Come to this FREE event and celebrate with Serpentine Gallery and Penfold Community Hub the culture of Church Street.
Friday, 3rd May 2013
Greenside Community Centre
24 Lilestone Street
Do you care for someone with diabetes?
Would you like to support someone who has diabetes to manage their illness better?
If you answer YES to any of these questions, come along to the open morning on April 29th in CHURCH STREET LIBRARY between 10:30am and 12:30pm where you can find out more information.
The Community Health Champions are offering a free accredited training course which will be completed on May 20th, 24th, 31st and 1st of June 2013 in Church Street.
This course is for booked participants only. The spaces on the course are limited. If you are interested and cannot attend the Open Morning please contact Concia Albert on 07577958758 or email@example.com no later than May 1st 2013.
Or if you would like support with your diabetes come along and the Health Champions will try to organise a mentor for you.
The new employment project, Westminster Works has registered its first job.
Mr Cornelius Mitchell is 54 years old and had a history of working in retail, although it was not a job role he enjoyed much. However his working life was disrupted when he needed to care for his ailing mother and this involved a long trip to the Caribbean. On his return he found it hard to get a job. He was not eligible for Job Seeker’s Allowance because his wife is working. My C. started to become quite despondent about the prospect of work.
Fortunately Open Age, one of PDT’s partners within the Westminster Works contract, was able to help. Using their professional networks, Open Age staff got to hear of a possible role as a courrier for an agency that needed a responsible person to carry passports and visas to and from the Passport Office. Rather than wait for the job to be advertised, Mary at Open Age constructed a possible ‘person spec’ for the role and sent it to the potential employers asking: ‘Is this what you are looking for? If so, I have a suitable person.’
This bold initiative paid off and Mr Mitchell is now in his fifth week of full time work with the agency. The project plans to place over 400 people into work over the next year.
To find out more about Westminster Works, or register please call 020 3603 2301.
Wednesday 3rd April, 6pm – 7pm, Rowington Close, W2 5TF
St Mary Magdalene’s is not just a church, but also a historic building of national importance, right in the middle of Westbourne beside the canal. PDT and the church are currently fundraising to create a new centre for arts and heritage, which would provide activities for all sections of community in North Paddington.
We would like to invite you to take this special opportunity to see for yourself the splendid interior of the building, with a guided tour to explain its historical and architectural importance, and information about our plans.
Tea and cake will be served!
A good news to local people who are currently looking for work, Paddington Development Trust and local partners City West Homes, Open Age, W2W, and Peabody Trust have secured funding from European Social Fund to provide a dedicated employment support service to the residents in the renewal areas.
The ‘Westminster Works programme is designed to support local unemployed residents living in your area into work or training. It also offers free professional employment advice in a convenient location.
If you are interested, or would like further information, please contact the team on 0203 603 2301 or pop in to Church Street Neighbourhood Office on 88 Church Street.
Many people are experiencing large increases in their energy bills. Estimates are that, on average, annual bills have increased by £90 over the last twelve months. At the same time, figures show that there has been a gradual decline in the number of households switching supplier.
So Westminster has joined the Big Community Switch along with many other local authorities around the country. By encouraging local residents to join a collective the council can ask energy companies to bid for their business so that their residents can get a better deal. All switching payments (max £10) received by the council from the energy company will be reinvested back into community projects.
To sign up:
Church Street was buzzing on Tuesday 29th of January as HRH Price Charles unexpectedly turned up to pay a visit to a local social enterprise – Circle Sports, which supports disadvantaged young people in gaining skills, experience and confidence on their path to employment. Although the visit was planned many months ahead, Circle Sports’ management kept it very quiet.
The Prince met with Turly Humphreys the CEO, the staff and two young people – Donovan Lewis and Tamiema Khammom, whose lives have positively changed since becoming involved with Circle Sports. His Royal Highness thought it was a great example of an innovative and practical approach to addressing youth unemployment and left very impressed with the project.
Those who waited patiently outside the shop managed to get a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and a few were even lucky enough to shake his hand and exchange a few words
In the early hours of Monday morning, 29th October, Church Street Neighbourhood Centre was flooded from above. The ceiling collapsed bringing gallons of water into the area with all the stock for the Pet Society. This means that the Neighbourhood Centre and the Pet Society are out of action for the next few weeks while the damage is repaired. If anyone has any questions they would normally come into the Centre to ask, they can call 0207 641 6633 and the call will be diverted to staff in the basement office.
Carol and Jane from Newpin Family Centre on Luton Street had this to say about John MacDonald who recently retired from Church Street Neighbourhood Centre.
John McDonald introduced himself some 6 years ago.
He has been a fantastic and supportive worker to our Family Centre. He has always kept us in the loop for many things that benefit the work of our project. Our Christmas’s are always so special as John ‘ father christmas to our children’ has been coming along to all our parties every Christmas! As a local myself I must say that John has bought something really special to this community. ..Church Street wouldnt be the same with out him. It takes a very special person to have so much warmth and care. He always has a great smile for everyone and gives us all a laugh when ever he can.
NEWPIN is very grateful to John for all he has done for us, he has introduced new trustees to our centre, directed us to local funding and always made sure that the children of our services recieve Christmas presents every year! “he has really looked after us.” We hope that he will still pop in to see us.
Arts of Wellbeing is a week of live events, talks and workshops across theatre, writing, dance , singing, spoken word and music. Devoted to current, local activity and new directions in arts and health, the programme is for everyone wanting to try new activities, showcase existing ones or discuss new ideas and developments in arts practice. Arts of Wellbeing is produced by Westminster Arts and The Cockpit. The project has been commissioned by Westminster City Council and supported by Westminster Amalgamated Charities. For their programme please click here .