NEWS FROM COUNCILLOR BILQEES MAUTHOOR - LEGGATTS WARD
Action on Loneliness
I put forward a motion in full council earlier this year which reached a unanimous decision cross party to support this motion. As a Labour group we are working together with Lib Dem Councillors to look at how we can improve and connect communities so that people of all ages and backgrounds might find somewhere or someone to connect with.
Our financial resources are limited so we really need to work with what we got.
10 different Charities across the borough were invited to come and talk to us about the following.
1) what and how they can identify anyone who maybe lonely and isolated?
2) establish ways of communication and staying in touch through either social media or drop in sessions. We want to encourage them to give a leaflet and ask for their details so they could pass on to other organisations
3) to have on the council website a signposting tab that will list all the charities available and who can help.
4) to encourage doctors and nurses to ask the question of feeling lonely and isolated to patients as part of assessment.
Leggatts Green residents party
I attended the Leggatts Green party this summer. It was the first of it kind where local residents felt it was about time that neighbours got to know each other. They soon realised some of them were experiencing similar things in life.
From our locality budget we were able to pay for a football coach to come and entertain the kids for 2 hours.
Asian elderly men 'chit chat'
I organised an over 50's men's club called GUP SHUP (chitter chat) for members to come together and play games, order a take away and talk. This was held at the North Watford Bowls Club in Callowland Park. The club ran for about 12 weeks over the summer and it was very much appreciated and they want more activities. The money came from our locality budget.
Watford Council unanimously support my motion on loneliness
5) next summer all councillors are encouraged to organise a community festival and invite local people and Charities to take part and engage.
Rachel if you could please put pressure on government to recognise this is becoming more and more of an issue that we need to address and that by cutting fees in social and adult care is adding strain on people which results in them having to use acute services.
Somehow we need to all come together and work out a plan that will work in local government.
Less talk more action
Your doing a great job keep it up
Meeting mums at Youthpoint
Getting young asian teenagers to use the facilities at Youthpoint in the Lower High Street has always been difficult.
I met with seven asian mothers to explain the facilities available and ask then to encourage their kids to attend.
Bowls Club play ball
From here I visited a few who have confessed they are feeling lonely despite having family around. They have lived many years in Watford and now they have grown older with some medical illnesses they feel that they want to still belong to something and help make a difference.The North Watford Bowls Club came up trumps when they welcomed this group of ethnic minorities to play bowls and enjoy the club as well
A letter to my younger self
In a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation among both the younger and older generations in society, i was on a mission to bring people together through technology.
I was asked by a local resident about an idea to write A Letter To My Younger Self in a bid to “revitalise connection between people”.
This was a chance to go back in time and think about times where i could reflect on choices i made in the past, it is a way of receiving advice or words of wisdom.
Three counties radio invited us to come and share this project live on air.
Read my story
Fitness classes with a twist!
Here we joined with Herts constabulary and looked at how we could reach Women particularly from a BAME background.
10 mins before each class the ladies were presented from different organisations to help raise awareness of those taboo subjects
We had an officer from the domestic violence team
Police safer neighbourhood team
JKC Lawyers who came to talk about the legal advise on a number of issues from DV to making a Will.
Dr S Domah Local GP talked about Breast Cancer.
Read Watford Observer story https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/16160665.councillor-backs-women-only-fitness-with-a-twist-classes-in-watford/
Getting Stuck right into the Roots
It was vital that we support and encourage residents to take advantage to hire a plot of land to grew plants and vegetables. Many residents do not have the privilege of having a garden. I met with the members of The North Watford Allotment & Garden Society to discuss their plans to improve and enhance the allotment sites.
Supporting 'messy play' facilities
Richard and myself went to visit St Marks Church as they have received contributions for facilities to support children in the Messy Play activities held at the Church. We met parents who love the idea of being able to stroll along a few hours with their children and play in a hall and outside in the garden.
Meditation classes for the lonely
Here I was invited to the heart of London to join a Monk in his passion to help the souls of individuals who are feeling loss and lonely. The event was held with a meditation exercise followed by a tour in the gallery of an artist Alistair Morrison. A mindfulness retreat of Stay Present.
Great work by Herts Independent Living Service
I shared valuable moments with Sarah from the Hertfordshire independent living services https://hertsindependentliving.org/
People rely on this service to eat at least one hot meal a day and they have plenty more services to offer check it out. If you know of anyone that might need help in supported living please refer.
Thank you for your hospitality we are fortunate to have this service available.
The staff are friendly and really doing this job from the heart. #put a smile on ones face