Air Quality Commission

Residents back Hammersmith and Fulham’s Air Quality Commission and share their experiences of air pollution

 

 

Evidence has been pouring into the council’s resident-led commission to tackle air pollution in the borough.

There is still time to have your say and join the many who have shared their views. Residents can submit evidence (details below) until 2 February.

“Air pollution is a silent killer and we’re determined to tackle the problem in Hammersmith & Fulham,” said H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan.

“This resident-led commission will gather the evidence needed to help everyone in H&F breath cleaner air.”

Commenting on H&F Council’s website, residents have already pointed out ways in which the problem could be tackled.

“A laudable initiative and I wish it success”, said Anthony Lambert. “London’s air quality is a disgrace. Obviously diesel engines are avoidable vehicle use and largely to blame.”

Other residents gave accounts of how air pollution affects their own health.

“As an acute asthmatic I am very well aware of the deteriorating air quality. I notice this particularly when traffic is heavy,” said R Dennistoun. “I am certain we can afford to do more to prevent or at least ameliorate these sources of pollution.”

Rudi said: “I have noticed when walking along New Kings Road, Wandsworth Bridge Road and Fulham Road during main traffic hours, myself and others find breathing difficult and one gets an unpleasant sensation in the airways and lungs, coughs and feels generally unwell.”

Their views are shared by many people who have been submitting evidence to the Air Quality Commission, led by Hammersmith resident Rosemary Pettit. It will report back later this year but first needs to gather evidence, aided by experts as well as the general public. Click here for more details.

Contact Peter Smith by 2 February to share how air quality affects your life and the lives of other people you know.

Email peter.smith@lbhf.gov.uk or write to him at Room 139, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London, W6 9JU.

See www.lbhf.gov.uk/airqualitycommissioninquiry for more information.

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New support to improve strength of UK voluntary sector

 

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will have the ability to improve their performance and sustainability, thanks to two new online tools supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Learning from both will be evaluated to share with the sector.

The first has been developed with the Cabinet Office following the success of the VCSE diagnostic tool used for the Local Sustainability Fund, administered by the Big Lottery Fund. From 1 February, the VCSE Strength Checker can be used for free by organisations across the UK wishing to develop and improve their resilience.

It will produce a personalised report highlighting an organisation’s key strengths and areas to help them become more effective, including sustainability, marketing, strategy and planning, track record, quality and impact. The Big Lottery Fund will continue to work with the Cabinet Office to promote the tool and look for opportunities for development.

Organisations will also be sign posted to other sources of support and funding including social investment. Information generated through the report could also help organisations in planning funding bids to trusts and foundations. It is expected that it will be predominantly used by small-to-medium organisations but can also be used by larger VCSEs.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: “This new tool will strengthen the sector by helping small and medium sized VCSEs adapt and access the resources they need, helping us build a stronger society with compassion at its heart.”

There will also be in-depth support specifically for third sector organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Chief Officers Third Sector (CO3) and Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) have received a grant of £358,810 for a new project that will work with 100 third sector organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland to help them better understand and strengthen their capacity.

Joe Ferns, Big Lottery Fund UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director said: “The UK VCSE sector is already seeing the benefits of online capability support like diagnostic tools. They help organisations understand their strengths and areas for improvement so they can make the best of their funding. This is a fast-evolving area and we will be listening to organisations so that we can learn what works for them, and what doesn’t. This means we, other funders and the sector as a whole can constantly adapt to meet the needs of organisations today and in the future.”

The Path to Impact project will use the online diagnostic Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) to help the groups to better understand their strengths and areas for development, allow support providers and funders to deliver more targeted support, and provide a comparative dataset on the capacity of the NI and Scotland VCSE sectors for the first time.

The project will also run workshops and one to one support for the groups that take part to help them understand and address the findings of the assessment, and share learning within the sector.

Nora Smith, Chief Executive CO3 said: “The third sector broadly understood as the vast array of charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises is undergoing a huge transformative process. Part of the challenge is understanding the capacity needs of their organisations, their areas of strength, and what support the leaders and their organisations need. We want to ensure that through the CCAT assessment third sector organisations will be better informed and gain a clear understanding of the forces at play to help them become more sustainable in the future.”

Pat Armstrong, CEO ACOSVO said: “Path to Impact offers an exciting opportunity for third sector leaders to increase the effectiveness of their own organisations and make a valuable contribution to developing the capacity and sustainability of the sector as a whole.”

Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
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For funding and general enquiries call:
BIG Advice Line: 0345 4 10 20 30

Job Opportunity with H&F Mind

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Role:                     Learn Well Advisor

Hours:                  14 Hours per week (may increase dependent on funding availability)

Salary Grade:       £24,525 pro rata

Contract:              12 month contract

 

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.

Are you passionate about protecting and enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of the next generation? This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and deliver a pioneering new service called ‘Learn Well’ that supports pupils, teachers and parents in secondary schools to effectively manage their mental health and crucially prevent mental health problems from developing at a young age. The Learn Well programme will aim to improve young people’s (11 to 18) psychological wellbeing by building resilience, promoting positive practices, adaptive coping skills and raising awareness of how to get help if their mental health deteriorates.

We’re looking for a unique person who has experience in mental health and delivering engaging programmes and/or training with young people. We are actively working on expanding our Learn Well programme into more secondary schools so there is the potential for this to move towards a full time role in the near future.

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 black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

If you would like an informal discussion about the post please contact: Ciaran Biggins on 0207 471 0580

For an application form and the job description please see our website: www.hfmind.org.uk              

Or click on links below for JD and Application from

Job Description

Applicationn form

 

Closing date: Thursday 18 February 2016 5pm

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis

Train to become a Bereavement Volunteer

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Are you interested in training as a bereavement volunteer on the Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Care course? This 48-hour course in April and May is open to anyone who feels they are interested in this special and rewarding work.

 

Who can apply?

You do not need prior training or experience in counselling but interest in this particular area through personal experience is helpful.The ability to listen, show empathy and understanding is essential.We will give preference to qualified applicants who live in our local community, which is Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham. This is the community we serve from our office in North Kensington.The dates for the course are shown below. Please make sure you can attend 90% of these sessions before you apply. The application deadline is 19 February, 2016.Please do not apply if you have had a significant bereavement in the last two years.

When is the training?

The dates for the course are as follows:

  • 4 Monday evenings starting April 11th30 till 9.30pm (no course Monday 2nd May Bank Holiday) ending Monday 9th May

AND

  • 5 Saturdays starting April 16th 10-5pm and ending 14th May

The cost for the 48 hours of training is £300. We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries.

Please click on links below for more details and application form

 

Course details

Application form

Admin Job Opportunity

Administration Officer – Richmond CVS

 

Richmond Council for Voluntary Service is looking for an experienced Administration Officer to provide support to the RCVS team in the day-to-day running of the office and to support its core activities.

Organisation: Richmond CVS
Closing date: 04 February 2016
Interviews: 12 February 2016
Hours: 21 hours per week – part time
Salary: £22,000 pro rata

More information and application form on this link

Volunteering services coordinator Job Opportunity

Volunteering Services Coordinator – Richmond CVS

 

Richmond CVS is seeking an experienced Volunteering Services Coordinator to set up and expand the new volunteer service and to help match volunteer talent to local opportunities in the borough.

Organisation: Richmond CVS
Closing date: 04 February 2016
Interviews: 11 February 2016
Hours: 28 hours per week – part time
Salary: £32,000 pro rata

More information and application form on this link

RampAge Holiday Project

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RampAge Holiday Project are pleased to announce their forth coming holiday programme for people over 50.

Each Holiday is accessible and inclusive of tail lift coach travel from The Apollo theatre Hammersmith Broadway and return. The holiday includes Bed & Breakfast and evening meal, evening entertainment and day trips out during the holiday. Bookings are available from Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at the Dawes Road Hub between 12.30 -2.30pm. Enquiries can be made to Lesley Schwartz on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 12.30-3.30 on 020 7952 1230. Full details and brochures are available.

Tuesday 31st May – Sunday 5th June 2016
The Palm court Hotel – Eastbourne
6 days -5nights
Price £ 375 per person

Saturday 23rd July – Saturday 30th July 2016
The Osbourne Hotel , Ilfrancombe Devon
8 days – 7 nights
Price £ 399 per person

Monday 10th – Saturday 15th October 2016
The Grosvenor hotel, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Cotswolds
6 days – 5 nights
Price £ 390 per person but single supplement applies

Three Borough Equalities Objective’s Workshop

Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Groups are in the process of reviewing and agreeing our equality objectives in 2016.

We would welcome you to hold the following date and time to attend a workshop to support the three CCGs in our next steps and setting new priorities.

Details are:

Thursday 11th February 2016
12pm 4pm
St Pauls Centre
Queen Caroline Street
W6 9PJ

Book Here

Distribution of Carers Engagement and Co production Activity Dates

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), Westminster City Council (WCC) and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) are currently designing the tender for future carer services (for implementation from May 2017 onwards) by a process of engagement and co-production.

We would like to invite carers, providers and other key stakeholders to attend a series of meetings/workshops to shape the future provision of carers services.

Please find detailed below dates for a series of engagement and co production activities. Please note that each meeting is borough specific but you can attend any meeting you feel you would like to contribute to. Please also forward these dates to any other individuals/groups/organisations that you think might be interested.

Co-production meetings of LBHF:

• 20th January, 2016 (Wednesday) 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Small Hall, ground floor, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JU

• 23rd February, 2016 (Tuesday) 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Room, ground floor, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JU

• 24th February, 2016 (Wednesday) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Room, ground floor, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JU

• 22nd March, 2016 (Tuesday) 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Room, ground floor, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JU

(1) Please note that specifically to manage and audit the engagement and coproduction process ASC have created a specialist email: commissioning@rbkc.gov.uk account. Please ensure that if you are interested in participating in these events or getting more involved in the process you use this email address in the first instance and commissioners will get back to you.

(2) It will be important/essential that anyone wishing to attend engagement and coproduction meetings confirm their attendance in order that commissioners can liaise with council officers and people planning to attend can gain access into council buildings / offices.

Office Manager

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Office Manager

Would you like to support this successful charity by managing our office? This role requires experience and skills relating to administration, minute taking, excellent IT skills (knowledge of MS Office and Outlook is essential), and good interpersonal skills. The post will be expected to support other team members administratively in their varied duties, and to ensure the smooth running of the office.

Salary: starting salary £21,840 (includes ILW) Full Time (35 hours per week)

Interview date: Monday, 8th February 2016

Application packs are only available on our website www.standingtogether.org.uk

CLOSING DATE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS:

9am Friday, 29th January 2016

For any queries, please email: admin@standingtogether.org.uk or call on: 020 8748 5717.