Being Green

This lovely video was shared with me by Sofia Ali, who runs her Friday pilates class at the library (highly recommended). Sofia is a member of Queens Park Harriers, and every Tuesday, she runs a Walk to Run group for women in Gladstone Park. The women meet at 0800 for some warm up exercises and then a run around the park. It’s a friendly, social group, and has steadily grown over the years. If you’re a woman looking to get into running and not sure how to start, this is the perfect way in. Running with a partner is personally the only way I can keep getting out of the door in the morning, particularly during the dark, dismal winter months, so I can attest to its effectiveness as a training aid!  Why not try it out?

And Sofia is actively encouraging new sign ups to her popular pilates class too, so head on over and check it out.

The video showcases many of the lovely green and sustainable projects ongoing around Brent. We live in a remarkable borough, full of remarkable, resilient and community-minded people. #LoveWhereYouLive

Zoom into 2021!

We’re starting an exciting new project in March. We’ll be training up to 10 volunteers to teach local residents how to access Zoom. The training will cover

  • Overview of the Zoom interface (as a refresher and to make sure everyone is on the same page)
  • Consideration for facilitation, safeguarding guidelines
  • Creating invites
  • Some of the common issues for helping other access Zoom.

Once trained, the volunteers will contact local people who would like to start using Zoom, to keep in touch with friends and family, or to enjoy our up-coming online programme of events. If you know of someone who could benefit from this training, get in touch! The training will help beneficiaries to overcome concerns and potential barriers faced, develop online skills, build confidence, become more independent, and do useful things like access online applications and services.

Mutual Aid Support Grants

The Brent Solidarity fund provides assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. They aim to provide funds for up to £50 (maximum of once per month, per applicant).

“This fund can be used for anything: we are not there to judge you and there is no obligation to pay back the money. The fund is run with respect and trust, in accordance with principles of mutual aid: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”.  

Call or e-mail your nearest Mutual Aid group out of the ones listed below to access the Solidarity Fund. Someone from the group will discuss your circumstances with you, and they may suggest alternatives to using the fund if there are other options available. 

Brondesbury Park        covidaid.brondesburypark@gmail.com      0208 050 3929 

Dudden Hill                    duddenhillmutualaid@gmail.com      07588 541 399 

Harlesden                      harlesdenmutualaid@gmail.com     07446 557 715 

Kensal Green                   kensalgreenaid@gmail.com          0208 638 8291 

Kilburn                                 kilburnaid@gmail.com                             020 3488 4916  

Mapesbury                           MapesburyMutualAid@gmail.com           020 8914 7950 

Northwick Park    NorthwickPark.MutualAid@gmail.com    020 8050 1768 

Queens Park                             qpmutualaid@gmail.com                         0208 050 3875 

Sudbury                                sudburymutualaid@gmail.com                07770 678 714 

Welsh Harp                           welshharpcovid19@gmail.com                 0330 043 1787 

Wembley Central                    wembleycentralmutualaid@gmail.com         020 8050 1617 

Willesden Green                     willygmutualaid@gmail.com                           07593 426 959 

If you need funds in larger amounts for specific things, the Turn2Us grant finder is a good place to look for further resources: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk  

Cricklewood’s Got Talent (Extravaganza)

We’re on for the talent show of 2021! Eight talented performers of all ages have signed up to take part in our mega fundraising Talent Show, scheduled for 21 February. It’s an eclectic mix of musical instrumentalists, singers, sketches, monologues and dancers, from the young, to the young-at-heart.

If you missed the sign up date, don’t worry, you can still be a part of it – in the audience. We’re looking for donations (an amount of your choice) via our KindLink platform. Donors will be sent a Zoom link shortly before the performance starts so they can take part.

We’d love it if you could share the event with friends and family. Use the button below to download a shareable flyer.

Cricklereaders

Fancy joining a book group, but not sure how to go about it? It’s difficult during the pandemic, to be sure. Well, look no further. We’ve done the leg work for you by starting one of our own at the library. In an ideal world, we’d be holding group meetings at the library, obviously, but during lockdown, that’s not possible. So, we’re inviting interested parties to sign up to an online book group for now, with the idea that we’ll transition to in-person meetings as soon as the pandemic allows.

We have four potentially interested readers already – why not think about joining them? There are no hard and fast rules about anything at the moment – when and how often you meet, how many members the group will have, how you will choose your reading materials – all that is yet to be decided by you, dear readers.

While borrowing books is difficult due to the pandemic, we’ve negotiated a discount for bulk purchases from local bookshops, so sourcing books once chosen should be a cinch.

For more information on how it could work, email cricklereaders@cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk.

Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme

 

 Councillors Lia Colacicco, Tariq Dar and Ahmad Shahzad are offering a public meeting to gather residents’ views on the recently instigated Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme. Keep an eye on social media tomorrow for details of how to join the meeting, scheduled for Monday 1 February.