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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 19th June 2020

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19th June 2020

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Black Lives Matter; Covid-19 and BAME Disparities; VAC AGM; Build Back Better; Introduction to Data Collection and Analysis; The Camden Advice Network; Catherine Capaldi Memorial; Get Involved; Psychological First Aid; Queen’s Awards + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Black Lives Matter & Covid-19 BAME Disparities

Camden organisations are united in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign. As a response to the events of recent weeks and to the publication of the report around 35 other national infrastructure leaders  have signed and published a statement of intent. Voice4Change and ACEVO this week published ‘Home Truths: undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector’. If you need some inspiration to take your own action then take a look at these resources put together by Castlehaven or some we’ve collected from Shake, Anti Racism Resources and It’s Nice That . Camden Council will be reviewing statues and the naming of streets and public places.  Learn about decolonizing the curriculum or take the free 6 week University of Exeter course on British Imperialism.

The next Voluntary Action Forum, on Wednesday 1st July will focus on the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the BAME Community & Health Inequalities.  The council will be sharing the work that they have done on the issue. This will be a chance to have your say and feed into the findings. We will then be looking at the next steps and how to take this important work forward. Register here.




14th July 2020 5 – 6pm will be held online.  Join us for an update on VAC’s work and hear from the chair and trustees about our plans for the future. Email info@vac.org.uk to register your interest.

Build Back Better

Thanks to everyone who came to the last forum which was a chance to start planning for the future.  What might the future look like?  What do we need to consider?  What support will be needed?  We’ve gathered some resources to help people think about planning for the future.
~ Risk Assessment.  You can adapt these risk assessment templates here and here shared by our sister CVS organisations.
~ The risk assessment frameworks are based on the governments ‘Working Safely…‘ guidelines.  There is an offices and contact centres version.
~ Background reading: 6 characteristics of a resilient charity; A short guide to resilience for NGOs;
~ Recovery tools from Acevo and Voluntary Action Leeds and a website of tools from Charities Aid Foundation

Introduction to Data Collection and Analysis

Tuesday, July 7, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free
This session is part of a series of two-hour workshops being delivered for VAC’s Digital and IT Capacity Building Programme, in partnership with WCIT and CITA.
Covering: What do we mean by data? Understanding your business; What data should we collect and why? How to collect data, including tools.
The workshop will be delivered online using Zoom.  Book on Eventbrite.

The Camden Advice Network,

Made up of 12 local Camden organisations, launched in April and offers free and independent advice across a range of specialist topics. Citizens Advice Camden offer a general advice service and can help connect you to one of the specialist services. Call 0300 330 1157 Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Catherine Capaldi

Many of you will already know the sad news that Catherine Capaldi has passed away. Catherine was known by many as a campaigner for access and inclusion in Camden and someone who fought so hard to make people aware of the issues affecting young disabled people.  She was one of the founding members of Young People for Inclusion and was a trustee of Elfrida Rathbone Camden.
If you would like to contribute  to the memorial webpage about Catherine, please write to catherine@elfridacamden.org.uk ideally by the end of June.

Call out to get involved

Camden Council would like to work with a small group of VCS representatives of diverse communities to help develop messages relating to the pandemic for residents.  If you are interested in being involved, send contact details, the area covered by your organisation; who you normally work with  and BAME communities you work with to cohesionandequalities@camden.gov.uk

Psychological First Aid online course

Public Health England has launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.
The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19.  The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and the learner can complete it at their own pace.

Queen’s awards for Voluntary service/COVID Honours/Queens Awards for enterprise

You can make nominations for:
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
COVID Honours

Covid-19 Resources

VAC has gathered relevant resources on a range of topics.
Notable recent additions include:


Best Articles

London charities face £4bn shortfall due to coronavirus pandemic with thousands of good causes at risk

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

Rosa COVID-19 Response Fund for women’s organisations

£1-£10K. The funding is for specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations  across the UK and is intended to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
For more information and to apply please visit the Rosa website

BBC Children in Need- COVID-19 Next Step Grants Programme

Grants up to £80,000. Deadline 1st July
to help organisations with more complex service adaption, including additional staffing requirements. It is designed to be as flexible as possible, covering a wide range of activities. Projects can last up to 18 months and need to begin in September 2020. Full details on the website.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

A £200m fimd aimed at small to medium organisations:
~ To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
~ To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Full details on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

YCF Partners with Google to Launch the Digital Youth Work Fund

Young Camden Foundation (YCF) has launched the Digital Youth Work Fund sponsored by Google. This fund is designed to support Camden’s children and young people sector by creating or enhancing a digital youth work offer.
YCF will award members grants of up to £5,000
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: 29 May, 19 June and 3 July 2020.  Details at YCF website. Questions to grants@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk.

London Community Response

Wave 3 of London Community Response will open shortly.  Wave 4 will focus on recovery later in the year.

Lists of Emergency Funders


Digital & Tech Support Online Q&A

Tuesdays 2 – 3.30pm
Many organisations are having to grapple with moving their office systems online so staff and volunteers can work remotely.We’ll look at:
~ What systems do you need?
~ How do you set them up?
~ What works and what doesn’t?
Q&A session with Gilbert Plant, our digital partner from CITA and WCIT.
Joining details here: https://vac.org.uk/events/
Email alexcharles@vac.org.uk

VAC Events

Voluntary Action Forums: (web page here)
Wed 1st July Covid-19 BAME Disparity & Health Inequalities
Wed 15th July Resilient Civil Society
Wed 29 July Space and Place – what role for buildings?
Build Back Better Workshop (Date in June/July tbc)
VAC AGM Tuesday 14th July 5pm
SPLN (Social Prescribing Learning Network) Venturing Out (date tbc)
Keep in eye on our Events Calendar next week to book and for more info.

Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisation, community activists, social entreprenuers, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action.  The next forum is a chance to look at Covid-19 BAME Disparity & Health Inequalities.  Register here.

These sessions will be hosted on zoom.  Ideally you will need a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone with camera or microphone but you can also join by telephone as well. Click on the link or use the meeting ID.  You will also need the password if one was set. Short guide to joining a zoom meeting.

Safeguarding Courses:

VAC is working with funders so that safeguarding courses can continue online.  Further details to come. There are some basic safeguarding videos on the home page and on the COVID19 Update page.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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

Two free Webinars from Latin American House

Both activities will be spoken in Spanish.
1) Coronavirus and the immigration rules, Tuesday, 23rd June, 3pm.
2) EU Settlement Scheme,Tuesday, 30th June,3pm.
To register please email  info@casalatina.org.uk with the name of the webinar on the subject line and you will receive further information.  Casa Latino.

Ubele Fundraising Support for BAME Organisations

Every Thursday at 3:30pm Ubele host fundraising webinars on a variety grant funds that are available with techniques on writing better applications. These webinars are free of charge and the presentations/resources are uploaded on our website.
A representative from LCRF will be speaking at our webinar scheduled for 25th June.
Registration for Fundraising Webinars here.

Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

4 new virtual training safeguarding training sessions for June/July 2020.
Due to the current social distancing restrictions in place in light of COVID-19, the CSCP has worked with our experienced trainers to ensure that safeguarding training can still be made available to multi-agency partners.
Domestic Abuse  30 June 2020 — 2.00-3.00pm
Parental Mental Health and the Impact on Children 13 July 2020 — 10.00am-12.30pm
Full details and how to apply here.

Women+Health online group classes via Zoom

Aiming too help people feel calm, grounded, & centred during lockdown. We are currently running 4 online classes per week:
~ Tuesdays at 1pm, ‘Mindfulness for Women’ with Camilla (women only)
~ Wednesdays at 6:30pm, ‘Yoga Nidra’ with Lina (men & women welcome)
~ Thursdays 6:30pm, ‘Gentle Hatha Yoga’ with Diana (men & women welcome)
~ Fridays at 1pm, ‘Sound Healing’ with Catherine (men & women welcome)
All classes are donation classes – and all money we receive goes towards helping Women+Health survive while our doors are closed. The classes are FREE if people cannot donate.
All info to join classes and to donate can be found on our JustGiving page:

YPF COVID-19 Support Webinars are Available Online

Young People’s Foundation (YPF) has been hosting a webinar series to discuss topics related to COVID-19 support. In case you missed any of the presentations, the recordings are available online. Subjects include:
~ Cyber Service Offer for Children and Young People
~ Mental Health Awareness
– Employment
Webinar 9 – Wednesday 24 June – Summer Provision
The link to RSVP will be available soon on YCF’s website.

Respect online domestic abuse training

Respect has secured funding from the London Community Response Fund to offer free online training to Frontline Workers who support or have an interest in service users with domestic abuse issues.
Workers from the third sector; local authorities; counsellors/therapists; university lecturers, students or researchers; police; housing officers; healthcare staff; policy-makers etc.  – as long as the organisation they work for or the services they provide are based in Greater London.
Working with male victims of domestic abuse  1-14 July
Working with women using violence in intimate relationships 16-29 July
Better engagement with perpetrators 31 July-13 August
Adolescent to parent violence and abuse 15-28 August
Apply here.  Any questions, please email abigail.jones@respect.uk.net

Rush In Ballet

Ballet is a good challenge that will lift your spirits. As well as all of the benefits that come with pursuing a craft and with exercise, it is good to see some friendly faces and experience the camaraderie that we all so badly need.
You may even find Zoom classes less pressure than being in the studio, as you can disappear from the screen anytime you like to have a rest.
Saturday mornings, 10 AM.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5836327600

Free training courses

Training Link has free online courses that people can do at home.  Improve your skills during the lockdown! The courses include Level 2
Food Safety & Hygiene, Customer Care, courses for care work and others. They can be done on a PC or laptop with internet access. For
more information, email Peter Lush on director@traininglink.org.uk

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.You can use the Brokerage service to request volunteers with specific skills or background for community activity.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations

CDA seeks Chair of Board of Trustees

Camden Disability Action (CDA) is looking for a new Chair to build and lead a skilled Trustee board.
CDA is a Disabled People’s Organisation, which means it is run by Disabled people for Disabled people.
We are looking for a local Disabled person who has the skills and enthusiasm to provide strategic leadership for the organisation and to support making Greenwood a centre for social change.
The position of Chair of Trustees is unpaid. Board members are expected to attend 4 meetings a year. Induction into the organisation, safeguarding training and reimbursed travel costs are available for all the Trustees.
Details and how to apply here. Deadline June 30th 2020
Contact Colin Brummage, CEO on 07732 746 231 or colinceo@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk for more details.

Hopscotch Homecare seeks Live in Care Worker

Hopscotch are a well-established and expanding domiciliary care agency that has been providing careworkers to Camden clients and helping them to continue living safely and independently in their own homes for 20 years.Hopscotch focus on personal development and this post will enable the successful candidate to take advantage of the training and career-track development that we offer, among other benefits, and therefore to maximise their potential
Excellent Benefits and Incentives Offered. Covering South Camden: Kings Cross, Holborn, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and surroundings. RoleTypes:Full-time, Part-time, Contract.  Experience:Caregiving: 1 year (Preferred). Contact: recruitment@hopscotchawc.org.uk

Age UK Camden Seeks ABC Programme Manager

(35 hours per week may consider PT 28/30 hours for the right candidate).
PO3 Scp 33-36 £39,171 to £42,295 pa.  Fixed term contract to 30th June 2021
In collaboration with existing Programme Manager (working 19 hours):
Your role will be to work to:
• Manage the Ageing Better in Camden Programme, working with the ABC Board, to deliver the outcomes as agreed with Big Lottery Fund.
• Be responsible for the delivery of the Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) projects, including through working with a range of delivery agencies.
For more details, all documents can be downloaded from our website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk.
Closing date  – 9am on 6th July and interviews will be held on 16th July

Elfrida Rathbone Community Champions Volunteers

The project supports residents and families on the Peckwater, Torriano and Oseney Estates as well as the wider Kentish Town area who have been affected by the corona virus.  For help with:
– food shopping and prescription pick up/drop off
– telephone befriending for anyone feeling anxious or isolated
– dog walking if you cannot leave the house
Volunteers from the local area who can provide support needed. All volunteers will be DBS checked and will receive an induction.
Contact Jill on 07939877745

SHAK is recruiting 2 posts

SHAK (South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership) is recruiting:
Community Champions Coordinator
Full time- 35 hrs per week
Salary circa: £28-30,000 pa
Community Enabler
Full time- 35 hrs per week
Fixed Term for 6 months
Salary circa: £28-30,000 pa
Full detials and how to apply in the link. Closing date 23 June

Henna seeks an Advice & Outreach Worker

£12.05 ph  2 day pw- 14 hours  Interim 3 months with possible further 6 mths
Must have a willingness and aptitude to conduct outreach and establish contact with agencies and individuals to build a base for Henna Asian Women’s Group.  You will need experience of working with vulnerable adult groups and knowledge of the barriers they may face in accessing services. Contact Rafat.

The Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy

SFCP, a small independent charity concerned with education, ethics and philosophy and with strong international links, seeks someone to take minutes of Trustee meetings, usually held in Central London, and to liaise with the secretary and trustees. Interest in our values and activities would be an advantage.
Other administrative tasks/meetings by agreement. @ £35/hr.
To discuss this opportunity, please contact the chair Dr Julie-Marie ffrench Devitt Applications on one side of A4 at: galangal19@yahoo.co.uk  website www.sfcp.org.uk.

Paid work opportunities for people who have been laid off/ reduced income

Local Adult social care providers are still recruiting, and as they support the NHS to move vulnerable adults out of hospital to stay well at home, their need is growing. Contact Proud to Care.


Camden Social Prescribing and Care Navigation update

Social Prescribing and Care Navigation delivered by Age UK Camden, Voluntary Action Camden and Wish+ is operational, and adapted, as a point of access to services and support during the COVID 19 emergency.
Referral form can be found here. Minimum requirements are contact details and permission to contact the person needing support.
Freephone: 0800 193 6067 (please leave a message if no answer)
Secure NHS email (referrals only): camccg.socialprescribingreferral@nhs.net
Community Links email (enquiries and referrals): communitylinks@vac.org.uk

Covid Top 20 In-Kind Offers

The latest list of Business offers to support voluntary and community sector organisations.  To request an offer email  Covid.InKind@london.gov.uk

VAC COVID-19 Pages

Covid-19 Community Directory  (Update your entry here) [Map here]
Covid-19 Update page.
Covid-19 Resources page

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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