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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 7th May 2021

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7th May 2021

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


An Evening with Michael Marmot; Last Chance for the BAME Funding support programme; Vaccination News; Voluntary Action Forum; Camden Carers AGM; Volunteer Managers’ Forum; London Festival of Ideas; Census News + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more


A Special Evening with Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Healthwatch Camden is hosting an evening with Professor Sir Michael Marmot on Tuesday 11th May 2021 from 6pm to 7pm.
Sir Michael will be speaking on the topic of ‘Building back fairer’ and will be sharing ideas on how we move forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sir Michael is an international expert on the causes and consequences of health inequalities. He has led research groups on health inequalities for over 40 years. He is a Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association. Details here.
Register and submit questions in advance for Sir Michael here.
The event will be followed by Healthwatch Camden’s Public Board meeting.



Calling all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voluntary, community and faith orgs / groups operating in Camden

Last change to apply to the Voluntary Action Camden BAME Funding Support Programme in partnership with Ubele and The All Ways Network.
The Programme aims to build the fundraising, networking and bid preparation / writing capacity of VCS groups and increase their potential to make successful funding applications.
To find out more here. Deadline for applications is Friday 28th May.
If you have any further questions or would like to enquire about additional support, please email Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi at: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk

North Central London Hits One Million Vaccines

Vaccinations are now open to those aged 40 and over, health and social care workers, residents who have a health condition that puts them at greater risk and unpaid carers. All eligible residents can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.

Voluntary Action Forum

Wednesday 19th May at 11am.
Manifesto for the Camden VCS – what does the sector need now?
Bring your ideas about what the sector needs.  We want to hear from you about what you need and hear from VAC about how we can develop membership voice and influence. Details and booking at Eventbrite.

Camden Carers AGM

Please join Camden Carers for their AGM on Wednesday 12th of May from 4-5pm. We will be hearing from Gareth Howells the Chief Exec of Carers Trust (National Carers organisation) as well as from our Year Here Fellow Michael Faucher-Folie  on our work supporting  Young Adult Carers .
For an invite for this zoom meeting  please contact info@camdencarers.org.uk

Volunteer Managers’ Forum

25th May, 10am
As always the topics will be varied, and can be anything related to managing volunteers. These can be decided by you on the day or feel free to let us know what you would like to talk about in advance.
This event is free to attend and is open to volunteer managers everywhere. Full details and booking at Eventbrite.

Construction Youth Trust Project 16th – 20th August

This free 5 day course will be delivered by Kings Cross Construction and Skills Centre and is aimed at female Camden residents aged 16-30.
For more information or to register a resident you are currently supporting, please email pearl.o’keeffe@constructionyouth.org.uk

London Festival of Ideas

28 June – 23 July 2021
The festival will explore our individual and collective visions and plans for strong communities in London. Can you host an event, a conversation, an activity or a celebration that explores what makes strong community?
Toolkit launches on the 17th of May, + information sessions and applications will open for small grants to informal groups or organisations with a turnover of less than £100k to host activity during the festival.
Register for an information session below.
Register 18 May 11-12:30
Register 25 May 15:00-16:30
For more information, email: civilsociety@london.gov.uk

Last Chance to Complete the Census

The response to Census 2021 has exceeded all expectations, with 97 per cent of householdsmaking sure they count when it comes to planning for local services like school places, GP surgeries and hospital beds.
For those who haven’t yet done it the online questionnaire closes on 17 May.


Latin American House
Camden Disability Action – employment stories
Young Camden Foundation
Healthwatch Camden
All Ways Network
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.

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.

Speak with a Trust for London Grants Manager

Trust for London next funding application deadline is 1 June 2021. If you would like to book an appointment to speak with one of our Grant Managers to discuss a potential application ahead of this deadline, the team would be happy to help. We would encourage you to read our funding guidelines to check your work is eligible before deciding to book an appointment. If you are a current grantee, please contact your Grants Manager in the first instance.

How to Become More Fundable

AWN’s tailor-made sessions as part of the ‘How to become more fundable’ series could help your organisation.
All Ways Network supports and empowers small not-for-profit organisations working with and for the Muslim community living in the UK with an annual income of £1 million or less. The team consists of Grant Officers and those in the charity sector to help you move forward.
Register your interest visit the BAME Funding Support page on the VAC website and complete the survey, providing as much detail as possible about the funding support your organisation requires.

Empowering Women Fund (previously tampon tax fund)

A national funding programme for small women’s groups and organisations to support the development of innovative ways of empowering women in their local area, and to build organisations’ capacity.
~ Seed Funding grants of £500 to £1,000 are available to small women’s groups to establish and run micro women’s empowerment projects.
~ Women’s Sector grants of £1,000 to £25,000 are available for women’s groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities.  Full details here.  Closes 28 May 2021.

Windrush Community Fund Phase 2

Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available to:
~ Increase awareness and understanding of the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
~ Reach more communities and those individuals who may have been affected because they could not prove their lawful status in the UK.
~ Ensure that individuals and communities know how to apply.
~ Build capacity at a community and grassroots level to support those affected to access the schemes.  Full details here.  Closes 30 June.

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 19th May at 11am.  Details and booking here.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Safeguarding Courses:

Check back for details of upcoming courses

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

Workshop on improving communication skills

Online workshop together with SkillsMe on how to improve on your communication skills.
In this workshop you will learn about the power of storytelling and how you can develop communication skills to achieve more out of life and reach your goals. Perfect for people who want to be better at pitching an idea or passing a job interview or just simply looking to improve their every day communication skills.

Community Vaccine Event for Autistic Adults

Webinar on the vaccination programme and vaccine passports for autistic adults, in partnership with the Asperger London Area Group and Autism Hub Islington. 11 May 2021 from 7 pm to 8.30 pm. Book here

Startup School for Seniors

An 8 week eLearning programme funded by London Community Response to support over 50s that have been made redundant or unemployed, this is an area of which I’m extremely familiar.
The next unfunded cohort starts on 27th May. Referr participants who would benefit from being part of a community of older soon-to-be business owners.

Looking after your staff during COVID webinar 13th May

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Camden & Islington Public Health have organised a webinar with Mental Health UK  to share information on how you can support yourself and your staff during the pandemic. Sign-up at Eventbrite  If you have experiences to share contact PHComms@islington.gov.uk.

Central YMCA Offers

Central YMCA offer a number of courses and activities that may be of interest to you and your members.
Free one day gym pass to the Club to encourage people to get active.
A series of short courses on ceramics, life drawing, choir and Spanish.
Holiday playschemes for children and currently still have spaces left for June.
Older Adults programme which is very popular

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.

Winvisible Workshop

Disabled mums and our children – our rights to support not separation
Wednesday 19 May 1.30pm-3pm
Full details and booking at the Winvisible website.

Art Therapy with Likewise

Sessions are for over 18s and are free and are currently being held online or over the phone. If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from a supportive space with a creative focus, please contact  learning@likewise.org.uk / 020 7278 4437 for more information. Or referrals can be made online.

Thriving Communities: Loneliness and Social Prescribing

Tuesday 11th May 3-4pm
The next Thriving Communities webinar will explore how social prescribing can help tackle loneliness ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June. The webinar series brings together individuals and organisations committed to using social prescribing through the arts, health, sports, leisure, and the natural environment, alongside other aspects of our lives, to promote health and wellbeing at a national and local level.  Register here.

EBB 2021 Youth Summit

Book your tickets for the upcoming Youth Summit 29 May 2021 – 12 June 2021 on EventBrite .  Keynote speaker Dr Khan, 4th Chairman of the International Human Rights Commission.

Community Journalism Training

Camden Disability Action has launched an exciting new Community Journalism training programme for Disabled people in Camden. The aim of the programme is to help Disabled people tell our stories, get our voices heard and press for change.  Find out more.  There is a budget to support deaf people to attend.
Contact Tom McDonough: tom@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk 07908746927

Training and Reflective Practice Groups

Mind in Camden is working with community organisations across Camden to provide training and reflective practice groups to support the wellbeing, skills and knowledge of teams working the public in these particularly challenging times.
Mind can offer 12 sessions for small groups of frontline staff working in community organisations in Camden.
To find out more contact Joanna Fleck: jfleck@mindincamden.org.uk

Sheba – Laamiga Mentoring Programme,

Laamiga, a registered community-based charity run by women for women from migrant and minority backgrounds, is launching its new mentoring project, Sheba. The project will support women to identify their goals, overcome emotional and practical barriers in their career aspirations, and take steps towards employment, self-employment or further training.
For further information check out the flyer or contact Laaamiga’s Coordinator at info@laamiga.org or on 0208 257 7317.  Accepting referrals from professionals and Voluntary and Community organisations as well.

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.

Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning

This e-learning can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It is for those 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 for the L&D Hub please find details here  on how to sign-up.

Two freelance roles at Camden Council

Camden Council is recruiting for two freelance roles for 7 months, £3k a month, 36 hours a week, remote/ London, starting ASAP.
• Marketing and Promotions Manager
• Cultural Programme Co-ordinator
The application deadline is noon on Wednesday 19 May 2021.
These roles will work on a season that celebrates Camden’s reopening through arts and culture.
If you are interested, please email mike.candler@camden.gov.uk for a detailed job profile.

Coram’s Fields are Recruiting a Grounds Person

The following documents for the role can be found at https://www.coramsfields.org/grounds-person-vacancy/
• Job advertisement for Grounds Person
• Job description and person specification for Grounds Person
• Coram’s Fields Application Form
All applicants will need to complete the application form.

Calthorpe Community Garden, Seeks Chair

Calthorpe Community Garden, a green oasis in central London, 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. The Chair will lead the Board of Trustees by example, providing a collaborative framework to discuss, decide and implement matters of strategic importance to comply with Calthorpe’s charitable objectives. For a full job description please email: calthorpetrustees@gmail.com. Closing date: 5pm on Friday 04 June 2021.

Age UK Camden seeks Marketing & Communication’s Officer

35 Hours per week SCP 23 to SCP 25 £32,298 pa – £33,473 pa
The communications & marketing officer has a vital role to play in planning and delivering communications to key stakeholders including supporters, volunteers, and staff. The post holder will publish content across various channels, including website, social media, print and online marketing materials.
For further details and to apply please visit the website. As part of the application process please submit an updated CV and covering letter.
Closing date: 17th May 2021 9am

Get Fit, Get Active, Get Gardening

Do you love the great outdoors, gardening and green spaces? Castlehaven Community Association need volunteers every Wednesday from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm to help maintain Castlehaven’s community parks in the heart of Camden Town.
All sessions are led by fully trained staff, and we’ll provide all the training, tools and equipment you’ll need. Email nichola@castlehaven.org.uk to get involved.

Job Vacancies at Henna Asian Women’s Group:

Fundraiser – 1 day a week
Salary £35, 353 per annum pro rata
Closing date for the posts is 10th May 2021 at 5pm. Interviews on w/c Monday 17th May 2021.
To register an interest and for further details, please contact Momota Khatoon via  Momota@hennaorg.co.uk

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.

Educating Beyond Borders

Now recruiting for up to 5 volunteers to help us with the email admin for the IWD online awards and our upcoming Youth Summit June 2021.
We need a volunteer to help with preparing and running the IWD online awards
Find out more and apply here.
Also wanted – Youth Summit 2021 volunteers to  send out invitations to youth groups by email and follow up with telephone calls to the youth groups to confirm a representative will join us online
Register interest and more info contact EBB hello@educatingbeyondborders.com

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.

Camden Insight

Camden Council data team has developed an online data dashboard. This dashboard has been developed to help Voluntary and Community Sector Partners and the wider Camden audience gain insight into relative levels of resident need across the London Borough of Camden.
This work is still developing and the Camden data team is asking for your support to help develop this dashboard further so you can make the most of it. Give your feedback to the Data team here.

VAC Vaccine Podcast

As part of our Health Inequalities Network’s partnership with Camden Healthwatch and NHS GP Services, Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi talks to Dr Daniel Beck; GP Partner from Swiss Cottage Surgery and Chair of the CHE GP Federation. Watch here.
Together they discuss some of the current concerns around vaccine hesitancy, the importance of speaking to your GP if you need advice or further information and some of the new initiatives being used in Camden to reach communities, like the Covid vaccination bus.
If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine or would like more information, please email Dianne at dogunyemi@vac.org.uk who can pass all queries onto one of Dr Becks Team at Swiss Cottage Surgery.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Nominations for 2022 are now open.  Find out more here.

We Make Camden Nominations

Nominate a Camden organisation, group of residents, business or team within the NHS or other public service to be recognised for their amazing efforts since the pandemic began. Email camdentalking@camden.gov.uk

Camden residents wellbeing flyer

Public Health have put together a wellbeing flyer for Camden residents which includes a range of things residents can do to look after themselves, and support that’s available right now.
Contact Tanvi Barreto Tanvi.barreto@islington.gov.uk; if you have any queries.

Food Support

Find your local food bank or community organisation providing food at findfood.camden.gov.uk.
If you don’t have internet access, please call Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 and select option 9
You can also donate at findfood.camden.gov.uk/donate

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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