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14 February 2019

AN INSPIRING MORNING...

One of the distinctive features of Westminster’s Community Network is the wealth of organisations, large and small, delivering a vast range of services across the borough. One such organisation is Mosaic Community Trust where I spent the morning recently – and came away thoroughly inspired by the great work taking place.

Mosaic works with women in the Church Street area of Westminster and on the morning I visited, an Indian Head Massage training session was taking place where around 20 participants were learning the necessary skills in order to practise as therapists. It was striking that the women are gaining so much more than simply the skills and knowledge needed for head massage. They are also improving their English, making new friends, gaining support with emotional health and wellbeing, and learning to support others in their community.

“Mosaic is all about empowering local communities through enabling women to have access to information, education, skills, experience and engagement – our approach is rights based, community led resulting in creating sustainable community assets in the form of empowered women," says CEO Lena Choudary-Salter.

I was delighted to be lucky enough to have a head massage treatment myself and went away feeling relaxed, uplifted and very impressed!

If you are a Westminster Community Network member and would like me to visit your organisation, simply send me an email.

Hilary Nightingale
WCN Chair

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News

NEED SUPPORT WITH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ACTIVITIES?

Taking place as ever on 8 March, International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceForBetter, which calls for a more gender-balanced world and action to accelerate gender parity.

Time & Talents, One Westminster’s employee volunteering arm, is looking to involve its corporate partners in supporting charities, community organisations and schools with their International Women’s Day events and activities. If you are interested in receiving support, please call the Time & Talents team on 0207 535 0496 or email them. 

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OLDER PEOPLE’S SERVICE PROVIDER NETWORK

The next meeting of the OPSP will take place on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 from 12.30 to 2.30pm at One Westminster. Book your place NOW.

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FIRST EVER VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS’ NETWORK MEETING

One Westminster invites you to attend its first Volunteer Coordinators’ Network Meeting on 27 February from 10am to 12noon. This new network will meet regularly to discuss issues relevant to volunteer coordinators and provide support, good practice guidelines, advice, training and resources for volunteer recruitment and management. Places are limited so book below NOW.

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COMBATTING LONELINESS AND IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH

Westminster Faith Exchange is hosting an event on 27 February 2019, 5.30pm-6.45pm at West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, W1H 5AU to showcase the services available from Westminster City Council that tackle loneliness and also to hear from faith leaders as to their current projects. The event offers the opportunity to network and debate issues – for more details and to book your place, please email Westminster Faith Exchange direct.     

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HEALTH & WELLBEING NETWORK

Taking place on 5 March, the packed agenda includes a presentation on the upcoming Primary Care Network (pilot) in Westminster, a multi-language emotional wellbeing course from the BME Health Forum, an update on the Healthy Families, Healthy Lives tender and much more, including plenty of time for networking.

It’s bound to fill up fast, so book your place now below.

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LOOKING FOR A JOB OR APPRENTICESHIP?

Peabody’s jobs and apprenticeship fair at the Pembury Community Centre in Hackney will give you the opportunity to meet prospective employers from many different industries. It’s free to attend and will take place on Thursday, 7 March 2019.

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PERSONALISATION IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE

Training is available for 10 attendees in Westminster, on a first come, first served basis on 8 March. The day offers a thorough introduction to such things as understanding how personalisation is defined and how it differs from traditional health care, how the systems that support it can be best utilised, plus an overview of how personalisation is implemented across health and social care.
 
Book your place NOW.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT: ADVICE FOR ADVISORS

If you work with families who are on Universal Credit or on benefits, and would like more information on how best to help them, then make sure you register for this free, half-day workshop, to be held on Friday, 15 March 2019. 

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COMBATTING FUEL POVERTY

Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations working to maximise the income of vulnerable households with energy efficiency advice.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 18 February 2019.

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HELPING THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE OF WESTMINSTER GET HEALTHIER

The Young Westminster Foundation (YWF) supports projects that focus on the health and wellbeing of the borough’s young people. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for organisations with a turnover of less than £750,000 a year.

The deadline for round two of the YWF small grants programme is Friday, 22 February 2019.

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TURNING INACTIVE LONDONERS INTO ACTIVE LONDONERS

The Active Londoners fund gives support to individuals and organisations who work to increase Londoners’ physical activity and health. The fund offers small- and medium-sized grants for local sporting and physical activity projects.

Funds are available of up to £5,000 for small, local projects and of between £25,000 and £75,000 for larger ones.

Applications can be made up to Thursday, 28 February 2019.

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YOUR CHANCE TO HELP MAKE LONDON THE WORLD’S FIRST NATIONAL PARK CITY

The National Park City Festival (20-28 July) will be a celebration of London’s amazing parks and other outdoor spaces. There is funding available for organisations who want to hold festival events and fun activities in their local communal outdoor areas.

You can apply for grants of between £200 to £500, or between £500 to £2,000.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 15 March 2019. 

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Recruitment

CARERS SERVICE MANAGER

Carers Network is seeking an exceptional manager to oversee and develop services to support carers in diverse boroughs in central London.  Based in Westminster, the post holder will provide leadership and day-to-day guidance to the Carers Hub teams, including line managing staff, and taking a lead on developing relationships with local organisations to identify carers and raise awareness of carers’ rights and needs.

The salary is £31,000 pa with a 7% employer pension contribution and interest-free travel. Click on link below for below for details on how to apply as well as the job description and person specification. Closing date for applications is Monday, 25 February 2019.

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VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Carers Network is looking for an ambitious and creative person with experience of working with volunteers. The post holder will lead on devising a volunteer strategy for Carers Network and will work closely with colleagues across Carers Network to create a wide range of roles and together recruit, place and support volunteers.

The salary for this 22.5 hours per week post is £16,200 for a 12-month contract (with possible extension) and benefits include 7% employer pension contribution. Click on the link below for details on how to apply as well as the job description and person specification. Closing date for all applications is 9am on Monday, 25 February 2019.

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OFFICE MANAGER

Open Age is seeking an Office Manager to ensure an efficient, supportive office environment for staff, older members and volunteers, and the smooth running of operations. The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing this support, as well as helping streamline the organisation’s processes. Applicants should have experience managing an office environment, be committed to maintaining positive working conditions as well as  being comfortable working as part of a small team/supervising Open Age volunteers.

Salary is between £30,000 and £32,000 per annum and the deadline for applications is Thursday, 28 February 2019. 

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LINKUP OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Open Age is looking for a full-time Link-Up Outreach & Engagement Coordinator who is passionate about reducing and preventing social isolation in older people. In this role the postholder will identify people aged 50+ through outreach and established referral pathways, engaging them through 1-to-1 support into Open Age activities. You will need experience of delivering projects independently and meeting project targets.

The salary for this full-time position is £26,984 and the closing date for applications is Thursday, 28 February 2019.

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Resources

LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION

Loneliness and social isolation are issues that have received increasing national attention in the last few years. There is wide recognition that loneliness has a negative impact on wellbeing.

The Advocacy Project’s user focused monitoring evaluation report, ‘Loneliness and Social Isolation’, is an in-depth look into and analysis of mental health service users’ experiences and views.

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LGBT IN BRITAIN: SPECIAL HEALTH REPORT

Despite the strides made towards LGBT equality in recent years, many LGBT people still face significant barriers to leading healthy, happy and fulfilling lives in Britain today.

This YouGov report, commissioned by Stonewall, looks at the mental health and well-being of LGBT people and investigates the specific experiences of LGBT people when accessing healthcare services.

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First port of call for general information on all our services should be the One Westminster website. There you'll also find info on all our projects. Our three main departments are VODS, Organisation Support and Time & Talents.

Contact VODS (Volunteer Outreach and Development Service) if you seek an individual volunteering opportunity or if your organisation needs volunteers.Tel: 020 7723 1216 or send an email. Click here for individual volunteering opportunities, or click here for info for organisations who wish to recruit volunteers.
 
Get in touch with Organisation Support for help with fundraising, policy, monitoring and evaluation, marketing and setting up your charity. Tel: 020 7723 1216 or send an email. Click here to link to the relevant section of our website.

Time & Talents creates meaningful relationships between companies and local community organisations by organising employee volunteering programmes that benefit the Westminster community. Tel: 020 7723 1216 or send an email for more info. Click here for more info on our website.

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