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JANUARY 2017 QPCC E-NEWSLETTER

19 January 2017 - 9:00am
 
Welcome to Queen's Park Community Council's January E-Newsletter
 
Queen's Park Community Council Upcoming Meeting Dates 

Full Council Meeting- 25th January at 6.00pm
Neighbourhood Planning Committee - 1st February at 6.30pm
Policy and Resources Committee - 8th February at 6.30pm
Environment and Open Spaces Committee - 22nd February at 6.30pm   

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings where there will be an opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns relevant to the Committee.

All meetings are held in the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue W10 4JL

Dear resident,

Happy New Year and welcome to those of you who are new to this newsletter. The Community Council has been very busy planning and the designing the next edition of the Winter Edition Queen's Park Voice which will be delivered to homes across the Queen's Park Ward next week. We have a very exciting year ahead and are currently in the process of hiring a new Community Development Officer, you can read more about this key role in the article below and good luck to all of those who may apply.

Great opportunity for a local applicant

Community Development Officer

22 hours per week

NJC points 27-35 (£23,935 - £30,480 plus a London Allowance of £2,000 pro-rata) Currently £15,421 - £19,312.

Queen's Park Community Council - London's only parish council - is looking for a lively, energetic Community Development Officer to work alongside its Director, supporting the 12 councillors in their efforts to improve the lives of people living in the area.

This is a new post with masses of potential, working in a unique and diverse neighbourhood in an outward-facing role with responsibilities including event management, community grants, communications (website, newsletter, social media), fundraising and public consultation on a neighbourhood plan. The successful applicant will be dynamic, enthusiastic, practical and totally committed to making a difference in Queen's Park.

You will be the Council's person on the ground - getting to know local residents and organisations, making connections, making things happen. This is a community-enhancing role and is about people above all. You will need practical experience of working in the community or voluntary sector or a background in a related career such as housing, regeneration, social work, youth work or teaching.

We don't require any formal qualifications although you will need good literacy & numeracy skills. It would be desirable to have 5 GCSE’s A-C or equivalent or Level 2/3 Certificate in Community Development or higher relevant qualification.

The ability to communicate in either Arabic or Bengali will be an advantage. You will be required to pass background checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

More details and the Applications Pack are available at http://www.sussexalc.org.uk/vacancies.asp and should be returned by Monday 30th January 2017. Interviews shall be held on Wednesday 8th February 2017

QPCC 2017/18 budget update

Happy new year and thanks to all those who attended our fireworks display in November and the winter festival in Queen’s Park Gardens on December 10. It was great to see so many of you. As some of you know, Queen’s Park Community Council last year approved a £20,000 donation to Avenues youth project, Third Avenue, following an emergency appeal from the centre after its Westminster City Council funding was cut to zero. We consulted with the community before this decision was taken. Around 30 responses to our call-out were received and all were in favour of supporting the centre. The QPCC donation was required to be match-funded, so for every £1 we gave, Avenues was required to raise another £1.  

As part of the budgeting process for 2017/18, we are considering a further donation to Avenues of £20,000 – a fraction of the total amount needed to fund the youth service but still a significant contribution which could – for example – pay the salary of a part-time caretaker to enable the building’s use as a wider community centre; or fund a programme of holiday and half-term activities.

Councillors have looked for and identified savings, to enable us to continue to support Avenues while continuing to deliver on the commitments identified in our business plan including: a Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan; improvements to Queen’s Park Gardens including enhanced park management scheme; tackling anti-social dog behaviour; a summer festival, autumn fireworks display and winter festival; a residents’ newsletter (Queen’s Park Voice) and website; a grants programme supporting groups and activities for local people. We are in the process of hiring a  development worker one of whose tasks will be to fundraise to provide further investment in our community.

In addition to the savings identified, an increase to the precept is necessary in order for the council to deliver this ambitious programme.

The “precept” is the Queen’s Park Community Council’s main source of income. It is paid by council tax payers in the community council area.

The proposed increase is £10,033 in 2017/18 – taking our total precept income from £145,151 to £155,184. On a Band D property, this equates to an increase of £1.98 per household spread across the year; or 16.5 pence per household per month or, in percentage terms, an increase of 6.9%.  

Do you have any comments on this proposed increase or on the council’s proposal to offer financial support to Avenues for a second year? We are very keen to hear residents’ views. Please email these, or any questions, to info@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk no later than 2pm on January 25. You are also welcome at the council meeting at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, on January 25 at 6pm where members of the public may speak.

In future years we are keen to involve residents in our budgeting process at an earlier stage, and would be glad to hear from any residents who would be interested in attending a workshop or other session. 

This budget update statement has been prepared by Susanna Rustin, Chairman of QPCC, and committee chairs Katie Cowan (Chair of Environment & Open Spaces) Ryan Dalton (Chair of Communications and Events) Gill Fitzhugh (Chair of Neighbourhood Planning) and Emma Morgan (Chair of Policy & Resources) 

The Queen's Park Voice 
 
The next edition of the Queen's Park Voice will be delivered to homes across the Queen's Park ward from the end of next week in time for Spring. If you have any content suggestions for our future editions why not get in touch with us: If you have some free time to help Councillors to deliver the Queen's Park Voice to a local street please email- info@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk 
 
Super Shah to the rescue

Are you looking for full or part time work? Have you been looking for a while? Or maybe you feel you need some training first to develop your skills and better your employment prospects? If so, then 2017 presents the perfect opportunity to explore the options available and PDT’s GOLD programme can help you reach your goal. 

Paddington Development Trust, Queen’s Park Library and Queen’s Park Council are working together to offer local people the opportunity to access free, one to one Information Advice and Guidance sessions with the PDT Employment Advisor at Queen’s Park Library. 

PDT work with every client on a personal level. Every client journey begins with an individual assessment and, based on what emerges, we will take it from there. For some a referral to ESOL or IT course may be the first step, for others it will be CV creation. With our Adviser Shah, you can develop interview skills and tips, and grow in confidence. Shah will work with each client for whatever length they wish so you can progress at your own pace, that suits you and your other commitments like family. 

The Employment Adviser, Shah Alam, works every Tuesday at Queen’s Park Library, 666 Harrow Road, London W10 4NE. He works with people on a one to one basis and you can make an appointment with him directly by calling him on 0207 2668 254 or dropping in to the library to have a brief chat and see if this free service can help you move on to better things in 2017.

A reason to run 

The Avenue's Youth Project is still looking for runners for the 2017 London Marathon – if you are interested in running and helping our local Youth Centre you will need to email the Avenues directly: info@avenues.org.uk by the 26th of January. 


To sign up to The Avenues Youth Project’s quarterly e-newsletter where you will be able to find out more about how to support the Avenue's please email info@avenues.org.uk directly with your name and email address and stating if you are:
 
  • A resident
  • A young person
  • A parent
  • A local business
  • An organisation working with young people
  • Other 
More Local Upcoming Events and Activities in Queen's Park 

Other important date for your diaries

 


Acting Mature with Age UK

Family Multisports in Queen's Park with London Sports Trust

QPG Football Academy are expanding to 5 sessions a week in Queen's Park Gardens

Gala Award Winning Community 

On the 14th of December 2016, Paddington Arts and Paddington Youth Social Enterprise hosted their Annual Gala Awards where a number of local Queen's Park residents were nominated for their commitment and hard work towards the annual Queen's Park Summer Festival, there were also prizes awarded for the 'Best QP Sports Provider' and 'Singer / Songwriter of the Year' Queen's Park Community Council would like to congratulation to all of the nominees and winners.

Here is local QPCC volunteer Simon Walton receiving his gala award for Volunteering with Queen's Park Community Council 

Best wishes from all 12 of your Queen's Park Community Councillors and we will be back with another E-Newsletter in February 

 

 

For more information please email - info@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk