Former Carers Project

Carers Network is delighted to announce the launch of the Former Carers Project.

What is the Former Carers Project?

Our project will support people whose caring role has come to an end. It is set up specifically to provide advice, guidance and support to former unpaid carers as they explore the viable options available to them after their caring role has ended.

Who is the project for?

Those who have previously cared for someone in an unpaid capacity, aged 18+ and a resident of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster or the City of London. A former unpaid carer whose caring role has ended for whatever reason.

What the project offers:

Our project will actively help carers navigate this period after the caring role has ended through the ‘Next Steps’ Assessment and by providing a range of support such as:

  • Practical support & signposting around employment, money, housing and etc.
  • Advice and information
  • Help to find new activities and social groups
  • Workshops to learn new skills

How to refer to the project.

You can refer people to this project by completing a referral form that can be downloaded here. Alternatively please contact Ashley Young on 020 8960 3033 or email with the former carer’s name, contact details, geographical area and an idea of when their caring role ended.

More info.

This project hopes to help former carers find out what they want to do now and what their choices may be. This may be looking to return to work, becoming involved in volunteering, rediscovering a lost hobby or other activities they once enjoyed. The end of the caring role may have resulted in unexpected financial issues, changes to benefits, concerns over housing situation. Perhaps the former carer may just want some company, find other like-minded people and/or social activities to participate in.
It is also hoped that by the end of their time participating in the project the former carer will feel more informed about their options, more confident, better connected, less isolated and in better control of their lives.

Talking About Mental Health

Everyone has mental health and when you don’t have good mental health, it can have a real impact on everything you do.

North West London Collaboration of CCGs, in associate with Making Every Contact Count and MIND have worked to create a free one day mental health training course which will be provided by Lloyd Park House. This course is catered to staff who work in North West London and come into daily contact with the public. Taking this course will help give staff the knowledge and confidence to start conversations around mental health allowing them to better direct people to advice and support, from e-learning materials to support groups.

I am delighted to attached the flyer for this course.

For more information or to book your place email

For more information read our flyer here

Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens

Open Forum Events are delighted to introduce you to our Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens conference which will be taking place in London on the 9th November 2017.

As world urbanisation continues to grow and the total population expected to double by 2050, there exists an increased need for better city-based services in transport, infrastructure and health that meet the current pressures and offer citizens a high-quality life. By taking advantage of the available resources, data and technologies, improving efficiency in healthcare and smart mobility has been put at the forefront of national and local strategies around the world.

Join us at Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens to explore the most innovative and efficient ways to use technology and data to tackle some of the biggest problems. Major city leaders and business figures from across the UK and internationally will share their views on how to develop smart and more connected cities

for more details and to book please click here

Invitation to H&F Unity Day

We held the celebration of our rich cultural diversity last year following a rise in the number of race hate incidents in London. We feel it’s just as poignant this year after the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester. Please join us and help us pay tribute to all those who help make H&F such a wonderful place – from our international friends to those who have lived here all their lives.

The day will begin with a March for Unity from Shepherds Bush Green to Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith. We’ll be leaving at 11am and if you get there early you’ll be able to pick up a placard before setting off. The celebration rally at Ravenscourt Park will begin at 12pm where there’ll be speeches, live music and other acts, as well as food from around the world.

If you’d like more information, please call Michael Russell on 020 8753 2160 or 07919 397 477, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Room 39, Town Hall, King Street, London W6 9JU.

Big Advice Day 2017 -Last Chance!!!

Time is running out to reserve your free advice session at Big Advice Day, as only a few places remain available. Make sure to book now to avoid missing out.
Advice available:
Big Advice Day gives small charities the opportunity to access 1:1 expert support on every charity related topic you can think of. If you need some inspiration, support areas include:

  • Fundraising – Corporate, Major Donor, Trusts & Foundations, Online & Digital, Donor Profiles & many more
  • Marketing – Writing press releases, Google Grants, Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Direct mail, Websites, Marketing Strategies, Design
  • HR – Individual HR questions, Recruitment, Retention, HR and the Law, Performance management of staff, Volunteers and Teams, Leadership, Change Management
  • Governance – Risk, Accounts, Starting a Charity, Legal Requirements, The Essential Trustee, Business Planning and Strategy


for more information click here

Carers Week 12-18 June

This year Carers Week is focusing on builiding communities which support carers to look after their loved ones, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Carers Network in Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster are holding two information and advice days, where you can come and talk to Healthwatch, adult social care, the NHS and other local organisations. You will also be able to meet fellow carers, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers, and enjoy a light lunch that will be provided.

Tuesday 13 June, 11am – 3pm
Health and Information Day
White City Community Centre
India Way
W12 7QT

For more information on Carers Week  click here

Thursday 15 June, 11am – 3pm
Health and Information Day
The Stowe Centre
258 Harrow Rd
W2 5ES

For more information on Carers Network click here

I.T Grants for UK Charities and Not-For-Profit Groups

We can assist groups with I.T. Grant’s – UK Wide for the provision of:

PC’s, Laptops, Smartboards, Projectors and Networks.
Most Main Stream Capital I.T. is Eligible.

We have been assisting the Third Sector for over 20 years and work on the basis of supplying the Awarded Kit (At no cost to your Organisation or Ongoing commitment).

Any UK NFP group or Charity with UK Beneficiaries is eligible.
One Application per Year.


-Type. Grant – 100% Aid
-Term. Spend within One Year
-Covering. Grant Aid to UK Voluntary groups / Charities
-Support. The Grant’s are for I.T – Full Support

Please see –

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Applicants to email:

Funders Fair 4th July 2017

This is a chance for you to network with like minded people, browes stalls, attend workishops and establish a connection with over thirty funders and organisations, including The Big Lottery.

To register free of charge, please click here

4th July , 2017 9:30 AM   through   2:00 PM
Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, London,  W2-5HS, United Kingdom

Female Peer Mentor- Voluntary position

Advance’s Minerva service works with women involved in the Criminal Justice System offering safe, targeted support and advocacy to women to help them address their complex needs in relation to the 9 pathways to offending, such as substance misuse and financial difficulties. Minerva aims to reduce re-offending, encourage desistance amongst repeat offenders, divert women from Criminal Justice involvement as early as possible and reduce the number of custodial sentences imposed by Courts.
We have expanded our successful Minerva service as part of a contract funded by London CRC and MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime) to provide services to women with medium and complex needs who are being supervised by London CRC (Probation).


For more information and to apply please click here

The Community and Environment Fund

What is the Community and Environment Fund (CEF)?

The CEF fund has been created to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands.

To find out more and to apply please click here