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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 13th November 2020


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13th November 2020

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Voluntary Action Forum; Several New Funds Opening; Lockdown Resources; 3 IT Workshops; Food Survey; Flu Vaccine; Safeguarding Workshops; Countering the Far Right + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Voluntary Action Forum

The next forum takes place on Wednesday 18th November from 11.00 – 12.00 on zoom.  The main topic will be overcoming the digital divide.  We know many of you have helped residents get online and use tech and this is an opportunity to share what’s worked so far and what more is needed.  We will also get an update on the Camden Renewal Commission and there will be an opportunity for you to share a general update from your organisation.  Come along to share and learn – we look forward to seeing you!
Book at Eventbrite.



Funding News

Lots of new funding this week. Up to £10K from the latest London Community Response wave. Camden Giving Social Action fund re-opens for grants from £500 to £1500. The Arts Council launches Thriving Communities fund for projects from £25k to £50k. UK Youth launch a new fund for small youth organisations with grants up to £50k. Details in the Funding section below.


We’ve gathered key resources and guidance on the new rules, including many specialist guides for partcular sectors such as Youth.  View on the VAC website.

Three workshops on IT and Digital

From Camden & Islington IT & Digital Capacity Building partnership.
~ Social Media workshop – 17th Nov 2-4pm (online), coordinated by VAI
~ MS SharePoint workshop – 25th Nov 2-3pm (online), coordinated by VAI
~ Google Workspace Workshop – 1 Dec 2-4pm (online), coordinated by VAC
For more information and to book a place, go to https://vac.org.uk/events/
You can now access the recording of the Teams workshop on the VAC website.
Get in touch with alexcharles@vac.org.uk if you have any questions.

Food Update Survey

If you run a food project or are involved in food in any way then please take a moment to fill in this survey of Food Projects in Camden.

Reminder: Time to get the flu vaccination

Do your members/users have health conditions such diabetes, severe asthma, sickle cell disease or heart conditions? Or pregnant? Or aged 65 and over? Remind them to get the flu jab – for many it’s free on the NHS.

Safeguarding Courses from VAC

Safeguarding Introduction: Protecting Children in the Community 1
Tuesday, 1st December at 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding 2
Tuesday, 8th December at 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Full details in VAC Events section below.

Small Steps Event – Countering the far-right

Tuesday 24th November at 1.00 – 2.30pm  Far-Right extremism is increasing with a growing influence on the streets and online. The intention is to create honest conversations about reducing hate and extremism. Looking for local answers and empowering local communities
Contact: Albert Simango (Albert.Simango@camden.gov.uk)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88626336096?pwd=TXpWOXkwN1owN2lPWStSblZLYURrZz09
Meeting ID: 886 2633 6096  Passcode: 967565

Activities and Services in your community

Heath Hands
SHAK news
Women and Health
Age UK Camden
All Ways Network
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
Camden Disability Action
West Euston Partnership (WEP)


Civil society urges Chancellor to urgently make job scheme fit for purpose

A coalition of civil society leaders has written to Rishi Sunak to urge him to develop a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fit for purpose for social change organisations.

Globally civil society stepped up during the pandemic, but often unrecognised

Civil society organisations around the world responded in a “rapid and vital” way to the pandemic, but this was largely unacknowledged by governments, according to a report.

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

New funding from the London Community Response

The London Community Response is taking applications for grants of up to £10,000 to help groups support Londoners affected by covid-19 over the next six months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.
Priority for funding will be given to the following:
~ Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities
~ Strong connections – groups who have a strong reach to people at high risk
~ Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m
Full guidance here
Webinar for potential applicants Monday 16 November 2020 at 2pm
Click here to register for the webinar, or email info@londfunders.org.uk to receive a copy of the slides from the session.

Camden Giving’s Social Action Fund Social Action Fund

Apply for small grants between £500-£1,500 for social action apply by 23rd November. This is a partnership between Camden Council and Camden Giving as part of Community Impacts Fund programme. More info here
1. Increases social action (e.g. helping Mutual Aid Groups etc)
2. Supports community cohesion (e.g.  different communities meet)
3. Creates community resilience (e.g. employability and mental health support)
Priority to organisations supporting groups disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, particularly those with a track record of providing specialist support to Camden’s BAME communities.
Apply by 23:59pm on Monday 23rd November 2020 by following this link.

Arts Council Thriving Communities Fund

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.
Grant range £25,000 – £50,000
Opens: 23 November. Deadline: 8 January. Decisions: 15 March 2021

The UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief

A fund created to support youth organisations who have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the Covid pandemic. Youth organisations with an income of under £250,000, that are based in, and deliver their work in England are eligible to apply for up to £50,000.
Full details at UKYouth.org  contact grants@ukyouth.org
Deadline 25th November.  Decisions 14th December.

Supplementary Schools Network Fund

£1,000 up to £3,000 Deadline 4 December 2020
Young Camden Foundation and John Lyon’s Charity are delighted to launch for a second consecutive year the Supplementary Schools Network Fund 2020.
This fund is designed to support supplementary schools in Camden to provide high quality educational programmes that are accessible, fun and engaging whilst ensuring the safeguarding of children and young people. Projects should cover: Mathematics, Science and English. Find more information here

Return to Play Fund

The £16.5 million fund is split into three strands and brings our total support for the sport and physical activity sector to more than £220m.
The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the pandemic.
£10m – Return to Play: Small Grants. £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.
£5m – Return to Play:  £10,001 to £50,000. It’ll help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
£1.5m – Return to Play: Active Together. This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns.
Find out more about each of the funds at the Sport England website.

Somers Town Greening Fund 2020

Are you a resident in Somers Town with an idea for a green space in Somers Town? Somers Town Big Local have created the Greening Fund – it is now live and accepting applications. The fund is for groups of residents who want to create new green space or revive old green spaces in Somers Town. The fund will make grants of up to £3000. Deadline Monday 23rd  November at 5pm
Book in a meeting at Story Garden for support with your application and working out the costs kiloran@globalgeneration.org.uk

Build Up Fund 2020-21│ Youth Crime Prevention & Organisational Development Grants.

Young Camden Foundation in partnership with Camden Council Community Impacts has launched the Build Up Fund. This fund aims to support local youth organisations to access comprehensive and appropriate training in three distinct areas 1) Youth crime prevention, 2) Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes and 3) Organisational sustainability.
Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000 up to 30th Nov. See more here

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

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

Camden Voluntary Action Forum (web page here)

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.
Wed 18th November, 11am.  Digital Divide, Updates and news (see main story above). Book here.
Wed 16th December, 11am. Neighbourhood approaches to Covid response.
BAME disproportionality  follow up forum (date tbc)

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Safeguarding Introduction: Protecting Children in the Community 1
Tuesday, 1st December at 10:00 am – 11:45am.    Book here.
Protecting Children in the Community is an introductory course designed for all those who work both directly and indirectly with organisations / groups delivering services to children, young people and their families in Camden.
Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding 2
Tuesday, 8th December at 10:00 am – 11:45am. Book Here.
If you frequently work with or deliver services to children and their families, it is essential that your organisation / group has up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation and understands it’s legal obligations in regards to child protection policy and procedures.This virtual training session is free and designed to develop existing understanding of safeguarding processes for all organisations / groups delivering services to children, young people and their families in Camden.
Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk (Mon – Wed)
For information on upcoming courses contact Dianne:
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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

Free Walk Leader training

Camden Council’s Active Living team are offering free training to become a qualified Rambler’s Walking for health leader, and support to set up a new walking group. Walking groups will be covered  for health insurance, and will be part of the accredited national walking for health programme.  A friendly and accessible way for local people to get gentle exercise and make new friends.
Additional funding is available to set up walks from Camden GP Surgeries as part of a TFL project.  Please register your interest here
Any queries contact Steph Smith – Active Living Officer – Stephanie.smith@camden.gov.uk / 0207 974 6781

Impact Aloud, Thu Nov 26th 10 – 4

Join Superhighways for our sixth Impact Aloud conference to find out how to boost your data collection, better evaluate what works in your charity or community group and tell your amazing stories using the best in digital technology.  You’ll come away with fresh ideas, pick up lots of practical tips and discover new tools to help you in your work with our hands-on masterclasses and talks – all led by data and media experts. (£15 ex VAT)

How do you get the best out of online surveys?

Thursday 19th November, 10.00-11.30
London Plus in partnership with Coalition for Efficiency are running a free online interactive session about designing surveys for beginners. Supported by the wider DataWise London scheme , Surveys 101: an introduction to designing better surveys will show you how to design effective surveys including tools and resources that are available.
If you have any questions please email lucy@londonplus.org.

Set Up and Grow Your Charity Online

Friday 20th November, 10am: Join Google to learn how to access Ad Grants and set up campaigns for your organisation. During this session, you’ll discover the range of Google for Nonprofits resources available, how you can set up your account, use Ad Grants to achieve your business goals and helpful tips for maximising your Ad campaigns to achieve results.
Sign up for your free session here.

Talk for Health

Taster 25th Nov. 4-day Talk for Health Programme starting 14th Nov.
Then you can:
~ Come to Talk for Health Cafes; continue talking for wellbeing and gain communication skills.
~ Follow these with ongoing groups for strong peer networks.
It’s all free and is commissioned by the NHS.
Click here to see our full list of events or for more information visit the website or contact info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text 02034 093201.

Domestic violence and abuse online workshop

Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning is intended for everyone that would like to gain an awareness on domestic violence and abuse. It will provide you with an introduction to what the types and signs of abuse are, how to respond and what actions to take.
Access the e-learning via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account please find details here  to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.

Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop

Camden Safety Net two-hour online workshops on responding to domestic violence and abuse for staff that come into regular contact with residents.
25th November or 15th December
This online workshop will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic abuse and violence and more confident in what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for a victim/survivor seeking help.
Book a place via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account please find details here  to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.

Ubele Fundraising Support for BAME Organisations

Every Thursday at 3:30pm Ubele host fundraising webinars on a variety grant funds that are available with techniques on writing better applications. These webinars are free of charge and the presentations/resources are uploaded on our website.  Registration for Fundraising Webinars here.

CDA seeks Volunteer Services Manager

On a freelance basis for approximately 3 months to support our reach through the second wave.
~ To develop and write a volunteer strategy for CDA for the second wave and beyond.
~ Work with the CDA team to develop role descriptions for volunteers
~ Develop robust volunteer policies and procedures for CDA
budget of 10k provided through the National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge through the London Community Response Fund.
For more information and to submit your application please contact, Colin Brummage, 07732 746 231 colinceo@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk by 10am Monday 16th November

Opening Doors Communications and Marketing Officer

21 hours per week £29,327 – £30,392 pa incl. LW pro rata
We are looking to recruit a dynamic, creative and self-motivating individual who will be responsible for planning and delivering our communications, actively manage the ODL brand and continue to raise the profile of Opening Doors London You’re a forward-thinking and enthusiastic individual, able to prioritise and manage multiple activities, work to tight deadlines and be skilled in managing projects, skilled in communicating at all levels and able to foster excellent relationships with people.
Closing date Monday 30th November.  Full details on the AUK website.

Census Job opportunities

The next census is in 2021 and the Office of National Statistics is hiring for new local Census jobs, with applications invited for exciting new temporary roles at all levels.
All the current openings, application information and FAQs are on censusjobs.co.uk
For more information about the 2021 Census and local communities click here.

HostNation seeks Treasurer

An exciting opportunity to join a refugee befriending charity as Treasurer.
HostNation exists to make it easier for those of us at home in London, to be friends with those looking for a place they can call home.
To find out more about this exciting role contact our chair, Daniel Silverstone for an informal chat Daniel@dsilverstone.co.uk
Please submit a brief personal statement setting out why you would like to apply together with an up-to-date CV and send to info@hostnation.org.uk.
The closing date for applications is 18 December 2020

Mind in Camden Mental Health Link Worker

35 hours per week starting at £22,952
This post is funded until March 2022 with probable extension.
Mind in Camden is recruiting a Link Worker to be part of a Social Prescribing team working in and alongside the Primary Care Mental Health Team in Camden, alongside colleagues from the lead provider Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust as well as other partners within a Primary Care Mental Health Network. Full details can be found here
Closing date:  9.00 am on Monday 23rd November
Interviews (2-round process): Tuesday 1st December & Tuesday 8th December

Become a Families for Life Community Champion

Families for life programmes offer free healthy eating and active play activities for families with children age 2-11.  Do you live in Camden?  Are you passionate about improving health? Available two or three hours a week?
For more information on how to be part of our volunteering team, please contact: Syria Chowdhury, Community Champion Coordinator m: 07734 603 060, e: syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk

Age UK Camden is Recruiting

Camden Community Connector
£32,063 to £33,229 pa pro rata for a 21 hour (4 day week – 8 month contract possible extension)
As a Community Connector you will support individuals, many of whom are facing challenging circumstances, to find and engage with social opportunities and connections. Do you have excellent active listening skills, and can you inspire people to connect with opportunities in their community?
Administrator – Counselling Service
£26,350 to £27,800 pa pro rata for a 21 hour week
In this role you will assist with Age UK Camden’s (AUC) administrative needs, particularly the Counselling Services
Closing date for both posts, Monday 7th Dec at 9am.
For further details and an application form visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.

Employability Tutor at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

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.  Full details here.
Close date: Wed 18 November, Salary: £26,605 – £28,156 (pro rata)

Age UK Camden seeks Marketing & Communication’s Officer

28 Hours per week – £26,583.20 PA
The communications & marketing officer has a vital role to play in planning and delivering communications to key stakeholders including supporters, volunteers, and staff. The post holder will initiate, write, edit, co-ordinate and publish content across various channels, including our website, social media, print and online marketing materials.
For further details and an application form visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.
Closing date 18th November 9am.  Interview date 23rd November

Trustees needed for Women and Health

We are a community-based health charity with over 30 years’ experience in delivering a wide-ranging and transformative programme of body and talking therapies, and healthy living activities. As well as our domestic violence and sexual violence clients, we support residents who are disadvantaged by physical and mental health issues, environmental challenges, isolation and poverty and those caring for members of their family. In the last financial year we saw over 900 clients
Ideally skilled in Law, HR, finance, and digital fundraising, or passionate about our cause, can attend an evening meeting every 1-2 months and 3 hours project work a month, Please contact Gemma Tighe the Director for more information, on gemma@women-and-health.org, or send her your CV

Henna Asian Women’s Group is Recruiting

Trustees and Chair
Henna Asian Women’s Group is looking for Trustees to help the charity develop. We wish to strengthen the current board and are looking for people who have an interest and understanding of the voluntary and community sector.  Ideally with experience in one of the following: Human Resources, Finance, Fundraising especially trusts, corporate and major donors, Legal.
Henna is also recruiting a new Chair  Contact rafat@hennaorg.co.uk
Outreach Worker
2 day post (14 hours) for 3 months @ £11 per hour.
The main role is to develop corporate fundraising and contacts; To undertake outreach and make contacts in all London boroughs; To increase and maintain Hennas online services portal. Email info@hennaorg.co.uk if you are interested

Hopscotch is looking for a Trustee with Legal Expertise

Hopscotch is a community led organisation working with BAME women and families in Camden and the surrounding areas. We have a turnover of about £1.5m and we have over 90 staff members (including care workers), doing incredible work with the most vulnerable people.
sending your CV and a cover letter to the Chief Executive, ceo@hopscotchawc.org.uk

Hopscotch Homecare urgently need Care Workers.

Hopscotch Homecare are a very caring,well-established and expanding care agency that has been providing care workers to clients in and around Camden for 20 years. We are looking for care workers who would like to help our clients to continue living safely and independently in their own homes.
Day/Night hours available and must be able to work at least two late shifts a week and alternate weekends  Contact:recruitment@hopscotchawc.org.uk

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.

Keeping The Community Directory Up-to-date

As we enter Autumn lots is changing.  Buildings are starting to re-open, some activities are moving back into the real world, some food parcel deliveries have ended, while other food projects continue.  Help us to keep the directory up-to-date by updating your details as they change.
If you would like to make a new entry in the directory use this link.   If you would like to update an existing entry look out for an email from us early next week with a unique link for you to update.
View the Directory here.  View the map here.

Flu Vaccination Videos

NHS animated video explaining why the flu vaccination is important for adults and children
Flu vaccination video & why it is important to have your child vaccinated (subtitled)
Translations available in Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Spanish, Somali and Turkish.

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

BTEG’s Covid-19 Response Capacity Building Project

BTEG have developed a range of sustainability and capacity building support for B.A.M.E organisations nationally. The support will be targeting small B.A.M.E-led civil society groups across England working directly to support people at high risk of the virus, have faced a significant increase in demand and/or have limited capacity to focus on internal developments and planning.
You will get access to up to 4.5 hours of free expert consultancy support and/or coaching specific to your organisational needs as well as access to up to 20 organisational and leadership development workshops. This project will be delivered virtually through zoom.  For further information, questions, or queries please email simone@bteg.co.uk or visit www.bteg.co.uk.

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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