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London Fund for Racialised Communities

The BME Health Forum is acting as an intermediary partner for Comic Relief, in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Barclays and The Clothworkers' Foundation to distribute funds from the Global Majority Fund.
The BME Health Forum has awarded grants of between £4000 and £20,000 to 21 organisations across London helping communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. 

To find out more about the organisations and projects we have funded see here.

Videos about using the NHS during COVID-19 in different languages 

To help encourage communities to use the NHS if they need to, the BME Health Forum, Imperial College medical students and West London CCG have co-produced videos about using the NHS during the pandemic in Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, Sylheti and Somali.

We hope to soon have them also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Please view the videos at the links below:

Working with NHS Imperial Healthcare Trust to improve services and trust for BME communities

In the following video Nafsika Thalassis, Director of the BME Health Forum speaks about our work with NHS Imperial Healthcare Trust in responding to BME communities' concerns during the pandemic.



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» RNIB's Vision Impairment Survey

Revealing Reality, has partnered with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) to create a survey for people with vision impairments in the UK. It aims to capture what it’s like living with a vision impairment in the UK, measure their quality of life, and get a better sense of what is important to them. We want to encourage as many people as possible with vision impairments to participate in our telephone survey.

» Funding Opportunity: We Move Fund: Youth Social Action

The £1m We Move Fund: Youth Social Action will help to build children and young people’s confidence, skills and knowledge, whilst empowering them to take an active and leading role in developing solutions to issues which affect their lives and their communities. The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations who currently work with Black children and young people aged 18 and under in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Grants of up to £50,000 will be awarded for up to 18 months.

» Help us to further integrate Physical Activity within Healthcare in London - Deadline, Friday, 27th May!

London Sport has just launched a piece of research (with London Plus and a range of partners) that we hope will help us better understand and take action about how physical activity is being (and can be) used within healthcare in London. We appreciate that the ‘mainstream’ VCFSE sector provides a lot of great opportunities for people to be active outside of our traditional sport (VCFSE) sector. In that regard, it would be really appreciated if you could help us ensure the research is as rich and representative as possible by completing this brief survey by the 27th May.

» Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - tickets for WCC for just £5!

As local residents of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's London venues, we would be delighted to offer your staff and networks two very special ticket offers on our forthcoming Great British Music concerts this spring (details below). As our new London Season is announced, this is a great opportunity to get a taste of what the RPO offers and perhaps work together on some similar offers across our 2022/23 concerts.

» NEW SERVICE: Children & Young People's Advocacy for School Exclusions

The ClementJames Centre has launched a new programme. The Children & Young People's Advocacy for School Exclusions offers specialist education-based support, advice and advocacy for children and families. The service is focused on North Kensington and can be accessed for free by anyone who lives in or attends a school in RBKC or Westminster. This service is available to those who are experiencing school exclusion or at a high risk of exclusion.

» Holiday Activity Fund - A New Summer Opportunity

We are seeking Expressions of Interests for The Holiday Activity Fund Programme over Summer 2022. The Holiday Activity Fund Programme is a DFE initiative that provides activity and food provision for children aged 4- 16 eligible for Free School Meals during the Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. Applications OPEN on the 10 May and close on 22 May 2022.

» Upcoming MECC Training dates from ONE YOU

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about learning how to spot opportunities to talk to people about their well-being, altering how we effectively interact with people using behaviour change tools, with the aim to support and empower people to make positive changes to their physical and mental health.

» Chinese community counselling service now at Chinese Welfare Trust

The Chinese Community Health and Wellbeing Service has now moved its counselling services to the Chinese Welfare Trust. Counselling is available over phone in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

» Latest Job and Volunteer opportunities at WGN

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is a specialist therapeutic service leading in developing and delivering innovative and effective counselling services for women and girls who have experienced all forms of gender-based violence.WGN currently have vacancies for High Intensity Practitioners, Specialist Counsellors and Honourary Counsellors (volunteer role)

» FREE Women boxing sessions at Gateway Academy

Central London Youth Development Trust has organised free women's boxing sessions at the Gateway Academy. Sessions take place every Tuesday at 5.30pm.

» 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

Angelou is a partnership of 9 organisations offering a shared service across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster supporting women and girls who are experiencing violence and abuse.

» 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...

» Chinese community counselling service now at Chinese Welfare Trust

The Chinese Community Health and Wellbeing Service has now moved its counselling services to the Chinese Welfare Trust. Counselling is available over phone in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

» COFFEE MORNINGS with SW1 Community Organisers every Friday 10.30 - 12.00

Share your ideas, chat and catch up on local issues. Open to all SW1 residents. VENUE: The Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace. London SW1P 1EW. Time: Every Friday 10.30am - 12pm...