Mental Health awareness week – event 13th May 11am to 1pm Brent Civic Centre

This year Brent Council will mark the Mental Health Awareness Week (8 – 14 May) in collaboration with The Nous Organisation. The 2017 theme is ‘Surviving or Thriving’ and we will explore effective strategies and coping techniques that can help us to enjoy a good mental health.

There will be an event that will take place in Brent Civic Centre on 13th May 2017 from 11am to 1pm, Board rooms 3, 4 & 5.

If you would like to book your place to this even please contact equality@brent.gov.uk

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International Day for Disabled People – 1st December 2016

Brent is celebrating the International Day for Disabled People on 1st December 2016. Marked across the globe, this day has been celebrated by the United Nations since 1992.
The day aims to increase understanding of the barriers facing people with disabilities and promote participation and inclusion. The event will incorporate a Job Fair and a Health and Well-being Zone  The theme for 2016 is “Achieving the Goals for the future we want”

The event on  1st  December 2016   will be held at the Brent Civic Centre from 10am to 3pm and is an opportunity to engage with residents, carers and colleagues.

Please contact
equality@brent.gov.uk if you wish to register early for this event.

Landlord Fair at the Brent Civic Centre – Tuesday 19th January 5pm to 8.30pm

Landlords, prospective landlords and property agents are being invited to the Brent and Genesis Landlord Fair which will be held at Brent Civic Centre on Tuesday 19 January 2016 between 5pm-8:30pm.

The event will include free seminars and an opportunity to discuss landlord issues with various representatives from Gas Safe, the National Landlords Association and housing benefit and procurement teams.

The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to complete the registration process by visiting https://brentandgenesis.eventbrite.co.uk or email landlord.event@brent.gov.uk for more information.

Christmas gifts for looked after children

Brent police and volunteer cadets visited Brent Civic Centre on Monday 21 December 2015 to donate 230 presents for the borough’s children in care to enjoy this Christmas.

Chief Inspector Nick Davies met Brent Council’s Director of Children’s Services Gail Tolley and Councillor Ruth Moher Lead Member for Children and Young People to hand over the gifts by the Christmas tree in the foyer of the civic centre. Officers and volunteer police cadets raised money to buy the 230 gifts which will now be distributed among Brent’s children in care.

The presents have been given as part of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Christmas Tree Project 2015, which helps to provide presents to children who may otherwise not have received one last Christmas.

Direct Payments Information – 16th December 11am to 3pm

independent wheelchair userPenderels Trust, who support independent living for adult social care users is inviting anyone who receives a Direct Payment or is thinking of switching to the scheme to join them at Brent Civic Centre on 16th December from 11am to 3pm to find out about they help they offer.

Penderels Trust will be at the civic centre to discuss about any issues or concerns you may have about using Direct Payments and allow you to meet members of the team who support people in the borough.

They will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with more information about:

  • Direct Payment set up support
  • employing and managing staff
  • choosing and using a care agency
  • managing your finances
  • online document centre
  • payroll service.

The team will be in the ground floor entrance area from 11am to 3pm of the civic centre, for more information email brent@penderelstrust.org.uk or call 020 8733 8224.

Sugar Free Tuesday goes regional

The Melting Pot at the Brent Civic Centre is already offering a free piece of fruit with lunch on Tuesday as part of Sugar Free Tuesday.

Starbucks has also cut 50p off all sugar free drinks on Tuesdays too. We attracted a bit of interest from Starbucks after the store manager made this move and it seems that the wider franchise are also taking notice.

We’ve been told that Starbucks stores in Watford and Luton in the South East region will also be following suit and knocking off 50p on sugar free drinks following the success of the campaign already in Brent!

Brent stands united with Paris

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After the attacks in Paris last weekend, Brent, London and the rest of the world turned their eyes towards Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night. The England v France friendly match was arguably the most friendly match anyone watching had ever experienced, as the Wembley Crowd showed their solidarity with our French neighbours, and the stadium and the Brent Civic Centre was lit up in blue, white and red, and with the French motto of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite.

Brent Town Hall sold

English: Brent Town Hall (detail), Wembley
English: Brent Town Hall (detail), Wembley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2013, Brent Council is due to move from 14 buildings located all over the Borough to a newly built energy efficient Civic Centre as part of a project which will deliver year on year revenue savings to the Council budget.

The Council does not own most of these 14 buildings and for most, these leases are due to expire in the next year or so. Given this circumstance, it actually became cheaper and more efficient to have the Council located in one efficient and bigger building than renew leases for multiple buildings.

As part of the moving process, Brent Town Hall has been sold to the French Education Property Trust who will set up an Independent French School at the site.

The official press release can be found here – LINK

The new Civic Centre is due to open this summer.

The following link answers some frequently asked questions about the New Civic Centre – LINK