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Identifying and tackling risk MASH aims to identify risks to children and adults at the earliest opportunity, improve information sharing and decision making; and reduce harm, crime and anti-social behaviour. see below Strength to strength “We have got a really good tradition of partnership working and MASH will help us go from strength to strength.” chief supt dave stringer News HUNDREDS of people gathered at an awards evening to honour people who have contributed to the community. Awards were handed out at the Weavers Community Expo, which took place at St Hilda’s East Community Centre on February 3. The newly launched Weavers Community Forum organised the event. Award winners included Andrew Willoughby, a volunteer gardener at Arnold Circus, who also teaches his skills to children and women’s groups. Mairee Glacé, manager of the Boundary community launderette in Calvert Avenue, and Pawla Cottage, chair of the Columbia Estate Tenants and Residents Association (TRA), were also presented with a awards. Other recipients included artist Brad Lochore, No Boundaries youth group, Contact Point, a club for over-60s and former residents’ association chair Abdul Matin. New hub for child protection Police, council and health teams will work more closely together BY IAN READ A NEW child protection service has been launched bringing local agencies together under one roof. The Tower Hamlets Multi- Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will enable them to share intelligence and work together to improve decisionmaking on responding to risk and the needs of vulnerable children and families. The Metropolitan Police will work alongside the council’s social workers, youth offending team and family intervention project as well as officers from health, education and housing plus staff from probation, mental health services and Barts Health NHS Trust. The team will be based at the Town Hall in Poplar. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Creating this new and improved hub is a great stride forward in making sure all the relevant public agencies are working together as closely as possible for the good of our community.” The MASH concept was developed in Devon and is considered a model of good practice. Tower Hamlets already had in place a multi-agency group handling initial child protection and safeguarding enquiries – the integrated pathways and support team (IPST), which has also been cited as a model of good practice and was established in 2009. The Tower Hamlets MASH will build on this success. Cllr Oliur Rahman, cabinet member for children, schools and families, said: “The agencies in Tower Hamlets have a strong record in child protection and this will make it even stronger. “It will be good for the families we work with and for the wider community.” Police borough commander Dave Stringer said: “MASH allows the police to respond Chief Supt Dave Stringer (right) and Robert McCulloch-Graham, director of education, social care and wellbeing at the launch event quicker, with better information to concerns about young people who are at risk, which is one of the most important things the police service does.” Jane Milligan, chief officer of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Ensuring health teams are a key partner within MASH is vital to its success as is ensuring health information can be shared in a timely way.” News in brief Foodbank launch A FOODBANK supported by Anglican, Methodist and Catholic churches in Bow is due to open at St Mary and Holy Trinity Church, Bow Road, on Monday, March 10. A training day for anyone who would like to volunteer for the project will be held on March 3. For more details, call the Rev Andrew Pantland on 8983 1252. Parkour open day TO mark the launch of the UK’s first purpose-built indoor parkour/free running centre, Parkour Generations is hosting an open day on February 20. Visitors can explore and try out the new facilities, from 12 noon, followed by an evening of demonstrations and mini workshops from 6-8pm. The London Academy of Parkour is at the Chainstore, 64 Orchard Place, E14. For more information, visit www.parkourgenerations.com Forum reminder RESIDENTS are reminded they can attend community ward forums to help decide how to spend £10,000 for improvements in the area. For details visit www.tower hamlets.gov.uk/localforums It’s never too late to lose a little weight FEBRUARY is a month dedicated to events and activities to raise awareness about both cancer and heart health. And clinicians in Tower Hamlets are reminding residents that it is never too late to lose weight. Dr Sam Everington, chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP, said: “Most people can reduce their weight by eating a variety of foods including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, not adding sugar to food and grilling food rather than frying.” Further advice includes reducing portion sizes and exercising more. For more, visit www.towerhamletsccg.nhs.uk QUAY HOUSE | LONDON E14 Local residents and businesses are invited to attend a stakeholder engagement event to discuss plans for CIT Real Estate Partners redevelopment of Quay House, London E14 VENUE & DATE Alpha Grove Community Centre, Alpha Grove, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 8LH On WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY from 12pm to 7pm FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT LUCIANA PHONE: 020 7998 9095 17 – 23 FEBRUARY 2014 N E W S F R O M T OWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 9


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