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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 16th July 2021

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16th July 2021

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Voluntary Action Forum; Walk-in Vaccinations; Floods; Summer Activities; Have Your Say on Euston Open Spaces; Runnymede Trust Report and Eliminating Race Discrimination + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Voluntary Action Forum

The next Voluntary Action Forum is about the new reality – How have your Plans, Learning and Challenges moved forward?
~ As all restrictions come to an end what will you be doing to bring services and activities to Camden residents?
~ How has this changed from your pre-pandemic activities?
Come along and share you plans and challenges.  What have you learnt?  What tools have you found useful and will continue to use post lockdown?
A selection of local groups and organisations are invited to present. Time to Spare will tell us about their new tool for foodbanks. Contact info@vac.org.uk Full details here.




Voluntary Action Forum

The next Voluntary Action Forum is about the new reality – How have your Plans, Learning and Challenges moved forward?
~ As all restrictions come to an end what will you be doing to bring services and activities to Camden residents?
~ How has this changed from your pre-pandemic activities?
Come along and share you plans and challenges.  What have you learnt?  What tools have you found useful and will continue to use post lockdown?
A selection of local groups and organisations are invited to present. Time to Spare will tell us about their new tool for foodbanks. Contact info@vac.org.uk Full details here.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination events near you this week

For the full list, visit camden.gov.uk/getting-the-vaccine. These are all free services for anyone aged 18+. You don’t need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated. You won’t be asked for proof of ID, address or immigration status.

Flooding in Camden

Many parts of Camden were affected by floods on Monday as a result of heavy rain.  VCS organisations have been affected including flooding in the basement of The Winch.  Details from Camden Council, the CNJ and Ham & High.

Discover what Camden has on offer this summer

Activities for families, children + young people, ages 0-19.  Full details here.

Have your say on Euston’s parks and open spaces!

Camden Council is currently updating the Euston Area Plan, a planning policy framework, which sets a long term vision for the area, including helping to ensure that development in the area meets community needs. Details here.


Camden Carers
Small Green Shoots
Inclusion London
Coram’s Fields
London Plus
Camden Disabled Voices
Transition Kentish Town
Camden Lets
Young Camden Foundation
West Euston Partnership


Report warns UK Government is in breach of UN Treaty to eliminate race discrimination and is at risk of failing its Human Rights Obligations

A new report from the Runnymede Trust, compiled with evidence from over 100 civil society organisations, has found that the Government is in breach of key articles of the UN treaty the International Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Details in the Voice.

See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search 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’s website to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to four core themes, also known as Camden’s missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

Grow Back Greener Fund now open

Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 are available across two themes: access to green space, and climate adaptation and water, to support local projects that will help create community gardens, revitalise parks, plant trees, create wildlife habitat, restore waterways and turn grey spaces into green. The fund will prioritise locations with poor access to green space and high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.  Find out more and how to apply here.
Projects must be completed by November 2022.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on Monday 13 September.

Shared Endeavour Fund 2021/22

If you are a Civil Society organisation working in London and wish to deliver projects that tackle racism, hate, intolerance, extremism, or radicalisation, then find out more and see if you could apply for funding.
Applications may be submitted before the deadline of 9am on 3rd August 2021. You can find full details here

Future Changemakers Fund is open

The Future Changemakers Fund panel will consider projects which will improve the safety of Camden’s young people aged 16-25, with a focus on:
1. Providing opportunities for young people to have positive and relatable role models or mentors.
2. Skills and Employment opportunities to improve mental health, life skills and career progression.
Grants are up to £10,000. Applications can be made directly to Camden Giving

Strengthening Civil Society programme

New Barings funding to support expert legal ‘hub’ organisations. The funding is designed to help hub organisations to scale their activities to enable them to work with more civil society organisations to challenge discrimination and disadvantage and create long-term social change. Details here.

London Fund for Racialised Communities

The BME Health Forum has opened a first funding round for organisations wishing to help communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 26 July 2021.
This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £100,000 but less than £600,000.
A second funding round for organisations with incomes less than £100,000
will be run no later than 1st September 2021.
Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium sized local charities, funding  work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. Aimed at registered charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support. The focus is on work supporting adults and young people aged 17+. Unrestricted grants of up to £50,000 over 2 years, together with development support for your charity. Our programme has two strands, Complex Social Issues and Racial Equity. For more information and to apply, visit the website

Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity funding

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is to launch its Racial Equity funding for small and local charities that are led by and that support Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities. Charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support.  Full details here.

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.
Next Forum is on Wednesday 21st July at 11am: is about the new reality – How have your Plans, Learning and Challenges moved forward? Details here.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon

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

Disabled Camden Residents to Steer CIL

A new Steering Group, for Disabled Camden Residents, will drive forward the mission and values for the Greenwood Centre for Independent Living
Please share and encourage disabled residents to contact CDA and be part of shaping the Greenwood Centre for the future.
The meeting will take place online on Thursday 29th July at 2pm until 4.30pm. Full details here.  Email Brendan Brendan@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk

Four Day Peer Mentor Training course

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th August & Thursday 12th & Friday 13th August
From 10am until 4:30pm, venue London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB
Our peer mentors use their own lived experiences of mental health to support someone else to achieve positive changes in their lives.
To reserve your place or request further information drop an email to
camden.peermentoring@voiceability.org or call Lucy 07776769315 or Antoinette 07770012961

Talk For Health – What’s On

Talk for Health is a social enterprise that demystifies effective therapeutic talk, making it accessible to all. We make group peer to peer counselling something we can all do – whether for our own wellbeing, to help others, or both. Find out what’s on at Eventbrite.

Time to Spare Wednesday Webinars

Full details and sign up at Eventbrite.

Elfrida Rathbone Camden Leighton College

The Elfrida Rathbone Camden Leighton College is a specialist education provision for young people with a mild to moderate learning disability aged 16-24.  Leighton College is based in Kentish Town, Camden and accepts students from any London Borough.
We are open for applications from students (who must have an Education, Health and Care Plan) for a September 2021 start date and we are able to support transitions from secondary school or other colleges to the Leighton College.
For more information contact Samantha Childs, ERC Education Manager, at samantha@elfridacamden.org.uk or on 07917/ 193 885 / 020 7424 1617.

Free Event: Be Well Day  21st July

Central YMCA is running a free Wellbeing and Movement event at their YMCA KX venue in Kings Cross. The event is in response to the increase in inactivity, loneliness, depression and anxiety brought on by the covid-19 pandemic.
We invite you to come along and participate in a series of classes and workshops including Yoga, Pilates, Nutrition and Meditation to help you to reconnect with your mind and revitalise your body. www.ymca.co.uk/bewellday

Sands United FC

If you’re affected by the loss of a child, there’s a team waiting for you to join. Contact Sands, the Stillbirth and neonatal death charity. sufclondon@gmail.com

Good Conversations in Challenging Times – MECC skills online training

New dates for July and August available to book now
An online course ideal for anyone that talks to people about Covid-19 related issues. Also a specific course for conversations about the Covid-19 vaccine, particularly where people may be unsure or unmotivated to take it.  Free to attend for anyone who works, volunteers or lives in Camden or Islington.

The Caraf Centre Holiday Play Scheme

Play Scheme- Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm
£6 per day. Age:  5 to 8 year olds. Limited spaces
To register contact: Indira Vyas at The Caraf Centre, 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent, London NW5 4EZ. Phone: 020 7 284 0030 ext: 1 email: sunshine@thecarafcentre.org.uk   www.thecarafcentre.co.uk

Uprising Stand Out

Uprising are running 4-week online employment support programme Stand Out. The programme will run from July 26th. The programme combines an intensive daily month-long online curriculum with up to a year of mentoring for each participant, designed to help young people in a competitive job market.
Further information and booking at https://www.uprising.org.uk/stand-out

Families, Food & Feelings

The Families, Food & Feelings group is FREE for parents/carers of children aged 5-17 who live or are registered with a GP in Islington or Camden. The group aims to support parents/carers in encouraging their children to live happy, healthy lives. The facilitators provide strategies and insight to help parents/carers feel confident. Find out more at the Brandon Centre website.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation (Free)

The method of Sahaja Yoga is unique: Through the experience of Kundalini awakening, the process of going into thoughtless awareness is completely spontaneous and does not require any kind of mental control. The effects of true meditation are long-lasting and increase with regular practice.
Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Free-Meditation-Yoga-London/events/xfhrdsyccgbcc/

C&I Recovery College Summer term course guide

Recovery College runs until 16 July.  Courses will be online using Microsoft Teams, with some courses also available as Youtube videos. Full details here.

The Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

Virtual safeguarding training programme for Summer Term 2021 including Engaging Fathers in Safeguarding; Understanding Early Help in Camden; Contributing to Child Protection Case Conferences; Child Exploitation and many more. Full programme here.

Casa Latina seeks Immigration Advisor

Latin American House is hiring for an In-House Immigration Advisor/Solicitor who will be part of our Legal and Social Advice Services Department.
The post holder will be qualified to provide the service and will hold at least Level 2  (advice and assistance) Registration with the Office of the Immigration services Commissioner.  More information here.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 12th of August 2021.

Retail Manager (Age UK Camden Charity Boutiques)

£23,361 35 hours per week (full time)  Closing date: Monday 26th July 5 pm
To manage our charity shop and associated retail activities including Pop-ups & E-Commerce with commercial acumen and entrepreneurial skills.
The organisation has a vision to grow our Retail function to increase income and community support.
To Apply and for more information please click on here.

Community Fibre Digital Ambassador Recruitment

A webinar on Wednesday 21st July 2021 to introduce the Digital Ambassador program to the public to recruit volunteers from local communities. This will give potential volunteers the opportunity to learn more, ask questions and meet an active ambassador who can share some of their experience. Details here.

Castlehaven are looking for a Project Coordinator

Are you a friendly, proactive and highly organised person that is passionate about working with older people? Then Castlehaven has the perfect job for you. We are looking for a part-time (32hrs p/w) Project Coordinator to support Castlehaven’s Ageactivity 60+ Project Manager and Outreach worker, to deliver our wonderful older people’s project. Find out more about the role and how to apply at castlehaven.org.uk/about/vacancies-volunteers

Latin American House is looking for an EUSS Applications Officer

The post holder will be qualified to provide the service, and will at least have the Level 1 (Level 1 EUSS only is accepted for this post) of advice and assistance according to the OISC. The candidate will be able to speak Spanish and/or Portuguese at a conversational level.
Follow the link to apply: https://casalatina.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies/

Mind in Camden are Recruiting

Senior Community Mental Health Recovery Support Worker
Suit supportive and proactive leader to join our community service as a Senior Mental Health Recovery Support Worker. The post involves direct work with service users, supervising a small team of staff and working in partnership with colleagues across different sectors in Camden.
Salary: £29,638  Hours: full time (35 hrs)
Community Mental Health Recovery Support Workers
Self-motivated, caring, and dynamic Recovery Support Workers to join our community service. You’ll be primarily responsible for supporting people to identify and meet their self-defined needs and aspirations, to understand the range of options available to them and to support and connect them with appropriate community resources and services.
Salary: £23,469 (pro rata for part time staff)  Hours: full time (35 hrs) and part time (21 or 17.5 hrs) roles available
Closing Date for both jobs: 02/08/21 at 10.00am
Download an application pack at https://www.mindincamden.org.uk/work-for-us, or phone 020 7911 0822 (24hrs), or email recruitment@mindincamden.org.uk

Paid work experience on Hampstead Heath

Are you interested in nature and the environment? Join Heath Hands for a paid work experience opportunity on Hampstead Heath this summer. Open to Camden residents, with priority given to those under-represented in the environmental sector. More information here.

Office Administrator at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Elfrida Rathbone Camden is recruiting a permanent part-time (four days a week) Office Administrator to help run their offices in Kentish Town.   Elfrida works with young disabled people and families.
£27,379 per year (£21,903 pro rata for 28 hours per week)
Closing date is Monday 19 July at 10am.

Vaccine Volunteers Wanted

There are three roles to fill:
• Marshals, who welcome people to the centres and guide them through the process, helping maintain social distancing and clean conditions.
• Reception administrators, who log people in, check appointment details and deal with any initial non-clinical questions.
• Vaccination administrators who sit with the medical staff and ensure that vaccine details are added to patient records.
You will need to be willing to sign up for half-day sessions – as little or as often as you can. contact: email: camden.healthpartners@nhs.net

Calthorpe Community Garden, Seeks Chair

Calthorpe Community Garden exists to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of the local community. We are seeking a Chair who is a seasoned professional with outstanding communication skills and a strong steer on governance. This is an important role and an opportunity to make a positive difference by supporting and enhancing a local community by helping to deliver services as we embark on a period of development to transform our provision for years to come. For a full job description please email: calthorpetrustees@gmail.com. Closing date: 5pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

COVID-19 Health Champions

Join the COVID-19 Health Champion movement to get the latest advice and guidance about COVID-19 so that you can help and share the information with your community, and let us know what is and isn’t working. You can access trusted information through regular updates and weekly online drop-in sessions about the vaccine, testing and more.
If you work, live or volunteer in Camden, simply complete the form here to sign up! If you’ve got questions, email CHC@islington.gov.uk.

Hopscotch Homecare needs 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.

Covid-19 vaccination programme

Covid vaccinations now open to all adults over 18.
The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you.
You can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment without needing an invitation letter.
There are walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics running across North Central London and some clinics have evening appointments. You can visit a walk-in clinic or book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.
Further information is available here.

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.

Google Career Certificates

Camden, Google and Coursera are offering free professional training to 500 Camden residents.
There are four programmes to choose from: IT Support, Data Analysis, Project Management and UX Design. You don’t need any experience or a degree to take part in a course, just an interest in starting a new career.
Residents can register for the free courses here

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.

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

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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