Archive for the ‘Advice’ Category

Community Champions land in Westbourne!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Community Champions event in Edward Wilson Primary SchoolIt’s only two months in but our fresh, passionate team of newly recruited volunteer Champions have been getting stuck in to improve health and wellbeing of residents in Westbourne. The Champions have been very busy visiting and finding out about local services, attending excellent training and planning a range of events for the upcoming months. The cheerful team also had fun at their first event – a pop up stall Edward Wilson Primary School, where they gave out healthy smoothies and introduced the project to the parents and pupils.

If this sounds interesting to you, we are looking for passionate residents from Westbourne who are interested in becoming Champions! We ask for 3-4 hours a week. With lots of ideas to get working on, like setting up health walks, as well as planning big events like our Christmas Tea for Elderly residents and a health fair in January, you will gain lots of experience, receive great training, make a difference and have lots of fun! Call Carolyn on 0207 266 8254 or email on
for more information.


Free Spring Classes

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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Family Lives

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Family Lives was registered as a charity in 1999, and operated under the name of Parentline Plus (many of you probably know about Parentline Plus). The parents that founded Parentline believed that there needed to be a dedicated organisation supporting parents, before they reached crisis point.

You can check the website:

Parents can access:

  • Free 24 hour confidential helpline on 0808 800 222
  • Extended support for complex and difficult issues
  • Personilized email service and online peer support
  • Online advice and information on all aspects of family life
  • Face to face support groups and workshops

You can search number of different advice sections divided into: pregnancy/baby, toddlers/preschool, primary school, secondary school, teenagers, bullying, divorce and separation and there is a dedicated support for professionals.

You will be able to access which is a free video service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children from ages 0-19, with a collection of over 200 videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behavior and learning.

For people who don’t know this yet, the Outreach Team in Westbourne as well as across the city is now employed by Family Lives. If you need more information, please let us know.

Families Against Extremism

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Flyer header: Families against Extremism event -16th October 6pm - 8pm @ The Stowe Centre, 260 Harrow Rd, London W2 5ES

Families Against Extremism

Flyer photo: Families against Extremism event -16th October 6pm - 8pm @ The Stowe Centre, 260 Harrow Rd, London W2 5ES

Are you concerned about your children getting involved in gangs or extremist groups?

Are you worried about community safety?

Would you like to do something about it but not sure what to do?

Westminster Integrated Gangs Unit in partnership with The Abbey Centre would like to invite you to attend a public event addressing these issues. Come along to express your concerns about the local area and meet your neighbours.

16th October 6pm – 8pm

The Stowe Centre, 260 Harrow Rd, London W2 5ES

The Keynote speaker will be Manni Ibrahim (Westminster City Council Integrated Gangs Unit) and Sayda El Sharief ( Family Coaching ). Come along for free coffee, tea and light refreshments.

Westbourne Summer Festival 2014

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Westbourne Festival Summer 2013The Westbourne Summer Festival is back on Sunday 22nd of June 1pm – 5pm.

After last summer’s beach party, we are moving even closer to the water for this year’s day of fun.

Since Westbourne Green is currently occupied by the Thames Water’s works, the festival will be taking place next to the canal.

Local resident Sara Hamid has been appointed as a Events Coordinator by Paddington Development Trust, and will be very busy over the next months to ensure this year’s festival will be one to remember. Sarah will be working alongside local residents and community organization, as well as City West Homes.

Expect plenty of fun activities for the whole family, sport activities, bouncy castle, musical performances and plenty more!

West Works – 800 more people now in work

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Are you looking for a job? Or do you know someone who is? Well help to find a good opportunity is right at hand.

The Westminster Works project has helped more than 800 Westminster residents find jobs over the last two years, and this service has just relocated to the Westbourne area!

You can find the team at the Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Rd.

There is a programme for adults (any age) to help find work and a separate scheme for young people to get into jobs and apprenticeships.

The scheme employs personal advisers to help sort out CVs and interview nerves etc and jobs borkers who talk to local employers about what staff they are looking for.

Just call 0203 603 2301 for an appointment or drop into the The Stowe Centre.


Cornelius had been out of work for quite a while and was worried that his age was counting against him when he tried to get jobs.

A West Works adviser found a good job for him with a company that needed a responsible person to deliver sensitive documents to the Passport Office.

Update from Open Age Westbourne hub

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Open Age Westbourne HubThe monthly mobile help at Amberley has been replaced by an intergenerational computer and mobile phone workshop every Thursday from 3:30 till 5:30 at Westminster Academy. Members enjoy one-to-one help and instruction to suit their needs from Academy 6th form students.

To keep fresh and active in spring there is a new Ballroom Dancing class beginning on Friday the 14th February at 3pm at Paddington Arts. The Yoga class will now take place in Paddington Arts on Wednesdays at 2pm; the class focuses on maintaining and improving flexibility, strength and overall well-being.

The Film Club continues to run on the First Friday of each month. On March 7th will be the uplifting Great Exotic Marigold Hotel and on April 11th the recently released Le Weekend. Both will be screened on the big screen at Westminster Academy and both cost just £1, afterwards academy students and members enjoy film discussion over tea and biscuits. Invite your friends and neighbours for what is always an enjoyable Friday afternoon!

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Health Bulletin

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The North Westminster Drug and Alcohol Service (NWDAS) offers a free and confidential support service for individuals and their families affected by drug and alcohol problems.

nwdas photo finalTheir dedicated team includes doctors, nurses, substance misuse workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health specialists, social workers, family workers/therapists and complementary health therapists as well as volunteers and peer advocates. Together they offer a high quality and professional service that supports individuals and their families who wish to receive advice, assessment and treatment for their drug and/or alcohol problems.

It is a free and confidential service and they work with anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the North Westminster area (north of Oxford Street).

There are two different centres on Harrow Road, which offer a variety of different services, including:

  • Information, advice, support, assessment and drop-in
  • One-to-one key working and counselling (with a specialist alcohol counselling service)
  • Group work and day programme
  • Complementary therapies
  • Access to detox and rehab
  • Needle exchange and harm reduction services
  • Substitute prescribing
  • Women, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and BME (Black, Minority and Ethnic) only support groups
  • A health and wellbeing service for people who use substances at lower levels, including alcohol, club drugs, cannabis and cocaine.
  • Education, training and employment support.

To make a referral, to refer yourself or to find out more information visit the Neighbourhood Centre 474 Harrow Road London W9 3RU or call on 020 7266 6200 between 10am – 5pm. You can also call their Structured Intervention Centre @209a on 020 7286 8001.

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They have an open day for professionals every month – please call for more information.

NWDAS is an integrated service delivered by Westminster Drug Project (WDP) in partnership with Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) and Foundation66.

There’s something magical about this month’s Westbourne Meet-Up

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

top hat and cane picture

When? Wednesday, 18th September
Time? 18.30 – 21.00
Where? The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road

July saw a gathering of local residents for the first ever Westbourne Meet Up – an evening of local updates, socialising, music and entertainment hosted by Paddington Development Trust and The Westbourne Forum.

Residents of all ages gathered over free food and drink and discussed key issues in the area with information from Westbourne Forum and updates from Vital Regeneration on the Westbourne Green Masterplan, as well as discussion on proposed plans from Thames Water. They also had the chance to enjoy a special performance from a folk duo, Benny and the Cheesegrinder.

Don’t miss this month’s event, as we’ve got plenty in store for you! Local news, socialising with your neighbours, food & drink and magic! A member of the Magic Circle will put on a show specially for the Westbourners. You can’t miss it!

Monthly Memory Cafe

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Dementia Cafe ImageThe Westminster Dementia Adviser Service, together with the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service delivers a monthly Memory Cafe Session at 42 Westbourne Park Road. The Memory Cafe sessions provide group based support for people with dementia and memory difficulties as well as their families and supporters.

Cafe sessions also provide a warm and friendly environment as well as information from local health and carer related services. For more information please contact Jasmine Scott on 0370 192 4265 / 07540 502379 or