This a gentle reminder that the Young Muslim Writers Awards 2020 closes today at midnight.

To submit an entry please visit

  • Pupils aged 5 to 11 can submit a short story and a poem
  • Pupils aged 11 to 16 can submit a short story, poem, article, screenplay, and a play script.

A panel of acclaimed judges will be selecting the winners over autumn, to be announced at the awards ceremony later this year. Shortlisted writers will be invited to the awards ceremony, receive a certificate to mark their achievement, and be awarded a gift bag filled with books to further encourage their love for reading and writing. Extracts from the shortlisted entries will also be featured in our annual anthology, past copies of which are available at

For the third year we are proud to be partnering with the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and are supported by our Official Media Partner, Islam Channel who broadcast our awards ceremonies to millions around the world.

We look forward to receiving entries from pupils at the school.

The PM today set out plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from coronavirus.

The plans include:

  • A Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers.
  • A new entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain.

A press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office is available at: The PM’s speech can meanwhile be read at:

The Skills Toolkit

There has also been an expansion of DfE’s online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit, to more than 70 courses in digital, numeracy and employability or work-readiness courses.

Bid Writing: The Basics

Bid Writing: Advanced

Online via ZOOM

For information and October – December dates, click here

Click on the links below for course details:

Maximising Support from Trusts and Foundations – Friday 6 November

All About Asking – Thursday 12 November

Tools and Techniques for Problem-Solving & Decision Making – Thursday 19 November

Writing for Impact – Friday 20 November

Mastering Time Management – Friday 20 November

Duties of a Company Secretary – Monday 23 November

Finance for Non-Finance Managers – Tuesday 24 November

Fundraising with Digital Marketing – Tuesday 24 November

Moving into Fundraising – Thursday 26 November

Moving into Management – Thursday 26 November

Financial Governance for Trustees – Monday 30 November

Proposal Writing for Beginners – Tuesday 1 December

Managing for Managers – 5 dates in December & January

Confidence at Work – Wednesday 2 December

Moving into Leadership – Wednesday 2 December

New Chief Executive – New Challenges – Friday 4 December

Support and Supervision of Staff – Wednesday 9 December

Increasing Corporate Support and Sponsorship – Wednesday 9 December

Living our Values – Friday 11 December

Dates announced for 2021, find out more here.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have been working on a new policy to make sure residents are fully involved in any decisions on the future of their homes.  It’s called the Defend Council Homes policy and we’d like to know what our residents think about it.

Our new Defend Council Homes policy has been designed by a resident-led team.  It aims to protect resident’s interests and make sure that if there are any proposals affecting their homes in the future they can’t go ahead unless residents have had the opportunity to be fully involved from the very beginning.

Cllr Lisa Homan, Cabinet Member for Housing, has recorded a short video to explain why this policy is so important. You can watch it here at

No other council has done this before, and we believe we’ve found a way to give residents the protection they have the right to expect.  The Defend Council Homes policy sets out our new approach.

We’d like to know what residents think about the policy and the protection it offers.  In fact, we’re hoping for a big thumbs-up from all residents, because the greater the support for the policy, the stronger its protection will be.

There’s more information, including some videos explaining the policy, on our website at

The deadline for the consultation is Friday 2 October 2020

This consultation is open to all council housing household members and we would welcome individual returns from each person.

As some of you may know, the 6-month stay on possession proceedings ended on 21st September 2020. We anticipate that in the coming weeks you will see an increasing number of people who have been served with notices by their landlords or who receive correspondence from the Court.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of changes have been made to notice periods and to possession proceedings in the County Court.  We felt it would be helpful to outline the most significant changes in an e-mail to you, so that you can be aware of what to look out for in the coming weeks.   

    1. New Notice Periods 

There have been a number of changes to notice periods depending on when the notice was served. It is therefore important to note when a notice has been served by a landlord and check that the notice period is correct.   

    • Notices served on and before 24 March 2020 must give most tenants 2 months before their landlord can apply to court.  
    • Notices served on 25 March 2020 to 28 August 2020 must give most tenants 3 months before their landlord can apply to court. 
    • From 29 August 2020 up to and including 31 March 2021, most notices must give tenants 6 months before their landlord can apply to Court. However, if 6 months or more rent is owed to a landlord, the notice period is only 4 weeks. 
    • If a landlord has served a notice as a result anti-social behaviour or some other reason, the notice period can be as little as 2 weeks. 


  1. New ‘Review Date’


Tenants subject to possession proceedings will now receive a Review Date from the Court. This is a major change to the way the County Courts manage possession proceedings.  

The aim of the Review Date is for landlords and tenants to try to resolve the Court case as early as possible and avoid lengthy Court proceedings.  

The Review Date is a new opportunity for tenants to obtain early advice in their Court matter. This advice will be provided free of charge by a duty adviser, over the telephone, on the day of their Review Date. The Courts will notify tenants of their Review Date by letter. Neither the landlord nor tenants should attend Court on the Review Date. 

It is extremely important that on the day of their Review Date, tenants contact the duty adviser on the telephone number provided for advice.  

If the landlord and tenant are not able to resolve the issues on the Review Date, it is likely that the Court will list the matter for a Substantive Hearing 28 days later. The Substantive Hearing will be the same as pre-Covid 19 hearings: parties will generally be expected to attend Court and the hearing will take place before a Judge.  

We will be announcing a new training program which will cover these changes in more detail in due course. In the meantime, please refer to the Housing Advice page on our website for updates.

We remain open and available to provide telephone advice as normal. To speak with one of the team you can contact our housing solicitors between 2 -5 pm on Wednesdays on 020 8148 5274. Alternatively, you can email or call 020 3880 1727 and leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and we’ll call you back.


Kind regards,



Office Administrator

Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre

1st Floor Hammersmith Library

Shepherds Bush Road

W6 7AT

Tel: 0208 148 5270

Cats Whiskers Community Arts will be running weekly acting workshops for over 50s as part of Riverside Studios’ community programme, Dive in.

From Friday (2nd October) at 2pm-4pm. Click here

Name of Fund: The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus. The Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. In conjunction with these grants, the initiative will also offer one-to-one support and guidance to applicants who need it.

Click Here



Dear friends and colleagues,

We recently held the first series of information & action round tables looking to the future:

  • Opening Up our activities and programmes
  • Racism & BAME Issues
  • Children & Young People
  • Poverty & Economic Divide
  • Green New Deal for London
  • Enabling Resilient Communities – Building a Strong Civil Society

Thank you to all who participated and we will complete the series with round table discussions on

  • Health & Wellbeing – Thursday 15th October – see below
  • Spiritual & Cultural Renewal – date to be confirmed

Our plan is to complete a full action report around mid-October and will launch with an event in November.

But wheels are turning again and we are aware that, as well as thinking about creating a “new better” for the future, we may all be faced with responding to another set of urgent needs within our communities.

In the next few weeks we are planning several initiatives:

  1. Tuesday 29th September. A snapshot survey to gauge your pressures and priorities at the moment.  When you receive it please take the 5-10 minutes it will take to complete and return.
  2. Thursday 8th October. A pan-London Briefing meeting on current issues and concerns, challenges and achievements.  We will hear from our partners in the public sector at local and regional level, and enable your voices to be heard.
  3. Thursday 15th October. In partnership with Healthy London Partnership and Good Thinking, we will hold our next round table on Health and Wellbeing.

More details will be sent out next week.  In the meantime you may contact us with any questions or issues you would like to raise at


Colds, Flu, and Covid-19

There have been a lot of colds going around at the moment, and many are unsure whether they have a cold, the flu or Covid-19!  Boots UK have put together a handy guide to the symptoms of Covid-19, colds, flu, hayfever and asthma, which you can find on their website:

Government advice:

The latest government advice for charities can be found here: