COVID Vaccine Scams

NHS Wandsworth are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • The vaccine is only available from the NHS and is being offered to people in priority groups. Vaccination is free and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime
  • The NHS will never:
    • Ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine.
    • Never ask for payment or for your bank account or card details, to pay for a vaccine or to confirm your eligibility for the vaccine.
    • Ask you for your PIN or banking password.
    • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.  – At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine.
    • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills, bank account details or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

PLEASE REMEMBER: If you are asked to pay for the vaccine or asked for your bank account details, it is a scam.

https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/your-health/covid-19-vaccination-scams-what-you-need-to-know/


Rainbow Roads

Rainbow Crossing’s have been popping up all over London’s roads over the last 2 years as a way to celebrate LGBT+ residents, workers & visitors.
With Pride Month and the lost Pride season of 2020 long over, we’ve been researching which London Boroughs have installed crossings, when & where.


Read here for the full feature and to see if you’re borough is one of the 15! 


Look on the London LGBT Forums Network Twitter account for the Full link to photos 


Trans Hate Crime Statistics released to the LGBTQ+ Community

For the first time, the LGBTQ+ community will be able to see the monthly figures for transphobic hate crimes reported to the police in London. 

The Metropolitan Police have recently made the decision in September 2020 to release the recorded Transphobic Hate Crime (HT Flag) after calls from community leaders and organisations to do so.   Re​ad the full story here.


National Hate Crime Awareness Week

This year’s National Hate Crime Awareness week, representatives from the Met Police, Lambeth Council, and community leaders, from both Wandsworth and Lambeth, gathered to remember Jody Dobrowski.

Jody was tragically murdered on the 14th October 2005 as he walked back from his job at Battersea Jongleurs/Bar Risa club (Now the Four Thieves) on Lavender Gardens. 

This event led to the formation of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and several other community forums across London. 

Read on here for the full #NationalHCAW2020 story


Pride in Practice

Over the last 2 years the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum have been working with the LGBT Foundation to bring their ‘Pride in Practice’ training to Wandsworth’s GP surgeries.

The LGBT Foundation are a national charity delivering advice, support, and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities

Pride in Practice is training scheme for GP Practices to meet the needs of their LGBTQ+ patients. This can range from making a practice reception area more welcoming and inclusive, to ensuring patients are addressed in an appropriate way 

Read the results here 


The London LGBT Forums Network have teamed up with LGBT Consortium to launch the ‘Forums Toolkit’

The London LGBT Forums Network have teamed up with LGBT Consortium to create a new resource to support London’s LGBT+ Community Forums.

Over the summer members of Forum+, Merton, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark,  Sutton and Wandsworth Forums worked had several workshops with the LGBT Consortium to discuss what the different challenges Forums have and how, from their experience, that can be better supported. 

Together they came up with the ‘Forums Toolkits’ a resource designed specifically for the needs of emerging and established Forums. 

This is a project that hasn’t been done before and the Network feel it’s a vital piece of work for this often-overlooked part of the LGBT sector. 

The toolkits are full of all sorts of useful information, advice and support on how to run a Forum. They are in no way a definitive of how a forum should be run but they offer a good start. 

“Being able to contribute to the development of the toolkit as newly emerging Forum, allowed me to feed in what I think is most helpful to other organisations at this stage of maturity. 

Even though I was part of the working group, I’ll still be referring to the toolkit in the progression of Lambeth Links and I’m reassured to know that there is also the established toolkit to refer to as we progress even further.” 

Christopher French (Lambeth Links)

“If you are looking to set up a local forum or network of LGBTQ people, whatever type of group you want it to be, whether you do it with or without funds have a look at this toolkit first. 

Lewisham LGBT Forum has largely existed thanks to good will, good partnership contacts and an awful lot of time invested.  We are an example of doing things without regular or large funding, but each borough will be different and so much will rely on who is involved with the process along the way. 

We wanted to be involved in making this toolkit as we would have benefited from something similar when we were started out 5 years ago. I wanted to make the process less scary and more plannable and predictable for creators who may also feel they don’t want to follow the CiC/Charity route.

Susan Hailes (Lewisham LGBT Forum)

To request your copy please visit the links below.

Emerging – https://www.consortium.lgbt/toolkit-forum-start-ups/

Established – https://www.consortium.lgbt/toolkit-forums/


New Service for the older LGBTQ+ Community

Age UK Wandsworth has launched a new service aimed at the older LGBT community called ‘Active Chats’  

“Our specially trained LGBTQ+ volunteers can call at a convenient time to have a friendly chat and talk you through some gentle exercises to promote mobility. All exercises have been designed by a professional trainer and are designed to be fun and accessible, not telephone bootcamp!”

For more information email Rebecca on rebeccal@ageukwandsworth.org.uk or 020 8877 8940


Veterans walk London Pride route to celebrate 50th anniversary

Twelve of the surviving activists from the Gay Liberation Front (GLF)  marched through London on Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The march, and their supporters, later joined with the Black Trans Matter protest to stand in solidarity. 

Read more on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53205320

Wandsworth Council showed their support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ Community by flying the Pride flag for the 3rd Year running. 


Wandsworth unveils its first Rainbow crossing

Wandsworth Council has unveiled its first Rainbow crossing to show its support for the borough’s LGBTQ+ community.

The new Rainbow crossing was installed in Lavender Hill, close to Battersea Arts Centre to kick off Pride Month.

The location has been chosen because of its high profile. It is one of the borough’s busiest crossing points and is situated next to a major local landmark.

The crossing will feature the colours of the internationally recognised Pride Flag which has come to symbolise diversity and pride of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.

The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Here in Wandsworth we are hugely proud to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community.

“Our borough has a long history of supporting diversity and equality so I’m delighted to be able to announce our first rainbow crossing in Lavender Hill.

“We want all our residents and communities to know that we are here with them, we support them, and we are working hard to make sure our borough is a place where people feel safe, free from discrimination and proud to be themselves.”

David Robson, Chair of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum added: “Over the last 12 months Pride crossings have been popping up in boroughs across London as a way to celebrate Pride Month but not all are permanent.

“I’m pleased to see that Wandsworth have shown such a visible celebration of its LGBTQ+ Community by installing this as a permanent crossing at an iconic location.

“It’s a brilliant way to celebrate the borough’s LGBTQ+ Community and in the absence of Pride in London 2020, it will mean a lot to people.”

Watch a video of the launch here https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/may-2020/wandsworth-unveils-its-first-rainbow-crossing/


Healthwatch Wandsworth launch new COVID-19 Survey

In response to COVID-19, health and social care services have had to drastically change the support they offer the public. It is therefore important that we understand how these changes are working
for people.

This survey is for people who live in Wandsworth, or use Wandsworth-based services, to share their views on how local services are working during this time.

People’s responses will be kept completely anonymous and will help local health and care services understand what needs there are locally, how their services are working, what is working well and where things can be made better.

We will also be feeding back findings to Healthwatch England to help them understand what is happening across the country so that they can help central government departments understand and learn from what is happening from the perspective of local people.

Take the Survey here – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/hww-covid19-2020/