- Advice Services
- Campaigns and networks.
For the time being DNH staff and volunteers, including Ashi Dhillon, our Senior Advice Worker, are based at home.
The Star Centre is closed.
Ashi responds to requests for advice by email, post and phone.
We have an answerphone in the office to take messages at any time which is checked every week.
Ashi is very busy helping isolated disabled and elderly people to receive cooked meals and shopping, taking account of their medical and religious needs. Ashi and the volunteers are also providing a telephone befriending service for members and advice clients.
Until the lockdown Ashi had an office in the Sikh Gurdwara, Alice Way, Hanworth Road Hounslow TW3 3UA on Friday afternoons 11am to 3pm. We plan to resume this service when it is safe to do so.
We now have twice monthly Zoom video meetings for our members. Details are on our Facebook page.
Until the Star Centre closed, and when it re-opens, we have meetings on the first Saturday of the month. Our volunteers organise drop in days at the Star Centre, 63-65 Bell Road Hounslow, open to all. We use a ground floor meeting room with step free access. We provide a sandwich lunch for £2 or people can bring their own. We organise occasional events, visits and parties.
We have computers at most of our events and help people with basic IT skills and searches.
Gardening On Sundays 2-4pm we visit our vegetable, soft fruit and herb beds in a beautiful walled garden in Isleworth. There is a raised strawberry bed and benches to sit on. Birds, bees and butterflies enjoy the garden, especially the bank of wild flowers and hedges. There is a wide access compost toilet.
Campaigns And Networks
We support campaigns and networks for groups promoting arts, equality. and access. Our other Facebook page, Hounslow People's Peace Parade, is used to highlight the difficulties many people face and how it is possible to make a difference.
We encourage people to attend Disability Community Forum meetings at the Civic Centre to hear about changes affecting them and to have a say, especially on council services.
We support Disabled People Against Cuts [DPAC] who research and campaign against the effects of cuts in benefits and services on disabled people and carers.
We have representatives on local advisory groups for Creative People And Places, organising community arts events.