Skills & Care organises a Fundraising Event in aid of World Cyclist from Nepal

Sunday, 12th October 2014, a fundraising event in aid of World Cyclist Biresh Dahal and his companions was organised by Skills & Care at the Neplese community Hub in Charlton. The event was attended by around 70 people including children. Biresh has undertaken an unusual mission for world peace. Over the past decade, Biresh Dahal has ridden a bike backwards in 57 countries across three continents to spread his message of non-violence. He is travelling with two companions, who unlike him, prefer to ride forwards. The event was coordinated by Skills & Care’s trustee, Yadav Bhandari and within a short span of time, with help of like-minded people, total of £722.00 was collected, excluding the donation from Sujan Katuwal of Panas Restaurant Group. Sujan has pledge to donate 10% of Panas Restaurant takings on 12th October 2014 to the cyclist. The fundraising event was sought following to recent news in Nepali Diaspora that the cyclists were stranded at NepaleseEmbassy London due lack of fund. At the event, Biresh presented his 24mins video presentation which are well-received by the audiences; many of the donors actually topped-up their donations after watching the presentation. Newly appointed coordinator of Nepali Class Mr Suraj KC said that the event and presentation has made positive contribution to children learnings; the presentation demonstrates that if you have willingness and dedication, anything is possible. At the end of the event the Cyclists were escorted to Panas Restaurant for a Reception.

17 New volunteers trained at Skills & Care

Skills & Care a social enterprise that work with Nepalese and Gurkha community in Royal Borough of Greenwich conducted Elderly Advocacy Training to tackle with growing problem of elderly Gurkha veterans in the borough. On 16 March 2014 at Valley Central, Floyd Road, Charlton, total of 17 volunteers from Nepalese community took part in the training. The training was delivered by Advocacy for Elderly People is Greenwich.   The need of Nepalese speaking volunteer was identified due to language barriers the Gurkha family is facing since they immigrated to the UK. Government initiatives in integrating ex-Gurkha servicemen and their families has worked in some extent, but there are still hundreds of elderly Gurkhas  in the borough are living in isolation due to not being able to communicate in English. The newly trained Nepalese advocates for elderly people will volunteer to work with the most affected families in the borough.   Sonia Thapa, the Community Development Manager at Skills & Care says that we endeavour to offer our volunteer with new skills and experience so that they can give back to the community. She also said that Skills & Care is working together with the council and will be delivering more training on public health very soon.   The training certificates were handed to the participants by Cllr Jim Gillman, Cllr Janet Gillman, Terry Edwards, secretary for Greenwich and Woolwich CLP, Gerry Armstrong, Divisional Secretary at SSAFA and Giff Packham in an award ceremony organised at the end of training event.

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body members voted to back plans

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body members voted to back plans aimed at making urgent care more accessible. Greenwich residents will see improvements to urgent care services in the area after local GPs and other NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body members at a specially convened public meetin The recommendations are based on feedback from Greenwich GPs, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and over 1300 Greenwich residents from all walks of life who took part in the three-month ‘Right Care First Time’ public consultation on urgent care.g last week (26 February) voted to back plans aimed at making urgent care more accessible.    The key improvements approved by NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group are: To test with some practices new ways of providing routine and urgent appointments in GP practices so that we improve access for patients. To understand how many local people are not registered with a GP, the reasons behind this, and to promote GP registration as the most effective way to reduce health inequalities and improve access to health services for Greenwich residents To join together the Greenwich out-of-hours GP service with the GP-led urgent care centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in Woolwich. No decision on the future of walk-in centres was made by our Governing Body and a commitment was given to keep these open until at least March 2015. The CCG agreed to work closely with the RB Greenwich’s Health & Well-being Board to develop a primary care strategy to improve the quality of, and access to, GP services locally.   Continue reading