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Basic Deaf Awareness Sign Skills course
Bexley Deaf Centre are holding a half day Basic Deaf Awareness Sign Skills course on Friday 13 December at Bexley Deaf Centre, 20 Whitehall Lane, Slade Green DA8 2DH from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Places cost £15 per person, and refreshments will be provided.
For further enquiries or to book a place call 01322 351122 Fax/Minicom: 01322 351122
Hound Watch-Official Launch
Together with Bexley Police, Neighbourhood Watch are setting up "Hound Watch". This is to recruit dog walkers and ask them to report anything suspicious they might see while walking their dog. We are inviting all dog owners to join our brand new scheme.
Those joining at the launch will receive a membership pack and also a chance to win a painted portrait of your dog and other fantastic prizes.
Come along on Friday 13 December to Pets At Home, Tower Retail Park, Crayford Road, Crayford, DA1 4LD between 10am and 2pm.
For more information contact the Neighbourhood Watch office on 0208 284 5537 or email email@example.com
Christmas collections for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care will be holding Christmas collections, at Sainsbury's Bexleyheath store, on Friday 13 December and Saturday 14 December, to help raise funds for the charity. Marie Curie nurses work throughout the Christmas period, providing free care for people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.
If you'd like to help Marie Curie with future collections, the charity is looking for local people to collect during the charity's biggest fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.
To find out more information on collecting for Marie Curie during the Great Daffodil Appeal, contact Charlotte Jones, on 01622 688656, or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.
To get help from Marie Curie Cancer Care, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk.
Diabetes UK volunteer from Bexley wins Mayor of London's 'Team London' Award
A Diabetes UK volunteer and Community Champion has been awarded the Mayor of London's 'Team London' Award.
Yasroon Elmi, 26, of Erith, won the award in the 'Health Living' category for her work on a 'Staying Healthy throughout Ramadan' project for Diabetes UK.
The project, which was piloted in June, was spear-headed by Yasroon and provided resources for people planning to fast throughout Ramadan. It is estimated that it reached more than 2,000 people.
Ramadan can pose problems for people with diabetes. The Koran requires fasting throughout the month, and although Muslims with diabetes are exempt, many choose to take part. If someone with diabetes chooses to fast throughout Ramadan then they risk experiencing unstable blood glucose levels which could fall too low or rise too high.
The project led by Yasroon reached out to local Muslims communities by going into Mosques and provided information and resources. The project also encouraged anyone with diabetes to talk to their Imam and healthcare professional about their personal situation before making the decision to fast.
A downloadable presentation was created, as well as two videos which showed people talking about their decision and preparation to fast throughout the festival. Ten volunteers were also trained to give the Ramadan presentation and gave talks at five London mosques and one college in the lead up to Ramadan. The culturally tailored resources and flexibility of bi-lingual volunteers helped maximise the reach of these important health messages.
The talks reached more than 500 people and more than 40 Imams in London. The screen cast presentation was watched more than 1,200 times and the volunteer videos reached almost 700 views on YouTube. Due to the success of the project, it will be rolled out nationally in 2014.
The award was presented by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and Martine Wright, Team London Champion, Paralympian and member of the British Sitting Volleyball team.
To find out more about the Ramadan project that Yasroon was involved in go to http://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/News_Landing_Page/Volunteers-lead-the-way-for-innovative-Ramadan-project/ and to find out more about diabetes go to www.diabetes.org.uk
Sign up to the new Healthy Lifestyle e-newsletter
A new Healthy Lifestyles e-newsletter that will provide regular information about ways to keep healthy and get active in the borough is set to launch this month.
The e-newsletter will provide information on new and existing healthy projects across the borough, health and leisure tips, and information on clubs, activities and ways to get involved and find out more.
Future editions will invite subscribers to feedback information on their sports and leisure activities as well as encouraging them to get in contact with their own health tips and advice or information on clubs or groups they belong to.
We promise not bombard subscribers with unwanted emails and that they will be able to unsubscribe at any time.
Subscribe to the e-newsletter at www.bexley.gov.uk/healthyenewsletter
Sidcup Literary and Scientific Society
The objects of the Society embrace the presentation of lectures and promotion of discussion on literature, science and art, with liberty to extend to other subjects. These have recently included engineering, history of Art and archaeology.
We meet at the Emmanuel Church Hall in Hadlow Road, Sidcup from 7.30pm to 9pm. The annual subscription is £15 with single lecture attendance for non-members being £3.
The next event will be on Tuesday 10 December and is a talk on Concorde by John Trethewey.
For more information call 020 8300 8647.
Carers/Personal Assistants required to join our P A Pool
£7.45 Per Hour
Inspire Community Trust is a user led organisation providing services to disabled people, including children and older people, people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities and mental health issues.
We are looking for highly motivated staff to join our PA Pool and who can be called upon to provide personal care, respite care and support for day activities. Opportunities will be available for both long-term contracts and short-term cover for annual leave and sickness. Experience and training in the caring environment would be desirable. You may be employed directly by the disabled person via the Direct Payments / Individual Budgets scheme.
CRB and references required.
Please email rosemary.brown@inspirecommunitytrust or phone 020 3045 5100 for an application pack.
If you would like further details or to have an informal chat about the job please call Andrew Crees on the 020 3045 5100.
Inspire Community Trust, 20 Whitehall Lane, Slade Green, Kent DA8 2DH
Inspire is an equal opportunities Employer
£6.7m funding announced for phase two of Erith Park regeneration in Bexley
The scheme receives funding from the Mayor of London and represents one of the largest projects of its type in London
The second phase of the regeneration at Erith Park in Bexley has been confirmed with the announcement of £6.7m funding from the Mayor of London. The grant from the Mayor's Affordable Homes Programme enables local housing association, Orbit South, to continue work at Erith Park, a £120m housing project that that will completely transform the former Larner Road estate in Erith. Orbit South, in partnership with the local community, the London Borough of Bexley, Wates Living Space and Orbit Homes, has already begun to replace the seven high-rise blocks with around 550 new homes for around 3,000 local people.
Vivien Knibbs, Executive Director, Orbit South says: "It's terrific news that the GLA has confirmed funding for the second phase and shows their confidence in us to deliver this complex, exciting
scheme. The project will completely transform this part of London, bringing significant investment into the area and creating homes which people can be really proud of."
Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, says; "I am delighted with the Mayor's announcement on funding for Phase 2 of Erith Park. The Council has worked hard on Phase 1 to support Orbit's plans for the regeneration of the area - providing attractive, modern homes, which meet London Design Guide standards, with a high proportion of family-sized houses for our residents.
"After years of planning, the start on Phase 1 has shown local people that this regeneration is really happening and Erith is changing for the better. We can now look forward to discussing the planning details for Phase 2 as it progresses."
Andy Fancy, South Region Managing Director (New Build) at Wates, says; "The news that we are continuing our partnership with Orbit South and Bexley Council by delivering phase two of Erith Park's regeneration, means that we can build upon the great work already being done through phase one - with family homes, market sale, local business, supply chain and community opportunities front of mind at all times. This evident and high profile regeneration project will prove to the community the Bexley is truly 'Open for Business'."
Richard Blakeway, London Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property says; "The Mayor is investing billions as part of the effort to double the number of homes being built for hard working Londoners, alleviating pressure on the capital's housing market by increasing supply and boosting the local economy. Developments like Erith Park show just how successful this can be, transforming the area with new good quality, low cost, family homes, and creating more jobs for local people."
Work on the site started in April this year, with the first homes being ready in late 2014. The Erith Park development will be owned and managed by Orbit South. It will include a mix of homes for affordable rent, private market sale and low cost home ownership. In phase one, 40% will be three and four bedroom family houses with gardens. The apartments will be low rise and all will have a private balcony or terrace. 10% will accommodate wheelchair users.
Orbit South and Wates share a commitment to the social purpose of the scheme, which is evidenced by our comprehensive construction skills and training programme, extending from school visits to apprenticeships. We also continue to hold events for local residents to keep them informed about the changes taking place and to celebrate key milestones.
Both private and public open space will be enhanced, including the creation of a new ecology park in an area of currently unused scrubland. Around 350 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved every year and water consumption will fall by over 40%. All of the homes will meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and meet the London housing design standards.
Plan ahead if you are travelling around London this festive season
Transport for London (TfL) has published festive travel information and advises customers to plan ahead to make the most of London's attractions, shopping and leisure opportunities.
For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/festive
Room to spare?
Wanted - Shared Lives Carers
The London Borough of Bexley's Community Living and Support Scheme is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is looking for local people to become Shared Lives Carers.
We are looking for carers to provide both long term and short term (respite) accommodation within their own home.
Carers can come from a variety of backgrounds and age groups and most will have had experience in caring for others in a professional or personal capacity. These are ordinary people with a bedroom to spare, in addition to a commitment and genuine desire to help others.
Shared Lives Carers can be single, couples or families, who can offer the privacy of a bedroom to a service user and all the comforts of home.
The Scheme operates a careful recruitment assessment process - including Disclosure and Barring Service checks - and carers are provided with full training and ongoing support.
Shared Lives Carers receive a fee, with the amount paid varying depending on the needs of the person being cared for. The service users are vulnerable adults who may have a learning disability, physical disability or older people who wish to share a family home in the local community.
For further information or informal chat about becoming a Shared Lives Carer please contact -
Catherine Nairn, London Borough of Bexley Community Living and Support Scheme (Learning Disabilities) 0203 045 3114.
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