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15th October 2021

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Camden Mela; Voluntary Action Forum on Health Inequalities; ‘Before this I had nothing’ Report Launch; Afghan Appeal; Help With Energy Bills; COP26 Celebration Event; GDPR Resources; Camden Youth Theatre; Free Air Quality Sensors  + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Camden Mela Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The Independence of Bangladesh

Sunday 17th October
Stalls 1- 6pm.  Film Screening 1 – 4.45pm. Stage Shows 4.30 – 8.00pm. The British Library, 96 Euston Road,.  Arts & Crafts, Music, Dance, Food, Drink, Funfair.  Free entry #melaUK

Health Inequalities in Camden 

20th October 11am – 12 noon   Health Inequalities have been made all too visible during the pandemic. This is a an opportunity to hear what has been done in the borough in the last year  – full details below.






Health Inequalities in Camden 

20th October 11am – 12 noon   Health Inequalities have been made all too visible during the pandemic. This is a an opportunity to hear what has been done in the borough in the last year on health inequalities and to find out next steps and plans for the future, and follow up on the July 2020 Forums on inequalities and disproportionality.  Hear from:
VAC, Ubele, All Ways Network, Camden Council, Camden Disability Action and Healthwatch Camden
Consider next steps: commitments to tacking health inequalities. How do we strengthen the voices of Camden residents and groups?
Full details and bookings at Eventbrite (note there is a choice of limited numbers of in-person tickets or zoom tickets).

Ageing Better in Camden and Ambition for Ageing Manchester launch: “Before this, I had nothing.”

A Report on the Development and Impact of a BAME-Led Partnership for Tackling Social Isolation Among Older People in Camden.
Thursday, 11 November 13:30 – 15:00
For the past three years Ageing Better in Camden has funded a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community Action Project. The BAME CAP set out to develop the capacity of micro-organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people from small African Heritage communities in Camden.
Our new research explores the success of this partnership model and reveals the impact, lessons learned, and issues to be addressed for the future. Report author Adwoa Manful will share learning from this innovative research alongside other speakers who have been instrumental in developing the BAME CAP.  Book your free ticket here.

Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.

How to help people struggling with energy bills

Wed 3rd November, 10 – 11am.  Find out more about the Green Doctor service and how we can help local residents to manage their energy use, save money and get support. Full details and booking at Eventbrite.

COP26 Camden Celebration Event

Join Camden Council and the CCCA to celebrate carbon reduction best practice within the borough and across London to mark COP26.
at Samsung KX Wed, 3 November 17:30 – 20:30 Book at Eventbrite.

GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.

Camden Youth Theatre

Camden Youth Theatre (CYT) is run by Camden People’s Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. It is a FREE weekly creative club and resource for young people aged 13-19 and based in Camden.
Camden Youth Theatre runs every Monday between 7-9pm at Old Diorama Arts Centre (Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond Street, London NW1 3FE).
For further information on how to join, email christina@cptheatre.co.uk

Get a a free air quality sensor

The Greater London Authority has launched the Breathe London Community Programme  and is inviting community organisations to apply for a free air quality sensor to be installed in a location of their choice, providing real time, hyperlocal data.  Find out more at the Breathe London website.


Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Scene and Heard
Coram’s Fields Newsletter sign-up
Young Camden Foundation
West Euston Project (WEP)



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

Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund: Up to £35k available for your local projects

A new crowdfunding programme has been launched by Camden Council in partnership with Spacehive. Through Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund, you can pitch for up to £35,000 to help fund your local project.  Find out more at the upcoming workshop: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/camden/news and upload your idea by 27th October.

Veolia Sustainability Fund

Have you got an idea for a project to improve Camden’s environment? Apply to our waste partner Veolia’s Sustainability Fund.
You could receive funding, resources or volunteers for a project that enhances biodiversity, promotes recycling, protects the environment, or uses recycled, reused or reclaimed materials.
Find out more and apply here by 31 October

Rainbow Lottery – supporting LGBTQ+ good causes

Rainbow Lottery, the weekly lottery that raises money for the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ good causes totally, openly and exclusively. Find out more at the website.

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.

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. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022. 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.

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.

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 20th October and will focus on Health Inequalities – full details and bookings at Eventbrite (note there is a choice of limited numbers of in-person tickets or zoom tickets).

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/

Managing Allegations about Members of Staff (LADO) Briefing

1st December 2021 — 2.30pm-4.30pm  Online
~ To gain a greater understanding of the role of the LADO
~ To know how to make a LADO referral when concerns are raised
~ To gain an understanding of the LADO process following referral
This event is suitable for all multi-agency professionals working with Camden children and families. Details

CYP: Child Bereavement Training event – When a Child Dies

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:00 – 15:00
NCL Training Hubs – Bereavement Training International – Baby & infant loss Virtual Training Workshop – Supporting parents when a baby dies. Book here.

Google Training Session for Camden VCS

19 November 2021  9:00 – 13:00
Location: Our Kings Cross Office – Six Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Find out how to make the most of Google, YouTube,  Google Analytics, Training the Trainer and more.
Virtual or F2F: F2F with an option to dial in. Please fill in this form to reserve your space.

QCCA Parental Courses

Mental Health Awareness Course for Parents @ QCCA:
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about your mental health or the mental health of your child? Do you want some tips on how to help?
Please contact: – sarah@qcca.org.uk Call: 02072676635
Please contact to book your space – Lunch will be provided!
Saturday 16th October from 9am – 3pm
Wednesday 20th October from 10am – 4pm

Thriving Communities webinars

Sharing the Evidence – what you told us is important and what we have found
9 November 2021, 3-4pm Register here

KOVE Events

KOVE  have 10 tickets for both the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, which we will visit on Wednesday 20th, including free entry to a special exhibition, and on Wednesday 27th we will visit the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Contact Deborah Knight debk113@outlook.com or www.Kove.org.uk

Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open. Face-to-face courses are planned for October. Find out more and register on the website.

Patient survey on the COVID booster and Flu vaccines

NCL CCG are planning a winter communications campaign and would like to hear views from residents on receiving the Flu and COVID booster vaccines. We have created a short survey so that we can better understand the issues that will inform patients’ decisions.

The Zen Project, Healthy Minds, and Mind Camden present a Day Long Celebration of Wellbeing

Workshops, short guided zen sessions, guided meditation etc. Find out more and latest locations at the website.

Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk

“Talk for Transformation” Autumn event dates

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

Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
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 autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.



Origin Housing seeks Community Development Coordinator

You will be responsible for building relationships and trust both internally within your Origin team and externally with the community you serve.
Full details and how to apply on the Origin website.

Latin American House is Recruiting Two Posts

Deputy Nursery Manager to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The Deputy Nursery Manager will work alongside the Nursery Manager to ensure a high standard of care and education for all the children who attend our nursery.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish and have a CACHE or NVQ Level 3 or above qualification in Childcare and Education or a recognised equivalent and Paediatric First Aid certificate.
Early Years Practitioner (Level 3) to join the team at Centro Infantil Menchu.  The role is for 30 hours, Monday to Friday, during term time.
Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
The deadline for applications for both is Thursday 28th of October at 5 pm.
To apply and get more information,follow the link:

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager 

£24,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £40,000)
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
Enjoy multi-tasking, meeting people, making a difference?
We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead our small but active Community Association in the next phase of our development.
Closing date: 5pm Monday 25 October 2021
Interviews: Friday 5 November 2021
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk or ring 020 7794 3729
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.

Castlehaven is Hiring

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join our dedicated, community-focused team. If you have fantastic organisation skills, love a challenge and want to make a difference in your local community, then this is the role for you!
Find out more about the role and how to apply here




Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.

Older people say that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities.
Ageing Better in Camden worked with older members, delivery agencies and Ageing Better friends around England to produce the Warm Welcome Toolkit. It offers activity providers information and resources which will support them to run welcoming activities. Click here to view and download the Warm Welcome toolkit. You can also download the Warm Welcome toolkit summary and video.

Do you want to be at the heart of changes planned for community Mental Health Services? 

Co-production partners required for the Camden Community Framework Coproduction Alliance
Would you like an opportunity to make a difference to community mental health services?  We are a group of local people, professionals and commissioners working together to redesign mental health services in the community. 
We want Camden residents with experience of mental health services to join us.  We welcome creative perspectives and common sense to help create a joined-up service that meets people’s mental health needs in the community.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can contribute wider views – for example from Carers, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, people who have disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people.
Interested? Please email Maureen.brewster@advocacyproject.org.uk by 5pm 25th of October. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 25th of October. Interviews will be held on Friday 29th October.

Do you have experience of homelessness or rough sleeping? In the past, have you used any of Camden’s hostels, refuges or supported accommodation?

Camden are looking for people with lived experience of homelessness or rough sleeping and who may have previously used our shelters/refuges or supported accommodation to be part of panels (with other people who have used services) to help decide on future accommodation services for vulnerable people in Camden.
You must have had experience of homelessness or rough sleeping to take part.  We are keen to hear from people representing diverse backgrounds, preferably resident in Camden. We are also looking for women who have used women’s services (eg domestic violence services). 
The Borough of Camden and FLIC will provide training and support and you will receive a £10 voucher per hour for your input to meetings and panels which will take place online.
To register your interest or find out more – please email Bex Oldham boldham@hshp.org.uk or phone 07799 700594 by 22 October.

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.

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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