First Grenfell Community Assembly shines a spotlight on health and wellbeing

3 October 2019

More than 40 residents braved the elements on Tuesday 24 September to attend the first Grenfell Community Assembly at Avondale Park Primary School.

We are extremely grateful to all those residents and partners who took the time to participate in the Assembly, which focused on health and wellbeing.

It provided an opportunity for residents to discuss important topics that matter to them with relevant partners including representatives from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), Public Health England and local voluntary organisations such as Together for Grenfell, One You Kensington & Chelsea, Everyone Active, Kids on the Green and Latimer Community Art Therapy. 

Residents took part in table discussions on topics ranging from mental health, respiratory concerns, primary care, GP services and soil and air contamination. The discussions generated a host of ideas and questions.

Among the issues residents raised and discussed were:

  • stigma attached to accessing certain local services
  • the need for reassurance that the same level of health and wellbeing support for young people over 18 was there once they left school
  • more information about where to access Enhanced Health Checks
  • questions about soil and air testing

GPs in attendance reassured residents that the surgeries in North Kensington have developed a closer working relationship with each other, offering mutual services to residents if needed.

More detailed responses to the themes that have come out of the Assembly will be available soon. At the next Assembly further feedback on questions raised will be provided. 

Residents suggested future topics that they would like the Grenfell Assembly to cover including community cohesion, housing, community safety and the Council’s role in the social impact on health.

The next Grenfell Community Assembly will be held on Tuesday 19 November. The topic, date, time and location will be confirmed nearer the time.

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