Additional support for Elm Road residents

We appreciate that this remains a very difficult and distressing time for you, and we will continue to support all residents with access to meals, clothing, and other essentials.  

The Octavia Foundation team has produced a list of further support available in your community that can help with food, clothing, household items and wellbeing support. 

They have also sourced a number of community projects that free activities for young people.

Free local activities 

Boxpark Wembley - The Kid's Table

Starting on Sunday 11 February, Boxpark Wembley are holding a free arts and crafts session between 12pm – 4pm, which will take place on every Sunday (except major event days). The event is first come, first served and is free entry. Find out more here.

Brent Family Wellbeing Centres

The centres are holding a range of free activities, including art and movie clubs. Find out more, and find your closest centre, here.

Free swimming for under 16s

Willesden Sports Centre and Vale Farm Sports Centre hold free swimming sessions during school holidays. Find out more here:

Basketball for under 17s

St Augustine's Sports Centre are holding basketball sessions Monday to Friday for under 17s. The sessions are free for all children eligible for free school meals.

Find out more here.

Parks and open spaces

There are a number of great parks and open spaces across Brent.

Find your closest ones here.

Libraries

Libraries across Brent are holding a range of activities.

See their Spring 2024 programme here.

Wellbeing and mental health 

Brent Health Matters Drop-in

On Thursday 22 February between 3-5pm, Brent Health Matters are holding a drop-in session at the Civic Centre for all residents. This drop-in event will be an opportunity for any resident to talk to someone about how they are feeling and access the support they need. More details on the event, including a contact for further information, will be provided shortly.

Barnardo’s Out of Hours Family Support – Brent 

For families requiring support out of office hours, you are advised to contact The Brent Out of Hours Family Support Line at Tel: 0800 158 2358.  This support line offers Family Support and Early Help Services on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.  This service is available to all families living in the London Borough of Brent. They also offer a webchat service here. 

Brent Family Wellbeing Centres 

The Brent Family Wellbeing Centres offer a wide range of free health, education and welfare services for families. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  

Find out more here.

Brent SEND Information, Advice and Support Service   

This service offers support for families of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm.  Find out more here, or contact the service via 020 8937 3434 or sendias@brent.gov.uk

Brent CAMHS  

Brent CAMHS is a mental and emotional health specialist service for children and young people (up to 18 years old). Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  

Find out more here, or tel: 020 3317 5050  

Barnardo’s and Brent  

This is an out of hours family support helpline, open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6-10pm and Saturday, Sunday 10am-5pm. 

Find out more here, or tel: 0800 158 2358.  

Brent Talking Therapies / Brent IAPT

This is a free, confidential NHS service for those over the age of 18 seeking support for their mental health. The service provides treatment which involves talking to a trained professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Talking therapy can help you to work through feelings of depression, anxiety and stress, helping you to understand where they come from and how you can manage them.

You can refer yourself for talking therapy by phoning 020 8206 3924, or using the online self-referral on the Central and North West London Talking Therapies Service website.

Brent Cove Drop-in 

Brent Cove Drop-in Service is a service for residents of Brent, over the age of 16, who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The service strives to be The aim is to support service users to reduce their immediate anxiety and crisis, and help them to create a safety plan using their strengths, skills, resilience and coping mechanisms to continue their journey towards recovery.

You can complete a self-referral to this service by calling 07469856963, or emailing BH.Cove@hestia.org. Find out more about the drop-in via their website.

Food support 

Sufra Brent 

Sufra provide a range of services for those experiencing financial hardship and lacking facilities to prepare their own meals. This includes: 

  1. Free hot meals - an open to all hot meal drop-in café, free of charge on: 
  •  Monday and Tuesday 6-8pm at Bridge Park Leisure Centre, Harrow Road, NW10 0RG 
  • Wednesday 6-8pm at Ark Academy, Cecil Avenue, HA9 7DU 
  • Thursday and Friday service in NW6. 

Find out more here.

2. Foodbank – providing emergency supplies of essential food and toiletries to people experiencing acute crisis. These take place on Tuesday and Thursday 11am-3pm at Sufra NW London, 160 Pitfield Way, NW10 0PW 

Please contact foodbank.referrals@octaviafoundation.org.uk with name, address and contact number and we can make a referral into this service.  

Foodcycle Wembley 

Foodcycle Wembley provide free warm meals to the community on Tuesdays from 6.30pm at Park Lane Methodist Church, Park Lane, Wembley, London, HA9 7SG. All are welcome. Find more information here.

Brent Foodbank

Brent Foodbank are offering to provide boxes of food and toiletries to any households impacted by the fire.  

These can be collected from any of their three sites on Wednesdays 1-3pm, however their closest is Kingsbury Centre, Lindsay Park Baptist Church, The Mall, Kenton, London, HA3 9T. 

Please contact foodbank.referrals@octaviafoundation.org.uk with your name, address and contact number and we can make a referral into this service. 

Clothing and toys

Little Village Brent 

Little Village provide clothes, equipment, toys, and everyday essentials for families with young children (under 5). 

The service is open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm, from NCLE Building, 7 Park Lane, Wembley, HA97RH. 

Service users can visit Little Village to identify items that would be a help to them and then Little Village will deliver free of charge.  

You can also speak to your Housing Lead if you would like us to make a referral to this service for you. 

Brent Family Wellbeing Service 

The Brent Family Wellbeing Centres are free to use by families that live in Brent. The service can provide access to grants, clothes, advice and support with furniture and other household essentials.  

The closest centres to Elm Rd are:  

  • Alperton Family Wellbeing Centre, Ealing Rd, Wembley, HA0 4PW  
  • Preston Park Family Wellbeing Centre, College Rd, Wembley, HA9 8RJ 
  • Willow SEND Community Wellbeing Centre, Barnhill Rd, Wembley, HA9 9DF  

All Centres are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and offer a walk-in service. First time users will be required to register and provide ID.  

For more information and to register online, please click here.