Voluntary Action Camden

Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 18th April 2019

VAC Weekly Newsletter
18th April 2019

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources


New Neighbourhood Assembly;  Dirty Vans and the ULEZ; Anne Frank + You; Social Prescribing Learning Network; Training Link Open Day; Summer Volunteering Fair; Moorfields Consultation; Choice and Opportunities Day + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more


Is Your Old Van too Dirty for the ULEZ?

The Van Scrappage Fund has been created to help charities and small businesses in London switch older, polluting vans for cleaner vehicles. Through the scheme, old vehicles can be scrapped to help with the purchase and running costs of electric vehicles (EVs) or those compliant with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Full details here. Read Camden’s clean air plan here.
* currently the ULEZ covers the congestion zone, but will expand to the north and south circular in 2021.


New Neighbourhood Assembly on Health and Wellbeing in Kilburn, Swiss Cottage, Fortune Green & West Hampstead

A new Neighbourhood Assembly is forming in the west of the borough to give residents a real say in improving health and wellbeing. It’ll shape ideas to improve lives and have the support of a panel of experts (including councillors, GPs, directors and community leaders).
Come and find out more at an open meeting on Tuesday 23rd April and discuss how we can all make Camden healthier. Swiss Cottage Library, 6:30pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday 23rd April.
For more information please contact Henry Langford henry.langford@camden.gov.uk or 02079743219 or Tom Wastling tom@wearefuturegov.com or 07963486875

Anne Frank + You

An exhibition bringing the messages of Anne Frank into the 21st century
25 April – 20 May 2019 Swiss Cottage Library (every day except Sunday)
Anne Frank + You is a thought provoking exhibition about Anne Frank’s life and times. It also presents contemporary issues, such as racism in football, gang violence in the UK and Malala Yousafazi’s campaign for the education of girls.
For more information, visit: www.annefrank.org.uk

Social Prescribing Learning Network

Thursday 25th April 2-4pm at Voluntary Action Camden, Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, London NW1
The new Social Prescribing Learning Network will share the opportunities and learning arising from referrals in to community based activities and services in Camden. Network events will support a practical design and problem solving approach to benefit members. Looking at needs / demand, referral challenges, and how vcs activities and services can be resourced.
We want to hear from as many providers of these activities as possible, and from groups with ideas for development that meets emerging need.  rsvp at Eventbrite or contact Donna:  dturnbull@vac.org.uk

Training Link

Open Day 25 April 11am to 7pm
At 54-56 Phoenix Road London NW1 1ES
Lots of new free courses to help people find work: computer classes, online vocational courses, Adult Literacy. All welcome

Summer 2019 Volunteering Fair

Book your space at the VCC Volunteering Fair on Friday 21st June, 12-2pm. There’s space for 22 organisations.
Co-hosted with Volunteer Centre Islington, and it takes place in King’s Cross.
VCC are looking for voluntary organisations that have volunteering within easy reach of King’s Cross. All attendees will need to advertise their volunteering roles on Volunteer Connect.

Committees in Common on proposed consultation for the relocation of Moorfields Eye Hospital

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 Camden CCG and other commissioners are holding a Committees in Common meeting on the proposed consultation for the relocation of Moorfields Eye Hospital from City Road to St Pancras. The meeting is 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Wesley Euston Hotel, 81-103 Euston Square, NW1 2EZ. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Meeting documents can be accessed from the Camden CCG website.
Any questions relating to the agenda must be submitted to camccg.enquiries@nhs.net by 9am on Tuesday 23rd April.

Want a stand at the next Choices and Opportunities Day?

Thursday 4 July from 11am – 1pm at Working Men’s College, Maurice Hall
If you would like your organisation to have a stand, please contact adultlearning@camden.gov.uk by Friday 17 May.  Your organisation / service’s details will be included on the event publicity.


Biggest volunteer recruitment drive since WW2 to help boost mental health in same way as exercise

The nation’s biggest volunteer recruitment drive since the Second World War has been launched by The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) with the aim of boosting people’s mental health and giving them a “high” according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Council’s Funding Bulletin has been replaced by Camden 4 Community

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

National Volunteers’ Week Small Grants

Small grants of £500 – £1000 to organisations to develop additional activities around reward and recognition of volunteering in their locality throughout June.
deadline: Friday 26th April. Find our more and apply here.

GLA Funding Opportunities

A list of funding opportunties from the GLA from sports to arts to community inclusion including dates of related seminars.  Click here for the full list.

Young Camden Foundation Summer Opportunities Fund

Through the YCF Summer Opportunities Fund, YCF will award grants of up to £5,000 to support voluntary organisations in Camden deliver activities for young people. You can view the full details here Deadline 3rd May.

Rosa’s ‘Voices from the Frontline’ Opens for Applications

£500 and £5,000 for women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.
Webinar on 30 April (12.30pm to 13.30pm)
Deadline for applications is 14 May (5pm). Full details here.

Camden Giving Kings Cross Fund

Camden Giving’s KX Fund aims to increase:
~ Social Cohesion
~ Employment opportunities
~ Quality and access to natural environments
Full details at Camden Giving.  closing date midnight, 17 April

The HS2 Camden Fund

The Camden Fund aims to strengthen the sense of place and alleviate the disruption of the development of HS2 on local people. Aims:
1. A Happier and Healthier Camden
2. A Better Connected Camden
3. A Stronger Voluntary and Community Sector
Closing date: 14th May 2020. Full details at Camden Giving.

Healthy Minds Programme with Mind in Camden

The latest Healthy Minds community programme is now available.  A range of activities are available from VAC, Mary Ward, Mind in Camden, BWA, Good Gym, the Round House and more.  Find out what’s on and how to book.

Safeguarding Courses from VAC in 2019

Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding.

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 9.45am – 2.30pm (Includes lunch)
If you work frequently with children and their families, it is essential that your organisation has up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation and child protection procedures. This Advanced course is designed to develop existing understanding of the safeguarding process through a variety of written text, case studies and interactive exercises.
Suitable for anyone who has attended safeguarding training previously and would like to update their knowledge and skills further, including volunteers and workers of all levels.  Covering:
~ Department for Education’s updated statutory guidance
~ Myth Busting & Social Care
~ Awareness of current issues / Understanding emerging forms of abuse.
~ Safeguarding awareness and assessing need: Race, culture, gender, ability.
~ Safeguarding in Camden, thresholds and the role of professionals.
~ Safeguarding checklist: what you should have in place
To find out more information or to book your place please email Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi at: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk

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

Training Opportunities for Disabled People

Camden Disability Action is offering training opportunities for disabled people living or working in Camden As part of CDA’s Big Lottery funded ‘It’s Our Camden Too’ programme, CDA will be offering training on:
~ Disability Awareness
~ Disability Equality and the Law, and
~ How to Run Your Own Campaign
Free.  Contact: training@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk

Made of Money – Two Day Facilitator Training

Wed 10th and Thurs 11th July
Help people on low income talk about money and its impact on their lives. It is designed to improve people’s confidence, communication and control around money through interactive activities, discussions and resources.
Learn from experienced facilitators the best way to deliver financial education workshops and one-to-ones. This is NOT money/debt advisor training.
More information and to book: http://tinyurl.com/y6he828q
Or contact: Mostofa – mostofauddin@qsa.org.uk or 0208 983 5046

Association of Chairs Beacon Programme

Are you a Chair / Vice Chair of a charity with an income under £1m? Get support and update your knowledge and skills through the Association of Chairs’ free Beacon Programme.
The programme is based around four modules – Being an Effective Chair, Strengthening your Organisation, Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics, Developing an Effective Board.   Register here to access this support – http://bit.ly/joinBeacon

Arts workshops for young people and older community members (May to September)

CSKX Studios has secured funding from Arts Council England to run a series of sensory arts workshops for young people and older community members across Kentish Town.  Workshops will be happening at local sites and have  been devised in collaboration with North London Cares, Free Space Project at Kentish Town Health Centre and Queens Crescent Community Association.
We would like to hear from both groups and individuals interested in taking part.
To register interest and receive more information email Leo Smith: info@cskx.org  020 8001 5357 / www.cskx.org

Making Every Contact Count

The session will equip participants with a range of specific MECC skills that will enable them to deliver MECC confidently and consistently well. It covers:
~ Communication skills to raise an issue
~ Behaviour change techniques
~ Delivering brief advice and brief interventions
~ Signposting and helpful online resources
Sign up at the MECC website.

Future Changemakers- Information Session

25th of April 2019, 1,45 to 3.30pm. Camden Giving are running an information session for YCF members. This session provides an opportunity to find out more about the Future Changemakers grant and ask any questions you may have regarding the grant.
At LABS Camden – Atrium, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH. Please RSVP by18th of April.

Camden Intergenerational Network

Wednesday 8th May 2.15pm for tea or coffee, meeting 2.30pm – 5.00pm.
At Age UK Camden, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA.
if you have any questions, would like to join the Network, or know someone who would, please contact Lydia.Shellien-Walker@AgeUKCamden.org.uk.

VAC seeks Treasurer

If you would like to lead on financial oversight and strategy at Camden’s umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector we would love to hear from you.  In the first instance contact Kevin Nunan, Interim Executive Director, for further information: knunan@vac.org.uk

Age UK Camden Opening Doors is Recruiting

Community Partnerships and Fundraising Officer
21 per week, SO1 – Scale point 23-25
£31,434 to £32,577 pa incl. LW pro rata for a 21 hour week (£18,860.40 to £19,546.20 pa)
Closing date Tuesday 21st May
We are looking to recruit a collaborative and dynamic fundraising professional to build on our existing relationships with both individuals and corporate partners. The main aim is to raise unrestricted income to support the work of Opening Doors London
28 per week, Scale 5 Scale points 12 – 15 £25,833 to £27,255 pa FTE (£20,666.40 to £21,804 pa for a 28 hour week)
Closing date Tuesday 14th  May
This role will involve working alongside the team to provide support to existing groups and activities as well as developing new initiatives to meet the needs of our members.
Application packs at  www.ageukcamden.org.uk / www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk  or email Jobs@Openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) members needed

The Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Network is a new research network that brings together many different relative perspectives on the topic. The Network is intended to speed up the pace of research on loneliness and social isolation in mental health.
Interested in applying? Please contact Ellie Pearce at: ellie.pearce@ucl.ac.uk for more information. Deadline 23 April.

Volunteer with VAC and develop experience and skills in public health

VAC provide training, and work opportunities for Camden volunteers who can commit 2 hours per week.
We offer free Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) training to volunteer Health Advocates for Community Links, part of a new Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service in Camden. Community Links Health Advocates signpost residents to community based activities and help with formal referrals where community based activities are needed alongside clinical care.
Contact: Mandira Manandhar, Community Links Co-ordinator (Mon, Tues and Thurs) 020 7284 6550/6573 or email: mmanandhar@vac.org.uk

VAC is recruiting volunteers to help us in our new building in Chalk Farm

VAC has recently moved to a new home at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, NW1. We are sharing the building with Camden Carers and Camden Disability Action.  It is a very busy building with lots of visitors and events.
We are recruiting volunteer receptionists to be the first point of contact for visitors. I You will be an important member of the VAC team of volunteers and staff and will have access to training and ongoing support.
Contact Kevin Nunan at VAC on 020 7284 6557 or knunan@vac.org.uk

Need a Meeting Room near Chalk Farm
Special rates for Camden network events

VAC now has 3 new rooms to hire out for Events/Training, etc. at our new base in the Charlie Ratchford Centre in Chalk Farm.
There is a large room for up to 60 people, ideal for large events.
The training room can hold up to 20 people comfortably for training/workshops
The Lounge is a open area for anything that is not confidential and can hold up to 20 people. Smartboard, level access throughout, reasonable prices.
Rates and full details on the VAC website. Special rates for Camden networks.

The voices of Camden’s deaf and disabled people

Are you a Deaf or Disabled resident or employee in Camden? ⁦‪Camden Disability Action‬⁩ wants to find out what matters to you. Take the survey here.


Ways to Get Involved

Join us on social media




Become a Member

Watch a short video about our work!


Find out more about our work supporting the community and community groups with this short video.

Forwarded VAC newsletter by a colleague?? 

Opt in to receive VAC e-newsletter direct to your inbox

Copyright © 2019 |Voluntary Action Camden | All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, London, NW1 8HF

Registered Charity Number 880216. Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England No: 2388150. Registered Office: Belmont Street, London, NW1 8HF

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>

why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences

Voluntary Action Camden · Charlie Ratchford Centre · Belmont Street · London, NW1 8HF · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp