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BME Health Forum Quarterly Meetings

The BME Health Forum holds four engagement meetings a year to which we invite local BME organisations delivering services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, and local NHS commissioners.

At these meetings there will be opportunities to feedback about local NHS services as well as the work your organisations are doing.

If you would like to be invited to these meetings please get in touch with Nafsika Thalassis here

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» Community Voices – Impact of COVID-19 on Black Asian Minority Ethnic Communities in North West London

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and staff we would like to capture stories from people from a range of settings who are working in health and care during COVID-19 and from residents/carers, voluntary faith and public sector leaders. Their stories will provide an in-depth and personal account of the issues that matter most to people from BAME backgrounds.

» Community Champions / Age UK on-line diabetes support group

Notting Dale Community Champions and Age UK are inviting you to join a new on line support group for people over 55 living with diabetes. Dr Joan St John, West London CCG Lead Diabetes GP and Razia Amin, diabetes nurse consultant, will share advice and information. Sessions will also include chair-based exercise. No internet? Dial in to join a discussion.

» JOB: Advice & Outreach Worker (Interim/ part time)

Henna Asian Women's Group is recruiting a part time Advice & Outreach worker in an interim capacity for 3 months with possible extension to 6 months. The postholder is expected to be a self starter with good knowledge and understanding of the South Asian community in Britain.

» Coronavirus: Your Experience Matters {and Care Homes} Survey(s) from Healthwatch CWL

Healthwatch Central West London wants to hear local people’s views and experiences of the coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak by inviting them to fill this survey. The results will be used to help local health and social care leaders to better understand the types of support and services residents need to stay safe and well.

» Supplementary COVID-19 resources from Westminster City Council

Resources include updated official Government advice and Public Health guidance in 60 languages from Doctors of the World UK, COVID-19 Advice for Parents’ poster, and Factual and easy-to-understand COVID-19 Infographics also available in 35 languages.

» Important COVID-19 info & resources for families, children and overseas visitors/ immigrants

Important COVID-19 info & resources for families, children and overseas visitors/ immigrants from Westminster City Council around bereavement support and Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment for migrant patients.

» FEATURE: CLYD’s Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period

Mr Abdul Aziz Toki, Director of Central London Youth Development talks about their new initiative to support the mental and emotional well-being of disadvantaged BME children (aged between 4-16 years old) in North Westminster during COVID-19. This includes delivering food packs, wellbeing acitivity packs for different ages and a 12 weeks Fun and Learn programme.

» London Friend wellbeing support during lockdown

London Friend, a charity that supports the LGBT community is running 1:1 and group support sessions and has put together a number of useful resources to help manage mental health during lockdown.

» Launch of New Alliance of BAME Mental Health Therapists and Campaigners in Response to COVID-19

BAMEStream is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health and therapy. Reported statistics show that BAME communities are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; and as such, the group’s core purpose is to raise awareness and undertake impactful actions to address the urgent mental health and wellbeing needs of the UK’s BAME communities.

» **Spaces still available** Who’s in Charge parenting programme (Starts 2nd June)

A 9 week programme aimed at parents whose children are being abusive or violent toward them or who appear out of parental control. Starting 2nd June, Westminster Parenting will be delivering this group via Microsoft Teams.

» Access to Health New Project: Information and Referral form

‘Access to Health’ is a new project which aims to support homeless and vulnerably housed pregnant women and families with a child/children under 5 years old in Westminster or temporarily housed outside the borough...

» Active for Life - Opportunities to Keep Fit In the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Leisure Services’ Sports Development Team provides a wide variety of sport and physical activity opportunities for RBKC residents at venues across the borough including targeted sessions for specific groups...

» ADKC Disability Connect project

The Disability Connect project is for socially isolated disabled people (with a physical, sensory or hidden impairment) who need or would like some encouragement and support to get out and about doing activities of interest to them.

» African Women's Care

AWC works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) adults, children and young people, fleeing domestic and sexual abuse including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and ‘honour’-based violence.

» Al-Aman (DVIP) Arabic Speaking service

DVIP’s Al-aman service has continued to receive funding from London Councils to support women from Arabic speaking communities who have been affected by gender based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour based violence...

» ANGELOU Referrals

On the 1st July ADVANCE in conjunction with eight other organisations launched a shared service across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster supporting women and girls who are experiencing or have experienced violence and abuse this partnership is called Angelou...

» Arabic Women’s Project at Al-Hasaniya, North Kensington

Based in North Kensington we offer advice and support in health and welfare of Arabic speaking women. We have a Domestic Violence project and also a children and families mental health project as well as many other...

» Befriending for Asian Women at Henna

Henna’s befriender-workers will pay regular weekly or monthly visits to some of the most vulnerable ladies in the community. These visits could be to those who were members of Henna in the past and have been restricted...

» Breathe Easy Support Group

DO YOU LIVE IN PIMLICO AND SUFFER FROM A BREATHING PROBLEM? BREATHE EASY PADDINGTON is your Westminster patient support group, for anyone affected by a lung condition. We offer mutual support, information...

» British Red Cross Refugees and Befriending Project

The British Red Cross runs four 'Refugees and Befriending Projects' (R'n'B) for young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers aged 14-21. Our peer-led befriending projects are facilitated by peer-befrienders and adult volunteers...