Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 Census: 27 March 2011

Dear VSN Members,

The 2011 Census Day is fast approaching and we need you assistance to ensure maximum completion and return rate in Hammersmith & Fulham. As you know, it’s in the interest of all who live and work in the Borough, that we do get the appropriate level of funding from the Government to meet local needs, so your individual and collective support is crucial at this time in spreading information about the 2011 Census. We need to work together to raise the response rate well above what was achieved in 2001.

CaVSA is a distribution point for 2011 Census information. Do come and collect copies of the following for distribution within your organization and to those you come in contact with:

v Census Information and Advice Leaflet

v Campaign Posters

v H & F Census Helpdesk Map

To collect any of the above, do pop by CaVSA between 10.00-5.00 Monday-Friday or phone 020 8748 6345.

Additionally, for a better understanding of the whole 2011 Census process, it would be really helpful if you could promote the National Census website at www.census.gov.uk and the LBHF Census webpage at www.lbhf.gov.uk/2011census

BME Consoritum launch

Launch of BME Health & Social Care Providers Consortium

Date: Wednesday 30 March 2011

Time: 2.00 – 4.30pm

Venue: Irish Centre, Black’s Road, London W6

A number of leading BME led providers specialising in delivery of a range of health & social care services to older people, people with disabilities, carers & other vulnerable groups have come together to forge & launch the BME Health & Social Care Providers Consortium.

This Event is for those interested in:

· bidding for NHS services & contracts as part of a Consortium

· delivering NHS & other health & social care services

· finding BME partner(s)

· making partnership based grant applications

· joining up with other BME led providers

· extending health/social care services to other regions & communities

· developing social enterprise

The event will feature presentations from a number of BME providers involved in delivering of day care, respite care, mental health, counselling, carers support, transport, advocacy & other health & social care support services on their work and opportunities for partnership working across numerous London boroughs, regional and national programmes.

The event will provide an opportunity for delegates to

· discuss & negotiate partnerships with individual members

· link with/join BME Health & Social Care Consortium

· discuss potential for bidding for grants & contracts

Interested in PARTNERSHIPS: finding PARTNERS: accessing FUNDING: extending SERVICES: embracing ENTERPRISE: sharing & accessing EXPERTISE….

Then Book a Place Now: Places are limited.

To book a place and for further information

Contact Balraj Purewal on 020 8811 1501 or email director@taha.org.uk


International Francophonie Day

International Francophonie Day

22 March 2011, 8.30pm - On the occasion of the International Francophonie Day, the French Institute in London organises the Francophone Week (13-20 March 2011), at Ciné lumière (Institut Francais, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT) where will be screened shorts from Romania, Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland, Lebanon, Morocco and France.

This year, the Embassy’s proposal, the award-winning Romanian short film The boxing lesson (Lecţia de box), directed by Alexandru Mavrodineanu will be screened on Tuesday, 22 March 2011, at 8.30pm. The film tells the story of Victor, a businessman from Bucharest, who can no longer stand to see his son beaten up at school so he takes the boy to boxing classes. But twelve-year-old Vlad refuses to take part. To teach him a lesson, Victor enters the boxing ring himself. Boxing Lesson was selected by a number of international festivals including the New York Film Festival (2007).

More details: www.institut-francais.org.uk

Improving family policy across Member States: Hearing discusses problem of ageing population

The EESC has conducted a hearing on 'The role of family policy in demographic change: Sharing best practice among Member States'. Held on March 21, this meeting consulted a range of perspectives from a number of stakeholders on family matters, with a view to improving and sharing practices between Member States. The hearing was organised at the request of the Hungarian Presidency, to target the problem of how to give tangible recognition to the substantial contribution that families make to society.

In his opening address, Staffan Nilsson, EESC President said: "Europe must set an example in matters of intergenerational equity and solidarity and the problem of ageing population is both a challenge and an opportunity for Europe".

The hearing was chaired by Luca Jahier, President of the EESC Various Interests' Group and included presentations from Miklós Soltész, Hungarian Minister of State for Social, Family and Youth Affairs and Anna Záborská, Chair of the Intergroup on Family, Protection of Childhood and Solidarity between the Generations. There were also contributions from experts, contrasting the experience of different Member States.

According to the EESC, the social and economic benefits of the family should be appreciated. Insufficient support for families could result in a substantial increase in costs, especially in terms of welfare services.

Demographic challenges need to be quickly tackled by providing incentives to work and viewing older people as an asset rather than a burden. The Committee is also committed to looking ahead and is already working with the future Polish presidency on demography and the labour market. Furthermore, it intends to support the idea of proclaiming 2014 as a European Year for families.

The Hungarian Presidency took the chance of this hearing to launch at EU level its thematic week "Europe for families, Families for Europe" which will be organised next week in Budapest and which will be concluded by an Informal Council of Ministers for family, to which the Committee will present the results of the hearing and its own contribution.

More information, contact:

For more information please contact:

Barbara Gessler, EESC Press Unit,

Tel.:+32 2 546 8066;


The Ambassador of Romania's lecture at the University of Oxford

Embassy of Romania - London/ On 10 May 2011, the Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom, Dr Ion Jinga, will deliver a lecture on "Romania: from the crossroad of empires to a hub of European values " at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, as the part of the Central European Seminar Series.

Organised by Dr Marius Turda (Associate Professor, Oxford Brookes University), the seminar proposes group discussions with students and academics currently engaged in research on Central and Eastern European issues in Oxford. This year guest speakers included ambassadors of other Central European countries accredited to London.

Dr Robert Evans, Regius Professor of Post-Medieval History of Central and Eastern Europe, will moderate the discussion.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Standing Together - Support the 112 - 2011

The 112 – 2011

Standing Together are again organising a charity bike ride to take place on the 7th May 2011. We are going to cycle 112 kilometres in one day - that is one kilometre for every woman who dies per year as a result of domestic violence. This was a great success in 2009 and 2010, and we hope to make it bigger and better in 2011. The aim of the event is to:

• Highlight the issue of domestic violence
• Ensure people understand the damage caused by domestic violence
• Raise funds to combat domestic violence though a coordinated response to this crime

Participants can enter in one of three ways:

The 112 – The Challenge
This is for the more adventurous cyclist who really wants to push him or herself. The expectation is that the rider will complete the whole course in a day having passed through 2 checkpoints around the route. Hopefully some form of “peloton” will form to aid progress. The route takes you from Windsor through the Thames Valley and takes in, via generally quiet roads, some lovely villages and scenery to the west of Windsor.

The 112 – The Relay
This is where a group of cyclists want to do the whole route together but do not want to ride the full distance individually. It will require riders to take it in turns covering the route whilst their other team members follow in a car, with others talking over when exhaustion strikes. Logistically this will probably work best with 3/4 riders with a car capable of carrying the spare bikes.

The 112 – The Roundabout
This is a more local approach! A ride for those who want to take part, but are not sure their legs will hold out for the full 112km! This option covers 11.2 miles in a loop on the roads around Windsor Great Park. For those who would prefer, this distance can also be run.

Health and Safety – each rider or team is responsible for their own safety; participants must use an appropriate and reliable bike and should be correctly attired. Participants would be expected to ensure they have sufficient refreshments although we will attempt to secure drinks/snacks for those involved.

Routes – We have maps for these routes. They will be made available to participants on the day.

Numbers for the full distance must be limited to 112 so if you are interested and do not want to miss this opportunity to help make a real difference please read and complete the form overleaf. Places will be snapped up quickly.

Anthony Wills, Chief Executive

Booking Form

112 Bike Ride

Saturday 7th May 2011


Name___________________________________________________ Title____________________

Telephone___________________________ Fax__________________________
Names of team riders:

Challenge you wish to take part in:

• The Challenge __
• The Relay __
• The Roundabout __


There is an initial registration fee of £10 per rider:

Cheque Enclosed £____________
Payable to Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. Please ensure your name is written on the back of the cheque.
Cash enclosed £____________

Payment by BACS ____
Bank: CafCash Sort Code: 405240. Account Number 00009441. Account Name: Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. Please ensure the payment is clearly referenced.

In addition we ask you to endeavour to raise a minimum of £112 in sponsorship money for Standing Together.
Please sign to confirm that you agree to the above:

Sign: _______________________________________________

Print name: __________________________________________

To Register: Please submit your completed form to:
POST: The 112, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, Room 44d, The Polish Centre, 238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF
FAX: 020 8748 5921
EMAIL: admin@standingtogether.org.uk
ENQUIRIES: 020 8748 5717

Free NHS Health Check: Saturday 5 March 2011

Media contact
Tom Stevenson
020 8753 5268

Press release

Check your health, save your life

Your local NHS is now making it easier for you to stay healthier for longer with the help of
a free NHS Health Check.

NHS Hammersmith and Fulham will be offering the quick and simple check at – Loftus Road Stadium on Saturday 5th March, between 10am & 2.30pm.

We are offering health checks in partnership with QPR Community Trust. This means that if you come for a health check before 2.30pm you are eligible to receive one free ticket* to the
QPR vs Leicester City home game at Loftus Road Stadium at 3pm on 5th of March.

The Health Check is available to everyone aged between 40 and 74 and can see if you are at risk of developing serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

During the 20 minute Health Check, fully-trained healthcare professionals will ask questions about your lifestyle, family history, and current medication. They will record your weight, sex, height and measure things like your blood pressure to get your Health Check result. Your result will be explained in full at the end of the check.

Everyone who takes the free NHS Health Check will be given advice and information on improving their health. Anyone who needs more specialist help will be referred to a GP, or a more appropriate NHS service.

Health Checks are also available across the borough in five pharmacies or through your own GP surgery.

Pharmacy health checks – no appointment needed.

• Healthside Pharmacy, 90 Shepherds Bush Road. W6 7PD
• Parmay Pharmacy, 122 - 124 North End Pharmacy. W14 9PP
• Bush Pharmacy, 334 Uxbridge Road. W12 7LL
• Westway Pharmacy, 11 Westway. W12 0PT
• Fulham Pharmacy, 608 Fulham Road. SW6 5RP