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Project prospers A PROJECT supporting children and families with a range of difficulties has been awarded a government grant of �45,000 to tackle anti-social behaviour. Brent s Family Intervention Project (FIP) was awarded the grant from the Department

Project prospers

A PROJECT supporting children and families with a range of difficulties has been awarded a government grant of �45,000 to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Brent's Family Intervention Project (FIP) was awarded the grant from the Department of Children, Schools and Families after its work in dealing with families experiencing problems such as overcrowded housing, low income, mental health issues or domestic violence.

Faith Kitson, Brent's crisis and intervention support team manager, said: "FIP is helping local families have hope for the future again simply by supporting and listening to them and helping them to focus on the things they want to change themselves."


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The funding will go towards a new project focussing on families where the young people experience anti-social behavioural problems, run by the council and social landlords Brent Housing Partnership, Fortunegate, Paddington Churches and Stadium Housing Associations.

Breaking down the barriers

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RESIDENTS attended the inaugural education forum of a new community group aiming to break down social and educational barriers disadvantaging young people in the borough.

Action in the Community (AITC) presented the forum at Willesden Library in High Road, Willesden, last week.

The event included a panel of guest speakers who discussed with residents how their children could get the best out of the education system.

Organiser David Mullings said: "The night was a great success for both AITC and our community. AITC will focus on different areas however we felt it really important for us to start with the education of our youth.

"Our website www.aitc.org. uk also launched tonight and we anticipate that this will also serve as a support system to the community."

Free nursery places offer

FREE nursery places are on offer for two-year-olds from low wage families in the borough.

The Nursery Education Grant 2 scheme, launched in December, is open to Brent residents and still has 156 free places left for toddlers to attend nursery, a children's centre or registered childminder.

The scheme aims to provide early years care to more than 230 children from disadvantaged backgrounds across the borough by this December, and only providers with 'good' or 'outstanding' Ofsted reports have been invited to participate.

To find out if you are eligible for the grant ring Paru Patel on 020 8937 3279.

An appeal to big hearts

BIG hearts are needed for a sponsored walk aiming to raise funds for vital research into heart disease.

The Brent Heart of Gold Support Group, a voluntary organisation set up by heart patients in the borough will be participating in a 10-kilometre sponsored walk at the Tower of London.

The event takes place on May 5 between 4 and 7pm.

To get involved in the walk or for more information contact Brent Heart of Gold group secretary Fred Tomlinson on 020 8961 1708 or visit the British Heart Foundation website at www.bhf.org.uk

Breaking down the barriers

RESIDENTS attended the inaugural education forum of a new community group aiming to break down social and educational barriers disadvantaging young people in the borough.

Action in the Community (AITC) presented the forum at Willesden Library in High Road, Willesden, last week.

The event included a panel of guest speakers who discussed with residents how their children could get the best out of the education system.

Organiser David Mullings said: "The night was a great success for both AITC and our community. AITC will focus on different areas however we felt it really important for us to start with the education of our youth.

"Our website www.aitc.org. uk also launched tonight and we anticipate that this will also serve as a support system to the community.

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