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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 2nd July 2021

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2nd July 2021

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Vaccination News; Last Chance for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme; Be Well Day; Virtual Careers Fair for 18 – 24s; Sands United FC; UCL Research on Women’s Mobility in the Pandemic; MECC Training dates; Caraf Centre Holiday Scheme; ICS Talk  + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Covid-19 vaccination programme

Covid vaccinations now open to all adults over 18.
The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you.
You can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment without needing an invitation letter.
There are walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics running across North Central London and some clinics have evening appointments. You can visit a walk-in clinic or book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.
Further information is available here.




Vaccine Pop Up

On Thursday 8 July, the NHS will be running pop-up vaccination centre in Kilburn at Kilburn Library. Anyone aged 18 and over is welcome. Book an appointment by clicking this link of if you need support to book, call Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9).  Walk-ins accepted but please try to book in advance if you can to guarantee your appointment.
The COVID-19 community vaccination bus will be at:-
• Friday 2nd July 3 – 7pm  QCCA. Ashdown Crescent
• Saturday 3rd July 10am – 2pm  Sidings Community Centre, Brassey Rd
• Tuesday 6th July 3 – 7pm  Sidings Community Centre, Brassey Rd
This is a free service for anyone who is currently eligible for the vaccine. You don’t need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated. Book in advance 020 7974 4444 (option 9). You can turn up  during operating times but please try to book in advance.

Last Chance to Get Involved in Holiday Activites and Food Programme

Join the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) for this Summer and/or Christmas Holidays. The Camden HAF is a new Department for Education (DfE) funded programme of Holiday Activities for children and young people aged 5-16 years.
please email an expression of interest by 2 July (today!) to: info@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk
Organisations can also contact either Keith Morgan keith@youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk or Robin.Partridge@camden.gov.uk with any queries.

Free Event: Be Well Day  21st July

Central YMCA is running a free Wellbeing and Movement event at their YMCA KX venue in Kings Cross. The event is in response to the increase in inactivity, loneliness, depression and anxiety brought on by the covid-19 pandemic.
We invite you to come along and participate in a series of classes and workshops including Yoga, Pilates, Nutrition and Meditation to help you to reconnect with your mind and revitalise your body. www.ymca.co.uk/bewellday

18-24s Virtual Careers Fair from National Careers Service

Across 2 days – 6th and 7th July, the National Careers Service in London and West Midlands will bring together young jobseekers and employers from across the regions to provide up-to-date information on the latest opportunities for young people. Details and booking at Eventbrite.

Sands United FC

If you’re affected by the loss of a child, there’s a team waiting for you to join. Contact Sands, the Stillbirth and neonatal death charity. sufclondon@gmail.com

Women’s Experience of London’s Street Spaces During the Pandemic

How street space changes during the pandemic have affected women’s mobility in Camden?  Take the survey here.

Good Conversations in Challenging Times – MECC skills online training

New dates for July and August available to book now
An online course ideal for anyone that talks to people about Covid-19 related issues. Also a specific course for conversations about the Covid-19 vaccine, particularly where people may be unsure or unmotivated to take it.  Free to attend for anyone who works, volunteers or lives in Camden or Islington.

The Caraf Centre Holiday Play Scheme

Play Scheme- Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm
£6 per day. Age:  5 to 8 year olds. Limited spaces
To register contact: Indira Vyas at The Caraf Centre, 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent, London NW5 4EZ. Phone: 020 7 284 0030 ext: 1 email: sunshine@thecarafcentre.org.uk   www.thecarafcentre.co.uk

Integrated Care Systems – an introduction

Tuesday 6th July 4 – 5pm. A short introduction to understanding the new NHS structures – what they are and where the VCS fits in.  A talk for Camden Carers staff, trustees and volunteers.  Open to other Camden VCS organisations to attend.  Email Kevin for the zoom link. knunan@vac.org.uk


Camden Disabled Voices
Small Green Shoots
Healthwatch Camden
Coram’s Fields
The Winch
Camden People First Easy Read June News
Young Camden Foundation
All Ways Network
West Euston Partnership


England’s poorest areas left far behind with lack of social infrastructure

Study finds 10% worst-off wards are also least likely to get government funds to renew their communities.  Read the story in the Guardian.

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

Shared Endeavour Fund 2021/22

If you are a Civil Society organisation working in London and wish to deliver projects that tackle racism, hate, intolerance, extremism, or radicalisation, then find out more and see if you could apply for funding.
Applications may be submitted before the deadline of 9am on 3rd August 2021. You can find full details here.

Future Changemakers Fund is open

The Future Changemakers Fund panel will consider projects which will improve the safety of Camden’s young people aged 16-25, with a focus on:
1. Providing opportunities for young people to have positive and relatable role models or mentors.
2. Skills and Employment opportunities to improve mental health, life skills and career progression.
Grants are up to £10,000. Applications can be made directly to Camden Giving

Strengthening Civil Society programme

New Barings funding to support expert legal ‘hub’ organisations. The funding is designed to help hub organisations to scale their activities to enable them to work with more civil society organisations to challenge discrimination and disadvantage and create long-term social change. Details here.

London Fund for Racialised Communities

The BME Health Forum has opened a first funding round for organisations wishing to help communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 26 July 2021.
This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £100,000 but less than £600,000.
A second funding round for organisations with incomes less than £100,000
will be run no later than 1st September 2021.
Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here
Smaller organisations wishing to ensure they hear about the second round can join the BME Health Forum’s mailing list here

Young Camden Foundation Supplementary Education Fund – Deadline 5th July

Young Camden Foundation invites applications from supplementary schools and other organisations and out-of-school settings based in Camden who are able to deliver: Core Curriculum Subjects– an emphasis on the provision of core thematic learning to children and young people for example – extracurricular lessons, homework support, or weekend classes – in at least one or more of the following subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. To apply and for more information see here: https://youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk/funding/index

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Grant Programme Open

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium sized local charities, funding  work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. Aimed at registered charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support. The focus is on work supporting adults and young people aged 17+. Unrestricted grants of up to £50,000 over 2 years, together with development support for your charity. Our programme has two strands, Complex Social Issues and Racial Equity. For more information and to apply, visit the website

Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity funding

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is to launch its Racial Equity funding for small and local charities that are led by and that support Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities. Charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support.  Full details 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.
Next Forum is on Wednesday 21st July at 11am

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/

Elfrida Rathbone Camden Leighton College

The Elfrida Rathbone Camden Leighton College is a specialist education provision for young people with a mild to moderate learning disability aged 16-24.  Leighton College is based in Kentish Town, Camden and accepts students from any London Borough.
We are open for applications from students (who must have an Education, Health and Care Plan) for a September 2021 start date and we are able to support transitions from secondary school or other colleges to the Leighton College.
For more information contact Samantha Childs, ERC Education Manager, at samantha@elfridacamden.org.uk or on 07917/ 193 885 / 020 7424 1617.

Art at Home

Free online programme of six multi-sensory creative activities for people living with dementia or mild cognitive impairment, alongside their carers.
Join the next programme starting on Thursday 8th July, and continuing for the five following Thursdays from 3PM – 4PM. This programme will be delivered over Zoom by artist and founder of Engage Here, Melissa Fry. Tools and materials will be sent to each participant prior to the start of the programme.
To sign up, either email info@engage-here.co.uk or fill in this online form

Uprising Stand Out

Uprising are running 4-week online employment support programme Stand Out. The programme will run from July 26th. The programme combines an intensive daily month-long online curriculum with up to a year of mentoring for each participant, designed to help young people in a competitive job market.
Further information and booking at https://www.uprising.org.uk/stand-out

Thriving Communities webinar

National Partnership Working across the National Academy for Social Prescribing – Who we are and what we do. Find out how the NASP partnerships build sustainability and legacy, Tuesday 6th July, 3-4.30pm Details and booking here.

Families, Food & Feelings

The Families, Food & Feelings group is FREE for parents/carers of children aged 5-17 who live or are registered with a GP in Islington or Camden. The group aims to support parents/carers in encouraging their children to live happy, healthy lives. The facilitators provide strategies and insight to help parents/carers feel confident. Find out more at the Brandon Centre website.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation (Free)

The method of Sahaja Yoga is unique: Through the experience of Kundalini awakening, the process of going into thoughtless awareness is completely spontaneous and does not require any kind of mental control. The effects of true meditation are long-lasting and increase with regular practice.
Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Free-Meditation-Yoga-London/events/xfhrdsyccgbcc/

C&I Recovery College Summer term course guide

Recovery College runs until 16 July.  Courses will be online using Microsoft Teams, with some courses also available as Youtube videos. Full details here.

The Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership

Virtual safeguarding training programme for Summer Term 2021 including Engaging Fathers in Safeguarding; Understanding Early Help in Camden; Contributing to Child Protection Case Conferences; Child Exploitation and many more. Full programme here.

Four job opportunities at Camden Council

3 x Community Partner
This role will be part of a dynamic team who are responsible for facilitating a strong relationship between the Council and the Voluntary Community Sector, in two ways:
1. Building a strong and resilient sector – ensuring the sector remains as a strong vehicle to help deliver outcomes and shift to changing need
2. Identifying and putting in place arrangements for greater collaboration
Senior Community Partner (Assets and Projects)
This is a fixed term post for 2 years, with a specific brief around use of assets by the voluntary and community sector.  Whilst the role sits within the Community Partnerships Team, the post holder will be expected to work closely with the Property Team as well as developing strong relationships with voluntary community sector (VCS) partners. Closing date  Monday 12th July

The Winch seeks Senior Fundraising Officer

Working with the Winch, you’ll be supported by a welcoming, talented and diverse community of staff, volunteers and young people, as you help shape and resource our future. We will invest in your professional development and personal growth. We will support your wellbeing.  You’ll experience first-hand the impact your work makes in our neighbourhood. Full details at Charity Jobs.

Office Administrator at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Elfrida Rathbone Camden is recruiting a permanent part-time (four days a week) Office Administrator to help run their offices in Kentish Town.   Elfrida works with young disabled people and families.
£27,379 per year (£21,903 pro rata for 28 hours per week)
Closing date is Monday 19 July at 10am.

The Caraf Centre is Recruiting Two Posts

Nursery Nurse/Practitioner wanted at Sunshine Day Nursery
The Caraf Centre’s Sunshine Day Nursery is fully committed to the care and safeguarding of children. The successful applicants will work with children aged 1 to 4 years old. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly setting based in the London Borough of Camden.
Play Leader and Play Workers wanted at The Caraf Centre’s new Holiday Play Scheme
We’re looking to recruit Fun Zone staff to supervise and assist in the delivery of our play scheme. All hours between 8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m on a rota basis, therefore you must available during all relevant school holiday dates.
To find out more about either role please contact
Indira Vyas or Juma Laila on 0207 284 0030 Ext: 203
E: sunshine@thecarafcentre.org.uk  web: www.thecarafcentre.co.uk
The Caraf Centre, 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent NW5 4EZ

Vaccine Volunteers Wanted

There are three roles to fill:
• Marshals, who welcome people to the centres and guide them through the process, helping maintain social distancing and clean conditions.
• Reception administrators, who log people in, check appointment details and deal with any initial non-clinical questions.
• Vaccination administrators who sit with the medical staff and ensure that vaccine details are added to patient records.
You will need to be willing to sign up for half-day sessions – as little or as often as you can. contact: email: camden.healthpartners@nhs.net

Sante Project seeks Befriender Volunteers

Sante Project provides support for refugees and mental health.  Currently Sante is recruiting befrienders.  Full training and support is provided.  Knowledge of an additional language is desirable.  Contact Ruth Appleton appletonruth@gmail.com

PENHA seeks Programme Manager Volunteer

Volunteer/pro-bono (three  days per week).
Deadline 10.07.2021
PENHA, the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa, is an African inspired and African led organisation working among pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities. Its main mission is to promote sustainable development among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities through gender equality, resilience, enterprise and innovation, and regional cooperation across the Horn of Africa. Full details and how to apply on the PENHA website.

Calthorpe Community Garden, Seeks Chair

Calthorpe Community Garden exists to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of the local community. We are seeking a Chair who is a seasoned professional with outstanding communication skills and a strong steer on governance. This is an important role and an opportunity to make a positive difference by supporting and enhancing a local community by helping to deliver services as we embark on a period of development to transform our provision for years to come. For a full job description please email: calthorpetrustees@gmail.com. Closing date: 5pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

LAWRS seeks Violence Against Women & Girls Worker

Part time: 3 days (21 hours) per week £27,550 per annum pro rata
We are seeking for a committed Latin American woman to join LAWRS’ Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) team,  which supports Latin American women affected by VAWG (e.g. domestic abuse, sexual violence, harmful practices, trafficking for sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence).  Full details at Charity Jobs.

VAC is Recruiting a Communications Worker

I day per week £28k pro rata, pension, annual leave and flexible working
VAC is a small but high-profile local umbrella organisation for the Camden vcs  – part of a network of sister organisations acros the country.  The primary purpose of your role is to develop and implement the marketing & communications strategy for VAC, leading our communications such as our high-profile weekly newsletter, social media and web content.  You will need to work with all staff as well as a range of external stakeholders and partners.  As well as the VAC website and communication channels, we also run the general portal into the Camden voluntary and community sector – OneCamden.com and the @onecamden twitter.  Apply with CV and covering letter. Full details here. Deadline 30th June.

Camden Mind Ventures Charity Shop Retail Manager

35 hrs pw Salary £22,000 pa 25 days A/L plus 8 bank holiday days
Camden Mind Ventures runs a busy charity shop located in the heart of Camden Town on behalf of Mind in Camden, a mental health charity.
The aim of the shop is to generate vital funds to continue the work of the charity which supports people of all ages who have substantial mental health issues.
We need a commercially aware manager with a passion for maximising income for the charity to take responsibility for managing the shop to ensure it meets its aim, ideally with experience of charity shops, though this is not essential.
Application packs are available from 020 7911 0822 or admin@mindincamden.org.uk or can be downloaded from www.mindincamden.org.uk/support-us/jobs
Closing Date: Monday 12 July 12.00 noon.

COVID-19 Health Champions

Join the COVID-19 Health Champion movement to get the latest advice and guidance about COVID-19 so that you can help and share the information with your community, and let us know what is and isn’t working. You can access trusted information through regular updates and weekly online drop-in sessions about the vaccine, testing and more.
If you work, live or volunteer in Camden, simply complete the form here to sign up! If you’ve got questions, email CHC@islington.gov.uk.

Hopscotch Homecare needs 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.

London Irish Centre Office Space

There are 3 office  spaces available for rent at the London Irish Centre in Camden Square, NW1.
Space 1 – one desk office – £480 per month
Space 2 – three desk office – £700 per month
Space 3 – 3 offices – 6 desk spaces – £1200 per month
For more information contact Jen on 07947 109 064. Full details here.

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.

Google Career Certificates

Camden, Google and Coursera are offering free professional training to 500 Camden residents.
There are four programmes to choose from: IT Support, Data Analysis, Project Management and UX Design. You don’t need any experience or a degree to take part in a course, just an interest in starting a new career.
Residents can register for the free courses here

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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Send your item to knunan@vac.org.uk or info@vac.org.uk by noon on Thursday for publication in the following day’s edition.  The e-bulletin comes out every Friday. Submissions should be 50 – 75 words.  Please send plain text or a format that can be copied (ie not embedded in an image). Send links to documents rather than attachments. Make sure to include contact details.

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