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Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 26th November 2021

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26th November 2021
News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources
The Building Equal Foundations One Year On Report, Afghan Community Response Survey Wave One report, Supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Autistic People, Talk for Health, Camden Giving ‘Giving Insight’ session, Stop mass homelessness campaign, VAF Summary details on the Resilience Fund, The Recovery College Courses, forum+ public meeting, One Westminster Meet the Funder event, Somers Town fund-raising performance details, British Library Christmas lights, LMK recruiting Youth Advisory Board, Henna schedule, recruitment opportunities + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more
The Building Equal Foundations One Year On report

In August 2020, Camden Council launched the Building Equal Foundations report and action plan, setting out 140 actions to tackle racial inequalities and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of Black, Asian, and other ethnic backgrounds. They worked together with their partners, communities, and services across the Council to gather evidence and develop actions.

Now, the Building Equal Foundations One Year On report goes into detail on these 140 actions, and has case studies of key achievements and projects. To read the full report or view the summary, please click here 

Afghan Community Response Survey
The wave 1 report is out now and captures the insights and experiences of community, faith and voluntary sector groups working directly with Afghan communities in London. Read the report here
Wave 2 (November) of this monthly survey about the needs of Afghan communities is now live and closes on 1st December  

Supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Autistic People
8 December 2021, 1.30-3.30pm (online focus group)
The Race Equality Foundation want to talk to African, Caribbean, Asian and minority ethnic autistic people who live in Camden. They are interested in what support you receive and what would help you live your life better. Working together they will write an action plan to help you in the future.
Join an online focus group and you will receive a thank you voucher. Please contact Tracey Bignall at tracey@racefound.org.uk or call 07793 239567 for more information 

Talk for Health
Free, long lasting peer counselling
Free taster session Wednesday 8th December 2021 (6-8pm)
Talk for Health is a social enterprise improving mental health. It was started in 2008 by Nicky Forsythe, an Accredited Psychotherapist, to teach people an evidence-based method for therapeutic talking.
Find out more at the free taster session – details are here 

Camden Giving: Giving Insights Session 10
‘Space to create: Meet the ‘Diorama’ arts organisation at Regent’s Place’
Wednesday 1st December: 11.30am – 1pm
Join Camden Giving for their last ‘Giving Insights’ of the year. You’ll hear more about the Old Diorama Arts Centre (ODAC) and the New Diorama Theatre (NDT), including what they do for the arts and local Camden communities. You can also take a tour the building and enjoy coffee and pastries.
Places allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to grace@camdengiving.org.uk  

Stop mass homelessness campaign
Many people have built up rent arrears during the Covid-19 pandemic and now face losing the roof over their head.
The Big Issue’s campaign to stop mass homelessness offers practical solutions. A petition can be signed here.
Read the full letter from the Camden New Journal here

Resilience Fund: Grant Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Camden: VAF Summary
*Reminder: the deadline for the Stage 1 applications of The Resilience Fund grant programme is 11pm on 29th November 2021
The most recent VAC Voluntary Action Forum covered this fund in detail, the recording of the session is available here and a presentation is available here
To reiterate: There are two strands of funding available in the Community Impacts Resilience Fund:
~ Recovery Fund: Grants of up to £15,000.
~ Partnership and Networks Fund: Grants of up to £10,000.
The grant application process is in 2 stages, and we would particularly like to encourage bids from small organisations working with BAME communities.
Application forms and guidance on the funds can be found here
You can also email any questions to vcs@camden.gov.uk  

The Recovery College: Free Courses
Available to those who live or work in Camden and Islington
A couple of examples of The Recovery College’s upcoming courses are:
Coping with the festive season
Thursday 2nd December, 1-4pm
The festive season can be a difficult time. The pressure to seem to be having a wonderful time can leave us feeling left out, isolated and distressed. You are not alone
Living well with a long term condition
3 session online course
Wednesday 1st, 8th and 15th December 2-3pm
This course will explore the emotional and psychological effects of living with a long term health condition, and the connection between physical and mental wellbeing
To register for these course or to explore what is on offer, click here or call 0203 317 6904  

forum+ Public Meeting
“Join with forum+ on Tuesday 7th December for our last public meeting of 2021! We look forward to looking back on an eventful year and we will be sharing our successes and challenges from 2021 as well as excitedly looking ahead to 2022 (including Camden & Islington LGBT History Month!). If you would like to share something at the meeting you’re very welcome to do so and can contact us in advance if you would like an item added to the agenda. The meeting will take place online and commence at 6 pm”. For more information and a link to the meeting please email info@forumplus.org.uk  

One Westminster: Meet the Funder – GLA (Zoom event)
November 30th, 2021 11am-12:00 pm
One Westminster are holding a tri-borough ‘Meet the Funder’ event with the Greater London Authority presenting on Untold Stories and Community Micro Grants. The two new funds are aimed at supporting community-led projects across London.
For more information and to register, please click here
To  submitted question in advance, send them to dhani@kcsc.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 29 November.

Somers Town History Space presents: Jellicoe 100: Performance and Tribute
A fundraiser event for A Space For Us Museum
1st December, 7-10pm at, St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road
Telling a story of Somers Town through a live performance at the beautiful St Pancras Old Church, with a great cast of professional actors. Book here
There are discounts available for low income local residents, and a taxi for elderly residents, please email Info@aspaceforus.club for more details

The British Library Christmas light switch on
Wednesday 1st December, 3.30-4.30pm
Join round the Poet’s Circle Christmas tree for mince pies, mulled wine and carol singing.  

LMK is recruiting its first Youth Advisory Board!
LMK is an education charity who run workshops that educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, so that they can avoid abuse and thrive in their relationships – a prevention programme against domestic violence and relationship abuse.
They are looking for 15 young people, aged 16-19, to become part of the Youth Advisory Board and to use their skills to make a difference in the lives of other young Londoners. 
The Youth Advisory Board is an amazing opportunity to bring about social change, gain leadership skills, get work experience in a charity, make new like-minded friends, build confidence, and represent the views of young people. (You’ll also receive a letter of recommendation, remuneration for your time, as well as food and transport costs.)
The Advisory Board meets monthly (sometimes online, sometimes IRL), and you can expect to dedicate 2 to 4 hours per month to improving the lives of young people across London. Candidates should ideally be prepared to make a 2-year commitment to LMK.
To find out more about LMK, take a look at the website: www.justletmeknow.org or email youthboard@justletmeknow.org with any questions. 

Henna Weekly Schedule
Henna Asian Women’s Group have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but their services continue to be delivered by qualified instructors via Zoom from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5.00pm.
For the details of classes, wellbeing events and community activities click here.
Alternatively call 07519 953460 or 07835 519368 (if you find there is no answer please leave a voice, text or WhatsApp message) 

Henna Asian Women’s Group is recruiting Volunteers
Henna is looking for active, friendly and caring volunteers to join the team. As a volunteer you will help Henna to grow and support our members by offering a befriending service, assist on outings and be actively involved in Henna projects and day to day activities
Please contact Aysha on 07752 681828 or aysha@hennaorg.co.uk or info@hennaorg.co.uk or visit the website for more information

Volunteer Centre Camden: Seasonal Volunteering roles
Volunteer Centre Camden are looking for any seasonal volunteering roles, and also roles they can promote for their 12 Days of Christmas digital campaign
If you have any volunteer roles to promote, seasonal or otherwise, please email sheila@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk

PSiC Payroll/Finance Assistant vacancy
Part Time (21 hours per week)
Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC) payroll team are looking for a highly motivated individual with attention to detail, to work as part of the payroll team and support the Payroll Lead.
For more details, click here  

Local Newsletters:

Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
port (sign up) 
Charity Tex Group

International Volunteer Day 2021
UNV coordinates International Volunteer Day on 5 December every year to recognize and promote the tireless work, not just of UN Volunteers, but of volunteers across the globe. Every day, volunteers dedicate time and effort to ensure the inclusion of those often left behind, drive climate action and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Click here for events and more information

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

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

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  

The VAC Website has new funds added to the website.
Please click the links to find out more
Arts Council England Invites Applications for Grants to Promote Volunteering:
Deadline for expressions of interest close on 7 December. Find out more here
Applications Open for Grants to Mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 15 December 2021 (unless 700 applications are received sooner). Find out more here
Emergency Funding for Christian Charities Supporting Afghan Resettlement in the UK
The deadline for applications is 15th December 2021. Find out more here
Co-op Foundation Announces Carbon Innovation Fund for Food and Farming Sector
The deadline is 12pm on Friday 10th December. Find out more here

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: Food poverty and sustainability, Diversity in positions of power, Health and sustainability of estates and Opportunities for young people.
~ 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 these Camden missions.

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:

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

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. 

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.   

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 was Wednesday 24th November 2021.
For more information, click 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 

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 

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  

Together! 2021 Disabled History Month Festival
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

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

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.

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

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

Closes 3rd December 2021
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

Closing 30 November 2021
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.

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

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. 

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.  

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

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

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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