Sadly it’s not Friday but Monday. The YHFF Mail Shout Out Robot fell over and couldn’t get the Newsletter out in time so I had to step in today!

Don’t panic though because YoHaFF the Newsletter Robot has been in the workshop all weekend and has been repaired with a toolkit of Pale Ale, those little Thornton’s chocolate square things and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. He’ll be back on form this Friday!

Last week was a big one for cricketing landmarks. James Anderson, otherwise known by his full title of Oh Jimmy Jimmy, Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Anderson, took his 500th test wicket. Not far behind Glenn McGrath now and if Anderson takes every wicket in the next Ashes, he will surpass the record. Please don’t all rush down the bookmakers to place that bet….

I hear that Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor are fighting it out for Saturday viewing figures but many tuned into the Last Night of the Proms. Can’t say I’m much of a watcher but did enjoy the Stax Records: 50 years of Soul edition the other week, fronted by the connoisseurs connoisseur, Jools Holland. It was nice to see some of the old greats playing some of the classics with some guest appearances from young pups.

I’ve mentioned the weather enough over the last few months but have to send my thoughts and best wishes to those that have been affected by Hurricane Irma. The pictures from the British Virgin Islands and videos from Miami look truly devastating. Makes me think when I moan about the slightly off Summer that we’ve had.

Anyways, apologies for the lateness and just to confirm again, it is still Monday!



NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund Application window:  Fri 1 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 2017

At NatWest they want to help build better communities for everyone. To achieve that aim, they’re seeking projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.

In 2017 they’re making £2 million available across England and Wales through their Skills & Opportunities Fund. The regional boards (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of grants of up to £35,000. So, if you’re a not-for-profit organisation and have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise, then keep an eye out for our next application window.

Public vote:    Fri 27 Oct – Fri 10 Nov 2017 Regional Board:   Mon 13 Nov  – Fri 24 Nov 2017 Announcement of winners: Tue 11 Dec 2017

Kusuma Trust – Deadline 29 September 2017

The Kusuma Trust UK aims to facilitate and increase access to education and other life opportunities for children and young people, with a focus on the most disadvantaged. The grants programme is open to registered charities with an annual turnover of £250,000 or less and there is particular interest in organisations that work with young people outside a formal setting. It will consider grants for training or for a training budget to be included with the application where the applicant can provide evidence of how this will enhance opportunities for young people. The deadline for applications is 29 September 2017.

If the work of your organisation meets the eligibility criteria and fits with our strategic priorities, you may download, complete and submit the concept note form (download here) to grants@kusumatrust.org for the attention of the Head of Programmes by 29 September 2017


London Youth – Survey of young Londoners – survey will be open until 20th September.

London Youth are carrying out a survey in partnership with GfK (a research company) asking young people about what matters to them, life in London and their communities, and how involved they feel in the decisions that affect them. They’ll be using this information to help make sure that young people’s voices are heard in the upcoming strategies and plans that are being developed by the GLA and others.

They really want to make sure that they capture the voices of young people working with community youth organisations as they are often under-represented in other research. Therefore please can you share the link with any young people aged 16-25 who you are working with or even better, find a suitable time/space for young people to complete it.

The survey can be accessed using this link

Alternatively, the link can be found as a pinned Tweet on their Twitter page twitter.com/londonyouth.

Respondents will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win £100 of sports equipment for their club (London Youth members only)

Diabetes User Group

The purpose of the DUG is to give people living with Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) an opportunity to influence the improvements / building of Diabetes services by having a direct line to commissioners through the NHS Clinical Commission Groups who over-see the services.

They believe the involvement of Young People in this process is important and it is vital they get feedback from Young people living with Diabetes (or caring for someone living with Diabetes) if the services are to reflect their needs effectively.  Meetings are held once a month which are 2 hours in length and they occasionally send out information in-between meetings about new developments in Diabetes treatment and prevention. The meetings are held on rotation of either daytime or early evening. People can go along to a meeting and see if being a part of it is right for them.

The next 3 up and coming meetings will be held in Hammersmith at the St. Paul’s Centre. You can find more information about these on the  website by clicking on this link.

The next meeting will be on the 19th of September and will be looking at revising dietary guidelines for people living with type 2 diabetes.

For more information please contact Concia on concia.albert@bmehf.org.uk

EQIA validation session: please feedback on our proposals

Sent on behalf of Christian Cubitt, Director of Communications and Engagement NW London Collaboration of CCGs

‘As you may be aware, the North West London Collaboration of CCGs has been considering two proposals to do with how we prescribe medicines. how we prescribe medicines. The first proposal is around reducing waste associated with repeat prescriptions by encouraging more patients to take control of their re-ordering. The second is if a patient requires a medicine from a list of products available over the counter, having the GP ask the patient if they would be willing to buy that medicine from their local pharmacy rather than receive a prescription.

As part of that work, an equality impact assessment (EQIA) was undertaken. This is important as it identifies which groups may be potentially disadvantaged by the proposals. We want to do more here and really understand how and why some people may be disadvantaged, and what mitigations could be put in place to prevent any disadvantage. We would like your help to do that.

We would be most grateful if the completed templates could be returned either by email, to choosingwisely@nw.london.nhs.uk, or by hard copy in the mail to Freepost Healthier North West London, by the slightly extended deadline of 9.00 AM Monday 18 September.

There are two versions of the two proposal templates: Word versions and PDF versions. The PDF versions are the easy read, editable templates. We’ve not attached the files this time because of their large sizes, but you can find all four templates here on the CCG’s website: http://www.hammersmithfulhamccg.nhs.uk/your-voice/choosing-wisely/equality-impact-assessment.aspx

Once we have all the completed templates a final report will be compiled for the eight governing bodies which make up the North West Collaboration of CCGs, for them to assure themselves that all mitigations have been put in place’


LAMDA Community Day – Sunday 17 September, 10am-5pm.

Ever wondered what goes on at drama school? There’s a great chance to look behind the scenes at the UK’s oldest training institution for actors when LAMDA opens its doors for Community Day.

Staged as part of Open House 2017, the event will allow visitors to explore LAMDA’s new £28.2million centre for drama training, including two new theatres: The Sainsbury Theatre and The Carne Studio Theatre.

There will be storytelling sessions and stage combat demonstrations, or you can try your hand at screen acting and learn what it’s like to train at LAMDA. Tours of the building will take place throughout the day and refreshments will be available.

Entry is free. For more details go to www.lamda.org.uk/community-day-2017 or see flyer attached.

SASH: Support and Advice for Sexual Health – Sexual Health week: 11th – 17th September

What better time to introduce SASH: our new 3 borough Support and Advice for Sexual Health service for residents 15+.

SASH offer free 1-1 support and behaviour change coaching & counselling to young people 15 – 24 around all matters surrounding sexual & reproductive health, wellbeing and relationships.

If you work with a young person who could benefit from this service then please refer them for a SASH assessment by clicking Here.

Want to brush up on your sexual health and relationship knowledge? Become part of our study through completing a short quiz here….QUIZ. Better yet – get your young people to fill one in too!

For more information please contact Marilla Tolfree – Young person’s engagement worker on marilla.tolfree@sashlondon.org or 07483133731

Prince’s Trust Cooking Programme

Are or do you know anyone NEET and aged between 16-25? Fancy yourself/them as the next Jamie Oliver? The Prince’s Trust has teamed up with Food Academy to offer a FREE one-week cooking programme where young people can:

Gain a Certification in Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene, work as a team to take part in a final group cooking challenge, prepare your own lunches and snacks throughout the week, receive 3 months’ progression support from the Prince’s Trust to help you find work, education or training including Hospitality placements and benefit from free travel throughout the programme.

Taster Day: Wednesday 20th September 2017 Main Programme: Monday 25th September – Friday 29th September 2017 Location: East London

Prince’s Trust Get into Retail with GAP!

Do you know a young person aged 16-25, not currently in education, training or employment? Looking for work in Retail?

2 weeks work experience in a GAP store, travel expenses paid on programme, doesn’t affect your benefits, boost employability skills, up to 6 months progression support and opportunity of employment at GAP on successful completion of the programme.

Information Day Tuesday 26th September Taster Day: Thursday 28th September Main Programme: Tuesday 3rd to Friday 13th October 2017

Work Placement locations: Canary Wharf, Stratford, One New Change (St Pauls), Finsbury, Grace Church St, Victoria, Islington and Camden.

Prince’s Trust Get Into Customer Service with Govia

Do you know a young person aged 18-25, not currently in education, training or employment? Looking for work in Customer Service?

Four week programme including:

Level 2 Customer Service Qualification, First Aid Qualification, complete two weeks of work experience at a station on the Southern or Gatwick Express Lines, improve your teamwork and communication skills, boost your confidence, develop your interview skills and build your CV and be considered for a job with Govia Thameslink Rail at one of their stations

Taster Day: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 Main Programme: 9th October to 3rd November 2017

Work Placement locations: Kings Cross, Sutton, London Bridge, East Croydon and Victoria

Prince’s Trust Fast Track into Work with Marriott

Do you know anyone 18-30 looking for work? Prince’s Trust have an exciting new opportunity with Marriott for work ready young people

Join The Prince’s Trust on a two day employability programme to help you move into work with The Marriott.

Date: Tuesday 12th September – Wednesday 13th September  Location: Grosvenor House, JW Marriott Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, W1K 7TN

Access to a trial shift and interview for live vacancy at a Marriott hotel, introduction to The Marriott & tour of Grosvenor House, mock interview practice, boost employability skills and confidence, scenario based learning and inspirational talk from a young person now employed with Marriott

Please see posters for all programme attached.

Well there we are then, that should secure my commission from the Prince’s Trust!

Hope you all had a nice weekend and wishing you a great week ahead.

Take care of yourself, and each other 😊

Best regards,
Gareth Dixon – CEO

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