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Living Wage Week: 1st – 7th November

Next week is Living Wage Week and Sobus is proud to announce that it has become a London Living Wage employer. Financially it is a difficult time for voluntary sector organisations and staffing costs are usually be the largest area of expenditure so why are more and more organisations signing up to paying the London Living Wage:

The Living Wage affords people the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

50% of employees felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices; enabled them to require fewer concessions to effect change; and made them more likely to adopt changes more quickly.

The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by parents in East London, who were frustrated that working two minimum wage jobs left no time for family life.

The causes of poverty are complex and in order to improve lives there should be a package of solutions across policy areas. The Living Wage can be part of the solution.

An independent study examining the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%. Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation.

For more information visit The Living Wage Foundation

Join us on a walkabout to discover the history and heritage of the local area

A walkabout in the North Acton area from 1-3pm on Saturday 14th November led by John Goodier, Chairman of Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Building Group. The walkabout is for 25 people maximum, so please contact me to book your place. If more people are interested there will be an opportunity to repeat the walk.
If you are interested in attending one or both walkabouts please contact Eva Psychrani at or 07784286809. For the tour in Park Royal please let me know by early next week if you will need transport.

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Healthworks are hosting a conference Engaging men for gender equality on 28th October from 10am till 4.30pm in Kensington and Chelsea, although residents and professionals from all 3 boroughs may attend – full details here.



Men, on average, visit the GP 20% less than women, and younger men visit the GP half as often as younger women. Men are generally poor users of primary care. They are less likely to access other health services such as dentists, pharmacists, health trainers, smoking cessation services, weight management and contraception services.*

Women have higher GP consultation rates for a wide range of illnesses. Men use hospital A&E departments more often than women, suggesting that men wait till a crisis before seeking help.*

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Link Up Service Hammersmith and Fulham:

Link Up is a one-to-one signposting service Open Age offer local over 50s who need a little extra help to enable them to access activities, groups and services locally.
If you, a friend, relative or neighbour are over 50 and looking for a physical, creative or social group locally but don’t know how to go about finding this, this service is the ideal way to find an activity that can work for you. The process begins with a referral. This can be made via a health team, community worker, friend or the person themselves. Our Open Age Link Up worker Elizabeth Goldrick will arrange to visit you in your home and, based on your interests and needs, suggest groups and activities locally. She will tell you about the Open Age classes (a wide range of physical, social and creative sessions, all held in community venues and usually cost £1 per hour). She can also let you know about other local groups and services that might be beneficial.

Elizabeth will help with practical things -completing membership forms and explaining class locations. If transport needs to be arranged Elizabeth will help in completing Dial-a-Ride forms. For the first class Elizabeth can accompany you to the session. Elizabeth will visit up to three times and continue to check in by phone to see if you’ve continued to attend the group or, if not, can see what needs to be arranged to enable them to attend or find an alternative group.
Elizabeth is friendly, informative and here to help; to receive the referral form or have further queries you can contact her at the Open Age main Office: 020 8962 4141 or by email:

Job Title: Fundraiser
Hours 21 hours per week subject to the availability of funding
Salary £13,800-£16,200pa depending on experience (£23,000-£27,000 pro rata), plus 3% matched pension contribution on successful completion of probation


Length of contract One year, renewable subject to availability of funding
Responsible to Board of Trustees
Line Managed by Woman’s Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Location Based at Woman’s Trust Offices at Edgware Road, NW1

Job Purpose To research appropriate funding streams and secure new funding for the organisation. To maintain excellent relationships with current and new funders.

On a day-to-day basis responsibilities include drafting, editing and submitting funding applications, researching funding opportunities, building effective networks with key funders, building up a knowledge base of suitable funding bodies, co-ordinating the submission of grants and the reporting process, dealing with fundraising queries and working closely with the CEO, fundraisers, the Reporting Officer, Finance Manager, lead managers, project staff and volunteers, and to ensure a joined up approach towards fundraising.


Click on link below to see full job description and application pack


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Please find below some interesting information for carers, which we hope you’ll find useful.

Don’t forget we’ll be hearing from the Chair of the National Standing Committee on Carers at our AGM next week on Thursday 22 October at The St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9PJ, 3pm – 5pm

If you would like to attend, and haven’t RSVP’d already, please confirm attendance by replying to this email.

Please remember to follow Carers Network on Twitter or like on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news, events and training opportunities.

Kind regards,

Sarah, Lydia, June, Francis, Alix, Anita, Francesca, Eugenia, Dan, Bernadette, Rose, Mark and Temi.


To refer yourself to Carers Network please call: 020 8960 3033

Dear all

We will be holding an Advice Conference on Thursday 26 November in the Town Hall.
The conference will be for staff and volunteers working in the advice sector in Hammersmith and Fulham, will run from 10 am – 4pm and will be FREE to attend.
There will be a range of interesting speakers, workshops and an exhibition space – and lunch and refreshments will be included.

An invite and full programme will follow in the next few days but I am keen that you hold the date and make a note of it in your diaries.

Mandy Goodall
Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre
363 North End Road, London SW6 1NW
mob: 07470 478986
t: 020 3080 0337
Usual working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday



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Laughter Yoga

Open Age
Invite Hammersmith & Fulham over 50’s to
join in a Laughter Yoga Workshop

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What is Laughter Yoga?
It’s a revolutionary idea – Simple & Effective
Out tutor Laura guides you through techniques and you’ll discover how to laugh for no reason, bringing oxygen to the brain.
You will leave relaxed and revived!

Where: Elmgrove House Extracare 20 Brute Gardens W6 7DR
When: Wednesday 28th October
Time: 11.30am to 12.30pm

This is a one-off free workshop for Open Age Members.
Not a member of Open Age?….come and join up!
Most of our classes are £1 per session and..
Membership to Open Age is free.


Did You Know?
Open Age run a weekly programme that includes Line Dancing, IT Sessions, Falls Prevention Courses & Art Classes Become a member and join these groups.

For further information on this class and Open Age activities locally call Elizabeth at Open Age on 020 8962 4141

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White City Enterprise & Open Age Invite
Local Over 50’s to our New Monthly Film Club


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October 9th: Calendar Girls
To Celebrate Silver Sunday enjoy the hilarious
True story of a local Women’s who give their
traditional annual calendar an untraditional twist.

November 13th: Some like it Hot
The all time outrageous, satirical, comedy farce
favourite starring Marilyn Monroe &Tony Curtis.

December 4th: It’s a Wonderful Life
Start the Christmas season with this heart-warming
Holiday classic starring James Stewart.



Where: White City Community Centre , India Way , W12 7QT
When: Friday Monthly
October 9th—November 13th—December 4th
Time: 2—4.30 pm
Cost: £1 Suggested Donation


Tea & Coffee will be served
Plus Cinema Treats of
Popcorn & Choc-Ices!


Come along & Enjoy
For further information call
Elizabeth at Open Age:
020 8962 4141
Angela at WCE:
0208 811 2494

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