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Health and Wellbeing Forum (H&WBF) Bulletin Date 26 March 2018

Hello everyone, with the snow melting, and Easter rapidly approaching, we wanted to make sure you are up to date with all things H&WB-related. We are calling out for members of the Health and Wellbeing Forum to join our Steering Group. We will hold the elections at our 24 May Health and Wellbeing Forum. Find out more on our website here


Health and Wellbeing Forum

24 May, 2018 10am – 12pm

Professional Development Centre, 229 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AB

Our next Forum meeting will focus on mental health and how we can improve the experience of people with mental health problems from services. We would like to promote the good practice within our sector, so if you would like to promote the work of your service – get in touch.


March Networking Event Update

The first of our networking event was held in March, bringing together commissioners and voluntary groups in the borough, providing an opportunity for the sector to start preparing deeper partnership working. The agenda looked at:

  • The Joint Strategic Needs Assessemnt and how this can support commissioning bids
  • The commissioning framework,
  • Healthy lifestyles programme
  • Transformation programme
  • Updates from mental health and drugs and alcohol

We had some great pitches from a number of local groups who are looking to work in closer with others and presented great pitches.

Read more about what happened on our website here


Opportunities for Your Diary


Community Learning Labs

27th March, 2018 10:00 AM   -   1:00 PM

Professional Development Centre (Room 103), 229 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AB

Using Local assets to Design and Implement a new approach to prediabetes screening. We’ll develop and test a new social model of care. Find out more and register here!


Fundraising Forum

28 March, 2018 10am -1pm

Oxford House (Scott Room), Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG

This meeting of the Fundraising Forum will discuss the council's new Grants and Community Commissioning programmes, as well as providing time and space for networking, sharing ideas, and discussing other grants and application processes. Register here!


Tower Hamlets Together (THT) Joint Life Course Workstream OD

Thursday 29th March 10am – 12.30pm

Room 205, PDC - Professional Development Centre, Bethnal Green E2 6AB

Tower Hamlets Together is currently developing an approach that focuses on engagement and involvement of users and stakeholders in the life course work streams. If you are interested in attending the session, please let know as soon as possible. Find out more here


Community Learning Lab: Developing People for Health & Healthcare

19th April, 2018 1:00 PM   -   5:00 PM

Old Library, Garrod Building, Queen Mary University of London/Barts and the London, Turner Street, London, E1 2AD

Using Local assets to Design and Implement a new approach to pre-diabetes screening

THCVS would like to invite you to explore how using asset based approaches to increasing up take of pre-diabetes screening event to support the development of asset based approaches across the borough. Register here!


Celebration of Engagement and Involvement in Tower Hamlets

Wednesday, 18th April 11:00am - 2:00pm

The Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Click here for a map to the venue

THCVS has been asked to present at the Tower Hamlets Together partnership event on how THCVS and the voluntary and community sector engage with their service users.

So if you would be interested in showcasing your work in partnership with THCVS as part of the presentation or having a stall, or if you would like to be part of the celebration of your engagement work please contact Alison Robert on  to discuss further. Find out more about the event here


Festival of Communities

12-13 May – Call for groups to get involved

The Festival of Communities is returning for its third year on the weekend of 12-13 May, taking place in Stepney Green Park on the Saturday and the QMUL Mile End Campus on the Sunday, from 11.30-5pm on both days.

The Festival team are looking for community organisations to feature by showcasing local projects, initiatives and opportunities for local residents to get involved in, building awareness of campaigns and running listening exercises to help shape local priorities.

To register your interest, visit their webpage here

More information on our website here   


Campaigning Opportunities

World TB Day – 24 March

To mark World TB Day, Tower Hamlets CCG and Queen Mary, University of London have come together for the launch of Latent tuberculosis (TB): animated into action

Find out more on our website here

Tower Hamlets Community Engagement Strategy Launched

London Borough of Tower Hamlets have recently launched the council’s community engagement strategy.

The new Tower Hamlets Council community engagement strategy is now online. It draws on local and national good practice and evidence about what works. It sets out what we will do to improve how we consult and engage with local people.

Find out more and read the strategy here



Civil Society Strategy

The Government has launched a 12-week consultation with a public call for evidence to inform its new civil society strategy. The aim of the strategy is to improve how government and public bodies interact with the charity sector, in order to improve communities and build a fairer society. Because of this, the Government wants to make sure it hears the views of communities. Find out more here

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP)

Diabetes UK (DUK) are running a consultation on behalf of the NHS. DUK have produced this consultation document at the request of NHS England and welcomes feedback from; those who have already used the programme (either themselves or a family member/relative), those who have be referred to the programme, potential future users of the service and members of the general public. Find out more on the DUK website here

Read the information sheet about the NHS DDP here


Funding Opportunities

London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch the 2018 ‘Partners for Health’ grant programme. Grants of up to £10,000 will be considered for social action projects tackling the effects of poverty and health inequalities in London, where the organisation concerned will be working in partnership with a health expert or health provider.

Further details of this programme, and the online application form, are available here   


Other Sector Opportunities

An Invitation to a Community Conversation on Childhood Health and Wellbeing in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Wednesday 25th April 2018,  09:00-12:30

 Hosted at Morgan Stanley, Address: 20 Bank St, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AD, Canary Wharf, London

Find out more here

Pre-Entry ESOL Classes with Osamni Trust

Osmani Trust will be launching a new initiative in partnership with Maryam Centre and Muslim Women’s Collective. They will offer Free Pre-Entry ESOL Course starting from mid-April 2018 after the Easter Holidays. More information about how to register your interest is here






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