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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 30th July 2021


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30th July 2021

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Restrictions Eased; Translated Resources; Disability and Employment Event; Kentish Town Community Champions; Healthwatch Camden Domestic Abuse Survey; Walk in Vaccination Centres; Volunteer Managers’ Forum; Personal Training for Visually Impaired; New Zoom Fundraising Feature; Different Strokes Group + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Restrictions Eased – some guidance

With restrictions now eased the Government, CIPD and HSE have produced guidance on keeping workplaces safe. No specific official guidance for the voluntary sector has been produced yet.  CPID say that this easing shouldn’t signal a mass return to the workplace. Some guidance on hybrid working here.


Translated Resources

All Londoners aged 18 or over can get vaccinated, please share these resources so that everyone can get the best protection against COVID-19
There are translated WhatsApp audio clips to inform communities that the vaccine is freely available to all adults through the NHS and how they can get it. You will also find BBC videos in Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu, answering common questions regarding the COVID vaccination in pregnancy, as well as Q&A graphics in English.
If you do want to register with a GP and book a COVID vaccine you can find translated videos here in Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. You can find further resources in community languages here.

Disability and Employment in Camden – A Conversation of Change event

Thursday, 9 September 1 – 4pm
Join CDA for a ‘conversation of change’ about what a new employment service could look like for Disabled residents of Camden.
The event will explore lived experience stories relating to employment of Disabled residents and people with long-term health conditions in Camden. Using the themes and topics from these stories, together we will come-up with initial ideas for a new employment service for Disabled people and those with long term health conditions. Full details and booking at Eventbrite. Access the Easy read version here.

Kentish Town Community Champions Project

Do you work with women or girls? If so would you like to drop off resources, host a talk, or a workshop at one of our upcoming women’s days? The day will explore, signpost, and reflect on issues which are affecting women locally in Kentish Town. There is a Community Women’s day on 23rd August, and young women’s day on 16th August. For more information please email james@elfridacamden.org.uk  Find out more andn sign up here.

Healthwatch Camden Domestic Abuse survey

Healthwatch Camden would like to better understand experiences of Camden residents who have experienced domestic abuse. This includes questions about the nature of the abuse, the impact it had on the victim’s health and wellbeing, if they told anyone, and their experiences if they accessed support.
This information will be used to produce a report that will outline clear next steps on how to make local services more supportive and accessible for victims of domestic abuse. Take the survey here.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination events near you this week

With just 69% of 30-39-year-olds and 55% of 18-29 year-olds having received a first dose of the jab, there is still work to do to persuade under 40s to come forward for vaccination.
For a full list of vaccination centres, click here. These are all free services for anyone aged 18+. You don’t need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated. You won’t be asked for proof of ID, address or immigration status.

Volunteer Managers’ Forum

Thursday 19th August, 2-4pm on Zoom  -sign up for the next VCC Volunteer Managers’ Forum to discuss all things volunteer management.

QCCA Personal Training Sessions available for the visually impaired

Camden Health Kick project aims to bring activities and services to specific target groups. Currently the project is offering the visually impaired Personal Training Sessions with a qualified instructor.
Contact Sarah Tel: 020 7267 6635 email:  sarah@qcca.org.uk

New – fundraise within Zoom

The video meeting platform Zoom has added a donation function to its platform for all registered UK charities. It’s an easy 3 step process to add the donate button using the Pledge platform.

Different Strokes Central London Group

Run by stroke survivor volunteers, for stroke survivors, and is supported by Different Strokes, Development Manager. Every Saturday from 2.00pm – 5.00pm in the Lower Club Lounge (LCL), at the Central YMCA Club in Great Russell Street.
T: 0845 130 7172 or 01908 317 618 E: info@differentstrokes.co.uk


Charity Tax Group
Volunteer Centre Camden
Healthwatch Camden
Latin American House
Think and Do
Coram’s Fields
Young Camden Foundation
West Euston Partnership


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

Aviva Community Fund

Deadline 6th October. Grants of up to £50k are available for organisations to adapt or continue their vital services so they can help their beneficiaries during this time of need.  Find out more at the Aviva website.

Community Ideas Grants – Launch of a new  Walking and Cycling Grants

Thursday 5th August from 5pm – 6pm
The Community Ideas Grants will be available to smaller community groups who may not have applied for a grant before. Applicants select from a list of pre-approved project ideas to deliver in their community, and will receive further support throughout the application and the project delivery period.
This launch event will share details about the scheme and how to apply, detail what support is available, give you an idea of the project ideas.  Register here

We Make Camden Social Action Fund

Camden Giving has been awarded £90,000* to deliver the We Make Camden Social Action Fund. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants of £500-£1,500 for initiatives that support:
~ Social Action in the 4 mission areas (see below)
~ Social Cohesion
~ Local responses and solutions to challenges/ issues/ needs
In addition to the small grants, people can access support to apply, and you don’t need to be an incorporated community group or organisation to apply.
The “We Make Camden Kit” gives money and support to Camden residents and community groups who have great ideas for their communities.
Residents and community groups can apply via Camden Giving to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that contribute to the four Camden missions:
~ Food poverty and sustainability
~ Diversity in positions of power
~ Health and sustainability of estates
~ Opportunities for young people

Grow Back Greener Fund now open

Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 are available across two themes: access to green space, and climate adaptation and water, to support local projects that will help create community gardens, revitalise parks, plant trees, create wildlife habitat, restore waterways and turn grey spaces into green. The fund will prioritise locations with poor access to green space and high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.  Find out more and how to apply here.
Projects must be completed by November 2022.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on Monday 13 September.

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.

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.

NAVCA Funders List

A useful list of small trusts and foundations most useful to small charities.

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

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

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 Forum is taking a break in August – the next forum is on Wednesday 15th September at 11am  Book forums here.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details soon

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

The Autism Hub and ALAG are running monthly peer-led webinars for autistic adults.

The first Tuesday of each month at 19:00 – 20:30
To find out more and to join our mailing list, email –info@autismhubislington.org or contact at www.autismhubislington.org
3rd August: ‘Working together to achieve best results for the autism community
Speakers: Co-Researcher Group members
10th August: Autism-Friendly Tourist Attractions
Speaker: Ziggy Newman

London’s First Mosque

3rd August at 6pm. London’s first mosque was established in 1895 within what is now Camden.
In this illustrated talk Abdul Maalik Tailor, Britain’s first professionally qualified Muslim Tour Guide, tells its story and examines other key Muslim history of the borough. Details and booking at Eventbrite.

‘Hilgrove Creates’

A series of free arts workshops run by artists on the Hilgrove estate, open to any and all Camden residents.
From sculpture to script-writing, music production to theatre performance, we have a bunch of exciting workshops planned for Camden residents this August and September. Each art form will have four workshops, which are completely free to attend!  Find out more and sign up to them here.

Discover what Camden has on offer this summer

Camden Council, Camden Learning, Young Camden Foundation, other local voluntary and community sector partners, schools, early years services and local venues, including the British Library and British Museum, are offering children, young people and families an amazing range of free and low cost activities for ages 0 to 19.  Activities for families, children + young people, ages 0-19.  Full details here.

AntiUniversity Festival 2021

4-12 September. New and returning Antiuni organisers are invited to chat about your event ideas, ask questions, share suggestions and find solutions together.
London North, 6 August, 7-9pm @ Cooperation Town
19-37 Highgate Road NW5 1JY Register here
Culture, Power and Politics, Summer 2021 Programme.

Four Day Peer Mentor Training course

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th August & Thursday 12th & Friday 13th August
From 10am until 4:30pm, venue London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB
Our peer mentors use their own lived experiences of mental health to support someone else to achieve positive changes in their lives.
To reserve your place or request further information drop an email to
camden.peermentoring@voiceability.org or call Lucy 07776769315 or Antoinette 07770012961

Talk For Health – What’s On

Talk for Health is a social enterprise that demystifies effective therapeutic talk, making it accessible to all. We make group peer to peer counselling something we can all do – whether for our own wellbeing, to help others, or both. Find out what’s on at Eventbrite.

Time to Spare Wednesday Webinars

Full details and sign up at Eventbrite.

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.

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.

Coram’s Fields are recruiting an Office Assistant

See the website for more information and an application form or contact Recruitment – recruitment@coramsfields.org.uk for further information or telephone 020 7837 6138 or visit the Coram’s Fields website.

Deputy Manager (Henderson Court Health and Positive Living Hub)

£32,298 – 33,473 pa (pro rata for 21 Hours Per week)
Closing date: (5pm) Monday 9th August 2021
Age UK Camden are looking for the right person to support the manager in the line management of the Day Care Officers and volunteers in providing an excellent service to older people including those with complex care needs, providing feedback, managing performance, and identifying new areas of need and potential development.
For full details of this job and others, visit the Age UK website.

Hopscotch Employment Development Advisor

Hopscotch is currently recruiting an Employment Development Advisor to work with low paid workers, in particular carers, to provide 1:1 Information, advice and guidance, skills development and mentoring/coaching to support them to move into better opportunities. This role will require you to be supportive and understanding, and be able to deal with any issues that may arise confidently. Full details and how to apply on the Hopscotch website.

Peer coach employment opportunity

Voicability have an employed part time Peer Coach role vacancy.  If you know anyone that would be suitable and that this may be of interest to please share. Find out more and how to apply here.

MIND in Camden are advertising Two Posts

Community Mental Health Recovery Support Worker – both full and part time roles are available
Senior Community Mental Health Recovery Support Worker – full time, 35 hours per week
Details of both jobs can be found on the website here: www.mindincamden.org.uk/work-for-us
The closing date for all applications is at 10.00am on 2nd August 2021

SHAK are looking for a new treasurer

SHAK are looking for a trustee who is resident to the area.
The Treasurer will have responsibilities to Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and
within accepted accounting practice, and to ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
Full details and how to apply on the SHAK website.  The deadline for applications is: Monday 30th August by CV and covering letter.  Further information from John Boyle jboyle@shakonline.co.uk

Introduction to Coffee Skills

Start learning about careers in hospitality and coffee, in this fun, practical, introductory course. 4 days of hands-on coffee training; Lunches & travel provided; CV development support.  For residents of borough of Camden Aged 18 – 24, Unemployed and Not in training or education
Assessment Day: 4th August. Training:  9th, 10th, 11th & 13th August
You must be available for all dates
To Apply complete the application form before Monday, 2nd August
For more information, please contact info@wellgroundedjobs.co.uk

Casa Latina seeks Immigration Advisor

Latin American House is hiring for an In-House Immigration Advisor/Solicitor who will be part of our Legal and Social Advice Services Department.
The post holder will be qualified to provide the service and will hold at least Level 2  (advice and assistance) Registration with the Office of the Immigration services Commissioner.  More information here.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 12th of August 2021.

Mind in Camden are Recruiting

Senior Community Mental Health Recovery Support Worker
Suit supportive and proactive leader to join our community service as a Senior Mental Health Recovery Support Worker. The post involves direct work with service users, supervising a small team of staff and working in partnership with colleagues across different sectors in Camden.
Salary: £29,638  Hours: full time (35 hrs)
Community Mental Health Recovery Support Workers
Self-motivated, caring, and dynamic Recovery Support Workers to join our community service. You’ll be primarily responsible for supporting people to identify and meet their self-defined needs and aspirations, to understand the range of options available to them and to support and connect them with appropriate community resources and services.
Salary: £23,469 (pro rata for part time staff)  Hours: full time (35 hrs) and part time (21 or 17.5 hrs) roles available
Closing Date for both jobs: 02/08/21 at 10.00am
Download an application pack at https://www.mindincamden.org.uk/work-for-us, or phone 020 7911 0822 (24hrs), or email recruitment@mindincamden.org.uk

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.

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.

Be a part of the Community Review Panel for Euston

The Euston Partnership are inviting local residents, businesses and community organisations to take part in a Community Review Panel for Euston. The new panel will form part of the new joined up delivery arrangements at Euston, providing community representatives with the opportunity to feed into the Governance and decision making process.
The panel will meet every two months and those selected will be offered training and paid £10.85 per hour. Find out more and apply before 15 August at the Camden Council website.

Camden Youth Offer survey

The Council is asking young people aged 12 to 18 what they do in their spare time to help ensure the Council, our voluntary and community sector partners and other local amenities, including parks, galleries & museums, have the right activities and services available for them as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
If you’re aged 12 to 18 – or you know / work with young people who are – there’s a short online survey for young people to complete and an optional prize draw for the chance to win a £50 voucher.   The survey closes on 18 September.

Apply to participate in a ‘Patient Advisory Group’ (PAG)

‘COVID-19, chronic conditions and disabilities’ project is looking for 5-9 potential collaborator patient partners.  The project aims to look at how disabled people from different minority groups within the UK have been affected by the pandemic, who have a range of long term physical and mental health conditions and/or different impairments. The communities we would like to involve include those with heritage from the following regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia, The Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe, including undocumented migrants from those regions too.
The study also conceptualises ‘disability’ very broadly.  The commitment is over 18 months and participants will be paid £150 per day.  Contact the project 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.

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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