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Rise in school exclusion rates amongst autistic pupils

Source By: Tes

The number of children with autism being excluded from English schools has increased by 60 per cent since 2011, according to new data.  

Figures from Ambitious about Autism – a national charity for children and young people with autism – show that exclusions of children with autism increased by at least 44 per cent in every part of England between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

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Volunteer Plus: a national website for volunteering

Source By: Volunteer Plus

A new national Volunteer Plus website will be launched next Monday during Volunteers Week 2018.

Powered by Volunteer Plus software and the data of Volunteer Centres from 10 counties including Essex, Shropshire, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex and Newcastle, the website will enable volunteers throughout England to search for opportunities local to them.

More than 45 Volunteer Centres nationally are already using Volunteer Plus software. It has supported approximately 35,000 enquiries and 28,000 new registrations over the past year. This includes 10 Volunteer Centres throughout Essex which combined efforts to create Volunteer Essex.

Volunteer Centres who wish to be part of the planned website can find out more about the Volunteer Plus software by emailing, calling 01621 842511 or, from Monday, by visiting

National charities who would like a presence on the website are also invited to get in contact to discuss advertising opportunities.

The Volunteer Plus website will be live on Monday 4 June at:

Join our Bowel Cancer Screening Programme pilot

Source By: Community African Network, Hackney CVS

Are you a GP surgery in Hackney?

Do you have a substantial number of Black African patients that are between 58 and 74 years old?

Join our Bowel Cancer Screening Programme pilot

The Community African Network (CAN) through Hackney CVS received a grant from the Healthier City and Hackney Fund to pilot a new approach to increasing the awareness of bowel cancer and the uptake of bowel cancer screening in the older Black African community through targeted outreach and working with GP surgeries in low uptake areas in Hackney.

We are inviting interested GP surgeries with a significant number of Black African patients to be part of this project. The project will recruit Community Health Champions to create awareness about Bowel Cancer and work in partnership with your surgery to encourage the target group to undertake screening. This project will support you in your bowel cancer screening contract and help improve uptake of screening.

The commitment required from participating surgeries will be:

 To work with HCVS/CAN for a year.

 Enter into data protection agreements with HCVS/CAN.

 To run or enable HCVS/CAN to run searches on EMIS to identify Black African patients about to receive their Bowel Cancer screening kit.

 To host Community Health Champions in the surgery one afternoon / morning a week.

 To give Community Health Champions access to EMIS in order for them to call Black African patients who are about to / have received bowel cancer screening tests to encourage them to return the kit

 To provide anonymised data of returned kits

 To provide one hour training from practice key personnel who make the calls to the Community Health Champions

 Successful GP surgeries will also be invited to attend the steering group for this project (optional?)

All Community Health Champions will receive training on Bowel Cancer from CNS, motivational interviewing and telephone etiquette centrally and will be supported throughout the programme by HCVS / Community African Network

If you are interested in being part of the project, complete the attached application form. For further information contact Oladapo Awosokanre, Project Coordinator, HCVS/CAN (email: or call 020 7923 8391).

Leaflet - Leaflet_-_Bowel_Cancer_Screening_Programme.pdf

Application form - Bowel_Cancer_Screening_GP_Application_form.docx

Become a Bowel Cancer Community Health Champion

Source By: Community African Network

We are recruiting volunteers to become Community Health Champions for the Bowel Cancer awareness and screening programme focusing on the Black African community in Hackney. As a Champion you will create awareness about Bowel Cancer and work in partnership with GP surgeries to encourage the target group to undertake screening.


If you are interested in becoming one of our Champions email: or call 020 7923 8391 and ask for Oladapo. Ability to speak a second language is desirable for this role but not compulsory (Swahili, Somali, Yoruba or French).


Find attached further information.



Hackney Wick Overground station reopens following £25m revamp

Source By: Hackney Gazette

The Overground station near the Olympic Park now has a large ticket hall whose design architect Landolt Brown say has been drawn from the area’s industrial heritage.

There are also wide stairs, a new lift, and a pedestrian walkway from Wallis Road in Hackney to White Post Lane in Tower Hamlets.


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