Our West London project provides a safe place for you to make new friends and start relationships.

Our aim is to bring people together from the local area. We focus on dating but we believe friendship is just as important!

We interview all our members so that you can feel confident about our matches.

To become a member of happily you have to have a learning disability or autism, be over the age of 18 and live in West London. Click on membership to find out more.

Happily EasyRead How We Work

Happily CIC Flyer 2020

Ourparks

The Our Parks programme is now available online due to a change in the Government guidance.  For those of you not aware of the programme, it is a free exercise programme for Brent residents.  The programme usually takes place in parks across the borough.

 

OUR JOURNEYS: a new film by Addictive TV

Heart-wrenching human stories of resilience from Brent residents that touch upon war, disability, religion and happy memories.

Free event, register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-journeys-a-film-by-artists-addictive-tv-tickets-126337953219

Premiere Wednesday 11 Nov 2020, supported by Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture

 

Latest COVID-19 update from Brent Council – 30 October

We are writing to you with a series of important updates and messages for you to share with your stakeholders and through your networks. This update is part of a series of regular emails you’ll receive from us to keep you informed and make sure you always have the most up-to-date materials.

We’re really interested in hearing your feedback as to whether you’re finding these updates helpful or if there’s anything we could do to improve them. If you have any comments, please just reply to this email.

Please note, anything new since the last update on 23 October is highlighted.

Announcements

Celebrate differently this Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali season

>> Read Cllr Butt, Leader of Brent Council’s message on celebrating differently this Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali season.

Join us in marking Remembrance Sunday virtually

Remembrance Sunday will take place on 8 November 2020. Every year, Brent joins the country in remembering those in the borough and beyond who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces.

As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, we are encouraging residents to mark the occasion in a socially distanced manner this year. This may involve taking part in Remembrance activity in your garden, home or doorstep instead of meeting with others. This could be watching the service on TV or pausing at 11am for the two minute silence.

The British Legion is encouraging people across the nation to ensure Remembrance Sunday is still marked appropriately. You can do this by adding a Tribute to be displayed in the British Legion’s Virtual Field of Remembrance, along with your personal message.

Pride of Brent is back

Do you know any people, groups or businesses who have gone above and beyond this year?

Nominate them for the Pride of Brent scheme and let everyone else know how wonderful they are. The deadline for nominations is Sun 1 Nov.

>> Find out more and submit your nomination

Call Brent Council to book a free COVID-19 test

It’s now easier than ever for people who live or work in Brent to book a free COVID-19 test in the borough if they have symptoms.

The council has a certain number of appointments to give out to people of Brent each day at the Wembley and Harlesden walk-through testing sites. These can be booked by calling 020 8937 4440 (the line is open from 9am-5pm, seven days a week).

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

A high temperature

A new, continuous cough

A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have any of these symptoms, you must stay at home – which is sometimes called self-isolation – and book a test straight away. This will stop you from spreading the virus to others and putting your loved ones at risk.

If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test. We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

>> Find out more about getting tested in Brent

Information, guidance and resources

Test and Trace support payment

Residents who have tested positive for coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who has, could be entitled to a support payment of £500.

This is for residents on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.

Find out more about Test and Trace support payments.

Keep London Safe website

London Councils have launched a Keep London Safe website so you can see what’s being done across the capital to protect Londoners and download the latest assets to help share the Keep London Safe message.

London moves to local COVID-19 Level ‘high’

Attached are a series of simple assets and posters explaining what the new rules mean.

Information about what each of the alert levels are

Call Brent Council to book a free COVID-19 test

Attached is a digital leaflet and shareable assets promoting the booking process.

Translated materials

Ways to improve your wellbeing

Doctors of the World, in partnership with Thrive LDN, has produced wellbeing guidance to support migrant communities during COVID-19.

The information is available in 27 languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Polish, Romanian, Somali and Urdu.

Visit Doctors of the World’s website to find more translated resources, including the latest government advice on COVID-19 and motion graphic videos with key information for migrants.

Translated Hands, Face, Space and Test and Trace videos

 Hands, Face, Space:

Romanian

Tamil

Test and Trace:

Romanian

Tamil

Somali

NHS COVID-19 app

To help encourage as many people as possible to download the NHS COVID-19 app, the council has put together a series of explainer videos in some of the most commonly-spoken languages in Brent.

The videos can be viewed and shared via YouTube:

English – Dr John Licorish

English – Cllr Promise Knight

Romanian

Somali

Arabic

Gujarati

NHS Test and Trace have also made further communications materials available on their website, including translations, easy-read versions and multimedia materials.

If you would like any materials printed, please just get in touch.

Please support friends, family members or neighbours who do not speak English as a first language by offering to translate this email for them. Alternatively, click the orange ‘Speak’ button or ‘Translate this page’ on our website to translate any page into one of 90 languages.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please reply to this email and we’ll do our best to help.

Brent ‘high’ alert level resources

Social media 4 Social media 3 Social media 2 Social media 1 Keep London Safe Twitter Keep London Safe poster Keep London Safe Facebook A4 poster 1 A4 poster 2 A3 poster

Testing resources

Brent testing leaflet 2 Brent testing leaflet 1 Brent testing leaflet – Oct 2020

Many thanks,

Sophie.Leer@brent.gov.uk

 

Mental Health Services Directory

Please find below a link to a Mental Health Services Directory created  for Brent people and professionals.

https://brentccg.nhs.uk/news-publications-events/news/mental-health-services-directory-meeting-your-needs-during-covid-19-pandemic

What is this about?

You are receiving this because the directory may be useful to you as a resource to signpost you to mental health and well-being services, which Brent people can access.  It was created by statutory and voluntary sector mental health services, service users, Brent CCG and Local Authority working together. We want to get this cascaded far and wide and would be grateful for your help in doing so please.  Thank you in advance for forwarding on to your contacts within the borough.

What does it offer?

The directory is comprehensive, listing the mental health services that meet different levels of need from low level worries and anxiety to crisis.  The services are categorised by age group, from children through to older aged people and includes the range of access points including on the phone, face to face and online for each service.

Who is it for?

The directory is intended as a resource for Brent people, GPs, social prescribers, care co-ordinators, community response teams, front-line staff, community groups/leaders and volunteers for signposting to services as appropriate.  It lists the mental health services that meet different levels of need from low level worries and anxiety to crisis.  The services are categorised by age group, from children through to older aged people and includes the range of access points including on the phone, face to face and online for each service.

The directory is intended as a resource for ordinary people, GPs, social prescribers, care co-ordinators, community response teams, front-line staff, community groups/leaders and volunteers for signposting to services as appropriate. The booklet can be downloaded at this link:  https://brentccg.nhs.uk/news-publications-events/news/mental-health-services-directory-meeting-your-needs-during-covid-19-pandemic

 

CNWL Integrated Sexual Health Services are open for Business- Supporting vulnerable patients to access Integrated Sexual Health services during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

For further information download the Safeguarding Partners Communication   (125KB PDF).

 

The Carers Respite Grant is Ending

What Next?
We would like to hear your opinion on the changes to the respite grant if you are a carer in Brent. Brent Council, NHS Brent CCG, and Brent Carers Hub are jointly updating their strategy for carers and would like to hear your views.  Click here to read the full article.

How can carers give their ideas about improving services that promote health & well-being?
Brent Council, NHS Brent CCG, and Brent Carers Hub are jointly updating their strategy for carers. Carers can provide comments directly through:

Brent Council customer services: 020 8937 1234
Brent Carers Hub telephone line: 020 3802 7070
NHS Brent CCG enquiries email: BRECCG.Brentenquiries@nhs.net

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

Advice Service CHANGE

The BASIL service has come to an end.
You can continue to get advice and help from the following organisation:
Citizens Advice Brent (CAB)
270 – 272 High Road
Willesden
London
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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