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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 10th September 2021

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10th September 2021

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


Afghanistan Crisis Update; Voluntary Action Forum; VAC is Recruiting; Latest NHS Guidance on ICS; Vaccine Bus; Somers Town Big Local Survey; Talk for Transformation; UCL Research into User Experience; Think and Do Somers Town Pop Up; Camden Young Filmmakers Collective; Learning Together Opportunity; + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Afghan Crisis Response- Information and Update

LBC have produced a briefing paper and are keeping a briefing page updated here.
Here is a form where you can log any offers of support from your organisation or group. Camden Council together with key VCS organisations will start the process of collecting, matching and co-ordinating the offers as the come in.
There is an ongoing urgent need for translators from trusted community organisations. Please contact CommunityResponse@Camden.gov.uk
Individuals wishing to volunteer to support the relief efforts in Camden can register with Time to Spare
Information on how to report Hate Crimes can be found here.
Camden Council have set-up a wish list of items needed. Items listed above such as toiletries and underwear can be purchased and will be delivered to Afghan refugees in hotels. Alternatively you can donate to UNHCR below.




Voluntary Action Forum

The next forum is on Wednesday 22nd September at 11am and is an opportunity to meet our new chair, Benaifer Bhandari and ask any questions you have about VAC.  We will also be launching our all new webiste – which features our new logo and new image.  Book here.

Voluntary Action Camden is Recruiting a Chief Executive

After nearly three years as VAC’s Executive Director (and many more in various other roles at VAC) Kevin is moving on and handing over to a new leader.
To lead this organisation, with its rich history and connections within Camden and beyond, will require someone with a vision of what it means to be an effective infrastructure support organisation. The leader will have the skills to ensure VAC is present and available to the smallest of community projects, right through to our very many large charities who need support to keep building their resilience in getting through these uncertain times. We are constantly developing opportunities for individuals, groups and local communities to have a broad range of learning and access to high quality resources to help them achieve their objectives.
Our new CEO will have a natural ability to network and demonstrate how to bring together charities, social enterprises, community groups, statutory bodies, citizens and the private/corporate sector to co-produce solutions to tackle social disadvantage, increase social cohesion and address gaps in wellbeing and health. They will have a good understanding of the sector landscape and the current challenges it faces, whilst taking opportunities as they arise.
To find out more and apply for the role of Chief Executive at VAC, click here
For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Debra Winterson at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email ceo-vac@cadencepartners.co.uk Applications Close: 28 September 2021

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.

Vaccine Bus

Camden’s COVID-19 vaccine bus will be offering free Pfizer vaccinations at West Hampstead, Iverson Road (outside the Thameslink Station) NW6 2RB
~ Monday 13 September, 3pm-7pm
~ Tuesday 14 September, 3pm-7pm
People aged 16 and 17-years old are now eligible for the vaccine so if you haven’t had your first dose or you’re 18+ and due your second dose of Pfizer (must be 8 weeks after your first dose and you must have had the same vaccine previously), please come along.
If you’d prefer to book in advance, call the Council  020 7974 4444 (option 9).

Somers Town Big Local community questionnaire

Somers Town Big Local invites all with meaningful connections to Somers Town to answer our community questionnaire. We want to ensure that local voices and needs drive the next Local Plan.
Survey link: Somers Town Big Local Community Survey
To hear the initial findings from this research, join our General Meeting on 28 September. Time and location are TBA, but will be in Somers Town.

“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

At a Taster session, you will get a 2-h glimpse of the Programmes, get to network with new colleagues and be able to decide if our 4-day Full Programme is for you:
Friday, Sep 24th 3PM-5PM, please register at  Eventbrite link.
Friday, Oct 8th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.

UCL Research into User Experiences during Covid

If you work for a third sector service providing support to people from any of the following groups, we would like to speak with you:
» Drug or alcohol users
» People experiencing homelessness
» Women experiencing domestic abuse
» Young carers
» People experiencing financial difficulties (e.g. food banks, job centres etc)
please contact: Alexandra Burton, University College London
Email: a.burton@ucl.ac.uk OR, register your interest at www.tinyurl.com/C19socialstudy

Think and Do Somers Town Pop-up

Two weeks of climate and social action events in Somers Town 15th-25th September, at the Ossulston Tenants and Residents Association Hall, 2 Ossulston Street, NW1
Each day there will be free veggie, surplus lunch served from Refugee Community Kitchen. There will be exhibitions from Visioning Camden 2030 and Somers Town History Group and lots of events such as discussions on energy saving, clothes swaps, toy swaps, bike maintenance and much more. The full schedule for the two weeks is here.

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. The free sessions will run once a week for 2 hours, culminating in a premiere screening of the films you create and a Q&A.
For more information and an application form for the filmmaking workshops please email on camdenyoungfilmmakers@gmail.com or send a message through Instagram  @CamdenYoungFilmmakers

Learning Together

Involved in social prescribing already or want to get involved?  Join Learning Together, a free learning and development programme starting this Autumn.
~ Build new partnerships and network across sectors
~ Share and explore challenges and learn from others
~ Champion your work in social prescribing and supporting communities
Find out more here and apply by 17th September.

Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrolment for the autumn courses is open now.
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 our autumn term courses, and to enrol online, please go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.


West Euston Project (WEP)
Latin American House
Heath Hands
Camden Carers
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
All Ways Network
Small Green Shoots
Fitzrovia Youth in Action


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

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.

Veolia Funding for Community Groups

We award grants towards projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment.
To apply for a grant you will need to work through the ‘Information’, ‘Guidance’ and ‘Apply’ sections of our application process by clicking the links below in sequence, and following the instructions on each screen.
Find out more here.

London Fund for Racialised Communities

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

The October funding deadline is now just over a month away. The application form is now shorter. Potential applicants can book a 30-minute slot with a Grants Manager ahead of the deadline. We recommend reading our funding guidelines before booking an appointment. Current grantees can also contact their Grants Manager to discuss further applications.
The closing date for applications 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 and are ready for distribution from 1 September 2021. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022, or until the supplies run out. 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.

Community Ideas Grants – Walking and Cycling

Grants of up to £5,000 for one year are available to projects that encourage walking and cycling activities, help get local communities active, improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation. Applicants can select from a list of template project ideas to deliver in their area and will receive additional support throughout the project process.
Applications for both grants are open until 10 September.
Find out more by clicking here, or call on 0207 239 1286 or email wcgl@groundwork.org.uk

Aviva Community Fund

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.

GDPR and Cyber Security Workshops

VAC have three online IT workshops planned in September
~ An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Part 1 21/9/2021 3-5pm
~ An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Part 2  28/9/2021 3-5pm
Full details and booking 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 on Wednesday 22nd September at 11am and is an opportunity to meet our new Chair, Benaifer Bhandari and we will also be launching our new image and website.   Book forums here.

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: http://vac.org.uk/events/

KOVE Annual General Meeting

2pm to 4pm Thursday 30 September 2021
Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Avenue, NW6 4LS
3.05pm: Kilburn Debate:  Prof Jo-Anne Bichard on The Need for Public Toilets
To join KOVE www.kove.org.uk contact Deborah Knight on 07778 145787 or email deborah@kove.org.uk
For nominations contact: peter56nw@outlook.com

Kilburn and West Hampstead Pensioners AGM

Thursday 16 September at 1.30pm at Sycamore Community Hall, 27a West End Lane, NW6 4NY. Please confirm with Peter peter56nw@outlook.com

Laamiga are recruiting BAMER women to Athena Project

Athena aims to improve financial knowledge and skills to gain financial independence. As part of this programme, we offer one monthly online workshop for six months delivered by experts to help you access information and resources to maximise your income and savings.
For further information on Athena and the enrolment process, contact Emua Ali (Project Coordinator) at: info@laamiga.org or call 0208 257 7317

Antiuniversity Festival 2021

This year’s edition of Antiuniversity Festival opens in just over two weeks time, with a packed programme of nearly 70 walks, talks, workshops, experiments and interventions. Find out more here.

Stop Hate UK – Hate Crime Champions Training

Stop Hate UK are providing training for VCS groups interested in knowing more about how to use their 24-hour helpline to report hate crimes and hate incidents in Camden. This training provides an overview of all forms of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents, the impact on victims and communities and how you can help.
Thursday 30th September, 2pm-3.30pm, via Zoom.  Book at Eventbrite.

Camden New Town Community Festival

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September in Camden Square Gardens
Saturday Jazz, poetry & “open mike” 3.30 – 6.30
Sunday is family day – noon – 6pm
Parade, activities, live music, local history, green corner, food and refreshments
To book a stall, volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival Office on 020 7267 9586 or Email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Activities at QCCA

Visual Impairment Gym Sessions:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE gym sessions to those with a visual impairment with our qualified personal trainer.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Sports:
QCCA Sports Department are offering a FREE multi-sports session on Tuesdays between 6:30pm – 8pm for 10 – 14yr girls. Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Frances@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Zumba:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE women’s only Zumba sessions throughout the week, delivered by a qualified Zumba instructor.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Family Yoga:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE women’s only yoga for all ages, delivered by a qualified yoga instructor.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Family Sports Sessions:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE family sport’s sessions throughout the week for all ages.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Frances@qcca.org.uk or Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.

Active London 2021

Active London is the largest conference in London dedicated entirely to the future of physical activity and sport. Across two days (Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September), Active London will bring the sector together again. Collectively, we will explore how the pandemic has brought out the best in people and organisations across the sector and seen new and innovative approaches created.
Full details and booking here.

Origin Housing seeks 2 Venue Hosts

10 hours per week  Pay: £9.99 per hour
Covering halls based in the borough of Camden, London (mainly Euston & Kentish Town)
The Community Development team are looking for two Venue Host who will oversee the opening and closing of our community halls for bookings. You will also ensure that the hall is kept clean and tidy. We encourage applicants from the local community.
If interested, please contact Tosin Adewumi on 0207 291 5176. We encourage candidates from the local area. Alternatively, please send your CV to tosin.adewumi@originhousing.org.uk
This role needs satisfactory references and DBS check.

Camden based theatre company Complicité seeks new trustees from a variety of specialisms

You don’t need a theatre background, simply to have a demonstrable passion for the power of creativity, and a desire to support Complicité’s vision.
Further details here
We are seeking to increase the diversity of our board, and particularly welcome applications from those who identify as coming from a migrant and/or global majority background, and those who identify as female/NB/Gender Queer.

Employability Tutor at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Elfrida Rathbone Camden are seeking to appoint an Employability Tutor to work with young people (16 -25 years) with a learning disability at our OFSTED registered Leighton College.  The key aim of the role is to equip people with a learning disability with the skills and confidence to move towards employment.  Elfrida Rathbone Camden provides ground-breaking education programmes to just 20 students that help young disabled people to build confidence, develop employment skills, encourage independence within the local community and to release their potential.
£26,912 – £28,342 per year (pro rata £18,797 – £19,796) – 4 days a week, term-time only.  Full details here.

Vaccinations for 16 and 17 year olds

People aged 16 – 17 can find a nearby walk-in clinic via the national grab a jab website. A list of North Central London walk-in clinics currently offering vaccinations to 16 and 17 year olds can also be found on the CCG website.  Or use the national booking service.
In addition 12 – 16 year olds with underlying health conditions or living with a person with suppressed immune system can get the vaccine. Further details on the CCG website.

Camden Youth Offer survey

The Council is asking young people aged 12 to 18 what they do in their spare time to help ensure the Council, our voluntary and community sector partners and other local amenities, including parks, galleries & museums, have the right activities and services available for them as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
If you’re aged 12 to 18 – or you know / work with young people who are – there’s a short online survey for young people to complete and an optional prize draw for the chance to win a £50 voucher.   The survey closes on 18 September.

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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