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Health Volunteer Initiative Expands

July 26, 2013 in News by Old Oak Centre

Old Oak’s Community Champions Programme works with local residents to train them to take important health information to their neighbours, family and friends and bring health improvements to their community.

From January to March 2013, about forty local parents received training in paediatric first aid which they had identified as a key area of knowledge which would be useful to them.

Many of these parents have since been passing on their new first aid skills to other local parents and potentially improving the health outcomes of their children.

Our first eight Community Champions have now done their basic 2-day training, achieving a Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement. This equips them to understand health inequalities, why they occur and what we can do to address these issues.

The volunteers have also had training in Market Research and during July and August hit the streets of Old Oak to undertake a health survey of local residents. The data from this will be analysed and, in partnership with the Tri-Borough Public Health Service, we will identify key health issues, then run specific health campaigns with the aim of improving our community’s health outcomes.

The benefits to individuals of volunteering are well documented. Our Community Champions will have nationally recognised qualifications to add to their CVs as well as supervised practical experience, new skills, and – of course – plenty of confidence.

So Old Oak’s Community Champions (Health) Programme is a win-win situation for all. We now have funding to further develop the programme through to at least the end of March 2014.

Outdoor Gym on Wormwood Scrubs Consultation

July 23, 2013 in News by Old Oak Centre

Dear All

The consultation for introducing outdoor gym equipment and way markers was completed by 162 respondents. Overall, 68% of the respondents were in favour of outdoor gym equipment and 49% for waymarkers.

There was an equal spread of preferences for the outdoor gym location;  The existing outdoor gym by the entrance of Linford Christie Stadium (LCS) attracted the most votes (25%) followed by the two locations nearest to the Old Oak Community centre (11% North of the  centre and  18% South of the centre) off Braybrook Road.

 In addition to the postal/online consultation, the council held an open day at the Old Oak community Centre on Braybrook road for residents and users.  The general view from the open day for those in favour of the outdoor gym equipment  preferred that the outdoor gym to be located nearer to the existing adventure playground equipment and the centre to allow adults to supervise their children and also be near the facilities ( toilets) offered by the community centre. The other views provided suggested that the facilities next to LCS caters for mores static ‘weight resistant ‘ training and this should be enhanced  separately and an alternative site for elderly or with less physical ability be introduced nearer to Old Oak centre.

 Following from on the consultation, the council shall now proceed with exploring two locations:

1.The Stadium exiting outdoor gym is to be enhanced to provide a greater range of equipment that is both challenging and inclusive .

2.To introduce a small range of equipment  between the Adventure playground and the Old Oak Community centre which will be  similar to those presented on the open day .

The council will continue to discuss with local resident groups specific equipment for both these sites and also ensure that the colours are in keeping with more ‘rural’ setting  with more muted colour schemes.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Paul Bassi directly at [email protected].

Kind Regards

Paul Bassi
Parks Development
Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Resident Services
77 Glenthorne Road
W6  0LJ

DD 0208 753 2599

Lick of paint for Old Oak Office

June 25, 2013 in News by Old Oak Centre

Our office on Erconwald Street is going to close for approximately

6 weeks from July 12th to allow refurbishment works to take place. 

Over the years there have been many changes and currently there

are now over 30 staff working from this office.  Wear and tear

therefore calls for  a new look and freshen up.  Although the

office will be closed to visitors we will still be taking calls and

offering home visits to see tenants during this period.  We

don’t anticipate this causing too many problems for our short

closure and will keep you updated with the works.

Nucleus – Free Impartial Confidential Advice

June 25, 2013 in News by Old Oak Centre

Nucleus offers FREE confidential advice in 30 minute 1:1      sessions to discuss your options and help you to manage your finances better. Wednesdays 2 – 4.30pm fortnightly.


Advice on: rent arrears,
tenancy problems, moving home, homelessness,
housing benefit


Get advice about how to      manage debt e.g. fuel bills,    water rates, rent arrears, council tax, catalogues, loans,         overdrafts etc.


Make sure you are claiming everything you are entitled to. Help with claims,
challenging decisions,

 Sessions by appointment only.  Please book via reception or call 020 8740 8008.  Venue: Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre, 76 Braybrook Street, W12 0AP


Community Computer Access

June 25, 2013 in News by Old Oak Centre

Do you know how you will be affected by the changes to Housing and Welfare benefits system taking place this year?


  • Start searching for a new home.
  • Complete your benefit applications online.
  • Use a website to help calculate your income and make a new budget to help you manage your finances.
  • Search for jobs and complete job applications.
  • Look for training and courses to help your employment options.

Or just to check what the changes are and how they are likely to impact you.

We are located at Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre, 76 Braybrook Street, London, W12 0A02  Tel: 08 740 8008