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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 25th September 2020


VAC Weekly Newsletter
25th September 2020

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


Kruger Report Released; Re-opening Community Buildings Resources; Changes to NHS services for children; Supported Employment Techniques training; Food Bank Collection; CDA AGM; Women + Health reopen; DV Online Workshops; AYBI News; Safeguarding courses from VAC + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Re-opening Community Buildings Resources

View the video, presentation and resources from the follow up workshop with Locality on Wednesday on the VAC website including useful clarification around the new rules for the NHS QR codes that now have to be displayed by certain venues. Community centres are currently not included in the list of venues that must use the NHS QR code but can choose to or use another system (see Time to Spare item below). Further #BuildBackBetter resources are here.



QR track and trace

Time to Spare’s free (for charities and community groups) track and trace system helps you collect details of visitors in a safe and secure way. Once you’ve signed up, you can print out QR codes for your location, as well as specific QR codes for different activities you run. Visitors sign in by scanning the QR codes, but if they don’t have a smartphone, your staff can add their information directly. If you have regular members, you can also print out membership cards/stickers for everyone. You can then use a cheap webcam attached to a computer as a barcode scanner like you have at airport boarding gates.  Sign up here: Use live chat on the website for queries.

Funding Update

Young Camden Foundation has just launched a new fund – up to £3000 for youth crime, knowledge sharing and organisational development.  The Two Magpies Fund deadline is 30th September – don’t miss this one.   Camden Giving Covid-19 Round 3 is now open.  Details in Funding section below.

Temporary changes to children and young people’s NHS services across north central London

“The changes will include the temporary closure of the children and young people’s emergency departments at the Royal Free Hospital and University College Hospital. The Whittington Hospital and North Middlesex Hospital children’s emergency departments will expand to meet demand. Barnet Hospital children’s emergency department has already reopened following a temporary closure.” Full details here.  Healthwatch Camden have issued a press release about the closure stating that “Research conducted by Healthwatch Camden on social media suggests awareness levels of the changes are very low, with only 1 in 10 people reporting that they were aware of the changes
Local families concerned about these changes are being encouraged to contact Healthwatch Camden on 0207 3832 402 or via www.healthwatchcamden.co.uk
The Whittington Hospital in Archway on Magdala Avenue, N19 5NF is now the place to go for anyone in Camden needing urgent children’s accident and emergency services. Barnet Hospital will also be providing accident and emergency services for children and young people.”

Supported Employment Techniques

The British Association for Supported Employment
The course is spread over the following days to make the course more accessible. The course will be delivered over 6 half days (0930-1300 all sessions, on ZOOM) on:     1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15, 16th October.
While it is targeted around people with learning disabilities, it is a great course for any organisation working with local residents facing barriers to employment.
Contact Phillip Vaughan by 9am Tuesday 29th September: phillip.vaughan@camden.gov.uk  Telephone: 0207 974 2808

Food bank collection in Queen’s Crescent market

This Saturday 26 September there will be a  food bank collection stall from 11am-1pm in Queen’s Crescent market. Proceeds will go to  Chalk Farm and Euston food banks.  Items needed are: tins of meat, fish, fruit or tomatoes; long life milk (UHT); instant coffee; dried fruit and nuts ; long life juice; laundry detergent; pet food; nappies; sanitary protection.  Not pasta or beans.

Camden Disability Action Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 30th September 4pm to 6.30pm
Hear about the work we do and our plans for the future
Email communications@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk for the online link.

Women and Health have re opened

Now open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Thursday evening. Please make an appointment for therapy and activities.
There will be a pub quiz on 15th October. Come on your own, come in a team, there will be prizes and a raffle. Details soon. womenandhealth.org.uk

Domestic violence and abuse online workshop

Camden Safety Net two-hour online workshops on responding to domestic violence and abuse for staff  that come into regular contact with residents
5th November, 25th November or 15th December
This online workshop will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic abuse and violence and what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for victim/survivor seeking help.
Book a place via the L&D Hub if you already have an account.  If you are from a VCS organisation without an account please find details here  to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub


AYBI have a full programme of activities including Only Girls and Under the Ring.  AYBI are also recruiting.  Full details on the website.

New Safeguarding Courses from VAC

Three new courses on safeguarding aimed at Camden VCS organisations.  Full details below in the ‘VAC Events’ section.

Activities and Services in your community

SHAK news
Age UK Camden
All Ways Network
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
Camden Disability Action
West Euston Partnership (WEP)


2 Major Reports:

Levelling Up

Back in June the Prime Minister asked MP Danny Kruger to come up with proposals for how community action seen during lockdown could be maintained and boosted. Interesting features of the report include a strong theme running throughout of ‘community power’ and also the need to build on the report through engagment – two very welcome themes. The ‘Levelling Up’ report also includes:
~ A Community Recovery Fund – building on the Covid response fun.
~ A Levelling Up Communities Fund to support long-term transformational projects in communities, with community ownership at its core.

London at a Crossroads: the Initial report from the London Futures review

The first of a series of reports into the future or London.  Read it here.

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

New training-development-collaboration fund

Young Camden Foundation is pleased to launch a new small grants programme for the children and youth sector in Camden. Organisations will be able to apply for up to £3,000 in grants for training on youth crime prevention, knowledge sharing & organisational development.
Join YCF for an information session on 29 September 2020 11.30 to 12.30pm.
Please email admin@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk to register your interest in attending.

Two Magpies Fund – deadline soon

The Fund awards small grants to non-profit organisations working with women who have experienced abuse, as well as organisations helping primary school aged children growing up in poverty. Our focus is on Camden, Haringey, Islington and Westminster. The process is very simple and you will get an answer quickly.  The deadline for applications is 30th September. Applications can be made here: www.twomagpiesfund.co.uk/apply
Don’t miss this one!

Camden Covid-19 Charity Fund (Round 3) Pathways into Employment Fund

Funding for:
~ helping people access netowrks and connections for ecomonic prosperity.
~ wellbeing projects that focus on supportng peole looking for work
~ providing skills and training that help people access jobs
Up to £10,000.  Full details here:  www.camdengiving.org.uk deadline 5 Oct

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well

Grants are available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.
The aim of the Fund is to promote equality and reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base about good practice, sharing lessons and widening the adoption of interventions with a proven track record. The current funding round focusses on giving people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.
approximately 20 projects will be funded.  Full details here.  deadline 30 Oct.

The Phoenix Fund

Racial justice is at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The Phoenix Fund will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community.  There will be 4 rounds.  The Initiative aims to:
~ Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities
~ Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England
~ Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations  Application deadline for Round 4: 30th Sept

COVID Recovery Fund from Lloyds Bank foundation

Lloyds Bank foundation launched a £7.4 million fund to supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Organisations can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 and will get a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

Voluntary Action Forums: (web page here)
BAME disproportionality  follow up forum (date tbc)

Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.

IT and Digital Support Needs Survey for Camden and Islington Groups

Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is working in partnership with Voluntary Action Islington (VAI) and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) to help shape a programme of IT and digital support across the two boroughs. Please spend a few minutes completing our survey to help us understand what challenges you have with IT and digital and how we can best support you.

Camden Voluntary Action Forum

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisation, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action.

Safeguarding Courses:

Safeguarding Introduction: Protecting Children in the Community
Tuesday, 29 September 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This is an introductory course designed for all those who work both directly and indirectly with organisations / groups delivering services to children, young people and their families in Camden. This training session is open and to all those who have had little or no safeguarding training before.  Book here.
Introduction to Safeguarding for Trustees
Monday, 12  October 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Charity Commission for England and Wales states that “safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charity trustees”. Are you fulfilling your responsibilities as a trustee? Are you  meeting the Charity Commission’s safeguarding expectations?  Book here.
Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding
Wednesday, 21  October 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
If you frequently work with or deliver services to children and their families, it is essential that your organisation / group has up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation and understands it’s legal obligations in regards to child protection policy and procedures. Book here.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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

Improving data exchange between local authorities, partners and VCS

We’ve all learned a lot about working in partnership during difficult times to better meet the needs of residents and communities. Data sharing was a key issue- if we can find a ways to improve would  make a significant difference in how we work as partners.  Take part in workshops to help find solutions:
You can sign up to any one of the following workshops:
1. Monday, 28th of September 12pm-2pm here
2. Tuesday, 29th of September 12pm-2pm here
3. Tuesday, 29th of September 4pm-6pm here

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.  Registration for Fundraising Webinars here.

Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

Multi-agency online training programme Autumn Term 2020-21 out now.  See the CSCP website for full details of courses available and how to book.

Interculturality within the Supervisory Relationship

Sun 15th Nov. Nafsiyat has developed a new one-day workshop for supervisors and supervisees, to explore interculturality within the supervisory relationship.
There have been many books, workshops and training program on psychotherapy and counselling across cultural and ‘racial’ borders since the publication of ‘intercultural therapy’ in the early 1990’s. However, its integration and application to the supervisory relationship is still at an early stage. Find out more and book here.

Hate Crime and Prevent Awareness Training

Wednesday 30th September 10.30am-12pm
The Hate Crime and Prevent Awareness Training will provide an overview of the main issues and in a transparent, relatable, contextual manner we will:
~ Highlight the conspiracies and narratives that have emerged recently.
~ Consider the e tools and devices that extremists utilise to communicate
~ Discuss hate crime and hate incidents including definitions, examples
~ Explore the vulnerabilities that give rise to hate
~ Safeguarding vulnerable people from being radicalised & drawn into terrorism
There will be opportunities for a Q and A on the themes we will be addressing.  Join with this Teams link. or contact Zubair Matin.


SYDRC is Recruiting

SYDRC is currently recruiting for two new roles. A Mentoring coordinator and development worker. Check it out http://sydrc.org or email admin@sydrc.org for more info.

The Littlehaven Nursery seeks Manager

£30,949 – £34,963 per annum depending on experience  incl LW
The Littlehaven Nursery are currently looking for an experienced, motivated and passionate Nursery Manager to develop and implement their vision and ideas to deliver further success and growth within our stunning nursery setting.
This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and driven individual who will have a hands on management style, experience of Ofsted Inspections where outcomes were “Good” or “Outstanding” excellent knowledge and understanding EYFS curriculum and be an inspirational team leader.
Full application pack and how to apply on Littlehaven website.

Unity Works is Recruiting to Three Roles

Three roles.  See full details and how to apply at the links.
Sessional Worker Lead click here.
Social Enterprise Warehouse Assessor click here.
Physical Activity Facilitator click here.

Development Worker for West Hampstead Community Food Hub

The Development Worker will be responsible for managing & co-ordinating the new West Hampstead Community Food Hub based at Sidings Community Centre in NW6. The post holder will develop options for a sustainable model for the food hub, and work with a range of volunteers and local partner agencies to help research & close gaps in the response to food poverty within the West Hampstead and Kilburn area.
Temporary post from Oct – end December 2020. Salary: £30,000 pa pro rata for 25 hours per week. Deadline for applications – Mon 5th Oct interview for shortlisted candidates on Friday 9th Oct. (start date asap).
Application form/ job description on Sidings Community Centre’s website: or contact centre office on: office@sidings org.uk /phone 020-7625-6260.

Age UK Camden is Recruiting Two Jobs

Head of Finance and Corporate Services
Local Government Scale: P05 SCP 39-42 £45,260 to £48,219pa inc
This crucial role within the Age UK Camden Group ( including PSiC and ODL ) will maintain an overview of the organisation’s financial and corporate affairs, ensuring financial viability and compliance.
Closing date:   Monday 12th October 2020 9am
HR Officer – Sabbatical Cover
28 Hours per week – Must start early November Contract to 25th June 2021
As part of the HR function you will play a vital role supporting the HR Manager to ensure there are proactive, robust and comprehensive HR systems and processes in place. You will be an experienced HR Officer – ideally with experience in the voluntary sector.
Closing date: Monday 5th October 2020 – 9 am
For further details of both visit the website  or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.

Irish Centre seeks Volunteer Manager

Fixed Term 12 mths (possibility of extension) 3 days pw up to £35,000 pro rata
The Volunteer Manager is a newly created role and forms part of our strategy to embed volunteering into the culture of the London Irish Centre, covering every aspect of how we work.  Application packs are available online
The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 5th October

Social Prescribing Link Worker

 £28,752 to £29,796 pa plus 6% pension. 35 hours pw. Fixed to March 21
The Social Prescribing Link Worker will provide personalized support to individuals in one to one and group settings to take control of their health and wellbeing and  help accessing  timely care and community support services. Will be working closely with  the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service and North Camden Primary Care GP Surgeries.
For further details at  www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.
Closing date:   Tuesday 6th October. Interview date: Wednesday 14th October

Hopscotch Homecare urgently need Care Workers.

Hopscotch Homecare are a very caring,well-established and expanding care agency that has been providing care workers to clients in and around Camden for 20 years. We are looking for care workers who would like to help our clients to continue living safely and independently in their own homes.
Day/Night hours available and must be able to work at least two late shifts a week and alternate weekends  Contact:recruitment@hopscotchawc.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.

Keeping The Community Directory Up-to-date

As we enter Autumn lots is changing.  Buildings are starting to re-open, some activities are moving back into the real world, some food parcel deliveries have ended, while other food projects continue.  Help us to keep the directory up-to-date by updating your details as they change.
If you would like to make a new entry in the directory use this link.   If you would like to update an existing entry look out for an email from us early next week with a unique link for you to update.
View the Directory here.  View the map here.

ODI Writers’ Fund for Black History Month 2020

Do you have a #data story to tell for #BlackHistoryMonth? We’re looking for Black writers who can use data to tell a story or tell a story about data. We know these stories exist and want to give you the space to tell them
With your creativity, knowledge, and lived experience we’re excited to see what topics you’ll choose, from data about Caribbean micro-businesses to Black people on film; from data about the history of African languages to how algorithms might affect our society. Full details at ODI website.

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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