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17th September 2021

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Afghanistan Crisis Update; Voluntary Action Forum; VAC is Recruiting; VAC Cyber-attack resources; London Social Prescribing Survey; Autumn Volunteering Fair; Families for Life Community Champions; Black Maps Matter; Talk for Health + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Voluntary Action Forum

The next forum is on Wednesday 22nd September at 11am and is an opportunity to meet our new chair, Benaifer Bhandari and ask any questions you have about VAC.  We will also be launching our all new webiste – which features our new logo and new image.  Book here.

Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal

Hopscotch Women’s Centre have a fundraiser for sharing far and wide so they can training to those who are supporting Afghan refugees and can conduct effective referral work for those in need.
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.




Voluntary Action Camden is Recruiting a Chief Executive

See Jobs section for full details. Close: 28 September

We make Camden

Communities taking action is a series of events kickstarting a chance for every citizen in the borough to get inspired and involved in helping to make Camden a better, fairer place to live.  Find out more here.

Keeping Your Organisation Safe from Cyber-attack?

Check out our video and Cybersecurity Guide from our recent workshop.
“The threat landscape was really interesting. It was great to learn about URLs, Phishing and phone malware”

London Social Prescribing Survey

This survey is to identify the current offers of social prescribing/ identify gaps and see how current offers can be expanded across Greater London.
Please spare 5 minutes to take the survey

Autumn Volunteering Fair

Thursday 14th October 12 – 2.30pm
On Zoom.  There are still 3 places for Camden organisations at the VCC/VAI fair.  Contact Marta marta.aparicio@vai.org.uk

Families for Life Community Champion Programme

6-week programme for Camden parents/carers who has what it takes to become an inspirational
Volunteer Families For Life Community Champion.
Sessions run on Tuesday’s at 10-11.30am from 28 September to 9 November.
For more information on how to register and join our amazing Champion team,
Contact: Syria Chowdhury, Community Champion Coordinator:
m: 07734 603 060, e: syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk.
These sessions are organised by Camden Health and Wellbeing Team

Black Maps Matter – Just Maps

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 18:00 – 20:00
Counter Mapping White Supremacy in the Deep US South: the work of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
Full details and tickets here.

Talk for Health

Special 23rd September 6-8pm
4 Day Peer Counselling Prgramme starting 1st October
Free Taster, 6th October 4-6pm
Click here to see our full list of events or for more information visit our website or contact info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text 0203 409 3201.


Volunteer Centre Camden
Think and Do
Charity Tax Group
West Euston Project (WEP)
Latin American House
IKWRO Women’s Rights
Heath Hands
All Ways Network
Camden Carers
Young Camden Foundation


Whipping up fears of a ‘woke’ takeover in charities is nothing more than a dirty political move

Civil Society’s verdict on Oliver Dowden’s recent claims.  He has since been replaced by Nadine Dorries(!) Full story in Civil Society.

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

Build Up Fund: Youth Crime Prevention and Capacity Building Grants

Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000 to address their training and capacity building needs in three distinct areas:
Youth crime prevention
Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes
Organisational sustainability.
Deadline for applications: 10 October 2021  Find out more and apply here.

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.

Veolia Funding for Community Groups

Grants towards projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment.  Find out more here.

London Fund for Racialised Communities

The BME Health Forum has opened a second 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 £10,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 4 October 2021.
This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £10,000 but less than £100,000.
Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here

Trust for London

The October funding deadline is soon. The application form is now shorter. Potential applicants can book a 30-minute slot with a Grants Manager ahead of the deadline. Reading the funding guidelines before booking an appointment. Current grantees can contact their Grants Manager to discuss further applications.  The closing date is 1pm, 5 October. Click here for details.

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.

Aviva Community Fund

Deadline 6th October. Grants of up to £50k are available for organisations to adapt or continue their vital services so they can help their beneficiaries during this time of need.  Find out more at the Aviva website.

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.

GDPR and Cyber Security Workshops

VAC have three online IT workshops planned in September
~ An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Part 1 21/9/2021 3-5pm
~ An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Part 2  28/9/2021 3-5pm
Full details and booking here

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 on Wednesday 22nd September at 11am and is an opportunity to meet our new Chair, Benaifer Bhandari and we will also be launching our new image and website.   Book forums here.

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/

KOVE Annual General Meeting

2pm to 4pm Thursday 30 September 2021
Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Avenue, NW6 4LS
3.05pm: Kilburn Debate:  Prof Jo-Anne Bichard on The Need for Public Toilets
To join KOVE www.kove.org.uk contact Deborah Knight on 07778 145787 or email deborah@kove.org.uk
For nominations contact: peter56nw@outlook.com

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: This excellent two hour course will give you up-to-date info about to where to signpost pandemic affected residents.
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: This impactful three hour course will help you strengthen resident’s motivation of residents to make positive changes in their lives.
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk

Somers Town Big Local community questionnaire

Somers Town Big Local invites all with meaningful connections to Somers Town to answer our community questionnaire. We want to ensure that local voices and needs drive the next Local Plan.
Survey link: Somers Town Big Local Community Survey
To hear the initial findings from this research, join the General Meeting 28 Sept

“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:
Friday, Sep 24th 3PM-5PM, please register at  Eventbrite link.
Friday, Oct 8th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.
Thursday, Nov 4th 3PM-5PM, please register at Eventbrite link.

Think and Do Somers Town Pop-up

Two weeks of climate and social action events in Somers Town 15th-25th September, at the Ossulston Tenants and Residents Association Hall, 2 Ossulston Street, NW1.  The full schedule for the two weeks is here.

Camden Young Filmmakers Collective

Are you aged 18-26 and living in the borough of Camden? Are you passionate about filmmaking and wanting to create your own short film?
We are a new filmmaking collective in Camden seeking 12 young people to join us in October for our inaugural 8 weeks of online filmmaking workshops.
For more information and an application form for the filmmaking workshops please email on camdenyoungfilmmakers@gmail.com or send a message through Instagram  @CamdenYoungFilmmakers

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.

Laamiga are recruiting BAMER women to Athena Project

Athena aims to improve financial knowledge and skills to gain financial independence. As part of this programme, we offer one monthly online workshop for six months delivered by experts to help you access information and resources to maximise your income and savings.
For further information on Athena and the enrolment process, contact Emua Ali (Project Coordinator) at: info@laamiga.org or call 0208 257 7317

Stop Hate UK – Hate Crime Champions Training

Stop Hate UK are providing training for VCS groups interested in knowing more about how to use their 24-hour helpline to report hate crimes and hate incidents in Camden. This training provides an overview of all forms of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents, the impact on victims and communities and how you can help.
Thursday 30th September, 2pm-3.30pm, via Zoom.  Book at Eventbrite.

Camden New Town Community Festival

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September in Camden Square Gardens
Saturday Jazz, poetry & “open mike” 3.30 – 6.30
Sunday is family day – noon – 6pm
Parade, activities, live music, local history, green corner, food and refreshments
To book a stall, volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival Office on 020 7267 9586 or Email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Activities at QCCA

Visual Impairment Gym Sessions:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE gym sessions to those with a visual impairment with our qualified personal trainer.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Sports:
QCCA Sports Department are offering a FREE multi-sports session on Tuesdays between 6:30pm – 8pm for 10 – 14yr girls. Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Frances@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Zumba:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE women’s only Zumba sessions throughout the week, delivered by a qualified Zumba instructor.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Family Yoga:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE women’s only yoga for all ages, delivered by a qualified yoga instructor.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Family Sports Sessions:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE family sport’s sessions throughout the week for all ages.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Frances@qcca.org.uk or Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.

Active London 2021

Active London is the largest conference in London dedicated entirely to the future of physical activity and sport. Across two days (Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September), Active London will bring the sector together again. Collectively, we will explore how the pandemic has brought out the best in people and organisations across the sector and seen new and innovative approaches created.
Full details and booking here.

Voluntary Action Camden is Recruiting a Chief Executive

After nearly three years as VAC’s Executive Director (and many more in various other roles at VAC) Kevin is moving on and handing over to a new leader.
To lead this organisation, with its rich history and connections within Camden and beyond, will require someone with a vision of what it means to be an effective infrastructure support organisation. The leader will have the skills to ensure VAC is present and available to the smallest of community projects, right through to our very many large charities who need support to keep building their resilience in getting through these uncertain times. We are constantly developing opportunities for individuals, groups and local communities to have a broad range of learning and access to high quality resources to help them achieve their objectives.
Our new CEO will have a natural ability to network and demonstrate how to bring together charities, social enterprises, community groups, statutory bodies, citizens and the private/corporate sector to co-produce solutions to tackle social disadvantage, increase social cohesion and address gaps in wellbeing and health. They will have a good understanding of the sector landscape and the current challenges it faces, whilst taking opportunities as they arise.
To find out more and apply for the role of Chief Executive at VAC, click here
For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Debra Winterson at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email ceo-vac@cadencepartners.co.uk Applications Close: 28 September 2021

Community Association for West Hampstead seeks Manager

£21,000 per annum inc. LW (FTE £35,000 )
for 21 hours/week plus 3% contributory pension
We are a small, active community association serving the diverse population of West Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden.  We are seeking an energetic and motivated Manager to lead us in the next phase of development.
Closing date: Monday 18 October 2021 5pm
Interviews: Friday 29 October
We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.
For recruitment pack email info@cawh.org.uk, or ring 020 7794 3729

Camden Giving, Head of Grants Programmes

£33,000 per anum Full time
Camden Giving are looking for someone who can uncover better ways of creating equality in communities by leading our grant-giving programmes, awarding £1million a year to hundreds of local community groups.
Applicants should send the following to director@camdengiving.org.uk by midnight on the 29th September 2021, interviews held on 5th and 6th Oct.
A copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining your relevant skills and experience for this role.

The Winch seeks Community Partnerships Coordinator

£28-£30k (0.6 FTE)
Are you looking for a change of direction? Something with more purpose & rooted in community?
You could be our next community partnerships coordinator!
Help build our network of supporters & bring power to our purpose!
Full details and how to apply: thewinch.org/careers/

Latin American House is looking for an Immigration Advisor/Solicitor.

The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist immigration legal advice and will be expected to be registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commission (OISC) or Solicitors Regulatory Authority and ideally provide advice at OISC Level 3 or equivalent.
To apply and get more information: https://casalatina.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies/
Deadline for applications is Thursday 7th of October 2021.

Henna is Recruiting

Community Liaison Officer
An individual, who will recruit new members and engage with both statutory and voluntary organisation to promote the services and activities run by Henna. And to oversee and update the social media channels.
Salary: £20,020 pa (pro rata 14 hours per week)
12 months contract with possibility of extension, depending on funding.
Project Support Officer
Looking for the right person to support the manager in providing an excellent service to women and especially to older women. This role will require you to be supportive and understanding and be able to deal with any issues that may arise confidently.
Salary: £21,840 pa – 35 hours per week
12 months contract with possibility of extension, depending on funding.
Fundraising Officer
We are seeking a Fundraising Officer to start ASAP. We are looking for a someone who is a self-starter, ambitious, enthusiastic, and has experience of raising funds from trusts, foundations, statutory bodies, and awards.
Salary: £35,300 pa (pro rata 7 hours per week)
12 months contract with possibility of extension, depending on funding.
Closing date for all posts: Monday 20th of September 2021, by 5pm.

User Voice seeks Health Regional Manager London

User Voice has recently secured a contract working across all London prisons, immigration removal centres and liaison and diversion services to give people a voice about healthcare services, and we need someone to lead the contract and the team.
Find out more and how to apply on the website.

Origin Housing seeks 2 Venue Hosts

10 hours per week  Pay: £9.99 per hour
Covering halls based in the borough of Camden, London (mainly Euston & Kentish Town)
The Community Development team are looking for two Venue Host who will oversee the opening and closing of our community halls for bookings.
Contact Tosin Adewumi on 0207 291 5176. We encourage candidates from the local area. Send your CV to tosin.adewumi@originhousing.org.uk

Camden based theatre company Complicité seeks new trustees from a variety of specialisms

You don’t need a theatre background, simply to have a demonstrable passion for the power of creativity, and a desire to support Complicité’s vision.
Further details here
We are seeking to increase the diversity of our board, and particularly welcome applications from those who identify as coming from a migrant and/or global majority background, and those who identify as female/NB/Gender Queer.

Employability Tutor at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Elfrida Rathbone Camden are seeking to appoint an Employability Tutor 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.
£26,912 – £28,342 per year (pro rata £18,797 – £19,796) – 4 days a week, term-time only.  Full details here.

Vaccinations for 16 and 17 year olds

People aged 16 – 17 can find a nearby walk-in clinic via the national grab a jab website. A list of North Central London walk-in clinics currently offering vaccinations to 16 and 17 year olds can also be found on the CCG website.  Or use the national booking service.
In addition 12 – 16 year olds with underlying health conditions or living with a person with suppressed immune system can get the vaccine. Further details on the CCG website.

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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