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.
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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.

Fire safety in housing blocks in Brent

Following the tragedy in Grenfell, residents are rightfully concerned about fire safety, particularly in blocks of flats.

Brent has been in regular contact with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to offer assistance.

So far Brent has provided staff to assist RBKC at their Borough Emergency Control Centre at Kensington Town Hall. Our local authority liaison officers and rest centre managers are also on standby and are ready to respond should they be required. We have also offered our employee assistance programme to London Fire Brigade staff to help support them through personal mental health issues they will inevitably be experiencing following the tragedy.

As part of the recovery operation we have asked whether housing in Brent with be required by Grenfell Tower residents. We understand that RBKC’s strong preference is to rehouse Grenfell Tower residents within their borough wherever possible but have said they will be in touch with us next week to discuss this further.

The support from people across London in donating clothes and essentials has been fantastic and RBKC have now advised us that the best way to support those affected is through financial donations rather than goods. The details for the website which has been set up have been promoted by us locally and further details are here LINK

The Leader has also made a statement about fire safety which is available here LINK

A ‘Talkback’ event was held with tenants and leaseholders on Wednesday evening (June 14) where officers from BHP and the council were also able to directly answer questions from tenants and leaseholders about fire safety.

Understandably, some Brent residents living in high rise blocks have been contacting BHP and the Council for information and reassurance regarding their homes. BHP has been responding to these queries and information is available on the BHP website. Any members who have specific questions from themselves or from residents should email them tobhp.compliance@bhphousing.co.uk who will respond as soon as possible.

The facts in Brent are:

– We have 37 high-rise (5 storeys or more) blocks in Brent, all of which are 100% fire risk assessment compliant.

– We have never directly used Rydon Limited or Harley Facades Limited, the contractors who worked on Grenfell Tower. We do not yet know about other registered providers and we are seeking this information from them.

– Since the incident began the Compliance and Risk team at Brent Housing Partnership have been responding to questions about fire management policies and processes and the steps that have been taken over recent years to reduce the risk of fires in council run blocks.

– More than £10million has been spent over the past 4 years on measures to reduce the risk of fires in council run properties.

Estate inspectors and compliance experts have been mobilised to provide additional re-checks of communal areas and exit routes to remove any remaining rubbish, bicycles and other hazards which could hinder access and exit in an emergency. They are also doing extra checks of the blocks with cladding to ensure all remedial works, which form part of business as usual, are actioned as a priority, ahead of the prescribed schedule.

Finally, it was announced yesterday (June 15) that there will be a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire to get a full understanding of went so wrong and how similar tragedies can be prevented in the future.

The Government has also announced an emergency review into fire safety in tower blocks. Once the findings are known we will of-course review and, if needed, amend our fire management processes and strategy accordingly.

Brent family set to have their support for their disabled child removed by the Government

A Brent family are set to lose support for their disabled child after receiving a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions stating that their daughter no longer meets the criteria for Disability Living Allowance.

rnoh statement

A letter from their Specialist NHS Consultant confirms that the child has a neuromuscular problem which leaves her unable to open her hands from a closed position. Her condition has not improved and will not get better in the future. To be told that she is no longer disabled enough for support is an absolute insult to the family who strive day in day out to support their daughter on top of their full time jobs.

The family, of Gujarat origin, have come to me for support and given me full permission to highlight their case and show how cold the Government’s policies are and how people who should be getting support are being crushed. They personally wanted it highlighted how this Government was treating disabled people and in particular with this circumstance, cutting support for their disabled child.

I am supporting them through tribunal now with Citizens Advice but if unsuccessful, their entitlement will be completely stopped at the end of this year. The way that we treat disabled people as a society needs to change completely. The policies of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats between 2010 and now has caused and is causing real hardship to families that deserve better treatment.

Celebrating Ganesha at Willesden Library

Brent Museum and Archives is hosting an ancient statue of the Lord Ganesha. The idol is on loan from the British Museum. The beautiful sculpture is over 800 years old and originates from India.

Come and see the statue and our wider exhibition celebrating many aspects of Indian culture at Willesden Library. The exhibition has been created in partnership with Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden, Mahogany Arts and the artists Kirsty Harris. There will also be a celebration event on 17th May.