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Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain sessions in Kensington start on 16th May and run every Tuesday for 12 weeks (except 11th July) at St. Peter’s Church Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN (Opposite Stanley Gardens) from 3pm – 5pm.

People with dementia and their carers from Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea are welcome to come.

Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain.

For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact Alzheimer’s Society:
Tel: 020 7561 4820
Email: islington@alzheimers.org.uk


Back on Track Carers Group.

The Back on Track Carers Group will next meet on Tues 18 April from 11am to 1pm at Gloucester House, 194 Hammersmith Road, W6 7DJ.

The workshop aims to help carers manage the challenges that may arise from their caring role using a stress management approach with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles.

You can self-refer to the group by contacting the self-help line on 0208 483 2576 or by visiting http://www.backontrack.nhs.uk

Within 2 weeks you will then receive a call for an over the phone assessment. After this assessment, if it’s considered appropriate, you will be placed on the waiting list for the group.

Back on Track can also refer you onto other 2-hour workshops in their service that may be helpful –  such as mindfulness, relaxation.

Subsequent Carers Group meetings will be:

18 July 2016, 12 – 2pm

17 Oct 2016,  12 – 2pm

16 Jan 2018, 12 – 2pm

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Adfam’s Older Carers Project

Are you over 55 and affected by a loved one’s substance use?

Adfam facilitates a peer support group for older carers affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use which meets monthly near Old Street. People offer one another practical and emotional advice, help and support in a friendly and non-judgmental environment, and some sessions are led by a professional counsellor.

There are also quarterly outings and social activities to give older carers a chance to relax and take some time for themselves. Newcomers are always welcome!

Adfam has also recently published a resource which brings together their experiences of working with this vulnerable group: Entitled “No one judges you here” voices of older people affected by a loved one’s substance use you can download the report here.

If you would like to find out more, contact Alison Hill on a.hill@adfam.org.uk or 020 3817 9410.

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Improving patient transport

You are invited to discuss proposals on how people will access patient transport across North West London hospitals at a Patient Transport Workshop.

This follows on from a previous workshop held in October 2016 where people identified the most important elements for a common assessment process for hospital patient transport.

When: Thursday 27 April 2017

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm (refreshments from 10am)

Where: St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street Hammersmith, W6 9JP

Aim: Discuss proposals on how people will access patient transport across North West London hospitals.

If you wish to take part, please register by Friday 21 April 2017

Email: Travel@nw.london.nhs.uk Phone: 0800 1777 990


Where necessary, we can cover travel costs or transport can be arranged for you. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

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First Aid Training For City Carers

First Aid workshop for City carers
When: Thursday 27th April 2-4pm
Where: Ralph Perring room on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y 0RD

All carers welcome. Call 07980 744 511 to register or email Rose.Bernstein@carers-network.org.uk for more information


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Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) launch the new Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) website


Bereavement through a loved one’s drug or alcohol use is a devastating, challenging and often isolating experience.

BEAD’s peer support volunteers have had an immense impact improving the emotional wellbeing of a number of individuals bereaved in this way, and this website allows them to broaden the reach of this support, providing a wealth of information and resources to those unsure where to turn or what to do in such a difficult situation.

The website’s features include:

  • Outlining where and how to access appropriate support
  • Helping people through the grieving process  by looking at the emotions one might be experiencing and how to overcome them
  • Providing practical help with the things one will have to deal with a result of their loss
  • Displaying stories and personal experiences
  • Linking to useful resources and relevant organisations

They are confident that this will prove to be a vital tool for individuals bereaved through alcohol or drugs and in need of information and guidance on how to overcome their difficult situation.

The site was designed and developed in close partnership with one of their peer support volunteers who understood the needs of people accessing this service.

They are very happy to hear from you if you had any feedback and suggestions on how they can improve the site.

Westminster ‘City For All’ Plan

city-for-all_panoramaThe new leader of Westminster City Council, Nickie Aitkin, has launched her ‘City for All’ plan for 2017-18.

The plan draws particular attention to people in need of affordable housing and those claiming benefits.

Five new programmes start this year, including a focus on affordable housing and cleaner air.

You can read the outline here