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» Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 with CLW (13th - 19th May)

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week which will take place from 13th May - 19th May with the theme "Movement: Moving more for our mental health" please see an up to date list of Community Living Well Wellbeing workshops including two specifically relating to this year's theme: Boost Your Mood with Movement, and Feeling Anxious? Lets gets Active!

» Kensington & Chelsea Fraud Newsletter (March 2024)

The K&C Fraud newsletter contains information and figures of fraud cases in the borough including useful information about how to protect yourself against fraud crimes.

» Spring COVID-19 vaccination programme launches this month

The list of North West London sites offering COVID-19 vaccination for the Spring 24 campaign is now available. From 22 April until 30 June 2024, the seasonal COVID-19 booster will be available, free, for those who are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus.

» Help improve lung cancer pathways at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

We want to understand the experiences of patients who have recently attended lung cancer services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and those who are supporting them. We know we can do more to support people, and the insights we learn will inform future improvement work at the Trust.

» Resources for patients waiting for an appointment or surgery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust recently published a set of resources for patients waiting for an appointment or surgery at the hospital. On the Imperial College website, there are now pages on: Waiting for an appointment, surgery or treatment; Staying well while you wait; and Frequently asked questions.

» Join our Patient and Carer Advisory Group about Waiting Lists (apply by 21.04.24)

Help shape research to better understand elective waiting lists at a local level. We’re looking for patients and carers living in North West London who have experience of being on an NHS waiting list to receive planned care, or who have cared for someone on a waiting list. We want you to join our Advisory Group from May 2024 to May 2025.

» Earls Court Community Fund - now open for applications!

The Earls Court Community Fund is now open for applications! The Earls Court Community Fund, established by the Earls Court Development Company, aims to support the local community in and around the Earls Court site. This year, the Fund is being jointly managed by the K+C Foundation and Hammersmith & Fulham Giving. Eligible organisations can apply for up to £15,000 for one year, and the deadline for applications is Friday 31st May 2024 at 5pm.

» Supporting people with different needs to access London Ambulances Services

It is recognised that in many cases a number of callers to emergency services may not have English as their first language. In such instances, a third party language translation service may be used to assist the EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatcher) in taking the details of the call (at the point of the 999 or 111 call) . [This is done by conferencing in the interpreter once the language required is confirmed].

» Bowel Cancer Awareness Month #OneThing

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer, the fourth most common cancer in the UK. The earlier bowel cancer is spotted, the more treatable it’s likely to be. In fact, more than 9 in 10 people survive bowel cancer when it is diagnosed at the earliest stage.

» The London Community Foundation Grants News (March 2024)

See the latest funding opportunities and news from London Community Foundation including information about Greener Futures in Westminster Event, Free Excel training; and several funding opportunities including London Marathon Active spaces fund, Baring Foundation Arts and Mental Health Fund, Sport England Small Grants Programme, Windrush Justice programme, and more.

» NHS prostate cancer awareness animated films

Please take a look at the following 10 short animated films aimed at promoting awareness about prostate cancer. These animated films were made by Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Hospital Foundation Trust in partnership with Year 2 University of London Art Students at the London College of Communications in Elephant and Castle.

» Request for an Interview for Dissertation Research on Bangladeshi Muslim women and Abortion

The main purpose of this research is to gain insight into the experiences, support systems and challenges available and accessible to British Bangladeshi women who may be deciding or have proceeded with an abortion. If you are someone who could share valuable insight on this area of research please get in touch.

» SURVEY: Reminder to complete the Bi-borough and H&F Training Audit

The deadline to complete the Bi-borough and H&F Training Audit survey has been slightly extended to ensure the maximum number of responses are collected. This audit is to be completed by anyone working in one of the three boroughs of H&F, WCC and RBKC. Please note that there is an opportunity on the survey to say what you think the training gaps are so please fill out the survey to have your say!

» Public Health information briefing for libraries leisure family hubs and the VCS

Please read through the following Public Health information briefing to help you give reliable evidenced information to your networks and residents. This briefing has information on: Blood Pressure Campaign – FREE blood pressure checks in pharmacies; Measles – new resources, posters in different languages; Health Hub pop ups in local venues please promote; Suicide prevention; and Making Every Contact Count FREE trainings.

» Community Spirit Small Grants Fund open!

The Kensington + Chelsea Foundation is pleased to announce that their Community Spirit Small Grants Fund has reopened for applications. This is a small grants fund to support events and activities that bring joy, hope and healing to our community. The majority of the beneficiaries of your project must be residents of Kensington + Chelsea.

» Right Care Right Person (RCRP) Overview and update

From 1 November 2023, the Metropolitan Police changed the way they respond to calls related to health and social care concerns. This new policy is called Right Care Right Person. Right Care, Right Person (RCRP) aims to ensure that vulnerable people in London who are experiencing a deterioration in their health, receive support from those most appropriately trained to deliver it. Please see the following update with inforomation about its rollout.

» Kensington & Chelsea Fraud Newsletter (February 2024)

The K&C Fraud newsletter contains information and figures of fraud cases in the borough including useful information about how to protect yourself against fraud crimes.

» GLA City Resilience Update - March 2024

The GLA City Resilience Update is a monthly update on the work or the Greater London authority, with a particular focus on whole-of-society resilience. Some highlights in this update are: A survey on the making of the first ever London Community Resilience Toolkit; Our Community Resilience Fund Interim Evaluation report; A survey on the development of a new City Resilience Newsletter; Our Neighbourhood Networks research report from Neighbourly Lab; and our Equalities and Resilience report.

» Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme

The NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme is a joint initiative between NHS England and Diabetes UK. This programme provides a low calorie, total diet replacement treatment for people who are living with type 2 diabetes and obesity or overweight: the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme.

» Young Westminster Foundation March Newsletter (2024)

Please see the latest newsletter from Young Westminster Foundation with several training, job and funding opportunities including: Funds to support community-led climate action, Grants to support charities providing opportunities for young people, and Funds to help small community based organisations get people into jobs through skills-building.

» Olmec - Diversify London Programme

Diversify London ia programme that aims to provide VSOs across London with board ready candidates from Black, racialised or minoritised communities who have completed Olmec's Black on Board programme. Black on board is a programme Olmec have been running since 2008 that provides individuals with the skills to gain governance positions to address the lack of diversity on boards and in senior management.

» Greening Westminster Grants Programme - Now Accepting Applications!

Westminster City Council invites you make an application for the Greening Westminster grant which supports communities to improve and increase Westminster’s green spaces. The programme seeks to connect with and empower community groups across the borough to ensure fairer access to high-quality green spaces.

» Launch of NHS Parliamentary Awards 2024

The NHS Parliamentary Awards are designed to celebrate the work of all NHS staff and those who work alongside them to improve and join up care in their communities. We are looking for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed, and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for patients. Nominees could be an individual, a team, or an entire organisation. Nominees don’t have to be working within the NHS – these awards are for anyone working for or with the NHS towards the shared goal of delivering health and high-quality care, now and for future generations.

» Global Majority Grant is Now Open! (North Paddington)

The Global Majority grant is open to organisations led by individuals from Global Majority (BAME) backgrounds. Funding is available for any physical, cultural, educational or social activities aimed at improving the health and/or wellbeing of residents living in the North Paddington area.

» Staying well while you wait (for a hospital procedure) Information/ support webpage

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have recently updated their Staying Well while you wait webpage. This has some very useful info and tips of things you can do to help you stay well and prepare for your procedure. These include stopping smoking, exercising regularly, drinking less alcohol and eating a healthy diet.

» Same day access to primary care briefing

NHS North West London is introducing an ambitious but achievable plan to improve same day access to primary care for patients. The new approach sees the introduction of ‘same day access hubs’ across North West London. Patients contacting their GP surgery either online or by telephone may be directed to the same day access hub for triage to the right service for their needs.

» Digital Inclusion and NHS online services information

Please see a collection of resources to support patients in using NHS App and Patchs tool. You will also find some useful manuals and information leaflets about ordering repeat prescriptions, using PKB (Patients Know Best) website and other useful digital inclusion and NHS online services support.

» Research: How clinical pharmacists in primary care support people who are living with dementia

Are you living with dementia? Could you help with our research into how pharmacists in GP practices can support people with dementia? Who are we and what is the study about? We are a team of researchers from University College London. We want to understand how pharmacists based in your doctors surgery are currently supporting you and how they can continue to support you in the future.

» Kensington & Chelsea Fraud Newsletter (January 2024)

The K&C Fraud newsletter contains information and figures of fraud cases in the borough including useful information about how to protect yourself against fraud crimes.

» Monthly update from the City Resilience Team- February 2024

See the latest news and updates from the City Resilience Team at the Greater London Authority including Community Resilience Fund grantees, the London Climate Resilience Review, details of Resilience spaces, and the London Resilience Toolkit. Read on for details.

» Funding Alert! Global Majority Grant Notice

Coming Soon - Grant Fund: £200,000. Calling all Global Majority (BAME) led organisations who can deliver great activities to improve health and/or wellbeing of residents in North Paddington. Applications: Rolling basis, decisions weekly until the fund is spent. You can apply for up to £20,000 to make a positive impact in your community.

» London Catalyst Grants

Grants are available for registered charities in London which are working with an experienced health agency or community partner to improve the health and wellbeing of people with long-term health conditions, disabilities and/or those who are vulnerable and marginalised. Grants of between £3,000 and £15,000 are available to fund projects, usually for one year. The average award is around £8,000.

» Young Westminster Foundation February Newsletter (2024)

Please see the latest newsletter from Young Westminster Foundation with several funding opportunities including: Trailblazer music fund, Making a positive difference in charities fund, Grants for charities working with people with disabilities or experiencing food poverty, and the Community Fund - Funds for organisations that want to bring communities together.

» Health Equity Programme - NHS North West London

NHS North West London's health equity programme is working with partners and the communities of North West London to make real change in terms of improving inequalities in health and care. We know that some people in our communities in NW London are dying earlier than they should, with a range of factors including poverty, poor-quality housing, low-paid or unstable jobs impacting people’s physical and mental health. The health equity programme focusses on putting people at the heart of what we do – reducing inequalities, improving people’s health outcomes, and reducing the differences in healthy life expectancy.

» Do you need volunteers?

The Westminster Connects newsletter advertises volunteering opportunities to thousands of local residents fortnightly. To include your opportunities you just need to email One Westminster details of you opportunities including a brief description of your organisation. a brief description of the role, the commitment required, times and dates, and your contact details.

» London’s democracy needs you – join the #NoVoteNoVoice campaign

2024 is a huge year for democracy with elections in London, the UK and across the world - Londoners need you! With the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections on 2nd May 2024 fast approaching, we need your help to reach as many eligible Londoners as possible.

» Kensington & Chelsea Fraud Newsletter (December 2023)

The K&C Fraud newsletter contains information and figures of fraud cases in the borough including useful information about how to protect yourself against fraud crimes.

» New lung cancer screening roll out to detect cancer sooner (June 2023)

A national targeted lung cancer screening programme designed to catch cancer sooner or prevent it altogether has been announced by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Each year the programme - which will cost £270 million annually once fully implemented - is expected to detect cancer in as many as 9,000 people, deliver almost one million scans and provide treatment earlier.

» Active Westminster Network Funding application windows 2024

From the Monday 5th February 2024, ActiveWestminster Network partners are invited to submit a proposal for funding support of up to £1000 to support new or upscaling of a health and wellbeing physical activity community project. The submission deadline is Sunday 3rd March 2024 at midnight.

» Invitation to participate in an interview for research study developing an inclusive health and care research system with Black African Diaspora Communities in the UK

Are you: a community leader, or faith leader of Black communities?; a healthcare professional with experience of inviting individuals to health and care research studies?; a health and care researcher? research delivery staff?; a member of an ethics committee, or regulatory agency such as the HRA/MHRA?; a funder of health and care research, or make decisions about funding?; a policymaker? If yes to one of these, would you like to share your views about the inclusion and participation of Black communities in health and social care?

» Kensington & Chelsea Fraud Newsletter (November 2023)

The K&C Fraud newsletter contains information and figures of fraud cases in the borough including useful information about how to protect yourself against fraud crimes.

» Say No to Abuse Leaflets: Supporting people to ‘stay safe’ in the Bi-borough (added 20.12.23)

These leaflets have been co-produced by our Safeguarding Ambassadors and include a variety of our video resources to help support everyone to understand a range of safeguarding topics, as well as information on what happens after you report a safeguarding concern.

» London Inspire Programme

The London Inspire programme is a ground-breaking programme developed to raise awareness and promote targeted health interventions aimed at reducing the staggering health inequalities faced by black people in London. Inspire was developed to foster partnership and collaboration opportunities for voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver health interventions, while also amplifying the voice of the Black community to create whole systems change.

» Endometriosis leaflets in multiple languages

Endometriosis UK have newly translated support and symptoms leaflets. These leaflets are now available in Punjabi Shahmukhi, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Urdu, Polish, Scottish Gaelic, Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese. The symptoms leaflet shares the main endometriosis symptoms, what endometriosis is and how Endometriosis UK provides support.

» Jubilee Sports Centre - book a space!

There is still availability to book space at the new improved Jubilee Community Sports Centre with priority being given to those clubs and organisations that are looking to provide opportunities to support the local community. The address of the venue is: Lancefield Street, London, W10 4NW

» 'Stay with Us' Suicide Prevention Campaign Launch - info and resources

For those who were unable to attend the Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster 'Stay with Us' Suicide Prevention Campaign Launch please see the collated essential information and resources we have put together.

» Young Westminster Foundation November Newsletter (2023)

Please see the latest newsletter from Young Westminster Foundation including funding news: HELPING HANDS COMMUNITY FUND NOW OPEN and WESTMINSTER BRIGHTER FUTURES FUND; also YWF YOUTH WORKER FORUM WINTER EVENT on 6th November and YOUNG WESTMINSTER FOUNDATION JOB VACANCY as HELPING HANDS PROGRAMME OFFICER.

» National Lottery Awards for All is changing! (posted 15.11.2023)

National Lottery Awards For All, is changing! You will now be able to: Apply for funding between £300 and £20,000 to support your project, an increase from the previous £10,000 per year; Get your project funded for up to two years rather than one. These changes mean that we have doubled the amount you can apply for and how long we’ll fund your project.

» Support and Guidance During Current Events in Israel and Palestine

We are aware that ongoing, shocking events in Israel and Palestine have led to heightened tensions and emotional distress within our communities and want to remind you that Westminster’s Prevent team are available should you require our assistance; we are able to provide support and guidance for anyone who may be impacted by the current situation. If you or someone you know is feeling distressed or overwhelmed due to the recent events, there are resources and support available to help you navigate through these difficult times.

» Free Funding bid support

NEW OFFER OF FREE SUPPORT – fundraising strategy and bid writing help available now! Concentrated help from one of a panel of external fundraisers whose direct skills and expertise will be offered to Westminster VCS organisations (including CICs) for free.

» North London Forensic Collaborative Small Grant Opportunity

North London Forensic Collaborative (NLFC) has recently launched a new small grant programme for Voluntary Community Faith and Social Enterprise organisations based in North London. This is open to organisations who currently work with individuals accessing forensic inpatient or community services, or organisations that are delivering health and wellbeing initiatives in local communities that with additional investment, could extend this offer to individuals accessing forensic services.

» Pressures on our emergency services in this hot weather

Our A&Es are extremely busy with waits of up to 11 hours. We are seeing many health issues related to the current warm weather – please do share the link below which gives advice on looking after yourself in warm weather, especially if you have asthma or hayfever. It also provides information on where to go if you need help so we can keep A&E for life threatening emergencies. The leaflet is also available in a number of different languages.

» Vodafone offer to registered charities

Apply for free mobile connectivity to support your charity. If you're a charity that needs support for digital inclusion programmes, you can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 40GB data a month for six months, plus unlimited calls and texts. You can use these however you like - for example, to provide connectivity to your service users or deliver training to people in need. We distribute SIMs through charities and cannot distribute SIMs to individuals.

» 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 that illustrate its main goals and offers a set of clear recommended actions.

» WCC Grant Funding opportunities information page

Please see the Westminster City Council landing page for all upcoming council grant funding opportunities for the VCS.

» EMBARRASSED by Steve McQueen - A short film

Here is Steve McQueen's EMBARRASSED - a short film created to help raise awareness of prostate cancer within the black community and featuring Idris Elba CBE, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE, Michael Ward, and Morgan Freeman.. The message is that if you are a black man aged over 45 you should ask your GP for a PSA test. Prostate cancer is generally easy to treat (without chemotherapy) and survivable if caught reasonably early.

» Report of Joint Committee on Human Rights: Black people, racism, and human rights

Please download and see the House of Commons/ House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights report: Black people, racism, and human rights - including formal minutes relating to the report.