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BME Health Forum launches second round for London Fund for Racialised Communities

*THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED*
 
The BME Health Forum has opened a second funding round for organisations wishing to help communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 4 October 2021.

This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £10,000 but less than £100,000.

Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here.

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.



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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News/Events/Jobs/Services/Activities

» Understanding Voices: New resources translated in ten languages

Hearing the Voice (Durham University) is delighted to announce that our ‘Quick Read’ information fact sheets about hearing voices have now been translated into the top 10 spoken languages other than English in the UK. Each PDF provides information about the following topics: What is hearing voices?; How common is it?; Why does it happen?; Coping strategies; Talking about hearing voices – Tips for voice-hearers; Talking about hearing voices – tips for supporters

» Grant funding for community-led projects and initiatives

The North Westminster Programme invites proposals for local community-led projects in Queens Park, Westbourne, Church Street and Harrow Road that aim to: Empower young people; Enable all adults to progress; Build connections between people; Make places safe, sustainable and welcoming.

» JOB: Physical Activity Coordinator at Open Age

Open Age’s physical activity programme includes 65+ weekly in-person activities across Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster and 15+ activities on Zoom. The role we are seeking to fill will support in the coordination and administration of physical activities as well as deliver Falls Prevention classes as part of Open Age’s Steady and Stable programme.

» NHSBT Plasma Donation Campaign

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking for men between the ages of 17 and 66 to consider donating their blood plasma. Plasma is used to make antibody-based medicines called immunoglobulins, for people with weak immune systems and a variety of other rare disorders. Thousands of patients rely on immunoglobulin medicines for short-term treatment or lifelong diseases.

» Ear Acupuncture for Stress Relief at the ClementJames Centre

The ClementJames Wellbeing Clinic provides ear acupuncture in a peaceful, supportive, safe environment. Ear acupuncture can be used for relaxation, anxiety and stress relief, health and wellbeing support. The Wellbeing clinic runs every Tuesday from 2.30 - 5.30pm.

» Advice Barriers Focus Groups Invite - Mental Health, Learning Disability & Neurodevelopmental Disorders - RBKC

To help inform the forthcoming GLA funded Advice in Community Settings Grant Programme please see this invitation from RBKC to attend some Focus Groups which will centre on understanding the barriers to accessing advice services and the needs for the advice of certain resident populations who have been identified as high risk for advice exclusion - those who live in or near RBKC who have mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities/ neurodevelopmental disorders.

» Future Planning Workshop Series for Carers

This Autumn, Carers Network will be running a weekly series of Future Planning Workshops for carers, starting with a session on Will Writing on Tuesday 5 October at 10:30am This workshop series aims to highlight issues specific to future care planning and End of Life by providing introductory sessions on topics such as funerals, will writing, DNAR, lasting power of attorney, inheritance tax, and pensions.

» Opportunity to join as a co-creator in Access to Breast Cancer Care project

Help create better access to cancer care pathways for South Asian people living with and beyond breast cancer. We want to amplify South Asian people living with and beyond cancer and their family/ carer's voices by inviting you into as many steps as possible within this project as 'experts by experience' and providing a safe space to share knowledge and make decisions.

» The National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund in partnership with Crowdfunder

In partnership with Crowdfunder, the National Emergencies Trust has launched a £1.2million Local Action Fund: a new and exciting match funding opportunity as part of their Coronavirus Appeal to help voluntary and community organisations overcome the effects of the pandemic! Eligible organisations will be required to crowdfund, with every pledge being matched pound for pound by the National Emergencies Trust, up to a total of £10,000. Applications for the Local Action Fund open on 22 September 2021 and close on 22 October 2021.

» Grant Funding Opportunities in RBKC and Westminster

Please see the following Grant funding opportunities in RBKC and Westminster: Arts Grant Scheme - for individuals and organisations looking to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; City Living Local Life for for projects and activities in RBKC that help make their neighbourhood a better place; and Westminster City Council's Ward Budget funding for organisations or clubs running activities/ programmes benefitting local residents.
Services

» 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 speaking mental health outreach service in Westminster

Hestia has a new mental health outreach service for the Arabic speaking communities in Westminster. The Outreach service offers a range of practical and emotional support to members of the Arabic speaking communities and supports them in working towards a recovery programme.

» 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...

» BAMEStream Bereavement Support Service

A FREE Bereavement Support Service has now been launched provided by BAMEStream member Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Nafsiyat will provide FREE culturally competent brief emotional online support to anyone from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background experiencing bereavement and loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

» 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...