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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 3rd September 2021

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3rd September 2021

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


Afghanistan Update and Briefing; Voluntary Action Forum; VAC Safeguarding Podcast; Healthy Parks Creators; Vaccines for 16 & 17 yr olds; NCLCCG AGM; Arts4Dementia workshops; Learning Together; KOVE AGM; Comings and Goings; Music Workshops for Young People; WEP; Disability and Employment Event; Funding Workshop; Laamiga Athena Project  + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


Afghan Crisis Response- Information and Update from Camden Council

‘We know many of our voluntary, faith and community organisations and members of the public want to know what they can do to support refugees from Afghanistan arriving in London.
At the moment most newly arrived Afghan Nationals are in hotels managed by central Government – either in quarantine or in hotels where their housing and wider support needs are being assessed. We are working with partners to provide donations and thanks to the generosity of community members, faith and voluntary sector organisations, we have been able to provide deliveries of clothes, toys and nappies, as well as other essentials including religious donations.
Whilst immediate needs are being met, this is an evolving situation and there will almost certainly be a need for further support in the future. It is likely that there will be an increased demand for local services and community support, such as food banks and Advice services as well as support with orientation.
Briefing session 8th September 12-1pm
LBC are organising a briefing session- in partnership with Voluntary Action Camden- for VCS organisations to find out more about the situation and Camden Response. This will be held on Wednesday 8th September 12-1pm.  Please sign-up here Joining details and agenda will be circulated next week.
We want to ensure that scarce VCS resources are used effectively and therefore until a clearer picture has emerged, we are asking organisations to wait to be contacted directly. This will enable us to work with hotel liaison officers and Afghan nationals to have a fuller understanding of ongoing needs and can develop an appropriate programme of support in response.
If there is a specific area of specialist support that your organisation might be able to provide, for example interpreters, please send us the details of your organisation, named contact and contact details, as well as details of the support to vcs@camden.gov.uk
Refugee Action and Refugee Council have set up emergency appeals.


Voluntary Action Forum

The next forum is on Wednesday 22nd September at 11am and is an opportunity to meet our new chair, Benaifer Bhandari and ask any questions you have about VAC.  We will also be launching our all new webiste – which features our new logo and new image.  Book here.

Latest VAC Safeguarding Podcast

Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings
Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley – founder and Managing Director of HA9 Consultancy Ltd
Topics include community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation abroad, the Soham Murder Enquiry, counter terrorism etc.
Currently working in partnership with Camden and the Home Office, HA9 has now extended their activity to support all community groups and voluntary organisations, including supplementary schools, faith groups and charities.

Call for Healthy Parks Creators- deadline 6th September

Become a Healthy Parks Creator, which will give you the chance to get involved in a series of sessions and workshops on delivering activities in parks.
The 4 areas focussed on are:
~ Volunteer Best Practice Peer Learning Sessions
~ Walking Tours Masterclass
~ Resources – Toolkits and Guides
~ Action Learning Sets
Organisations can be based anywhere but activity must be foucssed in the following wards: Belsize, Haverstock, Kentish Town and Swiss Cottage
register your interest by 6th September: tom@sharedassets.org.uk

Vaccinations for 16 and 17 year olds

People aged 16 – 17 can find a nearby walk-in clinic via the national grab a jab website. A list of North Central London walk-in clinics currently offering vaccinations to 16 and 17 year olds can also be found on the CCG website.  Or use the national booking service.
In addition 12 – 16 year olds with underlying health conditions or living with a person with suppressed immune system can get the vaccine. Further details on the CCG website.

North Central London CCG Annual General Meeting

Thursday 23 September 2021 2:30pm – 3:45pm virtually
We warmly invite colleagues from your organisation to participate. To register attendance at the AGM, please follow this link. Any accessibility requirements can be recorded at the time of registration.

Arts4Dementia- Painting workshop series for people with early-stage dementia

From 28th September Arts 4 Dementia will be partnering with the London Canal Museum in N1 to deliver a painting workshop series for people with early-stage dementia. For information and to sign up email roberta@arts4dementia.org.uk

Learning Together

Involved in social prescribing already or want to get involved?  Join Learning Together, a free learning and development programme starting this Autumn.
~ Build new partnerships and network across sectors
~ Share and explore challenges and learn from others
~ Champion your work in social prescribing and supporting communities
Find out more here and apply by 17th September.

KOVE Annual General Meeting

2pm to 4pm Thursday 30 September 2021
Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Avenue, NW6 4LS
Kove are looking for new members, in particular men and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, both currently under-represented. Please contact Lynda Stuart for an informal chat on 07773 267505 or 020 7372 3548.
3.05pm: Kilburn Debate:  Prof Jo-Anne Bichard on The Need for Public Toilets
The Debate is open to local residents of any age and service professionals. For information and to register (if not attending the AGM) contact John Miles (07817 424356 or johnmiles68@yahoo.co.uk). To join KOVE www.kove.org.uk contact Deborah Knight on 07778 145787 or email deborah@kove.org.uk
For nominations contact: peter56nw@outlook.com

Kilburn and West Hampstead Pensioners AGM

Thursday 16 September at 1.30pm at Sycamore Community Hall, 27a West End Lane, NW6 4NY. Please confirm with Peter peter56nw@outlook.com

Comings and Goings

The new Director of Healthwatch Camden is Stephen Heard.
Yasmin King joins Camden Giving as Community Ideas Project Lead.
Rachel Kelly has left the council and joined FutureGov.

Free music production workshops for young people living in Camden

The Winch is working in partnership with a local artist to offer 4 free Music production workshops for young people living in Camden and aged 9 to 16. In these workshops you’ll learn the basics of music production: how to write a song, use recording equipment and how to work with music software to make a track.
The workshops will take place on the 15th, 16th, 21st and 22nd September between 4:30 and 6:30pm at Hampstead Music and Voice Studio. Details here.


WEP’s name has changed from West Euston Partnership to West Euston Project Ltd. But will still be known as WEP.

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.

Top Tips for Successful Funding Applications

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in fundraising to support a project, R&D, or sustain their practice. It’s appropriate for anyone currently working on a funding application or who plans to.
Solen will share her top 10+ tips to empower you to fundraise with applications to government funders, philanthropists and foundations. Sign up here.

Laamiga are recruiting BAMER women to Athena Project

Athena aims to improve financial knowledge and skills to gain financial independence. As part of this programme, we offer one monthly online workshop for six months delivered by experts to help you access information and resources to maximise your income and savings.
You’ll also have a chance to connect with other like-minded women and share your experiences through joining monthly support groups.
For further information on Athena and the enrolment process, contact Emua Ali (Project Coordinator) at: info@laamiga.org or call 0208 257 7317


Healthwatch Camden
RecommendMe for events in Camden
Young Camden Foundation
All Ways Network
Small Green Shoots
Fitzrovia Youth in Action


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

Veolia Funding for Community Groups

We award grants towards projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment.
To apply for a grant you will need to work through the ‘Information’, ‘Guidance’ and ‘Apply’ sections of our application process by clicking the links below in sequence, and following the instructions on each screen.
Find out more here.

London Fund for Racialised Communities

The BME Health Forum has opened a second 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 £10,000 are available for applications received by 12 noon (BST), Monday 4 October 2021.
This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £10,000 but less than £100,000.
Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be found here

Trust for London

The October funding deadline is now just over a month away. The application form is now shorter. Potential applicants can book a 30-minute slot with a Grants Manager ahead of the deadline. We recommend reading our funding guidelines before booking an appointment. Current grantees can also contact their Grants Manager to discuss further applications.
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 5 October. Click here for details.

Free Data from Vodaphone

You can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like.Multiple SIMs can be requested and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects.
Applications will be reviewed and a decision to support made within 30 days. SIMs will be issued within 30 days of a positive decision and are ready for distribution from 1 September 2021. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022, or until the supplies run out. Full details and how to apply here.

eCargo Bike Grant Fund

Get up to 40% of the total cost of an ecargo bike, up to a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models.  Maximum five bikes per organisation. Applications may include more than one organisation. Deadline 14 December.  Find out more here.

Mayor of London’s Sport Unites Fund

The Sport Unites Fund is offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities:
~ Helping the most inactive people be more active
~ Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
~ Decreasing isolation/loneliness
~ Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
~ Reducing serious youth violence
Deadline: 12th November 2021. Find out more here.

Community Ideas Grants – Walking and Cycling

Grants of up to £5,000 for one year are available to projects that encourage walking and cycling activities, help get local communities active, improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation. Applicants can select from a list of template project ideas to deliver in their area and will receive additional support throughout the project process.
Applications for both grants are open until 10 September.
Find out more by clicking here, or call on 0207 239 1286 or email wcgl@groundwork.org.uk

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.

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.

GDPR and Cyber Security Workshops

VAC have three online IT workshops planned in September
~ Introduction to Cyber Security and Keeping your Systems Safe  – 7/9/2021 10:30am -12pm
~ An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Part 1 21/9/2021 3-5pm
~ An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Part 2  28/9/2021 3-5pm
Full details and booking here

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 22nd September at 11am and is an opportunity to meet our new Chair, Benaifer Bhandari and we will also be launching our new image and website.   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/

Thriving Communities webinar: Understanding Social Prescribing

Tuesday, 7 September. 3 – 4pm.
A new series of Thriving Communities webinars to learn more about what social prescribing is, how it works and how community groups can use it in your communities. We will be hearing from NHS England and NHS Improvement as well as community organisations who employ social prescribing link workers.

Talk for Health

Taster on Thursday 9th September 2021 (4 – 6pm)
A 2 hour introduction to Talk for Healt.  Details and booking at Eventbrite.

Antiuniversity Festival 2021

This year’s edition of Antiuniversity Festival opens in just over two weeks time, with a packed programme of nearly 70 walks, talks, workshops, experiments and interventions. Find out more here.

Stop Hate UK – Hate Crime Champions Training

Stop Hate UK are providing training for VCS groups interested in knowing more about how to use their 24-hour helpline to report hate crimes and hate incidents in Camden. This training provides an overview of all forms of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents, the impact on victims and communities and how you can help.
Thursday 30th September, 2pm-3.30pm, via Zoom.  Book at Eventbrite.

Camden New Town Community Festival

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September in Camden Square Gardens
Saturday Jazz, poetry & “open mike” 3.30 – 6.30
Sunday is family day – noon – 6pm
Parade, activities, live music, local history, green corner, food and refreshments
To book a stall, volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival Office on 020 7267 9586 or Email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Video Competition for Young People “A Better Future”

Create a 2 minute (max) video on the theme ” a better future”.  Age categories 10-12 and 13 – 16.  Send you video to irene@cutmoose.com by 28 August.
Screening at the Camden New Town Community Festival on 12 September.

Activities at QCCA

Visual Impairment Gym Sessions:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE gym sessions to those with a visual impairment with our qualified personal trainer.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Sports:
QCCA Sports Department are offering a FREE multi-sports session on Tuesdays between 6:30pm – 8pm for 10 – 14yr girls. Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Frances@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Zumba:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE women’s only Zumba sessions throughout the week, delivered by a qualified Zumba instructor.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Girls Only Family Yoga:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE women’s only yoga for all ages, delivered by a qualified yoga instructor.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.
Family Sports Sessions:
QCCA Camden Health Kick are offering FREE family sport’s sessions throughout the week for all ages.
Please call: 020 7267 6635 or email: Frances@qcca.org.uk or Sarah@qcca.org.uk for more information.

Active London 2021

Active London is the largest conference in London dedicated entirely to the future of physical activity and sport. Across two days (Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September), Active London will bring the sector together again. Collectively, we will explore how the pandemic has brought out the best in people and organisations across the sector and seen new and innovative approaches created.
Full details and booking here.

Camden based theatre company Complicité seeks new trustees from a variety of specialisms

You don’t need a theatre background, simply to have a demonstrable passion for the power of creativity, and a desire to support Complicité’s vision.
Further details here
We are seeking to increase the diversity of our board, and particularly welcome applications from those who identify as coming from a migrant and/or global majority background, and those who identify as female/NB/Gender Queer.

Employability Tutor at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Elfrida Rathbone Camden are seeking to appoint an Employability Tutor to work with young people (16 -25 years) with a learning disability at our OFSTED registered Leighton College.  The key aim of the role is to equip people with a learning disability with the skills and confidence to move towards employment.  Elfrida Rathbone Camden provides ground-breaking education programmes to just 20 students that help young disabled people to build confidence, develop employment skills, encourage independence within the local community and to release their potential.
£26,912 – £28,342 per year (pro rata £18,797 – £19,796) – 4 days a week, term-time only.  Full details here.

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.

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.

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.

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
UCL are looking for new volunteering opportunities to promote to their students.  Visit their info for recruiters page to find out more.

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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