination Appointments: Extended to cover all NWL

Age UK's FREE Taxi service for those 50+ needing to get transport to attend their vaccination appointment has now been extended to cover the whole of North West London so now also includes the boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing.

» 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...