London: Visit to #Grenfelltower Rest Centre

KENSINGTON: I dropped off some donations to the Rest Centre to help the trauma victims’ mental health. The Red Cross volunteers were still there, manning desks, as well as several Grenfell Fire staff in Hi-Viz who were very helpful and friendly.

PHOTO (below): Wellbeing donations to the Rest Centre:

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The whole street had tributes and flowers. People put posters on postboxes, trees, by cashpoints, on rails, on shop windows and telephone boxes in order to ‘communicate’ to the community, as there appeared to be no proper community noticeboard, as far as I could see. Several members of the community had provided Offers of help by the Rest Centre on a wall which was nice. There was a really warm community spirit. Some people offered accommodation and food, while others offered help with free grant applications and legal advice. A stall was set up to give drinks and food to people, but though they gave some to us, we turned it down so that people who really needed it could have them. The Methodist church had many tributes by it and there was a marked boundary on the road by it, saying ‘press ban’.

You could smell a little bit of the burned building in the air.

There were many posters of missing people on shops and on windows outside houses. Some also had a photo of a missing long haired black and white chihuahua that was lost in the Fire. A young child who had survived the fire, was desperately looking for it and asked the public for help. (I have contacted various animal centres to see if they have seen it.

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Below: GRAFFITI spotted in the area

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UPDATE: I came back later in the Saturday evening to find out that, once again, a council flat in Bethnal Green had caught fire and I could see smoke from it in the air.

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London: Animal victims of #Grenfellfire looking for temporary homes, can you help?

The Blue Cross Animal Hospital are looking for people who would urgently help offer a home for a pet, due to displacement of the Grenfell Fire Tower victims.

I have offered to offer a hamster a temporary home, if they have any. My room is too small for a cat I think (and no, I could not swing a cat in it!) Am a Millwall fan, gotta help out!

Please contact them on 0300 777 1890 if you would like to help or a pet that needs help. They are also on Twitter the_blue_cross

You can also donate to them on https://www.bluecross.org.uk/donate

UPDATE:19/06/2017 They have reported back that they don’t need any more foster homes for the Grenfell Tower pets. Thanks to everyone who have helped.

Grenfell Tower Fire: Press Complaints Poll: Results so far

I asked if Twitter followers have complained to IPSOS, the Independent Press Standards Complaints Organisation, about the appalling standard of tabloid journalism on the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Here are some results so far:

Have you made a complaint to IPSOS? 25% Yes

I won’t make a Complaint: 63%

0% Don’t know

12% Not Yet

If you would like to make a complaint about to IPSOs about the tabloids insensitive behaviour, the website is https://www.ipso.co.uk/make-a-complaint/

London: Press Complaint: #Grenfelltowerfire Stop Tabloids Identifying Vulnerable People #Respecttheirprivacyingrief

I was disgusted to see tabloids naming the person who owned the fridge that caught fire in the Grenfell Tower fire. This included The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail, others also followed suit.

As a citizen journalist, there’s a fine line between telling an important story and putting vulnerable people at risk. It is extremely insensitive. This man is in grief and shock and he is not allowed privacy in such a time. This is inhumane. What kind of world are we in?

This will cause extra psychological trauma to the person, who not only could get PTSD but could be at risk of suicide, which will also affect the rest of his family too, if he doesn’t have a good support network. He has a child too. As a writer, we have to stand up to unethical behaviour like this.

Maybe they took the photo from a Facebook account, and tabloids would say, “well, it’s ‘his fault’ he made it public”Come on guys, you have degrees in journalism, surely you have some common sense. Why aren’t the police protecting this guy too?

I am a citizen journalist who has an interest in trauma and mental health. Perhaps these journalists should have some Mental Health First Aid training and learn about mental health. Even they themselves, may need counselling and could be vulnerable too after witnessesing this. I wonder if they are getting any help? Anyone who experiences such overwhelming trauma needs a lot of support, love and self-care, not ‘shaming in the media’ so media organisations can get huge profits.

Several members of the public, both in the UK, and worldwide, have complained on various forums about their behaviour. Some professional journalists, seem to have no duty of care to those they write about. Some QCs online are also disgusted.

If I knew him, I would offer him a cup of tea and a chat, and try and get him some trauma counselling. It will take years and years to deal with that. I hope he is surrounded by ‘friends’ that don’t sell him’ to the gutter media’.

If you are a professional journalist reading this, come on, show some balls and tell your boss to ‘stick it’ if they make you identify a vulnerable person like this.

To make a Press Complaint
: https://www.ipso.co.uk/make-a-complaint/

For those who need help after the Grenfell Tower Fire, here are some useful numbers

Mind Charity (for Mental Health) 0300 123 3393

Child Bereavement Uk, if parents etc have lost a child. UK Tel 01494 568 900

Cruse Bereavement Care 0808 808 1677

Winston’s Wish (The Charity for Bereaved Children) FREEPHONE
08088 020 021

The Guardian complain about identifing the person but flash up the Daily Mail with their tweet identifying him, here (which is ironic). https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/16/mail-online-story-about-alleged-cause-of-grenfell-fire-prompts-more-than-1100-complaints?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2FIOlg+%28Media+%7C+The+Guardian%29

Ironically if the Royals behave badly, the Press censors their photos. Identifying vulnerable people is ‘an attack on the poor, the superrich who can afford gaggling clauses.

Company Greed: Taxi Companies charging Full Rates for Grenfell Fire donors

An unnamed taxi driver driving into Notting Hill has been charging people full price to whose who have been giving large donations to the Grenfell Fire survivors to avoid getting ‘abuse from his company’.

The Metropolitan police say that 17 people were killed, including children, in the devastating Grenfell Fire, in Notting Hill, London, this week.

UPDATE: 15/5 Some cabbies are offering discounts or their services for free unlike the cabbie who charged £37.00 http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/grenfell-disaster-black-cab-and-uber-drivers-join-charge-to-help-victims-as-londoners-unite-in-a3566316.html

Notting Hill: Grenfell Fire: Nine British Red Cross Volunteers helping out

The British Red Cross have been providing Grenfell Fire survivors with food and water.

They say that nine volunteers are helping to distribute clothing, food and water donated by members of the public to people affected by the blaze at Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.

Jon Pewtner, Red Cross senior emergency response officer, said: “Nine volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing practical and emotional support, including breakfast items, at a rest centre for residents”

They currently state that they have enough donations but advise the public that the Westway Trust needs large plastic containers to store donations for the GrenfellTower residents.

If you would like to fundraise for the Red Cross see http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Donation-enquiries