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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 18th July 2019

VAC Weekly Newsletter
19th July 2019

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


Summer Activities for Young People; Preventing Hate Crime; Advice Services News; Tackling Youth Violence; Dance for the Sea; Peer Mentor’s Needed; Review of Statutory Guidance on Youth Services + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more


Summer activities for children and young people

Youth, play and leisure centres across Camden are running packed programmes – and to help young people and their families to find out what’s on Camden have produced a handy guide to summer activities for young people, as well as the Council’s main Summer Programme.
The Council has also launched a new website for children and young people, called Camden Rise, where local activities, opportunities and support is all brought together in one place in a way that is much easier for young people to find what they’re looking for.
And don’t forget this year’s Camden Summer University, which begins on 25 July. Places are still available on some courses so avoid disappointment and book your free places now.




Preventing Hate Crime in Camden and Supporting Victims

Monday 22 July, 7.00pm, The Council Chamber,  Crowndale Centre,  NW1
David Moorhead, Camden Police’s Partnership Superintendent, will explain the legal basis of hate crime and what the Police are doing to tackle it.
Why does hate crime go largely unreported?
Tessa Havers-Strong, from Forum+ will outline their work to encourage greater reporting of trans crime and homophobic crime.
Camden Council will highlight the Community Safety Partnership is doing to challenge the causes. Refreshments provided.

Camden Council spending £7 million on advice services

A council cabinet paper recommends using a competitive grants process to award funding to organisations who provide independent advice. The recommendation to move from contractual to grant arrangements is being made in order to better respond to changing needs, by enabling greater flexibility. The intention is to award grant funding of up to £7million over an initial 3 year period and then a further 4 years subject to review

Tackling Youth Violence

The Caraf Centre is holding a workshop on Tackling Youth Violence on Monday 22nd July, from 6.15-8.00pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please email advocacy@thecarafcentre.org.uk to book your place.

Strategic communications training

If you’re a communicator or campaigner working on poverty and inequality, this training is for you. These workshops are aimed at small voluntary sector organisations working in London, and those with lived experience of poverty or inequality are particularly encouraged to attend.  If you’re not sure if this is right for you get in touch at info@equallyours.org.uk.  Apply online at Equally Ours.

Dance For The Sea

The Marine Conservation Society, Camden Council and Better Leisure Centre are promoting a unique underwater art exhibition experience.  Dance For The Sea is an underwater art exhibition co-produced by First Soloist of the Royal Ballet Company, Fernando Montaño, and underwater photographer, Robin Conway and will take place at Kentish Town Sports Centre 22 – 28 July 2019.

The Hillview Festival

Saturday July 27th, 2pm – 10pm, Whidborne Street, King’s cross, WC1H
Set in the beautiful  leafy courtyards, and surrounding streets, of a Victorian housing estate in the heart of King’s Cross, the Hillview Festival is a dynamic and colourful programme of music, dance, circus, and arts activities, along side a community market, food stalls and a bar. Free and open to all, the festival celebrates local talent and cultural diversity within the community, drawing on a wide pool of artists and performers from the local area and beyond. Come along for a fabulous day out  info@hillviewfestival.co.uk

Peer Mentor’s Needed

Voiceability’s Camden Peer Mentor project we are in the middle of a volunteer recruitment drive.  There is an an induction course running this month on Monday 22nd and Monday 29th July from 10am till 4pm and still have spaces available.
Camden Peer Mentoring Service offers people with mental health difficulties the chance to work with someone who has been through similar situations to the ones they are facing.
Contact: 020 3355 7113 or email camden.peermentoring@voiceability.org


Knives are a Public Health Issue

According to the Guardian “nationally, over the past decade, most victims have been white. Worryingly, politicians appeared to lack the detailed, in-depth knowledge that would enable them to tackle what remains a fraught and contested area.”

Review launched into statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services

A review of the guidance for local authorities which sets out how they should secure activities and services for young people has been launched by Civil Society Minister Mims Davies.  It will run for 8 weeks over the summer.

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.

Youth work grant funding 2020- 2022 engagement sessions

Voluntary sector youth providers are invited to attend a funding workshop to find out more information about new funding and the bidding process: The workshop details are as follows:
~ Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 2 pm at 5 Pancras Square, London N1C
~ Wednesday 12th September 2019, Committee room 3, Crowndale Centre
The youth work funding will be launched on 1st August 2019 with a deadline for submission on 7th October 2019. The focus of this funding is for work with 13 – 19 year olds in Camden and up to 25 if working with young people with learning difficulties or disabilities. rsvp to youthworkfunding@camden.gov.uk

Space to Connect Fund

£1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation to help community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. This Fund builds on the Government’s commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its Loneliness Strategy.
The Fund is now open for applications, with grants of up to £50,000 available.

Anti-knife crime community fund – year 3 (2019-20)

Apply by 24 July 2019 for funding to stop knife crime in your community.
The third year of the government’s anti-knife crime fund set up to support communities across England and Wales who are affected by knife crime.

New community grant to support older people in Camden.

Bluebird Care Camden and Hampstead will be giving away £1,000 to two projects which support activities or services for older people in the Borough.
The closing date for applications is Friday 20th September 2019. For more details or to request an application form, please email michaelautonconsultancy@gmail.com or call Michael Auton on 07862 253514

Small Grants for Social Prescribing

GLA’s Team London have released a small grants programme for groups tackling social isolation. VAC met with Team London officers whilst the grant criteria was being decided and emphasised the need to fund initiatives that were already working well but were coming under pressure from social prescribing referrals. This is one way we can use our social prescribing data we gather to influence decisions.  Full details here.

Young Camden Foundation Change in Action Fund

YCF will award grants of up to £5,000 to support voluntary organisations in Camden deliver activities for young people.
The Community Impacts fund provides a significant opportunity to mobilise the community, voluntary organisations and youth services to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families who are affected by crime. The Change in Action Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver Youth led Social Action projects
Deadline: 12 noon Thursday 25th July. Decisions: W/C 12th August 2019
Access the information, guidance and application form here.
Please get in touch with the YCF team if you have any further questions.  grants@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk

Places to Ride Grants Programme

The programme will fund the development of multi-use facilities to engage with a broad spectrum of cyclists and to encourage people who have never cycled before to get on their bikes. Applications can also be made to improve existing cycling facilities and support opportunities to ride in communities.
Small grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available. It is expected that the average grant will be much less than £50,000.  Full details here.

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

details from Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi email: DOgunyemi@vac.org.uk

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

Training opportunities over the Summer from CDA

25th July: Disability Awareness Training
August 8th and August 13th: How to Run a Successful Campaign
August 20th and August 27th: Disability Rights and You
If you are interested please contact Rosemary by calling or texting 07846 499635 or email training@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk

WAWA Weekender – Explore, Discover, Celebrate

26th – 28th July 2019
A 3 day festival of arts and events celebrating Wac Arts 40th Birthday and the rich heritage of change-makers who made history within the Old Town Hall.
Discussions, workshops, performances and parties – programmed to inspire innovative thought and practice.  Full details at wacarts.co.uk

Supported Employment Techniques

in partnership with BASE for Camden colleagues.
This five day course runs on Thursday 19th – Friday 20th and Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th September. rsvp by 12 July to Elizabeth.Lloyd@camden.gov.uk
We are keen to ensure that colleagues working with residents with disabilities have access to the training and support they need to do this, so please look at the website and let us know if there’s any other training that could support you in your role.

Resilient Families Training

3-day course: 1/8, 8/8, 15/8, Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt St, NW1
Developed in partnership with the internationally-renowned Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families and the Centre for Parent and Child Studies at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, this 3-day course will give you knowledge, skills and practical tools for helping children, families and adults.
To register, or for more information, contact learning@camden.gov.uk

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Annual members’ meeting

6pm on Wednesday 24 July 2019 in the Sir William Wells Atrium at the Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG. RSVP: rf.membership@nhs.net

KT Youth Project’s (KTYP) Safer Streets Screening

Regents Place on 24th July 2019 between 10am – 12noon
The screening celebrates ‘Safer Streets’ a project for young people, created by Kentish Town Community Centre in the aftermath of the appalling stabbings in our area in February 2018.
If you’d like more information and or RVSP please contact Jamie Weight (Youth Projects Coordinator) on youth@ktcc.org.uk  Tel: 0207 482 3212

Relaxed Early Opening for Families

Sunday 11 August, 9:00 – 11:00
Free | Ticketed | Suitable for families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory needs.
The British Library  https://www.bl.uk/events/relaxed-early-opening-for-families
An event for families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory needs. Enjoy the Library free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Maa Shanti seeks Volunteers

Maa Shanti empowers single asian mums ( formerly known as AWLPA) and supports single Asian mothers who are fleeing domestic violence and is looking for volunteers to support clients, translate during activities, gather data, provide information, signpost and be champions for us in the community. We would like to hear from women who have an understanding of the issues affecting single Asian mothers fleeing domestic violence, good spoken language skills in any of the South Asian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati. Contact director@maashanti.org or call 020 7700 0675 for more information.

Up to 25 new ICT Apprenticeships Coming Soon

Camden Council’s Digital Services team will soon be recruiting up to twenty five ICT Apprentices for an autumn 2019 start. Starting salary £19,804 per year
These roles will be open to Camden residents, former Camden secondary school students and Camden care leavers. Please email apprenticeships@camden.gov.uk or call 02079748778 or 02079743463

Lifting Limits seeks skilled volunteers

Lifting Limits works to promote gender equality.  We work with primary schools to challenge the gender stereotyping which can limit children’s choices and aspirations.  We are looking for volunteers who could offer us a few hours a month help in the following areas:
• PR
• Bookkeeping
Anyone interested please contact Caren on info@liftinglimits.org.uk.

Child Mentor Volunteers Needed

The Kids Network is looking for fun, committed and passionate volunteers to make an impact to the lives of little Londoners. Our flexible year-long mentoring programme supports children aged 8-11 with their social and emotional development during the transitional period between primary and secondary.
As a mentor, you will:
~ Facilitate weekly 1:1 sessions of 1-3 hours.
~ Build confidence and resilience in your matched child
~ Connect with a community of mentors through peer to peer support.
~ Receive ongoing personal support from The Kids Network Team
Contact Freya on 07533 098102 / f.brocchini@thekidsnetwork.org.uk.
Or visit our webpage for more information and an application form: https://thekidsnetwork.org.uk/become-a-mentor/

Women+Health seeks Temporary Part-Time Evening Receptionist

Core Working Hours:  13 hours/week: 5:30pm-9.30 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays  4:30pm-9.30pm Fridays
Hourly Rate of Pay: £12/hour (paid monthly in arrears)
Women+Health is a small charity in Camden which delivers affordable complementary therapies, counselling services and classes to women and families from the local community.
We are recruiting a Temporary Part-Time Evening to join our busy reception team until December 2019. This is a lone worker post so applicant must feel confident in working on their own.
Application packs are available from connect@women-and-health.org.  For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Honey Foxwell on 020 7482 2786.  Deadline: Wednesday 24th July 2019

North London Rape Crisis seeks Volunteers

Helpline volunteers needed to provide support to women and girls age 13+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. The volunteers will be required to commit to 12 months post training and to attend a 10 week training course on Fridays from 20th September to 22nd November.
Open Evening on Thursday 18th July from 4pm-7pm at our Head Office.
The information pack is on Solace Women’s Aids website.
Deadline for applications is 2nd August 2019 midday.

Volunteers wanted for Drummond Street Festival

Drummond Street is a truly unique cultural asset to Camden, and we will celebrate the with food, fun and entertainment on Thursday 1st August, 11.30am-6pm. This daytime outdoor festival is open to everyone to attend and we would like volunteers to help on the day.
Anyone interested can email or call Daniel Fulvio 020 7419 4841 email: danielfulvio@cptheatre.co.uk

Community Association for West Hampstead Seeks Project Worker

The Community Association for West Hampstead (CAWH) is seeking a Part-Time Project Worker to lead on our work with children and young people at West Hampstead Community Centre. 16 hours per week £10,816
This is a fixed term contract until May 2021 renewable after 1 year
For more information and a recruitment pack please contact 020 7794 3729, or email info@cawh.org.uk
Deadline 12noon 19th July. Interview date: 23rd July

PENHA seeks 3 new Trustees

The Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) is an African-led and inspired charity, established for 30 years.  Its mission is to reduce poverty among the pastoralists in the Horn of Africa
PENHA Board of Trustees are looking for three trustees to join the Board
Please send your CV and cover letter to our Company Secretary Mr. Bereket Tsegay, email b.tsegay@penhanetwork.org before September 2nd 2019.

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 as a Community Links volunteer, part of a new Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service in Camden. Community Links volunteers 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 building in Chalk Farm

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.

Want to Share a Skill, Space or Equipment?

Simply add your request to Comoodle Camden, the new local online sharing platform which facilitates sharing for community benefit.

Want to Run a Catering Stand in a Park?

The London Borough of Camden are currently looking to procure the services of small attractive mobile catering units to offer quality refreshments from a designated pitch in the following Camden parks and open spaces: Argyle Square; Bloomsbury Square; Brunswick Square; Cantelowes Gardens; Kilburn Grange Park; Talacre Town Green; Tavistock Square
Tenderers may tender for one or more of the sites for a three year licence.
To find out more email parks.officers@camden.gov.uk and we will send you the request for quotation and draft licence documents.

Want a Stall at the Camden Mela?

It’s on Sunday 21st July, Noon  – 6pm at Corams’ Fields.
Stalls from £40 – £120.   Please Email farida.islam@kcbna.org.uk for the form.
For further information, please ring Nasim Ali on 07852 223403
email: nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk


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