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Wednesday 9 June 2021

Public Health Updates

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COVID-19 VACCINES AND PREGNANCY WEBINAR: Do you have questions or concerns about COVID vaccines and whether they affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding? Then be sure to join this free NHS North West London webinar to hear from NHS specialists who can provide the latest information. The webinar takes place on Monday 14 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm and is open to all residents in North West London. Register via this Eventbrite link, where you will also find a link to submit your questions for the panel.
GP PATIENT GROUPS: Did you know that every GP practice has a patient group? At Healthwatch Central West London, we want to empower local residents and patients to use their voices and experiences to improve health and social care services. A great way to do this is by joining your GP practice’s patient group. The short film above shows you how you can get involved. If you want to know more, we’d love to hear from you. Visit the Healthwatch website or connect with the team via Twitter and Facebook.
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CATCHING THE VACCINE BUS: Our coronavirus vaccination bus is continuing to make stops around the City. During the next seven days, you can get your shot, as well as pick up free at-home testing kits, at the following locations and times:
  • The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5TP – Monday 14 June, 10am to 4pm
  • Paddington Academy, 50 Marylands Rd, W9 2DR – Wednesday 16 June, 10am to 4pm
Please note: The bus will initially only be able to offer vaccines to those over 40 years old, and a limited numbers of vaccines will be available each day. Get full details on the bus and its schedule on our dedicated information page.
WALK-IN POP-UP VACCINATION CENTRES: Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at the following locations and times:
  • The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5TP – Every Sunday in June, 12pm to 3pm and every Monday in June, 10am to 1pm.
  • The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith St, SW1P 3BU – Every Wednesday in June, 10am to 1pm and every Thursday in June (except 10 June), 1pm to 4pm.
Please note: These walk-in appointments are only available for those aged 40 and over. Please take proof of age, name and address and your NHS number, if you have it.

If you’re aged 25 or over, or if you turn 25 before 1 July 2021, it’s advisable to book an appointment via the NHS website or by calling NHS 119, free of charge. Click here for a list of Westminster vaccination centre locations and their full eligibility criteria.

Council Updates

Cllr Rachael Robathan meeting with Ali on his first day at City Hall
INCLUSIVE RECRUITMENT AT CITY HALL: This week, we’ve welcomed three new starters to Westminster City Council, all of whom have been recruited via our inclusive recruitment approach. Many congratulations to Faisa and Angel who have both joined us via our Supported Internship programme, and also to Ali (pictured above meeting with Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council) who will be helping enhance the front-of-house experience at City Hall. Applications for our 2021/22 Supported Internship programme are still open! The programme is a full-time education scheme, with participants based five days a week in the workplace. Applications will close 25 June, so don’t delay – find out more and apply today.
Pictures of youth creating a mural at Church Street
CITY LIONS GET CREATIVE: During half term, young people from City Lions and Church Street teamed up with PiNS the Artist, landscape designers from Gillespies, and community charity Groundworks to design and paint a fantastic mural at Church Street Library. The day also included a chance for teens to get creative with The Cartoon Museum, meet designers and have their say on plans for the Church Street Library courtyard. Check out the latest opportunities for young people in Westminster.
HELP TACKLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS (VAWG): We are developing a new strategy for ending violence against women and girls across Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. To help us get it right, we want to hear about your experiences and what you think is a priority. VAWG is used to describe a range of violent and abusive acts and behaviours, including domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence, female genital mutilation, crimes in the name of ‘honour’, forced marriage, stalking, sexual harassment, trafficking and sexual exploitation. Help inform our strategy by taking our five-minute survey before 20 June. Whatever your gender, whether or not you have experienced abuse, we want to hear from you.
Housing in Westminster
ADDITIONAL HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY LICENCES – APPLY NOW: Are you a landlord with a property containing three or more people from two or more households? If so, then you will need to apply for an HMO Licence as part of our new Additional Licencing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupancy. Westminster has the largest private rented sector in England, and is home to a diverse mix of people, families and communities. The Additional Licencing Scheme ensures that all rented housing in the City meets high standards and is run professionally. The scheme comes into force from 30 August and applications are now open. Get more information and apply today.
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HEARING THE PARENT PERSPECTIVE: Are you ready to support your child with their next big decision? How much do you know about apprenticeships, traineeships, T Levels, degree apprenticeships, University and gap year options? Amazing Apprenticeships and NGTU have teamed up to make sure parents are best placed to help their child with their next steps. Join us for The Parent Perspective Podcast, an eight-part series available right now to get the inside scoop!
COMMUNITY EQUIPMENT SCAM WARNING: Do you know someone who uses community equipment, such hospital beds and bath lifts? We have become concerned about reports of scam phone calls to users in London. Scammers are calling people asking for bank details for users to get prescribed equipment. Items such as hospital beds, toileting aids, bath lifts and rise/recline chairs are provided by the NHS and local councils through Medequip and are completely free of charge.

Please never give out your bank details or transfer money. Contact your bank immediately if you’re worried about being a scam victim. You can also alert Action Fraud, the police national fraud reporting centre via its website or by phone at 0300 123 2040. More information can be found via Medequip’s customer services on 020 8750 1580 or by email
FANCY A NEW CAREER IN ACCOUNTING? Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) will be hosting an online open evening to discuss its full range of AAT Accounting courses, from entry level all the way up to professional diplomas. With flexible study options available, each course covers the skills and knowledge you need to start your career in accounting and improve your job prospects. Join us on Thursday 17 June from 4pm to 5pm to find out more. To sign up, register for a free ticket on Eventbrite.

Your Westminster

Flowers in a primary school 'edible playground'
THE EDIBLE PLAYGROUND: Nothing beats fresh fruit and veg for a healthy meal, and they don’t come any fresher than those grown in this wonderful ‘edible playground’ created by the gardening club at St Mary’s Bryanston Square CofE Primary School! Upload your pics of Westminster at its finest to Instagram and tag us using @citywestminster or #mywestminster to see your shot in a future newsletter.

What’s on in Westminster

These are just some of the events taking place in Westminster during the next few weeks. For a full list of things to do, check out the Events pages on our website.
Aqua Park
FUN WEEKLY TRIPS FOR 15 to 16-YEAR-OLDS: Weekly skills building trips for 15 to 16-year-olds are being put on by St Andrew’s Club. Trips include Aqua Park, Thorpe Park and an escape room! Food will be provided and is free of charge for young people eligible for free school meals.
Book covers from Handheld Press
THE FORGOTTEN STORIES OF HANDHELD PRESS: Join us online for a talk by Kate Macdonald, literary historian and director of Handheld Press, to explain their mission: to recover forgotten stories and fabulous authors from the past.
Cute fluffy dog
CARING FOR CANINES: Join us online for a session packed with sound advice, guidance, and tips for caring for our four-legged friends post-lockdown.

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