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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 12th June 2020

VAC Weekly Newsletter
12th June 2020

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Discretionary Grant Fund; Financial Impact Survey; Refugee; Pride; Healthwatch Public Board; Hot Meals Service; Castlehaven Food Bank; In Kind Offers + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Discretionary Grant Fund & Financial Impact Survey

Camden’s Discretionary Grant Fund is now open to organisations with property costs but were unable to access the first round of business rates grants.  VCS organisations are likely to qualify under ‘shared space’ or ‘hardship’ criteria.  Full details here and and detailed FAQ + Guidance here.  The council will prioritize those who can show large drops in income (>50%).
The first round of business support grants is still open and it is worth checking the criteria for the  Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund carefully as it was designed to include charities such as sports clubs or grounds, public halls, museums and art galleries along with buildings that have areas for community or public use.  Read further guidance here

The VAC Financial Impacts Survey can be viewed here.  Highlights include:

  • 87% are spending more than 60% of their time on Covid-19 related activities
  • 22% have no grant, contract or direct funding at all to support these activities;
  • When supplemented with reserves and other unrestricted income, 38% of groups report between 60-100% of all Covid-19 activities are unfunded
    For the 35 organisations that responded:
  • Total monthly cost of providing unfundedcovid-19 support is £125,000.
  • Total monthly loss of earned income is £246,000.
  • Total monthly projected fundraising shortfall is £113,000

Dashboard of Financial Impacts Survey


Refugee Week

Next week is Refugee Week and this year’s theme is Imagine. Join Small Green Shoots to celebrate with their programme ‘The Cartography of Home’.

VAC Events

Voluntary Action Forums: (web page here)
Wed 17th June Planning for the Future (see events section for details)
Wed 1st July Covid-19 BAME Disparity & Health Inequalities
Wed 15th July Resilient Civil Society
Wed 29 July Space and Place – what role for buildings?
Build Back Better Workshop (Date in June/July tbc)
VAC AGM Tuesday 14th July 5pm
SPLN (Social Prescribing Learning Network)
July (date tbc) Venturing Out
Keep in eye on our Events Calendar next week to book and for more info.

Call out to get involved

Camden Council would like to work with a small group of VCS representatives of diverse communities to help develop messages relating to the pandemic for residents.  If you are interested in being involved, send contact details, the area covered by your organisation; who you normally work with  and BAME communities you work with to cohesionandequalities@camden.gov.uk


Pride in London has announced the postponement of the Parade due to take place on Saturday 27th June.- new date to be announced in due course. There is still plenty to do to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community across Camden.

Healthwatch Public Board Meeting

Join the public board meeting on Tuesday 16th June from 6-8 pm. The Director and Board of Trustees will review Healthwatch Camden’s impact and discuss plans for the year. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Email info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk for the meeting details.

Community Hot Meals Service

BWA has been running regular community food distributions
For more information contact Salik Miah on 07773327046 or Shahnaz 07752352179

New Castlehaven Food Bank

The new food bank has been setup to help people experiencing hardship as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more about there service here –   Donate to the appeal – https://bit.ly/2za1t2s.
If you are struggling please call 07551798767 to arrange a food parcel delivery.
Castlehaven is also looking for food donations and volunteers to assemble and deliver packages.

Covid Top 20 In-Kind Offers

The latest list of Business offers to support voluntary and community sector organisations.  To request an offer email  Covid.InKind@london.gov.uk

Activities and Services in your community

Camden Disability Action
West Euston Partnership (WEP)
All Ways Network
Think and Do

Covid-19 Resources

VAC has gathered relevant resources on a range of topics.
Notable recent additions include:


Best Articles

Coronavirus leaves one in 10 UK charities facing bankruptcy this year
Battling not to be forgotten: UK charities on financial challenges
Key findings from Public Health England’s report on Covid-19 deaths
Charitable endowments: the £68bn elephant in the room

£63m funding for councils to assist with food & essentials

The will be additional funding for councils in England of £63m to help those who are struggling financially due to the impact of coronavirus. The additional funding will allow councils to continue to provide discretionary support to those facing severe hardship to allow them to pay for food and other necessities
Defra will engage with the LGA and councils to discuss the next steps.

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

Rosa COVID-19 Response Fund for women’s organisations

£1-£10K. The funding is for specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations  across the UK and is intended to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
For more information and to apply please visit the Rosa website

BBC Children in Need- COVID-19 Next Step Grants Programme

Grants up to £80,000. Deadline 1st July
to help organisations with more complex service adaption, including additional staffing requirements. It is designed to be as flexible as possible, covering a wide range of activities. Projects can last up to 18 months and need to begin in September 2020. Full details on the website.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

A new £200m fimd aimed at small to medium organisations:
~ To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
~ To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Full details on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Grant Charities in South Camden

Three local grant-awarding charities offering assistance to people in financial hardship would like to let you know about their offers/schemes.
You can find links to each of the charities at the end of this newsletter, along with further information about their area of benefit, and how to apply.


Three New Funds from Camden Giving

Round 2 Now Open King’s Cross (KX) Fund – closing 15th June

YCF Partners with Google to Launch the Digital Youth Work Fund

Young Camden Foundation (YCF) has launched the Digital Youth Work Fund sponsored by Google. This fund is designed to support Camden’s children and young people sector by creating or enhancing a digital youth work offer.
YCF will award members grants of up to £5,000
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: 29 May, 19 June and 3 July 2020.  Details at YCF website. Questions to grants@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk.

Food Grant Update

The Food Charity Grant Scheme requires charities to apply for at least £30,000. This is to target funding to those charities who have the capacity to reach the greatest number of people.
For those charities which would be interested in funding below £30,000, the National Lottery Funding is awarding grants from £300 to £10,000 and is prioritising organisations supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

London Community Response

The second wave of London Community Response funding currently paused for Delivering Differently   Wave 3 will open in June.  Wave 4 will focus on recovery later in the year.
1. Crisis response – grants up to £10,000 to meet the immediate needs
2. Delivering differently – grants of £10,000 to £50,000 to change how you work

Lists of Emergency Funders


Digital & Tech Support Online Q&A

Tuesdays 2 – 3.30pm
Many organisations are having to grapple with moving their office systems online so staff and volunteers can work remotely.We’ll look at:
~ What systems do you need?
~ How do you set them up?
~ What works and what doesn’t?
Q&A session with Gilbert Plant, our digital partner from CITA and WCIT.
Joining details here: https://vac.org.uk/events/
Email alexcharles@vac.org.uk

Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisation, community activists, social entreprenuers, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action.  The next forum is a chance to start planning for the future.  What might the future look like?  What do we need to consider?  What support will be needed?
Wed 17 June 11am  ‘Planning for the Future’
Meeting ID: 819 2883 7412  Password: email info@vac.org.uk

These sessions will be hosted on zoom.  Ideally you will need a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone with camera or microphone but you can also join by telephone as well. Click on the link or use the meeting ID.  You will also need the password if one was set. Short guide to joining a zoom meeting.

Safeguarding Courses:

VAC is working with funders so that safeguarding courses can continue online.  Further details to come. There are some basic safeguarding videos on the home page and on the COVID19 Update page.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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

Respect online domestic abuse training

Respect has secured funding from the London Community Response Fund to offer free online training to Frontline Workers who support or have an interest in service users with domestic abuse issues.
Workers from the third sector; local authorities; counsellors/therapists; university lecturers, students or researchers; police; housing officers; healthcare staff; policy-makers etc.  – as long as the organisation they work for or the services they provide are based in Greater London.
Working with male victims of domestic abuse  1-14 July
Working with women using violence in intimate relationships 16-29 July
Better engagement with perpetrators 31 July-13 August
Adolescent to parent violence and abuse 15-28 August
Apply here.  Any questions, please email abigail.jones@respect.uk.net

Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

4 new virtual training safeguarding training sessions for June/July 2020.
Due to the current social distancing restrictions in place in light of COVID-19, the CSCP has worked with our experienced trainers to ensure that safeguarding training can still be made available to multi-agency partners.
Child Protection Level 2–3  19 June 2020 — 11.30am-12.30pm
Domestic Abuse  30 June 2020 — 2.00-3.00pm
Parental Mental Health and the Impact on Children 13 July 2020 — 10.00am-12.30pm
Full details and how to apply here.

Camden Early Help Friends Workshop (online)

This one-hour workshop is for those that work with or come across Camden children, young people and families. It will be delivered by the Camden Early Help Team and cover who family early help is for, what it does, how to get it, and the role we all play in helping families to get the help they need as early as possible. If you want to understand what family early help is and how Camden’s early help service works
18th June 2020, 10:00 – 11:00
To book please email learning@camden.gov.uk.
This session will run on MS Teams or join via browser on Edge or Chrome.

Women+Health online group classes via Zoom

Aiming too help people feel calm, grounded, & centred during lockdown. We are currently running 4 online classes per week:
~ Tuesdays at 1pm, ‘Mindfulness for Women’ with Camilla (women only)
~ Wednesdays at 6:30pm, ‘Yoga Nidra’ with Lina (men & women welcome)
~ Thursdays 6:30pm, ‘Gentle Hatha Yoga’ with Diana (men & women welcome)
~ Fridays at 1pm, ‘Sound Healing’ with Catherine (men & women welcome)
All classes are donation classes – and all money we receive goes towards helping Women+Health survive while our doors are closed. The classes are FREE if people cannot donate.
All info to join classes and to donate can be found on our JustGiving page:

YPF COVID-19 Support Webinars are Available Online

Young People’s Foundation (YPF) has been hosting a webinar series to discuss topics related to COVID-19 support. In case you missed any of the presentations, the recordings are available online. Subjects include:
~ Cyber Service Offer for Children and Young People
~ Safeguarding and Cyber Working
~ Support from Funders
~ Education
~ Furlough/HR/Legal Changes
~ Mental Health Awareness
~ Street Safety and Detached Work – recording coming soon!
Webinar 8 – Wednesday 17 June – Employment
Webinar 9 – Wednesday 24 June – Summer Provision
The link to RSVP will be available soon on YCF’s website.


Superhighways helps small charities and community groups in London do more with digital and data.  See the full training programme here.

Online peer support sessions for voluntary sector Leaders

Sign up to an online peer support session, offered by The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). Sign up here – dates available to end of June.
These 90 minute sessions, for up to 10 voluntary sector leaders at a time, will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss the challenges you are currently experiencing, precipitated by the COVID-19 outbreak. We understand that you may be facing huge stress and uncertainty, and hope that these sessions will offer a space to share experiences, dilemmas and worries.

FSI Fundraising Conference June 2020

The FSI’s popular Fundraising Conference is back.  Online on 18th June to hear from small charity experts sharing their knowledge and real-life experiences. In light of the challenges facingthe sector the Conference is free to attend for charities under £100k turnover

Rush In Ballet

Ballet is a good challenge that will lift your spirits. As well as all of the benefits that come with pursuing a craft and with exercise, it is good to see some friendly faces and experience the camaraderie that we all so badly need.
Don’t worry if you feel shy, everyone is welcome regardless of level or how you may be feeling at the moment. You can turn your own camera on or off, so you can either just follow along or get feedback from me if you want it.
You may even find Zoom classes less pressure than being in the studio, as you can disappear from the screen anytime you like to have a rest.
Saturday mornings, 10 AM.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5836327600

Free training courses

Training Link has free online courses that people can do at home.  Improve your skills during the lockdown! The courses include Level 2
Food Safety & Hygiene, Customer Care, courses for care work and others. They can be done on a PC or laptop with internet access. For
more information, email Peter Lush on director@traininglink.org.uk

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.You can use the Brokerage service to request volunteers with specific skills or background for community activity.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations

CDA seeks Chair of Board of Trustees

Camden Disability Action (CDA) is looking for a new Chair to build and lead a skilled Trustee board.
CDA is a Disabled People’s Organisation, which means it is run by Disabled people for Disabled people. This is an important time for the organisation and it needs a strong chair to lead it into the next phase of its development and growth.
We are looking for a local Disabled person who has the skills and enthusiasm to provide strategic leadership for the organisation and to support making Greenwood a centre for social change.
The position of Chair of Trustees is unpaid. Board members are expected to attend 4 meetings a year. Induction into the organisation, safeguarding training and reimbursed travel costs are available for all the Trustees.
Details and how to apply here. Deadline June 30th 2020
Should you have any questions or would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact Colin Brummage, CEO on 07732 746 231 or colinceo@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk

Hopscotch Homecare seeks Live in Care Worker

Hopscotch are a well-established and expanding domiciliary care agency that has been providing careworkers to Camden clients and helping them to continue living safely and independently in their own homes for 20 years.Hopscotch focus on personal development and this post will enable the successful candidate to take advantage of the training and career-track development that we offer, among other benefits, and therefore to maximise their potential
Excellent Benefits and Incentives Offered. Covering South Camden: Kings Cross, Holborn, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and surroundings. RoleTypes:Full-time, Part-time, Contract.  Experience:Caregiving: 1 year (Preferred). Contact: recruitment@hopscotchawc.org.uk

Age UK Camden Seeks ABC Programme Manager

(35 hours per week may consider PT 28/30 hours for the right candidate).
PO3 Scp 33-36 £39,171 to £42,295 pa.  Fixed term contract to 30th June 2021
In collaboration with existing Programme Manager (working 19 hours):
Your role will be to work to:
• Manage the Ageing Better in Camden Programme, working with the ABC Board, to deliver the outcomes as agreed with Big Lottery Fund.
• Be responsible for the delivery of the Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) projects, including through working with a range of delivery agencies.
For more details, all documents can be downloaded from our website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk.
Closing date  – 9am on 6th July and interviews will be held on 16th July

Elfrida Rathbone Community Champions Volunteers

The project supports residents and families on the Peckwater, Torriano and Oseney Estates as well as the wider Kentish Town area who have been affected by the corona virus.  For help with:
– food shopping and prescription pick up/drop off
– telephone befriending for anyone feeling anxious or isolated
– dog walking if you cannot leave the house
Volunteers from the local area who can provide support needed. All volunteers will be DBS checked and will receive an induction.
Contact Jill on 07939877745

SHAK is recruiting 2 posts

SHAK (South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership) is recruiting:
Community Champions Coordinator
Full time- 35 hrs per week
Salary circa: £28-30,000 pa
Community Enabler
Full time- 35 hrs per week
Fixed Term for 6 months
Salary circa: £28-30,000 pa
Full detials and how to apply in the link.

London Plus seeks Social Prescribing Network Co-ordinator

To lead on promoting, supporting and developing social prescribing in the VCSE sector across London. You will develop and support the social prescribing network
Social Prescribing Network Coordinator Job Pack Newsletter.pdf
The closing date for applications is the 16th June 2020.
If you have any questions please email martin@londonplus.org (Martin Brookes, chief executive)

Henna seeks an Advice & Outreach Worker

£12.05 ph  2 day pw- 14 hours  Interim 3 months with possible further 6 mths
Must have a willingness and aptitude to conduct outreach and establish contact with agencies and individuals to build a base for Henna Asian Women’s Group.  You will need experience of working with vulnerable adult groups and knowledge of the barriers they may face in accessing services. Contact Rafat.

The Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy

SFCP, a small independent charity concerned with education, ethics and philosophy and with strong international links, seeks someone to take minutes of Trustee meetings, usually held in Central London, and to liaise with the secretary and trustees. Interest in our values and activities would be an advantage.
Other administrative tasks/meetings by agreement. @ £35/hr.
To discuss this opportunity, please contact the chair Dr Julie-Marie ffrench Devitt Applications on one side of A4 at: galangal19@yahoo.co.uk  website www.sfcp.org.uk.

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust is Recruiting

The Trust is seeking two new Non-Executive directors and will also be seeking Associate NEDs soon.
Further information and how to apply:

Paid work opportunities for people who have been laid off/ reduced income

Local Adult social care providers are still recruiting, and as they support the NHS to move vulnerable adults out of hospital to stay well at home, their need is growing. Contact Proud to Care.


Camden Social Prescribing and Care Navigation update

Social Prescribing and Care Navigation delivered by Age UK Camden, Voluntary Action Camden and Wish+ is operational, and adapted, as a point of access to services and support during the COVID 19 emergency.
Referral form can be found here. Minimum requirements are contact details and permission to contact the person needing support.
Freephone: 0800 193 6067 (please leave a message if no answer. Staff are using other phones to call back and keep this one free)
Secure NHS email (referrals only): camccg.socialprescribingreferral@nhs.net
Community Links email (enquiries and referrals): communitylinks@vac.org.uk

Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 Report

Public Health England has published its long-awaited report Disparities in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19, which concludes that the risk of death as a result of COVID-19 is higher for people (especially men) from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.


VAC COVID-19 Pages

Covid-19 Community Directory  (Update your entry here) [Map here]
Covid-19 Update page.
Covid-19 Resources page

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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