Dudden Hill community unites over Nazi graffiti

On Sunday, local residents sadly woke up to Nazi graffiti on our streets by the Dollis Hill tube station area. I was alerted to this on the day and joined local residents in scrubbing the horrific graffiti off in what was a great instant community response.

Last night we organised a vigil to get people together and show our unity against this abhorrent act of vandalism.

Local children placed positive messages at the location where the hateful graffiti had been sprayed.

before after bus stop

We were joined by the local Rabbi from the Brondesbury Synagogue.

It was humbling to see that attempts to create division had created a positive community response and united us.

Police have been informed as this is clearly a criminal act and the Council have been helpful in deep cleaning the graffiti to ensure no paint marks or signs of the red graffiti remain.

before after pavement

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Brent Labour 2018 Manifesto

With the local elections on the 3rd May, we have an inspiring Manifesto for Brent residents ahead of the vote.

Our main strapline is A Borough of Culture, Empathy and Shared Prosperity.

Young people are the future so echoing a previous national Labour Manifesto’s promise, we focus on education, education and education!

We’ll develop stronger partnerships with schools to help them deal with the pressures they are facing due to the Tory Government cutting funding to schools and investment in our children.

Employment and growth is also important and we will connect local people to opportunities in the Borough and across London. We will also promote decent wages and continue our pledge to pay the London Living Wage and encourage others to do so too. We’ll also make apprenticeship opportunities available for young people.

Roads and pavement replacements are becoming more difficult to fund. This is because the Government has raided Vehicle Excise Duty (more commonly known as Road Tax) receipts for Londoners. The fund that helped on road schemes in Brent was contributed by TfL and this was based on income passed on via Vehicle Excise Duty. Despite the Government taking this money and not passing it on, Brent Labour will still renew 300 miles of roads and pavements and we will also cut down the amount of time it takes to start and finish urgent repairs by using newly available technology.

Sadly under Tory Britain, Foodbank demand has increased in Brent and we will support them to deliver for those in need and work with them to tackle the root causes of poverty.

We’ll expand our new area based approach to delivering local services with Neighbourhood Managers and Town Centre Managers spending less time at the Civic Centre and more on the streets with communities and local businesses.

Our other public sector partners such as the NHS and our schools are struggling to retain and recruit staff because of housing pressures. We will support them by building more key worker staff so that our residents have more stable local services with staff that have a stake in the Borough.

On estate regeneration,  we will hold binding votes on plans so that we can work with communities to ensure support for schemes. This is especially important when major schemes mean people have to temporarily relocate because of works.

We’ll expand our highly successful outdoor gym schemes and ensure that no resident lives more than a mile away from one by 2020. We’ll establish a Brent Network (social prescribing) and integrate access to social activities and events with GP surgeries.

We’ll continue to campaign on housing the NHS and the police and keep up the pressure on the Government to reverse their cuts and to properly fund Brent services.

And finally on improving the environment and public health, we pledge to double the number of street trees in Brent and increase electric car charge points.

All indicators from the last few elections show that in Brent it is now a straight battle between Labour and the Conservatives on 3rd May.

To read the full manifesto document, click here LINK

Brent will be the London Borough of Culture in 2020

Brent will be the London Borough of Culture in 2020. The prestigious award will see Brent receive £1.35 million to stage an ambitious year long programme of cultural events and activities, which will put culture at the heart of the borough’s future. Brent fought off stiff competition from the 21 other London boroughs to win the title, which was awarded by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
 
Waltham Forest will become the first London Borough of Culture in 2019 with Brent following in 2020 as the Euro 2020 football finals take place at Wembley Stadium. Brent’s bid was structured around seven key projects, showcasing the borough’s spirit of diversity, youthfulness and internationalism.
 
These include a collaboration with Vice and Brent’s young people to develop their skills across film, radio and writing, a huge street party taking place along a pedestrianised A5, and an open air ‘Museum of all Brent Life’. During the year, Brent will also host a reggae music festival, and a Brent anthem will be composed to be performed at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020. The council has pledged a further £300,000 to set up an independent Cultural Trust, to oversee the borough’s cultural programme.
A wide range of London’s leading cultural institutions will work with the winning boroughs – including the Barbican, the Museum of London, the Roundhouse, Film London and the National Trust and many more. For more information about London Borough of Culture 2020 and to get involved, please visit www.brentculture2020.co.uk 

Health Partners Forum Wednesday 31st January from 5.15pm onwards

Venue: Sudbury Primary School, Watford Road, Wembley, HA0 3EY
Date: Wednesday 31st January 2018 
Time: 6pm – 8pm (registration opens at 5.15pm). Refreshments will be provided.
Register: To register please contact sian.avery@communitybarnet.org.uk or call 020 8364 8400 or book online LINK
The Health Partners Forum will be held on Wednesday 31 January where Urgent & Emergency Care services in Brent  will be discussed. An update will be given on mental health services from the October meeting. 
Long term conditions (LTCs) such as respiratory conditions and diabetes, end of life care, older people, children & young people and discharge from acute services will also be covered.
The Health Partners Forum is a public event which brings patients together with representatives from the NHS, the local authority and voluntary sector.
At the forum, patients are given a chance to hear about important health and social care issues happening in the borough. It also provides an opportunity for patients to share their thoughts and experiences on health and social care in Brent.

Free ESOL classes at CVS provided through Brent Unite Community (BUC)

Brent Unite Community (BUC) is launching free ESOL classes for beginners and intermediate learners. Teachers are local volunteers trained by the union.

BUC will be offering classes at different venues across Brent at different times of the week throughout the year. A 12-week Intermediate Class will run CVS Brent, starting on Wednesday 31st January 2018. Enrolment takes place on Wednesday 24th January at 1 – 5pm. Please see the flyer here. For further information, please contact Robin Sivapalan – email robsivapalan@hotmail.com or ring 07974331053.

Thrive London Comes to Brent – 24th January at the Brent Civic Centre

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement for mental health, supported by the Mayor of London and led by the London Health Board.

Brent Council, Thrive LDN and the Mental Health Foundation welcome all to a community conversation aimed at encouraging people to work together to improve health and happiness in the borough.

We hope to see broad representation across the borough including from the council, NHS providers and commissioners, businesses, local people, carers, voluntary and community sector, faith groups, schools and social landlords to discuss how collectively we can work together as a borough to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. Anyone living or working in Brent with an interest in improving the happiness of the borough is very welcome. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

You can sign up here LINK

Where to go in a crisis in Brent

Sufra NW London has launched a Local Directory of Services for the benefit of service users who require further information on specialist services available across Brent.

Organisations and individuals can access a digital copy of the Directory here – LINK

The Directory will be updated annually in April. 

Black History Month celebration event

Brent Council’s celebration event of 2017 Black History Month will be held on 26 October at the Grand Hall in Brent Civic Centre.
 
This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Black Excellence’ and marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. In 2017 we also mark 50 years since Robert Lawrence became the first Black Astronaut.

The FREE event will be open to residents. Registration will open at 4.30pm and the event will close at 8.30pm. If you would like to book your place or have any questions about the event, please contact the Equality Team: 
equality@brent.gov.uk

Willesden Mini Mela – Saturday 15th July – 12PM – 4PM

Willesden mini mela

This weekend will see the first ever Willesden Mini Mela at the Library at Willesden Green. The day will be filled with activities throughout. The event is in partnership with Brent Council, Lottery, Arts Council England, Willesden Temple and the British Museum who have loaned a 800 year idol of Ganesha at the Exhibition space.