Weekly Newsletter from CHC  

 Letter From Cricklewood

Week Ending 25 January 2013

Hello Folks,
Surprise visit: We were delighted to welcome Bill Durkan of Durkan Homes http://goo.gl/I6kyu who was instrumental in enabling us to build our centre. With Bill as a champion for our fundraising campaign we quickly raised the capital that has led to our new centre. It was great to see him and that he took the time out of a very busy schedule to come and see us.
Phone Box: Part of our community development work includes persuading BT and other providers to remove defunct telephone boxes from Cricklewood Bdwy. Why? Many of these boxes are full of advertising cards for brothels and some street drinkers are being paid in alcohol to ensure that there is a regular supply of these cards in the boxes. Community safety is a key priority for our customers and local residents. BT have agreed to remove four boxes and one has been removed to date http://goo.gl/yoG40 (pre removal!)  We will keep the pressure on these companies to continue demonstrating their corporate commitment to a healthy and safe community for all of us.
CADS Promotion: Community Alcohol & Drugs Service. Well done to John and all the staff and volunteers involved for the excellent conference which took place this week at CHC. Starting with a networking lunch and a tour of the building over 25 participants from a number of Local Authorities listened to a presentation by Professor Marcantonio Spada CPsychol., FHEA, BABCP acc., UKCP reg; London South Bank University and consultant at CADS. The presentation title was  ‘CADS Treatment for alcohol and drug addiction: a case formulation approach.’ John ended the event with an ‘introduction to CADS services and the ‘Getting it Right the First Time’. This is the first in a series of this type of event that we are planning over the year.
Interesting fact: Latest Government figures have revealed that 2,181 people were recorded by local councils across the country as sleeping rough on any one night, with London in particular seeing a 43% rise in homelessness in 2011-2012. The estimated cost of dealing with the effects of homelessness in terms of health, crime, substance misuse and accommodation is put at £550m.  It is no surprise that here at CHC we are seeing an increase in the number of people coming to us for advice and support. You might like to have a look at Making Every Contact Count: A Joint Approach to Preventing Homelessness" (August 2012), http://goo.gl/RJwfR which focuses on prevention with a simple aim of making sure that every contact local agencies make with vulnerable people and families really counts. This is what we are working on with our ‘Customer Pathway’ which we will be rolling out soon. We want every customer coming to CHC to feel that their problems will be resolved and quickly.
The Matrix: No, not the movie with Keanu Reeves. One of the targets in our CHC Business Plan is to achieve the Matrix which is the  Quality Standard for information, advice and guidance services. We want to achieve this to both recognise the excellent work of our Capacity Building staff and volunteers but also to give us a competitive edge when it comes to funding in the future. Our assessment is next week and staff and volunteers have been preparing madly for some time. Fingers crossed.
Cricklewood Business Meeting: We held the second in a series of business meetings in the Crown Moran hotel this week. Our plan is to create a formal business association that offers a strong voice to local businesses which in turn hopefully will mean a stronger and robust local economy, all the better for our customers seeking employment. The meeting was attended by businesses, police, Council officers from Brent, Barnet and Camden and local residents. One local authority officer said that the meeting  is a partnership model that’s setting a benchmark for other wards
Best wishes

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