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VAC Weekly Newsletter
19th November 2021
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Highlights
Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation, C4 appoint new co-Chairs, Healthwatch Camden domestic abuse report, Q&A on long COVID, webinars, WinterFEST, YMCA open weekend, call for LGBT history month submissions, LIFT employment courses, workshops, new Black History season event, Calthorpe Community Garden Christmas market, free furniture, new grants + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more
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Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation: 25th November 11-12pm

Camden’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-30 consultation is now open. 
The draft strategy has implications and opportunities for the voluntary and community sector to connect, collaborate and influence decision making.

The strategy is themed around three stages of life: Start, Live and Age, well. Consultation questions are grouped under 6 headings

1. Population Health Approach
2. Ways of Working and Guiding Principles
3. Long term vision
4. Good Work and Employment
5. Healthy and Ready for School
6. Community Connectedness and Friendship

To request a paper copy, accessible versions, or if you have any questions about the strategy, please call  020 7974 5827 or email   healthandwellbeingboard@camden.gov.uk  
In this session we will take you through the consultation questions, facilitate short discussions and gather your responses

Book here

 


Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) appoint new co-Chairs
Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) has appointed new co-Chairs to replace years of fantastic service as chair by Nicole Furre (Dragon Hall).
Eira Gibson (Kentish Town City Farm) and Foyezur Miah (Queens Crescent Community Association) will be sharing the role of Chair between them. They bring extensive experience of collaborative working, charity leadership and a positive impact in the sector.
Nash Ali (KCBNA) takes on the vice-chair to support Eira and Foyezur, whilst Louise Gates (Calthorpe Community Garden) takes over as treasurer.
C4 members are excited about their new leadership team, who have come together at a time when the charity sector is overwhelmed supporting  those in need, in Camden and beyond. 

Healthwatch Camden Surviving Domestic Abuse Report
Healthwatch Camden are privileged to present the learning from their recent work exploring the experiences of domestic abuse amongst some of our residents
Read more here

Healthwatch Camden is hosting an online Q&A event on long COVID
Tuesday 30th November 2021: 5.30-7pm
For some people, a Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID’.
If you, or someone you know, has long COVID and want to know more about it, join our online Q&A session and get your questions answered by health experts.
To register for access via a landline call 020 7383 2402
To register for the Zoom link, or to submit a question, email Anna.Walsh@healthwatchcamden.co.uk
NB – the deadline for submitting your questions will be Wednesday 24th November 2021.
For more information, click here  

Thriving Communities Webinar: Beyond Contact to Connectedness – optimising health and wellbeing of people and the natural environment
Tuesday 23 November 2021, 3-4pm
In the next webinar in the Thriving Communities series you will hear about the importance of nature connectedness for people’s health and wellbeing and how it links with social prescribing. 
It will explain the difference between contact with nature and nature connectedness, and the importance of both in optimising the benefits of nature for health and wellbeing. You will learn about five simple pathways to nature connectedness to improve policy, planning and delivery at both an organisational and individual level.
Register here

Central YMCA Club Open Weekend: 26 – 28 November
112 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ
For the last weekend in November, Central YMCA Club will be opening its doors to support as many people as possible in our community to improve their health and wellbeing. The free event is open to everyone and participants will be able to use the pool, gym and participate in classes.
Book your spot here 

Call for submissions for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2022
Deadline for submissions is Friday 17th December.
forum+ is gearing up for LGBT History Month 2022 and we invite all the community to join us in celebrating local LGBT history. If you are planning an event for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month we would love to hear about it! Events will be showcased in the online and printed programme as well as promoted via forum+ social media.
For a submission form please email info@forumplus.org.uk and for more information click here

LIFT employability courses
LIFT is a partnership between 4 boroughs (Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and seeks to inspire diverse residents with a career in the knowledge economy  (tech, creative production or life sciences), thus addressing under representation in this growing sector and creating a more inclusive economy. Camden council is rolling out this support to service users across the borough, especially focusing on Euston, King’s Cross and Somers town. LIFT offer employability courses for people wanting to get into tech, and enterprise programmes for people starting their own business in our target sectors. There are also loads of other programmes related to tech and creative that LIFT can help people to access. LIFT can also offer individual support for service users to help them get onto relevant training courses or access jobs, apprenticeships and paid internships.
LIFT is looking especially to reach out to service users facing multiple barriers to employment through ethnicity, disability or limited educational attainment.
Get in touch with cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who is the LIFT Community engagement officer for Camden, or visit www.liftfutures.london to find out more. 

Social Prescribing Link Worker Webinar Series: NHSX-Supporting people at home via tech enabled care
Wednesday 24th November 2021, at 1:30-2:30
This webinar in partnership with NHSX is about sharing some of the tech enabled health and well-being opportunities available, so that social prescribing link workers are aware and can help support these, when they encounter patients on these health and wellbeing pathways.  You’ll hear from patients about the difference innovative digital solutions are making to their lives. From digitally supported virtual wards, to home management of heart failure and support for residents of care homes, the digital health team from NHSX will share the experience so far of scaling these technologies in partnership with colleagues across the NHS and social care, including social prescribing link workers.
Register here

Tools and Techniques for successful virtual workshops
Tuesday 23rd November: 4 – 5.30pm
Find out more about the digital tools that can be used to create and run a successful online workshop
Find out more here.

Empowering Deaf Society Awareness Workshops (via Zoom)
Tuesday 30th November and Tuesday 14th December 2021 (both at 11am)
The Empowering Deaf Society are a deaf-led Charity based in East London, dedicated to improving the quality of life for deaf people.
These free Deaf Awareness workshops are a great opportunity to help break down the barriers that most deaf people face by developing Deaf Awareness and accessibility.
To view available workshops and book a space, click here

Black History Season: Thee Spoken Word
NOV 25 Thu, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT
T U U P, SANDRA AGARD, SISTER CHI CHI and FRIENDS
African and Caribbean Adult Story telling with Music
Thursday November 25th: Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Rd, London N1C 4AG
Tu up, Sandra Agard, Owen Uwadie
Wednesday December 1st: Holborn Library 32-38 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8PA
Tu up, Sister Chi Chi, Owen Uwadie
Book your free tickets here.  

Castlehaven WinterFEST 2021
Friday 10th December, 3.30-7pm
Pop down to Castlehaven Community Association for festive fun, stalls, free activities, performances, delicious food & drink and a special guest from the North Pole… 
More information about this FREE, festive extravaganza click here

Calthorpe Community Garden Christmas Market 2021
Friday 26 Nov 2-7pm & Saturday 27 Nov 12-5pm
20+ stalls selling a wide range of gifts.
Cafe open selling hot food, mulled wine and much more.
Stalls are available, contact Louise Gates info@calthorpecommunitygarden.org.uk  

Queen Mary University looking to donate desktop computers
Queen Mary University have a stock of old desktop computers that they are keen to donate to local residents or businesses. If you are an organisation that could benefit from these desktops for yourselves or your clients, get in touch with Cina Aissa cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who will be able to assist you. Note that organisations will need to arrange transport for these computers.

Free Office Furniture
A camden based business, located just off Agar Grove NW1, has the following furniture available free of charge to anyone who is interested and able to arrange their own transport…
 
    •    Bisley (and similar) pedestals (71cm h / 47cm w / 47cm d) – about 10 available
    •    Ikea Kallax shelving units (147 cm l / 77cm h / 39cm d) – about 5 available
 
None is in perfect condition, but they are all in decent shape and fully functional.
Please contact ndrew@gp-b.com if you are intereted 

Charity Marketing Grants Programme
Closing date for applications is 10 January 2022
The Marketors City Livery Company has announced a new Charity Marketing Grants Programme for 2021-2, funded by its charity The Marketors’ Trust. A total of £20,000 is being made available as grants for small charities (turnover between £10,000 and £100,000 annual income) to run marketing and fundraising campaigns.  
There is one grant of £10,000 and four grants of £2,500 each. 
full details are available on our website here, where there is an Information Sheet and an online application form.

Action Funder/ Central District Alliance fund
Application deadline: 30th November
Action Funder are running a fund, backed by the Central District Alliance. Grants of up to £3000 available to any charitable organisation (community groups, charities, social enterprises, schools etc.) aiming to improve their local area in the Jewellery Quarter and its surroundings.
The themes are education
and employment, climate and nature, food action, mental health and wellbeing, neighbourhood, and poverty and homelessness
Apply here


Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
port (sign up) 
Forum+
 

National

 

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

Resilience Fund: Grant Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Camden

Deadline for the Stage 1 applications is 11pm on 29th November 2021
Camden Council have launched a new grant programme called The Resilience Fund. The Community Impacts Resilience Fund is in response to feedback that we have had from the VCS and offers financial support to local organisations that are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also provides support for new partnerships and innovative ways of working, which have been developed within the sector in response to the challenges of the pandemic.  
In 2021/22 there are two strands of funding available in the Community Impacts Resilience Fund:
~ Recovery Fund: Grants of up to £15,000 to support organisations to return to business as usual. Funding can be used to cover day-to-day costs such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £600,000 is available through this fund.
~ Partnership and Networks Fund: Grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations to develop existing or to establish new partnerships and collaborations within the community. Applications can be made as individual organisations, partnerships or networks. The fund can also be used to cover core costs associated with this work such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £150,000 is available through this fund.
The grant application process is in two stages and groups that are successful at Stage 1 or the Expression of Interest, will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. We would particularly like to encourage bids from small organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Application forms and guidance on the funds can be found here from 5pm, 5th November:  camden.gov.uk/voluntary-and-community-sector-in-camden#hltr
The website also has an FAQs section and you can also email us with any questions at vcs@camden.gov.uk
 

MadCovid Fund: Hardship Solidarity Fund

Small hardship grants of up to £200 available depending on individual circumstances.  You can also show solidarity by donating.  Full details here.

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk
 

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.


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.
 

VAC Announces our new CEO

VAC is very pleased to welcome Keith Morgan as its new CEO.  Keith was formerly the Chief Executive of the Young Camden Foundation and has a background in youth work.  He also worked in Strategy and Change at Camden council.  He brings considerable  knowledge of the local sector, leadership experience and strategic thinking.   Keith’s appointment completes a 3 year process of leadership renewal at VAC which has seen both a new chair and new board of trustees recruited.

The Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday 15th December will be a first opportunity to meet Keith.
 

GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.
 

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.


Safeguarding Courses:

Virtual: Advanced Safeguarding Update.
Wednesday 1st December 2021: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
This virtual safeguarding update has been developed in response to the challenges faced over the last 18 months by Covid-19 and the pandemic. Suitable for those those who have attended safeguarding training previously, and who are working with organisations or groups delivering services, both directly and indirectly to children, young people and their families in Camden.
This session is free to all those who live or work in Camden and is in line with current recommended guidance.
Book Here




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


The Gift of Communication: Create Connections

How can you address the challenges in our post Covid world where charities face an estimated £10bn funding short fall with increased demand for essential services?
This is the question addressed in our mini-conference open exclusively to those within charities wanting to review and improve their communication.
Full details and how to book at Eventbrite.  

Castlehaven Community Association AGM Invitation
Wednesday 24th November at 6pm on Zoom
Sharing success and challenges from the past year, organisational adaptations in the face of Covid -19 and plans for the future. All our welcome. To join, email info@castlehaven.org.uk for the zoom link

Camden Health and Wellbeing Event
20th November 12-4pm
Camden Council is hosting a free health and wellbeing event outside the Swiss Cottage library, 88 Avenue Road, NW3 3HA, to launch the borough’s new mobile health bus. Please pop along if you are able.

 

Free festive wreath workshops for community groups on Hampstead Heath

Friday 18th December 2021
10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Heath Hands are offering free wreath-making workshops for local community groups on the Heath. Spend time out in nature, learn new skills and bring home beautiful natural wreaths to decorate your home or give to friends and family. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

For more info and to organise an outing, contact Heath Hands on info@heath-hands.org.uk


Inclusion London: Call for Evidence survey
Before 5pm, Monday 22nd November
The UK government will soon be reporting to the UN Disability Committee on what it is doing to advance the rights of Disabled people.
We want to make sure the UN Disability Committee hears from Disabled people, our organisations and other civil society organisations so they understand the situation from our point of view too.
Fill in the survey here

Volunteer Centre Camden: Volunteer Management Forum
23rd November 2021 – 10am
The volunteer managers’ forum will discuss all things volunteer management
The topics will be varied, and can be anything related to managing volunteers – and will be decided by you on the day. And this event is open to volunteer managers everywhere. The forums are peer-to-peer learning, where groups work through solutions together. Book Here


Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org


Free research consultancy clinic for voluntary sector

Voluntary & community sector organisations or community groups can apply for up to 90 minutes with a trained PhD student to outline a research project that would be useful to the organisation. Your project outline will be advertised in January 2022 to master’s students who will be invited to make an expression of interest and suggestions for taking the project forward. Collaborating with them, your project could be carried out May to September 2022. A useful and useable product for the organisation will be part of the collaboration.
Contact Anne (a.laybourne@ucl.ac.uk) about this opportunity. The clinic is scheduled for 22 November at 13.00, online.
 

Supporting older men to build social networks: sharing what we’ve learnt

Wdnesday 1st December: 10.30-12pm
Hear about this alternative approach to bringing older men together and find out more about our latest research findings.
This event will be on Zoom
If you have any further questions about the event please get in touch with ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk
Find out more: www.ageingbetterincamden.org.uk or sign up at Eventbrite

Sadler’s Wells £5 ticket offer for Botis Seva’s BLKDOG
Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November
Learn more about the show and book here. Enter the code BLKDOG1 for the £5 ticket offer


British Museum Community Partnerships Volunteering focus group

A focus group discussion for community group
leaders and or community organisations and share your views on volunteering
opportunities at The British Museum.
Tuesday 23 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
To take part in this event please RSVP to: jstarns@britishmuseum.org


The Living Centre Environment & Climate Community Events

A full programme of events from the Living Centre – from Urban Farming to Climate Friendly Food Swaps.  There will also be an Extinction Rebellion debate and a film screening of Made in Bangladesh about workers in the fast fashion business.
Click for the full programme.  Book at climateexhibition@thelivingcentre.org


Luminary Bakery Employability and Independence Programme

A 6 month training and employment programme for women who have been classified as experiencing ‘multiple disadvantages’ including gender based violence. They focus on providing support to find employment in a safe, trauma-informed space, and have 28 spaces for women starting in February 2022. All training takes part at Luminary Bakery in Camden. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 1st December.


Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open.  Find out more and register on the website.


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: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


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.
Adult Learning are always open to working with new partners.  If you think your members/clients will benefit from any of our courses, (IT, Family Learning, ESOL, Health & Wellbeing or Communities & local interests), and you would like us to run a course at your centre please contact us on 020 7974 2148 or send an email to adultlearning@camden.gov.uk for more information on how we can work together.

 

 

Community Link Worker: Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre
Part-time permanent employee, 1 day a week (7hrs)
As a community Link Worker, you will provide general advice, information, advocacy, and practical support to Nafsiyat’s clients. You will work closely with therapists, assess clients’ needs, identify any barriers that may prevent them from engaging with therapy and arrange appropriate referrals
Please send a current CV and tailored covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements for this role as set out in the job description to recruitment@nafsiyat.org.uk by 5pm on Tuesday November 30th.
 

Become a Likewise Trustee

Likewise is looking to recruit four Trustees to our Board. New Trustees will be valuable friends offering insight, fresh perspectives, varied expertise and opinion to help us achieve our goals. They have the opportunity to be part of an organisation ahead of the curve in terms of working practices and person-centred support, to experience our genuinely values-led culture, and to contribute towards something with real potency.
We’re looking particularly for individuals who have experience in the following areas:
·        Finance
·        Fundraising
·        Communications, marketing, profile raising
·        Mental health and social care policy environment
For more information about Likewise, the role of trustees in the organisation, our values and how to apply, please visit our website.

Youth Manager at The South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership
Full time (35 hours per week)
Deadline: 6th December 2021
They are looking for a talented and enthusiastic individual to manage and further develop the ARC youth club, coordinating youth activities and programmes based on and around the huge Alexandra & Ainsworth estate in NW London.You will need to be passionate about working with young people and have strong organisation and management skills.
For more information on the requirements of the role click here.
To apply email jobs@shakonline.co.uk

Digital Media Training: Mama Youth Project

Deadline 22nd November 2021
Open to applicants 18-25yrs and residents of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, the Cities of London or Westminster.
A free intensive 6-week course on digital media + a minimum of 2 weeks paid work placement.
For more information and to apply click here


The Autism Hub and ALAG are recruiting a freelance Advocacy Case Worker

The worker will provide specialist advocacy and outreach support to autistic adults who do not have a learning disability, in London.
We are looking for an experienced Advocate Case Worker, who has knowledge and at least 2 years experience working with autistic adults and also with adults living with mental health conditions. This experience will enable you to play a vital role in supporting autistic residents across London
£15.00/hr Part-time 15hrs/week
To Apply – Email: jill@autismhubislington.org


Central YMCA is recruiting a new Head of Health and Wellbeing

The new Head of Health and Wellbeing will be given a broad remit to develop our community engagement and funded programmes in Camden whilst also developing and expanding our health and wellbeing offer nationally and overseeing the day-to-day operations of our two London health clubs
To find out more and apply, click here.


Somers Town Community Association seeks Employer Engagement Worker

20 hrs pw £17 per hour
The post is part of the job hub team and will be expected to develop working relationship with local businesses and employers.
Email: ziaur@somerstown.org.uk for an application pack.


Maths on Toast Job opportunity

We’re recruiting a Community & Schools Outreach Practitioner to help us show families how to explore and enjoy creative maths. If you’re a creative learning expert or teacher with experience of working with children and families within the community, we’d love to hear from you.  Click here for full details.

LAWRS are recruiting a Training and Development officer
Part Time (21 hours a week)
Deadline 28th November 2021
The Latin American Women’s Rights Service are seeking a highly-motivated Latin American woman who is committed to social change to join the team as Training and Development Officer.
The Training and Development Officer will be responsible for the coordination, planning, design and delivery of LAWRS sexual harassment in the workplace project funded by Rosa Foundation.
Learn more and apply here


Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

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

Camden Carers Survey
Camden carers want to hear from carers. This survey is looking to understand carers’ views on social care and the support that they need.
It should take less than 20 minutes and the more responses the more powerful carers’ voices will be.
To take part, click here


Space rental at Latin America House, Kilburn
A range of space available for events, classes and more.
Find out more here


Have your say on the future of education in Camden

Camden’s draft Education Strategy events
Pop-up event at St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre – Wednesday 24 November 2021 between 5pm-6pm
Everyone is welcome to pop in at any point during the session, to find out more about Camden’s new draft Education Strategy, Building Back Stronger, and share your views on the strategy.
 
Online Camden Conversations
There will be three online Camden Conversations, held via Zoom, as part of the consultation on Camden’s new education strategy, Building Back Stronger. These sessions will offer you the chance to hear more about the strategy, as well as to ask questions and feed back your thoughts and suggestions. The sessions will all cover the same information, so please just choose the date that best suits your schedule. The sessions will be held on:
 
    •    Camden Conversation 3 – Thursday 25 November 2021 between 4pm and 5pm

To book your place, please email comingbackstronger@camden.gov.uk, quoting the date of the session you would like to attend and what your connection is to education

Read the Draft Education strategy and respond to the consultation here or email your comments to comingbackstronger@camden.gov.uk
 

Central YMCA has launched a survey for 16-25 year olds

Central YMCA are carrying out a survey to better understand the issues that affect young people today and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming these issues.
The results of the survey will help organisations to understand how they can better focus efforts to support young people where they really need it. There is an incentive, as one of the respondents will win a £300 voucher.
To answer the survey: www.ymca.co.uk/survey
If you have any questions please email julia.harvey@ymca.co.uk
 

Growing your business through sustainability

Learn how to make your organisation more sustainable and help grow your business. In this training you will learn the importance of Sustainability not only for your business but in the context of the wider world, understanding  your current carbon footprint, simple yet, impactful changes that can immediately be actioned and how to embed them within your marketing strategy.
In this workshop you will learn:
~ Why sustainability is good for business
~ How to start your journey
~ Where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers
This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the session. 


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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