Highlights: Camden Community Festivals Fund; Low Cost Trustee Training from VAC and Mary Ward Centre; Concert in Aid of Caritas Westminster; Live web chat on the Care Act; Lunch Time Football; Mytime Active; Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting; Hampstead & Kilburn Parliamentary Constituency ‘Hustings’ Meeting; Workfare’ and Benefits Sanctions: The Perils of Participation; Ageing Better in Camden Update; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.
Hurry – Closing Monday – Camden Community Festivals Fund
Camden Council is supporting this grants programme in recognition of the contribution made by community festivals and events to strengthening Camden communities and in developing a rich culture and economy within the borough.
The fund is to sustain and develop Camden’s rich culture, its strong communities and dynamic partnerships by supporting quality, creative events, projects and activities. This year the fund is managed by Voluntary Action Camden (VAC).
Applications are welcome for grants of £200 to £5000 for:
~ Small-scale events with a capacity of under 500 people, the maximum amount that can be applied for is £500.
~ Larger-scale events with a capacity of 500 people or more the maximum that can be applied for is £5,000. Please note the average is £1,000.
A copy of the detailed guideline can be downloaded here.
The application process is open from Monday 19th January 2015.
The deadline for completed applications is: 6pm on Thursday 16th March 2015
Full details and links to the forms can be found at http://www.vac.org.uk/camden-community-festivals-fund/
If you would like more information and/or to be sent hard copies of the application forms and the guidelines please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 020 7284 6553. Fax. 020 7284 6551. VAC, 293-299 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ.
Please note your grant is only administered by VAC. For all other aspects of your event please contact Camden Council’s events team. email@example.com. Tel: 020 7974 5633.
Low Cost Trustee Training from VAC and Mary Ward Centre
Governance In The Voluntary And Community Sector
14th May 2015 – 25th Jun 2015 (£71/£25) Thursdays, 17:30-20:30
A short course for members of governing bodies or anybody who is interested in developing the knowledge and skills required to be a member of a governing body in the voluntary or community sector. With the knowledge gained from this course you can become an effective participant in the governance of new and existing organisations. This is not a qualification course.
* Introduction to the Role of a Governing Body Member
* Developing Governance – Responsibilities and Accountability
* Governance – Strategy and Structures
Find out more and book at the Mary Ward Centre website. For questions about the course contact Kevin Nunan.
Concert in Aid of Caritas Westminster
JS Back, Psalm 51, Venice Chamber Orchestra, Wednesday 25th March at 8pm at St Anselm and St Cecilia Church, Kingsway, WC2. £10 in advance www.bit.ly/Bach51
Live web chat on the Care Act – Tuesday 17 March, 1 to 2pm
On Tuesday 17 March, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Pat Callaghan will be hosting a live web chat on the Care Act in Camden – to answer any questions you may have on what is changing and what the changes mean for people who use services and carers.
The web chat will be hosted at wearecamden.org/careact
To take part in the discussion you will need to register with We Are Camden – then simply log in on the day to post a comment.
If you can’t take part in the live discussion you can submit a question in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Callaghan will try to answer as many questions as possible during the session.
You will also be able to view the discussion online afterwards.
Find out more about the Care Act Visit: camden.gov.uk/careact Email: email@example.com Phone: 020 7974 4444
Also Care Act courses are available to book onto via TDSOnline and have a choice of dates and times in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions or if you need help making your booking please contact the training support team:
TDSOnline@camden.gov.uk tel 020 7974 4467/ 3701/ 2821
Lunch Time Football
For 5-a-side & 9-a-side Football
www.hireapitch.com/camden 020 3589 6019 for bookings
Monday to Friday Lunchtime Pitches 12-3pm
Mytime Active are currently running Apples & Pears Healthy Lifestyle and Child Weight Management programmes across the borough of Camden.
Our free services are open to 0-18 years (including postnatal women) and are targeted and child identified as being above a healthy weight. We also provide free workforce training on ‘Raising the Issue of Weight’ which provides front line children’s staff with the knowledge and skills to learn how to sensitively raise the issue of weight with families. We are currently delivering programmes in community venues across the borough and are keen to integrate ourselves into the community as much as possible and link with local organisations. If you would like to find out more about our services or work in partnership together, please contact Ellie Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org/07714 077409).
Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting will be held on Thursday 26 March,
6.30 for a 7.00 pm start, Committee Rooms 5 & 6, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD.
The meeting will be in two parts; in the first part we will look at what’s being done to reduce Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in Camden. You will be able to find out how it’s being tackled in the Borough and about the support available to victims and witnesses:
• Officers from Camden will be providing a presentation on the ‘Know it’s not too late’ initiative aimed at older victims.
• There will be a tabletop exercise allowing attendees to think about how it feels to be a victim of domestic violence and abuse.
During the second part of the meeting we will be finding out about the proposed late night levy and policing across the Borough:
• Camden Council’s Community Safety Team will be a presentation on the consultation currently under way about the introduction of a late night levy.
• Chief Superintended Richard Tucker, Head of Camden Police, will provide a report on policing in the Borough.
• There will be a question and answer session where you can raise issues of concern in your area.
Food and refreshments will be available from 6.30 to 7.00 pm.
Hampstead & Kilburn Parliamentary Constituency ‘Hustings’ Meeting, Tuesday 24th March, 7.15pm, at the Tricycle Theatre
Age UK Camden is helping to organise a hustings event where all the prospective parliamentary candidates for Hampstead & Kilburn will talk about their election promises, and answer questions from constituents. All four prospective parliamentary candidates have accepted, and Geoff Martin, (editor of the Ham & High), is chairing the event. As there is expected to be very a closely-fought battle for the Hampstead & Kilburn seat, this is sure to be an interesting evening and we are expecting a lively debate!
There is an opportunity to pre-log any questions you may have for the panel, and there will also be cards available on the night for questions to be written out, as well as ample opportunity for questions from the floor in the auditorium. The hustings meeting is a joint venture between Age UK Camden, Age UK Brent and the Tricycle Theatre’s Young Company, and as such will be an intergenerational event, and we invite you to continue the evening afterwards in the café with all three organisations.
If you would like to attend, please email Jo at Age UK Camden on Jo.Bartlett-Hubbard@ageukcamden.org.uk, or call her on 020 7239 0400, telling her how many tickets you would like, whether you have any access requirements, and including any questions you would like logged for the panel of candidates.
At 7.15pm on Tuesday 24th March 2015 at Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR.
The Charity Commission seems to be going beyond its brief
Debra Allcock Tyler has sparked some debate in the sector by asking if it is right that the regulator should seek to influence the funding decisions of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust because of a media storm. Full story on Third Sector.
Voluntary Groups, ‘Workfare’ and Benefits Sanctions: The Perils of Participation
Thursday 19th March 12.30-3pm LIFT Islington, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW
The ‘Help to Work Programme’ (introduced last April) is specifically designed to attract the involvement of charities and voluntary groups.
The meeting on the 19th March is organised jointly by KVV, Greater London Volunteering and the London Voluntary Services Council. It will provide an opportunity to:
• Spread information about the Help to Work Programme and the ways in which it is being rolled out by the DWP, primes and their subcontractors (including testimony from claimants who have been affected);
• Share information and experiences between participants who have had contact with the Programme;
• Gain greater understanding and awareness about the effects of workfare and benefits sanctions;
• Help to decide what further action can be taken.
This event will be of particular relevance for volunteer centres, advice agencies, food banks, employment support projects, those operating charity shops and local Councils for Voluntary Services.
The event is free and includes lunch. Please arrive at 12.30pm for a 1pm start to the meeting. You can find out more and register for the event here.
More information on Help to Work and Work fare can be on the Keep Volunteering Voluntary (www.kvv.org.uk) and Boycott Workfare (http://www.boycottworkfare.org/) websites.
Ageing Better in Camden Update 11th March 2015
1. Tendering Process
If you are thinking of applying for any of the tenders already published PLEASE FILL IN PART A ON PAGE 2 of the ‘INVITATION TO TENDER’ AND RETURN. Do not leave this until the submission deadline, because as soon as we receive it you will be included in all the email dialogue between Ageing Better in Camden Programme Managers and other bidders. If you don’t fill it in, you won’t be on the email list for that tender, and will not receive this information which will assist you in preparing your tender. This information will not be sent out to our general mailing list but only to organisations that have completed the Acknowledgment of Tender Form’ .
2. General Update
Ageing Better in Camden submitted a Project Plan to the Big Lottery in December 2015. They have been reviewing it since then, and we hope it will be ‘signed off’ by the end of March. We took a view to press ahead with tendering during this period, because we wanted to start the programme in 1 July 2015.
During this time the Big Lottery have asked over 60 questions, of varying depth, had many phone calls and documentation reviews. One of the issues they wanted Ageing Better in Camden to review was our tendering and procurement. Ageing Better in Camden (unlike some of the Ageing Better areas in other parts of the UK) had wanted to have an open process of procurement, in which all organisations could compete fairly for the projects within the programme. This was supported by the Big Lottery, however they were concerned that Age UK Camden (the lead partner and the Lottery contract holder) could not employ the programme managers to write the specifications and then Age UK apply for the bids. While the Ageing Better in Camden Board supported by colleagues at London Borough of Camden and Camden Clinical Commissioning group, were confident in the internal practices and procedures between the programme managers and the Age UK Camden staff, the Big Lottery were uncomfortable about this potential conflict of interest. The Big Lottery asked Ageing Better in Camden to suspend the tendering and procurement process.
Therefore the Ageing Better in Camden Strategic Board decided along with the Big Lottery that Age UK Camden would not bid for any contracts; however, Age UK Camden would receive the funding for ‘partnership and training’ and ‘LGBT Community Action’ subject to a ”health check” and value for money test. Both services will be overseen by a small working group from the Strategic Board consisting of older people and expert professionals. It is expected that with both services Age UK Camden will not be the sole delivery agency, but will work in partnership with other Camden organisations. These two services were selected for different reasons: The ‘Partnership and Training’ because it complements the work of the Programme Management and the ‘core’ work of the contract; the ‘LGBT Community Action’ because Opening Doors London (based within Age UK Camden) is the lead provider of services to older LGBT people in North London. Opening Doors London are expected to work in partnership with other providers, a meeting of all interested parties will be arranged soon.
Ageing Better in Camden are sorry that this change has had to be made to the published programme of tenders, there have been difficult decisions to make. However, we believe this course of action is the fairest and the most pragmatic to serve the isolated and older people in Camden, and has been approved by the Big Lottery.
The revised timetable is here.
If you have any queries about this please do contact either Corinna Hyman (Corinna.email@example.com) or Julia Shelley (Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Book Sale This Saturday
Tomorrow – Saturday 14 March, 11am to 3 pm at St Pancras Community Association Centre at 30 Camden Street, London NW1 (opposite the Sports Pitches behind Richard Cobden School).
Come and browse a great selection of second hand books. Prices 25p to £2. Entrance fee 50p which includes tea or coffee. All proceeds to help fund Women and Health in Carol Street and St Pancras Community Association (SPCA).
The March edition of the Capacity Building Bulletin is Available Now.
Camden have implemented some changes in this month’s bulletin to make it easier to use. These include taking out the ‘Funders’ section of the bulletin and keeping it as a separate PDF (There are links to this PDF on the same page as the bulletin and within the bulletin itself with alerts on upcoming deadlines).We have added in a ‘Highlights’ section for funding/training/event opportunities that we believe would be particularly valuable to the sector.
It is important for organisations to note that the bulletin operates as a complementary supplement to the VAC newsletter and that the primary purpose of the bulletin is to promote funding and training opportunities for the sector.
The Third Sector Team would appreciate hearing some feedback on the following:
– The new format of the bulletin
– Any information that you think should or shouldn’t be in the bulletin
– Any further changes we could make to the format of the bulletin
– General feedback on other aspects of the bulletin that you would like to comment on
Please send all feedback to me at this email address – email@example.com
UK Deaf Sport, New Horizons Youth Centre, VAC, CRI, and Camden PA are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.
Camden Shares. The website for exchanges in Camden. www.camdenshares.org.uk
You can join in on Facebook. Like us if you like us.
Follow all the Camden Voluntary Sector news on OneCamden on Twitter.
You can read more about all of these stories on our news page at www.vac.org.uk/new
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Tender Education & Arts- A call for new partners. Increasing our Social Impact
Following the successful recruitment of our first two Social Franchise Partners in Hull and Kent, Tender is now inviting expressions of interest from organisations who would like to join the partnership of a national response to violence prevention in the lives of young people.
Tender is a London charity, working to end domestic abuse and sexual coercion and violence through arts-based prevention programmes in schools, youth centres, Pupil Referral Units and Youth Offending Teams.
We are now ready to share this model with more partners across the UK. We are looking to work with like minded organisations with a track record of funded programme delivery and ideally, existing relationships with schools and out-of-school settings.
To obtain an information document giving full details of the social franchise system, please email Susie McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org, marking your email ‘Tender Social Franchise’.
London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch a new ‘Partners for Health’ grant programme.
Grants of up to £10,000 will be considered for social action projects tackling the effects of poverty and health inequalities in London. ‘Partners for Health’ is open to community groups that can demonstrate a thoughtful response to local needs and partnership with an expert health agency. There is a particular interest in the areas of mental health and addiction.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 29 May 2015. The application form and guidance can be downloaded at www.londoncatalyst.org.uk/grants/ – click on the ‘Partners For Health’ link in the opening paragraph of our Special Interest Grants.
A new community fund giving away up to £25,000 for projects that will make a real difference to local communities.
This is ideal for small charities, if you have an idea for a new project, or there’s an existing project that would benefit from additional funding, it’s well worth getting involved to help secure vital funds for your cause.
The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding for projects to help enhance local communities. You can apply for funding to support all kinds of projects, as long as it is for the greater good of the community. To qualify, your project must make a positive difference to people’s lives in one of the following categories:
~ Health, disability and wellbeing
~ Supporting the younger generation
~ Supporting the older generation
~ Community support
There are four different funding levels you can apply for, ranging from £1,000 to up to £25,000. The projects will be put forward to a public vote, with the most popular going through to the Finals to be judged by the judging panel.
The fund launches on 24th March. You can find out more information on the Aviva Community Fund website.
Some key dates for the competition:
1. Submissions will open on 24th March, until 30th April
2. Voting opens on 1st May – 30th May, so this will be the time to get busy promoting your project to as many friends and family as possible to secure their votes
3. The most-voted for projects asking for up to £1,000 will secure their funding. The projects asking for up to £5,000 or more with the most votes will go through to the Finals to be judged by the judging panel.
The Camden Hive – A new crowdfunding website to help you make Camden even better
Have an idea to make Camden even better? Need funding? The Camden Hive page on the crowdfunding website Spacehive brings together projects for the public good by people who live, work or play in Camden. Your idea needs to be in Camden, costed and open to the public. Choose a fundraising target and how long to run your campaign. Then upload an explanation of your idea plus photos or a video and get a totaliser showing the time left and who has pledged money so far. Use your networks, social media, email and the press to attract pledges of support. If you hit your target in your chosen period, you get the money to start work and Spacehive take a small sum for costs and Paypal charges. As with most crowdfunding sites, if your project misses its target no-one’s account is debited, but you may still get publicity and in-kind support. More info at Project Dirt
On Tuesday 10 March Spacehive is running a workshop to show how to create a project on the Camden Hive, 6-8pm at the council’s new premises at 5 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG. To book, email email@example.com
The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust has funding available for vulnerable children
For children (0-18 years), where the parent or carer works / has previously worked, in any aspect of the UK fashion and textile industry. (This is very broad reaching and even covers employees that work in supermarkets that sell clothing!)
We have two different grant types, as follows: (grants typically start at £150)
Wellbeing grants for items including essential items (including clothing, bedding and white goods) therapies, respite activities, mobility equipment, specialist clothing and adaptations to the home.
Education grants for items including specialist tutorial support, learning tools (including specialist tools, books and course equipment), school necessities (including uniform and sports equipment), transport costs and school fees*
*Applications for support with school fees are considered where the state education system has been unable to meet the young person’s needs, and there is no alternative state school.
To make an application, we ask that the parent or carer meets the following criteria:
1. The child must be aged between 0-18 yrs.
2. The parent or full time carer, must currently work or have previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry
3. The parent is able to show that there is no state provision for the needs of their children
Ageing Better in Camden Announce Invitations to Tender
Ageing Better in Camden has now published the Invitation for Tender Documentation for the Digital Inclusion Project and the Intergenerational Activities Project on the Age UK Camden website. Ageing Better apologise for the delay. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/ageing-better-in-camden/.
Please note that there is an ‘Acknowledgement of Tender Form’ in the ‘Invitation for Tender Documentation’.
Ageing Better in Camden need to receive this form, so that you can be included in the clarification dialogue between Ageing Better in Camden and other bidders about the tendering documentation and process.
The revised timetable for the tendering process is also on the website.
Please note that the Intergenerational Activities Project now covers children (under 18 years old) AND younger adults (18 – 40 year olds) across Camden.
Please refer to http://www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/ageing-better-in-camden/ for updates.
Camden Prevention Challenge: Improving mental health
£750k has been identified to develop new preventative support for people with mental health problems in Camden. The £750,000 is equally funded by Camden Council, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group and Camden & Islington Foundation Trust.
Camden’s Adult Mental Health Commissioners are hosting 3 events in March to get ideas from mental health service users, providers, carers and practitioners how the money should be best spent.
Ways to contribute:
1. Post comments/ideas on We are Camden webpage
2. Join us at conversation events taking place in March below- please RVSP firstname.lastname@example.org – places are limited.
3. Contact a Mental Health Commissioner or member of the Mental Health and Substance Misuse Commissioning Team
Conversation one: How can we enable people with mental and physical health to take part in physical activities and music?
Conversation two: What can help people take charge of their mental health?
Queen’s Crescent Community Centre, 45 Ashdown Crescent, London NW5 4QE
Monday 23 March, 2 to 4pm
Conversation three: What would make it easier for people to take part in community activities and opportunities?
Bedford House Gym, Holborn Community Association,35 Emerald Street, London WC1N 3Q
Monday 30 March, 1 to 3pm
After 9th March, Richard Elphick, Strategic Mental Health Commissioner –– email@example.com 020 7974 8545
Julia Chappell, Strategic Mental Health Commissioner – firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7974 6651
Rosemary Howes, Mental Health Placement and Performance Co-ordinator in Mental Health Commissioning Team – email@example.com 020 7974 5070
Camden Carers Service Urgent Brief Breaks
Every carer knows when things reach a critical pitch and the pressure valve is about to blow.
That’s when you may need an Urgent Brief Break!
If you provide unpaid care for someone who lives in the London Borough of Camden then you may be eligible
Referrals can be made by a Professional or you can refer yourself
For more information please call Angela 020 7428 8950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/
VAC has a full programme of courses coming up: Click here to find out more. All courses are £25 for members (unless otherwise stated).
Mental Health First Aid Training at VAC
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a nationally approved two-day course, designed for anyone without specialist mental health training. The course promotes awareness of mental health issues, and trains non-mental health professionals to recognise those affected by mental health problems and to offer initial help and guidance towards professional support. This can lead to improved outcomes for those affected, their families, friends, colleagues and employers.
Participants will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and certificate on completion of the course.
Do you have any questions or want to book a place?
Contact the Mental Health Team at Voluntary Action Camden:
Maureen Brewster on email@example.com or 020 7284 6563
Ann Wolfe on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7284 6565
Sue Dowd on email@example.com or 020 7284 6559
Next course dates: Monday 16th February and Monday 23rd February 2015
New VAC Training Programme
- 13th March: Project Management Introduction
- 6th May: Project Management Starter
- 14th May: Governance/Trustees 6 evenings
Dementia Friends Information Sessions
Would you like to improve your understanding of dementia and what it might be like to live with the condition?
People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is about raising awareness and encouraging people to do the small things that can make a difference to people living with dementia – from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia. The initiative, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are short, interactive and fun. If you would like VAC to run a session for your organisation or community group, please contact Ann Wolfe on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
AgeUKCamden Retirement Planning Training
Plan Ahead this New Year – Don’t accidentally leave your assets to the tax man or a distant relative not seen for 40 years. Age UK Camden is encouraging older people to take some time this New Year to ‘Plan Ahead’ to ensure that all financial and legal matters are in order. The charity is running a series of information events where people can find out more about personal wealth planning, tax including inheritance tax, trusts, pensions, investments, and much more.
The information sessions, which will be held on the 18th March 2015 at 11.30am in West Hampstead Library, Dennington Park Road, London NW6 1AU and on the 21st May 2015 at 14.30 in Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA will provide older people with the opportunity to speak to qualified financial and legal advisors, who can assist people to arrange their legal and financial matters, including wills, tax planning, inheritance tax and equity release.
There will also be a series of “pop-up” events across Camden which will inform older people of all of the aspects of financial and legal planning that they need to be aware of, followed by one-to-one appointments to discuss their individual situations. On legal planning, powers of attorney are a useful option for many to consider, and on finances planning ahead for the cost of care is a worry to many.
To attend one of the information sessions, or to find out more about the Plan Ahead project, Contact the Advice team on 020 7837 3777 or email@example.com
Notice of Visually Impaired in Camden Annual General Meeting 2015
Tuesday 21 April 2015 from 2-4pm
At Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Road, NW3 3NR
The AGM will include presentation of the Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2014-15 (which will be distributed to members nearer the time) and the election of the Steering Committee for 2015-16.
Light refreshments will be provided. To help with catering please let Rosemary know if you will be attending the AGM, Tel: 07980 328 959. Thank you.
(Note: The AGM is open to VIC members only.)
Membership Renewal 2015-16
If you have not already done so, it is now time to renew your membership of VIC. The cost is £7, but donations are always welcome! Membership entitles you to subsidised outings, Christmas lunch and events plus 12 newsletters (packed full of news and information) per year. All round terrific value! Cheques should be made payable to Visually Impaired in Camden and sent to VIC, c/o Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, NW1 1EE.
Discover Recovery, Camden’s annual community celebration of recovery.
Wednesday March 25th 11am-4pm. At Arlington Conference Centre (220 Arlington Rd, NW1 7HE)
This will be a celebration and promotion of recovery opportunities and achievements across the borough, with those in recovery at its heart.
The event will be hosted by a partnership of Camden recovery services, including CRI, SHP and NHS foundation Trust, and featuring:
· info stalls by recovery organisations throughout Camden
· programme workshops/tasters
· speakers sharing their recovery story
· recognition awards to recovery role models
· live music
· T-shirt printing
· artwork display
· refreshments provided by Camden’s Recovery Cafe (Royal College Street) And much more.
London Hazards Health and Safety training targeted at hard to reach communities
Targeted in particular at migrant workers, unpaid carers, cleaners and people working in the hospitality industry. Some of the most marginalised people – probably working long hours, in dangerous conditions and on low pay.
Health & Safety Essentials
31 March, April 7th, 9th April and 16th April 9.45am-1pm at VAC
Do you want to know your rights when it comes to health & safety?
Do you know who is responsible for enforcing health & safety?
Too many people are working in dangerous and unhealthy conditions – and often working long hours for low pay. Job insecurity pushes people to keep their heads down and just get on with the job, even if it’s risking their health. Lots of people may not have the help and support of a trade union. If this sounds like you, then make that change. Attend the London Hazards Centre training and have some fun learning about your rights and how to enforce them. What you will get from the Training:
Main Health & safety legislation – you will be able to identify the main H&S laws
Who is responsible for Health and safety – you will have knowledge of employer and employee responsibilities
Enforcing health & safety – you will be able to identify the principle organisations that enforce H&S
Basic risk assessment – you will be able to recognise risks – learners will be able to carry out a risk assessment
Sources of advice, information & support.
For more information or to book a place please email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
Help shape volunteering services in Camden: Focus group for black & minority ethnic organisations
Volunteer Centre Camden are evaluating the service we provide for black and minority ethnic (BME) organisations in Camden, and want to make sure we are using our funding in the most helpful way.
This event will be a focus group discussion where you will be able to tell us what help you need to successfully involve volunteers, and what the Volunteer Centre can do for you. Bring all of your ideas – we’ll be very happy to hear them!
Interested groups can read more and sign up at www.bme-camden.eventbrite.com
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at 10am – 1pm, including tasty lunch: Location on request
For more information please contact Shadin Dowson-Zeidan: 020 7424 9990 email@example.com
Bloomsbury Babies is growing up, Monday, 16 March 2015 from 10:00 to 12:00
Of course we still love babies, but now we offer lots of great flexible working services for parents….Join us for a fun and informative morning of networking and the launch of our new website:
– free creche
– Julie MacDonald, Al Jazeera presenter and mumpreneur talks about her blog ‘The Daily Juggle’
– our Parent-Cubator entrepreneurs showcase their new businesses.
– business experts provide 1:1 advice for start ups and free lancers
Do you have questions about Bloomsbury Beginnings Launch Event with TV Presenter Julie MacDonald? Contact Bloomsbury Beginnings. Book at Eventbrite
Camden Deaf Awareness day – all welcome
Tuesday 12 May 2015, 9am to 4pm Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London, WC1H 9AU
It’s the first Camden Deaf Awareness Day. Explore the challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing residents and find out more about the support available across the borough. It’s a chance to exchange stories, experiences and ideas and look at how we can work together better. The day will include VIP speakers, a question time session and stalls from local and national organisations.
Communication support will be provided including BSL interpreters, Lip speakers, a Palantypist and T-Loop.
For more information or if you wish to volunteer on the day please contact Asif Iqbal, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 020 7974 4444. Typetalk: 18001 020 7974 4444 TexBox: 020 7974 6866
‘It’s A Bake Off!’ at Kentish Town Community Centre Saturday 28th March 1.30-5pm.
Bring in cakes to enter or just turn up for some lunch, an egg hunt and tea party. Free, open to all. Bakers must sign up in advance. Visit www.ktcc.org.uk/events for more information. 17 Busby Place, NW5 2SP
Kentish Town Community Cente are also looking for one-off volunteers and Festival Events Assistants, details can be found here https://do-it.org/organisations/kentish-town-community-centre.
Lunchtime Volunteering Fair with Volunteer Centre Camden
Looking for volunteers? Come and meet people who want to volunteer at our next volunteering fair
Thursday 19th March, 12-2pm
Clarence Way Hall, Bradfield Court Off Hawley Road, NW1 8RN
Check out all of the details here. And book your place via eventbrite here.
Whole Systems Change – co-producing new models of health and care in London
16th April from 2pm till 5pm at Human Rights Action Centre
Take part in LVSC’s exciting new event which will explore co-production between the voluntary & community sector (VCS), local communities, patient bodies and the statutory and academic sectors in shaping and delivering new models of primary and community care as outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Better Health for London report.
The event aims are to:
• Understand the complexities of the current health and care system and the need for change.
• Explore the role of the of the voluntary & community sector (VCS), local communities and patient bodies in shaping and co-producing the new models of primary and community care as set out in the Five Year Forward View and Better Health for London
There will be interactive workshops on developing a health and care roadmap and manifesto.
Confirmed speaker: Dr Sam Everington, Chair Tower Hamlets CCG. Dr Everington also leads national work on primary care-driven care models and service redesign and is a member on the King’s Fund Board.
Other speakers to be confirmed. Link to registration
Camden Carers’ Service
Has a full range of events and activities for unpaid carers in Camden. Find out more on the Camden Carers’ Service website www.camdencs.org.uk/activities
Decentralise in Camden
The Camden Climate Change Alliance will be hosting a half day event on Thursday 21 May – ‘Decentralise In Camden’ – to bring together local organisations who are interested in understanding and contributing to Camden’s vision for decentralised energy networks. With knowledgeable speakers and case studies, the event will provide an opportunity for attendees to understand the benefits of implementing or connecting to an energy network, to learn about the various projects delivered to date and most importantly, what will be going on in Camden in over the coming years.
If your organisation would be interested in finding out more about the ‘Decentralise in Camden’ event, register your interest by emailing email@example.com and we’ll keep you updated.
Don’t forget that Camden TDS run a full programme of course which are subsidised or free for voluntary sector partner organisations. There is a link to a list of partner organisations on the home page.
Find more Training Opportunities at www.vac.org.uk
JOBS AND VOLUNTEERS
Hilldrop Area Community Association Seeks Head of Centre
£30,000 – £35,000 per annum (21 hours pro-rata) Job reference 15/01 21 hours per week
The post of Head of Centre offers an exciting opportunity to lead the next phase of development for an estate-based, multi-purpose community centre that has been at the heart of the St George’s Ward in Islington for over 30 years. Currently designated as a Community Hub with a remit to join-up local services to maximise the offer to local residents, the HACA has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for local residents, and grow the potential of smaller local organisations.
It is essential that you have excelled at working with local communities and can demonstrate how you have previously managed successful community centres or worked at a senior level in delivering community development programmes. Your ability to foster good community partnerships, and your influencing and public relations skills are also key in relation to achieving community buy in and raising the profile of the Centre.
We encourage you to seek an application pack by email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting relevant reference number.
Closing date for applications: Monday 20th April 2015 at 17:00pm
Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 29th April 2015
Hilldrop Area Community Association is an equal opportunity employer
Job opportunity – Carers’ Training and Activities Co-ordinator
We are looking to appoint a Training and Activities Co-ordinator who will develop, co-ordinate and deliver an exciting and comprehensive programme of training and activities that will meet the needs of carers in the borough.
An application pack can be downloaded by going to http://www.camdencs.org.uk/get-involved or by emailing email@example.com or by telephoning 020 7428 8950.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd March. Interview will be held on Thursday 2nd April.
VAC seeks Trustees
Voluntary Action Camden wants to recruit some new trustees. In particular the Executive Committee is looking for people who have knowledge of the needs of different communities, strategic planning, marketing, finance and above all a willingness to explore new ways of working. This is a great opportunity to develop your own skills and knowledge by working with an organisation that is well respected and renowned to be an example of good practice and innovation.
To find out more about VAC visit our website www.vac.org.uk or have a look at our last annual report click here http://vac.org.uk/our-work/annual-report/
Please send your CV to Simone Hensby firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to discuss the work of VAC in greater detail and your contribution please email email@example.com tel 020 7284 6557.
Volunteering Opportunities at VAC
Voluntary Action Camden is seeking to increase its capacity to provide tailor made support to voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises. We are looking for people with skills and experience in the areas of governance, fundraising, financial management, business planning and the setting up of new organisations.
To find out more about VAC and the services it offers visit our website www.vac.org.uk or have a look at our last annual report click here http://vac.org.uk/our-work/annual-report/
If you are interested in contributing, on a paid or voluntary basis, please send your CV to Simone Hensby firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like to discuss the work of VAC in greater detail and your possible contribution please email Kevin Nunan email@example.com or telephone 020 7284 6557.
Volunteers wanted CRI Services in Camden
CRI is a charity for people whose lives have been affected by substance misuse. CRI supports its clients through structured day programmes including group work, 1-1 key working, counselling and alternative therapies. Volunteers will be trained to eventually manage a small, low risk caseload.
Camden DIP is CRI’s criminal justice service in the Borough. Working closely with the police, prisons and probation the aim is to support clients who are involved in the criminal justice system to reduce their drug use and offending. Volunteer opportunities are also available in this service.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact;
Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07554435207
Creating Deaf Sport Coaches
For a limited time UK Deaf Sport are offering financial support for people who want to become coaches in deaf sport.
The aim of the bursary is to increase the numbers of coaches in deaf grass roots sport
Ideally you will be a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or somebody from the deaf community who wants to be involved in coaching people who are deaf or hard of hearing in sport.
We are looking for people who want to begin coaching by taking their first level 1 qualification and those looking to progress from level 1 to level 2
The coach bursary scheme is open for a limited time only from 1st February to 20th of March 2015.
Applications must use the form and be submitted either in writing or via e mail to the National Participation Officer no later than 20th March 2015. Click here to find out more.
Looking for a challenging and rewarding role?
New Horizon Youth Centre works with young homeless/vulnerable people in Kings Cross and is seeking volunteers to support its youth work and advice services from Monday to Sunday. We provide training, support, lunch, travel expenses and the chance to work alongside dynamic and creative team and client group.
Contact us now to find out more
Email email@example.com or call 0207 388 5560. www.nhyouthcentre.org.uk/
VAC seeks Database and Website Data Entry Volunteer
Are you good with data entry and would like to learn more about using online databases and website? We are looking for a new volunteer to carry on this valuable work. Ideally you will be able to offer 2 days per week – 14 hours/week (Tuesday & Wednesday). The main role is to:
~ To update and maintain information on the Client Database and ensure the accuracy of all data recorded.
~ To provide data-entry support to enter core VAC and VAC project work, outcomes and evaluations on the database and / or other monitoring software e.g. MS Excel.
~ To keep the VAC website up-to-date with the latest training opportunities from VAC and latest funding opportunities as they relate to the local Camden Voluntary and Community Sector.
Find out more on our website or contact Alex Charles firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7284 6562
Camden Carers Service seeks Befrienders
Would you like to help older carers around the borough of Camden have a better social life too? Do you value older people? Do you have time available in the day? Are you friendly and reliable?
Camden Carers Service is launching a new project to provide befriending and support for our older carers. We are looking to recruit volunteers interested in befriending from a range of backgrounds, varying life experiences and across all ages. People who are friendly, patient, good listeners and understanding will be spending time with carers on a weekly basis for a couple of hours or so.
Volunteering with CCS as a befriender means you provide support (typically up to 12 weeks) for older carers after the initial introduction process. You will need to be able to visit your befriendees regularly for minimum of 3 hours per week. DBS check required. Contact Camden Carers Service for further information contact email@example.com Tell: 02074288950
£3000 AGE grant for employers recruiting an apprentice – available for six months only
Between January and June 2015, London-based employers of 250 staff or fewer can access a grant of £3,000 if they choose to recruit an apprentice aged 16-24. The grant is available exclusively to employers who have not recruited an apprentice in the last twelve months. Grants are available after the apprentice has been in post for thirteen weeks.
Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to tackle skills shortages, helping organisations across all industries to harness fresh talent.
For advice on accessing the grant and support in recruiting an apprentice in recruiting an apprentice, please contact the Camden Apprenticeships team on 0207 974 1736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Socially Responsible Recruiting
A new, award-winning skills matching service that connects employers with skilled and experienced people to do one-off or part-time jobs has launched in Camden, with a strong social benefit ethic.
“There is a very large number of people in Camden who are fantastically skilled and work-ready but are off the radar to employers because they’re not looking for full-time work and aren’t constantly scouring the job ads,” says Jonathan Collie, founder of Trading Times.
These people are highly skilled over 50s, and family carers. Trading Times brings them to you. It’s free to candidates. It costs you only £35, and only when you are connected to the perfect candidates.
Paul Fordham of Abbey Community Centre in Camden said: “”We posted our occasional job opportunity on Trading Times because we at the Abbey Community Centre recognise the value of the flexibility that can come with age. Trading Times offers a tailored means to directly target opportunities at an older group that the vast majority of other job sites simply do not seem to tap.”
Register at https://tradingtimes.org.uk/ and let Trading Times match you with the right local people for your needs.
CamdenPAs – personal assistants in health and social care
A new website www.camdenpas.org.uk has been created in partnership with HCCT, Camden Council, DISC and Age UK Camden to boost the market of health and social care personal assistant and provide more choice for the employers of PAs.
CamdenPAs is new way for those wanting to employ a personal assistant to find a PA who meets their interests and needs. Employers can look through PA profiles or post their own advertisement to specify what they are looking for.
The site is also an opportunity for those with an interest/experience in health and social care roles to promote themselves in this expanding market. The site is an exciting, flexible opportunity to gain entry into employment since more and more people have personal budgets and direct payments and are becoming employers. It
is also an opportunity for trainees or those who have worked as unpaid carers.
The site matches Personal Assistants with potential employers. It allows PAs to add ‘profiles’ promoting their skills, experience and interests. They can also view and respond to the ‘ads’ of those wanting to employ a PA.
Access CamdenPAs at: www.camdenpas.org.uk
If you have any questions do get in touch via the email below, or contact DISC and Age UK Camden who can assist potential employers interested in recruiting PAs or creating their ad. email@example.com
Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at http://www.vac.org.uk/
OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Best Ever Case for Grants – NHS England Produces Ground Breaking Guidance on Grants
We all know that grants are a fundamentally important part of the funding mix for voluntary sector organisations. A new publication from NHS England is a great new tool to make the case to commissioners.
Bite-size Guide to Grants aims to support clinical commissioners to better understand grants and can be used in your work with CCGs. It outlines the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary sector and suggests practical steps for commissioners about using grants to support priorities.
NHS England worked with some of the strategic partners, including NAVCA, to produce the guide. It has been published alongside a non-mandatory grant agreement which CCGs are able to use and adapt. NHS England has said that they are committed to working with voluntary sector partners to develop this agreement over the coming year and to publish other resources to support commissioners to work with the sector. Please draw the attention of your commissioners to this important guide. More information at Faith Action. David Ainsworth, Deputy Editor, Charity Finance has written an interesting article in support of grants as well, and decrying the governments attitude to them.
Room sought by Drukpa UK (to rent)
Drukpa UK is a registered charity which aims to promote public education about Buddhism, particularly but not exclusively, Tibetan Buddhism. It aims to benefit society by relieving poverty, sickness and distress around the world, providing financial help and assistance.
Drukpa UK operated from premises in Primrose Hill where it delivered Qi-gong and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (non religious) classes for the local community, as well as teaching and practice sessions on Buddhism.
Unfortunately, we had to leave the premises in September 2014 as the building was being demolished for new housing. Drukpa UK is seeking a room to rent (at least 20ft x 20ft) and space for keeping certain items such as cushions, plates, etc. preferably in a small locked cupboard.
If you feel you can help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New Draft Local Plan
The new Local Plan, like a neighbourhood plan, has to follow a statutory process which takes some time. This is the first formal stage in the process and we will produce an amended version of the plan towards the end of the year for further consultation before submitting to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination. The new Local Plan is not therefore expected to be adopted until 2016. Until the Local Plan is adopted by the Council, the basic condition requirement for conformity with the Council’s strategic policies continues to apply to our existing policy documents. Any implications of the emerging local plan on neighbourhood plans can be discussed as part of on-going engagement between the Council and individual forums.
Some of the updated evidence we have gathered to inform the review of the Council’s planning policies may be helpful for your work if you have not already seen it and is available on the web site under ‘evidence base’. www.camden.gov.uk/localplan
There will be some community group meetings as part of the consultation on the draft Local Plan, where there will be an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes in more detail. An invitation email will be sent out soon.
FREE VAC Membership for Unfunded Groups: Voluntary Action Camden Small organisations with no paid staff and a turnover of less than ?1,500 can now join for FREE. To take advantage of this offer just fill in the membership on the online form here.
To get discounts on training, room hire and many more benefits click here to join Voluntary Action Camden
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