Polish Poetry Festival

Over 400 people attended ‘Ksiazkowisko’, our Polish poetry festival held as part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival with Streatham Library last weekend! Our Poles Connect steering group and other Polish Lambeth based groups came together to showcase poetry written by local Polish children alongside the work of established Polish poets. The event was opened by former Mayor Saleha Jaffer and Jolanta Grzelczyk from the Polish Consulate in London. The event was supported by the London Community Foundation. The Polish community in Lambeth was also celebrating Polish Heritage Day – a new initiative by the Polish Embassy UK in London to celebrate openness, appreciation, and better understanding between the Polish community and the wider British society.

Do you want to become a Community Connector?

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Community Connectors

Community Connectors are local residents, who link others in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life. This can include linking people up with wellbeing and health services, local community groups and organisations, social groups and activities that can have a positive impact on their life.

Community Connectors are given training and support to give them the skills needed to be able to talk to people about wellbeing, the things that they can do for themselves, and places to go to access help and support doing this.

This ability to link people with services, and services with people will help create connections that could provide a safety net of social support to help people feel better about their wellbeing and where they live.

The next training course starts on 17th May. For more information see

http://www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/join-a-patient-group/Pages/Become-a-community-connector.aspx

or contact Fraser Serle f.serle@nhs.net  07720 601048

Working with local GPs to support the Portuguese community

We’re currently supporting one of our local GPs to reach out at an earlier stage to Portuguese speakers who might be at risk of diabetes and other illnesses. We’ll be supporting some pilot projects soon – e.g. a breakfast homework club for school children in a local cafe, where we also work to support their parents. Check out the clip below, which went out on Portuguese lunchtime news and was filmed in our offices (and which feature Gustavo in a non-speaking part!):

http://sicnoticias.sapo.pt/…/2017-02-18-Folheto-em-portugue…

Para muitos emigrantes portugueses em Londres, a língua continua a ser um grande obstáculo sobretudo na hora de recorrer aos serviços de saúde. Por…
sicnoticias.sapo.pt

Stockwell Portuguese Community Project – Review

Our Stockwell Portuguese Community project has supported over 1000 local Portuguese residents over the past six years. Support has included advice, help into work, support with volunteering, and building links with the wider community (e.g. involving people in consultations and the Stockwell Forum).

Funded by BIG Lottery Reaching Communities, we are in the process of applying for a continuation grant. As part of this process we have had to commission an external evaluation of the project, which you can read by clicking on this link:

SP Stockwell Portuguese Community Project Evaluation Report