Healthwatch Camden Campaign for 6th Formers; Young Carers; New Healthy Minds Programme; Building a Stronger Britain Together; Hampstead Heath Guided Walks; Talking Stick; Government’s Civil Society Strategy + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs and volunteering + more
Healthwatch Social Media Campaign for 6th Formers
Young people are the focus of a social media campaign that Healthwatch Camden is running from 23rd-27th April. Based on a joint project with 6th form students in Camden, videos available on Instagram from 23rd April, will explore the three top health issues for school students. Youth organisations and young people in Camden are invited to get involved all next week. Listen on Camden Community Radio for more about the campaign.
Planning application policy consultation – have your say
There are important planning changes being consulted on which relate to the draft Environmental Justice report e.g. health impact assessments, unredacted housing economic viability, air quality etc. Have your say here.
Our Environmental Justice report, summary and short films can be found here.
Further insight briefings can be found here.
Looking for training for your trustees? We still have a few places left on our annual Governance in the Voluntary and Community Sector course at the Mary Ward Centre. 6 Evenings and generous concessions. See VAC Events below.
A Carers Trust event to look at the issues young carers face. This will help more of us to identify and support young carers – whether we are a commissioner of services or work within a health care setting, teacher, member of a faith group, community leader or have regular contact with young people
London: 30th April. Book at Eventbrite.
This is a free event. Lunch, refreshments, and materials will be provided
The latest Healthy Minds community programme is now available. A range of activities are available from VAC, Mary Ward, Mind in Camden, BWA, Good Gym, the Round House and more. Find out what’s on and how to book.
‘Building A Stronger Britain Together’
(BSBT) Information Event taking place on Thursday 24th May, 10am-11.30am at West Euston Partnership. Come along and find out more about in-kind support available through the BSBT programme. Featuring a talk from the BSBT Home Office team plus Q&A session. More informationand booking here
Hampstead Heath guided walks and drop in volunteering
As part of our Community Heath project, Heath Hands are offering free guided walks for people unfamiliar with the Heath or new to walking every Wednesday at 12pm, as well as informal drop in volunteering sessions from 2-4pm.
We are happy to accommodate people with extra support needs and can also run bespoke free guided walks or other activities for community groups.
Talking Stick at Torriano Meeting House
Thursday 26th 7pm Opening Night Performances
Friday 27th 12-6pm Exhibition open to public 7pm Life Drawing Class
Saturday 28th Coffee Morning Talking Stick Craft Workshop Poetry Tombola
7pm Closing Night Film Screening. Full details here.
Catch up with the latest news from Camden Disability Action.
Looking for a Great Job or Volunteer Position?
Camden Disability Action is recruiting a Training and Development Coordinator for an exciting Active Citizen project for disabled people.
VAC is recruiting reception volunteers for our new building in Chalk Farm.
See Jobs and Volunteers section below.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Neighbourhood Planning Support
Locality has announced further support to communities to help shape the future of local areas by creating a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order. Details here.
Community Business Fund
For community businesses who need funding for a business development project that will make them more sustainable
The Community Business Fund (CBF) will reopen on 24 April 2018 and close on 22 May 2018. Through the fund, we will award grants between £50,000 – £300,000 to community businesses in England. Full details here.
Fund Supporting Summer Play Schemes Opens
Hilden Charitable Fund helps community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.
Grants of between £500 and £1,500 to support the following:
• Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
• Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
• Schemes with strong volunteer support.
Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of BME groups.
Applications must be from voluntary agencies with less than £150k income.
The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018. Find out more here.
Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme
The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. You can apply for one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Details here.
Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.
Looking for support to find funding? VAC has the full version of Grantfinder, an online programme that let’s you search for sources of funding.
A member of VAC staff will sit down with you for an hour to show you how to use it and make the most of Grantfinder. This is a free service for Camden voluntary and community groups. To book your slot contact Ricky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7284 6550.
A simplified version of Grantfinder is available here.
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. The KX Fund 2018 opens on 3rd April for grants up to £10,000.
Come and find out about Camden Giving grants and how to apply on 26th April (6 – 7.30pm) at The Living Centre, Ossulston St, NW1. Just drop in.
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.
Governance in the Voluntary and Community Sector
VAC and Mary Ward offer this 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. Full details on the Mary Ward Centre website.
One Housing is organising a hustings event for the Camden Town with Primrose Hill ward. It is an opportunity to meet the candidates from different parties and ask them questions. Thursday 26th April, 7 – 8.30pm
The event is free and open to the public but please register via Eventbrite
The Regency Training Foundation Licence2Skill
An online learning Portal empowering people through self-discovery and inclusion
• Finding it hard to cope
• Ready to look for change
• Learn new life skills online
• Ease depression and anxiety
• At your own pace
Contact email@example.com or web: www.rtfoundation.org.uk
Women’s Wellbeing Day
Saturday 21st April 12pm – 5pm Camden Hub, 8 Fairhazel Gardens, NW6
Join us for a day of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Focussed on women’s wellbeing, Time For You is a chance to reflect on what wellbeing means to you. There will be activities and sessions to get involved with throughout the day.
All proceeds will go towards HCCT Women’s Group. For more information:
Call – 0207 278 4437 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight Week Mindfulness Project at the Stress Project
9th May to 27th June every Wednesday 10 am – 12 noon
Free pre-course taster sessions on Wednesday 18 & 25 April, 10 am – 12 noon
Mindfulness is the practise of focusing your attention on being in the present, without judgement.
Cost: £20 (non-refundable deposit required to secure a space)
Spaces are limited – call 020 7700 3938 to book www.stressproject.org.uk 2 Shelburne Road, N7 6DL
VCC Volunteer Managers’ Forum
Tuesday 19 June, 10am to 1pm
An opportunity to discuss all things volunteer management and network with volunteer managers in Camden and beyond. Refreshments. Details here.
‘Pride in Care’
The national conference organised by Opening Doors London, Britain’s leading organisation providing support and services to older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people look at health and social care needs of older LGBT+ people and shares lessons. Details online.
Employability Courses – WEP/Working Men’s College
Skills for Retail Employability and Employability Skills with English. These courses are ideal for people either studying ESOL or with little or no retail/hospitality experience. Start Tuesday 24 April end Thursday 24 May
People must be in receipt of benefits and be UK resident for 3 years. Contact:
David Hermanstein on email@example.com
Diana Young on 020 7388 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Panchali Kar on 020 7255 4733 /email@example.com
Become a Change Maker with North Camden Zone
A free one day training course to the voluntary and community sector and individuals working with children, young people or families, called Become a Change Maker (Level 1). The training will focus on systems thinking and will give you an understanding of change and supporting grassroots action.
The training will take place on the 2nd of May 2018, 9:30am to 4pm at St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LG. Please book your place here. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith, identity and security – join the conversation
Sunday 22 April, 11am-6pm, 3FF, Star House, Kentish Town, NW5
3FF will be hosting an event in partnership with Rethinking Security (RS) which promotes conversations about security in different communities.
Join the conversation about security: what it means to people of different faiths and beliefs and how it can be improved, in the UK and globally. Apply here.
Queens Crescent Open Evening
An open event for young peole in Camden with careers advice, music, food. Friday 4th May, 6 – 8pm at The Dome, Weedington Road. email@example.com
Camden Disability Action seeks Training and Development Coordinator – Closing date extended
4 days per week Flexible with some evening and weekends.– NJC PT. 35 pro rata £26,866
CDA is recruiting an experienced person to be responsible for developing and then coordinating an Active Citizen development programme and activities for deaf and disabled people in Camden.
The post holder will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and reporting on project to ensure its success. Identifying suitable trainers, running outreach activities to recruit disabled people to take part in the programme and creating a mentoring programme to support the participants.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Form, Job Description & Person Specification can be downloaded from the CDA website.
Closing Date: Friday 27th April 12 noon
VAC is recruiting volunteers to help us in our new building in Chalk Farm
VAC has recently moved to a new home at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, NW1. We are sharing the building with Camden Carers and Camden Disability Action. A number of other small community groups will also be using the premises. It is a very busy building with lots of people coming and going.
VAC is now delighted to offer a new Receptionist volunteering opportunity.
You will carry out reception work and be the first point of contact for visitors. Ideally you will be able to commit for a minimum of half a day per week for 3 months. You will be an important member of the VAC team of volunteers and staff and will have access to training and ongoing support.
Contact Kevin Nunan at VAC on 020 7284 6557 or email@example.com for further information.
Healthwatch Camden is recruiting a Project Officer
28 hours a week, £24,240 pa
Healthwatch Camden is an independent organisation, working to ensure that local people get a say in the health and social care services they use. We are looking for someone who understands the ways that service user voice can be used to shape and improve services; who can relate to the diverse population in Camden; who understands the contribution volunteers can make to projects; who has experience of research, preferably in an area of social policy; who can manage process, with good attention to detail; who wants to take responsibility; who can work flexibly; and above all who wants to make a difference for the people of Camden. Full details and how to apply available here.
To apply, please send us your CV together with a supporting statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date 4 May 2018. Interviews will be the week commencing 14th May.
Queries to email@example.com or telephone – 020 7383 2402.
Age UK Camden seeks Office Coordinator & Central Reception
35 hours per week£24,134 to £26,131 + 6% con tributory pension
In this key central role within our diverse and vibrant organisation, you’ll work across the organisation supporting colleagues and services, directly supporting clients via calls & signposting. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain a greater insight into a local independent charity.
Closing date: 5:00pm on 30th April
For further details and an application form visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7239 0400.
Elfrida Rathbone Camden seeks Work Placement Support Volunteers for young adults with learning disabilities
Enjoy supporting people to achieve their potential? We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and patient volunteers to support our young adults with learning disabilities on their path towards employment. We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hours each week. You will be matched 1:1 with one of our young people to support them to travel to and from their work experience placement at a local business. You will also supervise and support the young person with their work activities. This might be in a café, clothes shop, charity shop, city farm or a range of other local businesses. For more information and to apply e-mail Josie@elfridacamden.org.uk or call 020 7424 1601.
Homestart Camden seeks Family Support Volunteers
Are you a parent, grandparent or have parenting experience?
Can you give 3 – 4 hours weekly to visit a family with young children who may be going through a difficult time?
Enhance your skills with our training, supervision and fulfilling volunteer role
Next Preparation Training Starting 24th April to 17th May 2018
Every Tuesday to Thursday 9.45 – 2.45. Certificates awarded & expenses paid
For information pack ring 020 7424 1603 email: email@example.com
Elfrida Rathbone Camden Recruiting Community Connector Parent Volunteers
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 and friends? Camden Futures is recruiting parent volunteers to become Community Connectors. Book your place on the 2 day free training to develop key skills for the Community Connectors’ role.
Thursday 19th April 2018, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Thursday 26th April 2018, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Kentish Town Community Centre, 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP
Please apply by calling 020 7424 1622 or via e-mail: Francesca@elfridacamden.org.uk Travel expenses and lunch will be provided.
Ageing Better seeks Outreach Worker (18 hours per week)
Sc5 £24,134 to £26,131 pro rata
Ageing Better Camden is looking for an Outreach Worker to contribute to a new Outreach Service trialling innovative approaches to reaching, initiating contact and engaging with significant numbers of older people across Camden.
The Outreach Worker will proactively search for isolated people out in their communities by knocking on doors, visiting pubs, launderettes and community centres. They will help older people to make social connections and provide low level support to access local activities, working alongside volunteers and the Community Connectors Service to make this happen.
For more details, all documents can be downloaded from our website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date – Thursday 19 April 2018 Interviews – Friday 4 May 2018
Ageing Better in Camden Community Activity Programme Invitation to Tender
Ageing Better in Camden has identified a need for an increased number of supportive activities for older people over 60 across Camden. We are therefore commissioning a programme of organisations to deliver ‘Gold Standard’ Community Activities to enable older people to attend supportive and well run activities in their local community. The aim is to help older people reduce their social isolation and loneliness, as well as make connections and build networks. Deadline Wednesday 4th July. See the website for details.
New involvement opportunities for people affected by cancer to shape services
UCLH Cancer Collaborative is currently looking for up to 3 people with experience of bowel cancer to be involved in a major project to improve early diagnosis of this common cancer. We are also looking for people with experience of brain and spine, lung, gynaecological, skin, pancreatic, and liver cancers to join our Pathway Boards, and help us drive improvements in patient experience and outcomes.
UCLH are also looking for additional members for the Patient Experience and User Involvement Steering Group – a strategic group which drives all of our work to improve patient experience and involve people affected by cancer.
Find out more at email@example.com
New Project with BAME Older People
Ageing Better in Camden is commissioning a new Community Action Project specifically targeted for work with isolated older people in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Camden. The aim is to help older people from BAME communities to reduce their social isolation and loneliness, as well as make connections and build networks.
Ageing Better in Camden invites organisations to tender for our new BAME Community Action project which will run for 2.5 years from October 2018.
The deadline for submitting a tender is Monday 4 June 2018. Details here.