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VAC Weekly Newsletter
12th November 2021

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights

New VAC CEO announced; Volunteer Action Forum; Resilience fund information; Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation;  carers survey; consultations; the start of Disabled History month; cybersecurity week; Castlehaven AGM; Wreath workshop; growth through sustainability; ABC Learning Event – Supporting Older Men; Central YMCA Young People Survey + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more

Feature 

 

 

VAC Announces our new CEO

 

VAC is very pleased to welcome Keith Morgan as its new CEO.  Keith was formerly the Chief Executive of the Young Camden Foundation and has a background in youth work.  He also worked in Strategy and Change at Camden council.  He brings considerable  knowledge of the local sector, leadership experience and strategic thinking.   Keith’s appointment completes a 3 year process of leadership renewal at VAC which has seen both a new chair and new board of trustees recruited.

The Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday 15th December will be a first opportunity to meet Keith.



VAC has 3 important events coming up.

Voluntary Action Forum: 17th November 11-12pm
This week the VAF will discuss leases and the proposals from the council to change the arrangements for those with leases. Find out what the proposals are and what this will mean for those with a Camden lease. Book here

Resilience fund information session: 18th November 11-12pm
Attendees will learn more about the new large Camden Council Resilience Fund, including a Q&A with a member of the strategic partnerships team. Book here

Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation: 25th November 11-12pm
This is a chance to find out more about Camden Council’s health and wellbeing strategy consultation  and to have your say.
Book here

Our new CEO, Keith Morgan:

 

 


Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

Camden’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-30 six-week consultation opened on 1st November, and your views on the proposed approach to improve health and wellbeing are requested. Whether you live, work or receive care in the borough, your voice should be at the heart of the new strategy.
To have your say and to find out more, please visit the consultation website.
The Health and Wellbeing strategy is themed around three stages of life: Start, Live and Age, well.  Consultation questions are grouped under 6 headings:
1. Population Health Approach
2. Ways of Working and Guiding Principles
3. Long term vision
4. Good Work and Employment
5. Healthy and Ready for School
6. Community Connectedness and Friendship
To request a paper copy, accessible versions, or if you have any questions about the strategy, please call  020 7974 5827 or email   healthandwellbeingboard@camden.gov.uk  
If you prefer to make your points in a group VAC will be hosting a consultation event on 25th November.  Book here
 

New Grant Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Camden launched on 5 November

Camden Council have launched a new grant programme called The Resilience Fund. The Community Impacts Resilience Fund is in response to feedback that we have had from the VCS and offers financial support to local organisations that are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also provides support for new partnerships and innovative ways of working, which have been developed within the sector in response to the challenges of the pandemic.  
In 2021/22 there are two strands of funding available in the Community Impacts Resilience Fund:
~ Recovery Fund: Grants of up to £15,000 to support organisations to return to business as usual. Funding can be used to cover day-to-day costs such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £600,000 is available through this fund.
~ Partnership and Networks Fund: Grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations to develop existing or to establish new partnerships and collaborations within the community. Applications can be made as individual organisations, partnerships or networks. The fund can also be used to cover core costs associated with this work such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £150,000 is available through this fund.
The grant application process is in two stages and groups that are successful at Stage 1 or the Expression of Interest, will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. We would particularly like to encourage bids from small organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Application forms and guidance on the funds can be found here from 5pm, 5th November:  camden.gov.uk/voluntary-and-community-sector-in-camden#hltr
The website also has an FAQs section and you can also email us with any questions at vcs@camden.gov.uk
Deadline for the Stage 1 applications is 11pm on 29th November 2021
Voluntary Action Camden will be running some workshops to support groups with applying for the Fund. The first is on 18th November 11-12pm, book here

Camden Health and Wellbeing Event
20th November 12-4pm
Camden Council is hosting a free health and wellbeing event outside the Swiss Cottage library, 88 Avenue Road, NW3 3HA, to launch the borough’s new mobile health bus. Please pop along if you are able.

 

Camden Carers Survey
Camden carers want to hear from carers. This survey is looking to understand carers’ views on social care and the support that they need.
It should take less than 20 minutes and the more responses the more powerful carers’ voices will be.
To take part, click here
 

Free festive wreath workshops for community groups on Hampstead Heath

Heath Hands are offering free wreath-making workshops for local community groups on the Heath. Spend time out in nature, learn new skills and bring home beautiful natural wreaths to decorate your home or give to friends and family. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

For more info and to organise an outing, contact Heath Hands on info@heath-hands.org.uk


CyberSecurity Week: GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.

Castlehaven Community Association AGM InvitationWednesday 24th November at 6pm on Zoom
Sharing success and challenges from the past year, organisational adaptations in the face of Covid -19 and plans for the future. All our welcome. To join, email info@castlehaven.org.uk for the zoom link

Virtual: Introduction to Safeguarding for Volunteers
15th November 10-11.30
Suitable for anyone in Camden requiring the equivalent of a Level 2 safeguarding introduction; including volunteers, play workers, coaches, youth mentors and new starters who have never had child protection or safeguarding training before.  Book here
 

The Evaluation Exchange has now officially started in Camden.
This month, we held an online workshop bringing together 27 researchers from UCL (ranging from PhD students to Research Fellows) with seven voluntary and community organisations from Camden. This workshop kick started the 6 month collaboration, with the researchers and organisational teams working together to tackle an evaluation challenge set by the organisation.  Read the full article here.


Social Prescribing – Working with Regional Partners

11th November, 14.00 – 16.00
Join us as we hear from Natural England and London Sport about what is happening in these sectors around social prescribing activity, ways to access funding and what they need from you or any regional partner to work effectively with the voluntary sector.  Register to attend via Zoom.


Growing your business through sustainability

Learn how to make your organisation more sustainable and help grow your business. In this training you will learn the importance of Sustainability not only for your business but in the context of the wider world, understanding  your current carbon footprint, simple yet, impactful changes that can immediately be actioned and how to embed them within your marketing strategy.
In this workshop you will learn:
~ Why sustainability is good for business
~ How to start your journey
~ Where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers
This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the session. 


Supporting older men to build social networks: sharing what we’ve learnt

Hear about this alternative approach to bringing older men together and find out more about our latest research findings.
This event will be on Zoom
If you have any further questions about the event please get in touch with ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk
Find out more: www.ageingbetterincamden.org.uk or sign up at Eventbrite


Central YMCA has launched a survey for 16-25 year olds

Central YMCA are carrying out a survey to better understand the issues that affect young people today and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming these issues.
The results of the survey will help organisations to understand how they can better focus efforts to support young people where they really need it. There is an incentive, as one of the respondents will win a £300 voucher.
To answer the survey: www.ymca.co.uk/survey
If you have any questions please email julia.harvey@ymca.co.uk
 

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
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See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.


MadCovid Fund: Hardship Solidarity Fund

Small hardship grants of up to £200 available depending on individual circumstances.  You can also show solidarity by donating.  Full details here.

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk
 

Together for our planet

£1000 – £10,000 funding opportunity for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. This grant is for activities relating to climate action, including food, waste and consumption (and a number of other categories). I know that many of you touch upon the climate crisis/environmental sustainability in your work, and they are also interested in hearing from those who are just starting to think about taking action on climate change. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 18th November.


St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the website.


Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.


We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

 


NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.


Lists of Emergency Funders

 


VAC Events


Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.
 

Health Inequalities – Voluntary Action Forum

All the resources, contacts and presentations from the last forum on Health Inequalities are available on the VAC website now.


Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.


Safeguarding Courses:


Virtual: Introduction to Safeguarding for Volunteers
15th November 10-11.30
Suitable for anyone in Camden requiring the equivalent of a Level 2 safeguarding introduction; including volunteers, play workers, coaches, youth mentors and new starters who have never had child protection or safeguarding training before.  Book here


More details on the VAC website: https://vac.org.uk/events/


The Gift of Communication: Create Connections

How can you address the challenges in our post Covid world where charities face an estimated £10bn funding short fall with increased demand for essential services?
This is the question addressed in our mini-conference open exclusively to those within charities wanting to review and improve their communication.
Full details and how to book at Eventbrite.

Inclusion London: Call for Evidence survey
Before 5pm, Monday 22nd November
The UK government will soon be reporting to the UN Disability Committee on what it is doing to advance the rights of Disabled people.
We want to make sure the UN Disability Committee hears from Disabled people, our organisations and other civil society organisations so they understand the situation from our point of view too.
Fill in the survey here

You can also attend Inclusion London’s UNCRPD consultation event on Wednesday 17th of November 2021. This event is for Disabled people and Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations only. Click here to register

Camden Council looking for event information
Before 12pm on 15th November
Camden Council would like to include the details of free local events this winter in their information to residents and business.
If you are hosting an event please email Haidee.O’Donnell@camden.gov.uk and include your organisations name, the event name and place, the time, date and aims, if registration is required and where to go for more information

Volunteer Centre Camden: Volunteer Management Forum
23rd November 2021 – 10am
The volunteer managers’ forum will discuss all things volunteer management
The topics will be varied, and can be anything related to managing volunteers – and will be decided by you on the day. And this event is open to volunteer managers everywhere. The forums are peer-to-peer learning, where groups work through solutions together. Book Here


Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org


Free research consultancy clinic for voluntary sector

Voluntary & community sector organisations or community groups can apply for up to 90 minutes with a trained PhD student to outline a research project that would be useful to the organisation. Your project outline will be advertised in January 2022 to master’s students who will be invited to make an expression of interest and suggestions for taking the project forward. Collaborating with them, your project could be carried out May to September 2022. A useful and useable product for the organisation will be part of the collaboration.
Contact Anne (a.laybourne@ucl.ac.uk) about this opportunity. The clinic is scheduled for 22 November at 13.00, online.


Ageing Better in Camden and Ambition for Ageing Manchester launch: “Before this, I had nothing.”

A Report on the Development and Impact of a BAME-Led Partnership for Tackling Social Isolation Among Older People in Camden.
Thursday, 11 November 13:30 – 15:00
Ageing Better in Camden funded a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community Action Project. The BAME CAP set out to develop the capacity of micro-organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people from small African Heritage communities in Camden.
Report author Adwoa Manful will share learning from this innovative research alongside other speakers who have been instrumental in developing the BAME CAP.  Book your free ticket here.

Sadler’s Wells £5 ticket offer for Botis Seva’s BLKDOG
Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November
Learn more about the show and book here. Enter the code BLKDOG1 for the £5 ticket offer


British Museum Community Partnerships Volunteering focus group

A focus group discussion for community group
leaders and or community organisations and share your views on volunteering
opportunities at The British Museum.
Tuesday 23 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
To take part in this event please RSVP to: jstarns@britishmuseum.org


The Living Centre Environment & Climate Community Events

A full programme of events from the Living Centre – from Urban Farming to Climate Friendly Food Swaps.  There will also be an Extinction Rebellion debate and a film screening of Made in Bangladesh about workers in the fast fashion business.
Click for the full programme.  Book at climateexhibition@thelivingcentre.org


Luminary Bakery Employability and Independence Programme

A 6 month training and employment programme for women who have been classified as experiencing ‘multiple disadvantages’ including gender based violence. They focus on providing support to find employment in a safe, trauma-informed space, and have 28 spaces for women starting in February 2022. All training takes part at Luminary Bakery in Camden. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 1st December.


Google Training Session for Camden VCS

19 November 2021  9:00 – 13:00
Location: Our Kings Cross Office – Six Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Find out how to make the most of Google, YouTube,  Google Analytics, Training the Trainer and more.
Virtual or F2F: F2F with an option to dial in. Please fill in this form to reserve your space.


Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open.  Find out more and register on the website.


Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.
Adult Learning are always open to working with new partners.  If you think your members/clients will benefit from any of our courses, (IT, Family Learning, ESOL, Health & Wellbeing or Communities & local interests), and you would like us to run a course at your centre please contact us on 020 7974 2148 or send an email to adultlearning@camden.gov.uk for more information on how we can work together.

 


Castlehaven & Prince of Wales Medical Centre is recruiting a Social Prescribing Link Worker

In 2021 Prince of Wales Group Practice and the Castlehaven Community Association began partnering to recruit a full-time Social Prescribing Link Worker to work with Prince of Wales Group Practice patients and other referrals within the Castlehaven Community Centre.
This position is full-time and based at both Castlehaven Community Association, London NW1 8RU and Prince of Wales Group Practice, London, NW5 3LN. Applications close on Sunday 7th November. For the full job description and how to apply click here.

Community Link Worker: Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre
Part-time permanent employee, 1 day a week (7hrs)
As a community Link Worker, you will provide general advice, information, advocacy, and practical support to Nafsiyat’s clients. You will work closely with therapists, assess clients’ needs, identify any barriers that may prevent them from engaging with therapy and arrange appropriate referrals
Please send a current CV and tailored covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements for this role as set out in the job description to recruitment@nafsiyat.org.uk by 5pm on Tuesday November 30th.

Digital Media Training: Mama Youth Project
Open to applicants 18-25yrs and residents of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, the Cities of London or Westminster.
A free intensive 6-week course on digital media + a minimum of 2 weeks paid work placement.
For more information and to apply click here


The Autism Hub and ALAG are recruiting a freelance Advocacy Case Worker

The worker will provide specialist advocacy and outreach support to autistic adults who do not have a learning disability, in London.
We are looking for an experienced Advocate Case Worker, who has knowledge and at least 2 years experience working with autistic adults and also with adults living with mental health conditions. This experience will enable you to play a vital role in supporting autistic residents across London
£15.00/hr Part-time 15hrs/week
To Apply – Email: jill@autismhubislington.org


Central YMCA is recruiting a new Head of Health and Wellbeing

The new Head of Health and Wellbeing will be given a broad remit to develop our community engagement and funded programmes in Camden whilst also developing and expanding our health and wellbeing offer nationally and overseeing the day-to-day operations of our two London health clubs
To find out more and apply, click here.


Somers Town Community Association seeks Employer Engagement Worker

20 hrs pw £17 per hour
The post is part of the job hub team and will be expected to develop working relationship with local businesses and employers.
Email: ziaur@somerstown.org.uk for an application pack.


Maths on Toast Job opportunity

We’re recruiting a Community & Schools Outreach Practitioner to help us show families how to explore and enjoy creative maths. If you’re a creative learning expert or teacher with experience of working with children and families within the community, we’d love to hear from you.  Click here for full details.


SHAK seeks Community Champions Project Coordinator

South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership
£30,000 per year
Contract, Temporary, Project funding currently expires in April 2023, so is offered on a fixed term contract, Full-time
You will lead the Community Champions project which builds on the strengths, skills and knowledge of local communities, by recruiting local people as volunteers to tackle inequalities, improve health and wellbeing and address local issues of concern.  
Full details and how to apply at CharityJob website.


London Irish Centre Vacancies

Including Survivor Support Liaison vacancy – a new role working with survivors of Irish institutional abuse.
Full details of all the vacancies and how to apply at the London Irish Centre website.


Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.


Space rental at Latin America House, Kilburn
A range of space available for events, classes and more.
Find out more here


Camden Eco-Champions Awards
Nominations are now open for those in your area that go above and beyond to protect the environment.
For more information click here


Have your say on the future of education in Camden

Camden’s draft Education Strategy events
Pop-up event at St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre – Wednesday 24 November 2021 between 5pm-6pm
Everyone is welcome to pop in at any point during the session, to find out more about Camden’s new draft Education Strategy, Building Back Stronger, and share your views on the strategy.
 
Online Camden Conversations
There will be three online Camden Conversations, held via Zoom, as part of the consultation on Camden’s new education strategy, Building Back Stronger. These sessions will offer you the chance to hear more about the strategy, as well as to ask questions and feed back your thoughts and suggestions. The sessions will all cover the same information, so please just choose the date that best suits your schedule. The sessions will be held on:
 
    •    Camden Conversation 1 – Monday 15 November 2021 between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
    •    Camden Conversation 2 – Thursday 18 November 2021 between 10am and 11am
    •    Camden Conversation 3 – Thursday 25 November 2021 between 4pm and 5pm
To book your place, please email comingbackstronger@camden.gov.uk, quoting the date of the session you would like to attend and what your connection is to education

Read the Draft Education strategy and respond to the consultation here or email your comments to comingbackstronger@camden.gov.uk


Supporting People with Long-Covid in Camden

The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions.  Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and  access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on rob.clarke6@nhs.net for any information or enquiries.


How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

 

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VAC Weekly Newsletter
29th October 2021

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights

Announcement of New Council VCS Funding; Trustees’ Week; Somers Town win Future Neighbourhood Fund; Afghan Refugee Crisis Update; Health Inequalities Resources;  Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation; Communications Conference; Camden Deaf Advice Service Survey; Madcovid Fund; We Were Here; Camden Eduction Consultation; Roundhouse Young Entrepreneurs; The Budget + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more

Feature 

New Grant support for voluntary and community organisations in Camden launches on 5 November

On 5 November, Camden Council is launching a new Community Impacts Resilience Fund to offer financial support to voluntary and community sector organisations who are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic. The fund is designed to respond to the call from VCS organisations for help to recover from the challenges created by loss of income during lockdown.
The fund aims to support organisations with a track record of supporting Camden residents – particularly if you support Black, Asian and other communities who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
As part of this fund, two separate grants are available and will be open for applications from 5 November:
Recovery Fund: This provides one-off grants of up to £15,000 to support your organisation to get back on its feet, and can be used to cover core costs like staff time, rent and utility bills.
Partnerships and Networks Fund: This provides one-off grants of up to £10,000 for organisations to develop and embed partnerships.
Read the full announcement.  Full details and how to apply coming next Friday.


Trustees’ Week

Trustees’ Week is taking place next week, from Monday 1 November until Friday 5 November.
It’s a chance to thank trustees and also to understand the role and build better relationships in your organisation.
There are lot’s of events in Camden and across the country:
Monday 1st Nov, VCC Trustee Lunchtime Event
Tuesday 2 Nov, Being an effective trustee, Russell Cooke
Wednesday 3rd Nov, Supporting Boards, DSC
Friday 5th Nov, Using the DSC Governance App
Friday 5th Nov, Strengthening Board Relationship, NCVO
Friday 5th Nov, Diversifying Trustee Boards VCC
Thursday 18th Nov, Trustee Volunteering Fair VCC
Getting on Board are hosting a Festival of Trusteeship all week
You can join fellow Camden trustees in the Camden Trustee Meet-up group.

 

 

 

 

Somers Town Wins Future Neighbourhood Funding

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has just announced that Somers Town has been chosen as one of two London areas to receive Future Neighbourhood 2030 funding. The first phase funding is for £1.42M for Somers Town, which will be match funded by Camden.  Read the press release here.
 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Health Inequalities – Voluntary Action Forum

All the resources, contacts and presentations from the last forum on Health Inequalities are available on the VAC website now.


Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

Camden’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-30 six-week consultation opens on 1st November.  Look out for full details in next week’s e-bulletin on the consultation and ways to get involved.


The Gift of Communication: Create Connections

How can you address the challenges in our post Covid world where charities face an estimated £10bn funding short fall with increased demand for essential services?
This is the question addressed in our mini-conference open exclusively to those within charities wanting to review and improve their communication.
Full details and how to book at Eventbrite.


Camden Deaf Advice Service Survey

Camden Council wants to consult with residents who have used the D/deaf Advice Service to find out about their experiences of the current provision as well as with those who are not aware of or have never used the Service.  Your feedback will help us to shape the new D/deaf Advice Service which is expected to go live in May 2022.  
The survey’s target audience is Camden residents, aged 18 years or over who are:
~ D/deaf, deafened, deafblind, hard of hearing
~ Partners, relatives and/or carers of residents who are D/deaf, deafened, deafblind or hard of hearing can also complete the survey on their behalf
The survey link is here. Deadline Wednesday, 3rd Nov 5:00pm.


MadCovid Fund: Hardship Solidarity Fund

Small hardship grants of up to £200 available depending on individual circumstances.  You can also show solidarity by donating.  Full details here.


We Were Here

Emily Momoh BA,  presents a selection of biographies of significant individuals of African and Caribbean heritage who lived, worked, or studied in Camden. Their connections to the borough date back almost 300 years and have shaped our history. Full details and booking at Eventbrite.


Have your say on the future of education in Camden

The Council and Camden Learning are consulting on a draft Education Strategy, which aims to ensure local schools and sixth forms can respond to the challenges they face, including impacts from COVID-19, so they can be in an even better position to prepare children and young people for learning, higher education, training and work.
Anyone with an interest in education in the borough is invited to have their say before 6 December. Read the Draft Education strategy and respond to the consultation here or email your comments to comingbackstronger@camden.gov.uk


Supplementary Schools workshop

Online workshop for Camden Out of School Settings: Keeping children safe during after school clubs, community activities and tuition.
Wed 10th November: 10am To 12pm.  Details and booking at Eventbrite.


Roundhouse Young Entrepreneurs Talk

Calling all entrepreneurs and freelancers aged 18-30
Feeling like an impostor when starting out on your own is natural. To help with this, the Roundhouse is hosting a live talk to discuss the insecurities young people face when working for themselves and how to overcome them!
Monday 1st Nov, 7-9pm.  Get tickets: https://rhou.se/2WImGw6
Other programmes to help young entrepreneurs and freelancers here.

 


Newsletters

Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
 

National

The Budget

The Chancellor announced a range of support of interest to the sector:  Levelling up funds, money to support numeracy, and an extra £500M for Youth services. You can read the summary in Civil Society and an analysis from Directory of Social Change and Charity Tax Group.
 


See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.


Together for our planet:

£1000 – £10,000 funding opportunity for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. This grant is for activities relating to climate action, including food, waste and consumption (and a number of other categories). I know that many of you touch upon the climate crisis/environmental sustainability in your work, and they are also interested in hearing from those who are just starting to think about taking action on climate change. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 18th November.


St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the website.


Free Data from Vodaphone

You can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like.Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects.
Applications will be reviewed and a decision to support made within 30 days. SIMs will be issued within 30 days of a positive decision. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022. Full details and how to apply here.


Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.


We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

 


NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.


Lists of Emergency Funders

 


VAC Events


Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.
 


Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. The next Forum is 17th November and will focus on Manifesto.


Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.


GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.


Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon.  Meanwhile you can listen to the latest podcast –
Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings
Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley –  of HA9 Consultancy
Topics include community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation etc.



More details on the VAC website: https://vac.org.uk/events/

 

Financial Wellbeing Workshop

These workshops are for Camden voluntary sector staff and volunteers giving practical tips and resources for supporting your clients and service users.
There are 3 workshops on the same topics to choose from (all on zoom):
Wednesday 3rd November at 10:30am
Thursday 4th November at 10:30 am
Tuesday 9th November at 10:30 am.
Topics included will be: income maximisation, discounts and exemptions, council tax, rent, gas and electric and other bills, how to reduce costs and find the best deals, budgeting and managing money.
To book email Sarah Lake financialcapabilityproject@camdencabservice.org.uk saying which workshop, your name, organisation and contact number. 


Thriving Communities webinar

9 November 2021, 3-4pm
Global Social Prescribing Alliance
The next webinar in the Thriving Communities series will hear international perspectives on social prescribing from a number of community groups involved with the Global Social Prescribing Alliance.  Book here.


Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org


Free research consultancy clinic for voluntary sector

Voluntary & community sector organisations or community groups can apply for up to 90 minutes with a trained PhD student to outline a research project that would be useful to the organisation. Your project outline will be advertised in January 2022 to master’s students who will be invited to make an expression of interest and suggestions for taking the project forward. Collaborating with them, your project could be carried out May to September 2022. A useful and useable product for the organisation will be part of the collaboration.
Contact Anne (a.laybourne@ucl.ac.uk) about this opportunity. The clinic is scheduled for 22 November at 13.00, online.


Ageing Better in Camden and Ambition for Ageing Manchester launch: “Before this, I had nothing.”

A Report on the Development and Impact of a BAME-Led Partnership for Tackling Social Isolation Among Older People in Camden.
Thursday, 11 November 13:30 – 15:00
Ageing Better in Camden funded a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community Action Project. The BAME CAP set out to develop the capacity of micro-organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people from small African Heritage communities in Camden.
Report author Adwoa Manful will share learning from this innovative research alongside other speakers who have been instrumental in developing the BAME CAP.  Book your free ticket here.


British Museum Community Partnerships Volunteering focus group

A focus group discussion for community group
leaders and or community organisations and share your views on volunteering
opportunities at The British Museum.
Monday 8 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 23 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
To take part in one of these two events please RSVP to: jstarns@britishmuseum.org


A Diaspora Dilemma – Language and Culture

30th October 2021, open day of the Mother Tongue (Bangali) School, 12 noon,  at The Thanet Youth & Community Centre, Herbert Street, London NW5 4HD.  


A Space to talk about Space

Thu, 4 November, 18:00 – 20:00 at the Collective, Buck Street, NW1.
Camden Giving are inviting people who have space and people who need space to come together, chat and find solutions.  Details at Eventbrite.


The Living Centre Environment & Climate Community Events

A full programme of events from the Living Centre – from Urban Farming to Climate Friendly Food Swaps.  There will also be an Extinction Rebellion debate and a film screening of Made in Bangladesh about workers in the fast fashion business.
Click for the full programme.  Book at climateexhibition@thelivingcentre.org


Luminary Bakery Employability and Independence Programme

A 6 month training and employment programme for women who have been classified as experiencing ‘multiple disadvantages’ including gender based violence. They focus on providing support to find employment in a safe, trauma-informed space, and have 28 spaces for women starting in February 2022. All training takes part at Luminary Bakery in Camden. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 1st December.


How to help people struggling with energy bills

Wed 3rd November, 10 – 11am.  Find out more about the Green Doctor service and how we can help local residents to manage their energy use, save money and get support. Full details and booking at Eventbrite.
 

COP26 Camden Celebration Event

Join Camden Council and the CCCA to celebrate carbon reduction best practice within the borough and across London to mark COP26.
at Samsung KX Wed, 3 November 17:30 – 20:30 Book at Eventbrite.


CYP: Child Bereavement Training event – When a Child Dies

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:00 – 15:00
NCL Training Hubs – Bereavement Training International – Baby & infant loss Virtual Training Workshop – Supporting parents when a baby dies. Book here.
 

Google Training Session for Camden VCS

19 November 2021  9:00 – 13:00
Location: Our Kings Cross Office – Six Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Find out how to make the most of Google, YouTube,  Google Analytics, Training the Trainer and more.
Virtual or F2F: F2F with an option to dial in. Please fill in this form to reserve your space.
 

Thriving Communities webinars

Sharing the Evidence – what you told us is important and what we have found
9 November 2021, 3-4pm Register here


Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open.  Find out more and register on the website.


Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

At a Taster session, you will get a glimpse of the Programmes, get to network with new colleagues and  decide if our 4-day Full Programme is for you:
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.
Adult Learning are always open to working with new partners.  If you think your members/clients will benefit from any of our courses, (IT, Family Learning, ESOL, Health & Wellbeing or Communities & local interests), and you would like us to run a course at your centre please contact us on 020 7974 2148 or send an email to adultlearning@camden.gov.uk for more information on how we can work together.

 


SHAK seeks Community Champions Project Coordinator

South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership
£30,000 per year
Contract, Temporary, Project funding currently expires in April 2023, so is offered on a fixed term contract, Full-time
You will lead the Community Champions project which builds on the strengths, skills and knowledge of local communities, by recruiting local people as volunteers to tackle inequalities, improve health and wellbeing and address local issues of concern.  
Full details and how to apply at CharityJob website.


Maths on Toast Job opportunity

We’re recruiting a Community & Schools Outreach Practitioner to help us show families how to explore and enjoy creative maths. If you’re a creative learning expert or teacher with experience of working with children and families within the community, we’d love to hear from you.  Click here for full details.


London Irish Centre Vacancies

Including Survivor Support Liaison vacancy – a new role working with survivors of Irish institutional abuse.
Full details of all the vacancies and how to apply at the London Irish Centre website.


Latin American House is Recruiting Two Posts

Deputy Nursery Manager to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The Deputy Nursery Manager will work alongside the Nursery Manager to ensure a high standard of care and education for all the children who attend our nursery.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish and have a CACHE or NVQ Level 3 or above qualification in Childcare and Education or a recognised equivalent and Paediatric First Aid certificate.
Early Years Practitioner (Level 3) to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The role is for 30 hours, Monday to Friday, during term time.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
The deadline for applications for both is Thursday 28th of October at 5 pm.
To apply and get more information,follow the link:


Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

 

Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.

Older people say that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities.
Ageing Better in Camden worked with older members, delivery agencies and Ageing Better friends around England to produce the Warm Welcome Toolkit. It offers activity providers information and resources which will support them to run welcoming activities. Click here to view and download the Warm Welcome toolkit. You can also download the Warm Welcome toolkit summary and video.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.


Do you want to be at the heart of changes planned for community Mental Health Services? 

Co-production partners required for the Camden Community Framework Coproduction Alliance
Would you like an opportunity to make a difference to community mental health services?  We are a group of local people, professionals and commissioners working together to redesign mental health services in the community. 
We want Camden residents with experience of mental health services to join us.  We welcome creative perspectives and common sense to help create a joined-up service that meets people’s mental health needs in the community.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can contribute wider views – for example from Carers, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, people who have disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people.
Interested? Please email Maureen.brewster@advocacyproject.org.uk by 5pm 25th of October. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 25th of October. Interviews will be held on Friday 29th October.


Do you have experience of homelessness or rough sleeping? In the past, have you used any of Camden’s hostels, refuges or supported accommodation?

Camden are looking for people with lived experience of homelessness or rough sleeping and who may have previously used our shelters/refuges or supported accommodation to be part of panels (with other people who have used services) to help decide on future accommodation services for vulnerable people in Camden.
You must have had experience of homelessness or rough sleeping to take part.  We are keen to hear from people representing diverse backgrounds, preferably resident in Camden. We are also looking for women who have used women’s services (eg domestic violence services). 
The Borough of Camden and FLIC will provide training and support and you will receive a £10 voucher per hour for your input to meetings and panels which will take place online.
To register your interest or find out more – please email Bex Oldham boldham@hshp.org.uk or phone 07799 700594 by 22 October.


Supporting People with Long-Covid in Camden

The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions.  Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and  access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on rob.clarke6@nhs.net for any information or enquiries.


How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

 

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VAC Weekly Newsletter
22nd October 2021

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights

The Living Centre Environment & Climate Community Events; Financial Wellbeing Workshop; Thriving Communities Webinar; Social Prescribing Link Worker Webinar; Private Renters Briefing for the VCS; Support to Camden Homeless Residents; Free Research Consultancy Clinic; British Museum Volunteering Focus Group; A Diaspora Dilemma; A Space to talk about Space + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more

Feature 

 

The Living Centre Environment & Climate Community Events

A full programme of events from the Living Centre – from Urban Farming to Climate Friendly Food Swaps.  There will also be an Extinction Rebellion debate and a film screening of Made in Bangladesh about workers in the fast fashion business.
Click here for the full programme.  To book contact climateexhibition@thelivingcentre.org
 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Wellbeing Workshop

These workshops are for Camden voluntary sector staff and volunteers giving practical tips and resources for supporting your clients and service users.
The workshops will take place over Zoom. There are 3 workshops on the same topics to choose from:
Wednesday 3rd November at 10:30am
Thursday 4th November at 10:30 am
Tuesday 9th November at 10:30 am.
Topics included will be: income maximisation, discounts and exemptions, council tax, rent, gas and electric and other bills, how to reduce costs and find the best deals, budgeting and managing money.
To book a space please email Sarah Lake financialcapabilityproject@camdencabservice.org.uk to tell me which workshop you want to attend along with your name, organisation and contact number. 


Thriving Communities webinar

9 November 2021, 3-4pm
Global Social Prescribing Alliance
The next webinar in the Thriving Communities series will hear international perspectives on social prescribing from a number of community groups involved with the Global Social Prescribing Alliance.  Book here.


Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW) Webinar Series – Learning from the RCGP RSC observatory on the role of social prescribing and health inequalities

Wednesday 27th October 2021, at 13:30 -14:30
Learn about the data on social prescribing, personalised care and health inequalities across England. Using the recently published report on health inequalities and personalised care in England, we will explore insights to understand unmet need, variation and uptake in social prescribing.
We will also hear from NE London ICS on their approach to social prescribing data, measuring impact and addressing health inequalities. Apply here.


The Living Centre Environment & Climate Community Events

A full programme of events from the Living Centre – from Urban Farming to Climate Friendly Food Swaps.  There will also be an Extinction Rebellion debate and a film screening of Made in Bangladesh about workers in the fast fashion business.
Click here for the full programme.  To book contact climateexhibition@thelivingcentre.org


Voluntary and Community Sector Private Renters Briefing

If you are a voluntary or community sector group/organisation wanting to know more about the private rented sector (PRS), the issues impacting renters, and how your services and projects might be able to benefit them – please read this 2 page briefing from Camden Federation of Private Tenants.


Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job!
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org


Free research consultancy clinic for voluntary sector

Voluntary & community sector organisations or community groups can apply for up to 90 minutes with a trained PhD student to outline a research project that would be useful to the organisation. Your project outline will be advertised in January 2022 to master’s students who will be invited to make an expression of interest and suggestions for taking the project forward. Collaborating with them, your project could be carried out May to September 2022. A useful and useable product for the organisation will be part of the collaboration.
Contact Anne (a.laybourne@ucl.ac.uk) about this opportunity. The clinic is scheduled for 22 November at 13.00, online.


British Museum Community Partnerships Volunteering focus group

A focus group discussion for community group
leaders and or community organisations and share your views on volunteering
opportunities at The British Museum.
Monday 8 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 23 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
To take part in one of these two events please RSVP to: jstarns@britishmuseum.org


A Diaspora Dilemma – Language and Culture

30th October 2021, open day of the Mother Tongue (Bangali) School, 12 noon,  at The Thanet Youth & Community Centre, Herbert Street, London NW5 4HD.  


A Space to talk about Space

Thu, 4 November, 18:00 – 20:00 at the Collective, Buck Street, NW1.
Camden Giving are inviting people who have space and people who need space to come together, chat and find solutions.  Details at Eventbrite.


Newsletters

Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
 

National

 


See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.


Together for our planet:

£1000 – £10,000 funding opportunity for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. This grant is for activities relating to climate action, including food, waste and consumption (and a number of other categories). I know that many of you touch upon the climate crisis/environmental sustainability in your work, and they are also interested in hearing from those who are just starting to think about taking action on climate change. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 18th November.
 

Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund: Up to £35k available for your local projects

A new crowdfunding programme has been launched by Camden Council in partnership with Spacehive. Through Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund, you can pitch for up to £35,000 to help fund your local project.  Find out more at the upcoming workshop: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/camden/news and upload your idea by 27th October.


Veolia Sustainability Fund

Have you got an idea for a project to improve Camden’s environment? Apply to our waste partner Veolia’s Sustainability Fund.
You could receive funding, resources or volunteers for a project that enhances biodiversity, promotes recycling, protects the environment, or uses recycled, reused or reclaimed materials.
Find out more and apply here by 31 October


St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the website.


Free Data from Vodaphone

You can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like.Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects.
Applications will be reviewed and a decision to support made within 30 days. SIMs will be issued within 30 days of a positive decision. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022. Full details and how to apply here.


Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.


We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

 


NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.


Lists of Emergency Funders

 


VAC Events


Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.
 


Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. The next Forum is 17th November and will focus on Manifesto.


Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.


GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.


Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon.  Meanwhile you can listen to the latest podcast –
Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings
Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley –  of HA9 Consultancy
Topics include community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation etc.



More details on the VAC website: https://vac.org.uk/events/

 

Ageing Better in Camden and Ambition for Ageing Manchester launch: “Before this, I had nothing.”

A Report on the Development and Impact of a BAME-Led Partnership for Tackling Social Isolation Among Older People in Camden.
Thursday, 11 November 13:30 – 15:00
Ageing Better in Camden funded a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community Action Project. The BAME CAP set out to develop the capacity of micro-organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people from small African Heritage communities in Camden.
Report author Adwoa Manful will share learning from this innovative research alongside other speakers who have been instrumental in developing the BAME CAP.  Book your free ticket here.


Luminary Bakery Employability and Independence Programme

A 6 month training and employment programme for women who have been classified as experiencing ‘multiple disadvantages’ including gender based violence. They focus on providing support to find employment in a safe, trauma-informed space, and have 28 spaces for women starting in February 2022. All training takes part at Luminary Bakery in Camden. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 1st December.


How to help people struggling with energy bills

Wed 3rd November, 10 – 11am.  Find out more about the Green Doctor service and how we can help local residents to manage their energy use, save money and get support. Full details and booking at Eventbrite.
 

COP26 Camden Celebration Event

Join Camden Council and the CCCA to celebrate carbon reduction best practice within the borough and across London to mark COP26.
at Samsung KX Wed, 3 November 17:30 – 20:30 Book at Eventbrite.


CYP: Child Bereavement Training event – When a Child Dies

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:00 – 15:00
NCL Training Hubs – Bereavement Training International – Baby & infant loss Virtual Training Workshop – Supporting parents when a baby dies. Book here.
 

Google Training Session for Camden VCS

19 November 2021  9:00 – 13:00
Location: Our Kings Cross Office – Six Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Find out how to make the most of Google, YouTube,  Google Analytics, Training the Trainer and more.
Virtual or F2F: F2F with an option to dial in. Please fill in this form to reserve your space.
 

Thriving Communities webinars

Sharing the Evidence – what you told us is important and what we have found
9 November 2021, 3-4pm Register here


KOVE Events

Wednesday 27th we will visit the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Contact Deborah Knight debk113@outlook.com or www.Kove.org.uk
 

Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open. Face-to-face courses are planned for the Autumn. Find out more and register on the website.


Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

At a Taster session, you will get a glimpse of the Programmes, get to network with new colleagues and  decide if our 4-day Full Programme is for you:
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.
Adult Learning are always open to working with new partners.  If you think your members/clients will benefit from any of our courses, (IT, Family Learning, ESOL, Health & Wellbeing or Communities & local interests), and you would like us to run a course at your centre please contact us on 020 7974 2148 or send an email to adultlearning@camden.gov.uk for more information on how we can work together.

 


SHAK seeks Community Champions Project Coordinator

South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership
£30,000 per year
Contract, Temporary, Project funding currently expires in April 2023, so is offered on a fixed term contract, Full-time
You will lead the Community Champions project which builds on the strengths, skills and knowledge of local communities, by recruiting local people as volunteers to tackle inequalities, improve health and wellbeing and address local issues of concern.  
Full details and how to apply at CharityJob website.


Latin American House is Recruiting Two Posts

Deputy Nursery Manager to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The Deputy Nursery Manager will work alongside the Nursery Manager to ensure a high standard of care and education for all the children who attend our nursery.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish and have a CACHE or NVQ Level 3 or above qualification in Childcare and Education or a recognised equivalent and Paediatric First Aid certificate.
Early Years Practitioner (Level 3) to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The role is for 30 hours, Monday to Friday, during term time.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
The deadline for applications for both is Thursday 28th of October at 5 pm.
To apply and get more information,follow the link:


Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com


Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager 

£24,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £40,000)
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
Enjoy multi-tasking, meeting people, making a difference?
We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead our small but active Community Association in the next phase of our development.
Closing date: 5pm Monday 25 October 2021
Interviews: Friday 5 November 2021
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk or ring 020 7794 3729
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.

Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.

Older people say that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities.
Ageing Better in Camden worked with older members, delivery agencies and Ageing Better friends around England to produce the Warm Welcome Toolkit. It offers activity providers information and resources which will support them to run welcoming activities. Click here to view and download the Warm Welcome toolkit. You can also download the Warm Welcome toolkit summary and video.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.


Do you want to be at the heart of changes planned for community Mental Health Services? 

Co-production partners required for the Camden Community Framework Coproduction Alliance
Would you like an opportunity to make a difference to community mental health services?  We are a group of local people, professionals and commissioners working together to redesign mental health services in the community. 
We want Camden residents with experience of mental health services to join us.  We welcome creative perspectives and common sense to help create a joined-up service that meets people’s mental health needs in the community.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can contribute wider views – for example from Carers, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, people who have disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people.
Interested? Please email Maureen.brewster@advocacyproject.org.uk by 5pm 25th of October. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 25th of October. Interviews will be held on Friday 29th October.


Do you have experience of homelessness or rough sleeping? In the past, have you used any of Camden’s hostels, refuges or supported accommodation?

Camden are looking for people with lived experience of homelessness or rough sleeping and who may have previously used our shelters/refuges or supported accommodation to be part of panels (with other people who have used services) to help decide on future accommodation services for vulnerable people in Camden.
You must have had experience of homelessness or rough sleeping to take part.  We are keen to hear from people representing diverse backgrounds, preferably resident in Camden. We are also looking for women who have used women’s services (eg domestic violence services). 
The Borough of Camden and FLIC will provide training and support and you will receive a £10 voucher per hour for your input to meetings and panels which will take place online.
To register your interest or find out more – please email Bex Oldham boldham@hshp.org.uk or phone 07799 700594 by 22 October.


Supporting People with Long-Covid in Camden

The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions.  Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and  access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on rob.clarke6@nhs.net for any information or enquiries.


How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

 

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VAC Weekly Newsletter
15th October 2021

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights

Camden Mela; Voluntary Action Forum on Health Inequalities; ‘Before this I had nothing’ Report Launch; Afghan Appeal; Help With Energy Bills; COP26 Celebration Event; GDPR Resources; Camden Youth Theatre; Free Air Quality Sensors  + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more

Feature 

Camden Mela Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The Independence of Bangladesh

Sunday 17th October
Stalls 1- 6pm.  Film Screening 1 – 4.45pm. Stage Shows 4.30 – 8.00pm. The British Library, 96 Euston Road,.  Arts & Crafts, Music, Dance, Food, Drink, Funfair.  Free entry #melaUK


Health Inequalities in Camden 

20th October 11am – 12 noon   Health Inequalities have been made all too visible during the pandemic. This is a an opportunity to hear what has been done in the borough in the last year  – full details below.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Inequalities in Camden 

20th October 11am – 12 noon   Health Inequalities have been made all too visible during the pandemic. This is a an opportunity to hear what has been done in the borough in the last year on health inequalities and to find out next steps and plans for the future, and follow up on the July 2020 Forums on inequalities and disproportionality.  Hear from:
VAC, Ubele, All Ways Network, Camden Council, Camden Disability Action and Healthwatch Camden
Consider next steps: commitments to tacking health inequalities. How do we strengthen the voices of Camden residents and groups?
Full details and bookings at Eventbrite (note there is a choice of limited numbers of in-person tickets or zoom tickets).


Ageing Better in Camden and Ambition for Ageing Manchester launch: “Before this, I had nothing.”

A Report on the Development and Impact of a BAME-Led Partnership for Tackling Social Isolation Among Older People in Camden.
Thursday, 11 November 13:30 – 15:00
For the past three years Ageing Better in Camden has funded a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community Action Project. The BAME CAP set out to develop the capacity of micro-organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people from small African Heritage communities in Camden.
Our new research explores the success of this partnership model and reveals the impact, lessons learned, and issues to be addressed for the future. Report author Adwoa Manful will share learning from this innovative research alongside other speakers who have been instrumental in developing the BAME CAP.  Book your free ticket here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.


How to help people struggling with energy bills

Wed 3rd November, 10 – 11am.  Find out more about the Green Doctor service and how we can help local residents to manage their energy use, save money and get support. Full details and booking at Eventbrite.
 

COP26 Camden Celebration Event

Join Camden Council and the CCCA to celebrate carbon reduction best practice within the borough and across London to mark COP26.
at Samsung KX Wed, 3 November 17:30 – 20:30 Book at Eventbrite.


GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.


Camden Youth Theatre

Camden Youth Theatre (CYT) is run by Camden People’s Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. It is a FREE weekly creative club and resource for young people aged 13-19 and based in Camden.
Camden Youth Theatre runs every Monday between 7-9pm at Old Diorama Arts Centre (Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond Street, London NW1 3FE).
For further information on how to join, email christina@cptheatre.co.uk
 

Get a a free air quality sensor

The Greater London Authority has launched the Breathe London Community Programme  and is inviting community organisations to apply for a free air quality sensor to be installed in a location of their choice, providing real time, hyperlocal data.  Find out more at the Breathe London website.


Newsletters

Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Scene and Heard
Coram’s Fields Newsletter sign-up
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
 

National

 


See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.
 

Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund: Up to £35k available for your local projects

A new crowdfunding programme has been launched by Camden Council in partnership with Spacehive. Through Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund, you can pitch for up to £35,000 to help fund your local project.  Find out more at the upcoming workshop: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/camden/news and upload your idea by 27th October.


Veolia Sustainability Fund

Have you got an idea for a project to improve Camden’s environment? Apply to our waste partner Veolia’s Sustainability Fund.
You could receive funding, resources or volunteers for a project that enhances biodiversity, promotes recycling, protects the environment, or uses recycled, reused or reclaimed materials.
Find out more and apply here by 31 October


Rainbow Lottery – supporting LGBTQ+ good causes

Rainbow Lottery, the weekly lottery that raises money for the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ good causes totally, openly and exclusively. Find out more at the website.


St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the website.


Free Data from Vodaphone

You can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like.Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects.
Applications will be reviewed and a decision to support made within 30 days. SIMs will be issued within 30 days of a positive decision. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022. Full details and how to apply here.


Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.


We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

 


NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.


Lists of Emergency Funders

 


VAC Events


Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.
 


Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. The next Forum is 20th October and will focus on Health Inequalities – full details and bookings at Eventbrite (note there is a choice of limited numbers of in-person tickets or zoom tickets).


Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.


Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon.  Meanwhile you can listen to the latest podcast –
Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings
Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley –  of HA9 Consultancy
Topics include community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation etc.



More details on the VAC website: https://vac.org.uk/events/



Managing Allegations about Members of Staff (LADO) Briefing

1st December 2021 — 2.30pm-4.30pm  Online
Aims:
~ To gain a greater understanding of the role of the LADO
~ To know how to make a LADO referral when concerns are raised
~ To gain an understanding of the LADO process following referral
This event is suitable for all multi-agency professionals working with Camden children and families. Details


CYP: Child Bereavement Training event – When a Child Dies

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:00 – 15:00
NCL Training Hubs – Bereavement Training International – Baby & infant loss Virtual Training Workshop – Supporting parents when a baby dies. Book here.
 

Google Training Session for Camden VCS

19 November 2021  9:00 – 13:00
Location: Our Kings Cross Office – Six Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Find out how to make the most of Google, YouTube,  Google Analytics, Training the Trainer and more.
Virtual or F2F: F2F with an option to dial in. Please fill in this form to reserve your space.
 

QCCA Parental Courses

Mental Health Awareness Course for Parents @ QCCA:
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about your mental health or the mental health of your child? Do you want some tips on how to help?
Please contact: – sarah@qcca.org.uk Call: 02072676635
Please contact to book your space – Lunch will be provided!
Saturday 16th October from 9am – 3pm
Wednesday 20th October from 10am – 4pm
 

Thriving Communities webinars

Sharing the Evidence – what you told us is important and what we have found
9 November 2021, 3-4pm Register here


KOVE Events

KOVE  have 10 tickets for both the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, which we will visit on Wednesday 20th, including free entry to a special exhibition, and on Wednesday 27th we will visit the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Contact Deborah Knight debk113@outlook.com or www.Kove.org.uk
 

Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open. Face-to-face courses are planned for October. Find out more and register on the website.
 

Patient survey on the COVID booster and Flu vaccines

NCL CCG are planning a winter communications campaign and would like to hear views from residents on receiving the Flu and COVID booster vaccines. We have created a short survey so that we can better understand the issues that will inform patients’ decisions.


The Zen Project, Healthy Minds, and Mind Camden present a Day Long Celebration of Wellbeing

Workshops, short guided zen sessions, guided meditation etc. Find out more and latest locations at the website.


Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

At a Taster session, you will get a glimpse of the Programmes, get to network with new colleagues and  decide if our 4-day Full Programme is for you:
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.

 


 

Origin Housing seeks Community Development Coordinator

You will be responsible for building relationships and trust both internally within your Origin team and externally with the community you serve.
Full details and how to apply on the Origin website.


Latin American House is Recruiting Two Posts

Deputy Nursery Manager to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The Deputy Nursery Manager will work alongside the Nursery Manager to ensure a high standard of care and education for all the children who attend our nursery.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish and have a CACHE or NVQ Level 3 or above qualification in Childcare and Education or a recognised equivalent and Paediatric First Aid certificate.
Early Years Practitioner (Level 3) to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The role is for 30 hours, Monday to Friday, during term time.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
The deadline for applications for both is Thursday 28th of October at 5 pm.
To apply and get more information,follow the link:


Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com


Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager 

£24,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £40,000)
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
Enjoy multi-tasking, meeting people, making a difference?
We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead our small but active Community Association in the next phase of our development.
Closing date: 5pm Monday 25 October 2021
Interviews: Friday 5 November 2021
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk or ring 020 7794 3729
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.


Castlehaven is Hiring

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join our dedicated, community-focused team. If you have fantastic organisation skills, love a challenge and want to make a difference in your local community, then this is the role for you!
Find out more about the role and how to apply here

 

 

 

Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.

Older people say that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities.
Ageing Better in Camden worked with older members, delivery agencies and Ageing Better friends around England to produce the Warm Welcome Toolkit. It offers activity providers information and resources which will support them to run welcoming activities. Click here to view and download the Warm Welcome toolkit. You can also download the Warm Welcome toolkit summary and video.


Do you want to be at the heart of changes planned for community Mental Health Services? 

Co-production partners required for the Camden Community Framework Coproduction Alliance
Would you like an opportunity to make a difference to community mental health services?  We are a group of local people, professionals and commissioners working together to redesign mental health services in the community. 
We want Camden residents with experience of mental health services to join us.  We welcome creative perspectives and common sense to help create a joined-up service that meets people’s mental health needs in the community.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can contribute wider views – for example from Carers, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, people who have disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people.
Interested? Please email Maureen.brewster@advocacyproject.org.uk by 5pm 25th of October. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 25th of October. Interviews will be held on Friday 29th October.


Do you have experience of homelessness or rough sleeping? In the past, have you used any of Camden’s hostels, refuges or supported accommodation?

Camden are looking for people with lived experience of homelessness or rough sleeping and who may have previously used our shelters/refuges or supported accommodation to be part of panels (with other people who have used services) to help decide on future accommodation services for vulnerable people in Camden.
You must have had experience of homelessness or rough sleeping to take part.  We are keen to hear from people representing diverse backgrounds, preferably resident in Camden. We are also looking for women who have used women’s services (eg domestic violence services). 
The Borough of Camden and FLIC will provide training and support and you will receive a £10 voucher per hour for your input to meetings and panels which will take place online.
To register your interest or find out more – please email Bex Oldham boldham@hshp.org.uk or phone 07799 700594 by 22 October.


The latest NHSE Guidance on Integrated Care System Development

NHSE has published the latest guidance.  Of particular interest to the VCS are:
“Building strong integrated care systems everywhere: ICS implementation guidance on partnerships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector”
“ICS ‘What Good Looks Like’ Framework (Digital & Data)”
“Thriving Places: guidance on the development of place-based partnerships as part of statutory integrated care systems”
View the summary document here with links to all the newe guidance mentioned.


Supporting People with Long-Covid in Camden

The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions.  Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and  access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on rob.clarke6@nhs.net for any information or enquiries.


How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

 

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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 8th October 2021

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VAC Weekly Newsletter
8th October 2021

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights

Health Inequalities in Camden; Warm Welcome Toolkit Launched; Join the Camden Community Framework Co-production Alliance; Google Training; Have Your Say on Accommodation Services for Vulnerable People; QCCA Parental Courses  + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more

Feature 

 

Health Inequalities in Camden 

20th October 11am – 12 noon   Health Inequalities have been made all too visible during the pandemic. This is a an opportunity to hear what has been done in the borough in the last year on health inequalities and to find out next steps and plans for the future, and follow up on the July 2020 Forums on inequalities and disproportionality.  Hear from:
VAC, Ubele and All Ways Network on our council funded project to support BAME organisations in Camden
Camden Council on council led initiatives to tackle Health Inequalities and BAME disproportionality in the borough.
VAC, Camden Disability Action and Healthwatch Camden on our partnership to put Health Inequalities firmly on the agenda amplifying the voices and empowering the diverse Camden community.
Next steps: commitments to tacking health inequalities. How do we strengthen the voices of Camden residents and groups?
Full details and bookings at Eventbrite (note there is a choice of limited numbers of in-person tickets or zoom tickets).
 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.

Older people say that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities.
Ageing Better in Camden worked with older members, delivery agencies and Ageing Better friends around England to produce the Warm Welcome Toolkit. It offers activity providers information and resources which will support them to run welcoming activities. Click here to view and download the Warm Welcome toolkit. You can also download the Warm Welcome toolkit summary and video.


Do you want to be at the heart of changes planned for community Mental Health Services? 

Co-production partners required for the Camden Community Framework Coproduction Alliance
Would you like an opportunity to make a difference to community mental health services?  We are a group of local people, professionals and commissioners working together to redesign mental health services in the community. 
We want Camden residents with experience of mental health services to join us.  We welcome creative perspectives and common sense to help create a joined-up service that meets people’s mental health needs in the community.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can contribute wider views – for example from Carers, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, people who have disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people.
Interested? Please email Maureen.brewster@advocacyproject.org.uk by 5pm 25th of October. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 25th of October. Interviews will be held on Friday 29th October.


Google Training Session for Camden VCS

19 November 2021  9:00 – 13:00
Location: Our Kings Cross Office – Six Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Find out how to make the most of Google, YouTube,  Google Analytics, Training the Trainer and more.
Virtual or F2F: F2F with an option to dial in. Please fill in this form to reserve your space.


Do you have experience of homelessness or rough sleeping? In the past, have you used any of Camden’s hostels, refuges or supported accommodation?

Camden are looking for people with lived experience of homelessness or rough sleeping and who may have previously used our shelters/refuges or supported accommodation to be part of panels (with other people who have used services) to help decide on future accommodation services for vulnerable people in Camden.
You must have had experience of homelessness or rough sleeping to take part.  We are keen to hear from people representing diverse backgrounds, preferably resident in Camden. We are also looking for women who have used women’s services (eg domestic violence services). 
The Borough of Camden and FLIC will provide training and support and you will receive a £10 voucher per hour for your input to meetings and panels which will take place online.
To register your interest or find out more – please email Bex Oldham boldham@hshp.org.uk or phone 07799 700594 by 22 October.


QCCA Parental Courses

Mental Health Awareness Course for Parents @ QCCA:
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about your mental health or the mental health of your child? Do you want some tips on how to help?
Please contact: – sarah@qcca.org.uk Call: 02072676635
Please contact to book your space – Lunch will be provided!
Saturday 16th October from 9am – 3pm
Wednesday 20th October from 10am – 4pm
World Sight Day Event @ QCCA:
Do you want to learn more information about eye health and how to look after your eyes? We have many stalls so come along with your family down to QCCA for information, fun and games, snacks and much more! 
Date: Thursday 14th October 2021
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
Please contact – sarah@qcca.org.uk Call: 02072676635


Newsletters

Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Scene and Heard
Coram’s Fields Newsletter sign-up
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
Volunteer Centre Camden
West Euston Project (WEP)
 

National

NCVO Almanac

The 2021 edition of NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac provides a comprehensive overview of the facts and figures related to the voluntary sector.


See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.
 

Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund: Up to £35k available for your local projects

A new crowdfunding programme has been launched by Camden Council in partnership with Spacehive. Through Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund, you can pitch for up to £35,000 to help fund your local project.  Find out more at the upcoming workshop: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/camden/news and upload your idea by 27th October.


Veolia Sustainability Fund

Have you got an idea for a project to improve Camden’s environment? Apply to our waste partner Veolia’s Sustainability Fund.
You could receive funding, resources or volunteers for a project that enhances biodiversity, promotes recycling, protects the environment, or uses recycled, reused or reclaimed materials.
Find out more and apply here by 31 October


Rainbow Lottery – supporting LGBTQ+ good causes

Rainbow Lottery, the weekly lottery that raises money for the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ good causes totally, openly and exclusively. Find out more at the website.


City of London Open Space (Deadline Soon)

Grants of between £2,000 and £15,000 are available to help voluntary organisations and registered charities on projects that address the following themes:
• Connecting communities with their green spaces
• Improving the conservation value of the green spaces
• Improving our knowledge of the biodiversity of the green spaces
• Improving mental health through the use of green spaces
Application deadline: Monday 11 October 2021.
More information: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/centralgrantsprogramme


Build Up Fund: Youth Crime Prevention and Capacity Building Grants (Deadline Soon)

Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000 to address their training and capacity building needs in three distinct areas:
Youth crime prevention
Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes
Organisational sustainability.
Deadline for applications: 10 October 2021  Find out more and apply here.


St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the website.


Free Data from Vodaphone

You can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like.Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects.
Applications will be reviewed and a decision to support made within 30 days. SIMs will be issued within 30 days of a positive decision. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022. Full details and how to apply here.


Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.


We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

 


NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.


Lists of Emergency Funders

 


VAC Events


Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.
 


Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. The next Forum is 20th October and will focus on Health Inequalities – full details and bookings at Eventbrite (note there is a choice of limited numbers of in-person tickets or zoom tickets).


Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.


Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon.  Meanwhile you can listen to the latest podcast –
Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings
Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley –  of HA9 Consultancy
Topics include community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation etc.



More details on the VAC website: https://vac.org.uk/events/



Managing Allegations about Members of Staff (LADO) Briefing

1st December 2021 — 2.30pm-4.30pm  Online
Aims:
~ To gain a greater understanding of the role of the LADO
~ To know how to make a LADO referral when concerns are raised
~ To gain an understanding of the LADO process following referral
This event is suitable for all multi-agency professionals working with Camden children and families. Details
 

Thriving Communities webinars

Sharing the Evidence – what you told us is important and what we have found
9 November 2021, 3-4pm Register here


Youth Arts for 13-24 yrs

Wednesdays 6-8pm starting 13th Oct
at Holborn House, Holborn Community Association
Book online here
or email chloe.plumb@holborncommunity.co.uk for more information


KOVE Events

Walk on Wednesday 13 October – a Stroll by the Serpentine, starting at 1.30 and stopping for refreshments at the Serpentine Lido café.
KOVE  have 10 tickets for both the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, which we will visit on Wednesday 20th, including free entry to a special exhibition, and on Wednesday 27th we will visit the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Contact Deborah Knight debk113@outlook.com or www.Kove.org.uk
 

Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open. Face-to-face courses are planned for October. Find out more and register on the website.


Camden Mela Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh Independence

Sunday 17th October
For further information and stall booking please contact Cllr Nasim Ali OBE 07852 223403 nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk #melaUK www.camdenbangladeshmela.org
 

Patient survey on the COVID booster and Flu vaccines

NCL CCG are planning a winter communications campaign and would like to hear views from residents on receiving the Flu and COVID booster vaccines. We have created a short survey so that we can better understand the issues that will inform patients’ decisions.


The Zen Project, Healthy Minds, and Mind Camden present a Day Long Celebration of Wellbeing

Thursday 14th October, 11am – 4pm, 19 – 37 Highgate Road, NW5.
Workshops, short guided zen sessions, guided meditation etc. Find out more and latest locations at the website.
 

Autumn Volunteering Fair

Thursday 14th October 12 – 2.30pm
On Zoom.  There are still 3 places for Camden organisations at the VCC/VAI fair.  Contact Marta marta.aparicio@vai.org.uk


Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

At a Taster session, you will get a glimpse of the Programmes, get to network with new colleagues and  decide if our 4-day Full Programme is for you:
Friday, Oct 8th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.

 


Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com
 

Art Link Worker – UCLH 

University College London Hospitals are looking for a Band 5 Art Link worker to work with the outpatients department to identify if patients will benefit for Art prescription and assist with patient wellbeing. 
The role is available immediately until the end or March 2022 and is mainly community based working with primary care/social prescribing. Full details here.


Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager 

£24,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £40,000)
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
Enjoy multi-tasking, meeting people, making a difference?
We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead our small but active Community Association in the next phase of our development.
Closing date: 5pm Monday 25 October 2021
Interviews: Friday 5 November 2021
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk or ring 020 7794 3729
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.


Castlehaven is Hiring

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join our dedicated, community-focused team. If you have fantastic organisation skills, love a challenge and want to make a difference in your local community, then this is the role for you!
Find out more about the role and how to apply here


Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager

£21,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £35,000 )
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
We are a small, active community association serving the diverse population of West Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden.  We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead us in the next phase of development.
Closing date: Monday 18 October 2021 5pm
Interviews: Friday 29 October
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk, or ring 020 7794 3729
 

 


 

Street Storage Desk Space Offer

Street Storage are looking for 2 or 3 freelancers on a first come first served basis who might need a desk space but who can’t afford to pay high prices or are sick of WFH.
The space would be free but donations always appreciated to cover costs of heating/Wi-Fi and electricity.  The offices are open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri but freelancers might have to be flexible on certain days. We are based just next to Haggerston overground station in Hackney.
Please contact Rachel Woolf on rachel.woolf@streetstorage.org for details


Healthwatch Camden Long Covid Survey

For some people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID’. Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.
If you have been struggling with any of these symptoms for more than 4 weeks after having COVID-19, please complete this survey to share your experiences.


Want to Swap Rehearsal Space for Workshops or Performances?

Kentish Town based actor and theatre maker would be interested in talking with any Camden voluntary organisations who might consider trading rehearsal space for workshops or performances.
I work with 3Worlds, a dramatic improvisation company who create stories live in performance. 
We require space mostly on Monday evenings to accommodate 6-8 actors and in return, can offer workshops for any sized client group and/or performances tailored to suit your needs.
If you are interested  please contact Andy on 07872 965918 or email  astjuk@yahoo.co.uk


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.


London Social Prescribing Survey

This survey is to identify the current offers of social prescribing/ identify gaps and see how current offers can be expanded across Greater London.
Please spare 5 minutes to take the survey 


The latest NHSE Guidance on Integrated Care System Development

NHSE has published the latest guidance.  Of particular interest to the VCS are:
“Building strong integrated care systems everywhere: ICS implementation guidance on partnerships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector”
“ICS ‘What Good Looks Like’ Framework (Digital & Data)”
“Thriving Places: guidance on the development of place-based partnerships as part of statutory integrated care systems”
View the summary document here with links to all the newe guidance mentioned.


Supporting People with Long-Covid in Camden

The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions.  Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and  access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on rob.clarke6@nhs.net for any information or enquiries.


How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

 

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VAC Weekly Newsletter
1st October 2021

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights

Black History Month; Camden Future High Streets Crowdfunder; Afghan Refugee Crisis; Thriving Communities Webinar; Youth Arts at HCA; KOVE Events; Street Storage Desk Offer + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more

Feature 

Black History Month

It’s Black History Month.  Find out what’s on in Camden at Love Camden or find an event on Eventbrite.  If you’re interested in starting your own business in Camden don’t miss “Aspirations and opportunities highlighting Black entrepreneurs” Wed, 13 October 6:00 – 7:45pm. Book at Eventbrite.
As part of Camden’s Black History Season, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre has organised two guided walks exploring the borough’s black history and making stops at places connected with Olaudah Equiano, Prince Monalulu, Beryl Gilroy, Paul Robeson and many others. Details at Love Camden.

 

 

 

 

Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund: Up to £35k available for your local projects

A new crowdfunding programme has been launched by Camden Council in partnership with Spacehive. Through Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund, you can pitch for up to £35,000 to help fund your local project.  Find out more at the upcoming workshop: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/camden/news and upload your idea by 27th October.

Afghan Refugee Crisis Update

The Camden Afghan Refugee Steering Group has been formed with key council staff and VCS organisations led by Hopscotch and VAC.  The group is meeting every Wednesday.  If your organisation can contribute please let Rosie Tharp know.

Thriving Communities webinars

Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation present Financial Wellbeing and Social Prescribing
Tuesday 5 October, 3-4pm Register here

Youth Arts for 13-24 yrs

Wednesdays 6-8pm starting 13th Oct
at Holborn House, Holborn Community Association
Book online here
or email chloe.plumb@holborncommunity.co.uk for more information

KOVE Events

Walk: on Wednesday 13 October we will enjoy a Stroll by the Serpentine, starting at 1.30 and stopping for refreshments at the Serpentine Lido café.
Visits: we have 10 tickets for both the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, which we will visit on Wednesday 20th, including free entry to a special exhibition, and on Wednesday 27th we will visit the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Contact Deborah Knight debk113@outlook.com or www.Kove.org.uk

Street Storage Desk Space Offer

Street Storage are looking for 2 or 3 freelancers on a first come first served basis who might need a desk space but who can’t afford to pay high prices or are sick of WFH.
The space would be free but donations always appreciated to cover costs of heating/Wi-Fi and electricity.  The offices are open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri but freelancers might have to be flexible on certain days. We are based just next to Haggerston overground station in Hackney.
Please contact Rachel Woolf on rachel.woolf@streetstorage.org for details

Newsletters

Healthwatch Camden
Scene and Heard
Coram’s Fields Newsletter sign-up
Young Camden Foundation
Mayor’s Coronavirus Newsfeed
AWN
Volunteer Centre Camden
Think and Do
Charity Tax Group
West Euston Project (WEP)

National

 


See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.

Rainbow Lottery – supporting LGBTQ+ good causes

Rainbow Lottery, the weekly lottery that raises money for the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ good causes totally, openly and exclusively. Find out more at the website.

City of London Open Space

Grants of between £2,000 and £15,000 are available to help voluntary organisations and registered charities on projects that address the following themes:
• Connecting communities with their green spaces
• Improving the conservation value of the green spaces
• Improving our knowledge of the biodiversity of the green spaces
• Improving mental health through the use of green spaces
Application deadline: Monday 11 October 2021.
More information: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/centralgrantsprogramme

Build Up Fund: Youth Crime Prevention and Capacity Building Grants

Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000 to address their training and capacity building needs in three distinct areas:
Youth crime prevention
Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes
Organisational sustainability.
Deadline for applications: 10 October 2021  Find out more and apply here.

St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the website.

London Fund for Racialised Communities (Deadline soon)

The BME Health Forum has opened a second funding round for organisations wishing to help communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 4 October 2021.
This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £10,000 but less than £100,000.
Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here

Trust for London (Deadline soon)

The application form is now shorter. Potential applicants can book a 30-minute slot with a Grants Manager ahead of the deadline. Reading the funding guidelines before booking an appointment. Current grantees can contact their Grants Manager to discuss further applications.  The closing date is 1pm, 5 October. Click here for details.

Free Data from Vodaphone

You can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like.Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects.
Applications will be reviewed and a decision to support made within 30 days. SIMs will be issued within 30 days of a positive decision. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022. Full details and how to apply here.

Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.

Aviva Community Fund (Deadline soon)

Deadline 6th October. Grants of up to £50k are available for organisations to adapt or continue their vital services so they can help their beneficiaries during this time of need.  Find out more at the Aviva website.

We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

 

NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.

Lists of Emergency Funders

 

VAC Events

Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.

An Introduction to Digital Transformation – 5th October 2-4pm

Even before the pandemic, charities have started to think about how to use or integrate digital technology to improve operations and deliver better value and experiences to service users. This introductory session will introduce you to the concept of digital transformation, what it is and why it matters, and how your organisation can approach the challenges and opportunities it presents. Full details here.

Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. The next Forum is 20th October and will focus on Health Inequalities – full details soon.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.

Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon.  Meanwhile you can listen to the latest podcast –
Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings
Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley –  of HA9 Consultancy
Topics include community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation etc.

More details on the VAC website: https://vac.org.uk/events/

Managing Allegations about Members of Staff (LADO) Briefing

1st December 2021 — 2.30pm-4.30pm  Online
Aims:
~ To gain a greater understanding of the role of the LADO
~ To know how to make a LADO referral when concerns are raised
~ To gain an understanding of the LADO process following referral
This event is suitable for all multi-agency professionals working with Camden children and families. Details

Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open. Face-to-face courses are planned for October. Find out more and register on the website.

Camden Mela Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh Independence

Sunday 17th October
For further information and stall booking please contact Cllr Nasim Ali OBE 07852 223403 nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk #melaUK www.camdenbangladeshmela.org

Patient survey on the COVID booster and Flu vaccines

NCL CCG are planning a winter communications campaign and would like to hear views from residents on receiving the Flu and COVID booster vaccines. We have created a short survey so that we can better understand the issues that will inform patients’ decisions.

The Zen Project, Healthy Minds, and Mind Camden present a Day Long Celebration of Wellbeing

Thursday 14th October, 11am – 4pm, 19 – 37 Highgate Road, NW5.
Workshops, short guided zen sessions, guided meditation etc.

Autumn Volunteering Fair

Thursday 14th October 12 – 2.30pm
On Zoom.  There are still 3 places for Camden organisations at the VCC/VAI fair.  Contact Marta marta.aparicio@vai.org.uk

Talk for Health

Free Taster, 6th October 4-6pm
Click here to see our full list of events or for more information visit our website or contact info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text 0203 409 3201.

Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk

“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

At a Taster session, you will get a glimpse of the Programmes, get to network with new colleagues and  decide if our 4-day Full Programme is for you:
Friday, Oct 8th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.

Camden Young Filmmakers Collective

Are you aged 18-26 and living in the borough of Camden? Are you passionate about filmmaking and wanting to create your own short film?
We are a new filmmaking collective in Camden seeking 12 young people to join us in October for our inaugural 8 weeks of online filmmaking workshops.
For more information and an application form for the filmmaking workshops please email on camdenyoungfilmmakers@gmail.com or send a message through Instagram  @CamdenYoungFilmmakers

Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.

 

Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC) Manager

We are looking for the right person to lead the PSiC service.
Salary: £41,605.00 pa (plus contributory pension employee and employer contribution 6% each)
Hours: 35 Hours per week Contract Type: 6 Months Fixed term contract
Closing date: (5pm) Monday, 4th October Full details on the website.

Castlehaven is Hiring

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join our dedicated, community-focused team. If you have fantastic organisation skills, love a challenge and want to make a difference in your local community, then this is the role for you!
Find out more about the role and how to apply here

North Camden Zone is currently recruiting two brand new roles.

Communities in the Lead Manager (£30,000 per year, full-time)
We are looking for a Communities in the Lead Manager to help us build on the groundbreaking work of North Camden Zone.
Apply by emailing jobs@thewinch.org with a CV (3 pages max) and a covering letter (max 2 pages A4, font size 12). We will not consider applications without a covering letter.
Deadline midnight Monday 4th October 2021. Interviews w/c 11th October.
For more information, visit our website: https://www.northcamdenzone.org
Communications Worker (£26,000 per year, 32 hours per week)
We’re looking for an  enthusiastic, authentic and supportive Communications Worker to shape and lead our public communication across the Winch and the North Camden Zone team.
Apply by emailing jobs@thewinch.org with a CV and covering letter, outlining how your experience matches the role outline. Your CV should be no longer than 3 pages of A4 (Font 12) and your covering letter no more than 2 pages (A4 Font 12). Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Deadline tmidnight Monday 4th October. Interviews w/c 11th October.
For more information, visit our website: https://www.northcamdenzone.org

Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager

£21,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £35,000 )
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
We are a small, active community association serving the diverse population of West Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden.  We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead us in the next phase of development.
Closing date: Monday 18 October 2021 5pm
Interviews: Friday 29 October
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk, or ring 020 7794 3729

Mind in Camden are recruiting 2 posts

Mental Health Community Development Worker
Salary: £23,469 Hours: full time (35 hrs)
Closing Date: 04/10/21 at 9.00am
Would you like to be part of a new and evolving transformation of mental health services in Camden? We are seeking a Community Development Worker to join a team from a range of local organisations to be part of this journey of change.
Camden Mind Ventures – Charity Shop Assistant Manager
£10.85 per hour Hours: 21
Closing Date: 04/10/21 at 12.00pm
We need someone to assist the shop manager with all aspects of shop operations, to ensure that the maximum amount of profit is gift aided to Mind in Camden as the parent charity.
To download an application pack, please visit https://www.mindincamden.org.uk/work-for-us, or phone 020 7911 0822 (24hrs), or email recruitment@mindincamden.org.uk
You can also pick a form up from our offices – Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Road, NW1 9LQ

The Winch seeks Community Partnerships Coordinator

£28-£30k (0.6 FTE)
Are you looking for a change of direction? Something with more purpose & rooted in community?
You could be our next community partnerships coordinator!
Help build our network of supporters & bring power to our purpose!
Full details and how to apply: thewinch.org/careers/

Latin American House is looking for an Immigration Advisor/Solicitor.

The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist immigration legal advice and will be expected to be registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commission (OISC) or Solicitors Regulatory Authority and ideally provide advice at OISC Level 3 or equivalent.
To apply and get more information: https://casalatina.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies/
Deadline for applications is Thursday 7th of October 2021.

 

New Look VAC

VAC has a new logo and new image!  At the Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday we launched our new look and new website.  The website will continue to be refined in response to your feedback, so do let us know what you think or if you can’t find what you are looking for.  Look out for a new Directory interface in the near future.

Healthwatch Camden Long Covid Survey

For some people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID’. Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.
If you have been struggling with any of these symptoms for more than 4 weeks after having COVID-19, please complete this survey to share your experiences.

Want to Swap Rehearsal Space for Workshops or Performances?

Kentish Town based actor and theatre maker would be interested in talking with any Camden voluntary organisations who might consider trading rehearsal space for workshops or performances.
I work with 3Worlds, a dramatic improvisation company who create stories live in performance.
We require space mostly on Monday evenings to accommodate 6-8 actors and in return, can offer workshops for any sized client group and/or performances tailored to suit your needs.
If you are interested  please contact Andy on 07872 965918 or email  astjuk@yahoo.co.uk

Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.

London Social Prescribing Survey

This survey is to identify the current offers of social prescribing/ identify gaps and see how current offers can be expanded across Greater London.
Please spare 5 minutes to take the survey

The latest NHSE Guidance on Integrated Care System Development

NHSE has published the latest guidance.  Of particular interest to the VCS are:
“Building strong integrated care systems everywhere: ICS implementation guidance on partnerships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector”
“ICS ‘What Good Looks Like’ Framework (Digital & Data)”
“Thriving Places: guidance on the development of place-based partnerships as part of statutory integrated care systems”
View the summary document here with links to all the newe guidance mentioned.

Supporting People with Long-Covid in Camden

The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions.  Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and  access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on rob.clarke6@nhs.net for any information or enquiries.

How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

 

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