Voluntary Action Camden

A Message from Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council

refugees welcome“A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Europe of the like not seen since the Second World War. Camden Council is committing to resettle up to 20 refugee families in the borough. We are working with Citizens UK, the Refugee Council, local organisations and other local authorities to offer what help we can to families who are finding themselves in this desperate situation.

Camden has a long history of helping refugees and we know there are many people in the borough who want to do something to help.
We have already had offers of support from local residents, landlords and local organisations – if you want to join them, there are many things you can do.
We have set up a Facebook page to help share ideas and information about organisations locally and nationally who you can help by donating your money, time or practical things like clothing – visit the page, share it with your networks and post information there to help spread the word and tell us how you could help. https://www.facebook.com/events/419141928278600/.

How can I help?

  • Are you a private landlord with a property to let? Get in touch with us if you would be interested in providing help.
  • Would you be interested in fostering? Contact our fostering team or visit Camden.gov.uk/fostering for more information on how to be become a foster carer.
  • Are you part of a local organisation who could support refugees? Please get in touch and tell us how.
  • We know that a lot of people have been offering to give spare rooms. We are looking into the feasibility of such suggestions but it is likely that this won’t be possible for newly arrived refugees who need more sustainable long-term support.
  • If anyone is interested in doing something similar, please give us your details and we will update you once we have more information.

March on Saturday

At 12pm on Saturday 12 September, thousands of people across the country will march from Marble Arch to Downing Street to show their support for refugees affected by this crisis. At 10:30am we are inviting local people and organisations to meet at Camden Town Hall on Judd Street to walk down to Marble Arch together. We want to demonstrate the support in place in the Camden community.

If you are from a local organisation and can offer support to refugees in some way join us at 11am to talk to local councillors and others about your ideas.

Contact

Contact us on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/419141928278600/. or email my office on Eloise.shepherd@camden.gov.uk and we will keep you up to date as the situation progresses.”
There is a list of frequently asked questions on the Camden council website.
Camden New Journal also have information on this story.

Let’s Talk About It: Project summary report

Let’s Talk About It:  Project summary report

The “Let us talk about it” project aimed to engage in an innovative way the young generation of Somalis living in Camden and to raise awareness of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a harmful, illegal practice and a child protection issue.  This reports looks at the aims and objectives of the project as well as the methodology used and resulting findings and reccommendations.

Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin – 30th January 2015

News From VAC
Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 30th January 2015
Highlights: CPPEG Open Meeting; Camden Community Festivals Fund; HR Advice for Camden Groups from VAC; Working with Complex Needs: Free Training Offer for Camden Based Groups; A new online mental health support service; Tricycle Takeover 2015 ; Get the flu jab ; Islington Mind’s LGBT service – open Information day ; Charity Commission Filing Deadline Tomorrow; Kilburn – your lifetime neighbourhood?; Grassroots 2015 Fundraiser Party for the Edge Fund; How people effect change; Kentish Town Bike Workshop; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.
NEWS
CPPEG open meeting Monday 9th February (14:00 – 16:00)
St Pancras Hospital Conference Hall. The presentations will cover unscheduled care, the future of out of hours & 111 followed by an update on Long Terms Conditions & Cancer Care.
Presentation 1: Unscheduled Care, and The future of Out of Hours & 111
Speaker: Sharon Barrington, Deputy Director, Strategy & Planning, CCG
Presentation 2: Update on Long Term Conditions & Cancer Programme
Speaker: Sally Mackinnon, Commissioning Programme Lead, Long Term Conditions and Cancer, CCG
To attend please RSVP Caroline Straker (email: Caroline.Straker@camdenccg.nhs.uk / Tel: 020 3688 2044)
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).
See the ‘Funding’ section below for full details.
HR Advice for Camden Groups from VAC
VAC is offering Camden VCS groups a free service every Thursday to answer HR related queries, by telephone or e-mail. As well as dealing with one-off queries, free of charge, on Thursdays, we can also offer an “Expert Critical Friend” package, which provides 3.5 hours of support at a cost of £150, for you to use as, when and where you need it. This package is suitable if managers or trustees need more substantial help with:
~ Drafting or reviewing HR policies and procedures
~ Support to work through difficult situations, eg. redundancy, disciplinary issues
~ Coaching on dealing with a number of HR issues
~ Training to improve practical HR knowledge throughout your organisation
Contact Caroline Jepson by e-mail at cjepson@vac.org.uk or by telephone: 020 7284 6564
Working with Complex Needs: Free Training Offer for Camden Based Groups
Clean Break is offering FREE training workshops to health, social care and voluntary sector organisations working in Camden in February – March 2015
Designed to help you reflect on and identify successful strategies to support women with complex needs, this training is ideal for frontline staff, managers, volunteers, advice workers, support staff and others who want to improve their practice. This bespoke package uses short play Sounds Like An Insult, performed by graduates of Clean Break’s theatre education programme, as a stimulus for discussion and critical reflection. Commissioned by Clean Break in association with NOMS and the Department of Health, Sounds Like An Insult explores the experiences of women offenders with complex mental health needs, and the challenges of diagnosis and treatment within the criminal justice system. Following the performance, we engage participants through creative techniques to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with women who may have complex mental health needs, addiction and/or experience of the criminal justice system and who often, as a result, struggle to access or remain engaged in services.
We will be running these free two hour training workshops in Camden, throughout February and March 2015. We can work with groups of up to 30 and may be able to offer multiple workshops for organisations which have larger numbers to accommodate.
If you would like to discuss your organisation’s specific needs or ask questions about the workshop, or to book a session, please email Ros Terry ros.terry@cleanbreak.org.uk. More information at www.cleanbreak.org.uk
A new online mental health support service now available for Camden residents
Big White Wall offers a secure environment for Camden residents to address mental health problems.
Big White Wall has two services available to Camden residents, plus a range of tools that allow users to manage themselves more effectively.
1. Support Network – this online, fully moderated peer support community is accessible by anyone over the age of 16 and is available 24/7. This is an anonymous service and allows an individual access for a period of up to six months.
2. Live Therapy – provides online 1-to-1 therapy using audio, webcam and instant messaging via a secure platform for people over the age of 18. To access this service, an individual will need to provide personal details. On average, people will access 10 therapy sessions (50 minutes each), however this will be reviewed should the individual require more. If an individual is deemed unsuitable for Live Therapy, they will be referred to an alternative service. More details here.
Both services work on a self-referral basis which means Big White Wall gives Camden residents the opportunity to take control, allowing them to feel better, sooner.
To access this support, people in Camden simply need to enter their postcode at www.bigwhitewall.com
Tricycle Takeover 2015
A weeklong event in which the Tricycle Young Company takeover The Tricycle Theatre for an entire week. There will be workshops, theatre, film, music and poetry by both emerging and established artists. This year’sTricycle Takeover coincides with the upcoming elections and gives a voice to the political views of young people, many of whom are heading to the ballot box for the first time. The week provides young people with an amazing opportunity to learn, develop, and can act as a brilliant platform to support those at the start of their career. Equally importantly, it is a week of brilliant performance for everyone.
Get the flu jab
If you’re eligible for the flu vaccine, don’t put it off, get it now. Camden Council is urging everyone entitled to a free flu jab to get it as soon as they can. It is vital that those who are eligible have the flu vaccine annually as it protects against different strains of flu which evolve each year.
You can get a free flu jab if you are:
• over 65
• have a long-term health condition – particularly chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease or those with a weakened immune system
• pregnant
• aged two to four (given via a nasal spray vaccination which is quick, effective and painless)
• a carer.
Other than vaccination, the best way to prevent the spread of flu is to have good hand and respiratory hygiene measures. It’s easy to remember – Catch it, Bin it, Kill it – carry tissues and use them to catch coughs or sneezes, then to bin the tissues and to kill the germs by washing our hands.
Book an appointment with your GP pr book an appointment at a local pharmacy
Find out more camden.gov.uk
National News
Social care funding in a ‘ridiculous situation’, says LGA head
The Head of LGA calls for an extra £1.1bn of funding for councils to maintain a ‘civilised level of care’
Advice on Campaigning
Kevin Curley, the former CEO of Navca shares his 10 questions to test and score a charity campaign
Action on Hearing Loss Campaigns
Today saw the launch of the report, Under Pressure, which shows that audiology services across much of the UK are struggling to cope in the face of budget cuts and increased demand.
Action on Hearing loss have made it easy for you to take action to protect your vital hearing loss services,.
Islington Mind’s LGBT service – open Information day – part of LGBT History Month 24th Feb 11 – 3pm
We will open our door to all and introduce the unique pan-London service that we offer every Tuesday to our LGBT community. Join us at 35 Ashley Road, N19 3AG. Programme for the day includes:
Information about Outcome; Yoga; Drama; Art workshops; Animation workshops; Ear acupuncture; Head massage; Taster therapies with MSH – grooming and holistic clinic.
Best Curry in town (FOR £3), raffle and many other surprises…
RSVP: sigal.avni@islington.mind.org
Charity Commission Filing Deadline Tomorrow
Be prepared, 31 January is the deadline for most charities to submit their annual return and accounts to theCharity Commission (10 months after the end of your financial year). This is a vital way to remain accountable to the public. The Guardian has a useful guide.
Kilburn Older Voices Exchange, the British Society of Gerontology, and London Borough of Camden present The first Kilburn Debate of 2015: Kilburn – your lifetime neighbourhood?
What policy changes would encourage us to ‘age in place’?
9.30am- 4.30pm Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Morning: Older peoples’ contribution to research
Passing by or by-passing: Intergenerational use of public space; Professor Sheila Peace, Open University
How older people are helping change the street environment; Rita Newton, Senior lecturer, Salford University
1.30-2.30pm: Films by KOVE and other local older film-makers
Afternoon: New developments – London and Kilburn
The London picture and lessons from other cities; Professor Colin Haylock, Newcastle University, Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, member Mayor’s Design Advisory Group;
Making changes to Kilburn High Rd: a case study; Jacqueline Saunders, Principal Traffic Planner, Camden
Kingsgate Resource Centre for Older People, 208 Webheath, Palmerston Road NW6 2JU
This free event is open to users of the Centre, local residents of any age, British Society of Gerontology members, service professionals and anyone with an interest in the issues under discussion. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For information and to register, contact: John Miles (07817 424356 johnmiles68@yahoo.co.uk) or Mel Wright (07539 390786 mel.wright@kove.org.uk)
Camden Carers’ Service:
Free training, outings and events for unpaid carers in Camden
Mindfulness for carers, Mon 2 Feb, 2 – 3.30pm. An introductory course. To book a place please call Yoni on 020 7428 8950 or email Yoni@camdencarers.org.uk
Leisure Afternoon for people with dementia and their carers, Tue 3 Feb, 2 – 4pm. Older carers can also participate, with or without the person they care for. Enjoy games, discussions and interactive activities like painting, baking and singing along to classic songs led by live saxophone and guitar.
Call 020 7428 8950 or email Zakeera@camdencarers.org.uk
NEW! Creative writing group for older carers of 70+, Wed 4 Feb, 10am – 12pm. Phone 020 7428 8950 or emailzakeera@camdencarers.org.uk to book.
Get behind the Grassroots 2015 Fundraiser Party for the Edge Fund
Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM
2014 was a year to be remembered for the Edge Fund’s work, but this year we can do better! Let’s make 2015 the year of grassroots action and people determining their own futures. If you want to have a real impact with your donation, support groups that are free enough, bold enough and optimistic enough to think big. Book your Fundraiser Party place here. More details in the Guardian.
How people effect change: a free and public panel discussion at UCL
Thursday, 26 February 2015 from 18:00 to 19:15
Want to follow your ethics and make a change? People are already doing so in countless ways: through community action, political and legislative systems and the market, to name a few.
These diverse panellists will be speaking about the change they have effected or are hoping to effect and how they’re doing it.
Professor Jane Holder (Chair) University College London
Raising awareness of environmental injustices through academic and personal work
Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, Individual campaigners,Launching political and legal challenge to ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships
Jonathan Smith, Fairtrade Foundation, Making it easy for consumers to buy ethically
Pliny Soocoormanee, Peter Tatchell Foundation, Mobilising communities to speak out for civil and human rights
Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, Rape Crisis South London, Harnessing online methods and the voices of the general public to end violence against women and girls
Liam Barrington-Bush, Focus E15 Campaign, Organising direct action and local campaigns to fight for affordable housing in East London
Followed by a public reception at UCL.
This event is free and open to the public, but please order a ticket as we have limited capacity.
Kentish Town Bike Workshop
Monday 2nd February 6.30 to 8.30pm
Location Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road NW5 2AJ (map)
Bring your bike and learn how to fix it yourself. Mechanics will be there to check your bike and to give you advice about fixing it. Plus tea and cake while you wait!
See more at Project Dirt
The Capacity Building Bulletin is produced monthly, targeting the community and voluntary sector in Camden. It provides up to date/recently live information and news on funding and training. To access the latest information please follow the Link www.camden.gov.uk/cbbulletin
Ethiopean Community In Britain, Kingsgate Community Centre, Camden CCG, Camden Carers Service, Elfrida Rathbone, Mayu, Camden Federation of Private Tenants, Henna Asian Women’s Group, Kentish Town City Farm, 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
FUNDING NEWS
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Awards for All – One to One Support for Camden Groups
VAC and BIG will be offering further one to one support sessions for Camden groups applying for awards for all in 2015. They will take place on 23rd March. Further details in next week’s e-bulletin.
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. 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 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 acharles@vac.org.uk. 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. events@camden.gov.uk. Tel: 020 7974 5633.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust- Bid for Better
The Bid for Better membership engagement scheme awards grants of up to £400 towards activities or equipment to improve patient experience, promote mental wellbeing or make our services more accessible.
As well as Trust service users, we would like to encourage bids from external organisations whose service users would be benefitted in any of the above ways.
Your idea should benefit two or more patients or service users. If you would like to apply for up to £400 for your project or idea then we will ask you to complete an application form giving us all as much detail as possible.
You can apply online http://www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/about-us/join-us/patient-and-public-involvement-ppi/bid-better/apply-bid-better-funding
or you can request a form by post or email by contacting the PPI team.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 5th March 2015.
To be considered for funding you must be a Member of the Trust. If you are not a member already it is really easy to join.
If you have questions about the process or need help to complete your application form, a member of the PPI team will be more than happy to assist you. Please contact us by telephone or email or you can pop into the PPI office on the ground floor of the Tavistock Centre.
Email: PPI@tavi-port.nhs.uk Telephone: 020 8938 2059
The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
The Galaxy hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.
The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.
Applications for funds from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund can be made here.
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 referrals@camdencarer.org.uk
Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/
VAC EVENTS
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 mbrewster@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6563
Ann Wolfe on awolfe@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6565
Sue Dowd on sdowd@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6559
Next course dates: Monday 16th February and Monday 23rd February 2015
New VAC Training Programme
  • 16th – 23rd February: Mental Health First Aid
  • 17th February: Budgeting for your Project
  • 18th February: Project Management
  • 19th February: Project Management Starter
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  • 6th March: Fundraising and Income Generation Strategy
  • 13th March: Project Management Introduction
  • 31st March: Introduction to Social Enterprise and Business Planning
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 awolfe@vac.org.uk or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
OTHER EVENTS
Camden Chinese Community Centre New Year Celebration Saturday 14th February at 11am to 3pm.
The event will be held at The Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London, WC1H 9BT. The nearest tube station will be at Kings Cross St Pancras. Please click here for a map.
11:00am to 12:30pm (Chinese Food & Handicrafts Stalls) 12:30pm to 3.00pm (Variety Show)
Admission Ticket : Adult (£5), Child (£2) *A £12 family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) will be available
Tickets are available at the Centre in advance and at the door. Tickets are limited, first come first served.
Telephone no: 020 7388 8883 Email: silvia.chui@camdenccc.co.uk
At the event there will be lion dancing, acrobats, magic show, Chinese opera & New Year songs, Chinese traditional & folk dance, Peking noodles making demonstration and raffle draw.
There will be a raffle draw at the event, raffle tickets are sold for £1 each.
First prize for the raffle draw includes one return ticket to Hong Kong (sponsored by See Woo Group)
2nd prize £388 banquet at Phoenix Palace Restaurant
3rd prize banquet at Sushi Bento
4th prize £188 banquet at New Joy King Lau.
Free Skills Conference for Small Charities: 11th February 2015, London
The FSI’s Skill Conference is coming back to London on February 11th 2015, providing 160 places for small charities to access a range of expert speakers on a variety of topics essential to effective working. Delegates will take away relevant and practical skills from a choice of four interactive workshops throughout the day. Topics include HR and Management, Law, IT, Finance, Governance, Policy, Strategy and Planning and Impact Measurement. It fills up fast, so book your free place today to access this fantastic training opportunity.
Visit http://www.thefsi.org/services/conferences/skills-conference/ for more information and bookings.
First Thursday London Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Back at The British Library, this month’s event is all about Social Finance and Investment.
We’ve got a great speaker; Caroline Forster is the Group Director of Investments and Deputy Chief Executive of the Social Investment Business Foundation.
Caroline will be sharing some of her thoughts about social finance, how it can help grow your business and help realise the potential in your business.
As ever, there will also be the usual news updates and the opportunity to meet like minded people.
At The Business & Innovation Centre The British Library Click here to register.
Housing allocation consultation 2015
There will be a special lunchtime briefing for people working in the voluntary sector on Monday 23rd February at 11.30am-1pm at: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
To book a place, please contact Zoe Goldblum or Giovanni Bruggi (see below).
If your organisation has a regular meeting (either with staff or service users) and you would like a member of the housing allocation consultation team to attend to give a presentation on the proposed changes to the scheme and answer any questions, please contact either Zoe Goldblum or Giovanni Bruggi (see below).
For more information, to book a place for a workshop or the special briefing or to arrange another meeting, please contact:
• Zoe Goldblum, Senior Policy Officer, Zoe.Goldblum@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 4544.
• Giovanni Bruggi, Business Support Officer, Giovanni.Bruggi@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 5519
Camden Learning Disabilities Forum Wednesday 4th February, 6pm – 8pm
At Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street Chalk Farm, NW1 8HF.
Topics for discussion we will be :
• Learning about computers
• The Care Act
• A Camden Financial Challenge update
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:
Rena Toufexis, Engagement Coordinator, Telephone: 020 7974 3265 Rena.Toufexis@camden.gov.uk
Camden CCG and Cancer Research UK are delivering a cancer awareness workshop for individuals who work or volunteer within the Camden community.
This is particularly relevant for those who work with people at risk of developing cancer, such as the elderly. The workshop empowers volunteers and community members in Camden with the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk about Cancer.
By attending the workshop you will:
~ Increase your knowledge of key messages around cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis
~ Build your confidence to talk to the public about cancer
~ Help you to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns
The workshop will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 on Thursday, 19 February 2015 at St Pancras Hospital.
The event is sponsored by Camden CCG’s Long Term Conditions and Cancer programme. Free.
To book a ticket or for more information contact ltceducation@camdenccg.nhs.uk or telephone 0203 688 2071.
Creating Connections 9
Thursday 5th February 6 – 8pm, UCL Main Quad Events Venue, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
Creating Connections is our regular networking event that brings together university staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. The evening is a mixture of themed discussions in small groups with more informal hob-nobbing; the aim is to find areas of common interest and collaborative working.
Our February event will have a particular focus on the commissioning of public services. It will be of value to anyone interested in how the higher education and the voluntary & community sectors can collaborate.
Note that the event is a short networking event for people interested in the theme issues – a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with. It’s intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between. It’s not a conference and there won’t be long plenary speeches or workshops!
Light refreshments will be provided. Register at uclu.org/creating-connections
Community Voices for Health (CV4H) Network event Monday 9th February 2015, 2 – 5pm
Help us shape our future health priorities at Conference room, Voluntary Action Islington
This half day event is aimed at CV4H members [see also below for non members]. It will:
• Provide an overview of LVSC and University of East London discussions with UCL Partners
• Explain more about the UCL Partners programme and hear from Fiona McKenzie, Patient Experience and User Involvement Project Manager for London Cancer, the Integrated Cancer System for North Central and North East London and West Essex within UCL Partners.
• Report on VCS impact on reducing Health Inequalities – feed-back from conference and next steps?
• Help to shape potential future priorities for CV4H in the context of UCL Partners’ programme, as well as inform LVSC’s strategic health programme through its membership of Regional Voices.
• Help to shape future priorities for VCS engagement to inform LVSC strategic priorities.
I hope you will join us. If you aren’t currently a member of the network (or aren’t sure if you are) but would like to come to the event, please contact Sandra van der Feen, LVSC: sandra@lvsc.org.uk in the first instance.
Camden Carers Service Events
Most events, outings, training and other activities are open to all carers who are registered with us, unless stated for a particular group by condition, or other criteria. Please check with CCS if in doubt about your eligibility for an event or activity.
1. Outings and Guided Tours – We offer a selection of activities around London all of which are available for free for carers.
2. Carers Yoga – fortnightly classes for carers of all abilities. Wear loose fitting clothes
3. Benefits Training with Mary Ward – a 3-session course on offer to both Male Carers and also to all Carers in partnership with Mary Ward Legal Centre. The course offer hands on advice and experience with how to use websites, talk on the phone with benefits officers and raise your benefits claims in a manner that gets results.
4. 1st Aid Training with St John’s Ambulance – A new scheme to train carers around London.
5. Art Social Workshop – A space to socialise and get artistic.
6. Mindfulness for Carers- 2-session introduction course for Carers by Robert Mitcham. Robert runs weekly mindfulness sessions on Monday evenings in Euston that are free for all carers.
7. Male Carers Group – a new group for Male Carers. The aim of the group is to provide a space for Male Carers to be men while offering tools for energy maintenance and carer related training.
We also have two very SPECIAL EVENTS: Thursday 26th February – Life Outside Caring Fair – lots of interesting activities, stalls and information for you to find something different to do outside your caring role – with lunch! Tuesday 3rd March – Special Interactive Training Day on Keeping Safe whilst Caring – with Kevin Morgan and Nick Llewellyn bringing the issues to life. There are many more events – please see the website for further details. www.camdencs.org.uk
“An Introduction to Intergenerational Working” – training day Tuesday 3 February 2015
This session run by Camden adult social care will be of particular interest to community workers, youth workers, school teaching staff, early years staff, care staff in sheltered housing, resource centres or residential work, community arts workers and anyone else in Camden who would like to begin to organise intergenerational events or improve their intergenerational practice.
The session is ideal for people who have recently started intergenerational work who would like to organise activities or events for Camden intergenerational week 2015.
The session is free for anyone who works, lives, volunteers or studies in the Borough of Camden.
For further information or to book a place, contact:
Rena Toufexis, Engagement coordinator, Camden adult social care
Email: rena.toufexis@camden.gov.uk / Tel: 020 7974 3265
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
Kingsgate Community Centre seeks:
Deputy Youth Worker: £18,000 27hrs a week

2 x Sessional Play worker: £9 p/h 25hrs a week
The role of the Deputy Youth Worker is to assist the Community Play Youth Development Manager with the planning and delivery of an exciting programme of activities for the children and young people who live in the Ward of Kilburn, as well as face to face work with children and young people. You will have the chance to lead on projects.
You will be required to work during the term time and holidays and some evenings.
The role of Sessional Play Workers is to assist the Deputy Youth worker with the delivery of an innovative range of activities, and engage in face to face work with children and young people.
You will be required to work initially during the Holidays and subsequently term time.
We are after our workers to get involved and work with the transitional age range 8 – 14yrs.
Although we would prefer our candidates to have a professional qualification in Youth Work or Level 2 in Play Work; relevant experience in the field or other related professions will be accepted.
We do not accept CV’s as part of our application process.
Kingsgate Community Association is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families and all posts are subject to enhanced CRB disclosure.
Closing date: 20th February 2015. Interview: 9th March 2015
To request an application pack please email: info@kingsgatecc.org.uk or 0207 328 9480
The Ethiopian Community in Britain is recruiting a Part Time Co-ordinator
– The post holder will be responsible for the management of the day to day activities of the Ethiopian Community in Britain to achieve its overall aims and objectives.
– The post holder is expected to carry out duties of a level of responsibility appropriate to the post
– The post holder will also be expected to deputise in other areas with a similar level of responsibility as and when required by the Board of Trustees.
The Candidate Profile:
– A commitment to promote the aims and objectives of the ECB
– A GSCE level education with 4 years relevant experience or a Degree level education with 2 years relevant experience.
– Ability to develop and manage various community-based projects and raise funds
– Ability to liaise with and negotiate with various statutory and non-statutory bodies
– Experience of managing Volunteers, facilities and resources
– Excellent communication skills both in English and Amharic
– A sound knowledge of Charity Organisations and various relevant legislations
– Ability to use own initiative and prioritise conflicting demands of the role
– A good organisational and administrative skills and ability to use the Microsoft Office packages
– Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities
Gross annual salary: £10,000.- (21 hours per week for 1 year with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funding)
Closing Date for Application: 19th February 2015 at 4pm.
For application pack, please send an A4 size envelope with 80p SAE to: Ethiopian Community in Britain, 2A Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF or interested applicants can collect the pack from the office Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
For more information on the job advert, please contact:
Mr Alemahu Dessie, email: postmaster@ethiopiancommunity.co.uk ; tel: 020 7794 4265
Camden CCG seeks part-time carer for someone who has mental health problems
As a CCG, we are committed to designing and developing services which our residents tell us they need and we know we can’t do this in isolation. To help us succeed in our innovative mental health programme we are looking to recruit a part time Programme Support Manager (PSM) who has lived experience of providing care for someone who has mental health issues.
Working closely with another PSM, this role will coordinate all service user and carer involvement related to the programme and act as the conduit between the CCG and the wider service user/carer networks across Camden.
This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a cutting edge transformational portfolio which will change the way mental health services are delivered across Camden, improving outcomes for service users and providing value for money for the NHS.
This is a 10 month fixed term post, secondments are welcomed. Successful applicants must have:
~ Experience of providing care for someone who has experienced mental health problems.
~ Experience in supporting the use of Camden mental health services.
~ Experience of carer involvement within mental health services in Camden.
~ A knowledge of health and social care services in Camden.
~ An understanding of service user and carer involvement in health and social care.
“Please note, this position will be subject to NHS standard pre-employment checks, which include reference checks, ID check, Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check and Occupational Health screening. If you have any questions about these checks, please speak to the HR department at NELCSU”
Closing Date: 02/02/15 Interview Date: week commencing: 16/02/15
For full details, please visit: http://jobs.nelondoncsu.nhs.uk/job/v350873
Camden Carers Service seeks Volunteer Co-ordinator
CSS are a consortium of two organisations and would like to increase the number of volunteers we involve as well as the range of volunteering roles. This is where you would come in. You will help us think about what volunteer roles would be useful, write the role outlines, promote and recruit to these roles. Additionally, you will help to make sure that all our volunteers are comfortable with what they are doing and check in with them regularly. Arranging social events for our volunteers and encouraging our service users to volunteer will be part of parcel of your time with us.
As well, our volunteer procedures need streamlining and perhaps updating too. So your contribution here would be most welcome.
Mentoring from an experienced Volunteer Manager is on offer as well as being part of a new consortium. You will gain people management skills, so useful when seeking employment. CCS supports personal development, so you will have the opportunity to take full advantage of everything they have to offer. Through Volunteer Centre Camden you will have access to the Central London volunteer centres volunteer management training, to include an introduction to volunteer management and support and supervision of volunteers. CCS offers safe-guarding training and also has access to further training through London Borough of Camden.
Travel and lunch expanses paid. Contact Camden Carers Service for further informationtamari@camdencarers.org.uk Tell: 02074288950
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 contacttamari@camdencarers.org.uk Tell: 02074288950
Elfrida Rathbone Camden seeks Sessional Advocacy Caseworker
£15.51 hourly rate 0 hours contract (minimum 7 hours per week with possibility of additional hours)
Job purpose to provide casework, advice and advocacy to the following groups and individuals; parents of children with SEND, adults and CYP with disabilities and vulnerable families.
• To support the running of weekly drop-in support sessions
• To coordinate and supervise drop-in support and advise volunteers.
Closing date: Monday 2nd February 2015 (midnight)
Further details and application form at Elfrida Rathbone Camden website.
Fairtrade Volunteer Wanted
Mayu with Fairtrade Camden Network are supporting coffee farmers in Oromia, Ethiopia. The new caffe and show room for organic and single origin coffee now opened in 13 Brecknock road, London N7 0BL. Volunteers are needed in the coffee shop to promote Fairtrade and ethical trading. Contact Demissie Tulu email:d2robi@yahoo.co.uk
Kentish Town City Farm is recruiting a Trustee.
The City Farm is a long established Camden organisation and is looking for a new addition to the board of trustees. Please contact Rachel@ktcityfarm.org.uk for information
£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 apprenticeships@camden.gov.uk
Trustee / Management Committee Member for Camden Federation of Private Tenants
We need enthusiastic and committed individuals to contribute to the development and growth of our small but important housing charity, which gives a voice to vulnerable and disadvantaged private renters, who now make up over a third of Camden’s households
We particularly need people with skills, knowledge and experience in one or more of
the following areas, but an interest in private tenants’ issues, commitment and reliability are also important:
Fundraising; Communications; Marketing; Social Media
Full details at Do-it.org.uk
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 onTrading 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.
Henna Asian Women’s Group Befriending Service 2015
Henna Asian Women’s Group is opening their Befriending service to all individuals that are in need for extra help to improve their social circle in the new year. We will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live in any Borough of London. Henna volunteers will pay regular weekly visits to clients and support them into taking steps to come out of the home and access different services.
We are recruiting both Male and Female volunteers to become Befrienders on this project. If you have a few hours to spare each week, would like to gain experience in the health and social care sector or simply just want to give something back to the community then please contact us.
Contact Ammarah Ahmad, ammarah_hennaorg@yahoo.co.uk, Telephone: 020 7372 9860, Volunteer Coordinator, Henna Asian Women’s Group, www.hennaorg.co.uk
SkillShare
Skillshare is an easy way to find skilled people to support your organisation. What sort of skills are on your wish list? Current skills on offer include: furniture restoration, photography, Nia technique instructor and food and textiles teacher, plus many more. Thirty local organisations are already signed up and accessing our database of skilled volunteers. The last volunteer we placed was a photographer who is going to be taking photographs of Camden for two local organisations.
For more information contact SkillShare, skillshare@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk or 020 7424 9990.
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 andAge 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. contact@camdenpas.org.uk
Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at http://www.vac.org.uk/vacancies/
OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mary Ward Legal Centre offers free Debt Advice
Worried about your debts and bills? Want free confidential help to sort these out? Want to know your options without getting further into debt? Credit card debts; Bailiffs; Bankruptcy; Utility debts; Rent or mortgage arrears; Council tax arrears
Mary ward legal centre is an independent charity based in Holborn offering free, confidential and independent debt advice. To access this free service Call 020 7269 0292 or drop into the Mary Ward Legal Centre Monday to Friday between 10-1 or 2-4. 10 Great Turnstile, WC1V 7JU (off High Holborn). www.marywardlegal.org.uk
Camden People First hate and mate crime community project
Camden Peole First offer 1 to 1 support from the office in Camden. We give hate and mate crime workshops on Mondays. To find out more about Camden People First. call 020 73 88 20 07 or email:info@camdenpeoplefirst.co.uk or come to 215 Eversholt Street (Ampthill Square), London NW1 1DE
Visiting the VCS
Starting in early 2015 the Community and Third Sector team would like spend a bit more time working more closely with Camden’s voluntary and community organisations to see at first hand some of the challenges – as well as the achievements – that you face. The team would like you to invite one person from our team who will work from your building or office for one day per month for three months (or longer if all goes well!). We will bring our laptops – all we will need is a table or desk and access to your wi fi – perhaps there would be space in your reception area. We will be getting on with our own work – but happy to lend a hand informally if needed. Hopefully this will enable the Community and Third Sector team and VCS colleagues to get to know each other better and help us have a better understanding of some of your day to day work. If you are interested in taking part please email Noor.Al-Baddawy@camden.gov.uk or call her on 020 7974 6626.
Hate Crime Survey
Camden Council is conducting research to help us learn more about the impact of hate crime in Camden. Hate crime and hate incidents are when someone is targeted because of personal characteristics. This could be because of race, faith, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity. You can help by taking part in our online survey, and passing this message on to colleagues and users of your organisation who would be interested in giving their views on hate crime in Camden: wearecamden.org/hatecrimesurvey
OneCamden is the website to help you access Voluntary and Community Sector support in Camden. Find support to help you volunteer, or find volunteers; support for your voluntary organisation (from charity registration to Community Accountancy); or get advice on starting a Social Enterprise. There are links and resources on this site and links to the partner’s sites. If you would like to request support use the ‘Get Help’button on the top right to let us know what support you need and we will be in touch.
This is a new initiative for Camden so do let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to makeOneCamden better.
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 form which can be downloaded from the VAC website or you can enter your details via our sector survey here.

Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin – 16th January 2015

News From VAC
Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 16th January 2015

Highlights: Visiting the VCS; Housing allocation consultation 2015; Camden Learning Disabilities Forum; Camden Council VCS Engagement; Ageing Better in Camden; Setting up Parish Councils ; VoiceAbility Dual Diagnosis Report; Camden People First hate and mate crime; SOAS Concert Series; First Thursday London ; Waccess; Superfast Broadband Vouchers; Camden Dear BSL Event; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.

NEWS

Visiting the VCS
Starting in early 2015 the Community and Third Sector team would like spend a bit more time working more closely with Camden’s voluntary and community organisations to see at first hand some of the challenges – as well as the achievements – that you face. The team would like you to invite one person from our team who will work from your building or office for one day per month for three months (or longer if all goes well!). We will bring our laptops – all we will need is a table or desk and access to your wi fi – perhaps there would be space in your reception area. We will be getting on with our own work – but happy to lend a hand informally if needed. Hopefully this will enable the Community and Third Sector team and VCS colleagues to get to know each other better and help us have a better understanding of some of your day to day work. If you are interested in taking part please email Noor.Al-Baddawy@camden.gov.uk or call her on 020 7974 6626.

Housing allocation consultation 2015
There will be a special lunchtime briefing for people working in the voluntary sector on Monday 23rd February at 11.30am-1pm at: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
To book a place, please contact Zoe Goldblum or Giovanni Bruggi (see below).
If your organisation has a regular meeting (either with staff or service users) and you would like a member of the housing allocation consultation team to attend to give a presentation on the proposed changes to the scheme and answer any questions, please contact either Zoe Goldblum or Giovanni Bruggi (see below).
For more information, to book a place for a workshop or the special briefing or to arrange another meeting, please contact:
• Zoe Goldblum, Senior Policy Officer, Zoe.Goldblum@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 4544.
• Giovanni Bruggi, Business Support Officer, Giovanni.Bruggi@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 5519

Camden Learning Disabilities Forum Wednesday 4th February, 6pm – 8pm
At Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street Chalk Farm, NW1 8HF.
Topics for discussion we will be :
• Learning about computers
• The Care Act
• A Camden Financial Challenge update
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:
Rena Toufexis, Engagement Coordinator, Telephone: 020 7974 3265 Rena.Toufexis@camden.gov.uk

Camden Council VCS Engagement
Message from Cllr Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities & Culture: The voluntary and community sector in Camden makes an enormous contribution in supporting local communities and helping us as a Council deliver for our residents. However, as a sector you have told us that our relationships are not as clear or consistent they might be. Also, we face significant financial challenges. By 2017, our funding from central government will have been cut in half. The scale of these cuts mean that changes to our funding arrangements with the sector will be unavoidable.
In early December we invited the VCS organisations we currently fund to give us their perspective on our current relationship and what needs to change to ensure we are able to work together more effectively in the future. The workshop was well attended, with over 70 people including staff and trustees from the invited organisations, Council Cabinet members, and senior council officers. A summary of what the VCS attendees told us is at http://www.wearecamden.org/tackling-the-financial-challenge-with-the-vcs/
We wish to use that feedback to begin a process where together we redesign our relationship to deliver better outcomes in our local communities. The process will include organisations we do not support financially as well as those we currently fund.
The next event will take place at the Camden Centre, on 27th January between 9.30 and 12.30. If you want to attend, please contact noor.al-baddawy@camden.gov.uk . This engagement process will run until the end of March, so if you cannot attend you will not have missed your opportunity to contribute – just let us know and you will receive feedback from the event and notification of how to get involved in the future.
We greatly appreciate the sector’s contribution to our aims and I hope you will take the opportunity to get involved, whether we fund you or not.

Ageing Better in Camden, funded by the Big Lottery, will be advertising tenders for contracts from January 2014:
· Community Connectors (volunteers support isolated older people to re-engage with their local communities)
· Intergenerational Projects
· Men’s Projects
· Digital Inclusion Projects (tablet training)
· Evaluation of the Programme
· LGBT Asset Based Community Development
· Other aspects of the programme including work with the Bangladeshi community, and neighbourhood approaches (Somers Town & St Pancras; Gospel Oak and Haverstock; Regents Park; and one area to be identified) will be tendered at a later date
These will be advertised from January 23rd 2014 onwards in VAC bulletin and on Age UK Camden’s website. VAC has offered to hold a ‘register of partners’. If you are interested in bidding for a tender with Ageing Better in Camden as a partner you can register that interest with VAC, who will share your details with other interested organisations. Please note that Ageing Better in Camden is seeking to contract with one organisation or consortia per contract. If you enter into a partnership you will need to decide which organisation is responsible for legal, financial and delivery matters within your partnership. If you want to be on the ‘register of partners,’ please contact Ricky or Monica on 02072846550, or download the form here.
In addition if you are looking to develop an intergenerational project application, Camden adult social care can offer advice, training and networking to support you to find local partners, and help you to plan and run your intergenerational activities and programmes. Contact: Vanda Carter, Intergenerational development officer vanda.carter@camden.gov.uk / 020 7974 2810.
For more information on Ageing Better in Camden please visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or contact corinna.hyman@ageukcamden.org.uk or Julia.shelley@ageukcamden.org.uk

Setting up Parish Councils in London Neighbourhoods on 22nd January 2015 1-3pm
VAC will be hosting a seminar about setting up Parish Councils in London neighbourhoods.
National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will explain changes that will make it easier for Neighbourhood Planning Forums to become Parish Councils, and how community groups can access funds to support new campaigns.
We will also hear from groups who have just received grants to explore the feasibility of Parish Councils in their neighbourhoods in Camden and Southwark. Further details will be sent out in early January! You can contact Donna Turnbull to book a place. Email dturnbull@vac.org.uk Tel: 0207 284 6567

VoiceAbility Dual Diagnosis Report Published
Camden service users, supported by VoiceAbility, have been working on a dual diagnosis project. It has brought together people with experience of mental health and substance use issues to look at the support they have received from local health and social care services.
The research found that it was often difficult for service users to get support for their mental health issues and substance use issues at the same time. This sometimes resulted in people not wanting to be open about the different issues they have for fear it may affect the support they receive.
Recommendations made by the group include:
· To support frontline staff to help service users feel they can be honest about their experiences
· To make greater efforts to engage people at different stages of their recovery
· To explore a ‘no wrong door’ service that can support people with a dual diagnosis
· To conduct further research into the experiences of people with dual diagnosis
The project’s full report is launched today (available online here).

Camden People First hate and mate crime community project
Camden Peole First offer 1 to 1 support from the office in Camden. We give hate and mate crime workshops on Mondays. To find out more about Camden People First. call 020 73 88 20 07 or email: info@camdenpeoplefirst.co.uk or come to 215 Eversholt Street (Ampthill Square), London NW1 1DE

SOAS Concert Series in 2015
Friday 16 January 2015 LONDON SACRED HARP: Early Music from the New World
Friday 23 January 2015 OLCAY BAYIR:Anatolian Song Sketches
Friday 06 February 2015 A OCA:Earthy yet Sophisticated Amazonian Traditions
Monday 23 February 2015 UK CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE: The Sound of Silk and Bamboo
Monday 16 March 2015 JYOTSNA SRIKANTH: Carnatic Nomad with a Violin
Thursday 23 April 2015 LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET: Fresh and Timeless: Klezmer As We Love It!
SOAS World Music Summer School. In June/July 2015 the SOAS Music Dpt will run again its successful World Music Summer School. The course programme will be announced in February.
Check www.soas.ac.uk/summermusicschool for details and updates. Enquiries: E musicevents@soas.ac.uk, T 020 7898 4500

First Thursday London Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Back at The British Library, this month’s event is all about Social Finance and Investment.
We’ve got a great speaker; Caroline Forster is the Group Director of Investments and Deputy Chief Executive of the Social Investment Business Foundation.
Caroline will be sharing some of her thoughts about social finance, how it can help grow your business and help realise the potential in your business.
As ever, there will also be the usual news updates and the opportunity to meet like minded people.
At The Business & Innovation Centre The British Library Click here to register.

Waccess
A Youth Club Event as part of Disabled Access Day on Saturday 17th January, 4 – 6pm at Wac Arts. Open to all young people 12 – 18 years old. Games, table tennis, drumming and more.
RSVP to Kate kate.watson@wacarts.co.uk

Superfast Broadband Vouchers
Super Connected Cities enables organisations (includes SME, registered charities, social enterprises or sole traders) to apply for up to £3000 of funding for a faster broadband connection. This will enable participating organisations to transfer data quickly, work in the cloud and access high speed broadband (usually of 30Mbit/s or more) to increase productivity.
The voucher scheme offer ends on 31 March 2014. More details at the Super Connected Cities website.

Are you Deaf from Camden? Do you use BSL?
Come and tell us what you think about GP Services for Deaf people in Camden
Local people have told Healthwatch Camden that it can be difficult to communicate with GP practices when you are Deaf.
We are keen find out more by talking to people who are Deaf. We’d like to know about the ways in which being Deaf may make it more difficult for you to access the GP services to which you are entitled. Do you have suggestions for what might make things easier?
Friday 23rd January 2015, 10am – 12 noon at Voluntary Action Camden, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
293-299 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TJ
Discussion will be conducted in BSL. BSL interpreters provided.
To register please contact: Graham Welton, BDA at cdolondon@bda.org.uk or Anna Wright, Healthwatch Camden anna.wright@healthwatchcamden.co.uk

The Capacity Building Bulletin is produced monthly, targeting the community and voluntary sector in Camden. It provides up to date/recently live information and news on funding and training. To access the latest information please follow the Link www.camden.gov.uk/cbbulletin

Women’s Therapy Centre, Camden Federation of Private Tenants, Kentish Town City Farm, Kentish Town Community Centre, Henna Asian Women’s Group and Camden PA are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.

Camden Shares. The website for exchanges in Camden. www.camdenshares.org.uk

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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

FUNDING NEWS

See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.

Opportunity for capital funding for VCS organisations in:
1) Holborn & Covent Garden Ward
2) Kings Cross Ward
The Council is in receipt of money arising from property developments in both of the wards above, as a result of Section 106 (S106) obligations on property developers, under Camden’s Planning Guidance.
This opportunity relates only to money provided to improve community facilities, it does not relate to S106 money received for other purposes, such as infrastructure and parks and open spaces.
If you would like to make a proposal for S106 capital money for community facilities, and your premises and service provision fits these criteria, please provide a brief description:
• How much money you are seeking – an estimate is fine at this stage
• What it will be used for
• Any relevant deadlines
• Please provide a brief statement that relates to each of these criteria:
• Any allocation needs to ensure that the recipient’s facilities / services are available for the local community to mitigate impact of the development that provides the S106 money.
• Has the organisation / facility received S106 Community Facilities funding before? If yes, when, how much and for what purpose?
• Does the capital project requiring support have any match funding or pledges of match funding?
• How the improvement or expansion of the existing community facility meet Camden Plan priorities (www.camden.gov.uk/camdenplan) and the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy four investment tests (www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/council-and-democracy/publications-and-finances/twocolumn/camden-financial-challenge-.en?page=3).
• Is the community facility one of the following:
o Owned by the organisation?
o Occupied on a long-term lease?
o Owned by the council?
• Recipients should allow their services to be accessible to the whole community.
Please provide this by the 30th of January, officers intend to consider the proposals during February, and discuss with relevant ward councillors and Cabinet Members.
Note that there are two separate processes, one for each ward.
For Kings Cross Ward, please contact adam.demosthenous@camden.gov.uk
For Holborn & Covent Garden Ward, please contact jeff.hopwood@camden.gov.uk

Origin Housing Community Chest grant programme.
You can apply for grants of up to £500 for a projects in neighbourhoods where Origin Housing has homes. The application process is extremely quick, simple and completely on-line. The application literally takes 5-10 minutes to complete. We are particularly interested in funding projects that fall within one of these three themes:
1. Building stronger communities
2. Celebrating our heritage
3. Gardening and environmental
For more information, including application guidelines, detailed criteria and the application form please visit our website here: http://www.originhousing.org.uk/community/community-grants-programme.aspx
If you have any queries or would like to have an informal chat about a project please get in touch with Jon Foster, Resident Involvement & Community Initiatives Coordinator, Origin Housing. Tel: 020 7209 9267 Mobile: 07872 002 353 email: jon.foster@originhousing.org.uk
Please click here to see a map showing where Origin Housing has homes.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 30th January. Please get your applications in early to avoid disappointment, as the next round of applications won’t open until April 2015.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust- Bid for Better
The Bid for Better membership engagement scheme awards grants of up to £400 towards activities or equipment to improve patient experience, promote mental wellbeing or make our services more accessible.
As well as Trust service users, we would like to encourage bids from external organisations whose service users would be benefitted in any of the above ways.
Your idea should benefit two or more patients or service users. If you would like to apply for up to £400 for your project or idea then we will ask you to complete an application form giving us all as much detail as possible.
You can apply online http://www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/about-us/join-us/patient-and-public-involvement-ppi/bid-better/apply-bid-better-funding
or you can request a form by post or email by contacting the PPI team.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 5th March 2015.
To be considered for funding you must be a Member of the Trust. If you are not a member already it is really easy to join.
If you have questions about the process or need help to complete your application form, a member of the PPI team will be more than happy to assist you. Please contact us by telephone or email or you can pop into the PPI office on the ground floor of the Tavistock Centre.
Email: PPI@tavi-port.nhs.uk Telephone: 020 8938 2059

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
The Galaxy hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.
The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.
Applications for funds from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund can be made here.

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 referrals@camdencarer.org.uk

Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/

VAC EVENTS

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 mbrewster@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6563
Ann Wolfe on awolfe@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6565
Sue Dowd on sdowd@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6559
Next course dates: Monday 16th February and Monday 23rd February 2015

New VAC Training Programme

  • 22nd January: Project Management Starter
  • 29th January: Effective Minute Taking
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  • 16th – 23rd February: Mental Health First Aid
  • 17th February: Budgeting for your Project
  • 18th February: Project Management
  • 19th February: Project Management Starter
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  • 6th March: Fundraising and Income Generation Strategy
  • 13th March: Project Management Introduction
  • 31st March: Introduction to Social Enterprise and Business Planning

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 awolfe@vac.org.uk or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
OTHER EVENTS

Introduction to Volunteering workshop, Tuesday 20th January
There are still some spaces left at this participatory workshop next week. We will be looking at different ways of getting involved in the local community, the benefits that come from giving your time to help others, and practical ways to go about this. We’ll also hear from a current volunteer, and there’ll be a chance to sign up on the day for one of a range of exciting local opportunities. Snacks and drinks provided.
Tuesday 20th January, 10am – 12pm, 1A Arts Centre, 1A Roseberry Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4SR
To sign up, contact
Shadin Dowson-Zeidan, BME Project Worker at Volunteer Centre Camden:
shadin@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk | 020 7424 9990
or Hanif Ahmed, Bangladeshi Community Outreach Worker at Holborn Community Association:
hanif.ahmed@holborncommunity.co.uk | 020 7405 2370 Ext 3

Mental Health Forum, Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 6pm – 8pm
In the Conference Hall, Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital.
Topics for discussion:
~ Assuring quality in services at the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Colin Plant, Director of Integrated Care
~ The Prevention Fund – Richard Elphick/Julia Chappell. Strategic Commissioning Team Mental Health Camden Council
Chair: Councillor Maeve McCormack
Do you need help to travel to and from the forum or to take part? If so, please contact Rena Toufexis by Thursday 22 January 2015; Telephone: 020 7974 3265; Email: rena.toufexis@camden.gov.uk; Text Phone: 020 7974 6866

Camden CCG and Cancer Research UK are delivering a cancer awareness workshop for individuals who work or volunteer within the Camden community.
This is particularly relevant for those who work with people at risk of developing cancer, such as the elderly. The workshop empowers volunteers and community members in Camden with the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk about Cancer.
By attending the workshop you will:
~ Increase your knowledge of key messages around cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis
~ Build your confidence to talk to the public about cancer
~ Help you to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns
The workshop will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 on Thursday, 19 February 2015 at St Pancras Hospital.
The event is sponsored by Camden CCG’s Long Term Conditions and Cancer programme. Free.
To book a ticket or for more information contact ltceducation@camdenccg.nhs.uk or telephone 0203 688 2071.

Creating Connections 9
Thursday 5th February 6 – 8pm, UCL Main Quad Events Venue, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
Creating Connections is our regular networking event that brings together university staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. The evening is a mixture of themed discussions in small groups with more informal hob-nobbing; the aim is to find areas of common interest and collaborative working.
Our February event will have a particular focus on the commissioning of public services. It will be of value to anyone interested in how the higher education and the voluntary & community sectors can collaborate.
Themes will include:
~ Criminal Justice / Rights & Advice services
~ Health
~ Education
~ Innovation
~ Social Enterprise
~ The changing face of commissioning
Note that the event is a short networking event for people interested in these issues – a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with. It’s intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between. It’s not a conference and there won’t be long plenary speeches or workshops!
Light refreshments will be provided. Register at uclu.org/creating-connections

Community Voices for Health (CV4H) Network event Monday 9th February 2015, 2 – 5pm
Help us shape our future health priorities at Conference room, Voluntary Action Islington
This half day event is aimed at CV4H members [see also below for non members]. It will:
• Provide an overview of LVSC and University of East London discussions with UCL Partners
• Explain more about the UCL Partners programme and hear from Fiona McKenzie, Patient Experience and User Involvement Project Manager for London Cancer, the Integrated Cancer System for North Central and North East London and West Essex within UCL Partners.
• Report on VCS impact on reducing Health Inequalities – feed-back from conference and next steps?
• Help to shape potential future priorities for CV4H in the context of UCL Partners’ programme, as well as inform LVSC’s strategic health programme through its membership of Regional Voices.
• Help to shape future priorities for VCS engagement to inform LVSC strategic priorities.
I hope you will join us. If you aren’t currently a member of the network (or aren’t sure if you are) but would like to come to the event, please contact Sandra van der Feen, LVSC: sandra@lvsc.org.uk in the first instance.

The Living Centre: supplier day 30th January 2015
The Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
From the Crick’s inception, engaging with the local community and being a good neighbour has been a priority. To help achieve our goals, we’ve been developing plans for an exciting new venture: a community space in the Crick, independent from the institute – called the Living Centre – that will be run in partnership with the community.
The Crick will be looking for an organisation or consortium to run the Living Centre, and is planning to hold a half-day workshop with interested suppliers to help in the development of the specification and evaluation for the procurement of an operator for the Living Centre.
Organisations who are interested in attending the supplier day can find more information by emailing tenders@crick.ac.uk There is more information on the website.

Volunteer Centre Camden Volunteering Fairs
Evening volunteering fair on Wednesday 21st January, 6-7.30pm at Swiss Cottage Library.
Lunchtime fair on Wednesday 14th January, 12-2pm at Arlington Conference Centre.
Daytime fair details here.
Evening fair details here.
If you want to volunteer, just turn up on the day – there is no need to book.
If you are an organisation, please book your place by email or phone 020 7424 9990.

Living History at the Crossroads Women’s Centre
Friday 23 January 2015 6 – 9pm
Crossroads Story Film Screening (7pm)
The multi-racial Crossroads Women’s Centre started as a Wages for Housework Campaign squat near Euston station in 1975. This new film traces the different buildings and activities of the Centre over 40 years up to its current home in Kentish Town. A much-used drop-in and community resource, it now hosts over 15 groups.
Created by young people as a training project the film includes archive photographs, a pop-up book, film clips, interviews with some of the founders and users, and more.
Made Possible by Squatting Exhibition Opening (6pm)
Made Possible by Squatting presents “an archive of histories and stories of how Londoners have met their need for housing through squatting the empty buildings which fill our city.”
From housing homeless families, war veterans and survivors of domestic violence to enabling community shops and cafes, advice centres of all kinds, and a Really Free School, MPBS celebrates the energy and creativity of the squatting movement against the backdrop of recent government criminalisation of squatting residential buildings.
Sections of the original exhibition from September 2013 will be on display at the Women’s Centre after the opening night from 26th January 2015 to 6th of February 2015. Monday to Friday 1-6pm, Wednesday 1-7pm.
www.madepossiblebysquatting.co.uk
Sing-along with June Turvey (8pm)
We are honoured to have June perform at our Centre. She is the legendary pianist at the Duke of Kendal Pub on Sundays, a wonderful reminder of a time when almost every pub in London had its own piano and community singing.
Drinks and refreshments.
Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX
contact@crossroadswomen.net or tel: 020 7482 2496

Camden Carers Service Events
Most events, outings, training and other activities are open to all carers who are registered with us, unless stated for a particular group by condition, or other criteria. Please check with CCS if in doubt about your eligibility for an event or activity.
1. Outings and Guided Tours – We offer a selection of activities around London all of which are available for free for carers.
2. Carers Yoga – fortnightly classes for carers of all abilities. Wear loose fitting clothes
3. Benefits Training with Mary Ward – a 3-session course on offer to both Male Carers and also to all Carers in partnership with Mary Ward Legal Centre. The course offer hands on advice and experience with how to use websites, talk on the phone with benefits officers and raise your benefits claims in a manner that gets results.
4. 1st Aid Training with St John’s Ambulance – A new scheme to train carers around London.
5. Art Social Workshop – A space to socialise and get artistic.
6. Mindfulness for Carers- 2-session introduction course for Carers by Robert Mitcham. Robert runs weekly mindfulness sessions on Monday evenings in Euston that are free for all carers.
7. Male Carers Group – a new group for Male Carers. The aim of the group is to provide a space for Male Carers to be men while offering tools for energy maintenance and carer related training.
We also have two very SPECIAL EVENTS: Thursday 26th February – Life Outside Caring Fair – lots of interesting activities, stalls and information for you to find something different to do outside your caring role – with lunch! Tuesday 3rd March – Special Interactive Training Day on Keeping Safe whilst Caring – with Kevin Morgan and Nick Llewellyn bringing the issues to life. There are many more events – please see the website for further details. www.camdencs.org.uk

NCiFoundations Fundrasing Event
NCiFoundations, a registered charity (RCN 1151520), based in Camden is having its 1st fund-raising event on Saturday the 28th of February 2015 from 11am-4pm, venue at: 14 Cleveland Street W1T 6QG.The event will be to raise funds to support desperate orphans in Kenya and Uganda who are in desperate need of clothing, feeding, education sponsor and creating an awareness to end Female Genital Mutilation. Our event will also be promoting NCiFoundations other aims and objectives which involve supporting UK Local community projects to enhance and protect our UK local borough community.
At the event we will be showcasing beautiful handcraft artworks made by the orphans
For more information please visit our website: www.ncifoundations.org.
Email: info@ncifoundations.org . Tel: +44(0) 7900928873. Also interested sponsors please do get in touch as well. Venue: 141 Cleveland Street W1T 6QG (11-4pm) nearest station to venue is Warren Street Station.

Re-energising Camden Event
Collaborative investment in local green projects
Wednesday 28 January, 4.00pm-8.30pm at Arup’s Offices (near Warren Street Station)
The Camden Climate Change Alliance is hosting an event that will bring together businesses, schools and community groups who want to work collaboratively to explore and develop low carbon energy projects in Camden.
For more information and to reserve your free place at the event, please register. A range of specialists will be showcasing just how green energy can strengthen your core business operations whilst offering financial and carbon benefits. The event will combine case studies, knowledgeable speakers and the latest policy developments to provide your business with the tools and support you need to collaborate in low carbon initiatives.
For more information and to reserve your free place at the event, please register online via the Eventbrite page.
If you have any questions, please email camdencca@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 3901.
We hope to see you at the event!

Volunteer Centre Camden: AGM, Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum and Trustee Speed-Matching: Tuesday 27th January 2015
Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.
As always we promise to give you good food, and good networking opportunities.
http://volunteercentrecamden.org.uk/

“An Introduction to Intergenerational Working” – training day Tuesday 3 February 2015
This session run by Camden adult social care will be of particular interest to community workers, youth workers, school teaching staff, early years staff, care staff in sheltered housing, resource centres or residential work, community arts workers and anyone else in Camden who would like to begin to organise intergenerational events or improve their intergenerational practice.
The session is ideal for people who have recently started intergenerational work who would like to organise activities or events for Camden intergenerational week 2015.
The session is free for anyone who works, lives, volunteers or studies in the Borough of Camden.
For further information or to book a place, contact:
Rena Toufexis, Engagement coordinator, Camden adult social care
Email: rena.toufexis@camden.gov.uk / Tel: 020 7974 3265

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

Elfrida Rathbone Camden seeks Sessional Advocacy Caseworker
£15.51 hourly rate 0 hours contract (minimum 7 hours per week with possibility of additional hours)
Job purpose to provide casework, advice and advocacy to the following groups and individuals; parents of children with SEND, adults and CYP with disabilities and vulnerable families.
• To support the running of weekly drop-in support sessions
• To coordinate and supervise drop-in support and advise volunteers.
Closing date: Monday 2nd February 2015 (midnight)
Further details and application form at Elfrida Rathbone Camden website.

Fairtrade Volunteer Wanted
Mayu with Fairtrade Camden Network are supporting coffee farmers in Oromia, Ethiopia. The new caffe and show room for organic and single origin coffee now opened in 13 Brecknock road, London N7 0BL. Volunteers are needed in the coffee shop to promote Fairtrade and ethical trading. Contact Demissie Tulu email: d2robi@yahoo.co.uk

The Ethiopian Community in Britain is recruiting a Part Time Co-ordinator
– The post holder will be responsible for the management of the day to day activities of the Ethiopian Community in Britain to achieve its overall aims and objectives.
– The post holder is expected to carry out duties of a level of responsibility appropriate to the post
– The post holder will also be expected to deputise in other areas with a similar level of responsibility as and when required by the Board of Trustees.
The Candidate Profile:
– A commitment to promote the aims and objectives of the ECB
– A GSCE level education with 4 years relevant experience or a Degree level education with 2 years relevant experience.
– Ability to develop and manage various community-based projects and raise funds
– Ability to liaise with and negotiate with various statutory and non-statutory bodies
– Experience of managing Volunteers, facilities and resources
– Excellent communication skills both in English and Amharic
– A sound knowledge of Charity Organisations and various relevant legislations
– Ability to use own initiative and prioritise conflicting demands of the role
– A good organisational and administrative skills and ability to use the Microsoft Office packages
– Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities
Gross annual salary: £10,000.- (21 hours per week for 1 year with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funding)
Closing Date for Application: 20 January 2015 at 4pm.
For application pack, please send an A4 size envelope with 80p SAE to: Ethiopian Community in Britain, 2A Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF or interested applicants can collect the pack from the office Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
For more information on the job advert, please contact:
Mr Alemahu Dessie, email: postmaster@ethiopiancommunity.co.uk ; tel: 020 7794 4265

Women’s Therapy Centre seek Office and Operations Manager (female)
We are looking for an experienced candidate to join Women’s Therapy Centre as an Office and Operations Manager. With strong management, written communication, interpersonal and IT skills, you will be working in a fast-paced therapeutic charity and have proven ability to multitask and be able to work under pressure.
Section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 applies to this post.
To apply for the post please visit our website on: www.womenstherapycentre.co.uk
Closing date: Monday 19th January 2015 by 5pm
Interview date: Wednesday 28th January 2015
Salary £27,666 pro rata for 31 hours per week

Kentish Town City Farm is recruiting a Trustee.
The City Farm is a long established Camden organisation and is looking for a new addition to the board of trustees. Please contact Rachel@ktcityfarm.org.uk for information

£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 apprenticeships@camden.gov.uk

Trustee / Management Committee Member for Camden Federation of Private Tenants
We need enthusiastic and committed individuals to contribute to the development and growth of our small but important housing charity, which gives a voice to vulnerable and disadvantaged private renters, who now make up over a third of Camden’s households
We particularly need people with skills, knowledge and experience in one or more of
the following areas, but an interest in private tenants’ issues, commitment and reliability are also important:
Fundraising; Communications; Marketing; Social Media
Full details at Do-it.org.uk

Business Planning Consultant at Kentish Town Community Centre
Kentish Town Community Centre is seeking to employ a consultant to provide support in developing a new 3-year business plan and fundraising strategy to increase the organisation’s long term sustainability. The consultant would also be required to facilitate a strategic planning day with staff and trustees in the new year, analyse the existing operational structure of the organisation, understand the needs identified in the local area, and make recommendations where necessary.
For more information or to apply, please visit the KTCC Website, contact the Centre on 020 7482 3212, or email cliff@ktcc.org.uk.
Closing date: 20th January 2015

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.

Henna Asian Women’s Group Befriending Service 2015
Henna Asian Women’s Group is opening their Befriending service to all individuals that are in need for extra help to improve their social circle in the new year. We will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live in any Borough of London. Henna volunteers will pay regular weekly visits to clients and support them into taking steps to come out of the home and access different services.
We are recruiting both Male and Female volunteers to become Befrienders on this project. If you have a few hours to spare each week, would like to gain experience in the health and social care sector or simply just want to give something back to the community then please contact us.
Contact Ammarah Ahmad, ammarah_hennaorg@yahoo.co.uk, Telephone: 020 7372 9860, Volunteer Coordinator, Henna Asian Women’s Group, www.hennaorg.co.uk

SkillShare
Skillshare is an easy way to find skilled people to support your organisation. What sort of skills are on your wish list? Current skills on offer include: furniture restoration, photography, Nia technique instructor and food and textiles teacher, plus many more. Thirty local organisations are already signed up and accessing our database of skilled volunteers. The last volunteer we placed was a photographer who is going to be taking photographs of Camden for two local organisations.
For more information contact SkillShare, skillshare@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk or 020 7424 9990.

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. contact@camdenpas.org.uk

Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at http://www.vac.org.uk/vacancies/

OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hate Crime Survey
Camden Council is conducting research to help us learn more about the impact of hate crime in Camden. Hate crime and hate incidents are when someone is targeted because of personal characteristics. This could be because of race, faith, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity. You can help by taking part in our online survey, and passing this message on to colleagues and users of your organisation who would be interested in giving their views on hate crime in Camden: wearecamden.org/hatecrimesurvey

Pop Up Volunteering
Once a week, VCC will pop-up somewhere across the borough to let people know about volunteering and how we can help them get started. If you have a venue we could use, or if there’s anything else you’d like to know about pop-ups, contact Rupal by email, phone 020 7424 9990.

Camden Housing Services Survey
You may be asked to take part in a Camden Council survey next month. The Survey of tenants and residents (STAR) will be asking a randomly selected group of over 7,000 people for their views on the council’s housing services. If you’re asked to take part, you’ll receive a survey and letter with further details in January. The survey opens on 12 January and runs until 16 February. Results will be released in the first week of April – and these help Camden to measure satisfaction levels, listen to your feedback and benchmark services for future years. More information is on Camden’s website

Tricycle Theatre Special Offer: Secret Theatre’s A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts 12 – 31 January 2015.
Returning to London due to popular demand and following excellent reviews. It would be of particular interest to theatre fans and young people and community centres. Young people under 26 can join our new Trike membership scheme for FREE which will give them reduced price £10 tickets to A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts and a FREE workshop with Lyric Artistic Director Sean Holmes, Associate Director Ellen McDougal or playwright Caroline Bird.
We also have a joint booking offer available when you book for both A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts and the hilarious one-woman show, Happy Birthday Without You.
Book by phone on 020 7328 1000 or online at www.tricycle.co.uk

OneCamden is the website to help you access Voluntary and Community Sector support in Camden. Find support to help you volunteer, or find volunteers; support for your voluntary organisation (from charity registration to Community Accountancy); or get advice on starting a Social Enterprise. There are links and resources on this site and links to the partner’s sites. If you would like to request support use the ‘Get Help’ button on the top right to let us know what support you need and we will be in touch.
This is a new initiative for Camden so do let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to make OneCamden better.

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 form which can be downloaded from the VAC website or you can enter your details via our sector survey here.

Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin – 19th December 2014

News From VAC
Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 19th December 2014

Highlights: Ageing Better in Camden; Setting up Parish Councils in London Neighbourhoods; Supporting wellbeing in times of austerity; 1,000 Shovels; Camden’s Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy workshops; Torriano solstice celebration; Camden housing services survey; Camden Chinese Community Centres carers project; Prince’s Trust Team; Post-Christmas ‘Re-gifting’; Sportivate; People’s Health Trust; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.

NEWS

Seasons Greetings to all our readers. This is the last VAC e-bulletin of 2014. The next one will be on Friday 9th January 2015. The VAC offices will be closed from Christmas Day to New Year’s day inclusive.

Ageing Better in Camden, funded by the Big Lottery, will be advertising tenders for contracts from January 2014:
· Community Connectors (volunteers support isolated older people to re-engage with their local communities)
· Intergenerational Projects
· Men’s Projects
· Digital Inclusion Projects (tablet training)
· Evaluation of the Programme
· LGBT Asset Based Community Development
· Other aspects of the programme including work with the Bangladeshi community, and neighbourhood approaches (Somers Town & St Pancras; Gospel Oak and Haverstock; Regents Park; and one area to be identified) will be tendered at a later date
These will be advertised from January 23rd 2014 onwards in VAC bulletin and on Age UK Camden’s website. VAC has offered to hold a ‘register of partners’. If you are interested in bidding for a tender with Ageing Better in Camden as a partner you can register that interest with VAC, who will share your details with other interested organisations. Please note that Ageing Better in Camden is seeking to contract with one organisation or consortia per contract. If you enter into a partnership you will need to decide which organisation is responsible for legal, financial and delivery matters within your partnership. If you want to be on the ‘register of partners,’ please contact Ricky or Monica on 02072846550, or download the form here.
All those who have completed the expression of interest questionnaire will be invited to an information and networking event on Thursday 15th January at 10am.
In addition if you are looking to develop an intergenerational project application, Camden adult social care can offer advice, training and networking to support you to find local partners, and help you to plan and run your intergenerational activities and programmes. Contact: Vanda Carter, Intergenerational development officer vanda.carter@camden.gov.uk / 020 7974 2810.
For more information on Ageing Better in Camden please visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or contact corinna.hyman@ageukcamden.org.uk or Julia.shelley@ageukcamden.org.uk

Supporting wellbeing in times of austerity – the real value of the community and voluntary sector.
Report to Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee from Healthwatch Camden and Voluntary Action Camden
A report was made in response to an invitation to make presentations related to the council’s financial strategy. It outlines the potential for community and voluntary organisations to play a constructive role in underpinning the quality of life. It draws on discussions with voluntary organisations involved in supporting people who use health and social care services. It offers examples of good use of community organisations to serve local people and to bring new resources into the borough ). It also includes brief discussion of unhelpful commissioning practices that have made it harder for local organisations to play a role.

Setting up Parish Councils in London Neighbourhoods on 22nd January 2015 1-3pm
VAC will be hosting a seminar about setting up Parish Councils in London neighbourhoods.
National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will explain changes that will make it easier for Neighbourhood Planning Forums to become Parish Councils, and how community groups can access funds to support new campaigns.
We will also hear from groups who have just received grants to explore the feasibility of Parish Councils in their neighbourhoods in Camden and Southwark. Further details will be sent out in early January! You can contact Donna Turnbull to book a place. Email dturnbull@vac.org.uk Tel: 0207 284 6567

1,000 Shovels to Help Local Communities Over the Winter
Community help at a local level will really help to keep Camden moving. The shovels are completely free of charge and are available to groups such as tenant and resident associations, volunteer groups and local business groups.
Shovels are available to be picked up in person from Regis Road recycling and re-use centre, Kentish Town, NW5 3EW. Shovels are also available for collection from 211 Arlington Road, NW1 &HD. You can pick the shovels up between 10am and 3pm from Monday to Friday. You will need to leave your contact details and information on where the shovels will be used.
A maximum of four shovels per group is allowed. If groups need more than four then they will need to contact environmental services on 020 7974 4444. Shovels can be kept but unfortunately can’t be replaced if lost.

Camden’s Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2014-17 – Consulting the voluntary and community sector
You are invited to one of two workshops to talk about the priorities for Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Dates
Either: 17th December 2014
5pm to 7pm at Voluntary Action Camden 2nd Floor Training Room
293 – 299 Kentish Town Road NW5 2TJ
Or: 19th December 2014
10am to 12pm at the St Pancras Community Association Meeting Room
30 Camden St, London NW1 0LG
For more details and to book, contact: Ricky S Tokhi on 020 7284 6553 or Email acharles@vac.org.uk

Come All Ye, a Torriano solstice celebration
21st December – 6pm Come All Ye, a solstice celebration, bring poetry, music, stories, friends, food, drink to share. Contact Gianna Lapini for menu co-ordination, let her know what you are bringing and she can counterbalance the mincepies email: giannalapini@hotmail.com

National News
NAVCA supports MPs call for better commissioning

NAVCA has welcomed the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on transforming contract management. The report contains the findings of the Committee’s inquiry into government contracting of £90 billion of public services. The report says that the government is over-reliant on a small number of contractors, is failing to monitor contracts to get value for money and that the ethical standards of the large contractors have been found wanting. Full details here.

Camden Housing Services Survey
You may be asked to take part in a Camden Council survey next month. The Survey of tenants and residents (STAR) will be asking a randomly selected group of over 7,000 people for their views on the council’s housing services. If you’re asked to take part, you’ll receive a survey and letter with further details in January. The survey opens on 12 January and runs until 16 February. Results will be released in the first week of April – and these help Camden to measure satisfaction levels, listen to your feedback and benchmark services for future years. More information is on Camden’s website

Get involved with Camden Chinese Community Centres new carers project
Are you an unpaid carers who living in Camden, providing unpaid support to someone who has physical health needs, frailty, dementia, mental health problems or other disability?
Camden Chinese Community Centre is running a new project supporting Chinese cares living in Camden.
If so, there are lots of activities to get involved with to help improve your health and wellbeing including:
· Free advocacy and advisory support.
· Free haircuts
· Free trips
· Free ESOL, singing classes, Chinese painting, Mandarin class, flower arranging and cookery classes
To find out more information or get involved please contact us at info@camdenccc.co.uk or call us on 020 7388 8883. You can also find out more information on our facebook page www.facebook.com/camdenccc.

Camden Council Opening Times
All Camden services, including Contact Camden – the customer service team – will be open as normal over the festive period, apart from a small number of services listed here. In an emergency, call 020 7974 444 (24 hours a day).

Opportunity for 16 – 25 year olds to take part in 12 week Programme.
Prince’s Trust Team is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, a qualification in employment, teamwork and community skills, practical skills, mentoring, community projects and a one week residential. More than 70% of unemployed participants go on to jobs, training or education within three months of completing. Through building their confidence and motivation, team members are encouraged to think about their futures; this includes preparing a post-programme development plan.
Young people join a team of up to 18 participants. A team typically comprises around 16 unemployed people and one or two employed people sponsored by their employers.
During the 12 week programme, Team members: Spend a week away at a residential activity centre; Undertake a project based in their local community; Complete a work placement; Participate in a team challenge, involving caring for others; Stage a team presentation, during which they recount their experiences and receive their achievement certificates.
Eligibility: Young people aged 16 – 25:
Especially if they are part of The Trust’s other target groups, which are: people leaving care, young offenders, educational underachievers and the long term unemployed
If you know someone that might be interested in joining our upcoming teams please contact either Team Leader monique.morgan@epiccic.org.uk/ 07739314180 or Assistant Team Leader nathaniel.forte@epiccic.org.uk/ 07534398828/07713711540 for more information.

Post-Christmas ‘Re-gifting’ Give & Take
Beat the January blues by coming along to the Transition Dartmouth Park Give & Take. Bring along any presents you’d like to exchange, and take away something you prefer.
During the event you’ll learn more about setting up a community energy company and the Transition Dartmouth Park’s local food growing initiative. The event will finish with an open ideas session for 2015.
For more information visit the Give & Take event page.
2-4pm, Sunday 11 January, Highgate Library Civic and Cultural Centre, Croftdown Road, N19 5DH

Camden Frontline service user newsletter.
You can view the latest edition of the newsletter online.

The Capacity Building Bulletin is produced monthly, targeting the community and voluntary sector in Camden. It provides up to date/recently live information and news on funding and training. To access the latest information please follow the Link www.camden.gov.uk/cbbulletin

Kentish Town Community Centre, IARS, West Hampstead Women’s Centre, Henna Asian Women’s Group 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

FUNDING NEWS

See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust- Bid for Better
The Bid for Better membership engagement scheme awards grants of up to £400 towards activities or equipment to improve patient experience, promote mental wellbeing or make our services more accessible.
As well as Trust service users, we would like to encourage bids from external organisations whose service users would be benefitted in any of the above ways.
Your idea should benefit two or more patients or service users. If you would like to apply for up to £400 for your project or idea then we will ask you to complete an application form giving us all as much detail as possible.
You can apply online http://www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/about-us/join-us/patient-and-public-involvement-ppi/bid-better/apply-bid-better-funding
or you can request a form by post or email by contacting the PPI team.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 5th March 2015.
To be considered for funding you must be a Member of the Trust. If you are not a member already it is really easy to join.
If you have questions about the process or need help to complete your application form, a member of the PPI team will be more than happy to assist you. Please contact us by telephone or email or you can pop into the PPI office on the ground floor of the Tavistock Centre.
Email: PPI@tavi-port.nhs.uk Telephone: 020 8938 2059

MOPAC Victims Fund from London Community Foundation
The London Community Foundation is is launching The MOPAC Victims Fund to benefit victims of crime across London. The aim of the Fund is to build the capacity and maximise the potential of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help ensure the continued and improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime.
Grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 are available to cover any costs relating to work which builds the capacity of organisations working to support victims of crime. This could include assistance with fundraising, recruiting and training volunteers and staff training.
If you have any queries then please contact me directly on sam@londoncf.org.uk or 020 7582 5117.

The Sportivate Programme applications for 1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016 is now open for all.
This is opportunity to local community and voluntary sector organisations across the borough who may wish to use sport and physical activity to meet local community’s needs.
The deadline for this round of application is Monday 5th January 2015. There are three other rounds available for applying for Sportivate in 2015. They are in April, June and fourth round application (date to be confirmed).
Please visit the link below for further details and relevant documents on Sportivate.
http://www.londonsport.org/page.asp?section=00010001000100420013&sectionTitle=Sportivate

People’s Health Trust
Active Communities in Greater London is a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.
Using money raised by HealthHope through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Camden.
Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 14 January 2015.
To apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

Camden Primary Care Mental Health: Team around the Practice
Camden CCG is seeking a suitably qualified provider to develop a holistic service to patients with mental health needs across our 37 GP practices. This will include:
• psychological interventions
• social prescribing
• care coordination
• education and training.
Camden has a rich tapestry of services for patients with mental health needs and we are looking to develop this local intelligence within a Lead Provider model. The contract value is capped at £4.6m over a four year period and the service is expected to commence in May 2015. This is a new service and TUPE will not apply.
Through a restricted procurement process, the CCG seeks to identify a qualified and experienced provider to deliver a service which supports GPs and other practice staff to improve outcomes of people with mental health needs.
More information can be found at:
http://www.camdenccg.nhs.uk/news-articles/team-around-the-practice.htm
Prequalification questionnaire is available via the Contracts Finder portal here.

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
The Galaxy hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.
The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.
Applications for funds from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund can be made here.

New grant programme to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
Details of a new grant programme to support projects that tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying were announced by the Department for Education in partnership with the Government Equalities Office.
You can find full details of the grant programme here.

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 referrals@camdencarer.org.uk

Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/

VAC EVENTS

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 mbrewster@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6563
Ann Wolfe on awolfe@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6565
Sue Dowd on sdowd@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6559
Next course dates: Monday 16th February and Monday 23rd February 2015

New VAC Training Programme

  • 14th January: Business Start Up for Social Enterprise
  • 15th January: ILM Leadership qualification
  • 22nd January: Project Management Starter
  • 29th January: Effective Minute Taking

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 awolfe@vac.org.uk or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
OTHER EVENTS

Free Skills Conference for Small Charities: 11th February 2015, London
The FSI’s Skill Conference is coming back to London on February 11th 2015, providing 160 places for small charities to access a range of expert speakers on a variety of topics essential to effective working. Delegates will take away relevant and practical skills from a choice of four interactive workshops throughout the day. Topics include HR and Management, Law, IT, Finance, Governance, Policy, Strategy and Planning and Impact Measurement. It fills up fast, so book your free place today to access this fantastic training opportunity.
Visit http://www.thefsi.org/services/conferences/skills-conference/ for more information and bookings.

Re-energising Camden Event
Collaborative investment in local green projects
Wednesday 28 January, 4.00pm-8.30pm at Arup’s Offices (near Warren Street Station)
The Camden Climate Change Alliance is hosting an event that will bring together businesses, schools and community groups who want to work collaboratively to explore and develop low carbon energy projects in Camden.
For more information and to reserve your free place at the event, please register. A range of specialists will be showcasing just how green energy can strengthen your core business operations whilst offering financial and carbon benefits. The event will combine case studies, knowledgeable speakers and the latest policy developments to provide your business with the tools and support you need to collaborate in low carbon initiatives.
For more information and to reserve your free place at the event, please register online via the Eventbrite page.
If you have any questions, please email camdencca@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 3901.
We hope to see you at the event!

Welcome Training Workshops London based services and the British Museum;
January 2015 Welcome Training Workshop for Mental Health Services
Workshop theme; Making the museum accessible| working with groups in the museum| Object handling and gallery based activities| Cultural identity and literacy| Leaning Activities & Resources
Workshop dates to choose from are as follows; Friday 16th Jan 5:00pm – 8:00pm OR Thursday 29th Jan 2:30pm – 5:30pm OR Saturday 31st Jan 12:00pm – 3:00pm
March 2015 Welcome Training Workshop for ESOL, migrant and refugee groups
Workshop theme; Making the museum accessible| working with groups in the Museum| Connecting Cultures| Leaning Activities & Resources
Workshop dates to choose from are as follows; Monday 9th Mar 12:00pm – 4:00pm or Friday 13th Mar 4:00pm – 8:00pm or Saturday 14th Mar 12:00pm – 4:00pm
For further information or to book a workshop please contact Danielle Dewsbury DDewsbury@britishmuseum.ac.uk 0207 323 8398

Volunteer Centre Camden: AGM, Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum and Trustee Speed-Matching: Tuesday 27th January 2015
Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.
As always we promise to give you good food, and good networking opportunities.
http://volunteercentrecamden.org.uk/

“An Introduction to Intergenerational Working” – training day Tuesday 3 February 2015
This session run by Camden adult social care will be of particular interest to community workers, youth workers, school teaching staff, early years staff, care staff in sheltered housing, resource centres or residential work, community arts workers and anyone else in Camden who would like to begin to organise intergenerational events or improve their intergenerational practice.
The session is ideal for people who have recently started intergenerational work who would like to organise activities or events for Camden intergenerational week 2015.
The session is free for anyone who works, lives, volunteers or studies in the Borough of Camden.
For further information or to book a place, contact:
Rena Toufexis, Engagement coordinator, Camden adult social care
Email: rena.toufexis@camden.gov.uk / Tel: 020 7974 3265

Training to work for Relate in London?
Relate London North West will be offering the Diploma in Relationship counselling (level 5) in Harrow starting March 2015.
This course, accredited by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) provides training for practitioners wishing to work as relationship counsellors with Relate and other organisations. A Level 4 counselling qualification and previous working experience are required to enroll on the course.
The taught element of the programme consists of 13 days study and students must also complete 50 hours of clinical work with a Relate centre which should be completed within one year.
Relate London North West works in eight London boroughs and will be looking for placement students to work in the boroughs of Camden, Islington and Westminster in particular. Other Relate centres may also be able to offer placements and need to be contacted by students directly. For more details of the course including dates, cost and and how to apply:
http://www.relateinstitute.ac.uk/courses/l5_dip_rel_counselling_harrow.aspx
or email info@relatelondonnw.org.uk

New management course starting in the New Year at Mary Ward Centre
Need to boost your performance as a team member and make the transition from working in a team to leading a team? Why not take the first step to qualifying in community and voluntary sector management? Take an internationally recognised Institute of Leadership and Management qualification. This new short Certificate in Team Leading course is delivered in a classroom with a tutor to teach, guide and assist your learning. It may be free or at a subsidised cost but you will need to commit your time. Please follow this link to complete a short assessment form and return it by email. To download the form Click here

Living Together with Dementia? A new intervention
Living Together with Dementia is designed to improve communication and promote engagement with everyday activities. Living Together with Dementia is a free service funded by Camden Council, and is carried out by trained therapists and professionals who specialise in dementia care. This service is about having the opportunity to talk and does not involve any medical procedures. Meetings will take place either at your home or
at The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, which is near Warren Street Station in central London.
Contact Us If you are interested in taking part and helping us develop this intervention, or would like more information please call 0207 380 1950 or email hwilliamson@tccr.org.uk

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

Business Planning Consultant at Kentish Town Community Centre
Kentish Town Community Centre is seeking to employ a consultant to provide support in developing a new 3-year business plan and fundraising strategy to increase the organisation’s long term sustainability. The consultant would also be required to facilitate a strategic planning day with staff and trustees in the new year, analyse the existing operational structure of the organisation, understand the needs identified in the local area, and make recommendations where necessary.
For more information or to apply, please visit the KTCC Website, contact the Centre on 020 7482 3212, or email cliff@ktcc.org.uk.
Closing date: 20th January 2015

IARS Internship opportunity: Fundraising Events Assistant
IARS is looking for a Fundraising events assistant intern who will support the organisation with fundraising events for the Abused No More project with refugee and asylum-seeking women. The role will also involve exploring alternate fundraising options for the project.
Each role is designed to challenge the intern and allow them the chance to gain an insightful introduction to life within an international think-tank. This internship offers rich and high quality experience that will enhance future job prospects.
Role: Events management intern (fundraising)
Start date: ASAP (after 19th January) Days/ hours to volunteer: 1-2 days a week (flexible)
Duration: For 3 months with possibility for renewal Expenses: Up to £12 a day for lunch and travel
Benefits: Training in the form of staff seminars, personal development plans, CV review scheme, guaranteed interview scheme when paid opportunities become available.
Requirements:
· Position would suit a graduate/postgraduate who is looking to pursue a role in fundraising or someone seeking commercial experience;
· Good IT skills, particularly excel and website content management systems;
· Good written, oral and communication skills;
· Work well independently;
· Able to take a proactive approach to undertaking further relevant tasks independently;
· Interest in migration, gender and refugee issues.
Application process: Applicants are requested to send a CV and covering letter to contact@iars.org.uk. Please state “Fundraising events assistant (Internship)” in the subject line.
You can find more information by following the link to the application pack.
Deadline: 12 January 2015. Interview date: 16 January 2015

Female Volunteer Development Worker
21 hours per week £ 24,880 pro rata (Includes LW)
To run our Volunteer Development Project and to support and train our volunteers.
For an application pack contact West Hampstead Women’s Centre on 020 7328 7389 or email begona@whwc.org.uk
Section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act applies
Charity number: 3919511
Closing date: 16th January 2015 at 5.00 pm

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.

Henna Asian Women’s Group Befriending Service 2015
Henna Asian Women’s Group is opening their Befriending service to all individuals that are in need for extra help to improve their social circle in the new year. We will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live in any Borough of London. Henna volunteers will pay regular weekly visits to clients and support them into taking steps to come out of the home and access different services.
We are recruiting both Male and Female volunteers to become Befrienders on this project. If you have a few hours to spare each week, would like to gain experience in the health and social care sector or simply just want to give something back to the community then please contact us.
Contact Ammarah Ahmad, ammarah_hennaorg@yahoo.co.uk, Telephone: 020 7372 9860, Volunteer Coordinator, Henna Asian Women’s Group, www.hennaorg.co.uk

SkillShare
Skillshare is an easy way to find skilled people to support your organisation. What sort of skills are on your wish list? Current skills on offer include: furniture restoration, photography, Nia technique instructor and food and textiles teacher, plus many more. Thirty local organisations are already signed up and accessing our database of skilled volunteers. The last volunteer we placed was a photographer who is going to be taking photographs of Camden for two local organisations.
For more information contact SkillShare, skillshare@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk or 020 7424 9990.

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. contact@camdenpas.org.uk

Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at http://www.vac.org.uk/vacancies/

OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camden Telecare
Telecare is Camden’s community alarm service. It provides equipment to help at risk people in the borough get help in an emergency. Most of those helped are frail elderly or disabled people, but others are eligible too, for example people at risk of harassment or domestic violence. For more information at Telecare call 020 7974 5877 or visit the web page: camden.gov.uk/carelinetelecare

Tricycle Theatre Special Offer: Secret Theatre’s A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts 12 – 31 January 2015.
Returning to London due to popular demand and following excellent reviews. It would be of particular interest to theatre fans and young people and community centres. Young people under 26 can join our new Trike membership scheme for FREE which will give them reduced price £10 tickets to A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts and a FREE workshop with Lyric Artistic Director Sean Holmes, Associate Director Ellen McDougal or playwright Caroline Bird.
We also have a joint booking offer available when you book for both A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts and the hilarious one-woman show, Happy Birthday Without You.
Book by phone on 020 7328 1000 or online at www.tricycle.co.uk

Desk Space for Hire
The Gorilla Organization currently has desk space available to rent at its offices in Primrose Hill for one to three people working for registered charities or non-profit organisations.
The overall office is the size of a small shop on two floors, with the desk space in question located in the basement. The office has its own kitchen and bathroom facilities. Internet connection can be shared. Rent is negotiable, depending on the number of desks required.
Please call 020 7916 4974 and ask for Jillian.

Office to rent
Camden Cypriot Women’s Centre have a room available at their building in Kentish Town.
The first floor room is a little over 4.5m x 4.5m (approx 21 square meters), and so can easily accommodate four desks.
The room is well decorated, has its own lockable door, has good natural light and inbuilt floor to ceiling shelving on one wall. Some other furniture may be available. There is another similar sized room on the third floor which can be hired on an hourly basis for meetings, training or workshops.
The building has full disabled access and is located five minutes from Kentish Town Tube and Thameslink station. Buses 134, 214, C2 and 393 stop nearby
Rent is £600 per calendar month and includes heating, lighting, hot water and full access to kitchen facilities.
For more information contact Koula Ioannou on 020 7267 7194 or koula@ccwo.org.uk

Desk Space at Latin American House
The Latin American House (LAH) offers a space and support for Latin Americans, Spanish and Portuguese speakers and other communities in London. The Association, which has been in existence for over 30 years, runs a community centre with a range of services.
LAH has a room to hire at the moment with space for four or more desks.
£433 per month (utility bills included) contact: admin@casalatina.org.uk

OneCamden is the website to help you access Voluntary and Community Sector support in Camden. Find support to help you volunteer, or find volunteers; support for your voluntary organisation (from charity registration to Community Accountancy); or get advice on starting a Social Enterprise. There are links and resources on this site and links to the partner’s sites. If you would like to request support use the ‘Get Help’ button on the top right to let us know what support you need and we will be in touch.
This is a new initiative for Camden so do let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to make OneCamden better.

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 form which can be downloaded from the VAC website or you can enter your details via our sector survey here.

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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin – 5th December

News From VAC
Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 5th December 2014

Highlights: CPPEG Open Meeting; People’s Health Trust Surgeries; National News; help with measuring impact; Dragon Hall Tech Day; British Museum welcome workshops; Volunteer Centre Camden: AGM, Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum and Trustee Speed-Matching; Introduction to Intergenerational Working; Castlehaven Community Association winter events; Desk Space for Hire; New Funding Opportunities; ; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.

NEWS

CPPEG Open Meeting Monday 8th December, 2pm – 4pm, St Pancras Hospital, Conference Hall
Presentation 1: Joint Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy Consultation (How are we planning to address health inequalities in Camden).
Presenter: Baljinder Heer, Senior Public Health Strategist, Camden & Islington Public Health Team
Presentation 2: Last Years of Life Strategy for the people of Camden (how are we planning to co-ordinate and integrate care, deliver quality in a variety of settings and give support for family and carers).
Presenter: Karen Timperley, Joint Strategic Commissioner, London Borough of Camden
Please RSVP Caroline Straker, CPPEG Administrator by email: Caroline.Straker@camdenccg.nhs.uk or Tel: 020 3688 2044.

People’s Health Trust Surgeries
Active Communities in Greater London is a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.
Using money raised by HealthHope through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Camden.
Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 14 January 2015.
A surgery for Camden groups will be held on Friday 12th December 10.30-12.30 at Voluntary Action Camden, 293-299 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ
To book onto the surgery please email sian.pennner@googlemail.com or telephone her on 07973530240. To apply for funding, visit see item in ‘Funding’ below.

National News
Autumn Statement 2014
NCVO have a roundup of budget news for charities. Full details at the NCVO website.
NAVCA says Social Value Act needs strengthening
NAVCA say that although the Act has the potential to be a powerful tool to improve commissioning practice it is being ignored by too many. NAVCA propose a three point plan to make social value more relevant and the Act make a real difference for charities and voluntary organisations. Full statement here.

Pro bono help with measuring and demonstrating your outcomes and impact
CSV is offering charities (with a turnover of £150,000+) the opportunity to have a skilled volunteer to help them identify and develop ways to measure their activities and results. This project seeks to help charities improve their services and communication to funders as well as incentivise staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.
CSV will support charities and volunteers to work together through a structured process which involves 4-5 meetings over the course of 3-4 months. The project will run from December 2014 to March 2015. The charity CEO (or equivalent) needs to dedicate around 12-15 hours for meetings and some additional time for homework (approx. 12-15 hours). Charities can participate at no cost as the project is fully funded.
Deadline for applications is 5th December 2014. If you would like to find out more, please email Carrie Anker: canker@csv.org.uk

Dragon Hall Tech Day
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FREE hands-on tech taster session to give all young people equal access to groundbreaking technology
At Dragon Hall Tech Hub, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT
A chance to use the latest, world leading technologies: 3Doodler Pens, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality Headsets, coding with Scratch, Radio Production and more… Book your free place at Eventbrite.

Welcome Training Workshops London based services and the British Museum;
January 2015 Welcome Training Workshop for Mental Health Services
Workshop theme; Making the museum accessible| working with groups in the museum| Object handling and gallery based activities| Cultural identity and literacy| Leaning Activities & Resources
Workshop dates to choose from are as follows; Friday 16th Jan 5:00pm – 8:00pm OR Thursday 29th Jan 2:30pm – 5:30pm OR Saturday 31st Jan 12:00pm – 3:00pm
March 2015 Welcome Training Workshop for ESOL, migrant and refugee groups
Workshop theme; Making the museum accessible| working with groups in the Museum| Connecting Cultures| Leaning Activities & Resources
Workshop dates to choose from are as follows; Monday 9th Mar 12:00pm – 4:00pm or Friday 13th Mar 4:00pm – 8:00pm or Saturday 14th Mar 12:00pm – 4:00pm
For further information or to book a workshop please contact Danielle Dewsbury DDewsbury@britishmuseum.ac.uk 0207 323 8398

Volunteer Centre Camden: AGM, Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum and Trustee Speed-Matching: Tuesday 27th January 2015
Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.
As always we promise to give you good food, and good networking opportunities.
http://volunteercentrecamden.org.uk/

“An Introduction to Intergenerational Working” – training day Tuesday 3 February 2015
This session run by Camden adult social care will be of particular interest to community workers, youth workers, school teaching staff, early years staff, care staff in sheltered housing, resource centres or residential work, community arts workers and anyone else in Camden who would like to begin to organise intergenerational events or improve their intergenerational practice.
The session is ideal for people who have recently started intergenerational work who would like to organise activities or events for Camden intergenerational week 2015.
The session is free for anyone who works, lives, volunteers or studies in the Borough of Camden.
For further information or to book a place, contact:
Rena Toufexis, Engagement coordinator, Camden adult social care
Email: rena.toufexis@camden.gov.uk / Tel: 020 7974 3265

Castlehaven Community Association have two great winter events coming up:
1) FREE Creative Christmas workshops for people over 18yrs to come along and learn how to make Christmas cards, decorations and gifts.On Thursdays 4th, 11th & 18th December 10.15am till 12.15pm We’ll show you how to make come lovely cards and decorations to adorn your tree and house, or give as beautiful hand made gifts. Clarence TRA Hall, Bradfield Court
2) Our Ageactivity 60+ Winter Warmer event. If your 60+ come along and get FREE advice on how to keep safe and warm throughout the winter. Meet our advisors and workers on our info stalls: CCA Ageactivity 60+ project, Falls Prevention, a Free NHS Health Check, Eyesight Specialists, WISH scheme, Ageactivity 60+ Helping Hands project, CCA Gardening & Environmental projects and lots more. Plus enjoy some lovely free warm festive treats: Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate, Soup & Mince pies. On Friday 5th December 2014 1pm-4pm Clarence TRA Hall, Bradfield Court (Behind Quinn’s Pub), Hawley Road, Camden Town, London, NW5 Call Jenny or Rosa on 020 7692 2238 www.castlehaven.org.uk email: jenny@castlehaven.org.uk

Desk Space for Hire
The Gorilla Organization currently has desk space available to rent at its offices in Primrose Hill for one to three people working for registered charities or non-profit organisations.
The overall office is the size of a small shop on two floors, with the desk space in question located in the basement. The office has its own kitchen and bathroom facilities. Internet connection can be shared. Rent is negotiable, depending on the number of desks required.
Please call 020 7916 4974 and ask for Jillian.

LFBU have called for further strike action in relation to the national pension dispute.
The strike will take place for 24 hours starting at 9am on Tuesday, 9 December until 9am on Wednesday, 10th December 2014.
The LFB contingency arrangements in place are similar to those that have been in place during the previous strikes. Further details can be found by clicking here: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/contingency-plan.asp .

The Capacity Building Bulletin is produced monthly, targeting the community and voluntary sector in Camden. It provides up to date/recently live information and news on funding and training. To access the latest information please follow the Link www.camden.gov.uk/cbbulletin

West Hampstead Women’s Centre, LB Camden, Henna Asian Women’s Group, SHAK Community Researchers Project, Queens Crescent Community Association and Camden PA are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.

Camden Shares. The website for exchanges in Camden. www.camdenshares.org.uk

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You can read more about all of these stories on our news page at www.vac.org.uk/new

FUNDING NEWS

See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.

Camden Primary Care Mental Health: Team around the Practice
Camden CCG is seeking a suitably qualified provider to develop a holistic service to patients with mental health needs across our 37 GP practices. This will include:
• psychological interventions
• social prescribing
• care coordination
• education and training.
Camden has a rich tapestry of services for patients with mental health needs and we are looking to develop this local intelligence within a Lead Provider model. The contract value is capped at £4.6m over a four year period and the service is expected to commence in May 2015. This is a new service and TUPE will not apply.
Through a restricted procurement process, the CCG seeks to identify a qualified and experienced provider to deliver a service which supports GPs and other practice staff to improve outcomes of people with mental health needs.
More information can be found at:
http://www.camdenccg.nhs.uk/news-articles/team-around-the-practice.htm
Prequalification questionnaire is available via the Contracts Finder portal here.

Getting Grants for Torriano Meeting House Projects
On Sunday 14th December 4pm David Floyd and Emily Johns will be running a workshop on how to apply for grant funding for projects at Torriano. So if you would like to teach a course, put on an event, have an exhibition, a happening, a meeting, change the world, make pleasure, politics, art, poetry etc come along. The purpose of this session is to share the skills of grant application and to help Torriano and its users get financial support for their creative and social change work. torrianomeetinghouse.wordpress.com/

Support with Writing Your Reaching Communities Grant Application to the Big Lottery
Few spaces left. Are you thinking of putting an application in to the Reaching Communities fund run by the Big Lottery? Then support is available. As long as you have done a first draft of your application you can bring it to the Reaching Communities Bid Writing Advice sessions at VAC. This is one to one support from Jane Sterland who is the Camden Fund Officer for the Big Lottery. Jane will be at VAC on the 8th December 2014. You can book for a one to one advice session of 45 minutes with Jane or for more information contacting Ricky at VAC acharles@VAC.org.uk or by phone 020 72846550.

Ageing Better in Camden seeks Delivery Partners
On 18th November 2014, Ageing Better in Camden: Tackling Isolation and Loneliness among Older People ran a successful event for over 120 people.
Ageing Better in Camden is looking for potential delivery partners for the programme. If you are interested please contact: Julia Shelley – Julia.shelley@ageukcamden.org.uk or Corinna Hyman Corinna.hyman@ageukcamden.org.uk If you missed the event or would like to know more about Ageing Better in Camden please click here.

New funding available for local groups in Camden from People’s Health Trust
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Greater London – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.
Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 14 January 2014.
To apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
The Galaxy hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.
The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.
Applications for funds from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund can be made here.

European Funding Opportunities
European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020: from policy to practice -how will the Voluntary and Community Sector engage in the new Programme?
Update on the policy developments of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 Programme and an opportunity to hear about the main entry routes into the Programme from the Opt-in and Co-financing Organisations. This event is not to be missed if you are from a voluntary sector organisation wishing to apply for the ESIF 2014-2020 programme. Book your free place
Venue: coin street – London

New grant programme to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
Details of a new grant programme to support projects that tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying were announced by the Department for Education in partnership with the Government Equalities Office.
You can find full details of the grant programme here.

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 referrals@camdencarer.org.uk

Edge Fund
The Edge Fund supports grassroots groups aiming at radical social change. Funding decisions are put in the hands of those most affected by inequality and oppression. The fund supports groups that are considered ‘too radical’ by most other funders.
Launched 18 months ago, Edge has funded an eclectic range of organisations, from lesbian migrant support groups and Roma community organisers to those opposing police repression, immigration raids and the arms trade, from anti-capitalists and anarchist groups to people working on disability rights, local community organising and climate change. To find out more and apply go to www.edgefund.org.uk

Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/

VAC EVENTS

VAC has a full programme of courses coming up: Click here to find out more. All courses are £25 for members (unless otherwise stated).

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Thursdays 11th and 18th December, 9.30am to 5pm
This internationally recognised course will be of interest to parents, youth workers, teachers, those who support young people, or anyone who wants to learn more about mental health.
The YMHFA course will teach you to:
• Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in a young person
• Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem
• Provide help on a first aid basis
• Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
• Help prevent a mental illness from getting worse
• Help a young person recover faster
• Guide a young person towards the right support
• Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
The cost of the course is heavily subsidised at only £25 per person for VAC members. This includes the YMHFA manual and certificate on completion of the course. For non-members other charges apply.
To book a place, please complete the VAC training booking form and return it to a member of VAC’s Mental Health Team as soon as possible. Full details here.

New VAC Training Programme

  • 10th December: Fundraising Strategy and Income Generation
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  • 14th January: Business Start Up for Social Enterprise
  • 15th January: ILM Leadership qualification
  • 22nd January: Project Management Starter
  • 29th January: Effective Minute Taking

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 awolfe@vac.org.uk or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
OTHER EVENTS

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Carols by Candlelight Concert
Wednesday 10 December from 5.15-6.00pm, St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, NW1 1UL
More information on these events can be found on pages 7 and 8 of the latest version of our Trust newspaper (click here for a copy). If you would like to attend one or more of these events, please RSVP to membership@candi.nhs.uk

UJAAMA- The Hidden Story of Tanzania’s Socialist Villages
Monday 8th December, 6.30pm, Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town Road
Ralph Ibbott, introduced by Selma James will tell the story of Tanzania’s Ravuma Development Association – 17 self-governing villages created in the 1960s.

Training to work for Relate in London?
Relate London North West will be offering the Diploma in Relationship counselling (level 5) in Harrow starting March 2015.
This course, accredited by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) provides training for practitioners wishing to work as relationship counsellors with Relate and other organisations. A Level 4 counselling qualification and previous working experience are required to enroll on the course.
The taught element of the programme consists of 13 days study and students must also complete 50 hours of clinical work with a Relate centre which should be completed within one year.
Relate London North West works in eight London boroughs and will be looking for placement students to work in the boroughs of Camden, Islington and Westminster in particular. Other Relate centres may also be able to offer placements and need to be contacted by students directly. For more details of the course including dates, cost and and how to apply:
http://www.relateinstitute.ac.uk/courses/l5_dip_rel_counselling_harrow.aspx
or email info@relatelondonnw.org.uk

New management course starting in the New Year at Mary Ward Centre
Need to boost your performance as a team member and make the transition from working in a team to leading a team? Why not take the first step to qualifying in community and voluntary sector management? Take an internationally recognised Institute of Leadership and Management qualification. This new short Certificate in Team Leading course is delivered in a classroom with a tutor to teach, guide and assist your learning. It may be free or at a subsidised cost but you will need to commit your time. Please follow this link to complete a short assessment form and return it by email. To download the form Click here

Evaluating Activities, Wednesday 17th December, 2014, 9:45am – 12:00midday (followed with lunch)
Age UK London, 1st Floor, 21 St Georges Road, London, SE1 6ES
A workshop for small organisations and groups working with older people.
Applying research practice to measuring impact, this workshop will cover:
• Making the most of evaluation form data collected
• Working with quantitative and qualitative data
• Contextualising results
It may be worth noting that this workshop is set at a level for people who have relatively little research experience. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided and anyone interested should email me direct on bdonovan@ageuklondon.org.uk.

Holy Cross Centre Trust
On Thursday 18th December, in the stunning surroundings of St Giles-in-the-Fields, the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra and Choir perform Handel’s enduring masterpiece Messiah in support of Holy Cross Centre Trust.
Tickets (£12, concessions £7) can be reserved by emailing ZCOOX@hotmail.co.uk and will be available on the door.

Camden Council is hosting a Re-energising Camden event on Wednesday 28 January 2015
This event is specifically aimed at supporting groups during green energy project development. The event will combine case studies, knowledgeable speakers and the latest policy developments.
To register your interest in the event, please email greencamden@camden.gov.uk and we’ll keep you updated.

Space and One Housing Group warmly invite you to Open Studios at Arlington, Thursday 11th December 2014 6 – 8pm
Explore the 12 artist studios, meet the Artists and explore the Creative Space
A unique chance to enjoy diverse art practices in the studios. Including work made by Arlington residents in the Creative Space, with Sarah Desmarais, Francesca Cavallo, Anna Sikorska and Frederico Gallo.
On arrival you will be shown to the Creative Space where you can collect a studios map before beginning your tour. Refreshments provided.
Please RSVP through this Eventbrite link

Voice Collective Courses
Research shows that around 8% of young people hear voices or see visions, however few feel able to talk about these experiences openly with youth workers and seek support if/when necessary.
Voice Collective specialises in both supporting young people with these experiences, as well as training and mentoring youth workers (including CAMHS, mentors, educational professionals, substance misuse etc). We develop peer support groups in partnership with youth agencies (currently with SLaM, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Well Centre), provide creative arts workshops and individual/family support. We’re also on hand to offer mentoring/support for anyone already working with vulnerable young people in Greater London.
In December, we are running 3 different opportunities that you (or the young people /families you work with) may find useful:
13 December, 13.30 – 16.30 Write Back – a creative workshop for young people who hear voices/see visions, and a support workshop for parents/informal carers.
To Book: https://write-back.eventbrite.co.uk
10, 15 & 17 December, 10.00 – 16.30 – Voice Collective Peer Support Group Facilitation Training
A 3 day course for people interested in facilitating a peer support group for young people who hear voices/see visions
To Book: https://vc-fac-dec.eventbrite.co.uk

Winter training courses at WRC
Follow this link for more information and to book your place on our November-December trainings. All the trainings take place in the WRC office in North London

VCC Training and Networking Lunch: Wed 10th December, 9.30am-1.30pm
The www.do-it.org.uk website is improving. And the way that we work with it is improving as well. Loads more information on this will follow by post and email.
To prepare for the improvements, we will be co-delivering a training session with Volunteer Centre Islington on ‘How to Write a Good Volunteering Opportunity’ as well as an overview of how the new do-it website will work.
The training is free, and the networking lunch will be £10. Read more here.

Safeguarding adults
There are four levels of training that incorporate all appropriate training for professional groups.
All training is fully subsidised for people working with Camden residents however non-attendance will result in a penalty charge. Further information can be found on our website: www.camden.gov.uk
See full course information and book online – visit TDSOnline www.camdentds.co.uk
Enquiries: Call 020 7974 3701 / 2821 / 4467 or email TDSOnline@camden.gov.uk
TDSLearn is Camden’s online learning environment for Social Care training.
It features e-learning courses and other learning resources in one handy place. It is free to access and open to everyone.
Safeguarding adults awareness – theatre – 8 December 2014
This is a session open to all members of staff. It combines a theoretical approach with practical examples, and engages the audience by presenting them with thought-provoking scenarios.
Safeguarding Adults: the legal context – 12 December 2014
This course is designed to help all staff working with adults at risk understand the legal framework at their disposition to address safeguarding cases.
More courses will be added over the next few months to support staff, managers, personal assistants and other individuals who work in Camden’s Adult Social Care.
Simply visit: http://tdslearn.learningpool.com

Camden Resilience Workshop 12th December 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm at Camden Council, 5 Pancras Square
Do you need support to:
– Develop your service to support more networking between different communities?
– Explore different ways of resourcing a project?
– Look at ways you can encourage your service users to identify small problems before they escalate?
If so, this workshop could help you develop some new ideas.
Feedback from those attending has been overwhelmingly positive:
Several of those attending the workshops used the group work sessions to discuss an issue from their own work, and through support in using the resilience approach, the groups brought in new ideas and perspectives to develop a solution.
To book a place, please e-mail Alison.blackwood@camden.gov.uk, specifying any access or other requirements you have and any areas of your work that you feel it would be helpful to discuss at the workshop.

Living Together with Dementia? A new intervention
Living Together with Dementia is designed to improve communication and promote engagement with everyday activities. Living Together with Dementia is a free service funded by Camden Council, and is carried out by trained therapists and professionals who specialise in dementia care. This service is about having the opportunity to talk and does not involve any medical procedures. Meetings will take place either at your home or
at The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, which is near Warren Street Station in central London.
Contact Us If you are interested in taking part and helping us develop this intervention, or would like more information please call 0207 380 1950 or email hwilliamson@tccr.org.uk

The survival and well-being of the Palestinian people – Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
In the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza every aspect of life is affected by the Occupation. A number of economic, educational, human rights and public health indicators suggest disturbing downward trends in every domain toward increasing impoverishment, dysfunction and social fragmentation. The eruption of violence in Gaza during the summer, in which 501 children were killed and 3,374 were injured, many with permanent disabilities, can be seen as a violent intensification of a socio-political situation that has lasted for decades.
• How do Palestinians respond to their extraordinary circumstances?
• Does the political situation impact on their mental health, and how does a clinician then understand and respond to their difficulties?
• What can we as mental health workers contribute?
In the aftermath of this summer’s terrible events in Gaza, Dr Jabr will share her personal experience of working as a clinician in Palestine and raise questions about the role and responsibility that we all share to engage with this reality.
11 December 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, £20 (£10 concessions and students, unwaged, Trust staff)
The Tavistock Centre, London. Click here for more information

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

Female Volunteer Development Worker
21 hours per week £ 24,880 pro rata (Includes LW)
To run our Volunteer Development Project and to support and train our volunteers.
For an application pack contact West Hampstead Women’s Centre on 020 7328 7389 or email begona@whwc.org.uk
Section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act applies
Charity number: 3919511
Closing date: 16th January 2015 at 5.00 pm

Camden Council Seeks Principal Carbon Consultant
The Corporate Sustainability Team is recruiting for a Principal Carbon Consultant to lead the development and delivery of the Camden Climate Change Alliance’s paid for services. We’re particularly looking for candidates with energy and environmental auditing experience / accreditation. Please can you help get the word out as widely as possible through your contacts and networks. If you know anyone that fits the bill please let me know as I’d be keen to target them.
For full details click here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 9th and interviews are on the 15th & 16th of December.

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.

Henna Asian Women’s Group Befriending Service 2015
Henna Asian Women’s Group is opening their Befriending service to all individuals that are in need for extra help to improve their social circle in the new year. We will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live in any Borough of London. Henna volunteers will pay regular weekly visits to clients and support them into taking steps to come out of the home and access different services.
We are recruiting both Male and Female volunteers to become Befrienders on this project. If you have a few hours to spare each week, would like to gain experience in the health and social care sector or simply just want to give something back to the community then please contact us.
Contact Ammarah Ahmad, ammarah_hennaorg@yahoo.co.uk, Telephone: 020 7372 9860, Volunteer Coordinator, Henna Asian Women’s Group, www.hennaorg.co.uk

Community Researchers Wanted by SHAK
Train as a community researcher, learn new skills, open up fresh career paths and get involved in your community.
· We are looking for motivated, dedicated people to take part in this free training course.
· No qualifications necessary but you do need to enjoy working with people.
· You will gain new skills, experience, a completion certificate and a chance to learn more about the local community.
· Progression to further training opportunities, community involvement or paid employment as a researcher.
· Childcare can be arranged if needed
If you are interested contact John: 07986897629 johnboyle@shakonline.co.uk
South Hampstead & Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK)
We are a local charity based on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in Kilburn ward of Camden. Our mission is to increase local community confidence and support people in reaching their full potential. We do this by identifying and meeting local needs with a range of opportunities in areas of lifelong learning, youth activities, community involvement, employment support, advice and guidance, volunteering etc. Find out more www.shakonline.co.uk

Queen’s Crescent Community Centre, Gospel Oak seek Volunteers
Currently looking for volunteers for both the befriending and Lunch club services. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer for either one of these services I would be very happy to hear from them.
Contact larraine@qcca.org.uk or phone 0207 267 6635 Ext 226.

New work opportunities for over 50s
According to the UK Office for National Statistics, there are more than 22 million over 50s in the UK, many of whom have skills and experience to offer to local businesses.
Trading Times is a skills-matching service that is on a mission to change the way society views older people. They match people’s skills, experience, and qualifications with local employers for paid work opportunities.
Employers benefit as much as those looking for work – by gaining experienced, skilled and reliable people, who can work on a flexible basis.
What’s more, it’s entirely free for candidates to sign up.
Find out more web: tradingtimes.org.uk twitter: @TradingTimesUK Facebook: TradingTimesUK

SkillShare
Skillshare is an easy way to find skilled people to support your organisation. What sort of skills are on your wish list? Current skills on offer include: furniture restoration, photography, Nia technique instructor and food and textiles teacher, plus many more. Thirty local organisations are already signed up and accessing our database of skilled volunteers. The last volunteer we placed was a photographer who is going to be taking photographs of Camden for two local organisations.
For more information contact SkillShare, skillshare@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk or 020 7424 9990.

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. contact@camdenpas.org.uk

Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at http://www.vac.org.uk/vacancies/

OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office to rent
Camden Cypriot Women’s Centre have a room available at their building in Kentish Town.
The first floor room is a little over 4.5m x 4.5m (approx 21 square meters), and so can easily accommodate four desks.
The room is well decorated, has its own lockable door, has good natural light and inbuilt floor to ceiling shelving on one wall. Some other furniture may be available. There is another similar sized room on the third floor which can be hired on an hourly basis for meetings, training or workshops.
The building has full disabled access and is located five minutes from Kentish Town Tube and Thameslink station. Buses 134, 214, C2 and 393 stop nearby
Rent is £600 per calendar month and includes heating, lighting, hot water and full access to kitchen facilities.
For more information contact Koula Ioannou on 020 7267 7194 or koula@ccwo.org.uk

Camden Health & Well-being Consultation
The Camden Health and Well-being Board have developed a draft strategy for 2014 to 2017. This strategy sets out three high-level priority areas, using evidence from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, as well as conversations with the public and others. Whilst we have identified three priority areas, we are now consulting on our draft strategy because we want to hear what members of the public and others think and identify where the focus should lie. These views that we collect, are vital in helping us develop our areas of focus for the 2014 to 2017 strategy and we will publish our final approach in late January 2015.
You can complete the attached form or access our online consultation here: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/camden-joint-health-and-wellbeing-strategy-2014-17

The North Locality Alliance of PPGs is a small network of patients in Camden. We want to develop an online interactive forum for all patients in Camden.
The aim is to create a local patient and carer community which shares knowledge and has a voice on local healthcare issues. Many patients are unable to attend meetings, while others prefer to communicate online. The interactive forum provides a means of giving everyone in the community a voice. We want all patients and carers in Camden to have a choice over the local healthcare support they receive, and get involved in the decisions that will shape the future healthcare they receive.
The forum would be an independent initiative run by patients for patients in Camden.
We want to get your views on developing an interactive forum for patients and carers in Camden. This is your opportunity to tell us what type of discussion forums you would like, if you would use them, and whether you would like to be involved in developing the forum. This information will be stored securely and will be kept confidential. Click here to take the survey.

Desk Space at Latin American House
The Latin American House (LAH) offers a space and support for Latin Americans, Spanish and Portuguese speakers and other communities in London. The Association, which has been in existence for over 30 years, runs a community centre with a range of services.
LAH has a room to hire at the moment with space for four or more desks.
£433 per month (utility bills included) contact: admin@casalatina.org.uk

OneCamden is the website to help you access Voluntary and Community Sector support in Camden. Find support to help you volunteer, or find volunteers; support for your voluntary organisation (from charity registration to Community Accountancy); or get advice on starting a Social Enterprise. There are links and resources on this site and links to the partner’s sites. If you would like to request support use the ‘Get Help’ button on the top right to let us know what support you need and we will be in touch.
This is a new initiative for Camden so do let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to make OneCamden better.

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 form which can be downloaded from the VAC website or you can enter your details via our sector survey here.

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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin – 28th November 2014

News From VAC
Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 28th November 2014

Highlights: New management courses at Mary Ward Centre; Voluntary Action Camden’s AGM; Support with Writing Your Reaching Communities Application; Impact of Climate Change in Camden; Camden Health & Well-being Consultation; North Locality Alliance of PPGs; Training to work for Relate; Help with Measuring Impact and Outcomes; Office to rent; Ageing Better in Camden seeks Delivery Partners; People’s Health Trust funding open in Camden; Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.

NEWS

New management course starting in the New Year at Mary Ward Centre
Need to boost your performance as a team member and make the transition from working in a team to leading a team? Why not take the first step to qualifying in community and voluntary sector management? Take an internationally recognised Institute of Leadership and Management qualification. This new short Certificate in Team Leading course is delivered in a classroom with a tutor to teach, guide and assist your learning. It may be free or at a subsidised cost but you will need to commit your time. Please follow this link to complete a short assessment form and return it by email. To download the form Click here

Disability History Month 22 November to 22 December
This year UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) examines the links between war and impairment and as a result how those who become disabled are treated. With the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, the treatment of war disabled people casts a long shadow, with the unprecedented number of newly disabled people created by the world’s first industrial and total war. Mo Steward, a disabled veteran WRAF gave a talk at the launch of Disability History Month which you can view online.

‘Voluntary Action Under Threat?’Voluntary Action Camden’s AGM
Thursday 4th December 2014 from 5.15 pm to 9 pm.
Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Road, London NW1
In times of unprecedented cuts in public spending what is the role of the voluntary and community sector? Will it continue to exist? Should the sector seek to fill the gaps in service provision? How will this be resourced? Should the sector focus on building and supporting resilient communities and providing a voice for local residents? What is your view and what support do you need to make it happen?
Speakers.
Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive, National Association of Voluntary and Community Associations,
will be setting out a national perspective on the future role of the sector.
Andy Benson, National Coalition for Independent Action,
will be presenting the main findings of the NCIA Inquiry in to The Future of Voluntary Services.
Lisa Kingham, Integrated Programme Manager, Age UK,
will be talking about integrated pathways that fully integrate both the voluntary sector and volunteers into statutory provision.
A debate will follow with an opportunity for questions and answers. The evening will come to end
with a networking supper.
To book, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vac-agm-summit-december-2014-the-future-role-of-the-voluntary-and-community-sector-tickets-14292488217
Places are limited so early booking is advised. For more information, or if you have any specific requirements (e.g., diet, BSL interpreter), please email info@vac.org.uk or call 020 7284 6550.

Support with Writing Your Reaching Communities Grant Application to the Big Lottery
Are you thinking of putting an application in to the Reaching Communities fund run by the Big Lottery? Then support is available. As long as you have done a first draft of your application you can bring it to the Reaching Communities Bid Writing Advice sessions at VAC. This is one to one support from Jane Sterland who is the Camden Fund Officer for the Big Lottery. Jane will be at VAC on the 8th December 2014. You can book for a one to one advice session of 45 minutes with Jane or for more information contacting Ricky at VAC acharles@VAC.org.uk or by phone 020 72846550.

Last Chance – Places still available: Impact of Climate Change in Camden, 5th December FREE
A workshop for Camden organisations organised by VAC and NCVO and ClimateUK to:
~ discuss severe weather impacts that are already affecting your organisation
~ introduce some headline messages about a changing climate with specific focus on health and wellbeing
~ to think through what this might mean for your organisation, beneficiaries and service delivery
~ to create a plan of action/framework for next steps
~ to provide information about where to go for guidance and support
The is an interactive event and will be facilitated by Kristen Guida, Chair of Directors of Climate UK, a national network of twelve climate change partnerships and also director of Climate South East. And Dr Kate Lonsdale who has worked on adaptation to a changing climate as a researcher, trainer and facilitator for the last 18 years in both developed and developing countries.
Full details and booking information here. Contact Kevin knunan@vac.org.uk

National News
A low point in relations with the Charity Commission

The announcement of a review of the watchdog’s guidance on charity campaigning comes in the context of a series of expressions of discontent in the sector. Full story at Third Sector.
Informal Volunteering
Wally Harbert looks at informal volunteering and its relationship to more fomral forms of volunteering. Full story in Third Sector
Jobs and the over 50s
Trading Times
was recently featured in the Guardian on their mission to help the over 50s back into work (see Jobs section for more about Trading Times).

Camden Health & Well-being Consultation
The Camden Health and Well-being Board have developed a draft strategy for 2014 to 2017. This strategy sets out three high-level priority areas, using evidence from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, as well as conversations with the public and others. Whilst we have identified three priority areas, we are now consulting on our draft strategy because we want to hear what members of the public and others think and identify where the focus should lie. These views that we collect, are vital in helping us develop our areas of focus for the 2014 to 2017 strategy and we will publish our final approach in late January 2015.
You can complete the attached form or access our online consultation here: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/camden-joint-health-and-wellbeing-strategy-2014-17

The North Locality Alliance of PPGs is a small network of patients in Camden. We want to develop an online interactive forum for all patients in Camden.
The aim is to create a local patient and carer community which shares knowledge and has a voice on local healthcare issues. Many patients are unable to attend meetings, while others prefer to communicate online. The interactive forum provides a means of giving everyone in the community a voice. We want all patients and carers in Camden to have a choice over the local healthcare support they receive, and get involved in the decisions that will shape the future healthcare they receive.
The forum would be an independent initiative run by patients for patients in Camden.
We want to get your views on developing an interactive forum for patients and carers in Camden. This is your opportunity to tell us what type of discussion forums you would like, if you would use them, and whether you would like to be involved in developing the forum. This information will be stored securely and will be kept confidential. Click here to take the survey.

Training to work for Relate in London?
Relate London North West will be offering the Diploma in Relationship counselling (level 5) in Harrow starting March 2015.
This course, accredited by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) provides training for practitioners wishing to work as relationship counsellors with Relate and other organisations. A Level 4 counselling qualification and previous working experience are required to enroll on the course.
The taught element of the programme consists of 13 days study and students must also complete 50 hours of clinical work with a Relate centre which should be completed within one year.
Relate London North West works in eight London boroughs and will be looking for placement students to work in the boroughs of Camden, Islington and Westminster in particular. Other Relate centres may also be able to offer placements and need to be contacted by students directly. For more details of the course including dates, cost and and how to apply:
http://www.relateinstitute.ac.uk/courses/l5_dip_rel_counselling_harrow.aspx
or email info@relatelondonnw.org.uk

Pro bono help with measuring and demonstrating your outcomes and impact
CSV is offering charities (with a turnover of £150,000+) the opportunity to have a skilled volunteer to help them identify and develop ways to measure their activities and results. This project seeks to help charities improve their services and communication to funders as well as incentivise staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.
CSV will support charities and volunteers to work together through a structured process which involves 4-5 meetings over the course of 3-4 months. The project will run from December 2014 to March 2015. The charity CEO (or equivalent) needs to dedicate around 12-15 hours for meetings and some additional time for homework (approx. 12-15 hours). Charities can participate at no cost as the project is fully funded.
Deadline for applications is 5th December 2014. If you would like to find out more, please email Carrie Anker: canker@csv.org.uk

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Carols by Candlelight Concert
Wednesday 10 December from 5.15-6.00pm, St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, NW1 1UL
More information on these events can be found on pages 7 and 8 of the latest version of our Trust newspaper (click here for a copy). If you would like to attend one or more of these events, please RSVP to membership@candi.nhs.uk

UJAAMA- The Hidden Story of Tanzania’s Socialist Villages
Monday 8th December, 6.30pm, Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town Road
Ralph Ibbott, introduced by Selma James will tell the story of Tanzania’s Ravuma Development Association – 17 self-governing villages created in the 1960s.

Office to rent
Camden Cypriot Women’s Centre have a room available at their building in Kentish Town.
The first floor room is a little over 4.5m x 4.5m (approx 21 square meters), and so can easily accommodate four desks.
The room is well decorated, has its own lockable door, has good natural light and inbuilt floor to ceiling shelving on one wall. Some other furniture may be available.
There is another similar sized room on the third floor which can be hired on an hourly basis for meetings, training or workshops.
The building has full disabled access and is located five minutes from Kentish Town Tube and Thameslink station. Buses 134, 214, C2 and 393 stop nearby
Rent is £600 per calender month and includes heating, lighting, hot water and full access to kitchen facilities.
For more information contact Koula Ioannou on 020 7267 7194 or koula@ccwo.org.uk

The Capacity Building Bulletin is produced monthly, targeting the community and voluntary sector in Camden. It provides up to date/recently live information and news on funding and training. To access the latest information please follow the Link www.camden.gov.uk/cbbulletin

Henna Asian Women’s Group, Latin American House, SHAK Community Researchers Project, Holborn Community Association, VAC, Queens Crescent Community Association and Camden PA are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.

Camden Shares. The website for exchanges in Camden. www.camdenshares.org.uk

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You can read more about all of these stories on our news page at www.vac.org.uk/new

FUNDING NEWS

See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.

Ageing Better in Camden seeks Delivery Partners
On 18th November 2014, Ageing Better in Camden: Tackling Isolation and Loneliness among Older People ran a successful event for over 120 people.
Ageing Better in Camden is looking for potential delivery partners for the programme. If you are interested please contact: Julia Shelley – Julia.shelley@ageukcamden.org.uk or Corinna Hyman Corinna.hyman@ageukcamden.org.uk If you missed the event or would like to know more about Ageing Better in Camden please click here.

New funding available for local groups in Camden from People’s Health Trust
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Greater London – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.
Using money raised by HealthHope through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Camden, Barnet, City of Westminster, Brent and Harrow.
Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 14 January 2014.
To apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
The Galaxy hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.
The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.
Applications for funds from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund can be made here.

European Funding Opportunities
European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020: from policy to practice -how will the Voluntary and Community Sector engage in the new Programme?
Update on the policy developments of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 Programme and an opportunity to hear about the main entry routes into the Programme from the Opt-in and Co-financing Organisations. This event is not to be missed if you are from a voluntary sector organisation wishing to apply for the ESIF 2014-2020 programme. Book your free place
Venue: coin street – London

New grant programme to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
Details of a new grant programme to support projects that tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying were announced by the Department for Education in partnership with the Government Equalities Office.
You can find full details of the grant programme here.

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 referrals@camdencarer.org.uk

Edge Fund
The Edge Fund supports grassroots groups aiming at radical social change. Funding decisions are put in the hands of those most affected by inequality and oppression. The fund supports groups that are considered ‘too radical’ by most other funders.
Launched 18 months ago, Edge has funded an eclectic range of organisations, from lesbian migrant support groups and Roma community organisers to those opposing police repression, immigration raids and the arms trade, from anti-capitalists and anarchist groups to people working on disability rights, local community organising and climate change. To find out more and apply go to www.edgefund.org.uk

Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/

VAC EVENTS

VAC has a full programme of courses coming up: Click here to find out more. All courses are £25 for members (unless otherwise stated).

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Thursdays 11th and 18th December, 9.30am to 5pm
This internationally recognised course will be of interest to parents, youth workers, teachers, those who support young people, or anyone who wants to learn more about mental health.
The YMHFA course will teach you to:
• Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in a young person
• Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem
• Provide help on a first aid basis
• Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
• Help prevent a mental illness from getting worse
• Help a young person recover faster
• Guide a young person towards the right support
• Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
The cost of the course is heavily subsidised at only £25 per person for VAC members. This includes the YMHFA manual and certificate on completion of the course. For non-members other charges apply.
To book a place, please complete the VAC training booking form and return it to a member of VAC’s Mental Health Team as soon as possible. Full details here.

New VAC Training Programme

  • 4th December: VAC AGM
  • 5th December: Impact of Climate Change
  • 10th December: Fundraising Strategy and Income Generation
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  • 14th January: Business Start Up for Social Enterprise
  • 15th January: ILM Leadership qualification
  • 22nd January: Project Management Starter
  • 29th January: Effective Minute Taking

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 awolfe@vac.org.uk or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
OTHER EVENTS

CPPEG Open Meeting Monday 8th December, 2pm – 4pm, St Pancras Hospital, Conference Hall
Presentation 1: Joint Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy Consultation (How are we planning to address health inequalities in Camden).
Presenter: Baljinder Heer, Senior Public Health Strategist, Camden & Islington Public Health Team
Presentation 2: Last Years of Life Strategy for the people of Camden (how are we planning to co-ordinate and integrate care, deliver quality in a variety of settings and give support for family and carers).
Presenter: Karen Timperley, Joint Strategic Commissioner, London Borough of Camden
Please RSVP Caroline Straker, CPPEG Administrator by email: Caroline.Straker@camdenccg.nhs.uk or Tel: 020 3688 2044.

VoiceAbility Open Day
VoiceAbility is pleased to invite Camden mental health and substance use service users to our festive open day celebrating and raising awareness of Service User Involvement in Camden.
Groups we support include Camden Borough User Group, Camden Frontline, CMHUIS and the Dual Diagnosis group.
We’d love to see service users on Monday 1st December at 12pm, at St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre, NW1 0PE.
Expect food, music, and interesting talks about service user involvement.
Let us learn from your experience of drug, alcohol or mental health services in Camden
To find out more email Rachel.killick@voiceability.org or phone 07770 014 109

Holborn Community Association Invites you to the Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 6.30 – 8.00pm
Formal meeting, followed by refreshments at Millman Street Community Rooms, 50 Millman Street, WC1N 3EW
Entrance between 34 & 36 Millman Street
RSVP to admin@holborncommunity.co.uk

Evaluating Activities, Wednesday 17th December, 2014, 9:45am – 12:00midday (followed with lunch)
Age UK London, 1st Floor, 21 St Georges Road, London, SE1 6ES
A workshop for small organisations and groups working with older people.
Applying research practice to measuring impact, this workshop will cover:
• Making the most of evaluation form data collected
• Working with quantitative and qualitative data
• Contextualising results
It may be worth noting that this workshop is set at a level for people who have relatively little research experience. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided and anyone interested should email me direct on bdonovan@ageuklondon.org.uk.

Holy Cross Centre Trust
On Thursday 18th December, in the stunning surroundings of St Giles-in-the-Fields, the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra and Choir perform Handel’s enduring masterpiece Messiah in support of Holy Cross Centre Trust.
Tickets (£12, concessions £7) can be reserved by emailing ZCOOX@hotmail.co.uk and will be available on the door.

Camden Council is hosting a Re-energising Camden event on Wednesday 28 January 2015
This event is specifically aimed at supporting groups during green energy project development. The event will combine case studies, knowledgeable speakers and the latest policy developments.
To register your interest in the event, please email greencamden@camden.gov.uk and we’ll keep you updated.

Space and One Housing Group warmly invite you to Open Studios at Arlington, Thursday 11th December 2014 6 – 8pm
Explore the 12 artist studios, meet the Artists and explore the Creative Space
A unique chance to enjoy diverse art practices in the studios. Including work made by Arlington residents in the Creative Space, with Sarah Desmarais, Francesca Cavallo, Anna Sikorska and Frederico Gallo.
On arrival you will be shown to the Creative Space where you can collect a studios map before beginning your tour. Refreshments provided.
Please RSVP through this Eventbrite link

Supporting Influence – Supporting VCS reps on the health & Wellbeing Boards: Using data to influence HWBs and JSNAs
Thursday 4th December from 2 pm – 5 pm at Voluntary Action Islington
A half day event for VCS and Healthwatch reps on the Health & Wellbeing Boards, from LVSC, using and analysing data to influence the boards and JSNAs. The event will also look at how you might be able to engage your HWB better.
This event aims to:
~ Learn about NHS and public health data.
~ Explore how this data can be most effectively analysed and used to demonstrate local need.
~ Find out how data can influence your HWBs and JSNAs.
~ Identify gaps in data and how VCS data can be better utilised to demonstrate local need
~ Explore examples of where VCS reps and HWBs work well
~ Share experiences, learning, barriers and how to address them
However, we are aware that there are about 12-13 HWBs that don’t have VCS representation. Therefore if you want to influence your HWB and input into JSNAs you are also welcome to take part.
Presentations and support from: Graeme Walsh, Principal Public Health Intelligence Analyst, London Knowledge & Intelligence Team, Public Health England; Hackney CVS and Friends, Families & Travellers. Intelligence team, NHS England – TBC. Book here.

Voice Collective Courses
Research shows that around 8% of young people hear voices or see visions, however few feel able to talk about these experiences openly with youth workers and seek support if/when necessary.
Voice Collective specialises in both supporting young people with these experiences, as well as training and mentoring youth workers (including CAMHS, mentors, educational professionals, substance misuse etc). We develop peer support groups in partnership with youth agencies (currently with SLaM, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Well Centre), provide creative arts workshops and individual/family support. We’re also on hand to offer mentoring/support for anyone already working with vulnerable young people in Greater London.
In December, we are running 3 different opportunities that you (or the young people /families you work with) may find useful:
1 December, 10.00 – 16.30 Supporting Children and Young People who Hear Voices
A one day workshop to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of hearing voices and develop a practical toolkit to support young people within your setting.
Book your place: https://vc-dec2014.eventbrite.co.uk
13 December, 13.30 – 16.30 Write Back – a creative workshop for young people who hear voices/see visions, and a support workshop for parents/informal carers.
To Book: https://write-back.eventbrite.co.uk
10, 15 & 17 December, 10.00 – 16.30 – Voice Collective Peer Support Group Facilitation Training
A 3 day course for people interested in facilitating a peer support group for young people who hear voices/see visions
To Book: https://vc-fac-dec.eventbrite.co.uk

Winter training courses at WRC
Follow this link for more information and to book your place on our November-December trainings. All the trainings take place in the WRC office in North London

Wild Bunch Club Xmas Party
At Electrowerkz on International Day for Disable People – Wednesday December 3rd 2014.
And if you want to party tonight or any other Monday evening please check out the Wood Green Wild Bunch Weekly http://karamelrestaurant.com/event/wild-bunch-club-5/
All welcome, and it’s free, plus there’s food available

Funky Moves 29th November 2014
A disco extravaganza run by people with learning disabilities. At Our Lady Help of Christians, The Presbytery, 4 Lady Margaret Rd,London NW5 2XT. On the corner of Lady Margaret Road and Falkland Road. Just 3 minutes walk from Kentish Town Station. Time: 6pm –10.30pm
MM, Pipes, Big Mac and Patience. For more information contact Office on 0207 388 2007 or 0785 228 4535
www.camdenpeoplefirst.org.uk Over 18s only £5

VCC Training and Networking Lunch: Wed 10th December, 9.30am-1.30pm
The www.do-it.org.uk website is improving. And the way that we work with it is improving as well. Loads more information on this will follow by post and email.
To prepare for the improvements, we will be co-delivering a training session with Volunteer Centre Islington on ‘How to Write a Good Volunteering Opportunity’ as well as an overview of how the new do-it website will work.
The training is free, and the networking lunch will be £10. Read more here.

Princes’s Trust Team Programme in Camden
Are you or do you know someone that is: 16-24 years old? Unemployed or not in College? Available to attend a 12 week course full time?
Team is a 12- week personal development course that will help you to develop your employability skills and to move into education, employment or training.
You will get:
• Nationally recognised qualification
• Entry Level 3, Level 1 or 2 Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills
• Five-day team building residential
• Two-week work experience placement and more.
If you know someone that might be interested in joining our upcoming teams please contact either Team Leader monique.morgan@epiccic.org.uk/ 07739314180 or Assistant Team Leader nathaniel.forte@epiccic.org.uk/ 07534398828 for more information.

Dragon Hall Tech Day
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FREE hands-on tech taster session to give all young people equal access to groundbreaking technology
At Dragon Hall Tech Hub, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT
A chance to use the latest, world leading technologies: 3Doodler Pens, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality Headsets, coding with Scratch, Radio Production and more… Book your free place at Eventbrite.

Safeguarding adults
There are four levels of training that incorporate all appropriate training for professional groups.
All training is fully subsidised for people working with Camden residents however non-attendance will result in a penalty charge. Further information can be found on our website: www.camden.gov.uk
See full course information and book online – visit TDSOnline www.camdentds.co.uk
Enquiries: Call 020 7974 3701 / 2821 / 4467 or email TDSOnline@camden.gov.uk
TDSLearn is Camden’s online learning environment for Social Care training.
It features e-learning courses and other learning resources in one handy place. It is free to access and open to everyone.
More courses will be added over the next few months to support staff, managers, personal assistants and other individuals who work in Camden’s Adult Social Care.
Simply visit: http://tdslearn.learningpool.com

Camden Resilience Workshop 12th December 2014
12:00 – 2:00pm at Camden Council, 5 Pancras Square
Do you need support to:
– Develop your service to support more networking between different communities?
– Explore different ways of resourcing a project?
– Look at ways you can encourage your service users to identify small problems before they escalate?
If so, this workshop could help you develop some new ideas.
Feedback from those attending has been overwhelmingly positive:
Several of those attending the workshops used the group work sessions to discuss an issue from their own work, and through support in using the resilience approach, the groups brought in new ideas and perspectives to develop a solution.
To book a place, please e-mail Alison.blackwood@camden.gov.uk, specifying any access or other requirements you have and any areas of your work that you feel it would be helpful to discuss at the workshop.

Living Together with Dementia? A new intervention
Living Together with Dementia is designed to improve communication and promote engagement with everyday activities. Living Together with Dementia is a free service funded by Camden Council, and is carried out by trained therapists and professionals who specialise in dementia care. This service is about having the opportunity to talk and does not involve any medical procedures. Meetings will take place either at your home or
at The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, which is near Warren Street Station in central London.
Contact Us If you are interested in taking part and helping us develop this intervention, or would like more information please call 0207 380 1950 or email hwilliamson@tccr.org.uk

The survival and well-being of the Palestinian people – Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
In the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza every aspect of life is affected by the Occupation. A number of economic, educational, human rights and public health indicators suggest disturbing downward trends in every domain toward increasing impoverishment, dysfunction and social fragmentation. The eruption of violence in Gaza during the summer, in which 501 children were killed and 3,374 were injured, many with permanent disabilities, can be seen as a violent intensification of a socio-political situation that has lasted for decades.
• How do Palestinians respond to their extraordinary circumstances?
• Does the political situation impact on their mental health, and how does a clinician then understand and respond to their difficulties?
• What can we as mental health workers contribute?
In the aftermath of this summer’s terrible events in Gaza, Dr Jabr will share her personal experience of working as a clinician in Palestine and raise questions about the role and responsibility that we all share to engage with this reality.
11 December 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, £20 (£10 concessions and students, unwaged, Trust staff)
The Tavistock Centre, London. Click here for more information

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

Camden Council Seeks Principal Carbon Consultant
The Corporate Sustainability Team is recruiting for a Principal Carbon Consultant to lead the development and delivery of the Camden Climate Change Alliance’s paid for services. We’re particularly looking for candidates with energy and environmental auditing experience / accreditation. Please can you help get the word out as widely as possible through your contacts and networks. If you know anyone that fits the bill please let me know as I’d be keen to target them.
For full details click here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 9th and interviews are on the 15th & 16th of December.

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.

SHAK seeks P/T Youth Project Co-ordinator (21hrs per week)
Salary: £27,300 pa (pro rata)
Shak (South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership) is a charity based on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in deprived Kilburn ward of Camden NW London. Our mission is to increase local community confidence and support disadvantaged young people and adults by increasing their life opportunities. We do this by identifying and meeting local needs with a range of opportunities in areas of lifelong learning, youth activities, community involvement, employment support, advice and guidance, volunteering, events etc.
The post holder will be managing “The Alexandra Resource Centre”, a community youth centre with integrated music studio on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in NW London Camden Borough, Kilburn ward.
Duties Include
• Designing, promoting co-ordinating and delivering activities for young people aged 9 -25yrs
• Line managing a small team of part-time youth workers and volunteers.
• Providing advice and support for local young people towards training, employment or further study.
• Ensuring policies and procedures are up to date, fit for purpose and adhered to.
• Responsibility for the youth centre, security & maintenance.
• Working in partnership with other organisations to meet local needs.
• Working to funding targets and completing monitoring according to funding requirements.
• Fundraising for new projects
Main Skills & Experience
• Minimum Level 2 youth qualification or equivalent and solid experience of leading youth projects.
• Supporting young people into employment, training or further education
• Strong leadership and management skills/experience
• Knowledge of youth policies, safeguarding procedures and legislation
• Good communication & people skills
• Ability to relate, support and engage with wide range of young people
• Good organisational and presentation skills
• Proficient with modern technologies
To apply: Email your CV and covering letter to: johnboyle@shakonline.co.uk
Closing date: 3rd December 2014

SHAK seeks P/T Community Learning Co-ordinator
25hrs per week Salary: £27300 pa (pro rata)
The post holder will be working at “The SHELL Centre”, a community learning centre on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in NW London Camden Borough, Kilburn ward. The centre was established in 2003 and has good reputation of engaging successfully with the local community especially disadvantaged groups.
The post holder will be responsible for designing, co-ordinating and delivering community learning courses (for example, ESOL, Employability and numeracy) to local adults and young people.
Duties Include
• Co-ordinating and promotion of learning programmes and activities
• Planning and delivering courses and workshops e.g. CV preparation, interview practice etc.
• Providing advice and support for local young people towards training, employment or further study.
• Working in partnership with other organisations to meet needs of local residents
• Working to funding targets and completing monitoring according to funding requirements.
Skills required
• Experience supporting people towards employment & training
• Teaching qualifications and experience in adult community learning
• Experience of non -accredited courses and RARPA.
• ESOL and/or Skills for Life teaching qualification
• Strong communication & people skills
• Ability to relate, support and engage with wide range of groups especially with young people
• Good organisational and presentation skills
• Proficient with modern technologies
To apply: Email your CV and covering letter to: johnboyle@shakonline.co.uk
Closing date: 1st December 2014

Henna Asian Women’s Group Befriending Service 2015
Henna Asian Women’s Group is opening their Befriending service to all individuals that are in need for extra help to improve their social circle in the new year. We will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live in any Borough of London. Henna volunteers will pay regular weekly visits to clients and support them into taking steps to come out of the home and access different services.
We are recruiting both Male and Female volunteers to become Befrienders on this project. If you have a few hours to spare each week, would like to gain experience in the health and social care sector or simply just want to give something back to the community then please contact us.
Contact Ammarah Ahmad, ammarah_hennaorg@yahoo.co.uk, Telephone: 020 7372 9860, Volunteer Coordinator, Henna Asian Women’s Group, www.hennaorg.co.uk

Community Researchers Wanted by SHAK
Train as a community researcher, learn new skills, open up fresh career paths and get involved in your community.
· We are looking for motivated, dedicated people to take part in this free training course.
· No qualifications necessary but you do need to enjoy working with people.
· You will gain new skills, experience, a completion certificate and a chance to learn more about the local community.
· Progression to further training opportunities, community involvement or paid employment as a researcher.
· Childcare can be arranged if needed
If you are interested contact John: 07986897629 johnboyle@shakonline.co.uk
South Hampstead & Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK)
We are a local charity based on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in Kilburn ward of Camden. Our mission is to increase local community confidence and support people in reaching their full potential. We do this by identifying and meeting local needs with a range of opportunities in areas of lifelong learning, youth activities, community involvement, employment support, advice and guidance, volunteering etc. Find out more www.shakonline.co.uk

KTCC is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic part-time office manager.
Kentish Town Community Centre is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual to support the day to day operations of the Community Centre.
The role will involve working closely with the Centre Coordinator and Centre Manager to ensure the smooth running of the organisation, providing a welcoming environment for all users. The individual will also be responsible for responding to client enquiries, supplier management, taking bookings, raising invoices and monitoring unpaid accounts. For further details or to apply, please visit www.ktcc.org.uk.

Queen’s Crescent Community Centre, Gospel Oak seek Volunteers
Currently looking for volunteers for both the befriending and Lunch club services. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer for either one of these services I would be very happy to hear from them.
Contact larraine@qcca.org.uk or phone 0207 267 6635 Ext 226.

New work opportunities for over 50s
According to the UK Office for National Statistics, there are more than 22 million over 50s in the UK, many of whom have skills and experience to offer to local businesses.
Trading Times is a skills-matching service that is on a mission to change the way society views older people. They match people’s skills, experience, and qualifications with local employers for paid work opportunities.
Employers benefit as much as those looking for work – by gaining experienced, skilled and reliable people, who can work on a flexible basis.
What’s more, it’s entirely free for candidates to sign up.
Find out more web: tradingtimes.org.uk twitter: @TradingTimesUK Facebook: TradingTimesUK

SkillShare
Skillshare is an easy way to find skilled people to support your organisation. What sort of skills are on your wish list? Current skills on offer include: furniture restoration, photography, Nia technique instructor and food and textiles teacher, plus many more. Thirty local organisations are already signed up and accessing our database of skilled volunteers. The last volunteer we placed was a photographer who is going to be taking photographs of Camden for two local organisations.
For more information contact SkillShare, skillshare@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk or 020 7424 9990.

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. contact@camdenpas.org.uk

Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at http://www.vac.org.uk/vacancies/

OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Have your say on pharmacies in Camden
Do you use a community pharmacy in Camden, or do you work with people that do? The Public Health department, Clinical Commissioning Group, Local Pharmaceutical Committee, and Healthwatch have produced a report looking at the provision of pharmacy services in Camden, and whether they meet current and future needs. The ‘Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment’ is now open for public consultation and we’re keen to collect your views.
To see the report and complete the short consultation questionnaire visit wearecamden.org/pna. The Consultation closes on the 24th December.

Desk Space at Latin American House
The Latin American House (LAH) offers a space and support for Latin Americans, Spanish and Portuguese speakers and other communities in London. The Association, which has been in existence for over 30 years, runs a community centre with a range of services.
LAH has a room to hire at the moment with space for four or more desks.
£433 per month (utility bills included) contact: admin@casalatina.org.uk

OneCamden is the website to help you access Voluntary and Community Sector support in Camden. Find support to help you volunteer, or find volunteers; support for your voluntary organisation (from charity registration to Community Accountancy); or get advice on starting a Social Enterprise. There are links and resources on this site and links to the partner’s sites. If you would like to request support use the ‘Get Help’ button on the top right to let us know what support you need and we will be in touch.
This is a new initiative for Camden so do let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to make OneCamden better.

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 form which can be downloaded from the VAC website or you can enter your details via our sector survey here.

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