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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 2nd October 2020

VAC Weekly Newsletter
2nd October 2020

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


Black History Month; Age UK Camden Photo Exhibition; The Future of the Community Centre; World Mental Health Day; Online Self-Care; Winter Wellbeing; Local Giving Digital Volunteers; Kruger Report Summary; Safeguarding courses from VAC + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


It’s Black History Month

There’s lots going on in the borough to celebrate Black History month.  Find local listings on Love Camden and the Kentishtowner, or search twitter using #blackhistory or #blackhistorymonth or #blackhistorymonth2020. 

ODI Writers’ Fund for Black History Month 2020

Do you have a #data story to tell for #BlackHistoryMonth? ODI are looking for Black writers who can use data to tell a story. From data about Caribbean micro-businesses to Black people on film; from data about the history of African languages to how algorithms might affect our society. Full details at ODI website.

Click on the image to find out about this Somers Town History Space event.



Camden Renewal Commission

Camden Council and University College London’s (UCL) Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) today launched The Renewal Commission, which will help spark ambitious policy and practical solutions to level up long-standing inequalities in Camden that were exposed by the coronavirus. Full details in the council’s press release.

Walking Alongside Photographic Exhibition

Until Saturday 3rd October at Samsung KX in Coal Drops Yard, the exhibition features powerful images of those who selflessly gave their time to support our emergency relief efforts at the height of the pandemic.
Also Samsung and Age UK Camden launch Multimedia Mondays! A series of weekly digital workshops to give older people in Camden the opportunity to learn new skills and find new ways of using technology. Book a free space.

The Future of the Community Centre – Share Findings and Co-Design Session

Somers Town Community Association & University of the Arts London
Various Dates
Join an insightful workshop to co-create the Future of the Community Centre and how to collectively support the needs of Somers Town.
Full details, dates and how to book at Eventbrite.

World Mental Health Day webinars next week

This year has been tough for all of us. Many of us have developed mental health problems for the first time, and for some, existing ones have gotten worse. Prioritising our mental health has never been so important. With World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Public Health have organised a series of webinars to equip you to support residents that you work with or to better cope with your own wellbeing.
MONDAY 5th Oct 12:00-13:00 Become a Mental Health Champion
TUESDAY 6th Oct 12:00-13:00 COVID-19 and mental health: how to access support
WEDNESDAY 7th Oct 12:00-13:00 Intro to Mental Health Awareness Training
THURSDAY 8th Oct 12:00-13:00 Anxious Minds: General anxiety awareness and stress-busting suggestions
13:00-14:00 Mental Health User Involvement Project & Cultural Advocacy Project
FRIDAY 9th Oct 12:00-13:00 Online counselling service for young people
MONDAY 12th Oct 11:00-13:00 Support after suicide service
Book at https://survs.com/survey/nrfous9ctl

Funding Update

Young Camden Foundation has just launched a new fund – The Build Up Fund – up to £3000 for youth crime, knowledge sharing and organisational development.   New fund  – MyEnds – from the Mayor’s Violence Reduction Programme. Camden Giving Covid-19 Round 3 is now open.  Details in Funding section below.

Levelling Up

Danny Kruger MP has come up with proposals for how community action seen during lockdown could be maintained and boosted. The report includes a strong theme running throughout of ‘community power’ and also the need for further engagment – two very welcome themes. Read our summary of ‘Levelling Up’ here.

Online self-care session

Friday 16th October, 12.30 to 2.30pm
Delivered by a Camden GP and a pharmacist. Anyone who lives in Camden can attend. Find out all you need to know about managing your health.
Free take away digtal pack of resources for health and wellbeing.  Book at Eventbrite 

Winter Wellbeing

The annual Winter Wellbeing project, run in partnership with North London Cares, begins this October. Like lots of things the project will look a little different this year, with many more residents being reached  over the phone.
For help to stay warm, active, healthy and connected this winter, residents over 65 can contact North London Cares on 0207 118 3838 (option 3) or email emily.groves@northlondoncares.org.uk

Localgiving and digital volunteers

Localgiving have launched a new scheme to match skilled volunteers with charities that need digital support.  Find out more at the Localgiving website.

New Safeguarding Courses from VAC

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

Activities and Services in your community

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


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

London’s Violence Reduction Unit – MyEnds Programme

MyEnds programme seeks to channel energy and effort into community-led solutions. But to make an impact, strong, local, collaborative work is needed. Violence doesn’t respect borough boundaries, so an equally ambitious response from communities that also pushes boundaries, breaks down barriers, and promotes partnerships is needed. Put simply we are stronger if we work together.
The VRU inviting applications for the MyEnds programme because they want to develop new sustainable, effective, community-led responses to violence.
This form should be used to submit your proposal.  Email your Application Form to vrucommissioning@london.gov.uk.  Deadline 5pm on 23rd October 2020.

Build Up Fund 2020-21│ Youth Crime Prevention & Organisational Development Grants.

Young Camden Foundation in partnership with Camden Council Community Impacts has launched the Build Up Fund. This fund aims to support local youth organisations to access comprehensive and appropriate training in three distinct areas 1) Youth crime prevention, 2) Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes and 3) Organisational sustainability.
Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000. See more here

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

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

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well

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

COVID Recovery Fund from Lloyds Bank foundation

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

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

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

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

IT and Digital Support Needs Survey for Camden and Islington Groups

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

Camden Voluntary Action Forum

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Introduction to Safeguarding for Trustees
Monday, 12  October 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Charity Commission for England and Wales states that “safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charity trustees”. Are you fulfilling your responsibilities as a trustee? Are you  meeting the Charity Commission’s safeguarding expectations?  Book here.
Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding
Wednesday, 21  October 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
If you frequently work with or deliver services to children and their families, it is essential that your organisation / group has up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation and understands it’s legal obligations in regards to child protection policy and procedures. Book here.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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


Supported Employment Techniques

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

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.

Interculturality within the Supervisory Relationship

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

PSIC seeks Part-Time Payroll Officer

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. Progressive new developments are taking place and the right candidate will play a pivotal role in their implementation, with excellent payroll skills and experience.
Closing date Monday 12th October – interview date TBC
See the application pack including the full job description and person specification available on the  website www.psic.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk

The Littlehaven Nursery seeks Manager

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

Unity Works is Recruiting to Three Roles

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

Development Worker for West Hampstead Community Food Hub

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

The Sherriff Centre seeks Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Recruiting an enthusiastic intern, who will have specific responsibility to set up and coordinate a brand new food sustainability project and recruit volunteers for other roles within the centre. Reporting to the centre management and have daily supervision and guidance, plus monthly supervision.
The post is for 25 hours per week over 3 – 4 days, hours can be flexible.
Intern expenses will be paid at a fixed rate of £175 per week.
To apply email to hello@thesherriffcentre.co.uk with the subject heading ‘Volunteer Coordinator Intern’. Telling us why you would be suitable for the role and your availability. Please attach a CV if you have one.

The Law Centres Network is recruiting a Digital Projects Assistant.

This role will work closely with the digital team, including product owners, service designers, data experts and developers to support digital transformation initiatives across the Network. You will also support the rollout of an ambitious IT upgrade programme to ensure Law Centres have the appropriate Digital infrastructure to work and collaborate effectively in the digital environment.
For more information and to apply visit the LCN website

Henna is recruiting an Outreach & Advise worker.

The role is for 6 months, 14 hours per week @ £11.00 per hour.  Women only.  A DBS check will be made. www.henna.org.uk
Contact Rafat Kiani for full details rafat@hennaorg.co.uk

Camden Carers is recruiting a Support & Wellbeing Worker (Learning Disability Lead)

This is an exciting new opportunity to join the dynamic team at Camden Carers and make a difference to the lives of people and families in Camden. For more information, please click the link: https://www.camdencs.org.uk/pages/12-jobs

UCL seeks Project Manager: Evaluation Exchange

This role will manage the delivery of the Evaluation Exchange in Newham and Camden. The Evaluation Exchange brings UCL postgraduate students together with voluntary sector organisations to form partnerships to tackle an evaluation challenge. The post holder will support a culture of evaluation activities, building evaluation capacity in students, organisations and the University.
Full details on the position (job description and how to apply) is available here.
Deadline for applications: 9th October 2020
Formore info email:  gemma.moore@ucl.ac.uk

Age UK Camden is Recruiting Two Jobs

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

Irish Centre seeks Volunteer Manager

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

Social Prescribing Link Worker

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

Hopscotch Homecare urgently need Care Workers.

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

Paid work opportunities for people who have been laid off/ reduced income

Local Adult social care providers are still recruiting, and as they support the NHS to move vulnerable adults out of hospital to stay well at home, their need is growing. Contact Proud to Care.

Keeping The Community Directory Up-to-date

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

Re-opening Community Buildings Resources

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

QR track and trace

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

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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