Category Archives: Community and third sector

Blood donors needed

I’m re-publishing something I have received from Sree Swaminarayan mandirn Kingsbury, because it is pretty important. So, as follows…

London, Brent, June 2015: With 40% fewer new blood donors than 10 year ago, The Mayor of Brent Cllr Lesley Jones with Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, launched a new drive urging residents across the borough to help fill the gap.

In advance of National Blood Week (8-14 June), local representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant came together with regular local donors and members from world-renowned, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band to unveil the Missing Type campaign. The campaign removes the letters A, O and B (the letters that make up the blood groups) to highlight the need for new blood donors with all blood types.

About blood donation and Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury

Every unit of blood collected saves up to three lives, with the UK needing 200,000 new donors every year to maintain supply. To date There have been ten Blood Donation Sessions at the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury to date:

Grand Total

New Donors 313

Units Collected 1,312

Our global spiritual leader Acharya Swamishree Maharaj promotes selfless giving as a primary duty for all people. He has campaigned all over the world for people to donate blood and sign up to organ donor registers. He has not only dispelled myths and taboos about donating blood and organs amongst the Hindu community, but has explained that it is one’s obligation to do so if you can.

On World Blood Donor Day, Sunday 14 June, we aim to hold their biggest and most successful blood donation session ever together with our brothers and sisters from around the globe, including Kenya and the United States, who will also be holding sessions to support this important cause.

Do something amazing. Book your appointment now!

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The betrayal of young voters is a disaster for democracy

Register to vote:

Brent Scrutiny Task group report on IER:

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New data published by Labour reveals a dramatic rise in the number of young people losing their democratic rights. From March to May 2015, the number of 16 to 18 year-olds being added to the electoral register will be down by over 100,000 compared to 2014.

It is likely to mean that less than half of those young people eligible to vote for the first time at the General Election will be registered.

This is not just a scandal, it is a disaster for our democracy. Continue reading

A&E closures – Brent demands answers

Hospitals bosses will face serious questions from Brent councillors about ‘life and death’ issues at a scrutiny meeting next week after the opening of the new A&E at Northwick Park was delayed for a third time in as many months.

The repeated delays to the opening of the expanded A&E at Northwick Park has led to Brent residents facing the longest waiting times for emergency surgery in the UK. Only around 75 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, according to the latest figures, which is significantly below the 95 per cent NHS target.

The opening of the new £21million casualty unit at the hospital in Watford Road, Sudbury, had originally been pencilled in for October but this was delayed until mid November.

Health chiefs have now pushed back the opening for a third time prompting fears that the already dire performance at the hospital, which has been criticised by England’s health watchdog, may get even worse if there is an increase in admissions caused by cold weather.

In September the council called for the closure of the Central Middlesex A&E to be delayed until reassurances were received about the quality of care at Northwick Park Hospital. However, despite the fact that England’s health watchdog the CQC judged Northwick Park’s overall performance to ‘require improvement’ and that its critical care service was deemed ‘inadequate’ health bosses ignored the council’s plea.

Councillors will now be demanding urgent answers about why the Northwick A&E has still not opened. North West London Healthcare Trust (NWLHT) bosses will also be under pressure to explain why the promised improvements to local GP facilities, which was supposed to prevent unnecessary A&E visits, have not been delivered either.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “Our worst fears about the effects of closing local A&Es before the expansion of Northwick Park was ready have come true.

“Our residents now face some of the longest A&E waiting times in the country and immediate action needs to be taken to resolve this as we are talking about life and death emergency treatment. Further delays to the A&E improvements at Northwick Park will only make the problem worse. We will be demanding answers from NHS bosses at our next scrutiny committee.

“Our residents deserve the best healthcare and we need to understand why the reconfiguration of local health services has been botched so badly and get answers about how the Trust plans to improve the care they offer urgently.”

Winter heating

If you have problems heating your home we need to hear from you before winter sets in.

Please get in touch with me as soon as you can. As well as that, the excellent local charity Energy Solutions are able to provide emergency advice and heating. If your situation is of that nature and you live in Brent, you can get in touch with them on 0800 169 5693.

This is the sort of thing it is really sad to have to write in an allegedly civilised country. Everybody should be able to afford to heat their home. But in the meantime, if you are having trouble, we will do run best to help you out.

Fly-tipping report

Fly-tipping is a major problem in Willesden Green. I’m going to share links to some of those that I report using the Cleaner Brent app.

Here is one from outside the Walm Lane alley – a persistent source of problems.

Walm lane

We are investigating some sticking plaster solutions to the problem in this particular road. The Town Team have also been in touch with the owner to investigate some longer term solutions. In my view it would be really good if we were somehow able to levy a charge on owners of private land that is persistently used for dumping. The issue is that what takes place on their land is their problem, but often not one that they care about very much.

I would be keen to hear any ideas that residents have, so please let me know.