Wembley Compassionate Fund

Have you heard of the Wembley Compassionate Fund? Probably not, even though we have been going since 1904! We are a small charity, originally set up by Wembley District Nurses long before we had a National Health Service, to provide practical help to the sick, poor of Wembley. We can help with a variety of needs, such as school clothing, bedding, essential household appliances, and so on. You can find more examples and read all about us on our website www.wembleycompassionatefund.co.uk


Information Advice & Guidance course for people involved in or wishing to be involved in giving Information Advice & Guidance. Free if you meet the critieria.

Click on image to download flyer (2mb PDF)

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance (QRN: 601/4321/6)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)     (165kb PDF)


ACAVA Studios, Barham Park,
660 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HB
Make contact to show interest and for more information

£10 per session
call 020 7209 4289 or
email siobhan@actionspace.org


Brent CCG has been engaging with Brent people over the month of August, including the Health Partners Forum held on August 29th, attended by over 85 members of the public. Brent CCG has undertaken outreach at a number of venues/events to gather feedback from local people. Details of the commissioning intentions can be found here. A short survey can also be found at this link. An initial report on the outcomes of this engagement exercise is expected by the end of October and at the next Health Partners Forum in January 2019. For more information, please contact Michelle Johnson at brentccg.engagement@nhs.net.


Under One Roof (UOR) is a new project designed to assist all Advice 4 Renters visitors and clients to better manage their tenancy beyond their initial legal matters.

With the help of trained volunteer mentors; clients will be offered the support needed to live independently. UOR can also give short term legal assistance in the form of an

appointment or letter.  Under One Roof Leaflet (1mb PDF download).


The London Borough of Brent and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) are publishing the draft Harlesden Neighbourhood Plan and inviting your responses and representations as part of this consultation. The draft Plan has been produced by the Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum to guide future development within the Harlesden Neighbourhood Area, which is located within the OPDC and London Borough of Brent local planning authority areas.

The Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum was established in 2015 by local residents and businesses. The draft Plan sets out the vision for the neighbourhood area, and contains a number of planning policies and community aspirations that will help to achieve this vision. More information about the Forum can be found on their website: www.harlesdenneighbourhoodforum.com.

We are inviting your responses on the Plan until Thursday 20 September 2018. You are invited to comment either be e-mailing planningstrategy@brent.gov.uk or in writing to Planning Policy, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ.

The documents are available to view or download at www.brent.gov.uk/hnp or www.london.gov.uk/opdcconsultations. During the consultation period, the Plan will also be available to view at the following places:

  • City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London Riverside, London SE1 2AA (Mon-Thurs: 8.30am-6.00pm, Fri: 8.30am-5.30pm)
  • Wembley Library at Brent Civic Centre HA9 0FJ (Mon-Fri: 8.00am-8.00pm, Sat-Sun: 10.00am-5.00pm)
  • Harlesden Library, 49A Craven Park Road, London NW10 8SE (Mon-Thurs: 10.00am-8.00pm, Fri: 10.00am-6.00pm, Sat: 10.00am-5.00pm, Sun: 12.00pm-5.00pm)

The deadline for receiving your comments is 5.00pm on 20 September 2018.

Please note all representations, including the name of the individual or organisation who commented, will be made publicly available.

Any representations may include a request to be notified of of OPDC’s and the London Borough of Brent’s decisions under regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 in relation to making (adopting) the neighbourhood development plan.

We look forward to hearing from you.

VI ICT Courses – College of North West London

The College of North West London offers IT courses specific for blind and partially sighted people at Entry 3 and Level 1 to include keyboarding training (albeit it would be very helpful if potential learners had prior basic keyboard skills), Word-processing, Spread-sheet, Database, E-mail, Web Design and PowerPoint software using a combination of Windows keys and assistive technology programs JAWS screen reader and Zoom-Text magnifier/reader.  These are part-time day courses  accredited by City & Guilds and runs for a duration of one year from September to June.

Please telephone 0208 208 5458, if no one is available , leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Classes are held two days a week for each level – Entry Level on Tuesday/Wednesday and Level 1 on Thursday/Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm.  At the end of the Level 1 course, students have the option to integrate into mainstream to continue IT at Level 2 or Level 3  or pursue another course of their choice. L2 IT courses are held on Thursday (10.00am – 5.30pm, Friday (10.00am – 3.00pm) and Level 3 Wednesday (9.00am-3.00pm), Thursday( 9.00am-5.00pm). We have up-to- date Windows 7, JAWS 16 and Microsoft Office 2016.

Hidden History 379-381

Brent Mencap needs help from volunteers and the local community. Our new project will explore the history of our Victorian building at 379-381 Willesden High Road. The project runs for a year to September 2018 and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We will find out the history of the building from Victorian times to the present day. There are plenty of different ways you can get involved.

· Lived in the area for a long time? Can you share your memories of the building?

· Would you like to find out how to research the history of a Victorian house?

· Do you want to find out more about the history of Willesden?

· Do you want to be part of a new community project?

· Do you want to volunteer and learn new skills?

· Do you have particular skills and experience you would like to contribute?

· Would you like to help with oral history work, interviewing people who have lived locally or worked in the building over the years?

· Opportunities also include helping with archive research, photo research, events, workshops and publicity.

· Are you a local business? Could you sponsor part of the project?

How to contact us email : administrator@brentmencap.org.uk phone : 0208 451 5278 and leave your details website : use the Contact Us form  by post: Brent Mencap, 379-381 High Road, Willesden NW10 2JR Facebook: via Brent Mencap or Hidden History @379to381HighRoad Complete and email   379to381 Volunteer Interests form   (Word 26KB)

New Brent Art Group
exciting new art group for young people aged 16 – 30
who have a learning disability

Click here for further details. (2207KB) PDF

Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) is an arms-length management organisations (ALMO) and community housing company owned by Brent Council.
While the council owns the homes and takes responsibility for housing policy and strategy, we are responsible for the day-to-day management of
housing services to over 9,500 council tenants and 3,000 leaseholders (12,500 altogether

Volunteers needed
CVS Brent are looking for volunteers to take part in their Social Isolation in Brent initiative. Volunteers will help the most isolated in Brent,
as well as learning new skills and receiving work experiences. Previous volunteers have recently moved into employment,
so the project provides a great opportunity for those looking to get into work. Find out more.
Disability Rights UK

wants to share some exciting information with you about The Leadership Academy Programme; 
Please visit our website for more details of the outcomes from the first year’s programme; http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/leadership
Places are offered on a first come first served basis and payment will be expected as soon as your provisional offer has been made.
For further information or if you are interested in applying? please request an application from The Leadership Academy Executive; Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, celebrates 20 years of giving with 20 special grants
To mark 20 years of grant giving in the Capital, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded an exceptional £20,000 grant to Brent Mencap

You can also get advice and help from the following organisation:
Citizens Advice Brent (CAB)
270 – 272 High Road
NW10 2EY

You can visit the CAB at any one of 13 Children’s Centres if you have children under 5 years old.
Visit CAB at Brent Housing Partnership if you are a council tenant.
Visit CAB at Catalyst Housing Association if you are a Catalyst tenant.
Visit CAB at Westminister Drug Project if you are affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
Visit CAB at Brent Civic Centre every Monday & Thursday or Call them on 020 8438 1249 Mon to Fri 10am-4:00pm.

You can also check out Brent Advice Matters (BAM) Website http://www.bam.org.uk

Saturday Playgroup

@ The Village School Grove Park, Kingsbury, London NW9 0JY
Every Saturday Term – Time
Available sessions:
Morning session: 9am – 12pm (3 hrs)
Afternoon Session: 12pm – 4pm (4hrs)
Full Session: 9am – 4pm (7hrs)
Ages: 3 – 19     £11/hr
Contact: Tunde Alabi @ The Village School on 07721857224 or daresaturdayplaygroup@gmail.com

Download a booking form


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