NHS health update - environmental checks

Published on: Monday 22 July 2019

Following the latest information from the Government on soil contamination in the area we want to update you on what the NHS is doing.

The NHS has asked the Government led Multi-Agency Partnership if the publication of the Stage 1 report changes the advice and direction given to the NHS, including whether we need to introduce any screening (including biometric testing) or change the services that we are currently providing. We have been assured that their advice remains the same and that our current services, including respiratory, mental health and toxicology specialist care, are the correct ones. We have developed an NHS question and answer document to answer any questions you have. If you have any additional questions please email

We take all health concerns very seriously and are doing all we can to protect people’s health, your GP is your first port of call. Click here to view our updated service information leaflet.

We continue to encourage anyone who is worried about their health to speak to their GP and book an appointment for an Enhanced Health Check. The Enhanced Health Check is available for all adults and children and goes beyond the standard NHS health check to assess current levels of health. Your GP can then refer you onto one of a number of specialist services for further care where required. Click here to find out more about our services.

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Maxilla Men’s Shed: a community workshop for North Kensington

Published on: Wednesday 17 July 2019

ACAVA is delighted to announce a new ambitious project launching in the second half of 2019. Maxilla Men’s Shed will connect communities in North Kensington with the international ‘Men’s Shed’ movement, creating a place where local adults, primarily men, can come to learn, teach, make, share and socialise. Working with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, the project has been made possible by funding from NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Health, and the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, RBKC, said: “We are pleased to be able to be support the body of work for Men's Sheds here in Kensington and Chelsea. The Shed will supply a range of activities and provide a safe communal space for men to engage and build friendships with other members. The profound effect of loneliness and isolation has devastating effects on men’s health and remains a public health issue. The Council is committed to reducing loneliness and encouraging and supporting social interaction”.

Maxilla Men’s Shed will provide a number of ways for local people to access a new, fully equipped wood workshop at ACAVA’s Maxilla Studios, located in the former Maxilla Children’s Centre. A series of open days will be held during August (further details coming soon), and a full programme of training and open access sessions (including opportunities for local women) will be launched in September. A dedicated Shed Programme Manager will support the community of users to grow and develop, working towards handing over the ownership and management of Maxilla Men’s Shed to the community in 2021. To support this we are also seeking to recruit local people to join a Steering Group, if you are interested please get in touch (contact details at the end of the document).

Dr Oisin Brannick, Clinical Lead Self Care and North Kensington, NHS WLCCG, said: "we know initiatives such as this bring people together to learn new skills and as a result improve people's health and wellbeing, we're delighted to fund this and work with ACAVA, to make this project happen".

ACAVA has been based in North Kensington (Blechynden St, W10) for the past twenty years. After the closure of Maxilla Children’s Centre, ACAVA took the building on with a short-term lease (now extended until 2022) from Westway Trust. Today, the building provides studios and exhibition space for 20 professional visual artists and during school holidays it is home to ACAVA’s flagship family learning arts programme, Flourish. Maxilla Men’s Shed will be a wonderful addition to Maxilla Studios’ existing creative community, and will open the building up even further for local people.

We are recruiting for the role of Programme Manager (Maxilla Men’s Shed), full details can be found here:

To keep up to date with project development sign up to ACAVA’s North Kensington mailing list here:

Notes to editors

About ACAVA ACAVA is a dynamic arts organisation and educational charity founded almost fifty years ago. We manage a large portfolio of 26 buildings, providing studios for almost 600 artists, mostly in London, but also in Essex and Stoke-on-Trent. ACAVA offers studios, facilities, professional development opportunities, commissions, exhibitions, open studios and a public programme of socially engaged community arts local to our studios.

ACAVA has been a pioneer of socially engaged and participatory arts programmes since its inception, and has operated from purpose-built accessible studios, offices and community art space in North Kensington for over twenty years. During this time, we have built enduring relationships working with local people, community groups, third sector and voluntary organisations to provide artistic opportunities. This work includes: Flourish, for families; Art for Wellbeing and, in partnership with Al-Manaar, the Grenfell Memorial Mosaic.

For further information, images and interviews please contact our Senior Programme Manager, Isabella Niven, by email:

Web: | Twitter: @ACAVAarts | Instagram: @acava_arts

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West London CCG Annual General Meeting

Published on: Thursday 11 July 2019

We would like to invite you to West London CCG's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23 July 2019, 1.30 – 3pm, the venue is the Conference Room, Museum of Brands, 111-117 Lancaster Rd, London W11 1QT.

The AGM will be an opportunity for us to share with you some of the work undertaken in 2018/19, with a focus on social prescribing and the importance of engaging with the community. We will present our annual report and accounts, which are available on our website. The agenda will be made available on our website in due course.

We would also like to take the opportunity to share the NHS Long Term Plan and NW London Commissioning Reform Case for Change and what it means for residents. We will also be including our work about quality and safeguarding during 2018/19.

We would be grateful if you could let us know whether you are able to attend. Please e-mail: to confirm your attendance, and look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any queries, please contact Portia Duncan on 020 3350 4667 (

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