The Camden Voluntary Action Forum is a new online forum to bring together the sector to discuss, share and learn about issues, opportunities and challenges facing Camden residents and the community groups supporting them. It is open to any new or existing voluntary and community groups in Camden and is held fortnightly. Arising out of […]
Social Prescribing is a phrase that covers all sorts of work that connects health service users with their community. We launched a Social Prescribing Learning Network in 2019 for all the groups and organisations involved. This is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the social prescribing initiatives in the borough and how we […]
Camden Council launched an eight week engagement on Tuesday 19th May at Senate House. The event was attended by over 60 representatives from Camden’s sector. The Council is seeking VCS views on alternative approaches to developing a new grants programme for the sector.
Peter Simonson, a local Camden resident, began volunteering with VAC in April 2014 on the volunteer Heath Advocacy Project. Here Peter tells us about the difference the project is making in the community, and how volunteering has helped him gain valuable skills in the public health field.
Between 2001 and March 2012 VAC hosted and supported the Camden Community Empowerment Network (CEN). CEN’s were established in 2001 under the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal as a mechanism to promote community engagement in local decision-making and influence change at a local level. In March 2012 funding for CamdenCEN was withdrawn. Functions: Facilitated voluntary […]
This project is part of VAC’s Health Inequalities work to address issues which contribute to poor health outcomes for Camden residents. Background Health and well-being is a primary focus for both the NHS and Camden Local Authority. Camden has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country and our health profile, though improving […]
Through the Localism Act changes to the planning system give communities greater power to influence policies and plans that affect their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan can become part of the Local Planning Framework and guide new development. In July 2011 VAC began work with two very different Camden communities in Bloomsbury and Somers Town to […]