Voluntary Action Camden

Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 17th June 2016

Refugee Week and Bike Week; 10th Ride All Around Camden; Sex and disability; Deaf Awareness Day; Somers Town: What Future? Volunteering Survey; Housing for all? Charity Meetup No.6 – Future Funding; Advanced Carbon Footprinting Workshop; Reclaim our Spaces; Deaf Achieve; Life Experiences Through Dance; + jobs, volunteers, events, training, offers and resources.
Refugee Week

It’s Refugee Week 2016. See article below for details of the launch event at the Southbank. Refugee Week resources are available online for your Refugee Week events. Camden Refugee Aid is a local organisation connecting supporters across the borough. Camden Council have a statement of support for Syrian refugees on their website and also have a web page of contacts in the borough. VAC have a directory listing of organisations that support refugees. The largest directory of resources and information on the Calais refugee camp is at www.calaidipedia.co.uk


It’s Bike Week and Refugee Week 2016 – see below for events

Refugee Week
Refugee Week launches in London on 19 June at the Southbank Centre as part of their world famous Meltdown festival. Under the heading of Refugees Welcome, there will be an entire day of free activity in collaboration with Refugee Week partners. Musicians, poets and dancers will pop­-up across the site, and the marketplace will host activities and craft workshops in a day produced in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts.
The activity will culminate in The Boat We’re In, a free concert with Meltdown Director Guy Garvey, Mercury Prize nominated folk singer Nick Mulvey, Radio 6 Music favourite Nadine Shah, northern soul singer Josephine Oniyama and the Southbank Sinfonia amongst the performers.
Across the Royal Festival Hall there will be small boats installed as part of a project working with refugee communities.
Full details: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/refugee-week-at-southbank-centre

Welcoming Refugees: a wider community response
How host society responses can impact the mental health of refugees
Wednesday 29th June 6.30pm – 8.30pm Entrance is free and open to all.
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA
Guest speaker: After 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries Giles Duley now focuses his work on humanitarian projects. Although documenting challenging, and at times, horrific situations, Duley captures the
strength of those who fight their adversity rather than succumb.
An expert panel discussion will follow Mr Duley’s presentation. Renos Papadopolous (Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees); Gillian Hughes (Tavistock Centre) and Sarah-Jane Savage (UNHCR). Register online here

Camden Cyclists – 10th Ride All Around Camden
A free, fun, easy-paced bike ride to celebrate the Borough of Camden’s many fascinating places. Starting at Camden Town Hall, Bidborough Street, WC1H
19th Jun 2016 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
This is a friendly, easy-paced bike ride that covers 18 or 22 miles and gives you the chance to enjoy some of Camden’s wonderful sights and scenery. We visit every ward on Camden’s boundary, then cycle through the central wards and finish at Hampstead Old Town Hall. We break in Golders Hill Park, where you can buy lunch, or bring a picnic.
The ride will be marshalled by Camden Cyclists and Camden cycling instructors, and riders will be accompanied by Camden police officers. The ride is free and you do not need to register – simply turn up on the day with your bike!

I haven’t seen that in the Karma Sutra! Sex and disability
Thursday 7 July 2016, 7pm (following a drinks reception at 6pm)
With Prof Tom Shakespeare (Norwich Medical School) at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ
In 1996, Tom Shakespeare worked with two colleagues to research and write a book called The Sexual Politics of Disability. They talked to 44 disabled people about their gender and sexuality, their self-image, their experiences of sex and love, and what they felt needed to change to enable them to participate fully in the world of relationships. Twenty years on, Tom and his colleagues have revisited some of these original participants to find out where they are now. Older, franker, and perhaps wiser, their reflections help us understand the extent to which disabled sexuality is still taboo, and what we need to do to enable disabled people to achieve intimacy on the same basis as others.
The lecture is free to attend but places must be booked in advance.
For further information call 01603 591926 or email events@uea.ac.uk
Further details and booking link: https://www.uea.ac.uk/events/-/uea-london-lecture-sex-and-disability

Camden Deaf Group Invite you to Deaf Awareness Day
“Have you ever wondered what does Deaf Awareness mean for you?”
Tuesday, 28th June 2016 11.00am – 1.00pm
Wellington Close TRA, Willingham TRA Hall, Willingham Terrace, Leighton Road, NW5 2UY Free Refreshment
If you are interested in attending or further information, please contact Andy, the Chairman. Contact No-7722523798 (only Text)

Somers Town: What Future? On Today and Saturday 18 June
Organized by: Somers Town Neighbourhood Forum, Diana Foster and T.A.S
Chalton Gallery, 96 Chalton Street, NW1 1HJ
For decades Somers Town has been known for its innovative social housing. But suddenly its land has become subject to the dual pressures of vast infrastructure projects and the fashion for “intensification”. Somers Town: What future? invites you to come and learn more about the story of a community fighting for its identity, vitality and sanity in the 21st century. More information at London Architecture Diary

Volunteering with Voluntary and Community organisations in Camden
Camden Council aims to support volunteering across the borough as effectively as possible. To this end we’re undertaking a short survey that aims to find out what organisations are already doing and what – if anything – would best help them to recruit, support and retain volunteers in future. We will use this information to improve the support we offer. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and is confidential.
Please return the completed survey by Friday 8 July 2016 – many thanks.
If you would like to know more about volunteering in Camden or have any queries about the survey please contact Frances Connelly on 020 7974 6457 or email frances.connelly@camden.gov.uk

Housing for all?
Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 – 10.30am to 4.00pm at The Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP
This workshop will provide an opportunity:
~ to hear a position paper on the work undertaken so far
~ to contribute to strategic discussion about strategic housing policy, social inequality, options in later life and ‘intergenerational justice’
~ to share experiences of home-life, public involvement, policy development and campaigning and relate them to course design.
Keynote speaker: Michael Edwards, Teaching Fellow , Bartlett School of Planning, University College, London
To register contact Caroline Holland caroline.holland@open.ac.uk, Jonathan Hughes jonathan.hughes@open.ac.uk. Or John Miles johnmiles68@yahoo.co.uk.

Charity Meetup No.6 – Future Funding
The theme will be around Funding for the Future and we will be inviting charities an social enterprises to share what has worked for them. We will have a panel of experts, activities, group discussions and networking.
Expert Panel: a panel of 4 experts from the social enterprise and charity sector on the future of fundraising. They will then take questions from the audience.
At the Impact Hub King’s Cross, 34b York Way, King’s Cross, London, N1 9AB
Tickets and more information available online here.

Torriano Meeting House – A Wave of Dreams by Louis Aragon
Tuesday 28 June 7.30. A Wave of Dreams by Louis Aragon with spoken word from Alex Walker and music from Tymon Dogg and Alex Thomas. Special guest performance by Parisian chanteur Thomas Baigneres. Pay what you can.
10 June, 2016 at 2:30 pm http://wp.me/p1TZkl-io

Camden Climate Change Alliance – Advanced Carbon Footprinting Workshop
Join carbon footprint experts to build on your environmental reporting skills and expertise. Quantifying your footprint can help you win contracts, attract new customers, save you money on your energy bills, increase employee productivity and more!
This half day workshop will help CCCA and ISEP members accurately calculate their organisations’ carbon footprint across all scopes emissions.
Thursday, 14 July 2016 from 13:30 to 17:00 at Wellcome Trust – Gibbs Building 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. Tickets available on Eventbrite

Reclaim our Spaces, Saturday 25th June 9.30 – 4.30
The Ubele Initiative – Just SpaceSpark
Our lives are shaped by the spaces in which we live. When we give away important community space for another transient pop-up cafe or block of luxury flats, we give away part of our lives. We give away London’s cultural and community history. The planning system is not currently equipped with the policies required to protect these spaces and London’s skyrocketing land values are used as a trump card against arguments for competing uses. As a result we have lost many spaces and others are coming under increasing threat.
It doesn’t have to be this way. On Sat 25th June we aim to start building a coalition as well as celebrating the diversity of movements and campaigns across London, learning from successful campaigns and mistakes.
Together we can change the status quo. We can better influence a planning system to connect it to people’s lives and livelihoods, instead of it threatening the very spaces which give rise to London’s diverse communities. Free event, everyone is welcome.
Conway Hall – 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL. Book at Eventbrite

Deaf Achieve
This is a Big Lottery funded project that will continue to deliver free workshops, health groups, job clubs, travel groups, financial capability training and one to one support until 2018. The end of February saw the completion of our first year. We are now well into our second year. These are for the deaf community, aged 18-65, living in any of the London boroughs. If want to know more information about Deaf Achieve please contact: deafachieve2@royaldeaf.org.uk.

Seize the Day: Life Experiences Through Dance
An art-science dance performance that explores stories of an unexpected disease diagnosis and how it changes person’s perspective. The dance shares a journey through diagnosis, challenges, triumphs and hope.
The evening performance is a collaboration between Movement for Hope, UCL (Neuroscience) and Tanztheater Adrian Look. After the dance, there will be a question & answer session with researchers, dancers and patient-advocates.
Tuesday 21st June 2016, 7.30pm at Bloomsbury Studio Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
Booking: https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/15105

Free training, outings and events for unpaid carers in Camden
For a full list of events of carers in Camden please visit the Camden Carers website.

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

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

Abbey Community Centre, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Littlehaven Nursery, Fitzrovia Chapel, and Camden PA are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.

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

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Follow all the Camden Voluntary Sector news on OneCamden on Twitter.

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


Six principles for engaging people and communities
The six principles were developed by the People and Communities Board, in conjunction with the new models of care ‘vanguards’ sites, to give practical support to services as they deliver the ‘new relationship with people and communities;’ set out in the Five Year Forward View.
These ‘six principles’ set out the basis of good person centred, community focused health and care.
The six principles require that:
1 Care and support is person-centred: personalised, coordinated, and empowering
2 Services are created in partnership with citizens and communities
3 Focus is on equality and narrowing inequalities
4 Carers are identified, supported and involved
5 Voluntary, community and social enterprise and housing sectors are involved as key partners and enablers
6 Volunteering and social action are recognised as key enablers
Full details at the National Voices website.


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

Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund
If you are a charity, voluntary or community group with an income of less than £250,000 per annum and you need funding for work focusing on increasing social inclusion and improving well being, this fund may be able to help.
The focus of the Small Grants Fund is to help society’s most disadvantaged and communities on the ground.
Projects may fall into any of the following areas:
~ Projects that promote social inclusion, reduce isolation and disadvantage and improve access to services;
~ Projects that advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety
~ Projects that maximize people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
The maximum grant size is £5,000. The application is online here.

Soup Camden
• Would you like to make more connections in the Camden community?
• Are you working on a project that would benefit from some extra funding?
• Would you enjoy an evening of local food and arts entertainment?
Then join us at Camden Hub (8 Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 3SG) on Wednesday 13th July from 6.30pm – 9pm for Camden SOUP.
SOUP is a micro-granting dinner which celebrates and supports local community projects, artists and entrepreneurs in and around Camden. For a donation of £3.50 on the door, attendees will enjoy a hot meal, connect with other members of their community, and hear pitches from individuals/ organisations who are looking for funding, before voting on which idea the money raised from the evening should go to.
For more information, or to request a proposal form to be in with the chance of raising money for your project, please contact Abigail on 02072784437 or Abigail.darton@hcct.org.uk

The Edge Fund is open for applications
Supporting grass roots groups for justice and equality
Summer is nearly upon us, and we have just opened a new funding round. In Round 5 we awarded about £40,000 to 30 groups, and this summer we are looking forward to helping support even more groups fighting for social change.
Find out how to apply here.
There are loads of great groups and projects out there, but we don’t always hear about them, please help us spread the word by letting people know in your networks.

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


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

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


Two Courses Aimed at Older People
Free resources online with AnDigital volunteers
Friday 24th June 10.30am until 12.30pm with lunch
Taking place at: AnDigital, Golden Cross House, 8 Duncannon Street, London, WC2N 4JF (near Trafalgar Square)
To register for this event please fill in your details on this eventbrite link https://andigital.eventbrite.co.uk
Digital Democracy – ensuring the voices of older Londoners with visual impairments are heard online
Thursday 30th June
Age UK London in partnership with East London Vision & Pocklington Trust
Taking place at: Pocklington Trust, 49-51 East Rd, London N1 6AH (near Old Street roundabout)
To register for this event and receive full details, email stynan@ageuklondon.org.uk or call Sharon Tynan at Age UK London on 0207 820 6776

June Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum
Join VCC at the next volunteer coordinators’ forum to share top tips for how to deal with tricky situations with volunteers.
Tuesday 28th June, 11am-1.30pm at West Euston Partnership
You will also have the chance to ask any other volunteer management best practice queries you may have. And to meet other volunteer managers in Camden. Fantastic!
For more details, and to book your FREE place go to Eventbrite.

Stand Up for Women
Camden Comedy Club – Raising Funds for Solace Women’s Aid.
Over the span of two weeks, there are five nights with over 50 funny women helping to fundraise for Solace Women’s Aid. The charity exists to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors and in particular women and children.
On the 27th June 2016 at Camden Comedy Club, a stellar all female line up will grace the stage to stand up against domestic violence and abuse. Full details here.
Tickets available via designmynight – £7.00
https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/comedy/stand-up-4-women-camden?t=tickets £10 on the door

The Camden Sensory Needs Forum
• A forum for blind and partially sighted residents and residents who are d/Deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.
• A forum for family carers of people with sensory needs in Camden.
• A forum that gives you direct links to Camden councillors as well as links to Council staff and staff from local health organisations.
• A forum to discuss services that matter to you
• The venue and meeting are fully accessible. British Sign language interpreters and a Speech to Text Reporter provided.
Next meeting: Chaired by Councillor Larraine Revah 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm 29 June
at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street NW1 8HF (map below)
Agenda item: How well is the Forum working? Tell us what you think?
For transport to help you attend please contact: David Robinson at Camden Council:
phone: 020 7974 4239 mobile: 0791 755 9419 sms text only

Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios Weekend
25th and 26th June noon – 6pm
Arts and crafts direct sale. Creative workshops. Delicious food. www.kingsgateworkshops.org.uk

Memory Cafes
Millman Street Memory Cafe, 3rd Monday of the month, 3-5pm. Tel: 020 7561 4820
Maitland Part Memory Cafe, 1st Wednesday of the month, 11am – 1pm. Tel020 7561 4820.

Rebetiko Carnival
In June 2016 the Rebetiko Carnival, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe is landing on the shores of the UK. The traditional music of Greece and Asia minor will be resounding through the streets of many of the major cities of the UK with the heart of the festival in Camden. Concerts, seminars, workshops, education work, outreach work, instrument exhibitions, Shadow Puppet theatre and new texts narrating the dramatic history of this music with live performance. All this will brought here by many of the greatest musicians from Greece as well as the best UK based bands.
The venues include Camden’s very own The Green Note as well as The Vortex, King’s Place, The Forge, the Hellenic Centre (London) etc. See Rebetiko Carnaval

An introduction to intergenerational working
An intensive one-day training session ideal for people who would like to organise activities or projects which bring together older and younger people, improve their intergenerational practice or make their organisation or service more age-inclusive.
The day is for anyone who would like to organise intergenerational events or improve their organisation’s intergenerational practice. The session is free of charge and open to anyone living, working, studying or volunteering in the London Borough of Camden.
The training will examine why intergenerational and age-friendly thinking is important, how to choose activities, how to prepare older and younger people to meet each other, how to plan and resource a project and how to build safe, creative and sustainable projects.
Tuesday 12 July 2016 9.45am – 4.45pm at Argenta House, Aspern Grove, Belsize Park, London NW3
For further information or to book a place, contact: vanda.carter@camden.gov.uk / 020 7974 2810

Moneytalk Camden North – subsidised Financial Education Facilitator Training Course, 12/13 July or 3 & 10 November
Moneytalk Camden North is a new project based on the award winning financial literacy resource Made of Money, developed by anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action. It aims to help groups talk about money and its impact on their lives, as well as learn vital money management skills.
Moneytalk Camden North takes a different and innovative approach to financial literacy: it works holistically- with the whole person and the whole household. The resources aim to build confidence, resilience and help people identify their own values, attitudes and emotions around money, as well as covering basics like budgeting, borrowing and debt. We recognise that unless people’s own situations are explored and confidence is increased, behaviour will not change long–term. The resources are all provided, fully reusable, fun and informative- so it hardly feels like you are doing money training. We will train you to use the resources and approach to support your own client groups.
12th & 13th July and 3rd & 10th November click here to find out more and download a booking form.
Contact: mtcn@qsa.org.uk tel: 020 8983 5047

Recovery College – places still available
Recovery College courses started on Monday 18 April and term runs until 20 July. The Summer term course guide is online at www.candi.nhs.uk/recoverycollege and courses are filling fast.
Please encourage colleagues and service-users to enrol now for courses in May, June and July so they don’t miss out on a place.
Friday 24 June: The Powers of the Nearest Relative
Mon 27 June: Money Goal Getting
See our course guide at for many more available courses throughout June and July.
Contact us on 020 3317 6904 or via recovery.college@candi.nhs.uk if you would like more copies of the Recovery College course guide for your service users.
Open Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm (closed for lunch 1-1.30) so feel free to drop in.

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

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

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

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


Abbey Community Centre seeds Activities Coordinator
Are you looking for a rewarding part time varied hands-on people-facing role in a small community charity? Where you’ll make a difference and be appreciated for doing so? This could be your opportunity!
Activities Coordinator (CHAPS Project), actual salary £15,124 for 21 hours a week
6 weeks holiday, plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
CHAPS is our community’s centre’s time, skills, activities, interests, talents, and help sharing exchange for men over 50 living in or within easy reach of Kilburn, North West London.
CHAPS is a unique community project and we’re looking for a unique person to become its new Coordinator.
We’re happy to consider applications from people who have not done this sort of job before but who can convincingly demonstrate that they have the necessary abilities and enthusiasm.
Deadline for applications is Monday 4th July 2016, 10am. For short listed applicants, interviews will be held on Monday 11th July 2016.
Please note no CVs. To apply please see the jobs section of our website: www.abbeycc-kilburn.org.uk

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust seek 3 Community Navigators
Based at St Pancras Hospital (CDAT Team), London
Salary: £23,375 to £26,949 pa pro rata incl HCAS
C&I has worked closely with current service users and Trust staff to create a set of shared values that make sure people who use the Trust’s services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery. We expect every member of staff to embed these values in everything they do to drive up the standards of care across the Trust. For people who use C&I‘s services, these values mean that they can be assured that through their journey to recovery they will be guaranteed. See website for details.
Interviews will be held on Friday 1st July 2016.
For further information or an informal discussion about these posts, please contact: Ms Kate Fullarton Tel: 020 7679 9051 e-mail: k.fullarton@ucl.ac.uk

The Littlehaven Nursery Manager
The Littlehaven Nursery is looking for an exceptional Nursery Manager to launch our brand new community nursery in the heart of Camden Lock. If you are a qualified, enterprising, dynamic Nursery Manager then you’re just the person we’re looking for.
Do you have what it takes to build an outstanding, professional and caring Early Year’s Practitioners team?
The Littlehaven Nursery will offer the best of both worlds: A brand new custom-designed facility with outstanding outdoor space – one of the largest in the area in the setting of a trusted, established & local organisation with an award winning 30 year track record. 100% of the profits from The Littlehaven Nursery social enterprise go into supporting the Castlehaven Community Association registered charity, which delivers a range of services to local residents and maintains the local park.
Salary: £30K – £36K (depending on experience) + pension + other staff benefits.
Closing Date: Fri 24th June 2016 Interviews Fri 1st July 2016
Go to the http://www.castlehaven.org.uk/ & find out more in the latest news section
For information call us on 020 7485 3386 skypec2c://r/204020 7485 3386 or email shay@castlehaven.org.uk web: www.thelittlehavennursery.com

Fitzrovia Chapel (a new secular venue)
Director, Salary: £35,000 – £38,000 pro rata
Part-time – Flexible hours minimum 2 days/week or full time or job share (if combined with General Manager post)
The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation is a new charitable trust, created to ensure a strong future for the beautifully restored Grade II* listed Fitzrovia Chapel, a unique space with historic links to science and medicine. The Chapel will be a new cultural venue in Central London and will operate as a secular building.
The Trustees are seeking a Director with the energy and vision to develop a cultural programme suited to this unique space and to be in overall control of the venue. This is a brand new post and thus provides a rare opportunity for the successful candidate to mold the role and demonstrate their creative and managerial abilities.
General Manager Salary: £30,000 – 32,000 pro rata
Part-time – Flexible hours minimum 3 days/week or full time or job share (if combined with Director post)
We are seeking an experienced General Manager who is organized and methodical, and capable of setting up the range of systems needed to ensure the smooth and safe use of the building as a venue for both private hire and for a public programme of performances, lectures and exhibitions. This is a new post, and provides an opportunity to be integral to the success of a new venture.
For more information and details on how to apply please visit our website
Closing date: 10.00 am Monday 20th June
Interviews: 18th and 20th July

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

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


Share your experiences of the mental health services provided by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Your views are really valuable and will help to develop local services.
Anyone over the age of 16 who has used Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust mental health services at a hospital or special mental health ward, or at a community based service, Community Recovery Service, Home Treatment Team, Homeless Outreach Team etc. Parents/carers are also invited to take part.
~ Complete an online survey and have the option to provide your name and contact details to be entered into a prize draw for a £20 shopping vouchers: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/public-health/mental-health-scrutiny-panel-cift-services
~ Take part in one of four group discussions in early June and receive a £10 shopping voucher for your time.
If you would like to take part or have any questions about this work, please contact Mubasshir Ajaz, Public Health, 020 7527 1261 or mubasshir.ajaz@camden.gov.uk

Team UP at Volunteer Centre Camden
Volunteer Centre Camden now has three days a week devoted to helping businesses support Camden organisations. (This support is generally in the form of time/energy/skills/connections rather than pure cash.)
If you have a ready-made opportunity/you regularly host corporate volunteering team day out challenges, please let me know so I can promote it to businesses.
If you have a need that you think a business could help you with but aren’t sure how it would work, please get in touch and we can help you figure it out.
Catherine@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk 020 7424 9990

Community space for hire by not-for-profit organisations at competitive prices
The H-Pod, backing onto the green park of Cumberland Market, has a light, airy room with small kitchen; suitable for exercise classes, meetings and more; will hold up to 30 people seated. Another smaller meeting room also available.
Please contact Diana Young, West Euston Partnership on 020 7388 7932, diana@westeuston.org

Improve your disability confidence for free with CamdenAbility
Business Disability Forum, Camden Council and Cross River Partnership are pleased to announce an innovative 18-month project providing free support to help Camden businesses improve their disability confidence.
CamdenAbility will give your business the opportunity to join a network of employers committed to improving their ability to employ and support disabled employees, through a mix of training, networking and consultancy.
Read more about the project here. If you are interested in joining the CamdenAbility Network, please call Helen Macfarlane, Principal Consultant at Business Disability Forum on 020 7403 3020 or email camdenability@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk.

How should Camden tackle crime & antisocial behaviour?
Camden Council currently spends £5 million on reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in the Borough. They need to cut this expenditure by 25%. To make this level of reduction they have rethought how they might deliver community safety in Camden. They are proposing to prioritise those most vulnerable in society and who are most at risk of harm. Camden is keen to hear from you and is undertaking a consultation that runs until Tuesday 12 July.
For further information and a copy of the consultation document: HERE
There are several ways you can tell the Council your views:
• Online: www.camden.gov.uk/communitysafetyreview
• Email: communitysafety@camden.gov.uk
• Or call Community Safety on 020 7974 2915
Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board, is holding a special Community Conversation on Thursday 30 June, 7.00 pm, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. If you will be attending, let Peter Ward know: admin@camdensnb.org.uk

Somers Town Photo Competition
Win £180 and have your photo exhibited in the Somers Town July 9th Festival! And win a day’s experience on a photoshoot at an ad agency.
Take a great photo of Somers Town as it is today, with your camera or phone. For ideas, look at the photos of old Somers Town on the website.
Final deadline is 1st July 2016 midnight.
Early bird – Enter before the 12th June – and your photo will be exhibited in the Chalton Gallery in June 15th-18th 2016. Prizes awarded at Festival, Saturday July 9th.
Photos MUST be taken in Somers Town, NW1 and you MUST be resident or attend school here. Full details at the website.

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