Voluntary Action Camden

Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 12th June 2015

Highlights: Engagement events for Voluntary and Community Organisations Only ; It’s Refugee Week 2015; Refugees – Rebuilding Lives in Camden; The Evelyn Oldfield Unit Conference – Research for Action and Influence Students and Refugee Week celebration; Camden is 50 Years Old; Legal challenge launched over cut in affordable homes in King’s Cross; Get cycling for summer with Bike Week 2015; Hampstead Summer Festival Over 60s Art Competition; Kings Cross Open Mic Summer Sizzler; Table Top and Book Sale; plus news, funding, events, jobs, volunteering and more.

NEWS

Engagement events for Voluntary and Community Organisations Only
23rd June 5.30 – 7.30pm or 30th June 2pm – 4pm. At VAC offices, 299 Kentish Town Rd, NW5
The Council is seeking VCS views on alternative approaches to developing a new grants programme for the sector. Four options are proposed for comment which range from improving the current mixed-funding model to a more radical collective impact approach, co-ordinating a partnership around a geographic area or a theme. The sector’s views will be used to develop a preferred approach that is likely to be a mix of the options. The engagement document and survey are available here www.camden.gov.uk/vcsengagement
As part of the eight week engagement process, Voluntary Action Camden has organised two events for the sector only, with no council officers present, in order to give the sector an opportunity for a full and frank discussion. Please email Ricky/Monica, Building Administrator to book your place.

It’s Refugee Week 2015
15th – 21st June is Refugee Week. The theme of this year is ‘Celebrate’. Celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. Did you know that The Voice star Rita Ora was a refugee? Or that the family of artist Lucien Freud moved to London in the 1930s to avoid persecution by the Nazis?
They are just two of the personalities highlighted by Traces Project, the first digital timeline to tell the untold history of artists who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.

Refugees – Rebuilding Lives in Camden
This walk explores the impact of Refugees on Camden, and shows how they have impacted on the history and life of the Borough.
All the ticket money for this walk goes to Amnesty International.
22nd June 2015 From 19:00 to 21:00
Starting from Mornington Crescent Underground Station, Eversholt Street, NW1 1BL
London Organiser: Footprints and Amnesty Mayfair & Soho group
Contact: ayeshamehta653@gmail.com Price £10

The Evelyn Oldfield Unit invites you to a Conference for Research for Action and Influence Students and Refugee Week celebration
Thursday, 18th June 2015, 1.30-5.30pmat Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road
This event will see student presentations followed by cultural celebration of Refugee Week, including special guests, funders and politicians.
The researchers will present new thoughts and findings on issues faced by London’s migrants
The Evelyn Oldfield Unit is running the accredited Research for Action & Influence course, a 9 month programme for members of London’s refugee and migrant communities. This course will culminate in this conference whereby the groups present the findings of their research and actions as above.
To book a place please contact Alexandra Ceriu Tel: 0207 697 4105. Email: alexandra@evelynoldfield.co.uk

National News
With Friends Like These
Acevo’s chief executive has criticised the chair of the Charity Commission’s comments about the sector being in ‘crisis’, and accused him of undermining the sector.
In his blog post, No, we ain’t in crisis!, Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo said that he found it “disappointing” that Shawcross would use a word like “crisis” to describe the sector in the wake of the death of Olive Cooke.
Bubb said that he expected the regulator to “rise above the noise of the tabloids, and make the public case for charities’ work”, but instead accused Shawcross of “following the lead set by lurid coverage in the press”.
“I certainly don’t think it is the chair of the Charity Commission’s job to court national controversy for the sector he is mandated to support”, he said. Full Story in Civil Society.
Dementiaville

Channel 4’s Dementiaville reports on a radical approach to dementia. One in three people in the UK will be affected by dementia, with many travelling back to memories from long ago. This series plays detective, seeking who each person once was – and who they are now. Details on the Channel 4 website.
Psychological Services In Job Centres
The BBC report on the government’s plans to co-locate IABT (Increased Access to Psychological Therapy) staff in Jobcentres together with an increase in provision of online CBT aimed at up to 40000 people. The first trial starts in South London this week.

Camden is 50 Years Old
The current London boroughs were created in 1965 and London Councils have celebrated the anniversary with a booklet and short film as well as a gallery and political almanac.
As part of the celebrations Camden is holding a Fun Day in Ampthill Square TOMORROW Saturday 13th June from 1-4pm. All welcome. Entertainment, arts, theatre, sports etc. camden50.co.uk

Legal challenge launched over cut in affordable homes on King’s Cross regeneration site
The Camden New Journal has reported that Camden Council is facing a legal battle over its decision to allow a property company to reduce the number of social homes built on the £2billion King’s Cross development.
Lawyers this week launched a challenge against the move – which will see the percentage of affordable housing fall to around 33 per cent – and said that the decision should not have been taken behind closed doors, without any public consultation. There is an online petition started by Camden residents here.

Get cycling for summer with Bike Week 2015
With Bike Week 2015 just around the corner, Camden Council is reminding residents about the exciting series of events on offer this year. Running from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 June 2015, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. The first event is Camden is on 15 June with a further seven events in the borough during the week. Full details on the Camden Council website.

Hampstead Summer Festival Invitation to take part in the 5th Annual Over 60s Art Competition
The theme is ‘Magic on the Heath’ – and can include any ‘magical ‘aspect of Hampstead Heath, its landscape, people, its spirit and atmosphere or simply the ideas and feelings it sparks in us.
Entry is free and medium and style is up to you.
All shortlisted entries will be exhibited in one of the marquees at the Festival Art Village by Whitestone Pond on Sunday June 21st. Prizes:
The Phil Ward Prize £100
‘Taster’ Lesson at the Hampstead School of Art
Vouchers for art materials and framing
All shortlisted entries also eligible for Best of Show Catto Prize £200
JUdging on Sunday 21st June. Prizes Presented on Sunday 5th July
Deadline for entries: 5PM Friday 19th June 2015.
To register your intention to enter and enquiries contact Annie Ward tel: 07710 907431 or email: art@hampsteadsummerfestival.com

Upbeat & Kings Cross Timebank & present: Kings Cross Open Mic Summer Sizzler
Friday 26th June 2015 6-9 pm at
The Crypt Holy Cross Church Cromer Street WC1H 8JU
World Music, International Dance & Special Guests. Come along to perform, dress up or just to enjoy the evening. Everyone welcome.
Entry: £2.50 or 3 time-credits (Free for performers) Ticket includes free food.
Any proceeds made will go towards running the next Open Mic event. For more information contact
Lucia – T: 07762151783 E: upbeat@upbeatmusic.org
Jonathan – T: 02072784437 E: jonathan.bowles@hcct.org.uk

Table Top and Book Sale
Saturday 20 June, 11am to 3 pm, at St Pancras Community Association Centre at 30 Camden Street, London NW1 (opposite the Sports Pitches behind Richard Cobden School). Table Top Sale bargains and a great selection of second hand books to browse -prices 25p to £2. Entrance fee 50p which includes tea or coffee. Proceeds to help fund Women and Health in Carol Street and St Pancras Community Association (SPCA).
Free entry from 10 am for people renting a Table Top (at £3.50).
Tables will be available on a First Come First Served basis.

Healthwatch Camden
Latest Information DIgest is on the Healthwatch Camden website.
Catch up with the latest Camden news and what’s happening on Our Blog

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

C4, Helios Health, Voicability, Year Here, Coram’s Fields, Volunteer Centre Camden, Age Uk Camden, People’s Centre for Change, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Camden PA are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.

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

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

FUNDING NEWS

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

Statement from the Big Lottery Regarding Applications in Camden for Older People’s Projects
“Some voluntary organisations have been wondering if the Big Lottery Ageing Better in Camden funding prevents them from applying to the Big Lottery for their own older people’s projects and services. The answer is ‘NO! Keep Applying!’
The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme assess each application on its merits and its fit with the programme requirements, considering its awareness and links with other activities already taking place in the area. This often includes whether applications are complementary to other investments that we have already made within an area and where suitable other services that are being delivered.
It is highly unlikely that an application to Reaching Communities or our other open programmes would be rejected solely on the basis of Ageing Better or other funding being awarded to the same area, unless there was clear duplication. If anyone has any examples of Ageing Better in Camden being the sole reason they weren’t funded for another project, please let Ageing Better in Camden know and they will raise the issue with their Big Lottery Funding Officer.”

Money Advice Trust – Innovation Grants Programme Open
The Money Advice Trust Innovation Grants Programme offers grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations in the UK.
Funding is available for projects that demonstrate innovative practice and meet either aim 1 or 2 whilst assisting the Trust in achieving aim 3:
Empower individuals and microbusinesses to tackle their debts and improve financial health.
Support staff in charities across the UK to provide effective debt and/or money advice.
Improve the UK’s money and debt environment through the dissemination of successful innovative practice from funded projects.
The Trust is looking for project proposals that demonstrate how they will support individuals or microbusinesses who are in severe financial hardship, who are financially excluded and/or who are hard to reach to:
Increase their financial literacy.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 4 July 2015 (midnight).
Further information is Here

Building Better Opportunities
Building Better Opportunities brings together money from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund 2014-2020 to provide joint investment in local projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
The programmes in London include support for economically inactive and long term unemployed women from BAME communities, as well as for those with caring responsibilities. It also includes an intermediate labour market (ILM) programme for people with disabilities who have spent long periods out of work.
In addition to the Project Outlines, additional information for each of these programmes can be found here on the London Enterprise Panel’s website.
Assessment of applications to the Big Lottery Fund will include consideration of how well applications address the information published in the additional information documents as well as in the Project Outlines.
The Big Lottery Fund Project Outlines can be accessed here.
While details about the application process can be found here.
The deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 3rd August.

Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2015 Now Open
Skipton Building Society launched its award-winning Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to help celebrate its 160th anniversary. That year we gave away 160 pots of £500 to deserving community-based organisations across the UK. This year 162 £500 awards will be made. Note that this is aimed at small community groups and excludes registered charities. Skipton have also published some useful resources. Full details and FAQ here.

Crowdfunding?
Don’t forget that there is a dedicated page on Spacehive just for Camden projects. And set up costs are free to Camden groups. Find out more at Spacehive Camden.

The Origin Housing Community Grants Programme
The 2015/16 programme is now open, with the first deadline being Monday 29 June.
Everything you need to apply can be found online here: http://www.originhousing.org.uk/communitygrants.aspx
We welcome all applications for projects that will benefit our residents and customers, and fit into one or more of the following themes:
Building Stronger Communities
Gardening Food and Environmental
Celebrating Heritage
Origin anticipate spending all the budget in this first round. The deadline is 29 June.

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

VAC EVENTS

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

Mental health courses and workshops from VAC
To book your place, please go to https://vac.org.uk/events/category/health-mental-health/. Click on the course you are interested in and follow the instructions to book your place and pay by card (if applicable). The charge for our Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid training courses is heavily subsidised at only £25 per person. All other mental health workshops are free.
Please note that VAC can only accept bookings from organisations based in Camden or which serve Camden residents. Places are limited on each course to a maximum of two people per organisation.
If you have any queries about our training, please contact us on our new email address: mentalhealthteam@vac.org.uk.

OTHER EVENTS

CancerSupportGroup Camden
Did you know there is a thriving Cancer Support Group (Camden) for patients and carers who have been affected by cancer?
We meet once a month at Kentish Town Health Centre, courtesy of the James Wigg Practice. We are an informal group of cancer patients
willing to share the good and not so good experiences we have been through – and we don’t just talk about cancer! Do come and join us.
Get in touch with us to find out more: veronicabrinton@gmail.com 020 77226740
or Anne Caffell 07907799248

Camden Frontline monthly forum, an opportunity for service users with a drug or alcohol history
· feedback on services
· hear about developments in drug and alcohol services in Camden
· meet other service users
· have their voice heard.
There are refreshments from 12:30pm – 1pm, and this month we will be hearing from managers at Camden Health Improvement Practice, a GP surgery for homeless people, with support for those with substance use issues in Camden.
The Forum is on Thursday 2nd July, 12:30pm at St Pancras Hospital Conference Hall, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1

Healthwatch Camden Board Meeting – Monday 29th June 2015 – Arlington Conference Centre
The next Healthwatch Camden board meeting is being held in public.
You are invited to attend, to hear about our progress and to ask questions about our work. The main items on the agenda will be the presentation of our annual report, and the launch of our ‘Start here…’ guide. We will also be considering a priority assessment for our work in mental health and getting an update on other work. Papers for the meeting will be on our website one week before the meeting and copies will be available at the meeting.
Refreshments will be available from 6pm. Please let us know if you will be attending, so that we can cater for the right number. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop. Please let us know if you have other access requirements, so we can make arrangements in good time.
Please register your attendance & any requirements at: Email: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk / Tel: 020 7284 6586

Visually Impaired in Camden (VIC) outing to the Caldwell Lavender Farm 21st July
The coach will leave from Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Road, NW3 3NR at 10am and will arrive back at the community centre at around 6.30pm.
The cost will be £10.00 (payable on the day) with one companion at the same rate; this includes the coach and entry to & a guided tour of Caldwell Lavender Farm.
To join VIC and for more information abut the trip please call Rosemary on 07980 328 959

Charity Fair from Directory of Social Change
30th June and 1st July, Holloway Road
Whatever your role in the sector, there is training for you here: Charityfair has 64 workshops, from only £35, covering a huge variety of topics including fundraising, management & leadership, marketing, governance, personal development, legal & finance, wellbeing, campaigning & lobbying and organisational support.
More information and booking at www.charityfair.org.uk.
We have 2 free workshop tickets for Camden groups. Contact Kevin at VAC stating name and date of the session you would like to attend and your name and organisation.

What’s in a Men’s Shed for you?
Thursday 2nd July at Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Street W1T 6AQ
A Men’s Shed is a workshop for making, mending and hobbies. Groups of retired men love them and have opened more than two a week in the UK in the last 6 months. If you are interested in supporting:
~ men’s health and wellbeing,
~ community development or skill sharing,
~ in material reuse or getting something unique made,
Come and meet some members and hear why even more Sheds are needed.
or more info visit www.menssheds.org.uk. To book on this free event follow this link to Eventbrite

Volunteer Management Training from Volunteer Centre Camden
A full-day course on Tuesday 16 June
Presentation Skills Part One, is for those who fear public speaking and would like to gain confidence and a sense of calm to help you with this vital skill. Book via eventbrite.

Volunteers And The Law from Volunteer Centre Camden
A half-day session on Tuesday 7 July
The trainer is Mark Restall who has considerable expertise in this area. This is an essential beginners’ level course for everyone with concerns about involving volunteers safely and legally. Book via eventbrite.

Clean Break Information Day
Friday, 19 June 2015 19 June, 11am – 3pm
Clean Break is hosting an Information Day on Friday 19 June 2015 between 11am-3pm. We are a safe women-only theatre, education and new writing company based in Kentish Town, in the north-west of London. However on this occasion we welcome men who are working with women and are likely to make referrals to our service.
We offer free education and training in the arts specifically for women who have experience of the criminal justice system and/or are at risk of offending due to alcohol/substance misuse or mental heath needs. This is an invitation, for interested women, and you or your colleagues working with these women.
11-1.15pm: service providers only
1.15 – 3pm: prospective service users also welcome
Places are limited. To book your place: please email general@cleanbreak.org.uk for a booking form.
Clean Break, 2 Patshull Road, London, NW5 2LB

London for All
London for All / LVSC have a full programme of courses available for the voluntary sector. Go to the London for All website for full details.

Community Evening View at the British Museum
Saturday 27th June 2015, 6.20pm – 9pm.
Camden community and voluntary sector group members are invited to an exclusive Community Evening View at the British Museum Both special exhibitions will be open that evening – Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art and the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation.
To book your free tickets* email hbahra@britishmuseum.org before Monday 8th June stating:
· Name of your group or organisation:
· Number of tickets required for each exhibition**
o Defining Beauty (maximum of 20 tickets)
o Indigenous Australia (maximum of 10 tickets)
· Preferred entry time for each exhibition between 6.20pm – 8.10pm:
· Postal address to send tickets to:
Tickets to this preview are limited and distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Group numbers may be limited due to demand.
Requests for tickets must be made by the group leader and only one request per organisation.
Please issue group members with a ticket for one exhibition only.

Creating Connections 10
Monday 15th June, 6–8pm in the Front Quad Pavilion at University College London.
In celebration of our tenth event, Creating Connections 10 is taking Creativity and Collaboration as its twin themes. As with all previous Creating Connections, the aim of the event is to bring UCL’s academic staff and postgraduate researchers together with representatives of the community and voluntary sector (with a healthy sprinkling of arts, heritage and cultural organisations), to find areas of common interest and projects they can collaborate on. The evening is a mix of themed discussions in small groups with more informal networking.
Find out more and book your place by Monday 8th June

LGBT Inclusion Conference at Camden Working Men’s College
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 from 09:30 to 15:30
One day conference aimed at senior Equality and Diversity Managers within the Further Education sector to disseminate findings of WMC LGBT project, The Humane Selfie, Life Gets Better Together, and share good practice.
Further details about the ECU Funded project at WMC can be found on this link http://www.wmcollege.ac.uk/pages/equality.aspx
Lunch and refreshment provided. Book your free place at Eventbrite.

Taking a deep breath: Cleaning up London’s air
Tuesday 7th July 2015 16:30 – 21:00 (including drinks + canapes)
St Bride Foundation, Bridge Lane, London, EC4Y 8EQ
London continues to suffer the effects of poor air quality leading to around 4,300 early deaths per year. With ClientEarth’s recent win at the Supreme Court over the UK Government’s failure to meet legal limits for air pollution and the Mayor’s announcement of an Ultra Low Emission Zone, change is in the air. However more still needs to be done to protect our health and that of all Londoners.
The event will include short presentations by fantastic speakers followed by workshops and networking and drinks. We have designed the evening so that you get the greatest opportunity to contribute your ideas and make useful connections.
Please confirm your attendance here. Contact Sam Jelliman s.jelliman@lsx.org.uk 02072349400 for information

New Care Act e-learning training platform, MeLearning.
The courses available through the platform have been especially designed for the needs of Adult Social Care practitioners. They provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge of the Care Act, and count towards your CPD
You can take advantage of the wide variety of modules on separate aspects of the Care Act available through the platform, to ensure your knowledge is up to date. The courses can be accessed free of charge by all Council employees, as well as members of partner organisations.
https://camden.melearning.university/course_centre
If you experience any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us at TDSOnline@camden.gov.uk
or by calling 020 7974 3701/ 020 7974 2821.
We also provide bespoke, on site Safeguarding adults awareness training sessions. If you have members of staff who require the Basic Awareness safeguarding adults course (Level II), our Safeguarding adults training officer, Jacqui Robertson, can come to your institution and deliver the session.

Camden Carers’ Service
Has a full range of events and activities for unpaid carers in Camden. Find out more on the Camden Carers’ Service website www.camdencs.org.uk/activities

Big Advice Day, June 16th, London – completely free 1:1 advice sessions with expert advisors
Big Advice Day is a day of free support for small charities as part of Small Charity Week 2015. The day consists of 1:1 hour long sessions with expert advisors; you choose the topics you’re interested in and we’ll match you to suitable advisors. We have advisors with expertise across a whole range of subjects
The day is completely free to attend includes refreshments. You can attend in person or access advice via phone or Skype. Those attending on the day will also benefit from a range of free workshops.
If you would like to attend Big Advice Day and you are a registered charity with a turnover of under £1.5m per year then sign up here by 18th May.

Don’t forget that Camden TDS run a full programme of course which are subsidised or free for voluntary sector partner organisations. There is a link to a list of partner organisations on the home page.

Find more Training Opportunities at www.vac.org.uk

JOBS AND VOLUNTEERS

Ageing Better in Camden Community Connectors
A unique opportunity has arisen to work with C4, a diverse, successful and developing network of community centres in Camden – a great area we are working to make even better.
Are you up for the challenge of playing a key role in establishing and delivering an exciting new Lottery funded project to tackle isolation and loneliness among older people through encouraging their participation and connection to local networks? We are now recruiting five Area Coordinators.
Hours per week: 35. Two year initial contract, potential extension to six years
Salary: £28,845 including Inner London Weighting (SCP 29 NJC scale)
Full DBS (CRB) check will be required
Information pack and application form available on our website:
http://camdenconnect.org.uk/jobs-2/
or by emailing: camdencommunityconnectors@gmail.com
Closing Date: Thursday 9th July 2015 at 10 a.m.
Interviews will be held: 14th to 17th of July 2015

Helios Health seeks Volunteer Coordinator
Salary £9000 (part time)
Location Camden, London, Greater London
Volunteer Co-ordinator This post is funded by the Big Lottery in order to help us recruit, train and support our volunteers. The successful applicant will join our Core Team to help deliver long-term programmes of holistic health care and well-being, as well as support for our team of volunteers and practitioners in general. Post: Volunteer Co-ordinator Payment: £14.70 per hour Hours of work: 14 hours per week – hours can be flexible – Flexible between 9.30am – 7pm- Monday – Friday Contractual Period: 12 months contract. Location of work: The Helios Centre, 116 Judd St, WC1 H 9NS Annual leave: on pro rata basis, as per statutory requirement Responsible to: Management team Notice period: 1 month both ways (after probation period)
To apply go to the Charity Job website.

AgeUKCamden seeks Advice Team Manager
Local Government Scale PO2 £33,579-£36,186, plus 6% contributory pension.
The Advice Team Manager post is an exciting opportunity for a manager who is dynamic, focussed and a multitasker to make a real difference to the lives of older people in Camden You’ll need a background in areas such as welfare rights, advice or care management, and have spent at least 2 years successfully managing a team of staff and/or volunteers.
The postholder will manage the Age UK Camden (AUC) information, advice, support and advocacy (IAA) services and team. AUC’s IAA services are delivered by a staff and volunteer team in person (from the office, outreach venues, home visits), by phone, and online.
For further details and an application form visit our website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400. No CVs, no agencies please.
Closing date: 9:00am Monday 29th June 2015 Interviews: Monday 6th July 2015

Voicability seeks User Involvement Advocate
VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. Providing advocacy and user involvement services across England, VoiceAbility is a growing organisation working with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected.
Position: User Involvement Advocate
Location: Camden, London
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £23,299 0k – £28,299k per annum inclusive of Inner London Weighting
Closing Date for Applications: 23rd June
Interview Date: 30th June and 1st July
The User Involvement Advocate will work directly with people with lived experience of substance misuse and / or mental ill health to help strengthen voice, champion rights and improve services. The role is to reach widely within the service user community to consult on lived experience, recruit volunteers and support peer to peer initiatives. More information and application form at the Voicability website.

Year Hear seek Graduate Volunteers
The Year Here programme is a post-graduate course in social innovation; we recruit brilliant graduates and challenge them to spend a year applying themselves to society’s toughest problems.
Frontline service sits at the heart of our programme and we are currently on the hunt for new placements for our graduates. Find out more here www.yearhere.org/hostafellow.

Volunteer Centre Camden seeks CEO
NJC pay scale 43, £40782 pro rata (including London Weighting) plus pension contribution. 30 hours per week (we can be flexible about how these hours are distributed throughout the week).
It’s a time of opportunity for Volunteer Centre Camden. As an organisation we want to change how we work, develop new partnerships and put Camden on the map as a centre of excellence for volunteering.
Our next CEO needs to have excellent fundraising skills, an ability to lead change and influence external partners. You will have a passion for volunteering which is infectious, we need others to be excited about volunteering and its potential.
Now is a crucial time for development. We have funding until March 2016. A key part of this role will be to develop partnerships and secure funding beyond March 2016.
We are looking for someone who can live and breathe our values; To work in partnership, deliver quality, adapt, be positive and be inclusive. You will be proactive and able to work with the Board of Trustees to develop and deliver amazing services.
With successful fundraising activity there will be the scope for this role to be extended beyond March 2015 on a full or part time basis. Details on our website; http://volunteercentrecamden.org.uk/we-are-recruiting-a-ceo/

Coram’s Fields seeks Sessional Play Worker
Coram’s Fields Out of School Club (OSC). Salary: £9.15 per hour
Hours Anticipated full-time during holiday periods, up to 15 hours during term time Coram’s Fields Out of School Club (OSC) is looking for exceptional individuals to become part of our dedicated team to help deliver our hugely successful OSC and holiday scheme programmes for young people aged 4-12 years.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete an application form, (Downloadable from the website) ensuring that you address the criteria outlined within it. All applications should be returned to Kate Gardner, Out of School Club Manager by 5pm on Monday 15th June. Applications are accepted by e-mail or in hard copy and should be submitted in the following way;
By e-mail to: kate.gardner@coramsfields.org.uk
By post to; Kate Gardner, Out of School Club Manager, Coram’s Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN
Alternatively, if you have any questions about the role, please feel free to contact Kate for an
informal discussion on 020 3384 2212. More information on our services can be found at www.coramsfields.org

People’s Centre for Change seek Services and Volunteer Coordinator (Part time 16 hours)
Location: 10 minutes away from Kilburn tube station and from home
Salary: Pro rata of £22,292.00
People’s Centre for Change is committed to providing meaningful and life enhancing day opportunities for adults with severe learning disabilities, autism and/or complex needs, in an inclusive environment. We run pilot sessions once or two afternoons per week and are seeking to expand and recruit new members from the wider neighbourhood.
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and well organised person with the skills and vision to lead community building, coordinating activities and recruiting, training and managing a small team of volunteers. We need a warm, caring and energetic person with “can do” attitude and a strong commitment to an inclusive, flexible and creative service.
You will be confident and experienced in working a community setting and with people with learning disabilities and have an awareness the adult social care world. You will need excellent communication skills and a good standard of general education. Relevant professional qualifications are desirable but not essential.
If you are interested please email us so we can send you the Job Description and Person Specification and then send your CV and a personal statement to: peoplescentre4change@gmail.com
Closing date for applications: 22nd June 2015
Interviews will take place on 29th or 30th June 2015. This post is subject to a DBS check.

This summer The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will be holding elections for its Council of Governors
Trust would like to invite as many members of the public to stand as possible. There are eleven seats for public members available.
Anyone over 18, with an interest in what we do can apply. Our Council of Governors is a collection of elected people – patients, carers, members of the public, students, staff and people from partner organisations. Anyone can become a Governor, meaning a variety of informed views and opinions influence the work we do. Our Governors work alongside the Board of Directors and are responsible for helping to shape our work. They make sure we continue to work for the benefit of patients and students.
You can also find out more information on our website: https://tavistockandportman.uk/GovernorElections, where you will find a ‘register your interest’ form and information on the time commitment and what we are looking for. We are also planning on running some drop in sessions in June and July, so keep an eye out on our website for future updates around these.
For more information about becoming a Governor or details on how to get a nomination form please contact Gervase Campbell, our Trust Secretary on: TSecretary@tavi-port.nhs.uk.

Are you looking to employ an assistant to help with your care needs? CamdenPAs can help you.
CamdenPAs.org.uk is a new service that makes it easy to find a personal assistant (PA) and puts you in control of your care and support.
If you have care needs, you can employ a PA to help you to live as independently as possible.
PAs can carry out a wide range of tasks, as agreed with you, to help with things such as washing, getting dressed, cooking, and supporting you to go out and about.
CamdenPAs features an online ‘marketplace’ for you to browse through a list of profiles of PAs in the borough. Profiles give details about the services they provide, their skills, experience and personal interests.
You can look through the list to find suitable matches and choose someone you like to help support you.
When you find a match you can contact the PA to arrange an interview and see how you get on. If you like them you can then work out contract details such as hours, duties and wages, and hire them.
If you do not find anyone suitable, you can set up your own a profile describing your requirements and interests, for PAs to look through and contact you.
You can employ a PA whether you receive a direct payment or fund your own care. If you receive direct payments you can get support with the employment from Personalised Support In Camden or AgeUK Camden.
Become a PA
If you’re a PA looking for work or are just starting out, CamdenPAs can help you. As well as helping you finding a job, the site features advice on looking for work, becoming a PA and where to get training.
Why not set up your profile today? Find out more, visit: camdenpas.org.uk or p hone: 020 7278 4437

Socially Responsible Recruiting
A new, award-winning skills matching service that connects employers with skilled and experienced people to do one-off or part-time jobs has launched in Camden, with a strong social benefit ethic.
“There is a very large number of people in Camden who are fantastically skilled and work-ready but are off the radar to employers because they’re not looking for full-time work and aren’t constantly scouring the job ads,” says Jonathan Collie, founder of Trading Times.
These people are highly skilled over 50s, and family carers. Trading Times brings them to you. It’s free to candidates. It costs you only £35, and only when you are connected to the perfect candidates.
Paul Fordham of Abbey Community Centre in Camden said: “”We posted our occasional job opportunity on Trading Times because we at the Abbey Community Centre recognise the value of the flexibility that can come with age. Trading Times offers a tailored means to directly target opportunities at an older group that the vast majority of other job sites simply do not seem to tap.”
Register at https://tradingtimes.org.uk/ and let Trading Times match you with the right local people for your needs.

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

OFFERS, RESOURCES and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camden Consultations
Various consultations are out at the moment including a consultation on Camden Future Libraries and Camden VCS strategy and changes to early education and childcare and children’s centre services. You can find all Camden consultation on the Wearecamden consultation hub.

Accessible Leisure Centre Guide
A guide to accessible leisure centre facilities has been produced by Camden council.
You can also download a copy from the website: www.camden.gov.uk/disabilitysport

FREE VAC Membership for Unfunded Groups: Voluntary Action Camden Small organisations with no paid staff and a turnover of less than £1,500 can now join for FREE. To take advantage of this offer just fill in the membership on the online form here.

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To get discounts on training, room hire and many more benefits click here to join Voluntary Action Camden

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