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VAC Weekly Newsletter
1st October 2021

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


Black History Month; Camden Future High Streets Crowdfunder; Afghan Refugee Crisis; Thriving Communities Webinar; Youth Arts at HCA; KOVE Events; Street Storage Desk Offer + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Black History Month

It’s Black History Month.  Find out what’s on in Camden at Love Camden or find an event on Eventbrite.  If you’re interested in starting your own business in Camden don’t miss “Aspirations and opportunities highlighting Black entrepreneurs” Wed, 13 October 6:00 – 7:45pm. Book at Eventbrite.
As part of Camden’s Black History Season, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre has organised two guided walks exploring the borough’s black history and making stops at places connected with Olaudah Equiano, Prince Monalulu, Beryl Gilroy, Paul Robeson and many others. Details at Love Camden.





Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund: Up to £35k available for your local projects

A new crowdfunding programme has been launched by Camden Council in partnership with Spacehive. Through Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund, you can pitch for up to £35,000 to help fund your local project.  Find out more at the upcoming workshop: https://www.spacehive.com/movement/camden/news and upload your idea by 27th October.

Afghan Refugee Crisis Update

The Camden Afghan Refugee Steering Group has been formed with key council staff and VCS organisations led by Hopscotch and VAC.  The group is meeting every Wednesday.  If your organisation can contribute please let Rosie Tharp know.

Thriving Communities webinars

Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation present Financial Wellbeing and Social Prescribing
Tuesday 5 October, 3-4pm Register here

Youth Arts for 13-24 yrs

Wednesdays 6-8pm starting 13th Oct
at Holborn House, Holborn Community Association
Book online here
or email chloe.plumb@holborncommunity.co.uk for more information

KOVE Events

Walk: on Wednesday 13 October we will enjoy a Stroll by the Serpentine, starting at 1.30 and stopping for refreshments at the Serpentine Lido café.
Visits: we have 10 tickets for both the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, which we will visit on Wednesday 20th, including free entry to a special exhibition, and on Wednesday 27th we will visit the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Contact Deborah Knight debk113@outlook.com or www.Kove.org.uk

Street Storage Desk Space Offer

Street Storage are looking for 2 or 3 freelancers on a first come first served basis who might need a desk space but who can’t afford to pay high prices or are sick of WFH.
The space would be free but donations always appreciated to cover costs of heating/Wi-Fi and electricity.  The offices are open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri but freelancers might have to be flexible on certain days. We are based just next to Haggerston overground station in Hackney.
Please contact Rachel Woolf on rachel.woolf@streetstorage.org for details


Healthwatch Camden
Scene and Heard
Coram’s Fields Newsletter sign-up
Young Camden Foundation
Mayor’s Coronavirus Newsfeed
Volunteer Centre Camden
Think and Do
Charity Tax Group
West Euston Project (WEP)



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

Rainbow Lottery – supporting LGBTQ+ good causes

Rainbow Lottery, the weekly lottery that raises money for the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ good causes totally, openly and exclusively. Find out more at the website.

City of London Open Space

Grants of between £2,000 and £15,000 are available to help voluntary organisations and registered charities on projects that address the following themes:
• Connecting communities with their green spaces
• Improving the conservation value of the green spaces
• Improving our knowledge of the biodiversity of the green spaces
• Improving mental health through the use of green spaces
Application deadline: Monday 11 October 2021.
More information: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/centralgrantsprogramme

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.

London Fund for Racialised Communities (Deadline soon)

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 (Deadline 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 soon)

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.

An Introduction to Digital Transformation – 5th October 2-4pm

Even before the pandemic, charities have started to think about how to use or integrate digital technology to improve operations and deliver better value and experiences to service users. This introductory session will introduce you to the concept of digital transformation, what it is and why it matters, and how your organisation can approach the challenges and opportunities it presents. Full details 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 20th October and will focus on Health Inequalities – full details soon.

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: https://vac.org.uk/events/

Managing Allegations about Members of Staff (LADO) Briefing

1st December 2021 — 2.30pm-4.30pm  Online
~ To gain a greater understanding of the role of the LADO
~ To know how to make a LADO referral when concerns are raised
~ To gain an understanding of the LADO process following referral
This event is suitable for all multi-agency professionals working with Camden children and families. Details

Recovery College

Recovery College celebrates 7 years.  Autumn term has started but many courses are still open. Face-to-face courses are planned for October. Find out more and register on the website.

Camden Mela Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh Independence

Sunday 17th October
For further information and stall booking please contact Cllr Nasim Ali OBE 07852 223403 nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk #melaUK www.camdenbangladeshmela.org

Patient survey on the COVID booster and Flu vaccines

NCL CCG are planning a winter communications campaign and would like to hear views from residents on receiving the Flu and COVID booster vaccines. We have created a short survey so that we can better understand the issues that will inform patients’ decisions.

The Zen Project, Healthy Minds, and Mind Camden present a Day Long Celebration of Wellbeing

Thursday 14th October, 11am – 4pm, 19 – 37 Highgate Road, NW5.
Workshops, short guided zen sessions, guided meditation etc.

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

Talk for Health

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.

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

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

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.


Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC) Manager

We are looking for the right person to lead the PSiC service.
Salary: £41,605.00 pa (plus contributory pension employee and employer contribution 6% each)
Hours: 35 Hours per week Contract Type: 6 Months Fixed term contract
Closing date: (5pm) Monday, 4th October Full details on the website.

Castlehaven is Hiring

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join our dedicated, community-focused team. If you have fantastic organisation skills, love a challenge and want to make a difference in your local community, then this is the role for you!
Find out more about the role and how to apply here

North Camden Zone is currently recruiting two brand new roles.

Communities in the Lead Manager (£30,000 per year, full-time)
We are looking for a Communities in the Lead Manager to help us build on the groundbreaking work of North Camden Zone.
Apply by emailing jobs@thewinch.org with a CV (3 pages max) and a covering letter (max 2 pages A4, font size 12). We will not consider applications without a covering letter.
Deadline midnight Monday 4th October 2021. Interviews w/c 11th October.
For more information, visit our website: https://www.northcamdenzone.org
Communications Worker (£26,000 per year, 32 hours per week)
We’re looking for an  enthusiastic, authentic and supportive Communications Worker to shape and lead our public communication across the Winch and the North Camden Zone team.
Apply by emailing jobs@thewinch.org with a CV and covering letter, outlining how your experience matches the role outline. Your CV should be no longer than 3 pages of A4 (Font 12) and your covering letter no more than 2 pages (A4 Font 12). Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Deadline tmidnight Monday 4th October. Interviews w/c 11th October.
For more information, visit our website: https://www.northcamdenzone.org

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

Mind in Camden are recruiting 2 posts

Mental Health Community Development Worker
Salary: £23,469 Hours: full time (35 hrs)
Closing Date: 04/10/21 at 9.00am
Would you like to be part of a new and evolving transformation of mental health services in Camden? We are seeking a Community Development Worker to join a team from a range of local organisations to be part of this journey of change.
Camden Mind Ventures – Charity Shop Assistant Manager
£10.85 per hour Hours: 21
Closing Date: 04/10/21 at 12.00pm
We need someone to assist the shop manager with all aspects of shop operations, to ensure that the maximum amount of profit is gift aided to Mind in Camden as the parent charity.
To download an application pack, please visit https://www.mindincamden.org.uk/work-for-us, or phone 020 7911 0822 (24hrs), or email recruitment@mindincamden.org.uk
You can also pick a form up from our offices – Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Road, NW1 9LQ

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.


New Look VAC

VAC has a new logo and new image!  At the Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday we launched our new look and new website.  The website will continue to be refined in response to your feedback, so do let us know what you think or if you can’t find what you are looking for.  Look out for a new Directory interface in the near future.

Healthwatch Camden Long Covid Survey

For some people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID’. Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.
If you have been struggling with any of these symptoms for more than 4 weeks after having COVID-19, please complete this survey to share your experiences.

Want to Swap Rehearsal Space for Workshops or Performances?

Kentish Town based actor and theatre maker would be interested in talking with any Camden voluntary organisations who might consider trading rehearsal space for workshops or performances.
I work with 3Worlds, a dramatic improvisation company who create stories live in performance.
We require space mostly on Monday evenings to accommodate 6-8 actors and in return, can offer workshops for any sized client group and/or performances tailored to suit your needs.
If you are interested  please contact Andy on 07872 965918 or email  astjuk@yahoo.co.uk

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.

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

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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