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The agenda for the meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board to be held on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 at 4.00 pm has just been published.

Meeting venue: Committee Room 1, Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE

You can view the agenda and associated papers on the Camden web site.


Headway is a free service available in Islington, Camden, Hackney and Haringey which offers bilingual health advocacy to refugees and migrants (whatever their immigration status) who have difficulties communicating in English and speak one of the following languages: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Pashtu, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.

The aim of the project is to support clients who are facing physical and mental health difficulties and a language barrier to:

  • Better communicate their health and wellbeing needs in relevant appointments,

  • Access relevant services and understand how they work,

  • Overcome specific barriers to health and wellbeing,

  • Facilitate access to specialist services when required,

  • Support social inclusion. 


Senior Care Helper is a collaborative effort by seniors and their caregivers to share resources about health and wellness, finances, and other topics that relate to living as a senior and caring for elderly loved ones.

Who Are We?

We are a community of seniors, family members, and caregivers who understand the unique demands of this stage of life. Some of us are helping aging parents. Others are caring for spouses, or managing our own needs. We created “Senior Care Helper” to provide support and share resources with others navigating the world of healthy aging and senior care. Through our blog and other online resources, we have built a home where you can connect with others who are also walking in your shoes. Chime in using the comments to get to know others who share your interests and passions.

Senior Care Helper is here to accompany you as you navigate the world of aging with dignity and grace.


‘Glass Half Full’ is an innovative alcohol harm reduction campaign for Camden and Islington, which will run throughout June 2018. It’s about making positive, small changes to drinking that can have a beneficial, life-changing impact. It is targeted at increasing and higher risk drinkers who are 45 and older, and we have worked with residents and used their own words in the campaign.

Have a look at the website here: OneYouCamden.org. And keep an eye out for the campaign online, at bus stops, on buses and phone boxes near you!

If you would like to promote the campaign or have any questions about it, please contact: Angelina Taylor, Public Health Strategist, Camden and Islington Public Health (Email: Angelina.Taylor@islington.gov.uk / Tel: 0207 527 1324)


Arrhythmia Alliance World Heart Rhythm Week runs from 4 – 10 June 2018. Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm disorders) affect over two million people in the UK but by being heart rhythm aware, arrhythmias can be identified early.

Throughout the week, we will be supporting the Arrhythmia Alliance campaign by offering free pulse checks to help pick up undetected heart rhythm disorders.

Pulse checks will be taking place in three locations within UCLPartners geography:

Moorfields Eye hospital 

  • Monday 4 June, 10am-3pm

  • Wednesday 6 June, 10am-3pm


What happens if you want to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you don’t use the internet?

Age UK research finds ‘mixed’ guidance from councils in England for older people who are not Internet users, calls for legal requirement for authorities to maintain offline access channels and help.


At present, in most areas, only simple, single job seeking claims are accepted for Universal Credit.

This guide gives the dates when the government says all types of new claims will be taken (that would have previously been for the six legacy benefits Job Seekers Allowance (IB), Employment and Support Allowance(IR), Income Support, Housing Benefit and both Tax Credits).

June 2018  City of Westminster - Marylebone JCP

Dec 2018   London Borough of Camden - Kentish Town JCP


There has been a marked improvement in the care provided by the London Ambulance Service according to the Care Quality Commission.

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been rated Good overall by the CQC, following an inspection that took place in March 2018. It was previously rated Requires Improvement.

The trust was rated Outstanding for being caring and Good for being safe, effective, responsive and well-led.

Please note that there are links to the Provider inspection report at the very end of this press release, on the next page.


Read three of the latest reports on social care. 

The adult social care workforce in England
This report by the Public Accounts Committee gives a useful oversight of funding issues in the sector.

What can we learn from the Japanese social care system?
The Nuffield Trust has reported on what the English care system could learn from social care policy and funding in Japan.

Unwell, unsafe and unfed
The Care and Support Alliance has published findings of its survey on the experiences of 4,000 people using social care services.


If you are interested in the above position or would just like to find out more please contact Allegra Lynch Chief Executive Officer for an informal chat on 020 7428 8950 or email allegra@camdencarers.org.uk for more info.

A discussion with the current Chair to find out more about the role can also be arranged.

Applicants will need to submit a CV and supporting statement by the end of June 2018. Appointments will be made following an informal interview process by members of the board and the current Chair. 

A role description & further information is attached.


Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2018, the week will run from 14th to the 20th of May and we will be asking "What Can You Do... in your community?"

Dying Matters

Camden Carers - Death Fair: Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018 Weds 16th may 2018


This year’s Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) 14–20 May, raising awareness and challenging perceptions of hearing loss and deafness across the UK.

Action on Hearing Loss 

UK Council on Deafness

Camden Care Choices

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD)


Mental Health Awareness Week is a UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health.  Focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Camden

MindMind in Camden

The Stress Management Society

Manor Gardens Centre


Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives which is why Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.