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VAC Weekly Newsletter
14th January 2022
News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources
Highlights
This week’s newsletter includes:
VAC January events, NHS winter survey, R Space Forum, Camden autism and race equality survey, new project from Age UK Camden, details on Camden university scholarships, UCL Voluntary Sector resources, local food co-op support, GLA London Plan consultation, Elizabeth House Community Centre Winter Wellness Project, the next Thriving Communities Webinar + a lot of new jobs and volunteer opportunities for the new year + available courses + Newsletters + Resources + funding & more
Feature 
The first Voluntary Action Forum of the year
11am on Wednesday 19th January
The first Voluntary Action Forum for the new year will be an opportunity to share your upcoming work and news for 2022, and hear about some new developments, events, and important consultations in the borough! Updates will include discussion on the Mayor of London’s draft Police and Crime Plan for the capital for 2021-25, which will ask ‘Has the Mayor got his priorities right?’ and ‘Are there any specific issues and/or areas he should give more attention to?’ To pre-access the plan, click here.
Please join us.
Click here to register

VAC Social Prescribing Learning Network: Online networking event
10-11.30, Thursday 20th January 2022
VAC Social Prescribing Learning Network are hosting a networking event for arts and cultural organisations and local social prescribers (Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Navigators etc).
This is an opportunity to meet Elijah Kellman, a new link worker working on an arts and culture pilot at University College London Hospital, other social prescribers in Camden, and hear from some arts organisations who are receiving social prescribing referrals and / or offer activities and opportunities that support good health.
Register here 
 

NHS services in North Central London this winter
Please take some time to contribute to this important study to help the local NHS understand your experiences with accessing local NHS services when you feel unwell, when a family member is unwell, and other health-related decisions you have made to keep you healthy this winter.
Access to services within the NHS has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and winter is usually a time when the demand on services increases. Accessing services at the right place and time is vital for providing high quality health and care to support local people
To take part click here 

R Space Forum: Improve Camden’s Drug and Alcohol services
26th January 2022 – 12-1pm
A chance to share your views and suggestions to help improve local drug and alcohol services
Zoom meeting ID: 943 2943 7069
Passcode: 952520
Contact Elithiah for more information at camdenserviceuser@shp.org.uk 

Camden autism and race equality project survey
open until 21st January 2022
Camden autism and race equality project are inviting autistic adults from an African, Asian, Caribbean or minority ethnic background to help develop an action plan.
If you live in Camden, we’d like to know what support you receive and what would help you live your life better. Please take part in this short survey here
Contact Tracey Bignall to find out more about the Camden Race Equality Project: tracey@racefound.org.uk or call 07793 239567 

Age UK Camden Information & Advice Team launch a new Project
This Age UK Camden project plans to raise awareness of Scams Prevention and Support.
The project will operate on two levels:
Firstly, we will be able to provide one-to-one support for any Camden resident aged 50+  who have concerns about scams, who have been victim of a scam or they would just like more information and tips of how to avoid scams
Secondly, we will be offering and delivering group talks and presentations across the Borough of Camden.  We will focus on organisations that support older people, community groups, social groups, sheltered housing schemes etc.
If you or your organisation would like to organise support or would like more information please contact ann-marie.carrol@ageukcamden.org.uk or paul.webley@ageukcamden.org.uk

Fully-funded university places for 2022 with Camden Scholarships
The course starts in September 2022 and the deadline to apply is midnight on 20 May 2022
The Council is working with Hult International Business School to help Camden residents of all ages to realise their potential through life-changing scholarship opportunities – with fully-funded courses starting in September.
Hult is also offering a fully-funded one-year intensive postgraduate Master of International Business degree – including practical experience with a social enterprise or small and medium-sized enterprise (SME). .
Find out more and apply here 

New UCL resource for voluntary sector:
The Community Research Initiative’s newest service for the voluntary sector – the Community Noticeboard! We’re aiming to offer an open, easy-to-use way for charities, community organisations, and local authorities to benefit from UCL!
Organisations that are registered with us can post ideas for research; these don’t need to be super developed and I can help with this part. The ideas are then posted on the Noticeboard for master’s students to browse. We will connect students and organisations with similar interests to Co-design the posted ideas and hopefully get a project up and running over the summer.
For more information please contact a.laybourne@ucl.ac.uk 

From Mutual Aid to Food Co-ops
Free online event: 21st January 2022: 11:00 – 12:30
A practical step-by-step guide to setting up a community-led food co-op for Camden groups and organisations.
In 2021 Cooperation Town secured funding from Camden Council and the National Lottery Fund to develop a local network of food co-ops across the borough, supported by a local food hub.
We invite local groups and organisations to find out about the Cooperation Town model, learn about the local project and discuss how they could help set up a neighbourhood food co-op as part of their community offer.
Sign up or learn more here  

GLA Consultation – evidence base for the NEXT London Plan
The deadline for submissions is the 31 January 2022
This is an open consultation about what evidence people think should be considered when developing the NEXT London Plan (which has to be done every five years and takes several years to develop).
This is the chance for groups to engage on their own terms with the process. The GLA are especially keen to hear from those who are under-represented in the planning consultation world.
Learn more here 

Elizabeth House Community Centre: Winter Wellness Project
January – April 2022
The project is for people aged 65 and over in Camden and Islington and aims to help with issues such as welfare and benefits advice, housing repairs, lowering energy bills, health services, making homes warmer etc.
If you are interested in this Winter Wellness service, please ring 07515 410 139 / 0207 690 1300 or email community@elizabeth-house.org.uk  

Thriving Communities webinar: Physical Activity and Social Prescribing
25 January 2022, 3-4pm
‘We Are Undefeatable’ – overcoming barriers to physical activity and how social prescribing can be part of the solution
Sign up or learn more here

Please note
As you will probably know Kevin Nunan has retired as the VAC CEO. Please send any information that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to jnellis@vac.org.uk or social@vac.org.uk
 

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
port (sign up) 
Forum+ 
Charity Tax Group 
Dragon Hall Newsletter
 

National

 

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

Tackling Food Inaccessibility Fund:
This fund is open for applications until 28th January 2022
Camden citizens are working with the Camden Giving, Camden Food Poverty Alliance and Camden Council to provide funds to organisations involved in tackling food inaccessibility.
Charities, community interest companies, TRA’s, schools, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies are all welcome to apply.
Grants of up to £7,500 are available for organisations providing food access to Camden residents and/or services that help people affected by food inaccessibility.
For more information and to apply visit here.
 
Hubbub have opened their Community Fridge Fund
Applications open until 1st February 2022
The fund offers funding of up to £4000 to set up a fridge and join Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network.
Please visit here for more information and to apply.

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk  
 

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.

15th December Voluntary Action Forum: Manifesto Update and Meet our new CEO
At our last Voluntary Action Forum we followed up our May forum where we first looked at creating a Manifesto for the VCS. We gathered ideas and put them on an online wall (which you can view here).
Click here to view the recording

VAC Autumn Update
Click here to view the VAC Autumn update to Members and Subscribers
 

GDPR Training Resources

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.
 

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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


Safeguarding Courses:



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

Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org 

Arts 4 Dementia programme: Current Workshops
Art School with Central Saint Martins
Fridays, 3pm-5pm, 11 Feb – 1 April
BA fine Art students from Central Saint Martins will act as facilitators, guiding participants through a variety of artistic practices from traditional to digital art forms. The participants will receive a tote bag with all the art materials required for the course. No previous art experience is required.
The course will start on Zoom due to potential University closures in the new year with the hopes of holding some of the sessions at the Central Saint Martins campus in Granary Square, Kings Cross.
Art Wednesdays
Wednesdays 2pm – 3pm, Ongoing
A weekly virtual opportunity for people with early-stage dementia and carers to socialise, engage creatively, share experiences and ideas – and enjoy a laugh – in an online video group chat via Zoom.
Places are limited so please get in touch to secure a place. You can email emily@arts4dementia.org.uk or call 020 3633 9954
To learn more, click here 

Funding Webinar
12.30-1pm, 1st February 2022, via Zoom
Easyfundraising are running a free online funding webinar to explain how easyfundraising works for community groups and voluntary sector organisations, how to get started and how to make the most of their services.
Register here
Learn more about easyfundraising here 


LIFT employability courses

LIFT is a partnership between 4 boroughs (Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and seeks to inspire diverse residents with a career in the knowledge economy  (tech, creative production or life sciences), thus addressing under representation in this growing sector and creating a more inclusive economy. Camden council is rolling out this support to service users across the borough, especially focusing on Euston, King’s Cross and Somers town. LIFT can also offer individual support for service users to help them get onto relevant training courses or access jobs, apprenticeships and paid internships.
LIFT is looking especially to reach out to service users facing multiple barriers to employment through ethnicity, disability or limited educational attainment.
Get in touch with cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who is the LIFT Community engagement officer for Camden, or visit www.liftfutures.london to find out more. 

Free NCFE Level 2 courses in Camden from New Challenge
IT User Skills – teaching vital skills for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Information, Advice and Guidance – providing learners with knowledge and best practice in signposting and referring clients to appropriate services to meet their needs
Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace – This qualification is designed for any learner that wants to raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health
Learn more here

Fun, Fitness & Socialising with Silverfit
Talacre Community Sports Centre NW5 3AF: Fridays at 11:45.
Looking for a new way to get active and meet friends too?
Silverfit Charity has just started indoor fitness classes in Camden and would love for you to come along and join them.
Classes are fun, help burn fat, increase core strength and are suitable for all abilities!
Sessions are FREE and open to anyone 45+. Try them out on Friday
Find out more and to book here, contact pete@silverfit.org.uk or ring  07901 504903

 

Kentish Town Community Centre is looking for part-time youth workers.
Applications close at 12pm Wednesday 19th January
Back in 2020, Kentish Town, Castlehaven and Highgate Newtown Community Associations began collaborating on a youth service, ‘Youth Hub’, to empower and connect young people in the local area.
Youth Hub now needs new part-time youth workers to engage and create innovative sessions for young people aged 11-18. For more information about the role click here 

Opening Doors London: Trans and Non-Binary+ Engagement Office

Application deadline: 5pm 2nd February 2022
14 hours per month (flexible)
As Opening Doors’ Trans and Non-Binary+ Engagement Officer, you will review current services to help shape future direction, help develop events and groups that are accessible and safe for people from these communities and promote and strengthen the relationship between OD and trans and non-binary+ people. This role will also involve working alongside the OD team and volunteers to develop new initiatives to meet the needs of trans and non-binary+ people in reducing social isolation, loneliness and improving health and wellbeing.
To apply or for more information, click here 

Opening Doors London: BAME/PoC Engagement Officer
Application deadline: 5pm, 2nd February 2022
14 hours per month (flexible)
As Opening Doors’ BAME/PoC Engagement Officer you will review current services to help shape future direction, help develop events and groups that are accessible and safe for people from these communities and promote and strengthen the relationship between OD and BAME/PoC communities. This role will also involve working alongside the OD team and volunteers to develop new initiatives to meet the needs of these communities in reducing social isolation, loneliness and improving health and wellbeing.
To apply or for more information, click here 

Age UK Camden: Current Vacancies

Clinical Lead Counsellor (ageuk.org.uk)
Closing date: Monday 31st January 2022
21 hours. Permanent
We are looking for an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist with organisational skills to take the clinical lead position in our highly regarded Counselling and Psychotherapy service for adults aged 55 and over in the borough of Camden.
For more information, click here
Social Prescribing Link Worker (ageuk.org.uk)
Closing date: Monday 31st January 2022
35hrs/ week: 12 months Fixed term contract
The Camden Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service is looking to recruit a Social Prescribing Link Worker to join this vibrant team. Their work is supporting Camden adults, operating as a door to services and opportunities, matching people with appropriate support to manage their health and wellbeing.
For more information, click here
Care Navigator role with Age UK Camden
Closing date:   5pm, 31st January 2022
35hrs/ week: Permanent
The Camden Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service is looking to recruit a Care Navigator to join this vibrant team. Their work is supporting Camden adults, operating as a door to services and opportunities, matching people with appropriate support to manage their health and wellbeing.
For more information, click here
Director – Silverfit (ageuk.org.uk)
Closing date: 9am, Friday 21st, January, 2022
20 Hours per week: Fixed Term contract until January 2023
Silverfit is a London based charity working with people aged 45+ to improve physical and mental health through exercise and social gathering.  We do this by running fitness sessions at venues across ten London Boroughs. This role is ideal for an ambitious manager looking to develop into a Senior Leadership role.
For more information, click here 

Lifting Limits: Programme Manager
Closing date: 6th February
Lifting Limits are looking for someone who can bring fantastic organisational and people skills as we increase our capacity to reach growing numbers of schools with our gender equality programme.  
For more details and how to apply, click here 

Lauderdale House is looking for 2 roles:
Marketing and Communications Manager.
Closes: Monday 17th January 2022 at 9am
An opportunity to take on a broad ranging marketing role in a busy arts and heritage venue.
To apply or for more information, click here
Education and Outreach Officer (Heritage and Arts)
Closes: Monday 24th January 2022 at 9am
The chance to work across a broad range of formal and informal educational settings using heritage and arts to make a difference to young people.
To apply or for more information, click here

Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC): Direct Payment Support Worker x2
35 Hours per week (Full time)
Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC) provide support for all service users who receive Direct Payments from Camden Social Services or who receive Personal Health Budgets from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Services include doing the start-up paperwork, organising the payroll and recruitment where the service user is going to employ their own Personal Assistants.
As a Direct Payment Support worker, you will provide advice and information to people living with disabilities and or carers considering joining the scheme, via telephone, home visits and written information. In addition, you will assist said people in the recruitment and employment of their personal assistants.
To apply or for more information, click here 

Paid work placement opportunity on Hampstead Heath
Deadline 20th January
Heath Hands are recruiting for a part-time communications assistant. This is a paid part-time work placement with priority given to those underrepresented in the environmental sector. Come and join a friendly team on Hampstead Heath and get involved in social media content, newsletter writing, liaising with volunteers and more! .
For more information and to apply, click here 

Home-Start Camden & Islington: looking for volunteers
Home-Start Camden & Islington are a Charity who provide regular support, friendship, and practical help to families with at least one child under the age of 5, who are under stress or experiencing difficulties
If you live in the borough of Camden or Islington and are either a parent, grandparent, carer or have other parenting experience, then you could be the right person for us.
If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please click here or email info@homestartcamden.org 

Camden Carers: Support & Wellbeing Worker (Learning Disability Lead) – Maternity Cover.
Deadline for applications: By 11.59pm on 28th January 2022
An exciting opportunity to join our dynamic team at Camden Carers and make a difference to the lives of people and families in Camden. For more information, click here

Volunteering Opportunity: The Kids Network
The Kids Network are looking for committed, fun and passionate volunteers who live or work in Camden to make a real difference to the children of London. This year long mentoring programme supports children with their social and emotional development before they transition into secondary school.
For more information and to apply click here 

Camden & Islington NHS Trust: Healthcare Assistant Apprentice
Programme Dates: Monday 17th – Friday 28th January
Princes’s Trust are running a programme to help get 18-30-year-olds jobs as Healthcare Assistant Apprentices with the NHS in Camden and Islington.
Healthcare Assistant Apprentices are the entry-level position to becoming a nurse. You’ll be helping look after patients in the hospital, covering everything from health monitoring to supporting their mental wellbeing. The role involves a combination of working and study for a 15 months.
To register or for more information, click here 

Kentish Town City Farm: Part Time Administrator (16 hours per week)
Closing date: 5pm, 27th January 2022
salary £10,000 (£25,000 pro rata)
Kentish Town City Farm is a local charity that helps people living in the city connect with animals, nature and the environment. They are looking for an excellent administrator to help our small, dedicated team get our booking systems and data collection up to date and integrated into our activities. The right person will be comfortable using a wide range of IT systems including web-based platforms so they can establish and maintain central systems and processes. They will be a great communicator, giving support and anchoring the team to create extra capacity, allowing everyone to excel in their roles
To apply please send CV and covering letter to info@ktcityfarm.org.uk  
For full details, please click here 

Young Barnet Foundation: New job vacancies
Young Barnet Foundation is currently seeking new staff who are excited to improve the lives of children and young people across Barnet by joining their expanding team.
Current roles include: An Impact and Data Officer, closing 16th January 2022 and a Communication Assistant (Kickstarter role)
To find out more about any of these roles, click here

Action Youth Boxing Intervention (AYBI): Senior Safeguarding Officer Role
Two days per calendar month on a voluntary basis to start (expenses paid / all work resources provided)
Closing Friday 28th January 2022
The mission of Action Youth Boxing Interventions is to break the cycle of offending behaviours and violence in young and vulnerable people, with the purpose of improving lifestyle choices, belief and chances for the future.
The role will have a legal responsibility for dealing with all safeguarding issues for the organisation and provide advice, training and support to all staff, coaches and volunteers.
The Senior Safeguarding Officer will liaise with Camden Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and other agencies to ensure safeguarding culture is embedded within the culture of the organisation
Please submit an updated CV & cover email, explaining your suitability for this role to: manager@aybi.org 

Latin American House is looking for 2 roles:
Communities and Culture Coordinator.
Closes: Monday 17th January 2022
The post holder will lead a diverse and sustainable programme of community and cultural activities and events.
To apply or for more information, click here
Children and Young People Coordinator.
Closes: Tuesday 25th January 2022
The post holder will be responsible for coordinating, delivering and developing a comprehensive, diverse and inclusive programme of activities, classes and events throughout the year.
To apply or for more information, click here

LMK is recruiting its first Youth Advisory Board!

LMK is an education charity who run workshops that educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, so that they can avoid abuse and thrive in their relationships – a prevention programme against domestic violence and relationship abuse.
They are looking for 15 young people, aged 16-19, to become part of the Youth Advisory Board and to use their skills to make a difference in the lives of other young Londoners.
To find out more about LMK, take a look at the website: www.justletmeknow.org or email youthboard@justletmeknow.org with any questions. 
 

Henna Asian Women’s Group is recruiting Volunteers
Henna is looking for active, friendly and caring volunteers to join the team. As a volunteer you will help Henna to grow and support our members by offering a befriending service, assist on outings and be actively involved in Henna projects and day to day activities
Please contact Aysha on 07752 681828 or aysha@hennaorg.co.uk or info@hennaorg.co.uk or visit the website for more information
 

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential, alongside experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com 

Volunteering during the pandemic
The latest guidance for Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) is available here

 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.  

Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline
Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline announces the expansion of the service to support the mental health and wellbeing of adult asylum seekers across the UK. This project is funded by the Home Office and is in addition to the current service that offers support to children, young people and their parents.
The Helpline will offer advice, signposting, emotional support and 8 free sessions of therapy by qualified Barnardo’s therapists. These sessions can take place remotely via telephone or online. Barnardo’s has a large pool of culturally informed therapists who speak a range of languages.
Referrals are welcome from professionals via our referral form, as well as direct contact from asylum seekers by telephone, email or online chat.
The Helpline – 0800 151 2605 – is open Monday – Friday (10am-8pm) and Saturday (10-3pm) via phone, webchat and email
You can make a referral to the Helpline here.  
Or to learn more, click here 

Talk for Health: Upcoming events
“Join a community and get free, effective, long lasting peer counselling which is as effective as therapy”
Free for all Islington and Camden residents
Talk for Health have a range of upcoming events, including Taster sessions to learn more.
For their full list of events and how to register, click here 
 

Space rental at Latin America House, Kilburn
A range of space available for events, classes and more.
Find out more here


Central YMCA has launched a survey for 16-25 year olds

Central YMCA are carrying out a survey to better understand the issues that affect young people today and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming these issues.
The results of the survey will help organisations to understand how they can better focus efforts to support young people where they really need it. There is an incentive, as one of the respondents will win a £300 voucher.
To answer the survey: www.ymca.co.uk/survey
If you have any questions please email julia.harvey@ymca.co.uk
 

Growing your business through sustainability

Learn how to make your organisation more sustainable and help grow your business. In this training you will learn the importance of Sustainability not only for your business but in the context of the wider world, understanding  your current carbon footprint, simple yet, impactful changes that can immediately be actioned and how to embed them within your marketing strategy.
In this workshop you will learn:
~ Why sustainability is good for business
~ How to start your journey
~ Where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers
This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the session. 


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.

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VAC Weekly Newsletter
7th January 2022
News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources
Highlights
Happy New Year from VAC. This week’s newsletter includes:
NHS in Camden and North Central London: supporting people over the winter and changes to Fertility Services in Camden consultation surveys, VAC Social Prescribing Learning network event, Arts 4 Dementia workshops, funding webinar details, Talk for Health upcoming events.
Plus, following a quiet holiday period, this is a bumper issue for job and volunteering opportunities for the new year.
+ available courses + Newsletters + Resources + funding & more
Feature 
NHS services in North Central London this winter
Please take some time to contribute to this important study to help the local NHS understand your experiences with accessing local NHS services when you feel unwell, when a family member is unwell, and other health-related decisions you have made to keep you healthy this winter.
Access to services within the NHS has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and winter is usually a time when the demand on services increases. Accessing services at the right place and time is vital for providing high quality health and care to support local people
To take part click here

Changes to Fertility Services in Camden
Until the 13 February 2022, North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group will be seeking views from residents, service users, clinicians, voluntary and community groups, fertility groups and others on a draft single fertility policy for our boroughs. This is an important consultation that will affect fertility services in the borough when they become one larger service covering the 5 north central London boroughs. If you are an organisation working with Camden residents that this policy may affect, please help to circulate this consultation link.

 

VAC Social Prescribing Learning Network: Online networking event
10-11.30, Thursday 20th January 2022
VAC Social Prescribing Learning Network are hosting a networking event for arts and cultural organisations and local social prescribers (Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Navigators etc).
This is an opportunity to meet Elijah Kellman, a new link worker working on an arts and culture pilot at University College London Hospital, other social prescribers in Camden, and hear from some arts organisations who are receiving social prescribing referrals and / or offer activities and opportunities that support good health.
Register here 

Arts 4 Dementia programme: Current Workshops
Art School with Central Saint Martins
Fridays, 3pm-5pm, 11 Feb – 1 April
BA fine Art students from Central Saint Martins will act as facilitators, guiding participants through a variety of artistic practices from traditional to digital art forms. The participants will receive a tote bag with all the art materials required for the course. No previous art experience is required.
The course will start on Zoom due to potential University closures in the new year with the hopes of holding some of the sessions at the Central Saint Martins campus in Granary Square, Kings Cross.
Art Wednesdays
Wednesdays 2pm – 3pm, Ongoing
A weekly virtual opportunity for people with early-stage dementia and carers to socialise, engage creatively, share experiences and ideas – and enjoy a laugh – in an online video group chat via Zoom.
Places are limited so please get in touch to secure a place. You can email emily@arts4dementia.org.uk or call 020 3633 9954
To learn more, click here

Funding Webinar
12.30-1pm, 1st February 2022, via Zoom
Easyfundraising are running a free online funding webinar to explain how easyfundraising works for community groups and voluntary sector organisations, how to get started and how to make the most of their services.
Register here
Learn more about easyfundraising here 

Talk for Health: Upcoming events
“Join a community and get free, effective, long lasting peer counselling which is as effective as therapy”
Free for all Islington and Camden residents
Talk for Health have a range of upcoming events, including Taster sessions to learn more.
For their full list of events and how to register, click here 

Volunteering during the pandemic
The latest guidance for Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) is available here

Camden & Islington NHS Trust: Healthcare Assistant Apprentice
Taster Session: Wednesday 12th January
Programme Dates: Monday 17th – Friday 28th January
Princes’s Trust are running a programme to help get 18-30-year-olds jobs as Healthcare Assistant Apprentices with the NHS in Camden and Islington.
Healthcare Assistant Apprentices are the entry-level position to becoming a nurse. You’ll be helping look after patients in the hospital, covering everything from health monitoring to supporting their mental wellbeing. The role involves a combination of working and study for a 15 months.
To register or for more information, click here

Kentish Town City Farm: Part Time Administrator (16 hours per week)
Closing date: 5pm, 27th January 2022
salary £10,000 (£25,000 pro rata)
Kentish Town City Farm is a local charity that helps people living in the city connect with animals, nature and the environment. They are looking for an excellent administrator to help our small, dedicated team get our booking systems and data collection up to date and integrated into our activities. The right person will be comfortable using a wide range of IT systems including web-based platforms so they can establish and maintain central systems and processes. They will be a great communicator, giving support and anchoring the team to create extra capacity, allowing everyone to excel in their roles
To apply please send CV and covering letter to info@ktcityfarm.org.uk  
For full details, please click here 

Young Barnet Foundation: New job vacancies
Young Barnet Foundation is currently seeking new staff who are excited to improve the lives of children and young people across Barnet by joining their expanding team.
Current roles include: Head of Community Services, Membership Development officer, Corporate / Trust & Foundation Fundraiser, Community Fundraiser. All closing on 14th January 2022. An Impact and Data Officer, closing 16th January 2022 and a Communication Assistant (Kickstarter role)
To find out more about any of these roles, click here

Action Youth Boxing Intervention (AYBI): Senior Safeguarding Officer Role
Two days per calendar month on a voluntary basis to start (expenses paid / all work resources provided)
Closing Friday 28th January 2022
The mission of Action Youth Boxing Interventions is to break the cycle of offending behaviours and violence in young and vulnerable people, with the purpose of improving lifestyle choices, belief and chances for the future.
The role will have a legal responsibility for dealing with all safeguarding issues for the organisation and provide advice, training and support to all staff, coaches and volunteers.
The Senior Safeguarding Officer will liaise with Camden Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and other agencies to ensure safeguarding culture is embedded within the culture of the organisation
Please submit an updated CV & cover email, explaining your suitability for this role to: manager@aybi.org 

Latin American House is looking for 2 roles:
Communities and Culture Coordinator.
Closes: Monday 17th January 2022
The post holder will lead a diverse and sustainable programme of community and cultural activities and events.
To apply or for more information, click here
Children and Young People Coordinator.
Closes: Tuesday 25th January 2022
The post holder will be responsible for coordinating, delivering and developing a comprehensive, diverse and inclusive programme of activities, classes and events throughout the year.
To apply or for more information, click here

Please note
As you will probably know Kevin Nunan has retired as the VAC CEO. Please send any information that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to jnellis@vac.org.uk or social@vac.org.uk
 

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
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Forum+ 
Charity Tax Group 

 

National

 

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

Charity Marketing Grants Programme
Closing date for applications is 10 January 2022
The Marketors City Livery Company has announced a new Charity Marketing Grants Programme for 2021-2, funded by its charity The Marketors’ Trust. A total of £20,000 is being made available as grants for small charities (turnover between £10,000 and £100,000 annual income) to run marketing and fundraising campaigns.  
There is one grant of £10,000 and four grants of £2,500 each. 
full details are available on our website here, where there is an Information Sheet and an online application form. 

Tackling Food Inaccessibility Fund:
This fund is open for applications until 28th January 2022
Camden citizens are working with the Camden Giving, Camden Food Poverty Alliance and Camden Council to provide funds to organisations involved in tackling food inaccessibility.
Charities, community interest companies, TRA’s, schools, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies are all welcome to apply.
Grants of up to £7,500 are available for organisations providing food access to Camden residents and/or services that help people affected by food inaccessibility.
For more information and to apply visit here.
 
Hubbub have opened their Community Fridge Fund
Applications open until 1st February 2022
The fund offers funding of up to £4000 to set up a fridge and join Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network.
Please visit here for more information and to apply.

The Big Give new match funding campaign: The Women & Girls Match Fund
Applications open from Monday 13th December to Tuesday 11th January
The Women and Girl’s Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities that are working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland
The Women & Girls Match Fund is a week-long match funding campaign which will launch on International Women’s Day 2022, Tuesday 8th March.
Further details including eligibility, key dates and how to apply can be found here

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk  

 

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.

15th December Voluntary Action Forum: Manifesto Update and Meet our new CEO
At our last Voluntary Action Forum we followed up our May forum where we first looked at creating a Manifesto for the VCS. We gathered ideas and put them on an online wall (which you can view here).
Click here to view the recording

VAC Autumn Update
Click here to view the VAC Autumn update to Members and Subscribers
 

GDPR Training Resources

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.
 

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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


Safeguarding Courses:



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

Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org


LIFT employability courses

LIFT is a partnership between 4 boroughs (Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and seeks to inspire diverse residents with a career in the knowledge economy  (tech, creative production or life sciences), thus addressing under representation in this growing sector and creating a more inclusive economy. Camden council is rolling out this support to service users across the borough, especially focusing on Euston, King’s Cross and Somers town. LIFT can also offer individual support for service users to help them get onto relevant training courses or access jobs, apprenticeships and paid internships.
LIFT is looking especially to reach out to service users facing multiple barriers to employment through ethnicity, disability or limited educational attainment.
Get in touch with cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who is the LIFT Community engagement officer for Camden, or visit www.liftfutures.london to find out more. 

Free NCFE Level 2 courses in Camden from New Challenge
IT User Skills – teaching vital skills for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Information, Advice and Guidance – providing learners with knowledge and best practice in signposting and referring clients to appropriate services to meet their needs
Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace – This qualification is designed for any learner that wants to raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health
Learn more here

Fun, Fitness & Socialising with Silverfit
Talacre Community Sports Centre NW5 3AF: Fridays at 11:45.
Looking for a new way to get active and meet friends too?
Silverfit Charity has just started indoor fitness classes in Camden and would love for you to come along and join them.
Classes are fun, help burn fat, increase core strength and are suitable for all abilities!
Sessions are FREE and open to anyone 45+. Try them out on Friday
Find out more and to book here, contact pete@silverfit.org.uk or ring  07901 504903

 

Volunteering Opportunity: The Kids Network
The Kids Network are looking for committed, fun and passionate volunteers who live or work in Camden to make a real difference to the children of London. This year long mentoring programme supports children with their social and emotional development before they transition into secondary school.
For more information and to apply click here 

LMK is recruiting its first Youth Advisory Board!

LMK is an education charity who run workshops that educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, so that they can avoid abuse and thrive in their relationships – a prevention programme against domestic violence and relationship abuse.
They are looking for 15 young people, aged 16-19, to become part of the Youth Advisory Board and to use their skills to make a difference in the lives of other young Londoners.
To find out more about LMK, take a look at the website: www.justletmeknow.org or email youthboard@justletmeknow.org with any questions. 

Become a Likewise Trustee

Likewise is looking to recruit four Trustees to our Board. New Trustees will be valuable friends offering insight, fresh perspectives, varied expertise and opinion to help us achieve our goals.
We’re looking particularly for individuals who have experience in the following areas:
·        Finance
·        Fundraising
·        Communications, marketing, profile raising
·        Mental health and social care policy environment
For more information about Likewise, the role of trustees in the organisation, our values and how to apply, please visit our website

Henna Asian Women’s Group is recruiting Volunteers
Henna is looking for active, friendly and caring volunteers to join the team. As a volunteer you will help Henna to grow and support our members by offering a befriending service, assist on outings and be actively involved in Henna projects and day to day activities
Please contact Aysha on 07752 681828 or aysha@hennaorg.co.uk or info@hennaorg.co.uk or visit the website for more information
 

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential, alongside experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.  

Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline
Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline announces the expansion of the service to support the mental health and wellbeing of adult asylum seekers across the UK. This project is funded by the Home Office and is in addition to the current service that offers support to children, young people and their parents.
The Helpline will offer advice, signposting, emotional support and 8 free sessions of therapy by qualified Barnardo’s therapists. These sessions can take place remotely via telephone or online. Barnardo’s has a large pool of culturally informed therapists who speak a range of languages.
Referrals are welcome from professionals via our referral form, as well as direct contact from asylum seekers by telephone, email or online chat.
The Helpline – 0800 151 2605 – is open Monday – Friday (10am-8pm) and Saturday (10-3pm) via phone, webchat and email
You can make a referral to the Helpline here.  
Or to learn more, click here
 

Space rental at Latin America House, Kilburn
A range of space available for events, classes and more.
Find out more here


Central YMCA has launched a survey for 16-25 year olds

Central YMCA are carrying out a survey to better understand the issues that affect young people today and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming these issues.
The results of the survey will help organisations to understand how they can better focus efforts to support young people where they really need it. There is an incentive, as one of the respondents will win a £300 voucher.
To answer the survey: www.ymca.co.uk/survey
If you have any questions please email julia.harvey@ymca.co.uk
 

Growing your business through sustainability

Learn how to make your organisation more sustainable and help grow your business. In this training you will learn the importance of Sustainability not only for your business but in the context of the wider world, understanding  your current carbon footprint, simple yet, impactful changes that can immediately be actioned and how to embed them within your marketing strategy.
In this workshop you will learn:
~ Why sustainability is good for business
~ How to start your journey
~ Where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers
This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the session. 


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.

 

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Holiday 2021 Update to Members and Subscribers

17th December 2021

A Blended Year…

2021 has been another difficult year as pandemic continues. We have all experienced hope and worry, highs and lows. We have done some things in person, while others things have remained firmly online. What is considered the normal and everyday has changed for all of us.
It has been a blended year in so many ways.
Despite the circumstances VAC and the voluntary and community sector has had a successful year as we all continue to serve our local communities. If you’d like to learn more about the VAC year, please read our Autumn update here.
We are also excited by the arrival of our new CEO Keith Morgan. The first chance to meet Keith was at last Wednesday’s VAF where Keith introduced himself and answered questions. If you missed it, you can view the recording here
We have an exciting new website which we launched in November and whatever the new year brings we are in a good position to continue our work.
The year could also be considered blended for us because, while we are thrilled to be welcoming Keith, it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Kevin Nunan and thank him for the many years of incredible work both with VAC and within the sector as a whole.
Whether you will be continuing to work next year or are planning new adventures we hope you are able to have an enjoyable and relaxing festive period.


Lights on Oxford Street

Over Christmas and the New Year, there are plenty of NHS services open in North Central London. If you have any health concerns during this time, your local healthcare team are here to help you.
The details of  pharmacists, GPs and emergency treatment services can be found here

For those without digital access, for GP appointments:

Phone 03000 333 666 to book an appointment in Enfield
Phone 020 7391 9979 to book an appointment in Camden
Phone 0330 053 9499 to book an appointment in Haringey
For residents in Islington, simply call your own GP practice during their normal opening hours and ask for an I:HUB appointment
 
If you are looking for some entertainment during the festive period the VAC Staff have some recommendations for you:

Dianne recommends
Something to watch: The Great (Starzsplay) The Morning Show (Apple TV) The Chair (Netflix) Only Murders in the Building (Disney Plus)
Something to read: The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols.
Something to make or play: How to Make Old-Fashioned Eggnog Your Grandma Would Be Proud Of: Have a look here

Julie recommends
Something to watch/catch up: Agree with Donna on It’s a Sin – (get your tissues ready) on All 4 and Back to Life – easy watching comedy on BBC iPlayer
Something to read: The Bees by Laline Paull

Ricky recommends
Something to watch: Series: Alice In Borderland (Netflix), My Name (Netflix)
Or movies: Free Guy (Disney +), Red Notice (Netflix)

Nasrin recommends
Something to watch: Secret Window, Love You to Death, and if you enjoy horror the trilogy- Fear Street!!  all on Netflix.
Something to read: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Donna recommends
Something to watch/catch up: It’s a Sin (Russell T Davies’ bittersweet writing on the early days of AIDS)
Something to read: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver  (subtle and not so subtle insights into colonialism in the Congo)
 
Mandira recommends
Watching on Netflix/Amazon Prime: Fantastic Mr Fox, Joker and Squid Game (if you haven’t watched it yet!)

Alex recommends
Something to watch: People Just do Nothing (iPlayer/Netflix); Time (iPlayer); 14 Peaks (Netflix); Fantastic Fungi (Prime/Netflix)
Something to listen to: ‘Ways to Change the World’ and ‘Radio-Lab’ podcasts;
Something to eat: Cottage Pie; Laab; Turkish Stew with cabbage and bulgar wheat
Something to read: The Rigante series by David Gemmell (fantasy)

VAC is closed 24/12/21 to 3/1/22 but If you need to get in touch before or after the holidays:

Don’t forget – we are now based at the Greenwood Centre:
Greenwood Centre, Greenwood Place, London
NW5 1LB
Phones and emails remain the same

The regular newsletter will resume on 7th January 2022

Happy Holidays

Kevin, Keith & the VAC team: Alex, Dianne, Donna, Hasel, John, Mandira, Manuella, Nasrin, Ricky and Zubair and all the Trustees and Volunteers.

 
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VAC Weekly Newsletter
10th December 2021
News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources
Highlights
Final standard VAC newsletter of 2021:
New funding opportunities, VAF details, NAVCA article, Barnardo’s Boloh helpline update, Healthwatch Camden AGM, Henna outing, trauma research project details, fitness classes, call for food donations, webinar on covid hesitancy in the Italian community details, available courses + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more
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A range of new funds launched.

Tackling Food Inaccessibility Fund:
This fund is open for applications until 28th January 2022
Camden citizens are working with the Camden Giving, Camden Food Poverty Alliance and Camden Council to provide funds to organisations involved in tackling food inaccessibility.
Charities, community interest companies, TRA’s, schools, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies are all welcome to apply.
Grants of up to £7,500 are available for organisations providing food access to Camden residents and/or services that help people affected by food inaccessibility.
For more information and to apply visit here.
 
Hubbub have opened their Community Fridge Fund
Applications open until 1st February 2022
The fund offers funding of up to £4000 to set up a fridge and join Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network.
Please visit here for more information and to apply.

The Big Give new match funding campaign: The Women & Girls Match Fund
Applications open from Monday 13th December to Tuesday 11th January
The Women and Girl’s Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities that are working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland
The Women & Girls Match Fund is a week-long match funding campaign which will launch on International Women’s Day 2022, Tuesday 8th March.
Further details including eligibility, key dates and how to apply can be found here
A webinar to provide further information about the campaign and answer any questions you may have is on Tuesday 14th December at 12pm.
Sign up for the webinar here 

 

Voluntary Action Forum: Manifesto Update and Meet our new VAC CEO
15th December 11am – 12pm
At this Forum we will follow up our May forum where we first looked at creating a Manifesto for the VCS. We gathered ideas and put them on an online wall (which you can view here). This is a chance to add any ideas we missed and also to prioritise the manifesto demands.
This will also be a chance to meet our new CEO, Keith Morgan.
Sign up to join here

An early New Year’s Resolution: An article by NAVCA
“Let’s not revert back to our old, bad habits, says NAVCA’s CEO Maddy Desforges.
The pandemic has been a gloomy time. But amidst all the negatives we have also seen the best of people coming together to do what is needed in their communities, to help each other”…
Read more about how the community and volunteer sector, infrastructure organisations and local government bodies need to continue building shared approaches to local issues here   

Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline
Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline announces the expansion of the service to support the mental health and wellbeing of adult asylum seekers across the UK. This project is funded by the Home Office and is in addition to the current service that offers support to children, young people and their parents.
The Helpline will offer advice, signposting, emotional support and 8 free sessions of therapy by qualified Barnardo’s therapists. These sessions can take place remotely via telephone or online. Barnardo’s has a large pool of culturally informed therapists who speak a range of languages.
Referrals are welcome from professionals via our referral form, as well as direct contact from asylum seekers by telephone, email or online chat.
The Helpline – 0800 151 2605 – is open Monday – Friday (10am-8pm) and Saturday (10-3pm) via phone, webchat and email
You can make a referral to the Helpline here.  
Or to learn more, click here

Healthwatch Camden Annual General Meeting 
Tuesday, 21 December 2021 at 6pm
Healthwatch Camden are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) online. The AGM will be open to the public from 6.00 to 6.30 pm. Highlights include elections of trustees.
It’s an opportunity for you to feedback on what you think the top priorities should be for the coming year. Email info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk to book your place and you will be sent the joining link. 

Camden + Islington Trauma-Informed Network research project
Have your say on the development of Camden and Islington’s Trauma Informed Network:
Are you involved in health and social care in Camden and Islington, either as a staff member or have experience of using services? We’re interested in your views on how this network can become trauma-informed.
The research involves filling in 6 online surveys (each 10-30 mins) 1-2 weeks apart, between Dec-February.
The results will help to shape what the Trauma-Informed Network needs to focus on and what actions we’ll take next, so it’s really important for the research to be informed by lived experience.
People will receive a £10 voucher for each completed survey (so £60 in total).
Contact Jennifer McGowan at Jennifer.a.l.mcgowan@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to take part.

Henna Asian Women’s Group invite to visit the King’s Cross Christmas Canopy Market
Tuesday 21st December at 11am
Meet at the Abbey Community Centre, onto the bus to Baker Street Station and then the tube to King’s Cross Station
The trip to the Christmas Canopy Markets is also open to non-members
For more information please contact Aysha on 07752 681828 or aysha@hennaorg.co.uk   

Fun, Fitness & Socialising with Silverfit
Talacre Community Sports Centre NW5 3AF: Fridays at 11:45.
Looking for a new way to get active and meet friends too?
Silverfit Charity has just started indoor fitness classes in Camden and would love for you to come along and join them.
Classes are fun, help burn fat, increase core strength and are suitable for all abilities!
Sessions are FREE and open to anyone 45+. Try them out on Friday
Find out more and to book here, contact pete@silverfit.org.uk or ring  07901 504903

Volunteering Opportunity: The Kids Network
The Kids Network are looking for committed, fun and passionate volunteers who live or work in Camden to make a real difference to the children of London. This year long mentoring programme supports children with their social and emotional development before they transition into secondary school.
For more information and to apply click here  

Donate Food Supplies To Your Local Community
Ensure that no one in your community goes hungry this Christmas by donating non-perishable food items such as pasta, rice, noodles, tins, cereals and biscuits to the Castlehaven food bank.
Drop-off donations to Castlehaven (23 Castlehaven Road, NW1 8RU) on Wednesdays and Thursdays mornings. Any questions, email info@castlehaven.org.uk

Webinar: Covid hesitancy in the Italian speaking community.
16th December: 19.30-20.30 (on Microsoft teams)
Hosted by Dr Gino Amato, you are invited to bring questions and concerns about the Covid vaccine, which will be responded to in English and Italian.
To join the webinar click here at the allotted time (requires Microsoft teams app)

Free NCFE Level 2 courses in Camden from New Challenge
IT User Skills – teaching vital skills for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Information, Advice and Guidance – providing learners with knowledge and best practice in signposting and referring clients to appropriate services to meet their needs
Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace – This qualification is designed for any learner that wants to raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health
Learn more here

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
port (sign up) 
Forum+ 
Charity Tax Group
 

National

 

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

Charity Marketing Grants Programme
Closing date for applications is 10 January 2022
The Marketors City Livery Company has announced a new Charity Marketing Grants Programme for 2021-2, funded by its charity The Marketors’ Trust. A total of £20,000 is being made available as grants for small charities (turnover between £10,000 and £100,000 annual income) to run marketing and fundraising campaigns.  
There is one grant of £10,000 and four grants of £2,500 each. 
full details are available on our website here, where there is an Information Sheet and an online application form. 
 

MadCovid Fund: Hardship Solidarity Fund

Small hardship grants of up to £200 available depending on individual circumstances.  You can also show solidarity by donating.  Full details here.

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk  

The VAC Website has new funds added to the website.
Please click the links to find out more
Applications Open for Grants to Mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 15 December 2021 (unless 700 applications are received sooner). Find out more here
Emergency Funding for Christian Charities Supporting Afghan Resettlement in the UK
The deadline for applications is 15th December 2021. Find out more here
Co-op Foundation Announces Carbon Innovation Fund for Food and Farming Sector
The deadline is 12pm on Friday 10th December. Find out more 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: Food poverty and sustainability, Diversity in positions of power, Health and sustainability of estates and Opportunities for young people.
~ 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 these Camden missions.


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.
 

VAC Announces our new CEO

VAC is very pleased to welcome Keith Morgan as its new CEO.  Keith was formerly the Chief Executive of the Young Camden Foundation and has a background in youth work.  He also worked in Strategy and Change at Camden council.  He brings considerable  knowledge of the local sector, leadership experience and strategic thinking.   Keith’s appointment completes a 3 year process of leadership renewal at VAC which has seen both a new chair and new board of trustees recruited.

The Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday 15th December will be a first opportunity to meet Keith.
 

GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.
 

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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


Safeguarding Courses:





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


Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) appoint new co-Chairs

Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) has appointed new co-Chairs to replace years of fantastic service as chair by Nicole Furre (Dragon Hall).
Eira Gibson (Kentish Town City Farm) and Foyezur Miah (Queens Crescent Community Association) will be sharing the role of Chair between them. They bring extensive experience of collaborative working, charity leadership and a positive impact in the sector.
Nash Ali (KCBNA) takes on the vice-chair to support Eira and Foyezur, whilst Louise Gates (Calthorpe Community Garden) takes over as treasurer.
C4 members are excited about their new leadership team, who have come together at a time when the charity sector is overwhelmed supporting  those in need, in Camden and beyond. 

Henna Weekly Schedule
Henna Asian Women’s Group have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but their services continue to be delivered by qualified instructors via Zoom from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5.00pm.
For the details of classes, wellbeing events and community activities click here.
Alternatively call 07519 953460 or 07835 519368 (if you find there is no answer please leave a voice, text or WhatsApp message) 

Healthwatch Camden Surviving Domestic Abuse Report
Healthwatch Camden are privileged to present the learning from their recent work exploring the experiences of domestic abuse amongst some of our residents
Read more here

Stop mass homelessness campaign
Many people have built up rent arrears during the Covid-19 pandemic and now face losing the roof over their head.
The Big Issue’s campaign to stop mass homelessness offers practical solutions. A petition can be signed here.
Read the full letter from the Camden New Journal here

Call for submissions for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2022
Deadline for submissions is Friday 17th December.
forum+ is gearing up for LGBT History Month 2022 and we invite all the community to join us in celebrating local LGBT history. If you are planning an event for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month we would love to hear about it! Events will be showcased in the online and printed programme as well as promoted via forum+ social media.
For a submission form please email info@forumplus.org.uk and for more information click here 

Empowering Deaf Society Awareness Workshops (via Zoom)
Tuesday 14th December 2021 (11am)
The Empowering Deaf Society are a deaf-led Charity based in East London, dedicated to improving the quality of life for deaf people.
These free Deaf Awareness workshops are a great opportunity to help break down the barriers that most deaf people face by developing Deaf Awareness and accessibility.
To view available workshops and book a space, click here 

Castlehaven WinterFEST 2021
Friday 10th December, 3.30-7pm
Pop down to Castlehaven Community Association for festive fun, stalls, free activities, performances, delicious food & drink and a special guest from the North Pole… 
More information about this FREE, festive extravaganza click here 

Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org

 

Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.
Adult Learning are always open to working with new partners.  If you think your members/clients will benefit from any of our courses, (IT, Family Learning, ESOL, Health & Wellbeing or Communities & local interests), and you would like us to run a course at your centre please contact us on 020 7974 2148 or send an email to adultlearning@camden.gov.uk for more information on how we can work together.

 


Data Administrator at Nafsiyat, Intercultural Therapy Centre

Deadline date/time: 10am Monday December 13th, 2021
Nafsiyat, Intercultural Therapy Centre are looking for a proactive person with a friendly, can-do attitude to assist with data entry, general office administration and evening front of house.Apply here

Training Administrator Nafsiyat, Intercultural Therapy Centre
Deadline date/time: 10am Monday December 13th, 2021
Nafsiyat, Intercultural Therapy Centre are looking for a proactive person with a friendly, can-do attitude to assist with the administration of cultural competency trainings and other bespoke workshops.
Apply here  

Camden’s Community Investment Programme: Project Engagement Officer – Young People
Full time, 6 month contract. £10.85 an hour
Closing date: 31st December 2021
Are you a Camden resident, aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit? Want to create change for your local community and learn new skills to kickstart your career
Application process: – Ask your work coach at the job centre for an ‘introduction ID’ and application form for a Camden Council Kickstart placement.
Return to kickstart@camden.gov.uk, specifying which role you’re applying for.
Roles are being filled on a rolling basis and will close when a suitable applicant is found. Therefore you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Find out more here or call 02079748778 or 02079741127   

Camden Carers Centre are recruiting for 2 roles:
Closing Date for both: 13th December 2021
Communication Administrator
    •    Salary: £15,150 per annum
    •    Full time; 35hours per week
    •    Location: Kentish Town, Camden
    •    Department: Communications Team
Click here for Job description
Apply via : Vacancy – CC Coms Admin Camden Apprenticeships Portal
Administrative Assistant S&W
    •    Salary: £15,150 per annum
    •    Hours and Contract: Full time; 35hours per week
    •    Location: Kentish Town, Camden
    •    Department: Support & Wellbeing Team
    •    Closing Date:13 December 2021
Click here for Job description
Apply via : Vacancy – CC Admin SW Camden Apprenticeships Portal

LMK is recruiting its first Youth Advisory Board!

LMK is an education charity who run workshops that educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, so that they can avoid abuse and thrive in their relationships – a prevention programme against domestic violence and relationship abuse.
They are looking for 15 young people, aged 16-19, to become part of the Youth Advisory Board and to use their skills to make a difference in the lives of other young Londoners. 
The Youth Advisory Board is an amazing opportunity to bring about social change, gain leadership skills, get work experience in a charity, make new like-minded friends, build confidence, and represent the views of young people. (You’ll also receive a letter of recommendation, remuneration for your time, as well as food and transport costs.)
The Advisory Board meets monthly (sometimes online, sometimes IRL), and you can expect to dedicate 2 to 4 hours per month to improving the lives of young people across London. Candidates should ideally be prepared to make a 2-year commitment to LMK.
To find out more about LMK, take a look at the website: www.justletmeknow.org or email youthboard@justletmeknow.org with any questions.  


Become a Likewise Trustee

Likewise is looking to recruit four Trustees to our Board. New Trustees will be valuable friends offering insight, fresh perspectives, varied expertise and opinion to help us achieve our goals. They have the opportunity to be part of an organisation ahead of the curve in terms of working practices and person-centred support, to experience our genuinely values-led culture, and to contribute towards something with real potency.
We’re looking particularly for individuals who have experience in the following areas:
·        Finance
·        Fundraising
·        Communications, marketing, profile raising
·        Mental health and social care policy environment
For more information about Likewise, the role of trustees in the organisation, our values and how to apply, please visit our website

PSiC Payroll/Finance Assistant vacancy
Part Time (21 hours per week)
Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC) payroll team are looking for a highly motivated individual with attention to detail, to work as part of the payroll team and support the Payroll Lead.
For more details, click here  

Henna Asian Women’s Group is recruiting Volunteers
Henna is looking for active, friendly and caring volunteers to join the team. As a volunteer you will help Henna to grow and support our members by offering a befriending service, assist on outings and be actively involved in Henna projects and day to day activities
Please contact Aysha on 07752 681828 or aysha@hennaorg.co.uk or info@hennaorg.co.uk or visit the website for more information

Volunteer Centre Camden: Seasonal Volunteering roles
Volunteer Centre Camden are looking for any seasonal volunteering roles, and also roles they can promote for their 12 Days of Christmas digital campaign
If you have any volunteer roles to promote, seasonal or otherwise, please email sheila@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk
 

LIFT employability courses

LIFT is a partnership between 4 boroughs (Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and seeks to inspire diverse residents with a career in the knowledge economy  (tech, creative production or life sciences), thus addressing under representation in this growing sector and creating a more inclusive economy. Camden council is rolling out this support to service users across the borough, especially focusing on Euston, King’s Cross and Somers town. LIFT offer employability courses for people wanting to get into tech, and enterprise programmes for people starting their own business in our target sectors. There are also loads of other programmes related to tech and creative that LIFT can help people to access. LIFT can also offer individual support for service users to help them get onto relevant training courses or access jobs, apprenticeships and paid internships.
LIFT is looking especially to reach out to service users facing multiple barriers to employment through ethnicity, disability or limited educational attainment.
Get in touch with cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who is the LIFT Community engagement officer for Camden, or visit www.liftfutures.london to find out more. 
 

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.  

Queen Mary University looking to donate desktop computers
Queen Mary University have a stock of old desktop computers that they are keen to donate to local residents or businesses. If you are an organisation that could benefit from these desktops for yourselves or your clients, get in touch with Cina Aissa cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who will be able to assist you. Note that organisations will need to arrange transport for these computers.

Free Office Furniture
A camden based business, located just off Agar Grove NW1, has the following furniture available free of charge to anyone who is interested and able to arrange their own transport…
 
    •    Bisley (and similar) pedestals (71cm h / 47cm w / 47cm d) – about 10 available
    •    Ikea Kallax shelving units (147 cm l / 77cm h / 39cm d) – about 5 available
 
None is in perfect condition, but they are all in decent shape and fully functional.
Please contact ndrew@gp-b.com if you are intereted

Camden Carers Survey
Camden carers want to hear from carers. This survey is looking to understand carers’ views on social care and the support that they need.
It should take less than 20 minutes and the more responses the more powerful carers’ voices will be.
To take part, click here


Space rental at Latin America House, Kilburn
A range of space available for events, classes and more.
Find out more here


Central YMCA has launched a survey for 16-25 year olds

Central YMCA are carrying out a survey to better understand the issues that affect young people today and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming these issues.
The results of the survey will help organisations to understand how they can better focus efforts to support young people where they really need it. There is an incentive, as one of the respondents will win a £300 voucher.
To answer the survey: www.ymca.co.uk/survey
If you have any questions please email julia.harvey@ymca.co.uk
 

Growing your business through sustainability

Learn how to make your organisation more sustainable and help grow your business. In this training you will learn the importance of Sustainability not only for your business but in the context of the wider world, understanding  your current carbon footprint, simple yet, impactful changes that can immediately be actioned and how to embed them within your marketing strategy.
In this workshop you will learn:
~ Why sustainability is good for business
~ How to start your journey
~ Where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers
This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the session. 


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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3rd December 2021
 

Meet our New CEO

VAC is very pleased to welcome Keith Morgan as the new CEO of Voluntary Action Camden.  He brings extensive leadership experience in the voluntary and community sector, as both a Trustee and Chief Executive.   You will all know Keith already as the CEO of  Young Camden Foundation. He has a background in youth work and has also worked in Strategy and Change at Camden Council.  Keith has considerable  knowledge of the local sector and leadership experience.
The next Voluntary Action Forum on 15th December will be an opportunity to meet Keith and ask him questions.  Don’t miss it!
 

Meet Keith at our next Voluntary Action Forum on 15th December at 11am.
This forum will continue the work on creating a VCS Manifesto that we started back in May.  This is a chance to finalise Manifesto in time for 2022.  Come and let us know what you think the VCS should be demanding.  Book here.


Camden Health and Wellbeing Board

VAC made a presentation to the Health and Wellbeing Board’s October meeting on the Camden Care Navigation and Social Prescribing system.  You can view the presentation here


Policy Updates


Rents and Leases Review

Negotiations between the council and the sector have resumed.  We have had draft Heads of Terms of the proposed new lease and a group of VCS leaders (including Hopscotch, Women+Health, the Winch, QCCA and HCA) have engaged Peter Korn of Interface to give us legal support.
Discussions on a social value framework have also taken place but there are no concrete proposals to share yet.


Health

Development of the new Integrated Care Systems continues ready for the 1st April start.  The Camden Local Care Partnership Board and Health and Wellbeing Board are working on borough level strategies.  The Community Connectedness strategy (first covered in the VAC Spring Quarterly Update and then updated in Summer Update ) and Neighbourhood strategy (see next item below) may be brought together to aid efficiency and avoid duplication as there are many overlaps.
NCL’s new Community Partnership Forum (a body to involve residents and the community) has now met twice.
The Health and Wellbeing Board is consulting on a new Health and Wellbeing strategy.  VAC recently held a consultation event for the VCS. You can view the event here.  There’s still time to have you say (before 13 December).  Email your comments to Donna Turnbull or share your thoughts on our wall (below).
 
 

Neighbourhoods Development

There are now working groups in 5 neighbourhoods taking forward the Neighbourhoods strategy work.  The neighbourhoods are:
  • NW3
  • NW5
  • Central (around Somers Town)
  • South (Bloomsbury)
  • West Hampstead
If you work in any of those areas and would like to get involved please contact VAC (info@vac.org.uk) and we will put you in touch with the relevant steering group.
 
Hang on!  If this is all looking like an alphabet soup of acronyms then take a moment to look at our short presentation explaining what the new NHS structures mean and what they are trying to achieve.  View it here.


…and finally

If you’ve attended any of our events recently you will know that we are trying to make all of our events  blended, hopefully getting the best of both worlds with a small group in a meeting room and many still joining remotely by zoom.  It’s an important step on the road back to normal.  Our plan is to share what we’ve learned and support you to make the move to blended meetings as well.

Don’t forget – we are now based at the Greenwood Centre:
Greenwood Centre, Greenwood Place, London
NW5 1LB
Phones and emails remain the same

 
Kevin & the VAC team: Alex, Dianne, Donna, Hasel, John, Mandira, Manuella, Nasrin, Ricky and Zubair and all the Trustees and Volunteers.



 
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26th November 2021
News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources
Highlights
The Building Equal Foundations One Year On Report, Afghan Community Response Survey Wave One report, Supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Autistic People, Talk for Health, Camden Giving ‘Giving Insight’ session, Stop mass homelessness campaign, VAF Summary details on the Resilience Fund, The Recovery College Courses, forum+ public meeting, One Westminster Meet the Funder event, Somers Town fund-raising performance details, British Library Christmas lights, LMK recruiting Youth Advisory Board, Henna schedule, recruitment opportunities + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more
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The Building Equal Foundations One Year On report

In August 2020, Camden Council launched the Building Equal Foundations report and action plan, setting out 140 actions to tackle racial inequalities and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of Black, Asian, and other ethnic backgrounds. They worked together with their partners, communities, and services across the Council to gather evidence and develop actions.

Now, the Building Equal Foundations One Year On report goes into detail on these 140 actions, and has case studies of key achievements and projects. To read the full report or view the summary, please click here 
 

Afghan Community Response Survey
The wave 1 report is out now and captures the insights and experiences of community, faith and voluntary sector groups working directly with Afghan communities in London. Read the report here
Wave 2 (November) of this monthly survey about the needs of Afghan communities is now live and closes on 1st December  

Supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Autistic People
8 December 2021, 1.30-3.30pm (online focus group)
The Race Equality Foundation want to talk to African, Caribbean, Asian and minority ethnic autistic people who live in Camden. They are interested in what support you receive and what would help you live your life better. Working together they will write an action plan to help you in the future.
Join an online focus group and you will receive a thank you voucher. Please contact Tracey Bignall at tracey@racefound.org.uk or call 07793 239567 for more information 

Talk for Health
Free, long lasting peer counselling
Free taster session Wednesday 8th December 2021 (6-8pm)
Talk for Health is a social enterprise improving mental health. It was started in 2008 by Nicky Forsythe, an Accredited Psychotherapist, to teach people an evidence-based method for therapeutic talking.
Find out more at the free taster session – details are here 

Camden Giving: Giving Insights Session 10
‘Space to create: Meet the ‘Diorama’ arts organisation at Regent’s Place’
Wednesday 1st December: 11.30am – 1pm
Join Camden Giving for their last ‘Giving Insights’ of the year. You’ll hear more about the Old Diorama Arts Centre (ODAC) and the New Diorama Theatre (NDT), including what they do for the arts and local Camden communities. You can also take a tour the building and enjoy coffee and pastries.
Places allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to grace@camdengiving.org.uk  

Stop mass homelessness campaign
Many people have built up rent arrears during the Covid-19 pandemic and now face losing the roof over their head.
The Big Issue’s campaign to stop mass homelessness offers practical solutions. A petition can be signed here.
Read the full letter from the Camden New Journal here

Resilience Fund: Grant Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Camden: VAF Summary
*Reminder: the deadline for the Stage 1 applications of The Resilience Fund grant programme is 11pm on 29th November 2021
The most recent VAC Voluntary Action Forum covered this fund in detail, the recording of the session is available here and a presentation is available here
To reiterate: There are two strands of funding available in the Community Impacts Resilience Fund:
~ Recovery Fund: Grants of up to £15,000.
~ Partnership and Networks Fund: Grants of up to £10,000.
The grant application process is in 2 stages, and we would particularly like to encourage bids from small organisations working with BAME communities.
Application forms and guidance on the funds can be found here
You can also email any questions to vcs@camden.gov.uk  

The Recovery College: Free Courses
Available to those who live or work in Camden and Islington
A couple of examples of The Recovery College’s upcoming courses are:
Coping with the festive season
Thursday 2nd December, 1-4pm
The festive season can be a difficult time. The pressure to seem to be having a wonderful time can leave us feeling left out, isolated and distressed. You are not alone
Living well with a long term condition
3 session online course
Wednesday 1st, 8th and 15th December 2-3pm
This course will explore the emotional and psychological effects of living with a long term health condition, and the connection between physical and mental wellbeing
To register for these course or to explore what is on offer, click here or call 0203 317 6904  

forum+ Public Meeting
“Join with forum+ on Tuesday 7th December for our last public meeting of 2021! We look forward to looking back on an eventful year and we will be sharing our successes and challenges from 2021 as well as excitedly looking ahead to 2022 (including Camden & Islington LGBT History Month!). If you would like to share something at the meeting you’re very welcome to do so and can contact us in advance if you would like an item added to the agenda. The meeting will take place online and commence at 6 pm”. For more information and a link to the meeting please email info@forumplus.org.uk  

One Westminster: Meet the Funder – GLA (Zoom event)
November 30th, 2021 11am-12:00 pm
One Westminster are holding a tri-borough ‘Meet the Funder’ event with the Greater London Authority presenting on Untold Stories and Community Micro Grants. The two new funds are aimed at supporting community-led projects across London.
For more information and to register, please click here
To  submitted question in advance, send them to dhani@kcsc.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 29 November.

Somers Town History Space presents: Jellicoe 100: Performance and Tribute
A fundraiser event for A Space For Us Museum
1st December, 7-10pm at, St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road
Telling a story of Somers Town through a live performance at the beautiful St Pancras Old Church, with a great cast of professional actors. Book here
There are discounts available for low income local residents, and a taxi for elderly residents, please email Info@aspaceforus.club for more details

The British Library Christmas light switch on
Wednesday 1st December, 3.30-4.30pm
Join round the Poet’s Circle Christmas tree for mince pies, mulled wine and carol singing.  

LMK is recruiting its first Youth Advisory Board!
LMK is an education charity who run workshops that educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, so that they can avoid abuse and thrive in their relationships – a prevention programme against domestic violence and relationship abuse.
They are looking for 15 young people, aged 16-19, to become part of the Youth Advisory Board and to use their skills to make a difference in the lives of other young Londoners. 
The Youth Advisory Board is an amazing opportunity to bring about social change, gain leadership skills, get work experience in a charity, make new like-minded friends, build confidence, and represent the views of young people. (You’ll also receive a letter of recommendation, remuneration for your time, as well as food and transport costs.)
The Advisory Board meets monthly (sometimes online, sometimes IRL), and you can expect to dedicate 2 to 4 hours per month to improving the lives of young people across London. Candidates should ideally be prepared to make a 2-year commitment to LMK.
To find out more about LMK, take a look at the website: www.justletmeknow.org or email youthboard@justletmeknow.org with any questions. 

Henna Weekly Schedule
Henna Asian Women’s Group have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but their services continue to be delivered by qualified instructors via Zoom from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5.00pm.
For the details of classes, wellbeing events and community activities click here.
Alternatively call 07519 953460 or 07835 519368 (if you find there is no answer please leave a voice, text or WhatsApp message) 

Henna Asian Women’s Group is recruiting Volunteers
Henna is looking for active, friendly and caring volunteers to join the team. As a volunteer you will help Henna to grow and support our members by offering a befriending service, assist on outings and be actively involved in Henna projects and day to day activities
Please contact Aysha on 07752 681828 or aysha@hennaorg.co.uk or info@hennaorg.co.uk or visit the website for more information

Volunteer Centre Camden: Seasonal Volunteering roles
Volunteer Centre Camden are looking for any seasonal volunteering roles, and also roles they can promote for their 12 Days of Christmas digital campaign
If you have any volunteer roles to promote, seasonal or otherwise, please email sheila@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk

PSiC Payroll/Finance Assistant vacancy
Part Time (21 hours per week)
Personalisation Support in Camden (PSiC) payroll team are looking for a highly motivated individual with attention to detail, to work as part of the payroll team and support the Payroll Lead.
For more details, click here  


Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
port (sign up) 
Forum+ 
Charity Tex Group
 

National
International Volunteer Day 2021
UNV coordinates International Volunteer Day on 5 December every year to recognize and promote the tireless work, not just of UN Volunteers, but of volunteers across the globe. Every day, volunteers dedicate time and effort to ensure the inclusion of those often left behind, drive climate action and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Click here for events and more information
 

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

Charity Marketing Grants Programme
Closing date for applications is 10 January 2022
The Marketors City Livery Company has announced a new Charity Marketing Grants Programme for 2021-2, funded by its charity The Marketors’ Trust. A total of £20,000 is being made available as grants for small charities (turnover between £10,000 and £100,000 annual income) to run marketing and fundraising campaigns.  
There is one grant of £10,000 and four grants of £2,500 each. 
full details are available on our website here, where there is an Information Sheet and an online application form. 

Action Funder/ Central District Alliance fund
Application deadline: 30th November
Action Funder are running a fund, backed by the Central District Alliance. Grants of up to £3000 available to any charitable organisation (community groups, charities, social enterprises, schools etc.) aiming to improve their local area in the Jewellery Quarter and its surroundings.
The themes are education
and employment, climate and nature, food action, mental health and wellbeing, neighbourhood, and poverty and homelessness
Apply here
 

MadCovid Fund: Hardship Solidarity Fund

Small hardship grants of up to £200 available depending on individual circumstances.  You can also show solidarity by donating.  Full details here.

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk  

The VAC Website has new funds added to the website.
Please click the links to find out more
Arts Council England Invites Applications for Grants to Promote Volunteering:
Deadline for expressions of interest close on 7 December. Find out more here
Applications Open for Grants to Mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 15 December 2021 (unless 700 applications are received sooner). Find out more here
Emergency Funding for Christian Charities Supporting Afghan Resettlement in the UK
The deadline for applications is 15th December 2021. Find out more here
Co-op Foundation Announces Carbon Innovation Fund for Food and Farming Sector
The deadline is 12pm on Friday 10th December. Find out more 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: Food poverty and sustainability, Diversity in positions of power, Health and sustainability of estates and Opportunities for young people.
~ 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 these Camden missions.


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.
 

VAC Announces our new CEO

VAC is very pleased to welcome Keith Morgan as its new CEO.  Keith was formerly the Chief Executive of the Young Camden Foundation and has a background in youth work.  He also worked in Strategy and Change at Camden council.  He brings considerable  knowledge of the local sector, leadership experience and strategic thinking.   Keith’s appointment completes a 3 year process of leadership renewal at VAC which has seen both a new chair and new board of trustees recruited.

The Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday 15th December will be a first opportunity to meet Keith.
 

GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.
 

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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


Safeguarding Courses:





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


Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) appoint new co-Chairs

Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) has appointed new co-Chairs to replace years of fantastic service as chair by Nicole Furre (Dragon Hall).
Eira Gibson (Kentish Town City Farm) and Foyezur Miah (Queens Crescent Community Association) will be sharing the role of Chair between them. They bring extensive experience of collaborative working, charity leadership and a positive impact in the sector.
Nash Ali (KCBNA) takes on the vice-chair to support Eira and Foyezur, whilst Louise Gates (Calthorpe Community Garden) takes over as treasurer.
C4 members are excited about their new leadership team, who have come together at a time when the charity sector is overwhelmed supporting  those in need, in Camden and beyond. 
 

The Gift of Communication: Create Connections

How can you address the challenges in our post Covid world where charities face an estimated £10bn funding short fall with increased demand for essential services?
This is the question addressed in our mini-conference open exclusively to those within charities wanting to review and improve their communication.
Full details and how to book at Eventbrite.   

Healthwatch Camden Surviving Domestic Abuse Report
Healthwatch Camden are privileged to present the learning from their recent work exploring the experiences of domestic abuse amongst some of our residents
Read more here

Healthwatch Camden is hosting an online Q&A event on long COVID
Tuesday 30th November 2021: 5.30-7pm
For some people, a Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID’.
If you, or someone you know, has long COVID and want to know more about it, join our online Q&A session and get your questions answered by health experts.
To register for access via a landline call 020 7383 2402
To register for the Zoom link, or to submit a question, email Anna.Walsh@healthwatchcamden.co.uk
NB – the deadline for submitting your questions was Wednesday 24th November 2021.
For more information, click here  

Central YMCA Club Open Weekend: 26 – 28 November
112 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ
For the last weekend in November, Central YMCA Club will be opening its doors to support as many people as possible in our community to improve their health and wellbeing. The free event is open to everyone and participants will be able to use the pool, gym and participate in classes.
Book your spot here 

Call for submissions for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2022
Deadline for submissions is Friday 17th December.
forum+ is gearing up for LGBT History Month 2022 and we invite all the community to join us in celebrating local LGBT history. If you are planning an event for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month we would love to hear about it! Events will be showcased in the online and printed programme as well as promoted via forum+ social media.
For a submission form please email info@forumplus.org.uk and for more information click here 

Empowering Deaf Society Awareness Workshops (via Zoom)
Tuesday 30th November and Tuesday 14th December 2021 (both at 11am)
The Empowering Deaf Society are a deaf-led Charity based in East London, dedicated to improving the quality of life for deaf people.
These free Deaf Awareness workshops are a great opportunity to help break down the barriers that most deaf people face by developing Deaf Awareness and accessibility.
To view available workshops and book a space, click here 

Castlehaven WinterFEST 2021
Friday 10th December, 3.30-7pm
Pop down to Castlehaven Community Association for festive fun, stalls, free activities, performances, delicious food & drink and a special guest from the North Pole… 
More information about this FREE, festive extravaganza click here 

Calthorpe Community Garden Christmas Market 2021
Friday 26 Nov 2-7pm & Saturday 27 Nov 12-5pm
20+ stalls selling a wide range of gifts.
Cafe open selling hot food, mulled wine and much more.
Stalls are available, contact Louise Gates info@calthorpecommunitygarden.org.uk  

Together! 2021 Disabled History Month Festival
Support to Camden residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Are you working with a Camden resident who is homeless or at risk? Beam can support them into a new job.
Residents can use Beam’s platform to raise funds for training, technology (e.g. laptops and smartphones), childcare, travel to work and work attire. Beam’s caseworkers provide 1-1 support with CVs, applications and interview skills. Through Beam, residents also get priority access to local jobs with 90+ employer partners.
To refer clients, visit beam.org/refer or contact referrals@beam.org


Supporting older men to build social networks: sharing what we’ve learnt

Wdnesday 1st December: 10.30-12pm
Hear about this alternative approach to bringing older men together and find out more about our latest research findings.
This event will be on Zoom
If you have any further questions about the event please get in touch with ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk
Find out more: www.ageingbetterincamden.org.uk or sign up at Eventbrite

Luminary Bakery Employability and Independence Programme
A 6 month training and employment programme for women who have been classified as experiencing ‘multiple disadvantages’ including gender based violence. They focus on providing support to find employment in a safe, trauma-informed space, and have 28 spaces for women starting in February 2022. All training takes part at Luminary Bakery in Camden. Visit here for more information. Deadline: 1st December.


Do you have regular conversations with Local residents and want to make a bigger difference to their lives?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about spotting opportunities in these conversations to deliver additional support and improve their wellbeing.
We are offering refreshed online courses
~ Good conversations – Supporting COVID-19 recovery: 2 hour course
~ Basics of Motivational Interviewing: 3 hour course
Bookings: camdenmecc.org.uk /islingtonmecc.org.uk.
Bespoke sessions: meccsupport@smgateway.co.uk


Camden Adult Community Learning

Offers free courses to residents aged 19 and over, both online and in community venues across Camden. Enrol now for the Autumn.
Courses are relaxed, friendly and are aimed to help local people get back into work, overcome isolation, improve their mental health, develop their skills – or learn something new and exciting.
For a full list of autumn courses go to www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning and then follow the link to www.webenrol.com/camden.
Adult Learning are always open to working with new partners.  If you think your members/clients will benefit from any of our courses, (IT, Family Learning, ESOL, Health & Wellbeing or Communities & local interests), and you would like us to run a course at your centre please contact us on 020 7974 2148 or send an email to adultlearning@camden.gov.uk for more information on how we can work together.

 

 

Community Link Worker: Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre
Part-time permanent employee, 1 day a week (7hrs)
As a community Link Worker, you will provide general advice, information, advocacy, and practical support to Nafsiyat’s clients. You will work closely with therapists, assess clients’ needs, identify any barriers that may prevent them from engaging with therapy and arrange appropriate referrals
Please send a current CV and tailored covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements for this role as set out in the job description to recruitment@nafsiyat.org.uk by 5pm on Tuesday November 30th.
 

Become a Likewise Trustee

Likewise is looking to recruit four Trustees to our Board. New Trustees will be valuable friends offering insight, fresh perspectives, varied expertise and opinion to help us achieve our goals. They have the opportunity to be part of an organisation ahead of the curve in terms of working practices and person-centred support, to experience our genuinely values-led culture, and to contribute towards something with real potency.
We’re looking particularly for individuals who have experience in the following areas:
·        Finance
·        Fundraising
·        Communications, marketing, profile raising
·        Mental health and social care policy environment
For more information about Likewise, the role of trustees in the organisation, our values and how to apply, please visit our website.

Youth Manager at The South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership
Full time (35 hours per week)
Deadline: 6th December 2021
They are looking for a talented and enthusiastic individual to manage and further develop the ARC youth club, coordinating youth activities and programmes based on and around the huge Alexandra & Ainsworth estate in NW London.You will need to be passionate about working with young people and have strong organisation and management skills.
For more information on the requirements of the role click here.
To apply email jobs@shakonline.co.uk
 

The Autism Hub and ALAG are recruiting a freelance Advocacy Case Worker

Closes 3rd December 2021
The worker will provide specialist advocacy and outreach support to autistic adults who do not have a learning disability, in London.
We are looking for an experienced Advocate Case Worker, who has knowledge and at least 2 years experience working with autistic adults and also with adults living with mental health conditions. This experience will enable you to play a vital role in supporting autistic residents across London
£15.00/hr Part-time 15hrs/week
To Apply – Email: jill@autismhubislington.org


Central YMCA is recruiting a new Head of Health and Wellbeing

The new Head of Health and Wellbeing will be given a broad remit to develop our community engagement and funded programmes in Camden whilst also developing and expanding our health and wellbeing offer nationally and overseeing the day-to-day operations of our two London health clubs
To find out more and apply, click here.


Somers Town Community Association seeks Employer Engagement Worker

Closing 30 November 2021
20 hrs pw £17 per hour
The post is part of the job hub team and will be expected to develop working relationship with local businesses and employers.
Email: ziaur@somerstown.org.uk for an application pack.


LAWRS are recruiting a Training and Development officer
Part Time (21 hours a week)
Deadline 28th November 2021
The Latin American Women’s Rights Service are seeking a highly-motivated Latin American woman who is committed to social change to join the team as Training and Development Officer.
The Training and Development Officer will be responsible for the coordination, planning, design and delivery of LAWRS sexual harassment in the workplace project funded by Rosa Foundation.
Learn more and apply here

LIFT employability courses
LIFT is a partnership between 4 boroughs (Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and seeks to inspire diverse residents with a career in the knowledge economy  (tech, creative production or life sciences), thus addressing under representation in this growing sector and creating a more inclusive economy. Camden council is rolling out this support to service users across the borough, especially focusing on Euston, King’s Cross and Somers town. LIFT offer employability courses for people wanting to get into tech, and enterprise programmes for people starting their own business in our target sectors. There are also loads of other programmes related to tech and creative that LIFT can help people to access. LIFT can also offer individual support for service users to help them get onto relevant training courses or access jobs, apprenticeships and paid internships.
LIFT is looking especially to reach out to service users facing multiple barriers to employment through ethnicity, disability or limited educational attainment.
Get in touch with cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who is the LIFT Community engagement officer for Camden, or visit www.liftfutures.london to find out more. 
 

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange trustees seek to appoint a new Chair

Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) is an established charity in north-west London (primarily Camden & Brent). We want to appoint a new Chair and trustee to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise our support and development work.
A commitment to the full citizenship of all older people will be essential. You will succeed two distinguished predecessors, Barry Peskin and the late Ags Irwin, and bring a comparable level of experience gained in business, public service, education, the arts, community work, or the provision of care. An experience of managing staff or of using small budgets to maximum effect is vital.
If you share KOVE’s ambitions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: melwillwright@gmail.com

 

Afghan Refugee Crisis

The Council and VCS continue to work together to help meet the needs of the Afghan Refugees in Camden.  A steering group (led by Hopscotch) meets weekly and there is a database of offers and needs held by the council.  You can donate to the Hopscotch appeal here.  Keep up to date at the council website here.


Hopscotch’s Afghan Crisis Appeal 

Hopscotch is working as one of the leads with Camden Council and other major charities.
We have, on standby, four Afghan Family Advocates who are professional leads to deliver:-
Essential Cultural Orientation Training for council staff, charities and volunteers so everyone is interacting appropriately and effectively
To act as referral specialists with refugees in a trauma-informed way
Click here to donate.  

Queen Mary University looking to donate desktop computers
Queen Mary University have a stock of old desktop computers that they are keen to donate to local residents or businesses. If you are an organisation that could benefit from these desktops for yourselves or your clients, get in touch with Cina Aissa cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who will be able to assist you. Note that organisations will need to arrange transport for these computers.

Free Office Furniture
A camden based business, located just off Agar Grove NW1, has the following furniture available free of charge to anyone who is interested and able to arrange their own transport…
 
    •    Bisley (and similar) pedestals (71cm h / 47cm w / 47cm d) – about 10 available
    •    Ikea Kallax shelving units (147 cm l / 77cm h / 39cm d) – about 5 available
 
None is in perfect condition, but they are all in decent shape and fully functional.
Please contact ndrew@gp-b.com if you are intereted

Camden Carers Survey
Camden carers want to hear from carers. This survey is looking to understand carers’ views on social care and the support that they need.
It should take less than 20 minutes and the more responses the more powerful carers’ voices will be.
To take part, click here


Space rental at Latin America House, Kilburn
A range of space available for events, classes and more.
Find out more here


Central YMCA has launched a survey for 16-25 year olds

Central YMCA are carrying out a survey to better understand the issues that affect young people today and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming these issues.
The results of the survey will help organisations to understand how they can better focus efforts to support young people where they really need it. There is an incentive, as one of the respondents will win a £300 voucher.
To answer the survey: www.ymca.co.uk/survey
If you have any questions please email julia.harvey@ymca.co.uk
 

Growing your business through sustainability

Learn how to make your organisation more sustainable and help grow your business. In this training you will learn the importance of Sustainability not only for your business but in the context of the wider world, understanding  your current carbon footprint, simple yet, impactful changes that can immediately be actioned and how to embed them within your marketing strategy.
In this workshop you will learn:
~ Why sustainability is good for business
~ How to start your journey
~ Where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers
This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the session. 


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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19th November 2021
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Highlights
Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation, C4 appoint new co-Chairs, Healthwatch Camden domestic abuse report, Q&A on long COVID, webinars, WinterFEST, YMCA open weekend, call for LGBT history month submissions, LIFT employment courses, workshops, new Black History season event, Calthorpe Community Garden Christmas market, free furniture, new grants + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more
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Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation: 25th November 11-12pm

Camden’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-30 consultation is now open. 
The draft strategy has implications and opportunities for the voluntary and community sector to connect, collaborate and influence decision making.

The strategy is themed around three stages of life: Start, Live and Age, well. Consultation questions are grouped under 6 headings

1. Population Health Approach
2. Ways of Working and Guiding Principles
3. Long term vision
4. Good Work and Employment
5. Healthy and Ready for School
6. Community Connectedness and Friendship

To request a paper copy, accessible versions, or if you have any questions about the strategy, please call  020 7974 5827 or email   healthandwellbeingboard@camden.gov.uk  
In this session we will take you through the consultation questions, facilitate short discussions and gather your responses

Book here

 


Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) appoint new co-Chairs
Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4) has appointed new co-Chairs to replace years of fantastic service as chair by Nicole Furre (Dragon Hall).
Eira Gibson (Kentish Town City Farm) and Foyezur Miah (Queens Crescent Community Association) will be sharing the role of Chair between them. They bring extensive experience of collaborative working, charity leadership and a positive impact in the sector.
Nash Ali (KCBNA) takes on the vice-chair to support Eira and Foyezur, whilst Louise Gates (Calthorpe Community Garden) takes over as treasurer.
C4 members are excited about their new leadership team, who have come together at a time when the charity sector is overwhelmed supporting  those in need, in Camden and beyond. 

Healthwatch Camden Surviving Domestic Abuse Report
Healthwatch Camden are privileged to present the learning from their recent work exploring the experiences of domestic abuse amongst some of our residents
Read more here

Healthwatch Camden is hosting an online Q&A event on long COVID
Tuesday 30th November 2021: 5.30-7pm
For some people, a Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID’.
If you, or someone you know, has long COVID and want to know more about it, join our online Q&A session and get your questions answered by health experts.
To register for access via a landline call 020 7383 2402
To register for the Zoom link, or to submit a question, email Anna.Walsh@healthwatchcamden.co.uk
NB – the deadline for submitting your questions will be Wednesday 24th November 2021.
For more information, click here  

Thriving Communities Webinar: Beyond Contact to Connectedness – optimising health and wellbeing of people and the natural environment
Tuesday 23 November 2021, 3-4pm
In the next webinar in the Thriving Communities series you will hear about the importance of nature connectedness for people’s health and wellbeing and how it links with social prescribing. 
It will explain the difference between contact with nature and nature connectedness, and the importance of both in optimising the benefits of nature for health and wellbeing. You will learn about five simple pathways to nature connectedness to improve policy, planning and delivery at both an organisational and individual level.
Register here

Central YMCA Club Open Weekend: 26 – 28 November
112 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ
For the last weekend in November, Central YMCA Club will be opening its doors to support as many people as possible in our community to improve their health and wellbeing. The free event is open to everyone and participants will be able to use the pool, gym and participate in classes.
Book your spot here 

Call for submissions for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2022
Deadline for submissions is Friday 17th December.
forum+ is gearing up for LGBT History Month 2022 and we invite all the community to join us in celebrating local LGBT history. If you are planning an event for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month we would love to hear about it! Events will be showcased in the online and printed programme as well as promoted via forum+ social media.
For a submission form please email info@forumplus.org.uk and for more information click here

LIFT employability courses
LIFT is a partnership between 4 boroughs (Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and seeks to inspire diverse residents with a career in the knowledge economy  (tech, creative production or life sciences), thus addressing under representation in this growing sector and creating a more inclusive economy. Camden council is rolling out this support to service users across the borough, especially focusing on Euston, King’s Cross and Somers town. LIFT offer employability courses for people wanting to get into tech, and enterprise programmes for people starting their own business in our target sectors. There are also loads of other programmes related to tech and creative that LIFT can help people to access. LIFT can also offer individual support for service users to help them get onto relevant training courses or access jobs, apprenticeships and paid internships.
LIFT is looking especially to reach out to service users facing multiple barriers to employment through ethnicity, disability or limited educational attainment.
Get in touch with cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who is the LIFT Community engagement officer for Camden, or visit www.liftfutures.london to find out more. 

Social Prescribing Link Worker Webinar Series: NHSX-Supporting people at home via tech enabled care
Wednesday 24th November 2021, at 1:30-2:30
This webinar in partnership with NHSX is about sharing some of the tech enabled health and well-being opportunities available, so that social prescribing link workers are aware and can help support these, when they encounter patients on these health and wellbeing pathways.  You’ll hear from patients about the difference innovative digital solutions are making to their lives. From digitally supported virtual wards, to home management of heart failure and support for residents of care homes, the digital health team from NHSX will share the experience so far of scaling these technologies in partnership with colleagues across the NHS and social care, including social prescribing link workers.
Register here

Tools and Techniques for successful virtual workshops
Tuesday 23rd November: 4 – 5.30pm
Find out more about the digital tools that can be used to create and run a successful online workshop
Find out more here.

Empowering Deaf Society Awareness Workshops (via Zoom)
Tuesday 30th November and Tuesday 14th December 2021 (both at 11am)
The Empowering Deaf Society are a deaf-led Charity based in East London, dedicated to improving the quality of life for deaf people.
These free Deaf Awareness workshops are a great opportunity to help break down the barriers that most deaf people face by developing Deaf Awareness and accessibility.
To view available workshops and book a space, click here

Black History Season: Thee Spoken Word
NOV 25 Thu, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT
T U U P, SANDRA AGARD, SISTER CHI CHI and FRIENDS
African and Caribbean Adult Story telling with Music
Thursday November 25th: Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Rd, London N1C 4AG
Tu up, Sandra Agard, Owen Uwadie
Wednesday December 1st: Holborn Library 32-38 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8PA
Tu up, Sister Chi Chi, Owen Uwadie
Book your free tickets here.  

Castlehaven WinterFEST 2021
Friday 10th December, 3.30-7pm
Pop down to Castlehaven Community Association for festive fun, stalls, free activities, performances, delicious food & drink and a special guest from the North Pole… 
More information about this FREE, festive extravaganza click here

Calthorpe Community Garden Christmas Market 2021
Friday 26 Nov 2-7pm & Saturday 27 Nov 12-5pm
20+ stalls selling a wide range of gifts.
Cafe open selling hot food, mulled wine and much more.
Stalls are available, contact Louise Gates info@calthorpecommunitygarden.org.uk  

Queen Mary University looking to donate desktop computers
Queen Mary University have a stock of old desktop computers that they are keen to donate to local residents or businesses. If you are an organisation that could benefit from these desktops for yourselves or your clients, get in touch with Cina Aissa cina.aissa@islington.gov.uk who will be able to assist you. Note that organisations will need to arrange transport for these computers.

Free Office Furniture
A camden based business, located just off Agar Grove NW1, has the following furniture available free of charge to anyone who is interested and able to arrange their own transport…
 
    •    Bisley (and similar) pedestals (71cm h / 47cm w / 47cm d) – about 10 available
    •    Ikea Kallax shelving units (147 cm l / 77cm h / 39cm d) – about 5 available
 
None is in perfect condition, but they are all in decent shape and fully functional.
Please contact ndrew@gp-b.com if you are intereted 

Charity Marketing Grants Programme
Closing date for applications is 10 January 2022
The Marketors City Livery Company has announced a new Charity Marketing Grants Programme for 2021-2, funded by its charity The Marketors’ Trust. A total of £20,000 is being made available as grants for small charities (turnover between £10,000 and £100,000 annual income) to run marketing and fundraising campaigns.  
There is one grant of £10,000 and four grants of £2,500 each. 
full details are available on our website here, where there is an Information Sheet and an online application form.

Action Funder/ Central District Alliance fund
Application deadline: 30th November
Action Funder are running a fund, backed by the Central District Alliance. Grants of up to £3000 available to any charitable organisation (community groups, charities, social enterprises, schools etc.) aiming to improve their local area in the Jewellery Quarter and its surroundings.
The themes are education
and employment, climate and nature, food action, mental health and wellbeing, neighbourhood, and poverty and homelessness
Apply here


Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
West Euston Project (WEP)
London S
port (sign up) 
Forum+
 

National

 

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

Resilience Fund: Grant Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Camden

Deadline for the Stage 1 applications is 11pm on 29th November 2021
Camden Council have launched a new grant programme called The Resilience Fund. The Community Impacts Resilience Fund is in response to feedback that we have had from the VCS and offers financial support to local organisations that are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also provides support for new partnerships and innovative ways of working, which have been developed within the sector in response to the challenges of the pandemic.  
In 2021/22 there are two strands of funding available in the Community Impacts Resilience Fund:
~ Recovery Fund: Grants of up to £15,000 to support organisations to return to business as usual. Funding can be used to cover day-to-day costs such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £600,000 is available through this fund.
~ Partnership and Networks Fund: Grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations to develop existing or to establish new partnerships and collaborations within the community. Applications can be made as individual organisations, partnerships or networks. The fund can also be used to cover core costs associated with this work such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £150,000 is available through this fund.
The grant application process is in two stages and groups that are successful at Stage 1 or the Expression of Interest, will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. We would particularly like to encourage bids from small organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Application forms and guidance on the funds can be found here from 5pm, 5th November:  camden.gov.uk/voluntary-and-community-sector-in-camden#hltr
The website also has an FAQs section and you can also email us with any questions at vcs@camden.gov.uk
 

MadCovid Fund: Hardship Solidarity Fund

Small hardship grants of up to £200 available depending on individual circumstances.  You can also show solidarity by donating.  Full details here.

Funding Opportunities for Camden’s Childrens Charities
The Childhood Trust is London’s Child Poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. The Childhood Trust offers financial support to children’s charities through matching funding campaigns. For more information email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk
 

St Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Bloomsbury, Holborn part of Covent Garden). £3k to £10k.  Full details and how to apply on the 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

 


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.
 

VAC Announces our new CEO

VAC is very pleased to welcome Keith Morgan as its new CEO.  Keith was formerly the Chief Executive of the Young Camden Foundation and has a background in youth work.  He also worked in Strategy and Change at Camden council.  He brings considerable  knowledge of the local sector, leadership experience and strategic thinking.   Keith’s appointment completes a 3 year process of leadership renewal at VAC which has seen both a new chair and new board of trustees recruited.

The Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday 15th December will be a first opportunity to meet Keith.
 

GDPR Training Resources.

The video, slides and comprehensive notes from the two recent VAC online training sessions on GDPR are now available on the website. These will help you understand the theory and legal framework of the GDPR with practical steps on how to remain compliant.
 

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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


Safeguarding Courses:

Virtual: Advanced Safeguarding Update.
Wednesday 1st December 2021: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
This virtual safeguarding update has been developed in response to the challenges faced over the last 18 months by Covid-19 and the pandemic. Suitable for those those who have attended safeguarding training previously, and who are working with organisations or groups delivering services, both directly and indirectly to children, young people and their families in Camden.
This session is free to all those who live or work in Camden and is in line with current recommended guidance.
Book Here




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