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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 7th August 2020

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7th August 2020

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Launch of Building Equal Foundations Report; Funding News; Healthwatch Camden Q&A report; Lottery and Islam Event; IVAR Re-opens Peer Support Sessions; AYBI Summer Programme;   + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


Building Equal Foundations in Camden

Today, Camden Council published its final report to address the unequal impacts of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents and ensure communities are protected from the immediate and long-term impacts of the pandemic.
You can read the full report ‘Building Equal Foundations’, and a programme of work alongside partners which focusses on how Black, Asian and residents from other backgrounds have been disproportionally affected by Covid-19 and details a plan of action to tackle racial inequalities in Camden.
A range of Camden VCS organisations were at the launch and have contributed to the report. We welcome the report and in particular the commitment to tacking structural inequality and the council’s commitment to working with the VCS.
Read the Executive Summary here and the full press release here.



Funding News in Brief
(see ‘Funding’ section below for full details)

The main lottery emergency response fund closes on 17th August.  A new Lloyds Bank fund just opened (see Funding section). The National Lottery Community Fund has announced a new fund aimed at BAME organisations to open ‘within weeks’ called The Phoenix Fund.  The deadline for the  Social Action Fund (a partnership between Camden Council and Camden Giving and is part of the Community Impacts Fund programme) is12th August.  Make sure you check out Power to Change (£100k for struggling community orgs).  The Anti-Tribalism Movement have just announced a brand new fund.  And there is a new Origin Housing grant fund.

#BuildBackBetter Resources

We’ve added more resources to our #BuildBackBetter/ Planning for the Future pages including Camden specific guides, risk assessment templates and downloadable signs.  Find it all on the VAC website here.

Healthwatch Camden Q+A with the Royal Free and UCH

A public meeting held by Healthwatch Camden was covered in the Ham and High.  They report that Camden, Barnet and Haringey councils have all committed to continuing to support the vulnerable in the coming weeks – and to working to monitor communities closely and work with them should a spike in cases occur. All three authorities have local outbreak plans in place.

Is funding from the Lottery permissible in Islam?

All Ways Network (AWN) Tue, 25 August 10:00 – 11:30
Are you a Muslim Led organisation that is looking for funding?
Hear from a panel of scholars and representatives from the National Lottery Heritage in this exciting online session aimed at Muslim small charities and community groups.
For many faith-based charities, particularly those which are Muslim-run or serve Muslim communities, lottery funding has long been a sensitive subject.  Details and booking at Eventbrite.

Free Outdoor Gym training – 12th and 13th August

There are 9 outdoor gyms in Camden, now open to everyone (aged over 14) and are free to use with covid 19 guidance in place to keep yourself and others safe.
The Sport and Activity Team are offering free training to anyone with an existing instructor qualification to learn how to use this kit to support residents during the warmer weather.
Sessions must be booked in advance and rules to keep Covid-19 safe will apply.  Click here for full details and how to book.

Online peer support sessions for voluntary sector Leaders

More slots are available on the online peer support programme, offered by The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). Sign up here – dates available to end of September.
These 90 minute sessions, for up to 10 voluntary sector leaders at a time, will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss the challenges you are currently experiencing, precipitated by the COVID-19 outbreak. IVAR understand that you may be facing huge stress and uncertainty, and hope that these sessions will offer a space to share experiences, dilemmas and worries.

AYBI Summer Programme – Fit & Fed locations

Monday – Wednesday sessions held at gas works (start 10th august)
Thursday – Friday sessions held at Somers Town Community Sports Centre (starts 5th August) time 11:00 – 1:00pm
free vouchers & lots of activities
The activities would be those that have a built in Social Distancing; such as Badminton, Table Tennis. Fitness/Boxing Training provided it is non-contact.
Get in touch to book your place.
Albert McEyeson 07903 682 301  manager@aybi.org

News in Brief

Use of face coverings extended to community centres and places of worship from Saturday
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Covid risk assessment

Activities and Services in your community

Camden Disability Action
West Euston Partnership (WEP)
Healthwatch Camden
All Ways Network


Barely a quarter of charities’ coronavirus fund for England allocated

Voluntary sector leaders angered that applications are being privately vetted by PwC.  Full story in the Guardian.

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

ATM Covid-19 Resilience Grant

The Anti-Tribalism Movement last week announced £360,000 of grants to BAME led by voluntary sector in England and Wales.  These grants, worth £5,000-£15,000, will support community organisations to provide services needed by the UK’s BAME communities to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
ATM have been supported by Comic Relief to respond to these particular challenges that many charities are experiencing via this grant to transform and help revive their services in these unprecedented times. Full details here.

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 on Monday 3rd August.
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.

Origin House Community Fund

Origin launched a community fund on the 1st July, and the first wave of application closes on 16th August.  Find out more at www.originhousing.org.uk

Power to Change

Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme for community organisations in England who are facing difficulties caused by Covid-19. Up to £100k. More details here.

Edge Fund

New funding round is now open. This fund is open to all groups that are working towards systemic change, and whose work is in line with Edge Fund’s values.We are giving out 30 grants of £750, and applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 25th of August. Some of the money is ring-fenced for anti-racist groups, and groups fighting for Black liberation. Details here.

Community Impacts – Social Action Fund

The Social Action Fund is a partnership between Camden Council and Camden Giving and is part of the Community Impacts programme.
The fund will support a broad range of local organisations and Camden residents to deliver activities that increase social action and support community cohesion and resilience. Providing funding directly to residents and grassroots groups supports the generation of initiatives and activities best suited to the needs of the local community.
Organisations can apply for small grants of £500-£1,500 for projects lasting up to 12 months. See Camden Giving website. The fund is open until 12th Aug.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund – Closing 17th Aug

A £200m fimd aimed at small to medium organisations:
~ To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
~ To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Full details on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

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.

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

Voluntary Action Forums: (web page here)
Follow ups to the Opening Community Buildings event and the BAME disproportionality events coing in September.
SPLN (Social Prescribing Learning Network) Venturing Out (date tbc)
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 organisation, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action.

Safeguarding Courses:

VAC is working with funders so that safeguarding courses can continue online.  Further details to come. There are some basic safeguarding videos on the home page and on the COVID19 Update page.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

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

ApArt Club,Holborn Community Association online projects  for 8-12 year olds

Virtual Gallery Project for 8-12 years
Experiment with different media, such as collage, drawing, photography and video to create your own digital artwork for the HCA Virtual Gallery!
Zoom sessions: 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th August, 2.30-4.30pm

Mindfulness sessions for children and young people with ADHD

Zoom sessions facilitated by Christopher Norris from the Stress Project
11:00 am – Tuesday 11th. Thursday 13th, Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th August
For young people aged 13-20 with diagnosis of ADHD. Each session will last 40 minutes with additional time for questions
For more information or to book a space please contact Anamaria or Eva:
Anamariav@centre404.org.uk or Evaw@centre404.org.uk 020 7607 8762

How technology can help design the next phase of your business! 26th August 2pm

~ What does it mean to go fully digital?
~ Products, services, and experiences: How everything collides in the digital world
~ Business process automation
~ How to map your business evolution
~ How to choose where to begin
~ Measuring your success and how to keep moving forward
Read more & register here

Support for Volunteer Managers from VCC

Volunteer Manager Cafes continue through the Summer,  on Tuesdays to Thursdays 10am-5pm  to the end of August you can book a free online video or telephone chat with our Best Practice Manager Shafia.
The next online Volunteer Managers’ Forum is on Tues 18 Aug. Details soon.

Camden Safeguarding Children’s Board Training

10 September 2020 — 9.30am-4.00pm
Designated Safeguarding Lead — New DSLs
18 September 2020 — 9.30am-1.00pm
Early Years and the Impact of Abuse
18 September 2020 — 9.30am-12.30pm
Designated Safeguarding Lead — Refresher Session
24 September 2020 — 10.00am-11.30am
Counter Extremism and WRAP
Full details and how to apply here


Bloomsbury FC Holiday Football Camp

3 locations: Acland Burghley, Kings Cross Academy, Castlehaven.
10am – 3pm (staggered drop off/pick up) throughout the summer.
Ages: 7-11 (school years 2 – 6)
Full price from – £40 per day to Full bursary rate – £8 – varies by location.
E: info@bloomsburyfootball.com M: 07561 705 232
Book now: www.bloomsburyfootball.com

Women+Health online group classes via Zoom

Aiming too help people feel calm, grounded, & centred during lockdown. We are currently running 4 online classes per week:
~ Tuesdays at 1pm, ‘Mindfulness for Women’ with Camilla (women only)
~ Wednesdays at 6:30pm, ‘Yoga Nidra’ with Lina (men & women welcome)
~ Thursdays 6:30pm, ‘Gentle Hatha Yoga’ with Diana (men & women welcome)
~ Fridays at 1pm, ‘Sound Healing’ with Catherine (men & women welcome)
All classes are donation classes – and all money we receive goes towards helping Women+Health survive while our doors are closed. The classes are FREE if people cannot donate.
All info to join classes and to donate can be found on our JustGiving page:

Respect online domestic abuse training

Respect has secured funding from the London Community Response Fund to offer free online training to Frontline Workers who support or have an interest in service users with domestic abuse issues.
Adolescent to parent violence and abuse 15-28 August
Apply here.  Any questions, please email abigail.jones@respect.uk.net

Student-Led Projects Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

Students’ Union UCL’s Volunteering Service has a vacancy for a Student-led Projects Coordinator to cover a period of maternity leave until June next year.
Duties include supporting a caseload of student-led volunteering projects, providing guidance & supervision for leaders, developing and delivering training to students, and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures. Starting salary is £29,089. Full details on UCL’s vacancies page Closing 10 August.

LCN is recruiting for a new part-time finance officer.

Law Centres Network (LCN) is looking for a numbers person who wants to do more than manipulate spreadsheets. We would love to recruit someone who is fired by LCN’s ambition to build a just and equal society and wants to contribute their financial skills and energy to help LCN achieve this. Find out more on the LCN website.

Mind in Camden, Wellbeing and Recovery Service Manager

£24,925, 28 hours a week (pro rata of £31,156)
We are looking for a Manager who is keen to embrace change and lead a team through transformation to manage and develop our well-established Phoenix wellbeing and recovery service based in the heart of Camden Town. Phoenix is a flexible mental health service, offering individual support and a range of community groups and activities.
Full details can be found here (link website https://www.mindincamden.org.uk/support-us/jobs/)  Closing date:  9.00 am on Monday 17th August

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

Fitzrovia Youth in Action seeks Trustees

FYA is recruiting some new trustees. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in supporting the work of our great local charity. You don’t need board experience. We’re looking for people who reflect the community in which we work and who have a range of skills and experiences. In particular, we’d love to hear from Camden residents or people who work in Camden.
For more information and a job description, please visit http://www.fya.org.uk/join-us/. If you have any questions, or would like to talk about the role, please contact Andre Schott, our Chief Executive andre.schott@fya.org.uk. We’re asking applicants to submit a CV, including a paragraph explaining why you are interested in the role. The deadline for applications is 31st August.

CDA seeks Welfare Benefits Caseworker

Camden Disability Action are seeking a highly motivated Welfare Benefits Caseworker to join the new Advice service. You will have excellent specialist knowledge of all health and disability benefits and be excited about working for an organisation which is run by Disabled people for Disabled people.
This is a full-time (35 hours per week), permanent position funded by Camden Council until 2023, with a possible extension until 2027. £30,000 – £33,000
To apply, complete an application form and return this, along with your Equality and Diversity Monitoring form, to admin@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk
Closing date: 10am on Monday, 24th August

The Kids Network seeks Trustees

Looking for up to five new trustees with skills and backgrounds:
Legal / HR; Safeguarding in the not for profit space; Fundraising with strong networks; PR and communications; Governance and Administration
The Kids Network is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS check. We particularly encourage applications from Black candidates and People of Colour to apply for this role as we continue to build our culture of inclusion and representation within our organisation. Rolling closing date. To apply please send your CV and a cover letter, no longer than two pages, to the Founder, Sarah Woodcock s.woodcock@thekidsnetwork.org.uk

Opening Doors London seeks Community Engagement Coordinator

Permanent, Scale SO1: £32,063 – £33,229pa incl. LW
Closing date: Monday 17th August 9am
As Community Engagement Coordinator, you will lead on delivering Opening Doors London’s community engagement activities, events and programmes.
To apply download the full application pack here.

The Council of Somali Organisations is recruiting 5 part time posts:-

~ Digital and Information Development Officer London
~ Training Coordinator London
~ Membership Coordinator London
~ Executive Assistant to Director London
~ Somali Speaking Mosques Outreach Officer London
For an application pack, please visit our website: www.councilofsomaliorgs.com
Closing date for applications: 5th August 2018 1pm all applications to be returned to jobs@councilofsomaliorgs.com.
Interviews w/c on the 10th of August 2020

Shak seeks Treasurer

Shak (South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership) is a resident led charity based on the iconic Alexandra and Ainsworth estate* in the Kilburn ward of Camden NW London, which is an area of high rates of deprivation and poverty but big potential. Due to the local nature of our organisation we are looking for a trustee who is resident to the area where we operate.
Candidates will need to have or be willing to undertake a DBS check and child protection training.
The deadline for applications is: Monday 31st August.
If you would like further information or wish to apply for this role please contact John Boyle by email at johnboyle@shakonline.co.uk enclosing a current CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the post.

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.

Camden Social Prescribing and Care Navigation update

Social Prescribing and Care Navigation delivered by Age UK Camden, Voluntary Action Camden and Wish+ is operational, and adapted, as a point of access to services and support during the COVID 19 emergency.
Referral form can be found here. Minimum requirements are contact details and permission to contact the person needing support.
Freephone: 0800 193 6067 (please leave a message if no answer)
Secure NHS email (referrals only): camccg.socialprescribingreferral@nhs.net
Community Links email (enquiries and referrals): communitylinks@vac.org.uk

Cancer Awareness Survey

We want to know how aware people in Camden are of cancer, and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected how you feel about screening and seeking help for health concerns. We’ll use what you tell us to help improve awareness of cancer in Camden – including causes, signs, symptoms and screening.

CSKX Studios– Art Bag

 CSKX are gauging interest from local groups, organisations and individuals, who would be interested in art kits for older and younger people – who they think would benefit from access to a selection of art materials. The kits would be put together based upon participants interests and could include, or have access to, work plans or project ideas.
The aim is to facilitate the vulnerable or those who may not have access to art materials during the pandemic. Contact: Leo leo@cskx.org 020 8001 5357


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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