Hate crime is the initial focus of a new series of public meetings which aim to tackle difficult issues in our community.
Taking place on 21 July, the hate crime event is part of the Council’s wider ‘It’s Time to Talk’ campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues and work together with the authorities to tackle them. Important challenges such as hate crime, child sexual exploitation, extremism, gang culture, domestic abuse and harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events throughout the year.
The event on 21 July has a number of high-profile speakers attending, including Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy – Centre for Hate Studies, Stephen Brooks MBE – Coordinator of the Disabled Hate Crime Network and special guest keynote speaker – creative pioneer Samuell Benta. Topics such as what exactly a hate crime is, how big the problem is in Brent and the role of social media in the context of hate crime, will be discussed.
In Brent, we are working with the Community to make our area a Dementia Friendly Borough. We were recently featured on London Live where I gave an interview on the issue. Dementia is not just about providing core services but for me it is about a whole community approach on the issue to make sure that everyone is aware of the issue and is mindful of Dementia when they are going about their everyday lives; be it going shopping in a supermarket or queuing to be served at a bank cashier.
This video here explains more has a real life experience from Dianne Campbell who was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 44.
Community Action on Dementia (CAD-Brent), a local charity, is working in partnership with Brent Council, Brent CCG and a number of other organisations to improve the support for people living with memory loss.
With Labour in charge of Brent Council, we have made some landmark changes to improve services for disabled children becoming adults.
Under the Lib Dem Tory system, families told us that it was a shock to them when disabled children became adults as they had not been given any idea of what to expect.
Now because of changes we have made, our Transitions service which works with people transitioning from the childrens to the adult service works with people so they young disabled people can realise and reach their own ambitions. The video clip below has real life examples of people that are currently being helped by Brent Council and I had the pleasure of meeting them personally at the newly opened John Billam Resource Centre recently.
Our Safeguarding service at Brent Council is one of the hidden gems in our service portfolio. Not quite as obvious as the bin in front of your house or the streetlights on your road, but Safeguarding in Brent is widely respected as one of the best in the country.
Abuse is not just physical, but also emotional and financial. It is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to stop it.
The number of reported cases of abuse of adults in Brent has risen from 435 in 2011-12 to 664 at the start of 2013, we fear the real figure may be far higher. Even with the increase in reporting of incidents, inevitably, abuse of adults in all categories is still largely unnoticed and under-reported.
That is why we are promoting our Safeguarding service through a Borough-wide poster campaign. You may have seen images like the one below advertised near you.
Our service campaign has also picked up attention nationally and has been covered in the Guardian here – LINK
We are exploring different ways in which we can deliver our meals on wheels service. We want to have a system where people can chose where they want their meals to come from and see if we can work out a feasible way of making this happen.
If you know of any organisations or are part of one that would be interested in learning more and could also deliver a meals service to elderly and disabled people in Brent, email Communitymeals@brent.gov.uk to get involved.