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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 29th January 2021


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29th January 2021

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Vaccine News; forum+ events; Stop Hate helpline; Covid-19 Community Response Survey; Digital Divide Resources; Benefit Checks for over 55s; What is an ICS, STP, PCN? Domestic Violence Guide for staff; Camden Carers Survey   + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Vaccination Programme

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme is well under way.  Residents will be contacted by the NHS and called to a vaccination centre according to their priority.  Don’t contact the NHS, they will contact you.  The NHS have issued a warning poster of some scans in relation to the programme.
Here are some useful resources to help overcome vaccine reluctance:
BAME celebrities call out vaccine misinformation
Call-to-action: vaccine roll-out priorities’ from Runnymede Trust
Easy read guide to vaccinations (and other Covid related guides)
British Islamic Medical Association Covid-19 Answering the Myths
National Institute for Health Research COVID and Me Vaccine Dramas (Including one story on family influence on attitudes in Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi)

Body Mind Spirit

forum+ has a full programme of events to celebrate LGBT History Month February 2021 celebrating the history and achievements of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans communities.



Stop Hate UK Helpline

On 1st February, Stop Hate UK will launch a 24-hour helpline to support Camden residents affected by hate crime. The service provides a safe space for victims and witnesses to talk about their experiences with trained staff and volunteers able to listen, and gve advice on appropriate action.
Call 24/7 0800 138 1625. Also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email talk@stophateuk.org
Service users with hearing impairments can report via interactive British Sign Language by following the link on www.stophateuk.org.  Or use the online form www.stophateuk.org/talk.

Covid-19 Community Response Survey

The voluntary sector has been working in partnership with the Council to provide support to Camden residents who are vulnerable and need support around food provision.  To help improve this partnership, please complete this Camden Council survey by 3rd February. The survey should not take more than 5-10 minutes and will be able to help the council to plan and promote support to residents in the forthcoming months.

More Digital Divide Resources

We’ve brought together some guides to digital – from devices to data; cheap deals and charity support;  as well as tips to getting online from Ageing Better in Camden.   Digital Resources here, here and here.  Also check out the ABC Guides Running Social Groups by Phone and Bridging the Digital Divide.  You can find all the digital resources on our Covid-19 resource page. Including info on BT basic – a cheap package for people in receipt of means tested benefits.

Benefit Check Appointments for over 55s

Age UK Camden Information and Advice Service are offering Benefit Check appointments for Camden residents aged 55+ or their carers.
A Benefit Check ensures older Camden residents are receiving their full-entitlement to the welfare benefits available to them and helps to raise awareness of the Warm Home Discount – a one-off payment of £140 to help with energy costs for those who meet the eligibility criteria.
please contact us at: duty@ageukcamden.org.uk or call 020 7837 3777

What is an ICS, STP or PCN?
NASP/ Thriving Communities webinar

Wednesday 17th Feb 2021, 3-4pm
What is an ICS, STP or PCN? – and how do they affect me? Understanding the NHS’ structure, its jargon, and how social prescribing fits in.  Register here.
This webinar is designed for those in voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise groups and organisations who want to learn more about how the NHS is structured and how social prescribing fits in.

Responding to domestic violence and abuse – quick guide for staff

We all can play a part in keeping our community safe, which can involve signposting those at risk to the right support.
This guide produced by Camden council contains essential information for frontline staff or anyone that comes into contact with Camden residents through their work. It aims to help you recognise the signs of abuse and where to seek further support. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or know someone who is, call our confidential advice service Camden Safety Net on 020 7974 2526. To access a wide range of support visit camden.gov.uk/domestic-violence.

Help Camden Carers decide on their prioritise for the next two years

At Camden Carers we are putting together our two year strategy (April 2021 to March 2023). Please spare 5 minutes to complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CamdenCarersSurvey2
(this link is for staff/organisations)
CCC are using a range of other ways to seek the views of carers both known and not known to us. Here is separate survey link for potential carers who use your services.
We are really keen to hear from Carers that currently don’t currently receive a service from CCC.
(this link is for anyone who uses your services)


Young Camden Foundation
Healthwatch Camden
All Ways Network
West Euston Partnership
Visioning Camden 2030


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

Community Spaces at Risk Fund

The Mayor of London announced £750,000 to work with communities to protect grassroots cultural centres, social clubs, youth, education and other spaces that are locally rooted and critical for supporting vulnerable groups during the pandemic. Find out more at the London.gov website.

Trust for London

The next funding application deadline is approaching on 1pm, 2 February 2021. If you would like to book an appointment to speak with a grant manager to discuss your application ahead of this deadline, the team would be happy to help. 30 minute slots are available from Tuesday 19 January up until the deadline for applications on Tuesday 2 February. Find the funding guidelines here.

The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust Covid-19 Emergency Fund

The fund is open for applications until 30th March 2021. The fund will provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in the Trust’s Area of Benefit (see website) to support vulnerable individuals and families swiftly and effectively during the current lockdown. The Trust expects grants to be used for food, clothing, utility bills and materials for home schooling or for any other urgent need intensified by the pandemic. No application form is required and details of how to apply are on their website www.hwct.org.uk. Please contact the Trust’s Grants Officer: joanna@hwct.co.uk if you would like to discuss applying for this fund.

London Community Response Wave 5

There are 2 strands – a crisis response programme of grants of up to £10k – with a quick turnaround to ensure that urgent needs are met. And a programme of larger, longer-term ‘Renewal’ grants (up to £50K) which will focus on supporting the needs of civil society in the year ahead. Full guidance for applicants on both strands on the London Community Response website.  Also see our presentation to the Voluntary Action Forum for further details.

Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation launch £1m digital development fund

The fund offers grants of up to £70,000.  It aims to support UK non-profits to test and develop digital service delivery solutions.
The fund is part of their joint Tech for Good programme. Applications close at 12pm on 12 February 2021.  Full details here.

Community Led Recovery Grants.

There are two grant streams:
~ Community-Led Action Grant: up to £9,000 to initiate social action projects
~ London Community Story Grant: grants of up to £1,500 to organisations with existing projects which capture Londoner’s experience of COVID-19, supporting them to be presented and shared to a wider audience.
Deadline for applications 12pm Friday 19th February 2021.   Details here.  Or email CommunityLedRecovery@groundwork.org.uk  or phone 020 7239 1390.

£500K Windrush Community Fund Opens For Bids

Charities working with people affected by the Windrush scandal can apply for grants to spread awareness of a government compensation scheme.
The Windrush Community Fund will be managed by Voice4Change England (V4CE), and will make grants of up to £25,000 to charities, community groups and grassroots organisations.
Those grants can be used to raise levels of engagement with the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Leathersellers’ Small Grants

The Leathersellers’ Company has a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to registered charities with an income of under £200,000.   You must be in an area of high deprivation.  Details at the Leathersellers’ Small Grants Programme.

National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes

Applications for all three programmes are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Catherine Capaldi Awards

Elfrida Rathbone Camden are delighted to announce that the Catherine Capaldi Awards are open for applications.  These awards are open to anyone who identifies as a disabled person and who has an idea or solution to break down a barrier faced by disabled people or to improve their access to services, inclusion or community participation.  More information and how to enter here.

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

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

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 recording and presentation from the Wed 20th Jan Forum is available here.
The next Forum is on Wednesday 24th February

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details of upcoming courses

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

Safeguarding adults

The Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board in partnership with the Learning & Development Service have commissioned nine half day online “Safeguarding Adults Awareness workshops” available for the Voluntary and Charity sector
1 February 2021 13.30-16.30
18 February 2021 10.00-13.00
18 February 2021 13.30-16.30
24 February 2021 10.00-13.00
24 February 2021 13.30-16.30
8 March 2021 13.30-16.30
11 March 2021 13.30-16.30
17 March 2021 10.00-13.00
17 March 2021 13.30-16.30
To request a place email learning@camden.gov.uk

Community Champions Camden

Find out more about the Community Champions programme.  A health and wellbeing project putting residents voices at the heart.
This will be a chance to meet other residents, hear about the project and share your ideas.  You can take the survey here.
Wednesday 3rd February at 11.30am and 5.30pm.
Register by contacting your local coordinator:
Kentish Town – James – 07979 756970 – james@elfridacamden.org.uk
Kilburn – Emelye – 0300 365 2003 – emelye@shakonline.co.uk
Regents Park Estate – Ellie – 07923 849 277 – ellie.rudd@fya.org.uk

Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning

This e-learning can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It is for those 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 for the L&D Hub please find details here  on how to sign-up.

Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop

This two-hour online workshop can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic violence and abuse and what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for the victim/survivor seeking help. You’ll also be provided with information where help is available for the victim/survivor.
Please book via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account for the L&D Hub please find details here  on how to sign-up.

Thriving Communities

The programme focusses on social prescribing and covid 19 related support delivered by the voluntary and community sector. Information about the programme and the Thriving Communities learning opportunities are here.
Watch recordings of all webinars here.
You can also sign up to the network and ideas hub and get access to free webinars and learning.

Age UK Camden Information and Advice coffee mornings

Information and Advice team will be hosting three virtual coffee mornings on the following days between 11-12pm:
~ Wednesday 24th February
~ Wednesday 31st March
Each meeting will be hosted via Zoom. To join the January meeting, please follow this link
Meeting ID: 837 2165 2832  Passcode: 014913

The Catherine Capaldi Awards – workshop

Elfrida Rathbone Camden are organising the Catherine Capaldi Awards to be awarded to disabled people who have come up with solutions to issues or ideas on how to break down barriers.
In partnership with Arup’s Access & Inclusive Environments Team,  workshops support potential applicants with their application. Find out more here.
Thursday 11 February at 11am –  via Zoom.
The aim of these workshops is to:
• Support applicants to shape and refine their ideas.
• Guide applicants through the form, and to answer any specific questions.
To attend, or for more info, please contact catherine@elfridacamden.org.uk

National Housing Emergency Summit

Saturday 20th FEbruary 2021, 11am – 7pm
Will include round-table sessions on Fighting evictions, Grenfell and Safety, reclaiming Empty Homes, Stop the Developers’ Charter, Rent strikes, and Building 100,000 Council homes a year.  Details and booking at Eventbrite.

UCL Social Hackathons

Hackathons are one-day events in which you get a group of UCL students to come up with solutions to benefit your organisation.  If successful in your application, you will then receive £500 funding from us to help turn any ideas you think are feasible into a reality. Social Hackathons are running Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February, from 10am-4pm and will be held for one day online over Zoom.
If you want to apply to take part, please do so here by Monday 18th January.

Rethink Training

Rethink Mental Illness training partnership with the London Boroughs of Camden & Islington councils.  Rethink provides online course to organisations free of charge and also runs courses that are open to individuals.
Full details on the Rethink website.

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.

Researcher – Invitation to Tender

Research on the development and impact of a BAME-led partnership for tackling social isolation among older people in Camden.
Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) is a partnership of older people and Camden organisations, working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people. Since 2018, we have supported the development of a BAME-led partnership to find and engage with older people from smaller minority groups in the borough.
We would like to appoint an experienced qualitative researcher to examine the development and impact of the BAME-led partnership. We are actively seeking applications from researchers of African heritage and/or with substantial cultural understanding of African minority groups in the UK to carry out the work.
The budget is £20k. The research will be carried out between late March and early November.
Please see http://www.ageingbetterincamden.org.uk/latestnews/2021/1/28/researcher-invitation-to-tender for further information.
Deadline for submission of tenders is 9am on 5 March 2021.

London Irish Centre seeks Advice Officer (Housing)

Part Time – 2.5 days per week
Up to £30,000 pro rata, depending on experience
We are looking for an Advice Officer to join our Advice Service, which exists to improve opportunities and reduce poverty in London. Working primarily with people who identify as Irish, the service works to empower people using a strengths-based approach.
Application packs are available online
The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 1st March 2021.

Volunteers Needed – Story tellers/ actors

Are you a good Storyteller and able to address a young audience?
We need speakers to future story times
Contact somerstownhistory@gmail.com for more details

COVID-19 Heath Champions programme

Find out more and sign up to become a COVID-19 Health Champion here:
Sign up here:

The Camden Winter Night Shelter needs volunteers

C4WS are currently sourcing volunteers for the C4WS Winter Shelter and reaching out to organisations that may not be running services this year, or running a different service, with volunteers still willing to give their time.
Please see the volunteer sign up link: https://signup.com/go/bfGANJe

Work Experience Opportunity for Young Person (15 – 18 years)

Work Experience (virtual) with Prestigious Knowledge Quarter partners
February Half term
Design an Exhibition on Local heroes Radical thinkers.  More details here.

Lifting Limits seeks Head of Education

Lifting Limits is looking for an experienced primary school practitioner with leadership experience and understanding of the primary school sector for a new senior role as Head of Education.  We are a charity with a mission to challenge gender stereotyping and promote gender equality, in and through education, and the Head of Education will help us build on our positive impact so far and scale our model to reach significant numbers of schools.
£45,000 p.a. pro rata. part time, 3 days (or equivalent hours) per week
Deadline for applications: 15th February.
For full details at https://www.liftinglimits.org.uk/contact-us/

Opening Doors Befriending Support Officer

You will be responsible for supporting befriending relationships and helping develop the service –  triaging new referrals to the service, liaising with existing clients by phone or in person in their homes (not currently) and making referrals to external support services. You will support the recruitment, development, placement and ongoing support of volunteers within the service. You will also be responsible for reaching out to minority or under-represented communities who may not be aware of the ODL Befriending Service.
See website for full requirements. Please email you completed Application form to: jobs@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

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

Unity Works Seeks Trustees

Unity Works, part of the charitable Thera Group, is a specialist organisation supporting people with a learning disability to gain skills, qualifications and jobs, so they can reach their full potential. The new organisation, which was developed from The Camden Society, builds on 20 years of experience of helping hundreds of people with a learning disability to secure jobs through volunteering and training opportunities.
Call Tarnya Thompson on 07595 200476 or email mailto:Tarnya.Thompson@thera.co.uk for an informal discussion.

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.

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.

Lateral Flow Testing (quick test) for VCS frontline staff and volunteers

‘Lateral flow’ COVID-19 tests are available for all in frontline roles who have regular face-to-face contact with communities, and who do not have any coronavirus symptoms.
Appointments are available at two test sites (Crowndale Library and Swiss Cottage Library) every weekday from 9am to 5pm. Book here.  If your organisation is not on the system, add the name in the notes’ box.

Boloh Helpline for BAME Families

Barnardo’s has launched a new helpline where you can talk about your worries, problems and stresses during this time with new helpline Boloh, which provides emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
If you know of any families requiring therapeutic support or vouchers to purchase food or clothing, please refer them to the helpline by calling: 0800 151 2605.
For more information on how the Boloh Helpline Advisors and the team of psychotherapists can offer advice, signposting and therapeutic support for the children, young people, parents and carers – please go to: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/ or email VAC’s Safeguarding Lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi on dogunyemi@vac.org.uk for more information.

Food Support

Find your local food bank or community organisation providing food at findfood.camden.gov.uk.
If you don’t have internet access, please call Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 and select option 9
You can also donate at findfood.camden.gov.uk/donate

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

Fully-funded university places with Camden Scholarships

Birkbeck, University of London  is offering two scholarship places to Camden residents for any of their undergraduate courses starting in October 2021. The deadline to apply is 25 June 2021.
Hult International Business School is offering Camden residents a fully-funded one-year postgraduate Master of International Business degree. The course starts in Sept 2021 and the deadline to apply is 21 May 2021. Full details here.

Request for Camden employers to provide 6 months’ work placements for 19-25 year olds

Camden Youth Pathways Finder project is looking for Camden employers to provide placement opportunities to young people at risk of/involved in youth violence (including remote working). Camden Council will pay the young person London Living Wage for the duration of the placement, provide ongoing pastoral care and support for both the organisation and young person and be a point of contact for any queries that may arise.
To register or to find out more, contact serrina.lobban@camden.gov.uk

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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