Posts Tagged ‘Health’

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.


Jack Petchey Awards in the Stowe

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 logoThe Stowe Centre runs the Jack Petchy Achievement Award Scheme where young people vote for their peers and decide who gets awarded £200 which then they can spend on training or equipment for the youth club.

Here are the stories of this year’s winners:

Corey, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for the past three years. When Corey first started, had confidence issues mainly because of his weight . Corey joined the cooking class which operates every Tuesday, where young people are taught how to cook a healthy meal on a budget. Corey has been volunteering in the cooking sessions for eight months and has changed his eating habits, which lead to weight loss and increased confidence. Since then, Corey has supported and inspired other young people who had similar issues.

Corey used the £200 he was awarded by the Jack Petchey foundation for cooking equipment.

Brenton, 19, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for six years. During that time he has taught himself how to write and produce music. He has been volunteering in the MAC room each Thursday and Friday evening for the last 2 years and supporting a member of the youth team in delivering music production classes to young people who attend the youth club.

Brenton has become an accomplished teacher who delivers his support with confidence.

Brenton was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on new keyboards for the music production class.

Jorden, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for 3 years. During that time he has developed a passion for sports, which has helped him to overcome his shyness. In the past 6 months Jorden has been volunteering in the junior group every Monday and Friday, and has grown as a person and gained a lot of confidence. Jorden is now going to college to study sport science.

Jorden was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on sporting equipment for the youth club.

Children’s Well Being Champions Project

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Westbourne Family Centre Children's Well BeingA new and exciting project working with parents to empower children in health and leadership skills has been pioneered by the Mosaic Trust and Westbourne Park Family Centre.

Westbourne Park Family Centre eventThe project runs for an hour over 10 weeks with a mix of informative and interactive learning experiences in healthy eating, and physical, social and emotional well being including leadership skills.

Westbourne Park Family Centre eventWith the involvement and support of parents the children are able to learn and make changes to their health and self confidence to become health champions in their homes and school.

The children have a lot of fun learning with their parents and the feedback and attendance has been excellent

If you would like to know more please contact either Geoff Biggs on 020 7727 6019 ext. 2 or Lena Choudary-Salter on 020 7289 1170

There are many benefits to volunteering!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Most of us have busy lives and volunteering is probably the last thing on your mind, but did you know that there are many personal benefits to volunteering?

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to:

  • Support your local community
  • Increase your self confidence
  • Stay physically healthy
  • Increase your social and relationship skills
  • Assist you to further your career

Westway CT logoA local organisation Westway CT, runs a Community Car Scheme; a membership service available to residents living in Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Members can book a journey to attend activities and classes, visit friends and family, attend appointments or just generally go about their everyday business. This service can be used for just about every occasion.

This one-to-one car service is provided by a team of volunteer drivers and travel buddies; some drivers use the designated Westway CT cars and some drive their own cars.

Volunteering with Westway CT is a hugely rewarding experience and they have a range of opportunities to suit you, from Driving and Passenger Assistant/Travel Buddy roles to more senior roles such as being a Trustee.  Their volunteer base spans a large cross section of society and their volunteers vary in age and background, some are retired with spare time on their hands, some are students or have a disability themselves and some are interested in building their confidence and skills for a career change or gaining general work experience for employment.

If you want to give something back to your community then volunteering is a great way to do this. You will also have the opportunity to meet people, learn new skills and gain some valuable work experience.

For more information about volunteering for Westway CT contact Richard Yeatman on 020 8968 2040 or

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.

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

Thames Water on The Green

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Thames Water have recently received planning permission from Westminster City Council to dig a sewer overflow pit on Westbourne Green. When the work is complete there will be two small permanent buildings and two hatches on the ground. During the digging of the pit, which may last 15 months, a large part of the Green will be taken over for the work compound, and will be unusable by residents. This work is proposed to relieve a flooding problem in Formosa Street and Shirland Road.

Westbourne Forum Chair, Geoff Biggs says – “Whilst we recognise that Thames Water needs to find a way of alleviating the risk of flooding north of the Canal, we believe that the loss of amenity to local residents living to the south of the canal, involved in digging the pit on Westbourne Green is unfair and unjust.”

“We have been seeking compensation from Thames Water for local residents and families who will be affected, in form of support and funding for health and wellbeing activities delivered through local community groups.”

We will keep you informed of our progress with this. Thames Water also provides updates on the work at:

Advice Plus Paddington

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Advice Plus Paddington

Youth Services at the Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Youth Club graffitti style logoMonday at Stowe Community Centre is for young people with learning disabilities who are transitioning into adult life and independent living. One of the main focuses is integration into the community. Stowe enables interaction with other youths from all walks of life and provides a great base for socializing for the teens.

Activities in the Stowe Community Centre have opened facilities and classes to youths, enabling them to use the gym, take part in Zumba classes, and spend time with IT equipment. The centre also has more specialised studios for specific projects giving users the chance to try out different activities such as music production, costume making, t-shirt printing and photography to name a few, increasing their skills and broadening their horizons.

The service is free of charge and runs every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm. Transport to and from home may be available depending on individual circumstances. It’s also available every Thursday and Friday during Holiday and Half Term.

• Who can access

Youth services can be accessed by any young person aged between 13 and 20 who has a learning disability.

• How to access the service

Applications to access the youth services can be made directly to the Team Manager by young people themselves (aged 13-20) or through referral from family, schools or internal and external professionals such as Westminster Youth Referral Group.

• Contact details

If you would like to find out more about any of the Youth Services please contact Nicola Griffiths on 07581101524 or