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CLB’s response to Local Development Framework Core Strategy

 In summary our main comments relate to  the ‘Living in Bromley’ section and ensuring that all communities are equally well served by the strategy and that community facilities are protected - including consideration being given to the proposed new Community Rights in the Localism Bill.

A more general comment is that there are that there are very few actual draft policies to comment on or options to choose from - CLB hopes that there will be further consultation on the more detailed matters later, with an opportunity for us to engage our members further.

The full response is available via CLB’s website, where a link will be set up to the Council’s consultation portal when LBB publishes the responses to the consultation and comments on how it intends to incorporate these into the strategy. 

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CLB appointed by Digital Outreach to guide local groups through  Bromley’s digital switchover

""TV across the UK is going digital. This means the existing analogue TV signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital TV signal. The London TV region will start to switch to digital from 4 April 2012.

Community Links Bromley has been appointed by Digital Outreach to work with the voluntary and community sector in Bromley during the run-up to the digital TV switchover by providing grants, materials, free training, support and guidance to enable you to help the people you support. Gary Davis will be helping front-line groups across Bromley to support their more vulnerable clients in making the switch to digital TV, which happens from April 2012.

We know that some people you support may be worried about the switch to digital TV. They will turn to a local organisation that they know and trust, such as yours, for information and advice. Our core target groups are:

What we can offer

To find out more about the project or to organise a briefing session, order leaflets and promotional material  or the small grant scheme, please email Gary at gary@slcvspartnership.org.uk or phone 07877 768307.

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Movers & Groovers now formally launched in Penge

""After the success of Movers & Groovers in Mottingham, Penge residents, organisations and small businesses can now benefit from joining their own group. Penge Movers & Groovers is a great opportunity to find out about local events, share ideas, and get the help and support you might need to get more involved with your local community and put some of your great ideas into action.

To find out why your organisation should get involved, the range of activities your group could help offer, and the levels of support your beneficiaries could access, visit http://www.moversandgroovers.org/penge/index.php . Alternatively, contact Jo Guest CLB’s Community Cohesion Officer on 020 8315 1917.

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Consultation event in partnership with Bromley Police

Date: Tuesday 15 November
Venue: Christ Church Anerley
Time: 9.30-2pm (lunch provided)
Bromley Police, in partnership with Community Links Bromley are holding a consultation event to look at how crimes against refugee and immigrant communities’ are dealt with by the Police and to identify any areas for improvement.

We would like to invite you to participate in this event by sharing your views and experiences, good and bad and helping us to shape the future of relationships and priorities with Bromley Police.

To book your place, download this form from our website.

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Launch of new charitable organisation for older people Veneratio

Veneratio is about trying to reverse trends of social exclusion among older people and optimising engagement, opportunities and enjoyment at the later stages of life. This is achieved by networking older people together and facilitating events and activities tailored to older peoples' own preferences and needs. Read more on the website www.veneratio.org.uk  

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Blue Badge - Fraud and misuse operation

Do you have information about anyone misusing a Blue Badge? If you have any information, please call in confidence 020 8313 4094 or go to www.bromley.gov.uk/report. The council is committed to acting quickly on any information received and taking steps to prosecute criminal activity.

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Future of Bromley Youth and Children’s Centres

Bromley Council is to continue direct operation of four fixed youth centres in the borough in addition to its mobile unit.

The four centres, which will continue to be run by the Council, are Castlecombe in Mottingham; The Link in St Paul’s Cray; The Spitfire in Biggin Hill and Streetwise in Penge and Anerley. In addition, the Council is working closely with local people and community organisations to find ways to continue providing services for young people at the remaining two sites - The Duke in St Mary Cray and M2 at Bromley Common. Once in place, these will replace Council run services so that the necessary saving can be realised.

The Council will continue to fund six Children and Family Centres.The original proposal announced earlier in the year suggested reducing the eighteen centres to three to meet the need for substantial budget savings. However, by re-distributing the available budget the Council can meet the needs of the communities, which would benefit from having a children’s centre in the neighbourhood by retaining double that number.

The centres, which will continue to provide services funded by the Council, are Community Vision (Penge and Anerley), Blenheim (Orpington and Cray Valley East), Cotmandene (Cray Valley West), Biggin Hill (Rural Bromley), Castlecombe (Mottingham and Chislehurst North) and Burnt Ash (Bromley Town/Plaistow and Sundridge).
Discussions are also under way for the remaining centres to be maintained by alternative operators such as adjacent schools and community groups on the understanding that the Council cannot continue funding services from these sites.

Any alternative arrangements to keep these centres open must be in support of young children otherwise the Government is likely to ‘claw-back’ the capital funding given to build the centres in the first place.

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Top marks for recycling

Following the introduction of the food waste recycling scheme almost one year ago, the amount of household waste being recycled by Bromley’s residents has climbed to over 50%.

By becoming only the second London borough to top the 50% mark for recycling household waste, Bromley now stands nip and tuck alongside neighbouring Bexley as being the best performing London borough for recycling. This achievement comes as a direct ... read more on the Town Talk website.

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Bromley Mencap shortlisted for Guardian Public Services Awards

Bromley Mencap has been shortlisted in this year’s Guardian Public Services Awards, in the Carers, Families and Communities Award in the Service Delivery category. Eddie Lynch, Bromley Mencap’s Chief Executive explains “We were shortlisted for our Mutual Carers Service which is part funded by Bromley Council’s Carer Respite Grant. Our Mutual Carers Service provides a range of support for older parents/carers and their adult sons and daughters with learning disabilities to enable them to continue living together independently in their own homes. We are delighted that the value and quality of our service has been recognised at national level”

The full Awards Shortlist appears in the Guardian and can be found here:

The winners will be announced at an Awards Evening in London on November 22nd. The Awards will be presented by the broadcaster Nicky Campbell. Tickets to attend the Evening, which includes a Champagne Reception and a three course meal at the London Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, can be purchased by contacting the Guardian.

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Message from the new Director at CLB

I am delighted to have joined Community Links Bromley as the new Director. I bring a personal commitment to voluntarism and a strong partnership perspective. One of my first priorities is to get to know the sector and listen to the leaders of your organisations.

Collaboration has been and will be at the heart of all that we do together, particularly in these uncertain times, and a perfect opportunity for collaboration exists right now. CLB has been accepted as Bromley’s lead body for the Transforming Local Infrastructure funding opportunity. To make sure that we best represent your needs and the required improvements and change, we ask if you would assist us by completing our survey.

I believe it to be an honour to work for Community Links Bromley and I look forward immensely to working with you in the future.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards


Colin Maclean
Director, Community Links Bromley

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New chair for Community Links Bromley

Sue Southon has replaced Jean Levy as the new Chair of Community Links Bromley. Jean stepped down at the recent AGM and whilst she will be a hard act to follow, as our Vice Chair Pat Wade pointed out, we know Sue will more than live up to the challenge.

Sue recently retired from her post as Director of Community Services with the PCT. Towards the end of that time she was seconded to CLB and was able to experience the organisation from the inside.

We are once again in a time of change, but ready and willing to meet the challenges ahead. With new leadership from both Sue and Colin and the continued commitment of all the staff, CLB is looking forward to developing and strengthening further its future. 

The AGM minutes, financial report, and photos of the event will be published in the coming weeks.

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Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund - bid consultation

The Office for Civil Society (OCS) has a new fund called "Transforming Local Infrastructure". Its aim is to provide better support for frontline civil society organisations by transforming local infrastructure services. There can be only one lead bidder per borough.

Partners interested in the Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund agreed that CLB will lead on the bid for the London Borough of Bromley.

The bid will be based on the three outcomes that the OCS guidance says it will be looking for:

  1. Frontline civil society organisations can access a wider range of high quality support, networking and volunteering brokerage opportunities and, value them more highly.
  2. There is stronger local leadership for civil society organisations which contributes to better partnership with local businesses and the local statutory sector.
  3. Infrastructure organisations, including volunteering infrastructure, are transformed so that they are more efficient, effective and are able to learn and grow with less dependence on state funding.

CLB is developing the bid focused on the following project strands:

In order to make a strong case we want your initial views; we are keen to receive your views as quickly as possibly but definitely no later than 9am on 17th October please. As an incentive for you to take the time to complete this brief survey we will be awarding a prize to one of the respondents of £100 towards a training course of their choice. The winner will be randomly selected by an independent person.

If you don't think you are the right person in your organisation to answer the survey please pass it on to a colleague, or discuss it with colleagues before you send your response. We can only have one response per recipient.

If we are successful in the bid, we will consult our membership in more detail. Click here to start the survey, by 9 am on 17th October please.

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Your views of Children’s Services

The next Bromley Healthcare Community Forum will be at 10am 6th October at Bevington Hall, Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Rd, corner of Bevington Rd BR3 5JE. Bromley Healthcare is the new Social Enterprise responsible for non hospital services and the community forum is the way in which local patients, carers and voluntary organisations can give their views on how services should be developed. The meeting on 6th October will focus on children’s services. We hope to see you there. Download the flyer for the event and the agenda .

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