Welcome to Queen's Park Community Council's February E-Newsletter
Queen's Park Community Council Upcoming Meeting Dates
Communications and Events Committee- 1st March at 5.30pm followed by the Neighbourhood Planning Committee at 6.30pm
Full Council Meeting - 8th March at 6.00pm
Policy and Resources Committee - 15th March at 6.30pm
Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings where there will be an opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns relevant to the Committee.
All meetings are held in Office 10c of the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue W10 4JL
Spring is just around the corner and there are a lot of very exciting projects and events coming up throughout March and April, many of which you can read more about in the articles below. Thee Community Council have been very busy planning and the designing the next edition of the Queen's Park Voice Magazine which will be our 20th bumper Spring edition and will be delivered to homes across the Queen's Park Ward in April. If you would like to volunteer to help us deliver the QP Voice to a street (or two) then get in touch with us by emailing: email@example.com - remember to put Queen's Park Voice Delivery in the email subject and our Council Director or one of the Councillors will be in touch with you shortly afterwards. Don't forget that the nomination process for Westminster Council's Community Awards 2017 has now opened, details of how you can nominate a hard working organisation or an unsung Community hero are given below.
A fresh start
Are you looking for full or part time work? or perhaps a change of jobs? Have you been looking for a while? Or maybe you feel you need some training first to develop your skills and better your employment prospects? If so, then 2017 presents the perfect opportunity to explore the options available and PDT’s GOLD programme can help you reach your goal.
Paddington Development Trust, Queen’s Park Library and Queen’s Park Council are working together to offer local people the opportunity to access free, one to one Information Advice and Guidance sessions with the PDT Employment Advisor at Queen’s Park Library.
PDT work with every client on a personal level. Every client journey begins with an individual assessment and, based on what emerges, we will take it from there. For some a referral to ESOL or IT course may be the first step, for others it will be CV creation. Working with superstar Adviser Shah, you can develop interview skills and tips, and grow in confidence. Shah will work with each client for whatever length they wish so you can progress at your own pace, that suits you and your other commitments like family.
The Employment Adviser, Shah Alam, works every Tuesday at Queen’s Park Library, 666 Harrow Road, London W10 4NE. He works with people on a one to one basis and you can make an appointment with him directly by calling him on 0207 2668 254 or dropping in to the library to have a brief chat and see if this wonderful free service can help you move on to better things in 2017.
The Queen's Park Voice
The latest edition of the Queen's Park Voice has been delivered to homes across the Queen's Park ward. Many thanks to the Community Councillors and Volunteers who helped us with the deliveries. If you have any content suggestions for our future edition why not get in touch with us and share your ideas. Our Spring edition in April will be our 20th bumper edition and if you have some free time to help Councillors to deliver the Queen's Park Voice to a local street (or two) please email us directly on - firstname.lastname@example.org there is also a Communications and Events Committee meeting on Wednesday 1st March at 5.30pm at the Beethoven Centre, where the Committee members will be discussing the upcoming bumper edition. If you would like to read the latest edition you can pick up a copy from Queen's Park Library and the front reception of the Beethoven Centre.
In April last year the Avenue's Youth Project presented a proposal to the Queen's Park Community Council.
The centre on Third Avenue had seen its Westminster City Council budget cut to zero - in line with the Youth services across the borough - and was fighting to survive. QPCC voted to provide £20,000 in support, to meet core costs including youth workers salaries - provided that this donation could be match-funded from other sources. Since then the Avenue's has carried out a review of its service, and established new partnerships with local schools. The fundraising picture remains precarious, and further consultation is underway but recent developments include a new arrangement whereby the building's ground floor will be shared with Open Age, with a Community access cafe; and building works to improve the reception area.
A fundraising dinner will be held at The Avenue's on Thursday March 23rd.
You can keep up-to-date with all things Avenue's related by signing up to The Avenues Youth Project’s quarterly e-newsletter where you will be able to find out more about how to support the Avenue's please email email@example.com directly with your name and email address and stating if you are:
A young person
A local business
An organisation working with young people
Dogs Lead the Way
The QPPC Dog’s Pilot Project is fully up and running led by our local dog expert Crissie Chambers. It aims to encourage responsible dog ownership and educate all our local residents on dog related issues – what does this mean for our two and four legged residents?
Regular patrols by WCC Officers (including the WCC Animal Warden) and Crissie throughout the ward.
– These present a great opportunity for all residents to chat informally about any dog matters in the area – good and bad – with people that can offer practical advice and help.
– Specific members of the patrol team are able to issue verbal warnings, fixed penalty notices for first time dog fouling offences and reinforce WCC’s dogs on lead policy with fixed penalty notices for second off lead offences. The only public area of Queen’s Park Ward where dogs are permitted off lead is the dog run in Queen’s Park Gardens.
• Free dog advice surgeries to be held 3 times a year in Spring, Summer and at Christmas – the Spring surgery will be in April – look out for posters.
• Additional support for residents with dogs identified a having anti-social behavioural issues and a limited number of spaces within a workshop or one to one training environment for Queen’s Park residents.
• Improved maintenance of the dog run in Queen’s Park Gardens – including the installation of a notice board for all things dog related where residents can share news and information.
• A QPCC annual ‘Good Dog Citizen’ award for a special dog in the area and involvement in the QPCC iPick Up Campaign (targeting litter and dog fouling) – full details of these will be in the next issue of the Voice.
The following local groups were awarded funding of Summer 2016
Asaworta Community Support Association (ACSA) awarded £1260 Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Church awarded £1000 Creative Edutech awarded £1308 North Paddington Food Bank awarded £1,391.45 Patricia Ng'ang'a awarded £1530 Queen's Park Bangladeshi Association awarded £420
Correction and apology:
QPCC would like to apologise to A2Dominion and 3rd Paddington Scout Group, whose names were included, by mistake, in a list published in the winter edition of the Voice even though they had not been awarded funding. We are very sorry.
The next deadline for grant funding will be in the summer - details will be published in the QPCC E-newsletter and on the website.
More Local Upcoming Events and Activities in Queen's Park
Other important date for your diaries
Beethoven's Men's Health Event
Family Multisports in Queen's Park with London Sports Trust
QPG Football Academy are expanding to 6 sessions a week in Queen's Park Gardens
Join the Beethoven Bikers
Beethoven Bikers are a brand new cycling group for beginner cyclists for those who just want a regular bike ride for exercise. Parents and Children are welcome! Don't worry if you don't have a bike, the Centre do have bikes that you can borrow for free!
Location: Beethoven Centre
Date: Every Friday
Time: 3.45 - 4.30pm
Age UK Westminster- iTea Party Event
Would you like to tackle texting? Get to Grips with your iPad? Learn how to use that laptop?
Then join Age UK Westminster for our iTea Parties at the City of Westminster Archives centre.
Our casual IT drop in sessions are open to Westminster residents aged 50+ who would like to learn more about how to use their electronic devices. . During the session you will be matched with one of our friendly volunteers, who will provide one on one IT tutoring.
We ask that you bring along your personal mobile phone, iPad/Tablet, Laptop, Kindle etc, so that you can learn on your own device.
Our next iTea Party will take place on Thursday 23rd March 2-4pm and will focus on Cyber Safety.
The capacity for these events is limited, so please call Age UK Westminster on 02030045610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to our guest list.
And the Community award goes to....
Nominate someone for a Community Award to get them the recognition they deserve for their life-changing work. The awards, including the City for All Volunteer of the Year award, recognise people and organisations who have made life better for others by donating their time and skills.
The deadline for nominations is midnight Monday 13 March 2017. The awards are organised by Westminster City Council in partnership with Groundwork London and One Westminster.
Best wishes from all 12 of your Queen's Park Community Councillors and we will be back with another E-Newsletter later this month!