With the country facing harsh financial climate, hundreds of charities in London are striving to create a better environment for local people. Despite their efforts, a new survey now shows that all of them are in danger. How do local charities function and achieve their goals in London? What are the dangers that are stopping them from thriving? Leah Robertson joined Mind in Harrow just over a year ago with a burning passion. Passion to help those in need, especially those who suffer from mental health issues. With experience in working at mental health care homes, she holds a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from King's College London. She is currently the coordinator of the Support & Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH), and is in charge of supporting people wit
Labour are fighting to win back City Hall in May's Mayoral elections. Westminster World took to the streets of Harrow, to see their candidate in action. It's about 10 O'Clock when the Labour activists are finally assembled for a day's doorstepping. Outside the entrance to Harrow-on-the-Hill station, activists young and old carry large leaflets, with Labour party stickers on their lapels. Across the country, people very similar to them are carrying out a co-ordinated campaign to spread Labour's message. This specific doorstepping campaign in Harrow is particularly important though. In amongst them is an MP who hopes to become Mayor of one of the most-populated cities in Europe. Fog begins to descend on the high street, as Sadiq Khan starts to address his activists. Dressed in a lo
The lack of social workers may put children at risk. Photo Credit: Yiwen Li High-calibre graduates in children’s services are needed. According to the government, local authorities have failed to make a good performance in helping and protecting children. As part of its reform, the government expects to attract more talented people and improve the performance of social services, the Prime Minister said. More than £100 million are to be spent for social work. Meanwhile, poorly performed authorities will be replaced by high-performing ones, alongside help from teams of experts and charities. David Cameron described the reforms as “one of the big landmark reforms of this Parliament” and said: “together we will make sure that not a single child is left behind”. The poor perform
Public Health England has issued advice to homes at risk of flooding. The 14 page document answers practical questions, with an emphasis on health and well-being. Many schools and hospitals are currently closed as Storm Desmond brings wind, rain and flooding to areas of northern England. How does this compare to the floods around London in recent years? At present the rainfall of 2007 caused the worst floods since UK records began. The 2009 and 2014 bursting of the Thames Valley were comparatively less severe than the Cumbrian floods of 2015. What does the government advise in the event of a flood? The infographic below summarises the advice from Public Health England offered to people believed to be at risk of flooding. The overwhelming findings by Public Health En
Bike accidents are increasingly common on London's streets. But that is not necesary: London by Cycle tells you how cycling can be a safer and a happier experience for everyone. By Qiwei Wang, subbed by Tara Mearsheimer According to new Department for Transport figures released at the end of last month, one cyclist is involved in a road traffic accident every two hours in Greater London. London Cycling Campaign is trying to dispel people’s fear of cycling through their actions in London universities. “We offer free cycle training in most of the boroughs in London, it’s a two hour personal session with a cycle instructor,” said Diego Marando, a cycle instructor, “people will feel more confident and relaxed on road after this training and learn more about some useful cycling skills.”
The Islamic Society (ISOC) at Westminster University has stated it has no connection with Mohammed Emwazi, widely known as "Jihadi John." Talk postponed by a controversial Islamic preacher. By Alex Leonards and Danae Diz The student society, which was due to hold a talk by controversial "homophobic" speaker Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad, assured fellow students they had no connection with "Jihadi John”. The Society added that they were not connected to any extremist groups and it “should be obvious and not need stating, but given the climate, it has become necessary to clarify such things in statements such as this.” Infamous British IS member Mohammed Emwazi, also known as "Jihadi John", graduated from The University of Westminster in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science. But ISOC has
Public libraries are closing across London due to cutbacks in local government funding. Cristiana Ferrauti Twitter: @Cristiana16492 meets a volunteer who aims to keep a library open. Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta Paul Lorber, Liberal Democrat leader at Brent Council, is director of the Friends of Barham Library - charity trust for bringing back the community library. The Crabbs House, in Barham Park, was the building hosting the local library. It opened in 1952 and has been active until October 2011, when Brent Council closed it as part of the Libraries Transformation Project During Saturday afternoon, Lorber volunteers at the temporary shop premises in Wembley High Road. It is a library and second hand bookshop opening three times a week. In 2013, another voluntee
Scott Bartle is standing as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. Cristiana Ferrauti meets him. By Cristiana Ferrauti @Cristiana16492 “I have never been involved with a political party before,” says Scott Bartle, 31, parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. “I couldn’t even stand those fancy rosettes politicians wore. And now I got rid of my gym membership, because walking from place to place for meeting people is enough training.” ) Speaking with politicians and learning about things face-to-face – and not by secondary means – are among others practices he has added to his daily routine. So why did Bartle choose to stand? “Sometimes you have just to go for yourself and try to encourage people to stand for what they care.