Posts Tagged ‘Health’
It’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 Carolyn@pdt.org.uk
for more information.
The 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.
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
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
A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Their 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.
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.