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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 27th November 2020

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27th November 2020

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


Census 2021; Private Tenant Survey; Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm; VAC Safeguarding and Digital Workshops; Parks for Health Survey; Castlehaven Winterfest; Home Working Tax Relief; Pan London Youth Mapping; HS2 Stories; Support for Heritage Organisations + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Latest CPAS Podcast: Out of School Settings

In October the government issued a new safeguarding code of practice for providers, parents and carers on keeping children safe in community activities.
These include supplementary schools, after-school clubs, tuition centres, sports training and other out-of-school settings, including those taking place in or linked to faith and community settings.
If you are delivering services in a faith-based organisation or group in Camden or if you have a safeguarding role, this podcast provides essential information in all aspects of safeguarding, service delivery and health and safety.
Our safeguarding Lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi talks to Jane Murphy from Camden Learning and Suzie Yassin from the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) about what the guidance means for you and how it can help you create a safer environment for children.  Listen here.
Please click here for links to the Guidance document: Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings
See also the three out-of-school-settings courses listed below.



Funding News

Voice4Change Round 2 funding has opened with a very short deadline. Supplementary Schools should check out the YCF fund (and the webinar on 2 Dec). Thriving Communities has launched.  See Funding section below.

Private Sector Tenant Engagement Survey

Have your say on private renting in Camden.  The council want to improve communication so that private renters are more aware of their rights and what the council can do for them.
Take the survey.  More details here.

Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm Events

Wednesday 2nd December (18:00 – 20:00) join Museum as Muck for an evening of discussion on representation of working class history in London’s public realm.
Wednesday 9th December (18:00 – 20:00) join Queer Britain for an evening of discussion on LGBTQ+ history and representation in London’s public realm.
The first meeting of the Commission will be in January 2021.

Courses from VAC on Safeguarding  and IT Workshops

See VAC Events section below.

London’s Out of School Settings Rising to the Challenge

Three part webinar series presented by and for London’s diverse out-of-school settings. These webinars will be of interest to all those working with community organisations to supplement children’s education.
Wednesday 2nd December – Adapting to Lockdown and Restrictions
Thursday 3rd December – Safe and Effective Delivery
Thursday 10th December – ‘Looking to the Future’ and Funding

Parks for Health: survey and workshop

Further mapping of Camden and Islington’s parks and open spaces. particularly how parks could be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing.  Take the survey.  Details of the workshops in the survey link. Read the blog.

Census 2021 Will Provide a Snapshot of Modern Society

Census day will be on Sunday 21st March 2021. The census will include questions about sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Camden census officers are available to talk to your community group – contact:
07452 938090 or julia.clifford43@field.census.gov.uk
07452 935015 abdulwaheed.funmilayo59@field.census.gov.uk
For more information about the Census go to Opendata.camden.gov.uk
Camden are recruiting census field officers. More information here.
Good Things Foundation are working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to build a network of Census Support Centres to support people to complete the census. Find out more and apply here.

Castlehaven WinterFEST 2020

See the full calendar of events here.

Claim Tax Relief if Working from Home due to Coronavirus

Claiming working-from-home tax relief has exploded in the last couple of months so HMRC has revamped the system, with a brand new microservice to simplify the process. More details here.

Pan London Youth Mapping App

A new app featuring Organisations with youth opportunities (14 – 24).  Full details here.

Affected by HS2?

The Guardian is collecting local stories about HS2.  Tell your story here.

Support for London Heritage Organisations

Heritage Compass is a free 2-year programme which will help 150 small and medium-sized heritage organisations from across England to grow and sustain their businesses including tailored training, mentoring, peer learning and strategy development. Applications close on the 16th of December


Chancellor plans to spend billions on communities as part of ‘levelling up’ agenda

The chancellor of the exchequer has committed to a “new, holistic, place-based approach” in order to funding community projects and programmes.
As part of the Spending Review yesterday, Rishi Sunak announced a £4bn Levelling Up Fund to deliver a range of community projects by the end of this parliament.  Details in Civil Society.
The Bank of England Chief Economist has said that the social sector’s contribution is often “underestimated and overshadowed” meaning that it can be left fragile.  Details in Civil Society.

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

New – Voice4Change Round 2 – short deadline

The fund is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver COVID-19 services in England and helping to tackle the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.
There are three options: delivering COVID-19 services, mental health services and sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities.  Full details here.
All grant awards will be in the region of £5,000 to £10,000.  Read more.
The deadline for applications is Friday, 4 December at 5PM.

Thriving Communities

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities.
Partnerships supported by the fund will come together to plan and deliver community activities involving partners from the arts, creativity and culture (including museums and libraries), sport, nature, financial wellbeing, community advice and the wider voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector.
Working with those communities most impacted by COVID19, including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities.  Find out more here.
You can also join the Thriving Communities network and ideas portal or sign up to Learning Together.

Young Camden Foundation’s Grants for Supplementary Schools

£1,000 up to £3,000 Deadline 4th December
This fund is designed to support supplementary schools in Camden to provide high quality educational programmes that are accessible, fun and engaging whilst ensuring the safeguarding of children and young people. Projects should cover: Mathematics, Science and English. Find more information here.
Sign up for an information session on the 02 December at 11am by emailing: grants@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk

London Community Response (Wave 4) – short deadline

The London Community Response is taking applications for grants of up to £10,000 to help groups support Londoners affected by covid-19 over the next six months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.
Priority for funding will be given to the following:
~ Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities
~ Strong connections – groups who have a strong reach to people at high risk
~ Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m
Full guidance here
Email info@londfunders.org.uk to receive a copy of the info slides.

Return to Play Fund

The £16.5 million fund is split into three strands and brings our total support for the sport and physical activity sector to more than £220m.
The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the pandemic.
£10m – Return to Play: Small Grants. £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.
£5m – Return to Play:  £10,001 to £50,000. It’ll help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
£1.5m – Return to Play: Active Together. This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns.
Find out more about each of the funds at the Sport England website.

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

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

Three workshops on IT and Digital

From Camden & Islington IT & Digital Capacity Building partnership.
~ Google Workspace Workshop – 1 Dec 2-4pm (online), coordinated by VAC
For more information and to book a place, go to https://vac.org.uk/events/
You can now access the recording of the Teams workshop on the VAC website.
View the Digital and IT resources and workshop notes here
Get in touch with alexcharles@vac.org.uk if you have any questions.

Camden Voluntary Action Forum (web page here)

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.
Wed 16th December, 11am. Neighbourhood approaches to Covid response.
BAME disproportionality  follow up forum (date tbc)

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Safeguarding Introduction: Protecting Children in the Community 1
Tuesday, 1st December at 10:00 am – 11:45am.    Book here.
Protecting Children in the Community 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.
Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding 2
Tuesday, 8th December at 10:00 am – 11:45am. Book Here.
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.
Virtual Introduction to Safeguarding for Trustees
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am    Book Here
There has never been a better time to make sure your organisation is doing all it can to protect children and young people at risk.
For information on upcoming courses contact Dianne:
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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

Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

Multi-agency online training programme Spring Term 2020-21
A full programme of multi-agency safeguarding training on zoom and teams.
To book onto the free training, please visit the Partnerships’s website. You will be required to register an account if you haven’t done so already.

Domestic violence and abuse online workshop

Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning is intended for everyone that would like to gain an awareness on domestic violence and abuse. It will provide you with an introduction to what the types and signs of abuse are, how to respond and what actions to take.
Access the e-learning 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.

Responding to 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.
25th November or 15th December
This online workshop will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic abuse and violence and more confident in what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for a 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.

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.

London Irish Centre is Recruiting

Digital Culture Officer Fixed Term for 6 months (possibility for extension)
Full Time – 35 hours per week £22,000 pa
The purpose of this role is to promote Irish culture and community in London, with a focus on digital culture and heritage.
The Digital Culture Officer will support the London Irish Centre with the running and administration of its cultural, heritage and education programme. The role is an exciting opportunity to work within and promote Irish arts in London.
Application packs available at https://www.londonirishcentre.org/workwithus
The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 14th December.

Maths on Toast is recruiting

Maths on Toast is the family maths charity. Currently recruiting 2 Trustees  Full details are here;  and
Community Resource Programme Coordinator.
3-month temporary contract starting January 2020 (possible extension)
2 days per week (14 hours) Salary: £24,000 pro rata
The role requires proven admin skills plus community relationship management/networking experience.
For the trustee roles we welcome applications from anyone with lived experience as a parent/carer and/or working in a community or family support setting, as well as individuals who may have experienced challenges with formal education and individuals from marginalised groups.
Email Lucy Davis, CEO – lucy@mathsontoast.org.uk – if you would like to arrange an initial phone call about the role, or have any questions.
Please apply by sending a CV and a letter (max. 2 sides A4) explaining your motivation and relevant experience. Please provide 2 references in your letter and send to info@mathsontoast.org.uk. Deadline: 31st December 2020

KOVE seeks Treasurer

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE), a longstanding local community action group for older people based in Kilburn and West Hampstead, is looking for a new treasurer. This voluntary role involves working with the KOVE Chair and Administrator on the annual budget plus other routine financial tasks (reconciling bank statements, checking finance reports, authorising payments etc.) and attending and reporting to five Steering Group meetings per year. Experience of working or volunteering in finance or budget management would be valuable, especially online, and knowledge of working remotely would be an advantage. To have an informal discussion about the role, contact Peter Lush in the first instance, on 07973-845285.

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society is looking for a Quickbooks bookkeeper

As a society Lifeafterhummus have had to adapt very quickly to continue supporting our beneficiaries. Our revenue model has changed completely and we are reliant on grant funding/ pocket funding/ donations. We are looking for a competent, experienced freelance bookkeeper who will also create project lines for the various pots of monies. This will allow us to have a real-time overview including being able to use this as the basis for accurate projections. Tidying of accounts plus projection work: £15ph x 20hrs per week over 4 weeks. £15ph x 12hrs of training staff to effectively use the system. £15ph x 8hrs per month for 5 months to help with ongoing bookkeeping. Contact farrah@lifeafterhummus.com

Third Age Project seeks p/t Older Men’s Outreach Worker

Flexible working hours with one year contract.  Good listener.  Excellent organiser and planner.Computer literate.  Able to work as part of a busy TAP team. Interested?  Email Tony BLoor for an informal initial interview.  Tel: 020 7383 4922.  Email tony@thirdageproject.org.uk  Deadline 30th November.

PSIC is Recruiting

Part-Time Payroll Officer (Direct Payments) Salary £32,063 to £33,229 pa FTE (pro rata 21 hrs)
Personalisation Support in Camden Payroll provides a service for the people living with a disability. This is an exciting time for us as we move to a new software provider and modernise our systems and processes to build on the successful service. Closing date: Friday 4th December 9.00am
If you are interested in this rewarding role please see the application pack including the full job description and person specification available on our website www.psic.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk

Opening Doors Communications and Marketing Officer

21 hours per week £29,327 – £30,392 pa incl. LW pro rata
We are looking to recruit a dynamic, creative and self-motivating individual who will be responsible for planning and delivering our communications, actively manage the ODL brand and continue to raise the profile of Opening Doors London You’re a forward-thinking and enthusiastic individual, able to prioritise and manage multiple activities, work to tight deadlines and be skilled in managing projects, skilled in communicating at all levels and able to foster excellent relationships with people.
Closing date Monday 30th November.  Full details on the AUK website.

Census Job opportunities

The next census is in 2021 and the Office of National Statistics is hiring for new local Census jobs, with applications invited for exciting new temporary roles at all levels.
All the current openings, application information and FAQs are on censusjobs.co.uk
For more information about the 2021 Census and local communities click here.

HostNation seeks Treasurer

An exciting opportunity to join a refugee befriending charity as Treasurer.
HostNation exists to make it easier for those of us at home in London, to be friends with those looking for a place they can call home.
To find out more about this exciting role contact our chair, Daniel Silverstone for an informal chat Daniel@dsilverstone.co.uk
Please submit a brief personal statement setting out why you would like to apply together with an up-to-date CV and send to info@hostnation.org.uk.
The closing date for applications is 18 December 2020

Become a Families for Life Community Champion

Families for life programmes offer free healthy eating and active play activities for families with children age 2-11.  Do you live in Camden?  Are you passionate about improving health? Available two or three hours a week?
For more information on how to be part of our volunteering team, please contact: Syria Chowdhury, Community Champion Coordinator m: 07734 603 060, e: syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk

Age UK Camden is Recruiting

Office Co-ordinator
(6 month sabbatical cover contract)
£25,833 – £27,255 pa  21 hours per week   (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)
Need to be available to start on Monday 11th January 2021 and an induction session will be provided prior to this.
Closing date: Tuesday 1st December 2020
Camden Community Connector
£32,063 to £33,229 pa pro rata for a 21 hour (4 day week – 8 month contract possible extension)
As a Community Connector you will support individuals, many of whom are facing challenging circumstances, to find and engage with social opportunities and connections. Do you have excellent active listening skills, and can you inspire people to connect with opportunities in their community?
Administrator – Counselling Service
£26,350 to £27,800 pa pro rata for a 21 hour week
In this role you will assist with Age UK Camden’s (AUC) administrative needs, particularly the Counselling Services
Closing date post Monday 7th Dec at 9am.
For further details and an application form visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.

Trustees needed for Women and Health

We are a community-based health charity with over 30 years’ experience in delivering a wide-ranging and transformative programme of body and talking therapies, and healthy living activities. As well as our domestic violence and sexual violence clients, we support residents who are disadvantaged by physical and mental health issues, environmental challenges, isolation and poverty and those caring for members of their family. In the last financial year we saw over 900 clients
Ideally skilled in Law, HR, finance, and digital fundraising, or passionate about our cause, can attend an evening meeting every 1-2 months and 3 hours project work a month, Please contact Gemma Tighe the Director for more information, on gemma@women-and-health.org, or send her your CV

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.

Telling Your Covid Stories

At the September forum we discussed how to tell the story of the sector’s responded to the pandemic  – so we are collecting your stories about how you responded.  The responses will be used to tell the story of how vital the sector is in supporting Camden through these challenging times.  You can click here https://www.tfaforms.com/4863725 to put your story in writing or contact Len Lauk (llauk@vac.org.uk) if you would prefer to be interviewed.

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.

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

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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