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18 June 2018

LET scaling back activities from September 2018

The London Emergencies Trust (LET) will be scaling back its activities from September, having made grants totalling more than £11m to those affected by the Grenfell fire and the four terror attacks in London last year.

Like its predecessor, the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund (LBRC), set up after the 7/7 attacks in 2005, LET was established to begin operations quickly and then wind down once its work was completed. It will do so in a similar time frame to LBRCF - 18 months.

Grantees, the press and others will still be able to get in touch directly by e mail to info@londonemergenciestrust.org.uk  and through our contact form, available on LET’s website. This inbox will be checked regularly.

The charity continues to be ready to scale up its activities if called on.

LET will continue to contribute to developments led by the Charity Commission aimed at ensuring there is, in the voluntary sector, a high level of preparedness to respond to future emergency incidents. 

Since beginning operations in March 2017, following the Westminster Bridge attack, LET has awarded over £11m to the bereaved and injured at Grenfell Tower; Westminster; London Bridge and Borough Market; Finsbury Park; and Parsons Green.

From September, remaining day-to-day activities will be overseen by a part-time team seconded to LET from London Funders and the Wembley Stadium National Trust to provide administrative support.

Its board of trustees will continue to meet and provide the necessary oversight in respect of existing grants and other ongoing commitments.

An evaluation of LET’s work has been commissioned and will be published in the Autumn.


Voluntary sector response to Grenfell - report

A new report finds that many voluntary organisations, however ill-prepared, stepped up to the challenge of meeting the needs of the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire - especially in the early stages of the tragedy.

The report from the charity Muslim Aid highlights the critical role played by the voluntary sector in response to the Grenfell disaster. It calls for lessons to be learned from what happened, including:

  • Better support for local secular and faith organisations from local and national government in emergency situations
  • Tailored responses that take account of local socio-economic and cultural dynamics
  • Sensitivity towards diverse communities’ varying needs in emergencies
  • Stronger coordination between statutory and voluntary sector organisations

It also says that the voluntary sector needs to consciously and continuously strike the right balance between practical action and finding different ways of speaking out in support of the needs and rights of the people who are affected.  

Download the full report from Muslim Aid here


 

Churchill Fellowships for Emergency Services Workers

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has launched a travelling fellowship for emergency services workers.

The fellowship bursary is aimed at the widest range of applicants, from frontline staff to planning or aftermath, and in every conceivable area of emergency coverage. The deadline for applications is 18 September. More details here 

The Trust explains:

“We are seeking applications that encourage new thinking at operational, tactical or strategic levels.

“We recognise that the emergency services are a broad church, so welcome applicants from the emergency services and the organisations that work alongside them, whether fire and rescue, flood defences, electric infrastructure, emergency medicine, mountain rescue, frontline policing or elsewhere.

“We are equally keen to hear from those who work behind the scenes, or in organisations managing the aftermath of emergencies.

“We are open for applications from 27 April to 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019.”

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Westminster award for LET

Pictured is LET Trustee Thelma Stober with the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Ian Adams.

Thelma is holding the plaque awarded to LET by Cllr Adams for its services to Westminster throughout the year since the terror attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament. The London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, and the Government’s Victims of Terror Unit also received plaques from the Lord Mayor in recognition of their work in the city since the attack.


Anniversary of the Westminster Bridge and Parliament Square Attack

Thursday 22 March is the anniversary of the attack in 2017 when four people on Westminster Bridge and a police officer at the Houses of Parliament lost their lives.

Opportunities to mark this tragic event include:

  • space for people to leave floral tributes on the Green in Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament and the end of Westminster Bridge
  • #LondonUnited will be projected on to the Houses of Parliament
  • the public will be able to leave digital messages of support, hope and strength through an interactive installation at City Hall from 22 March until 19 June (inclusive).

This information has been prepared by the Greater London Authority and Westminster City Council in cooperation with the agencies providing support.

FULL DETAILS ABOUT ANNIVERSARY EVENTS HERE

LEAFLET ON COPING WITH ANNIVERSARY HERE


NHS leaflet on coping with anniversaries of London terrorist attacks

The NHS has published a short leaflet aimed at those affected by the four 2018 London terrorist attacks. The leaflet aims to help people cope with the emotional impact of these traumatic events and to offer advice on ways to magage feelings of distress when anniversaries come round.

The authors of the leaflet say that:

“Anniversaries can lead to an increase in memories, dreams, and feelings about the traumatic event as well as thoughts about the impact that it had on your life and on the people close to you. These feelings may be more intense than usual”.

And: “The anniversary of a traumatic event can be a challenging time and it may therefore be helpful to think about the best way to look after yourself”.

For further information about the NHS London support service or to self-refer yourself or a family member please contact: Psychological Trauma Outreach, Screen and Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents  Freephone: 0800 090 23 71  E-mail outreachandscreen@slam.nhs.uk 

Download the leaflet here


Citizens Advice Kensington and Chelsea offer help to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

Citizens Advice Kensington and Chelsea has set up a specialist money advice service to help bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who have received charitable donations raised in the aftermath of the fire. The service focuses on providing advice around money management and the steps people can take to ensure their long-term financial security. 

Read the full announcement here


New Grenfell Health & Wellbeing site launched

The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service has launched its new website, phone number and email.

The new general phone number for the service is: 020 8637 6279

Email for patients: grenfell.wellbeingservice@nhs.net

Website: www.grenfellwellbeing.com

Ross O’Brien, Service Manager – Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Adults Service, says:

“The website is in its infancy and will be developed to reflect our holistic offer. It will have self-referral forms for all parts of the service and a host of information about what we do, patient testimonials, animations explaining issues and symptoms, mindfulness videos, service promotion literature, upcoming events and more.”