Archive for September 2019

Westminster City Council’s Hidden Network of Heroes

Westminster City Council spends over £7m per year on rough sleeping – more than any other council in the country. Of course, it’s a bigger issue here, too, with people from all over the UK, mainland Europe and beyond, finding themselves sleeping rough.

In response to the problem, Westminster City Council has launched the ‘Hidden Network of Heroes’ campaign to raise awareness of the work done to help more rough sleepers off the streets and turn their lives around. An army of staff and volunteers already helps rough sleepers who may be suffering mental illness, battling addiction, family breakdown or abuse, but without sufficient recognition.

The dedication of these staff and volunteers enables over 80% of rough sleepers to avoid a second night out. It’s worth noting that less than 3% of rough sleepers in Westminster have links to the area and 97% of those that engage with our services find their way off the streets for good.

The ‘Hidden Network of Heroes’ is a priority for Westminster Council. To find out more about the Hidden Network, the services available to rough sleepers and to donate please visit their website here.

Westminster Council has also recently set out a draft homelessness strategy, and you can find out more about this by visiting https://www.westminster.gov.uk/housing-strategies

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Apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects

Local groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects across Westminster as part of the #MyWestminster Fund. 

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster, which includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The closing date for the current round of applications is Friday 8th November. To find out more please click here. 

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Come Along To Our Silver Sunday Event On 6th October

Senior Soho residents and those from elsewhere in the West End and St James's are invited to a tea dance from 3-5pm on Sunday 6 October in recognition of Silver Sunday.

We will be delighted to offer tea, refreshments and music to dance to for those who will join us and we may have a few surprises on the day!

Organised by the Conservative Councillors from the West End and St James’ Wards, we are grateful to Zedel’s in Soho, who have provided the Crazy Coq’s, 20 Sherwood Street, W1, for the event.

If you would like to join us please register here or email Mark to let us know.

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Hold Crossrail To Public Account

Following local concerns about Crossrail, I have relaunched the Tottenham Court Road Community Liaison Panel.

This will be an opportunity for local residents to hold Crossrail to account.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 10th September, at Oxford Circus House, 245 Oxford Street, and will start at 6.30pm.

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