To: Grand Union Alliance members, friends and contacts
• The final version of the OPDC Integrated Impact Assessment Scoping Report has been published and can be found here
• The tracked changes of the IIA Scoping Report can be found here
• Please note that there is now a section on the Government website about the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
• Please see here a summary of supporting studies for the OPDC Local Plan that the OPDC sent us on request. This document sets out a summary of each of the supporting studies that are being developed to inform the OPDC Local Plan that is expected to be published on February 2016.

Positive comments
In the comments session of the tracked changes of the IIA Scoping Report and in response to those that have submitted the community-based visions and objectives document (drawn from discussions at past GUA meetings and its conference in November 2014) OPDC says:

“The provided community-based vision and objectives provide a comprehensive and detailed range of suggestions which are being used to directly inform the draft Local Plan proposed vision and objectives. Where the suggestions are more relevant for policy options, these have also been used to inform the development of these options. As the provided community-based vision and objectives have directly and positively informed the development of the draft OPDC Local Plan that will be subject to the IIA, a separate IIA on these is not considered necessary”.
GUA Meeting Reminder
The next Grand Union Alliance meeting will be held on Thursday 14th January 2016, from 18:30-20:30 at the All Souls Church, Station Road, Harlesden, NW10 4UJ.


See Report here

Happy holidays!


PS: Please note that I am on annual leave until the 10th January.

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We are looking for a self-motivated, dedicated, and highly organised admin genius to run the office and
support 5 full time and 3 part time staff, plus a freelance bookkeeper and some consultants/advisors. The
work will be varied, ranging from liaising with our landlord to managing our website and social media profile,
requiring significant adaptability and responsibility.
You will provide essential administrative support that the team will rely on to enable us to focus on the
challenging task of implementing our innovative model of support for children and young people in West
London. The ideal candidate will genuinely love organisation and get a buzz from achieving organisational
You will thrive in a small team environment with strong communication skills and an agreeable manner. You
will also share the team’s passion for changing the way disadvantaged children and young people are
supported in West London, and be looking to apply your skills and experience to this area. You will enjoy the
opportunity to work closely with team members to support them on the delivery of their areas of focus. And
you will bring some rich new perspectives to the organisation.

Full Job Specification


Please note the closing date  has moved from 12 Jan to 25 Jan. (See an updated JD above)

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Hammersmith & Fulham

Activity Programme-January-March 2016

Welcome to our New Programme for the New Year!

Start the Year as you mean to go on: Singing, dancing, Creating and Crafting with other local over 50s!

With a variety of weekly classes, including a monthly Film Club and some special one-off activities we have a variety of ways on offer. Take a look at our programme & we look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions.

Hammersmith & Fulham Link Up Service   

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:
Contact Elizabeth Goldrick at Open Age: 020 8962 4141

Please click on links below for more details:


Film Club

Steady and Stable class

Click here to view a full list of activities

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 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health training course

at the Lila Huset in Hammersmith on the following dates;

Course Day 1: Wednesday 20th January 2016
Course Day 2: Wednesday 27th January 2016


This training introduces key aspects of child development and mental health for those working with children and young people.


• Working with children, young people and their families
• Working in Hammersmith and Fulham
• from non-specialist mental health services

This two day course is for practitioners/professionals from non-specialist mental health services and aims to;
• Consider what is meant by mental health
• Develop an understanding of attachment and risk/resilience for children and young people
• Give an understanding of the key psychological models and key stages in child and adolescent development
• Give an understanding of mental health problems and disorders
• Increase confidence in identifying and discussing concerns around a child or young person’s mental health
• Identify local Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) services and referral processes
• Explore strategies and practical ways of working with children, young people and their families around emotional wellbeing and mental health

This course is provided free of charge to anyone working with children and young people in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and lunch will be provided. It is essential that participants attend both days. A charge of £100 will be incurred if participants do not attend both days without sufficient notice or reason

Please note that there are limited spaces available. Booking is not confirmation of your place. You will be notified 2 weeks prior to the training start date to confirm whether you have a place. Please note there is no parking facility at the venue.

Please RSVP to:  Ameenah Darbar   by 15 January 2015 the latest. Thank you         


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Introduction to Smartphone Classes

Are you aged 50 plus?

Starts Wednesday 13th January 2016 at Elgin Close Resource Centre


New for 2016

Week 1 – 13 Jan – 1.00pm to 2.00pm Cost – £2.00
turning it on and off, adjusting volume and connect to the WIFI available
Week 2 – 20 Jan – 1.00pm to 2.00pm Cost – £2.00
use the internet on your phone
Week 3 – 27 Jan – 1.00pm to 2.00pm Cost – £2.00
how to download and update app
Week 4 – 03 Feb– 1.00pm to 2.00pm Cost – £2.00
accessing text messages and messaging services such as whatsapp, emails
Week 5 – 10 Feb – 1.00pm to 2.00pm Cost – £2.00
how to use the camera and attach photos to emails and send them
Week 6 – 17 Feb – 1.00pm to 2.00pm Cost – £2.00
how to record video on your phone


Numbers are limited so please call to book a place
Call Elizabeth at Open Age: 07467235524 or Elgin Close: 020 8762 3007 We are also running a beginners class for IPad/Tablet in March 2016 Elgin Close Resource Centre, 1-3 Elgin Close, W12 9NH, 020 8762 3007






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Please click on link below to view a list of activities taking place at Elgin Close Resource Centre this month.


December 2015 timetable



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We’re delighted to invite you to attend a free training session as part of their Healthier Homes project.

Healthier Homes training is available free of charge in the Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham. The training is designed for frontline workers, volunteers and others who work with vulnerable local residents.

Training sessions will be held at Hammersmith Town Hall on:

– Friday 8 January, 2pm – 4pm
– Wednesday 20 January, 10am – 12pm

Book your place now at

Imagine living in a home which always feels cold and where you struggle with damp and mould on your walls. Imagine risking a fall each time you use the stairs because there’s no handrail, or a shock each time you use the lights because the wiring is so old. Imagine not having enough to eat, or not being able to eat a balanced diet, because you don’t have access to or money for good quality food.

Too many people living in our Boroughs face these problems every day, putting their health and wellbeing at risk. Healthier Homes training is designed to help. This winter, we have already trained almost 150 people and we hope you’ll join our movement.

By attending the training you will:

– Gain a better understanding of the health and wellbeing risks we find in people’s home, particularly related to cold and damp, home safety and poor nutrition
– Learn about ways to identify local residents who may be struggling at home
– Find out about solutions and support that are available for local residents and how to make referrals into local support services
– Help local people live more comfortably and safely in their homes, reducing their need for hospital and GP services

The training will be interactive and informative, giving you the chance to ask plenty of questions and practice your skills.

Bookings can be made online at or by calling 020 8469 1333.



Desta has secured match for a £2.0 million ERDF proposal to help the sector get competition ready. We’ve set up three round table events to discuss what kind of support would be most helpful to local organisations to help them compete for public service contracts. The events are open to any voluntary organisation based in north west London. You only need to attend one.

Tuesday 12 January 11-1pm One Westminster, 37 Chapel Street, Westminster, NW1 5DP (book)

Tuesday 12 January 2.30-4.30pm Ealing CVS, Lido Centre, 63 Mattock Lane, London, W13 9LA (book)

Monday 18 January 2.30-4.30pm White City Community Centre, India Way, London, W12 7QT (book)

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Hammersmith & Fulham Mind (HFM) is an independent mental health provider working with people living in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and beyond for over 25 years.


We are now in a position to recruit a social prescription lead for Hammersmith and Fulham Mind. This new role is on the cutting edge of mental health and involves working closely with local GPs to develop and deliver a social prescription service over a 15 month pilot period. We need someone that can provide top quality work with individuals, but is also inspired by a vision for social prescription which could see it play a huge role in primary healthcare in the future. If you are excited by the idea of setting up, developing and delivering something that could be a cornerstone of future service provision then apply without delay.  We are looking to start this project up as soon as possible and certainly before the end of 2015!!!

HFM offer competitive benefits to employees, including 25 days’ annual leave pro rata (rising to 30) and flexible working.

HFM is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We particularly encourage applications from individuals who have experience of using mental health services as well as people from BMER backgrounds.

Please click on links below for application form and job description

Application Form

Job description