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West London Zone is a dynamic new project aiming to help 13,000 children and young people over the next 10 years to flourish in youth and adulthood. Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York and President Obama’s Promise Neighbourhoods programme, we ensure that children and young people get the right specialist support they need – whether that’s academic assistance, mental health work, fitness projects or family support – and that their strengths and needs are properly tracked as they grow up.
We are recruiting some Link Workers to help us achieve this ambition. You will work mostly in the community, helping the children and families to engage in their support and ensuring that the social sector organisations and the school or children’s centre are engaged in the WLZ model. Some time will be spent in the WLZ office, where you will report on how the children and families are progressing and how the wider community are engaging with the project. You will help to develop the WLZ model to take it from the current pilot to a scalable model. We need individuals who love applying themselves to thinking through new ways to fix problems and overcome challenges just as much as they love working directly with young people and families.
For more information, and to apply please go to www.westlondonzone.org/careers
Would a homeshare scheme suit your parent?
According to the UK Office of National Statistics the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to reach 3.5 million by 2035, 2.5 times larger than in 2010. If the population continues to age at this rate the number of elderly who’ll need support will increase significantly.
Programmes are growing around the country to help older people enjoy some company and get help around the home by sharing their property with a younger person.
What is the Homeshare scheme?
The Homeshare scheme began to meet the growing need for support services for the elderly in the North London community, although it now covers the whole of London. Budget cuts have meant that the local authority has limited resources with which to support elderly members of the community who wish to remain independent in their own homes but don’t qualify for help from social services.
With the current economic climate putting pressure on the incomes of both younger and older generations Novus London Carers´ Centre Consortium developed the Homeshare scheme to bring young people into the homes of older people to provide live-in support, in the form of companionship and household help, in exchange for a roof over their heads.
How does the scheme work?
If your parent starts to feel lonely or perhaps they feel vulnerable in their home, without anyone for company, they can contact Novus who will find a suitable homesharer for them. Your parent and the homesharer are introduced and their relationship progress is monitored to make sure that both parties enjoy the experience of living together.
Who uses the scheme?
Currently there are around 30 Homeshare matches across London (60 people involved in the programme) using the scheme. Novus is the only charity in London currently running such a programme. The aim is to widely promote the scheme so that more people to remain independent and in their own homes for longer. The majority of the Householders are older women living on their own. Our Homesharers have an average age of 30 (although there are no upper limits, we do have a couple of Homesharers in their 50s) and are all either working or studying in London
How are homesharers selected?
Everyone who applies to become a homesharer must first be interviewed at Novus as well as go through a reference and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – previously known as CRB – check.
We only introduce a person to your parent if we believe they will be a good match. We make sure that they have similar preferences to your parent so they have things in common when it comes to sharing a home together.
Can my parent choose their homesharer?
Your parent, and you, can choose who they share their home with. You can interview potential homesharers before they move in to make sure that they get on with your parent and are suitable to take on household tasks.
What does a homesharer do for my parent?
The homesharer commits to spending at least 10 hours a week with your parent to help them with domestic tasks such as cleaning, laundry or shopping etc. As they live in they also provide an added element of security and friendship for your parent.
It’s important to highlight that our homesharers are not carers but they are genuine caring and responsible individuals who benefit from sharing a home with your parent as much as your parent benefits from living with them.
What does my parent have to provide for their homesharer?
Your parent needs to provide their homesharer with a bedroom and access to the rest of the facilities of the house. The idea is that they share the space which means time together watching television, in the kitchen, garden etc.
Are there rules my parent needs to set?
Your parent, and indeed yourself, can set ground rules with their homesharer from the very beginning. As each match up is unique – some people will need a quiet home environment, whilst others will want a more social environment – it’s important that your parent shares how their dayto-day life works with their homesharer so that they can agree on a convenient schedule for both of them.
What if they don’t get on?
Before a homesharer moves in we advise them on how to coordinate their life with your parent’s to ensure they spend time with each other and most importantly that they get on
The first month your parent shares their home is always a trial period. We monitor our matches to make sure your parent is happy with the person who has moved in. If, for any reason, they don’t get on with them we try our best to rematch both your parent and their homesharer as soon as possible.
What if the homesharer wants to move out?
Whether you parent’s homesharer has decided to move on or your parent needs to replace them with a carer they will both need to give us a month’s notice.
How much does it cost?
In comparison with current home care agency prices, the Homeshare scheme could help to reduce the cost of supportive services for your parent by 80%. With the average home and live-in care providers charging £600-£700 a week for their services, the monthly fee of £130.00 for the Homeshare scheme is considerably cheaper.
How is the money used?
As the Homeshare scheme is self-funded and Novus relies on the £130 fee that your parent (or you) pay for the programme each month. This fee is allocated towards those working to monitor the matches, evaluate homesharers, visit service users as well as general administration and advertisement.
Homeshare is run by Novus London Carers´ Centres Consortium a charity formed by Carers’ Centres across London. If you’re interested in the scheme and want to find out more you can contact Zakar Hussain on email@example.com or visit www.novus–homeshare.org.uk
Action on Disability are running free training for people who employ their own personal assistants (PAs).
The training will run monthly from: July 2016 until February 2017 at St Paul’s Centre in Hammersmith.
We’re also running training for your PAs.
This will be in the same venue and at the same time.
The trainers are: Kelly Munn and Peter Gay, now working together as the Personalisation Partnership.
When: 12.00 midday to 4.00 pm on each day
2016 July 19th, August 16th, September 22nd,
October 18th, November 15th, December 15th
2017 January 17th, February 21st
Where: St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street,
Hammersmith, London, W6 9PJ
Free lunch and refreshments will be provided at every session
You just need to:
Training for you as employers includes:
Training for your PAs includes:
‘Out of Pocket Expenses’
We can pay you back for any reasonable expenses you have attending – please contact us about this.
|Grants of between £500 – £5000 available for voluntary and community organisations serving residents of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Applications must be for projects that support people to stop smoking and raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking. Organisations can apply to deliver one or both of the following:
The deadline for submissions is Monday 1st August 2016. Projects can start as soon as funding is agreed in August 2016 and should be completed by 31 March 2017.
We seek to appoint a dynamic Project Coordinator with a proven track record in project development and partnership working with a strong understanding of the Coordinated Community Response (CCR).
Standing Together coordinates the ground breaking multi-agency response to domestic abuse. Our work is recognised nationally and we continue to influence local and national policy and practice by initiating and driving innovative projects.
Our key mission is to work with agencies within the CCR framework to provide safer options for survivors and their children, ensuring that their perspectives are at the centre of service planning and delivery. We also aim to improve the way agencies respond to perpetrators, in particular in holding them to account for their abuse.
The role will focus on the coordination and development of projects related to health, children and young people in the Tri-Borough (Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea). This includes, but is not limited to, the delivery of training to improve services and responses to survivors and their children and coordinating the Operational Group comprising professionals from both the statutory and voluntary sector agencies.
Salary: £30,537.00 (includes ILW)
Location: West London
Application packs are only available on our website www.standingtogether.org.uk
CLOSING DATE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS: 10am Monday 11th July 2016
For any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 020 8748 5717.
White City | London
Salary: £27,500 (pro rata) Part Time Post – 3 days per week
Fixed Term – To June 2019
White City Enterprise wishes to appoint a highly motivated individual with extensive experience of project and volunteer management. We have a longstanding history of developing and managing innovative volunteering projects which recruit members from local communities to participate in leading the delivery of initiatives to support their community in meeting identified needs.
Our volunteer Champions will engage service users and residents to identify and respond to local health and wellbeing concerns; and will work alongside key services to help improve access, experience and effectiveness. Our project will help to promote access to the new Parkview Health Centre in W12. It will enhance service users’ experience by providing a welcoming and supportive face on arrival and signposting to services in the centre as needed. Champions will also apply their local knowledge to work with relevant partners to design and deliver targeted campaigns and activities to improve knowledge, awareness and behaviour change in specific areas of health and wellbeing.
We are looking for a well-organised, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the Community Champions Project Manager post. You will bring to the role project management skills and experience, budget management and monitoring and reporting on delivery; preferably in health and wellbeing projects. You will have experience of coordinating volunteers and have the ability to engage and apply creative techniques for recruiting, motivating and supervising volunteers. You will possess excellent interpersonal skills, both with individuals and in group settings. You will be a confident communicator, applying positive communication skills to engage with diverse communities. With partnership working at the heart of our project, you would bring to the role an ability to foster and maintain positive working relationships with a wide range of organisations and professionals. You will be able to work in an ever changing environment, with an ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.
To receive an Application Pack, please contact Suzy Donald (Suzy@whitecityenterprise.org.uk or on 020 8811 2494). Please note only completed application forms will be accepted for this position. CVs will not be accepted as part of the application process.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 6th July 2016 (12:00pm)
Interview date/s: Tuesday 12th July 2016
If you would like to have an informal chat about this position, please telephone Suzy Donald on 020 8811 2494
Thomas Pocklington Trust supports people across London who are living with sight loss. To enable vision impaired residents across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster,
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Telephone 020 7952 1230
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Sobus is a new Community Development Agency for Hammersmith & Fulham. It has been created through the merger of the Community and Voluntary Sector Association Hammersmith & Fulham (CaVSA) and the Fulham Community Partnership Trust (FCPT). Building on the strengths of both organisations, sobus aims to provide a wider range of support services for local charities, community groups, social enterprises and start up businesses.