Camden Community Festival Fund; New Coaching and Mentoring Network; Community Partner for Counter Extremism in Camden; Opportunity to Shape Cancer Services; New Camden Housing Association Resident Group; Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs and volunteering.
A Coaching and Mentoring Network
VAC, in partnership with residents and small businesses, has successfully set up a network of experienced and qualified coaches and mentors. This service is available free of charge, for up to six sessions, and is open to anyone involved in the voluntary and community sector in Camden.
The recruitment and matching process is about to commence. So, if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, or you have staff, trustees or volunteers that may be interested, please contact Simone Hensby at VAC on 7284 6550. firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Partner for Counter Extremism in Camden
Nyree Moore has recently started in post as a Community Partner for Counter Extremism at Camden Council. Nyree’s role is to build an understanding of the harms extremism causes within the borough (e.g. segregation, isolation, discrimination, hate crime) and to support Camden groups who are doing important work to build stronger, more cohesive communities.
Nyree can help signpost groups towards Home Office funding and work with them to submit bids, reading proposals and providing help with applications where possible. She’ll also help build connections between groups, making introductions and promoting projects where those running them might not have the time or resources to do so.
Please feel free to contact Nyree if you have any questions or wish to discuss further: 07771572976 or email@example.com
Exciting new opportunities for people affected by cancer to shape services
Are you a patient or carer affected by cancer? Would you like help shape cancer services and improve early diagnosis?
UCLH Cancer Collaborative is currently recruiting for patients and carers who would like to be involved in a number of exciting opportunities. These include innovative projects for early diagnosis, measuring quality of life after treatment, and looking at driving improvements in patient experience and outcomes for care pathways for specific cancer types.
You must be committed to working collaboratively and broadly representing the diverse views and needs of people affected by cancer. Participation in other cancer networks and people with links to community groups is considered really helpful.
To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 344 72779 or 07950 960 159.
Camden Housing Association Residents Group
At the beginning of 2016 Camden Federation of Private Tenants (CFPT) set up the first ever borough wide group for housing association (HA) tenants. This was in response to a recommendation made by Camden Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee and growing concerns that many people felt their landlords were unaccountable and weren’t listening and responding to their needs.
However, in recognition of the fact that these landlords now cover tenants, shared ownership, leaseholders and also people on “affordable” and market rents, the group now covers ALL residents of HAs and housing co-op tenants as well.
We do understand that many people view housing associations as part of the social housing sector, but due mainly to the reduction in grants from central government more and more of them are “sweating their assets” and moving increasingly towards the private sector. The regulator also describes them as “private registered providers.”
In addition to hosting the quarterly meetings of the group (which take place in the evening), we regularly deal with a number of HAs who operate in the borough around service delivery issues, so if any of your users are HA residents and need help and support with this, please feel free to put them in touch with us.
We would also be happy to come and speak to your organisation about this group and the work we generally do with private tenants. Contact Robert Taylor email@example.com or Tel: 020 7383 0151
Transforming children and young people’s mental health – 14 February 2018, 10.30am-1pm, Kentish Town
The government are consulting on the Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision green paper which outlines proposals that include a proactive role for schools in supporting children and young people and enabling a wider understanding of mental health issues.
Our health network event will:
~ outline current work via the Healthy London Partnership to improve experiences of mental health provision
~ hear more about current work within the voluntary and community sector
~ provide an opportunity to explore proposals in the Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision green paper
This free event is aimed at voluntary and community organisations, particularly those working with black and minority ethnic communities. Register at Eventbrite.
Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people
The West Euston Partnership (WEP) cordially invites you to WEP’s Annual General Meeting. Taking place on Thursday 15 February 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at WEP 29 – 31 Hampstead Road, NW1.
There will be refreshments from 6:45 pm.
Please RSVP, as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s On In Camden on Camden Community Radio
Including the Camden People’s Theatre, Lumiere light festival. Listen here.
Healthy Minds, Project Management, Peer Mentoring
See ‘VAC Training’ section for full details of forthcoming courses.
Lumiere London 2018
See King’s Cross transformed by the world’s most exciting light artists
Thursday 18th January 2018 – Sunday 21st January 2018. Full details here.
Camden Disability Action
Catch up with the latest news from Camden Disability Action.
6 things you need to know about… small and micro community organisations
Civil Society Futures says we urgently need a better understanding of their role and contribution in a healthy and diverse society, and how they differ from their bigger cousins.
The Latest Edition of the Council’s Funding Bulletin can be found here.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Camden Community Festival Fund 2018
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. A copy of the application form can be downloaded here
~ 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 application form can be downloaded here
A copy of the detailed guideline can be downloaded here.
The application process is open from Wednesday 3rd January 2018
The deadline for completed applications is: 23:59 on Wednesday 28th February 2018
Building a Stronger Britain Together Programme
There are both in-kind and grant funding opportunities available under the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme. This is a Home Office funded scheme which supports projects delivering any of the following outcomes:
· Increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level
· More resilient communities
· Fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values
The programme aims to help groups who work to create more resilient communities to expand their reach and influence. Two forms of supports are available:
1. In-kind support: examples include social media training; materials to help fund-raising drives; help building a website; making films; tools for groups to expand their reach; advice on PR and media strategies; communications training for staff.
2. Grants: targeted funding for specific projects with demonstrable outcomes which provide a positive alternative to extremist voices.
Please contact Nyree Moore (email@example.com / 07771572976) for further information and support with the application process.
BBC Children in Need Small Grants
Grants of up to £10,000 (per year, for up to three years) are available to not for profit organisations working to support children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage. The deadline for applications is Thurs 1st March. Go to the BBC Children in Need website for full details.
National Vegetarian Week Grants
Grants are available for events and activities taking place in, and promoting National Vegetarian Week (Taking place 14th to 20th May). To be eligible the activities must be:
~ Held during, and promote, National Vegetarian Week.
~ Celebrate and promote vegetarian food.
~ Be exclusively vegetarian or vegan.
Applications are welcomed from informal groups and not for profit organisations. There are two levels of grants:
~ Small Grants – up to £200.
~ Larger Grants – up to £2,000.
The deadline for applications is Sun 25th February. See www.nationalvegetarianweek.org/grants/
The Rowing Foundation
Grants of £500 – £3,000 are available to cover up to 50% of project costs that encourage young people (under 18 or in full time education) to participate in rowing. Priority will be shown to projects encouraging the young or disabled through equipment such as boats, sculls, ergos, oars and essential safety equipment. The deadline for applications is Weds 14th February. See www.therowingfoundation.org.uk/
National Churches Trust
The following grants are available to churches, chapels and meeting houses that are open for worship and part of a denomination belonging to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland:
~ Community Grants – £5,000 – £20,000for projects with an estimated cost of at least £25,000 that introduce facilities to increase community use of places of worship. All types of community project will be considered but should include toilets and / or catering. The deadline for applications is Mon 5th March.
~ Micro Grants (For Community Grant recipients) – £2,000 grants are available to places of worship who have already received a Community Grant, to set up a social action project for the benefit of local people. The deadline for applications is Mon 5th March.
See the National Churches Trust website for full details.
The Third Round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman Fund – deadline soon
With grants of up to £25,000, local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ In celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote, this round of the Woman to Woman fund will have a renewed focus on leadership and representation and we are particularly interested in funding work that increases women’s representation, skills building and civic engagement.
Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making.
As well as grants, Rosa will provide additional support including mentoring, training and networking opportunities. Find out more at the Rosa website.
Weston Anniversary Fund
To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, we are excited to launch a additional grants scheme that will be open to applications from 5th January to 30th June 2018 exclusively – the Weston Anniversary Fund (capital fund £30k – £150K).
This is a Capital grants scheme and applying is a simple one-step process. Please read About the Fund, its Application Guidelines and take a quick quiz to find out if you are eligible to apply. And if you are, good luck!
If this fund doesn’t fit your particular charity or project, then you may want to consider applying to our ongoing, regular grants scheme at garfieldweston.org.
The Community Shares Booster programme
£3 million funding is available for local people wanting to put business into community hands.
If you’re a local group needing an extra boost to set up or grow a community business, you can access up to £10,000 to help launch your community share offer and up to £100,000 match funding when the share offer goes live. Find out more at locality.org.uk
Camden Giving have published the timetable for the various grants programmes they will be offering over the coming 12 months. There are 6 programmes in total. You can view the full timetable here.
Healthy Minds Programme with Mind in Camden
There is a full programme of activities taking place at the Living Centre as part of the Healthy Minds programme. Full details on the VAC training calendar.
Voluntary Action Camden working in partnership with Mary Ward Centre.
Coaching and Mentoring Introduction. 31st January – 14th February. 3 meetings.
This short course will give you an understanding of the difference between coaching and mentoring then illustrate the use of coaching and mentoring models and how to put theory into practice. Progression from this course is to the Award in Mentoring Skills course being held in May and June 2018.
Wednesday. 18.00 -20.30. £33. Concessions £11. Bursaries also available, on application, to meet part or all of the costs of the course and the course is free for anyone on JSA/ESA/Universal Credit or who is unemployed and on a means tested benefit and intending to use the course to find work. For further information and to apply please contact Rahul Miah. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7269 6042
Project Management. Introductory Certificate. The APM Fundamentals Qualification. (www.apm.org.uk) 15th February – 29 March. 7 meetings.
This course is for people who want skills in project management that could be applied in business or other environments. It is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. Final assessment is by a short multiple-choice online exam. The course syllabus details are available on the Association for Project Management website – www.apm.org.uk. Thursdays 18.00 – 20.30. £425. Concessions £173. Bursaries also available, subject to application, to part or all of the costs of the course. For further information and to apply please contact Rahul Miah. email@example.com 020 7269 6042
There are still a few places left on some courses taking place at West Euston Partnership
Money Talk – this course will offer practical financial advice to local residents and help them take better charge of their spending. This will be taking place on Wednesday mornings starting 17th January. Professional English – people who are actively seeking work will receive one-to-one tuition for 8 weeks to help improve their work-based vocabulary based on the sector of their choice. Clients can either study on a Monday or Wednesday morning. Assessments will take place on Monday 22nd January and Wednesday 24th January with the lessons beginning on Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st January. Clients must already be at ESOL Entry 2 Level. How To Be Self Employed – a very practical and informative one-day workshop aimed at people who have a business idea but are unsure about how to take the next step. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 6th February. Mental Health First Aid – a two-day course that will provide people with practical steps to supporting those experiencing mental health issues. The course will take place in early February (final date to be confirmed). Contact David Hermanstein; David.Hermanstein@camden.gov.uk Tel: 020 7388 7932 or 07908845154
The role of the Civil Society Futures Inquiry: issues and opportunities for social action, community development & community work
Thursday 1st February 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Richard Hoggart Building Room 144, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW
Julia Unwin CBE is chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society. Julia is former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and author of several books, including “Why Fight Poverty?” published in 2013.
Following Julia’s presentation there will be a short Q&A followed by a panel discussion including London community activists and academics. Book at Eventbrite
North Central London Workplace Health Business Breakfast
Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London, 30th January 2018, 8.30 to 11.00 am
Organisations and local authorities in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington are building on work to improve the health and wellbeing of employees and productive workplaces.
Join us at this breakfast event to sign up to the London Healthy Workplace Charter, get inspiration for your health and wellbeing strategy and network with staff from across the North Central London area.
Please sign-up via Eventbrite.
Vision for Young Londoners: What’s the challenge for young Londoners? Consultations with Young People
Barriers to the creative industries
We are looking to speak to young people between the age of 14-25. We are hosting an event Monday, 19th February 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, food and travel reimbursements will be provided. Literacy skills in non-formal education
Partnership for Young London and the National Literacy Trust are working together to explore the role of non-formal education.
Meeting for young people between the age of 14-25, especially those taking part in activities and programmes outside of school. Monday, 19th February 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, food and travel reimbursements will be provided.
For more information about the project, please download the research briefing.
To get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Labelling and mental health stigma – Thursday 1st February 2018
Is the labelling of mental health conditions always helpful, or can it lead to additional stigma for service users?
For our next “Mental Health Matters” event, Tom Burns, C&I Non-Executive Director, Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry at Oxford University and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at UCL, will suggest that competence and progress require the categorisation of knowledge.
Thursday 1 February 2018
Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital
Doors open at 5.30pm, for a 6pm start
Next public meeting on 20 January at Crown Court Church, Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2. Speaker, Jo Clayton, will give a talk about her experiences of mental health disturbances caused by her thyroid condition and her return to wellness. The meeting will include a guided meditation and discussion of self care techniques we can all use to calm the mind at times of stress. www.thyroidtrust.org
One of the ways you can get involved is to come along to one of the local events in January held across the borough where you can share your ideas for what Camden should be like in 2025. Meet local councillors and staff from the council, and find out what other local residents and community groups are saying. Each event will start with some short talks, but feel free to drop in at any time.
If you would like further details about the events or if you require access needs to attend one of the events please contact Camden2025@camden.gov.uk.
Casa Latina seeks Nursery Nurse
Menchú Nursery (Centro Infantil Menchú) is looking for a bilingual (Spanish-English) nursery nurse, to join our small nursery based in Kilburn, North West London. Menchú Nursery (Centro Infantil Menchú) is part of Latin American House’s Children’s Education Project
The ideal candidate will be qualified to a Level 3 in early years or equivalent, and will have experience working in a nursery environment.
Knowledge of EYFS is essential.
Closing date for applications: 26 January 2018, 5 pm. Interview date: week beginning 6 February 2018.
Full details of this position and application form are available on our website: www.casalatina.org.uk
VAWG seeks Outreach and Prevention Coordinator (Portuguese-speaking)
Four days per week Salary: £27,550 pro rata
We are seeking an Outreach and Prevention Coordinator to provide support to Latin American women (particularly from Brazil) seeking support in the area of VAWG, undertake outreach activities and service delivery in specific boroughs; undertake education and prevention work with the community and continue developing LAWRS’ services to tackle “honour” based violence and other forms of VAWG.
Please send your application and Equality Opportunities monitoring form to Amanda Odelius, Administrator, either via email to email@example.com or by post (Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT), quoting reference: VAWGP18.
Contract: Fixed term ending March 2019.
Job Description: VAWG Outreach Prevention Worker
Application form: Application form
Equal Opportunities Form: Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Deadline: Sunday 04th February 2018
Interviews to be held within the following 2 weeks.
Helios Centre seeks Bookkeeper
The Helios Centre seeks a bookkeeper voluneer to take on data entry of cash sheets, writing cheques, reconciling bank statements, bookkeeping, general data entry. We need someone with a high level of bookkeeping experience and able to compile end of year accounts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Elfrida Rathbone Camden seeks volunteers
Finance and Administrative Volunteer at Elfrida Rathbone Camden
Elfrida Rathbone Camden works to achieve independence, empowerment and personal development for disabled people and families in the Camden area. Our services include family support, disability awareness training and social and educational opportunities for young people with learning disabilities. We are currently seeking a volunteer to assist the finance and admin manager in the day-to-day financial activities, and to contribute to the development of existing and new finance systems. For a full role description please go to our website: http://www2.elfridacamden.org.uk/work-with-us/volunteering-for-erc/.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Chris McCauley at email@example.com. Don’t hesitate to phone us on 02074241621 if you have any questions. Community Connector
Are you a parent or carer living in Camden? Have you ever thought of helping other parents by sharing tips, interesting activities happening in your community, and places to go with your family? Camden Futures is recruiting parent volunteers to become Community Connectors. Free training sessions for you to develop key skills for the Community Connectors’ role and responsibilities will take place on Friday 23rd February and Friday 2nd March. Travel expenses and lunch will be provided. For a full role description please go to our website: http://www2.elfridacamden.org.uk/work-with-us/volunteering-for-erc/.
To apply, please contact Myrvete by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 02074241639.
Coram’s Fields and London Wildlife Trust seek volunteers
We are looking for a team of committed volunteers to help to maintain and manage the space. Activities will include planting, composting, weeding and pond maintenance. No experience is required and we offer flexible volunteering opportunities with training and support provided.
If you are interested in volunteering or for further information, please email email@example.com or call 020 3384 2205
Citizens Advice Camden is seeking Trustees including a Treasurer
CAB are looking for a number of new Trustees, including a Treasurer, to be responsible for the overall direction, vision and strategy of Citizens Advice Camden. We are seeking people who can provide governance, leadership and enthusiasm to lead Citizens Advice Camden into the future.
To apply send your CV with a letter of application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is 16 February 2018. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 26 February. Please state if there are any dates that week you are not available.
North Camden Zone Seeks New Steering Group Chair
We are looking for a Chair of the North Camden Zone Steering Group who is passionate about improving the life outcomes for children and young people living in Camden. You may be a community leader or senior professional with an in depth knowledge and /or experience of the issues that affect children and young people. You are interested in a collaborative approach involving the community and professionals, and implementing place based systems change.
If you would like to find out more please follow this link. The closing date is 23rd of February 2018.
Office Space to let at Clean Break in Kentish Town
Clean Break is inviting you take up residence in our North London studios to be part of our vibrant community of artists and facilitators working across theatre and criminal justice. We have a number of office spaces available for short term lease, as well as hot-desking space, meeting rooms, therapy rooms and studios for hire. We also offer women-only work spaces. Our building is in a prime location, situated just a short walk from Kentish Town station, Kentish Town West and Camden. We will provide broadband and phone lines, and can offer some office furniture and desktop PCs at your request, as well as regular discounted rates on rehearsal and meeting spaces. For more information or prices contact Rachel at email@example.com or call 020 7482 8600.
Desk Space to Rent
Bloom.space office is in Bloomsbury adjacent to University College London on Gower Street and provides a productive and calm environment in which to run your organisation.
The Office has 30 fixed desks with additional hot desks, lockers, breakout space, a meeting room, teleconferencing equipment, presentation equipment, bike storage and an on-site gym with saunas.
We offer workspace with a range of benefits including:
Full Time Fixed Desks
Lockers for secure storage
Registered business address
Free tea & coffee
200Mbps fibre option broadband with fast WiFi
Free colour printing & copying
Function rooms and meeting rooms available
Prices are £350pcm for each desk, £150pcm for hot desks (or a combination of these) with no VAT to add.
See www.bloom.space or contact firstname.lastname@example.org call 07711502041 for more information.
Cosy office to let in friendly Kilburn community centre.
Just £60 per week including fitted desks, internet access, two white/notice boards, and generous wall storage. Great for 2 people, and okay for 3. Near various tubes, rail links and buses. Interested? Please contact: email@example.com . Abbey Community Centre, NW6 4DJ.