Wednesday July 29, 2015
I’m thrilled that the Brent Community Champion Awards are back. These awards recognise and celebrate the people of Brent who go above and beyond, those who selflessly contribute so much for the benefit of our community. If you know someone who donates their time and energy to helping others in need please nominate them for an award. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 21 September. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Wednesday 4 November 2015.
From real-life helpers to a virtual helper, I’m pleased that we have been able to significantly improve the accessibility of the council’s website, with a new piece of technology that enables residents to read information on our web pages in their native language. With an estimated 150 languages spoken in Brent, and around 20% of local households having no-one who speaks English, this is an important improvement. The new piece of software, which offers speech, reading and translation support, not only helps those with English as a second language but also those with dyslexia, lower levels of literacy and mild visual impairments. Look out for the ‘BrowseAloud’ icon that is present on each council web page to start using the system. I would encourage you to try it out and maybe recommend this blog to someone who may have previously been unable to read it.
You will soon be receiving a form in the post from Brent Council asking you to check that the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at that address is correct. This is to ensure that the electoral register is up-to-date. If you are not registered to vote, please register online. It’s important to do this so that you can vote in the London Mayoral and Assembly elections next year.
If you’re a young person, parent, voluntary group or community organisation, you have two more weeks to take part in our youth services consultation. There are two face-to-face consultation sessions for young people on Thursday 6 and Sunday 9 August at the civic centre and there is also the chance to have your say online.
Lastly, I was delighted to have been among the first to get a glimpse of the new Library at Willesden Green which opened its doors to the public earlier this week. The official opening will take place on 12 September – I hope all of Brent will take the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Rugby World Cup trophy and take a look around this fabulous new local facility.