Brent Community Updates

The Brent Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) actively collaborates with Brent Council to support and uplift the community through various initiatives and events.

This page is dedicated to providing community updates from the Brent Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) throughout the year. BMFF collaborates closely with Brent Council to enhance community well-being through various initiatives and events.

 

‘Welcome to Brent’ Event 

Saturday 10th August

The event is open to anyone newly arrived in Brent, and will include information and advice stalls, children’s activities, arts and crafts, sports games, face painting, a bouncy castle. Food and refreshments will also be provided.

For stall information book here 

Monsters on the loose in recycling bins across Brent

There are contamination monsters causing havoc across Brent, trampling through recycling bins, contaminating recycling and costing taxpayers thousands of pounds.

We all know it is important to recycle, yet we still see food waste, clothing, black bin bags and even dirty nappies in Brent recycling bins, which leads to recycling being incinerated instead of recycled, every month.

Last year, Brent Council spent more than half a million pounds redirecting contaminated recycling to general waste, because items were placed in the incorrect bins.

Contamination monsters

The six main monsters often found contaminating Brent blue-lidded recycling bins are:

Food Waste Monster

Nappy Monster

Textiles & Clothing Monster

Garden Waste Monster

Electrical Items Monster

Black Sack Monster

Read more here how to avoid these monsters

 

 

 

 

Sufra Family Fun Day in the garden.

Take part in free activities like pizza making, foraging and nature activities. Our pergola has a roof so we can have fun whatever the weather.

Location: St. Raphael’s Edible Garden, 162 Pitfield Way, NW10 0PW

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 11am-3.30pm

Please note that parents will need to supervise their children on the day.

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Sufra’s Summer Garden Party.

Shop at our Market Stalls, enjoy free music and food and take part in crafty activities.

Location: St. Raphael’s Edible Garden, 162 Pitfield Way, NW10 0PW

Date: Saturday 17 August

Time: 2-5pm

Brent Community Land Trust Supper Club

Brent CLT was established by members of the Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum. The work of the members of that Forum highlighted the need for affordable accommodation in the area, and also the inability of mainstream developers to deliver it.

Having identified a need, the initial members were keen to involve local residents with relevant experience. There was significant interest in helping to support this community development, and Brent Community Land Trust was subsequently formally established in October 2020.
 
We would love to invite members of the BMFF for a relaxed evening with Brent CLT members and enjoy a delicious meal on Tuesday 30th July from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We’ll share our recent activities and future plans for BCLT, and hopefully we can encourage people to sign up 🙂 
 
If you would like to attend, please book below so we know numbers for catering.
 

Join the Brent Music Academy Programme!

The Brent Music Academy is excited to announce its new programme aimed at bringing music education and enrichment to the heart of our community. We invite faith groups from all backgrounds to join us in this inspiring initiative to foster creativity, talent, and cultural exchange through music.

About the Programme
The Brent Music Academy programme offers a diverse range of music education opportunities, including practical session with holistic support

Why We Need Faith Groups

Faith groups play a crucial role in the social fabric of our community. By joining the Brent Music Academy programme, faith groups can:

  1. Enhance Community Engagement: Music serves as a universal language that can bridge gaps and bring people together.
  2. Support Youth Development: Providing young members with opportunities to develop their musical talents can boost their confidence and creativity.
  3. Promote Cultural Diversity: Share and celebrate your unique musical traditions and learn from others in the community.

Join us in creating a vibrant, musical community where every voice is heard and celebrated. For more information and to get involved, please contact us at Brent Music Academy or visit our website at Brent Music Academy.

Let’s make beautiful music together!

Family Hubs and Start for Life programme

Families across Brent are set to benefit from a new Best Start for Life offer, which will see residents able to access improved breastfeeding, perinatal mental health and parenting support thanks to a £4million cash boost.

Councillor Gwen Grahl, Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Schools said:

“Early years are vital for children’s development and early language and communication skills so we are pleased to receive this extra funding which will build on what we are already able to provide.

“Our Family Wellbeing Centres are well loved and well used by Brent’s parents, carers, children, and young people. The Start for Life funding will help parents to form secure lifelong bonds with their babies and children.

“Family Wellbeing Centres will provide advice

Source

Faith Groups and Family Hubs

The Brent Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is calling on all faith groups to collaborate with the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme. This partnership aims to provide comprehensive support to families, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life. Here’s how your faith group can make a difference:

About Family Hubs and Start for Life
Family Hubs offer a range of services to families, from early childhood support to parenting resources. The Start for Life programme focuses on the crucial early years, providing parents and caregivers with essential tools and information to foster their children’s development.

For more information contact

Jaishree Dholakia

Family Hubs and Start for Life Programme

Engagement Officer – Public Health

Email: Jaishree.dholakia@brent.gov.uk

Mobile: 07956 298246

Roots of Brent –Youth Film Project on Climate Change

We are running a youth summer film project with young people aged 16-25 years-old in Brent

We invite young people to tell their story about climate change, its impact on young people in Brent, and showcase local climate projects from the diverse community

They will also have the opportunity to learn how to make a short film, conduct interviews, present to camera, and edit footage.

Session Dates: (Participants must commit to all sessions)

Tuesday 6 August, 10am-4pm
Tue 13 August, 10am-4pm
Tuesday 20 August, 10am -4pm
Tuesday 27 August, 10am-4pm
Tuesday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Tuesday 10 September, 10am-4pm

Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ

Please can you forward to any young people, youth groups, schools that you think may be interested. It would be great to have 1 or 2 young people from each of your community/faith groups.

They can register here: https://shorturl.at/twmpH 

 

Brent Hubs Partner’s Day, Fri 19th July 2024, 10am to 12.30pm at Brent Civic Centre. (See Event Flyer attached)

Partner’s Day is planned by Partners for Partners, and is the time where the Brent Hubs Partnership congregates on a working morning to strengthen the Partnership, find out what’s going on, hear about funding opportunities and of course, network – find out who’s doing what and what provisions are available, all with the sole purpose of producing better outcomes for the people we serve.

Partner’s Day is THE opportunity to meet the people you need to know and trade information.

Last year we had 100 Partners attend the event!

This year we will be focusing on the theme of ‘Better Collaboration’.

 

 

Please do share this invite with relevant parties.

The Event Schedule will follow closer to the event but please do respond promptly which will greatly help us with the preparations.

Can I also ask you to check the Brent Hubs Partner’s page and if you are not on there or require an update then please email David McEvoy (Brent Hubs Coordinator)

 david.mcevoy@brent.gov.uk

Our partners – Brent Hubs

Your attendance is very important and I look forward to seeing you there!

And yes, free food and refreshments will be available from when you arrive.