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VAC Weekly Newsletter
5th August 2022

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VAC Membership
VAC membership allows local organisations and groups to engage with local policy and strategy.

This is an important time with strategic and social developments locally, nationally and globally putting increasing pressure on community-based organisations.
As a member you will be part of a dedicated network through which you can express views and contribute your knowledge and expertise to the benefit of all.

Membership is free, click on the link box above and join us today

Highlights

This week we spotlight our work with Google to provide office space for small organisations in Camden.
We also have information on local events and opportunities from around the Camden area.

VAC administered Google Grants
The VAC administered Google Grants scheme is still ongoing.

VAC have been funded by Google to provide up to £300 per quarter for small organisations looking to book one-off spaces to work in or to hold community sessions and training, and up to £600 for the ongoing rent of office and hot desking space.

It is available to small voluntary or community sector organisation with income under £150,000 a year looking to book a venue in Camden,

To find out more, please click here
or get in contact with Ricky at Rsingh@vac.org.uk

London Unseen: Heritage Tours and Trails
London Unseen is a season of trails, tours and events that celebrate the many incredible histories of the city, as told by communities, practitioners, artists and activists. Curated on behalf of the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, the season is supporting over 20 community heritage practitioners to provide over 40 events free of charge to the public.

Learn more here

Futsal Stars Foundation Community Funday: Tomorrow
This Saturday (6th August), come along to the Castlehaven Community Park (23 Castlehaven Rd, NW1 8RU) between 11am – 3pm for fun, free, family activities. Play football with London Futsal Stars, enjoy free food, activities, performances, face painting, and so much more.

The Futsal Stars Foundation aims to create a positive impact in the community through sport. Find out more about their work here

Making Every Contact Count – Using Conversation to Improve Wellbeing
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) courses help staff and volunteers use their everyday conversations to support residents with their daily struggles and signpost them to further help.
We are adding new dates all the time and regularly refresh our courses to suit evolving resident needs, like our Cost of Living Crisis short course which covers the basics of MECC and how it can be used to support residents who are struggling financially.

Courses are free to staff working in Camden and Islington. To book a place, please click here

Law Centre moves to Camden Town
The Camden Community Law Centre, first founded in 1973, is now operating in Greenland Road, having left its former home – an old cinema in Prince of Wales Road – in October.

To find out more about the Centre and its work read on here

Young Camden Foundation vacancy: Membership Engagement & Communications Officer
Deadline: 26th August

Young Camden Foundation is looking for a Membership Engagement & Communications Officer to proactively engage with our members and deliver an impactful and effective communications strategy for the charity, under the direction and guidance of the CEO.

For more information and to apply, please click here

London Irish Centre vacancy: Advice Officer
Deadline: 9am on 17th August

The purpose of this role is to improve opportunities and reduce poverty in London. Working primarily with people who identify as Irish, we deliver Advice Quality Standard (AQS) advice and casework on benefits and housing as well as wider advice around Irish state pensions, returning to and moving from Ireland, Irish passport and birth certificate applications.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society vacancy: Centre Coordinator
Surplus foodbank and re-use centre on Phoenix Road, NW1, are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic and hardworking individual to join our team.
We provide support to circa 80 households weekly, carry out collections from 45 stores, redistribute surplus to 11 local hostels and 1 after-school club, provide access to a ‘Room of Things’ and operate a passive surplus food cart. We redistribute 15 tonnes of surplus food per quarter. As a community benefit society we are continuously adapting to the needs of the community.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Holly Lodge Community Centre vacancy: Manager (21 hours per week)
Holly Lodge Community Centre is looking for a part-time Manager for the day to day running of the Centre. The post is lottery funded until the end of 2023, after which the Manager should secure funding to take the post forward.
The hours are flexible and a knowledge of Quickbooks would be an advantage.

For a full job description please email hollylodgelondon@hotmail.com

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

A celebration: The Evaluation Exchange 2021/22
The Evaluation Exchange is a collaboration between UCL and community organisations in Camden and Newham aiming to improve evaluation practice. Project Manager Ruth Unstead-Jones reflects on the celebratory event and the achievements across the year.

Read on here

NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board VCSE Partnership
Deadline for bids: Midnight on Monday 15th August 2022.

The Camden Borough Partnership would like to undertake community action research around priority areas to support open conversations with local communities. We want to identify and explore key inequalities around reach, access, outcomes and experiences.
We are looking to work with a lead facilitating VCSE organisation and a group of grassroots organisations – working as a joint VCSE Partnership.

If you would like to know more, please click here

Cost of Living Support in Camden
We are all feeling the impact of the rise in the cost of living. We have collated a range of links below to help people to manage some of the challenges associated with the higher cost of living:

Home (shine-london.org.uk) – save money on energy bills
https://findfood.camden.gov.uk
Help With the Cost of Living | London City Hall
Free and impartial help with money, backed by the government | MoneyHelper
WISH Plus – Camden Council – Energy efficiency advice and income maximisation checks

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Young Camden Foundation
AWN (sign up)
London Sport (sign up)
Somers Town Community Newsletter
Heath Hands

If you would like your Camden VCS newsletter added to this list, please email social@vac.org.uk

Hardship Grants for Older Camden Residents from Age UK Camden
This fund provides grants of up to £500 to reduce vulnerability and hardship for those aged 66 or over. The money can be used to purchase household items and/or as a financial sum paid into their bank account.
If household items or white goods are needed, we can purchase the item from Argos, so do include the link to the item needed along with delivery/connection services and recycling charges.

You can apply for the grant either personally or on behalf of another by filling in the form here
If you have any questions please email hardshipgrants@ageukcamden.org.uk

2023 GSK IMPACT Awards – core funding and free training for health charities
Closing date for Stage 1 applications is 1st September 2022.

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £120k and £3m. Up to 15 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000.

For more information and to apply, please click here

GLA Funding: Warmer Homes Programme
With energy bills continuing to rise, the Mayor is urging Londoners, local authorities, and community organisations to raise awareness of the Warmer Homes programme with anyone who may be eligible.
The scheme offers free energy efficiency grants of up to £25,000 to households with a residual income of up to £20,000 per year after rent/mortgage and council tax.

Learn more here

Disability Justice Fund
Application Deadline: 3rd October 2022

This is a £3 million fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust to advance strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice, equity and inclusion in the UK.

For more details, please click here

Greene King Grants
Deadline 14th August 2022
This fund aims to support and promote grassroots sport within local communities by supporting people and projects that run sports activities which positively impact the local community and would tangibly benefit from funding in the short-term.
Individuals may nominate a sports club or organisation to receive a cash grant to continue delivering sports activities. Grants of up to £3,000 are available

For more information, please click here

To re-discover funding removed from this list, please see our newsletter archive here

Other available funders include:

Host a workshop as part of Camden’s SEND strategy consultation
Camden Council’s Draft Local Area SEND Strategy is now out for formal consultation, which runs until 22 September 2022. The full draft strategy, a summary and easy-read versions, plus a survey where you can have your say, can be found here.

As part of the consultation, the team would like to visit your voluntary and community organisations for a one-hour workshop with parents and carers. We can provide a small budget to support sessions, including refreshments or staff costs, to help facilitate conversations. To express an interest in this, please email us at sendstrategy@camden.gov.uk.

Family holiday activities on Hampstead Heath
Join Heath Hands for free / low cost holiday family activities on Hampstead Heath. There is a £3 suggested donation for some activities, but this is optional if that is unaffordable.
Find out about wild flowers, trees, go pond dipping, and more!

For more information, please click here

Families for Life: Community Champion training
This free 6-week programme starts on 13th September and runs until the 18th October at Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt St, from 10am – 12pm.

The Camden Health and Wellbeing Team is recruiting volunteers for the Families for Life Community Champion training. It is for existing volunteers, parents, carers and whoever else might be interested in becoming an inspirational volunteer.
On this programme you will build your skills and knowledge to help you form strong local connections to support healthy lifestyle programmes available in Camden.

For more information please email Syria Chowdhury on syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk or call 07734 603060

Free 6 Weeks Digital Media Training at the SKY TV Campus, West London from MAMA Youth Project
Deadline: Monday the 8th of August

Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media.
Apply now for 6 weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions. Lunch and travel expenses provided.

For more information and to apply, please click here

VAC Vacancy: Resilience Network Alliance Manager
Deadline: 08 August at 23:30

The Mental Health Resilience Network Alliance has been established to lead, coordinate and deliver early intervention and prevention services to the people of Camden. The Alliance is part of an integrated system, which works with multiple partners across Statutory, Voluntary Community Sector, Social Care and Primary Care Networks.
This is a new and unique role and requires someone with excellent leadership skills who can bring partners together to drive positive change.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

SHP recruiting: Peer Mentor Volunteers
Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 23rd August.

We are delighted to be recruiting for Peer Mentor Volunteers to join our growing team!
SHP Peer Mentors use their lived experiences of substance use recovery, mental health problems, homelessness, or the criminal justice system to inspire, motivate and support others to make positive changes in their lives.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an online interview, and the training programme will be delivered over 8 sessions between Monday 19th September & Thursday 13th October.

Please contact peermentoring@shp.org.uk for an application pack.

Latin American House vacancy: Children and Young People Coordinator.
Deadline: Monday, 5th September

The position holder will be responsible for coordinating, delivering and developing a comprehensive, diverse and inclusive programme of activities, classes and events throughout the year. They will also be in charge of attracting children from Latin American and local families, creating a positive impact in our growing communities.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Likewise vacancy: Community Programme Lead
Deadline: 11th August before 9am

Likewise is looking for a dynamic, creative and caring Community Programme Lead to join our team. You’ll be primarily responsible for our programme of community activities and events at our wellbeing hub in Camden.
The Likewise Community Hub offers a safe space for people to explore a range of wellbeing activities and events, whilst creating opportunities for connections, relationships, belonging and support.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Trustee recruitment: Old Diorama Arts Centre
Deadline: 10am on Monday 5th September

Old Diorama Arts Centre, the arts creation and community centre in Euston, is on a journey of change, with a new vision, nurturing artistic and local Regent’s Park ward communities.
We’re looking for up to 4 new Trustees, particularly including those with experience working in the Camden community sector.

For more information, please click here

Becoming a school governor in Camden
Could you make a positive impact on a school in Camden? Camden Learning wants local school governors to reflect the diversity of our community – people from every background and with a wide range of life experience. Anyone aged over 18 who wants to make a positive contribution to a school can apply.
If you would like to hear what some of our Camden school governors have to say take a look at this short video

To find out more, please click here

Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAPB) Safeguarding consultation
Deadline: 10th September

Everyone has the right to live a life that is free from abuse, harm and neglect. To this end, Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAPB) is running a Safeguarding consultation to seek views from people to help develop strategy priorities for the next 5 years.
The survey is also available in Sylheti, Somali and Easy read. Please email Patricia Cox at patricia.cox@camden.gov.uk to ask for the translated surveys

For more information and to take the survey, please click here

Start Well Case for Change: Share your views
Health and care organisations in North Central London (NCL) are working together on Start Well: a long-term programme looking at children and young people, maternity and neonatal services. The aim is to understand if we are collectively delivering the best services to meet the needs of people living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, and those from neighbouring boroughs and beyond who choose to use our services.

To learn more and take the survey, please click here

Ethical Property Foundation support
Every year London’s property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation supports dozens of small voluntary groups with free online advice, training and signposting support from experienced property advisers. You might need help with an issue with the roof, the lease, basic premises management or negotiating with the landlord.
If you need support with your premises, whether rented or owned, click here to learn more

Early Bird £10 & £15 Tickets Offer for The Darkest Part of the Night at Kiln Theatre
There is an allocation of £10 and £15 tickets from Kiln Theatre for the world premiere of The Darkest Part of The Night
These tickets are available for all performances until Saturday 13th August.

To book, please call the Kiln Theatre Box Office on 020 7328 1000 or go online here and use the promocode BID.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

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Voluntary Action Camden E-bulletin – 29th July 2022

 


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29th July 2022

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

Become a Member

VAC Membership
VAC aims to help develop and connect the VCS in Camden to ensure each group is able to reach their own potential and collaborate with one another.

We also work to advocate on your behalf.

Membership is free, click on the link box above and join us today

Highlights

This week we would like to thank all those who took part in the recent VAC stakeholder survey.
We also have information on the achievements of the Evaluation Exchange between UCL and the local VCS and other information, opportunities and events from around the Camden area.

VAC Stakeholder Survey
Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent VAC stakeholder survey. We received a lot of engaging responses which will provide invaluable guidance as we develop our new strategy.

Using a online random generator we selected the winner of the £50 worth of shopping vouchers which was Michael Parkes, a trustee at the Calthorpe Project.

Congratulations to Michael and thank you again for all the responses.

A celebration: The Evaluation Exchange 2021/22
The Evaluation Exchange is a collaboration between UCL and community organisations in Camden and Newham aiming to improve evaluation practice. Project Manager Ruth Unstead-Jones reflects on the celebratory event and the achievements across the year.

Read on here

NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board VCSE Partnership
Deadline for bids: Midnight on Monday 15th August 2022.

The Camden Borough Partnership would like to undertake community action research around priority areas to support open conversations with local communities. We want to identify and explore key inequalities around reach, access, outcomes and experiences.
We are looking to work with a lead facilitating VCSE organisation and a group of grassroots organisations – working as a joint VCSE Partnership.

If you would like to know more, please click here

Becoming a school governor in Camden
Could you make a positive impact on a school in Camden? Camden Learning wants local school governors to reflect the diversity of our community – people from every background and with a wide range of life experience. Anyone aged over 18 who wants to make a positive contribution to a school can apply.
If you would like to hear what some of our Camden school governors have to say take a look at this short video

To find out more, please click here

Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAPB) Safeguarding consultation
Deadline: 10th September

Everyone has the right to live a life that is free from abuse, harm and neglect. To this end, Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAPB) is running a Safeguarding consultation to seek views from people to help develop strategy priorities for the next 5 years.
The survey is also available in Sylheti, Somali and Easy read. Please email Patricia Cox at patricia.cox@camden.gov.uk to ask for the translated surveys

For more information and to take the survey, please click here

Start Well Case for Change: Share your views
Health and care organisations in North Central London (NCL) are working together on Start Well: a long-term programme looking at children and young people, maternity and neonatal services. The aim is to understand if we are collectively delivering the best services to meet the needs of people living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, and those from neighbouring boroughs and beyond who choose to use our services.

To learn more and take the survey, please click here

SHP recruiting: Peer Mentor Volunteers
Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 23rd August.

We are delighted to be recruiting for Peer Mentor Volunteers to join our growing team!
SHP Peer Mentors use their lived experiences of substance use recovery, mental health problems, homelessness, or the criminal justice system to inspire, motivate and support others to make positive changes in their lives.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an online interview, and the training programme will be delivered over 8 sessions between Monday 19th September & Thursday 13th October.

Please contact peermentoring@shp.org.uk for an application pack.

Latin American House vacancy: Children and Young People Coordinator.
Deadline: Monday, 5th September

The position holder will be responsible for coordinating, delivering and developing a comprehensive, diverse and inclusive programme of activities, classes and events throughout the year. They will also be in charge of attracting children from Latin American and local families, creating a positive impact in our growing communities.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

Cost of Living Support in Camden
We are all feeling the impact of the rise in the cost of living. We have collated a range of links below to help people to manage some of the challenges associated with the higher cost of living:

Home (shine-london.org.uk) – save money on energy bills
https://findfood.camden.gov.uk
Help With the Cost of Living | London City Hall
Free and impartial help with money, backed by the government | MoneyHelper
WISH Plus – Camden Council – Energy efficiency advice and income maximisation checks

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Young Camden Foundation
AWN (sign up)
London Sport (sign up)
Somers Town Community Newsletter
Heath Hands

If you would like your Camden VCS newsletter added to this list, please email social@vac.org.uk

VAC administered Google Grants
The VAC administered Google Grants scheme is still ongoing.

Are you a small voluntary or community sector organisation with income under £150,000 a year who would like to book a venue in Camden?
VAC have been funded by Google to provide up to £300 per quarter for small organisations looking to book a space to provide for their work group / activity / community session.

Find out more here
or get in contact with Ricky at Rsingh@vac.org.uk

Hardship Grants for Older Camden Residents from Age UK Camden
This fund provides grants of up to £500 to reduce vulnerability and hardship for those aged 66 or over. The money can be used to purchase household items and/or as a financial sum paid into their bank account.
If household items or white goods are needed, we can purchase the item from Argos, so do include the link to the item needed along with delivery/connection services and recycling charges.

You can apply for the grant either personally or on behalf of another by filling in the form here
If you have any questions please email hardshipgrants@ageukcamden.org.uk

Disability Justice Fund
Application Deadline: 3rd October 2022

This is A £3 million fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust to advance strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice, equity and inclusion in the UK.

For more details, please click here

Home Office Launches Support for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Fund
Application deadline: 12am on 25th July 2022

This is funding for voluntary sector organisations in England and Wales providing nationally accessible support to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
The Home Office is inviting voluntary sector organisations, either as a single organisation or multi-organisation consortium, to apply to this three-year, £4.5 million fund.

To learn more, please click here

Greene King Grants
Deadline 14th August 2022
This fund aims to support and promote grassroots sport within local communities by supporting people and projects that run sports activities which positively impact the local community and would tangibly benefit from funding in the short-term.
Individuals may nominate a sports club or organisation to receive a cash grant to continue delivering sports activities. Grants of up to £3,000 are available

For more information, please click here

Camden Giving: We Make Camden Kit
Rolling fund

In partnership with Camden citizens and Camden Council, Camden Giving are funding great ideas that will make Camden a better place.
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’s website to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that make a difference for the community. Residents can also receive support with insurance, safeguarding and connections to make their ideas a success.

For more information and to apply click here.

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5th August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

To re-discover funding removed from this list, please see our newsletter archive here

Other available funders include:

Host a workshop as part of Camden’s SEND strategy consultation
Camden Council’s Draft Local Area SEND Strategy is now out for formal consultation, which runs until 22 September 2022. The full draft strategy, a summary and easy-read versions, plus a survey where you can have your say, can be found here.

As part of the consultation, the team would like to visit your voluntary and community organisations for a one-hour workshop with parents and carers. We can provide a small budget to support sessions, including refreshments or staff costs, to help facilitate conversations. To express an interest in this, please email us at sendstrategy@camden.gov.uk.

Family holiday activities on Hampstead Heath
Join Heath Hands for free / low cost holiday family activities on Hampstead Heath. There is a £3 suggested donation for some activities, but this is optional if that is unaffordable.
Find out about wild flowers, trees, go pond dipping, and more!

For more information, please click here

Families for Life: Community Champion training
This free 6-week programme starts on 13th September and runs until the 18th October at Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt St, from 10am – 12pm.

The Camden Health and Wellbeing Team is recruiting volunteers for the Families for Life Community Champion training. It is for existing volunteers, parents, carers and whoever else might be interested in becoming an inspirational volunteer.
On this programme you will build your skills and knowledge to help you form strong local connections to support healthy lifestyle programmes available in Camden.

For more information please email Syria Chowdhury on syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk or call 07734 603060

Jubilee Hall Trust’s Run for Your Life event
Saturday 10th September.

Run, jog, or walk the spectacular trails of Hampstead Heath for 10K, 5K or 2K and take in views of the capital!
From elite runners to families with little ones, you’ll be started in waves to get the best experience. It’s chip-timed and you’ll receive a medal at the finish line.
A friendly community atmosphere where people of all ages are welcome to join in.

To register, please click here
If you have any questions, please contact Louise@jubileehalltrust.org

Runnymede Trust and friends race equality and migrants rights summit
2nd – 4th September

Runnymede Trust and friends are calling communities together to participate in a major race equality and migrants rights summit in Leeds on the 2nd – 4th September. It which will feature 50+ interactive sessions including world cafes, workshops, poster walls, an incredible show and much much more.
Together we can have the challenging conversations, celebrate our successes and work together to effect transformational change.

For more information, please click here

Free 6 Weeks Digital Media Training at the SKY TV Campus, West London from MAMA Youth Project
Deadline: Monday the 8th of August

Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media.
Apply now for 6 weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions. Lunch and travel expenses provided.

For more information and to apply, please click here

VAC Vacancy: Resilience Network Alliance Manager
Deadline: 08 August at 23:30

The Mental Health Resilience Network Alliance has been established to lead, coordinate and deliver early intervention and prevention services to the people of Camden. The Alliance is part of an integrated system, which works with multiple partners across Statutory, Voluntary Community Sector, Social Care and Primary Care Networks.
This is a new and unique role and requires someone with excellent leadership skills who can bring partners together to drive positive change.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

Likewise vacancy: Community Programme Lead
Deadline: 11th August before 9am

Likewise is looking for a dynamic, creative and caring Community Programme Lead to join our team. You’ll be primarily responsible for our programme of community activities and events at our wellbeing hub in Camden.
The Likewise Community Hub offers a safe space for people to explore a range of wellbeing activities and events, whilst creating opportunities for connections, relationships, belonging and support.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Single Homeless Project vacancy: Co-production Leads
Deadline: 4th August

Single Homeless Project are looking for passionate, motivated people to be Co-production Leads, to support people with lived experience to influence and shape the systems that support them.
Each role has a particular focus, one on leading SHP’s organisational approach to co-production, and the other to support a Camden-based transformation of homelessness services to embed co-production in local systems change.

If you want to know more and apply, please click here

A Space for Us Opportunities
There are 2 current opportunities in a Camden community museum

Front of house paid role, 2 days week in August.
This role will be responsible for a friendly ‘front of house’ for a small museum in Somers Town.
There is also an opportunity to volunteer as part of the front of house team, Wednesday – Saturday. Expenses and lunch will be provided.

Both roles will provide opportunities to learn about local history and running a museum. It is also a chance to develop skills in research, community engagement and online work, while meeting a wide range of people.
For more information, please contact diana@aspaceforus.club
To apply, please send a CV and availability to the same email address

Trustee recruitment: Old Diorama Arts Centre
Deadline: 10am on Monday 5th September

Old Diorama Arts Centre, the arts creation and community centre in Euston, is on a journey of change, with a new vision, nurturing artistic and local Regent’s Park ward communities.
We’re looking for up to 4 new Trustees, particularly including those with experience working in the Camden community sector.

For more information, please click here.

Elfrida Rathbone Camden (ERC) vacancies:

Family and Community Services Manager
Deadline: 1st August
Elfrida Rathbone Camden are looking for a Family Services Manager to lead and co-ordinate our Family and Community Services projects. The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is a fixed term contract for 24 months.

Family Development Worker
Deadline: 1st August
We are also recruiting a Family Development Worker to work as part of a multidisciplinary team working to improve outcomes for children. The post is either full-time (35 hours per week) or four days a week.

For more information and to apply for either role, please click here

Ethical Property Foundation support
Every year London’s property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation supports dozens of small voluntary groups with free online advice, training and signposting support from experienced property advisers. You might need help with an issue with the roof, the lease, basic premises management or negotiating with the landlord.
If you need support with your premises, whether rented or owned, click here to learn more

Early Bird £10 & £15 Tickets Offer for The Darkest Part of the Night at Kiln Theatre
There is an allocation of £10 and £15 tickets from Kiln Theatre for the world premiere of The Darkest Part of The Night
These tickets are available for all performances until Saturday 13th August.

To book, please call the Kiln Theatre Box Office on 020 7328 1000 or go online here and use the promocode BID.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

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22nd July 2022

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

Become a Member

VAC Membership
VAC aims to help develop and connect the VCS in Camden to ensure each group is able to reach their own potential and collaborate with one another.

We also work to advocate on your behalf.

Membership is free, click on the link box above and join us today

Highlights

This week we spotlight the comprehensive VAC directories of Voluntary and Community organisations, services and activities in Camden.

We also have information to support those in need during the cost of living crisis, a new VAC vacancy and much more from around the Camden area.

VAC Directories

Did you know that there are more than 1200 charities and not-for-profits operating in Camden?  As an organisation working in Camden since around 1850, we have developed strong and trusted relationships with the hundreds of community organisations and the residents they serve.

We hold some comprehensive directories of information on voluntary and community activity in the borough to help you find and connect with organisations and local projects.

Learn more here

Cost of Living Support in Camden
We are all feeling the impact of the rise in the cost of living. We have collated a range of links below to help people to manage some of the challenges associated with the higher cost of living:

Home (shine-london.org.uk) – save money on energy bills
https://findfood.camden.gov.uk
Help With the Cost of Living | London City Hall
Free and impartial help with money, backed by the government | MoneyHelper
WISH Plus – Camden Council – Energy efficiency advice and income maximisation checks

Host a workshop as part of Camden’s SEND strategy consultation
Camden Council’s Draft Local Area SEND Strategy is now out for formal consultation, which runs until 22 September 2022. The full draft strategy, a summary and easy-read versions, plus a survey where you can have your say, can be found here.

As part of the consultation, the team would like to visit your voluntary and community organisations for a one-hour workshop with parents and carers. We can provide a small budget to support sessions, including refreshments or staff costs, to help facilitate conversations. To express an interest in this, please email us at sendstrategy@camden.gov.uk.

Ethical Property Foundation support
Every year London’s property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation supports dozens of small voluntary groups with free online advice, training and signposting support from experienced property advisers. You might need help with an issue with the roof, the lease, basic premises management or negotiating with the landlord.
If you need support with your premises, whether rented or owned, click here to learn more

Family holiday activities on Hampstead Heath
Join Heath Hands for free / low cost holiday family activities on Hampstead Heath. There is a £3 suggested donation for some activities, but this is optional if that is unaffordable.
Find out about wild flowers, trees, go pond dipping, and more!

For more information, please click here

Families for Life: Community Champion training
This free 6-week programme starts on 13th September and runs until the 18th October at Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt St, from 10am – 12pm.

Camden Health and Wellbeing Team is recruiting volunteers for the Families for Life Community Champion training. It is for existing volunteers, parents, carers and whoever else might be interested in becoming an inspirational volunteer.
On this programme you will build your skills and knowledge to help you form strong local connections to support healthy lifestyle programmes available in Camden.

For more information please email Syria Chowdhury on syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk or call 07734 603060

Jubilee Hall Trust’s Run for Your Life event
Saturday 10th September.

Run, jog, or walk the spectacular trails of Hampstead Heath for 10K, 5K or 2K and take in views of the capital!
From elite runners to families with little ones, you’ll be started in waves to get the best experience. It’s chip-timed and you’ll receive a medal at the finish line.
A friendly community atmosphere where people of all ages are welcome to join in.

To register, please click here
If you have any questions, please contact Louise@jubileehalltrust.org

Runnymede Trust and friends race equality and migrants rights summit
2nd – 4th September

Runnymede Trust and friends are calling communities together to participate in a major race equality and migrants rights summit in Leeds on the 2nd – 4th September. It which will feature 50+ interactive sessions including world cafes, workshops, poster walls, an incredible show and much much more.
Together we can have the challenging conversations, celebrate our successes and work together to effect transformational change.

For more information, please click here

VAC Vacancy: Resilience Network Alliance Manager
Deadline: 08 August at 23:30

The Mental Health Resilience Network Alliance has been established to lead, coordinate and deliver early intervention and prevention services to the people of Camden. The Alliance is part of an integrated system, which works with multiple partners across Statutory, Voluntary Community Sector, Social Care and Primary Care Networks.
This is a new and unique role and requires someone with excellent leadership skills who can bring partners together to drive positive change.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Vacancy: Development Sports Coach – Girls Football
Deadline: 26th July at 11.59pm

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team at Talacre Community Sports Centre to support children and young people develop and maintain positive attitudes to sport and build physical activity into their daily lives. We are committed to using sport to inspire, motivate, educate and improve the health and life chances of young people in Camden.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Likewise vacancy: Community Programme Lead
Deadline: 11th August before 9am

Likewise is looking for a dynamic, creative and caring Community Programme Lead to join our team. You’ll be primarily responsible for our programme of community activities and events at our wellbeing hub in Camden.
The Likewise Community Hub offers a safe space for people to explore a range of wellbeing activities and events, whilst creating opportunities for connections, relationships, belonging and support.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Single Homeless Project vacancy: Co-production Leads
Deadline: 4th August

Single Homeless Project are looking for passionate, motivated people to be Co-production Leads, to support people with lived experience to influence and shape the systems that support them.
Each role has a particular focus, one on leading SHP’s organisational approach to co-production, and the other to support a Camden-based transformation of homelessness services to embed co-production in local systems change.

If you want to know more and apply, please click here

A Space for Us Opportunities
There are 2 current opportunities in a Camden community museum

Front of house paid role, 2 days week in August.
This role will be responsible for a friendly ‘front of house’ for a small museum in Somers Town.
There is also an opportunity to volunteer as part of the front of house team, Wednesday – Saturday. Expenses and lunch will be provided.

Both roles will provide opportunities to learn about local history and running a museum. It is also a chance to develop skills in research, community engagement and online work, while meeting a wide range of people.
For more information, please contact diana@aspaceforus.club
To apply, please send a CV and availability to the same email address

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Young Camden Foundation
AWN (sign up)
London Sport (sign up)
Somers Town Community Newsletter

If you would like your Camden VCS newsletter added to this list, please email social@vac.org.uk

VAC administered Google Grants
The VAC/ Google Grants scheme is still ongoing.

Are you a small voluntary/community sector organisation with income under £150,000 a year and would like to book a venue in Camden?

VAC have been funded by Google to provide a fund of up to £300 per quarter for small organisations looking to book a space to provide for their work group / activity / community session.

Find out more here
or get in contact with Ricky at Rsingh@vac.org.uk

Funding to Support Long-Term Recovery from Gambling-Related Harms
Rolling Fund

GambleAware, the leading charity working to keep people safe from gambling harm, has launched two major funding programmes to focus on enabling people to sustain their recovery from gambling harm and to help communities who have been most affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

For more details, please click here

Disability Justice Fund
Application Deadline: 3rd October 2022

This is A £3 million fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust to advance strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice, equity and inclusion in the UK.

For more details, please click here

Home Office Launches Support for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Fund
Application deadline: 12am on 25th July 2022

This is funding for voluntary sector organisations in England and Wales providing nationally accessible support to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
The Home Office is inviting voluntary sector organisations, either as a single organisation or multi-organisation consortium, to apply to this three-year, £4.5 million fund.

To learn more, please click here

Greene King Grants
Deadline 14th August 2022
This fund aims to support and promote grassroots sport within local communities by supporting people and projects that run sports activities that positively impact the local community and would tangibly benefit from funding in the short-term.
Individuals may nominate a sports club or organisation to receive a cash grant to continue delivering sports activities. Grants of up to £3,000 are available

For more information, please click here

Camden Giving: We Make Camden Kit
Rolling fund

In partnership with Camden citizens and Camden Council, Camden Giving are funding great ideas that will make Camden a better place.
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’s website to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that make a difference for the community. Residents can also receive support with insurance, safeguarding and connections to make their ideas a success.

For more information and to apply click here.

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5th August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

To re-discover funding removed from this list, please see our newsletter archive here

Other available funders include:

Forest Bathing (nature mindfulness) session for Visually Impaired People
2pm, Thursday 22nd September
Meet at Hampstead Heath Overground Station, South End Road, NW3 2QD. No booking required.

Forest Bathing, a leisurely walk in a forest or woodland, is a great way to de-stress and focus your senses as you walk through nature.
VIPs and assistance companions welcome.
The walk, led by Heath Hands, will last about 1.5 hours: it will be at a very gentle pace and it won’t cover a lot of ground as there’s lots of stopping to pay attention to things along the way, plus there will be benches to rest any weary legs.

For more information phone Rosemary at Visually Impaired in Camden on 07980 328 959 or email rosemary@somerstown.org.uk

Hillview Festival 2022: Date for your diary / Book a stall
2pm-9pm on Saturday 3rd September

This family festival is free, open to all and takes place in the leafy courtyards, and surrounding streets of the Hillview Estate, Whidborne Street, King’s Cross WC1H.
The culturally diverse programme is full of local artistes, music, dance and other performances, as well a puppet theatre, a pop-up Ceilidh, drop in arts, dance & circus skills sessions, a community marketplace and more!

If you would like a stall or for further information, please email hillviewfestival@gmail.com
The programme is still being tweaked, but to see the line up so far, please click here

Camden Carers and Wandsworth Carers Centre Workshop
Dates: 10.30am-12pm on 27th July, or 2pm-3.30pm on 29th July

Camden Carers and Wandsworth Carers Centre a holding a free, online workshop for health and social care professionals in Camden across three dates in July. Please choose the date that works best for you.
The workshop will focus on how to support unpaid carers from LGBTQ+ communities and ethnic minority communities.

For further information and to sign up, please email anna@camdencarers.org.uk

Free 6 Weeks Digital Media Training at the SKY TV Campus, West London from MAMA Youth Project
Deadline: Monday the 8th of August

Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media.
Apply now for 6 weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions. Lunch and travel expenses provided.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

Trustee recruitment: Old Diorama Arts Centre
Deadline: 10am on Monday 5th September

Old Diorama Arts Centre, the arts creation and community centre in Euston, is on a journey of change, with a new vision, nurturing artistic and local Regent’s Park ward communities.
We’re looking for up to 4 new Trustees, particularly including those with experience working in the Camden community sector.

For more information, please click here.

Office volunteer opportunity at Heath Hands
Heath Hands currently have an opening for an office volunteer.

This is a flexible and varied role, including tasks such as social media, newsletters, database management, event coordination, website editing, retail support etc.
This is a great opportunity to gain office experience in a friendly team working in beautiful surroundings on Hampstead Heath!
The ideal person would be available for at least ½ day a week on a weekday, on an ongoing basis but there is some flexibility.

For more info and a chat, please contact info@heath-hands.org.uk

Elfrida Rathbone Camden (ERC) vacancies:

Family and Community Services Manager
Deadline: 1st August
Elfrida Rathbone Camden are looking for a Family Services Manager to lead and co-ordinate our Family and Community Services projects. The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is a fixed term contract for 24 months.

Family Development Worker
Deadline: 1st August
We are also recruiting a Family Development Worker to work as part of a multidisciplinary team working to improve outcomes for children. The post is either full-time (35 hours per week) or four days a week.

For more information and to apply for either role, please click here

Pascal Theatre Company Vacancy: Social Media Officer for a Camden Women’s Heritage Project (part-time)
Deadline: 27th July

Pascal Theatre Company are looking for a part-time freelance Social Media Officer to create engaging posts and publish them on the Company’s media accounts. The post holder must be used to creating and diffusing imaginative images and subtitles. Excellent writing skills are vital.
The position is part-time and much of the work will be remote but the candidate must be able to attend occasional meetings and events in Central London.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

Camden Vacant Spaces programme pilot – Market Research Survey
Camden Council is launching market research for an exciting opportunity for a 600m² space on the Hilgrove Estate, the pilot project of the Vacant Spaces Programme.
Camden is keen to understand who is interested in spaces on estates, for what purpose and what support they might need.

Please find the document here, with the survey link on the final page.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further please contact Jenny at jenny.dunn@camden.gov.uk

Early Bird £10 & £15 Tickets Offer for The Darkest Part of the Night at Kiln Theatre
There is an allocation of £10 and £15 tickets from Kiln Theatre for the world premiere of The Darkest Part of The Night
These tickets are available for all performances until Saturday 13th August.

To book, please call the Kiln Theatre Box Office on 020 7328 1000 or go online here and use the promocode BID.

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Got an item for the e-bulletin?

Send your item to social@vac.org.uk by noon on Thursday for publication in the following day’s edition.  The e-bulletin comes out every Friday. Submissions should be 50 – 75 words.  Please send plain text or a format that can be copied (ie not embedded in an image). Send links to documents rather than attachments. Make sure to include contact details.

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15th July 2022

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

Become a Member

VAC Membership
VAC aims to help develop and connect the VCS in Camden to ensure each group is able to reach their own potential and collaborate with one another.

We also work to advocate on your behalf.

Membership is free, click on the link box above and join us today

Highlights

This week we spotlight how VAC works to present the voice of the Camden VCS at a strategic level. We also have events, advice and opportunities from around the area.

And we cannot forget The Camden Mela and the Camden New Town Community Festival on this weekend! (See the ‘events’ section of the newsletter)
It is a busy time, but please stay safe during the hot weather

Building Influence at a strategic level
This is usually considered to be a less well-known area of VAC’s work, it involves presenting a Camden Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) voice at a strategic level.

This includes raising awareness about what the sector can offer, connecting the sector with strategic stakeholders, having sector influence in borough policy and strategy, ensuring that the sector is not excluded from the decision-making process, or overlooked as a delivery partner in the provision of community-based services and projects that meet the needs of local people.

To learn more about our current key areas of focus, please click here

Heatwave advice from Camden Council
As the heatwave continues, please make sure that you stay safe, including:

 •    Drinking plenty of water
•    Calling NHS 111 or, in an emergency, 999, if necessary
•    Checking in on your neighbours

If you do go outside, please remember to wear a hat, apply sunscreen regularly, stay in the shade as much as possible and carry a water bottle with you.
Also, please look out for those around you who may need a little extra help in the hot weather, such as vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbours.

For a full list of advice on staying safe in the hot weather, please click here

Camden Vacant Spaces programme pilot – Market Research Survey
Camden Council is launching market research for an exciting opportunity for a 600m² space on the Hilgrove Estate, the pilot project of the Vacant Spaces Programme.
Camden is keen to understand who is interested in spaces on estates, for what purpose and what support they might need.

Please find the document here, with the survey link on the final page.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further please contact Jenny at jenny.dunn@camden.gov.uk

Coding Immersion Event
18th July at the Arsenal stadium (range of times available)

01 Founders are a free Camden-based coding school with a guaranteed job after 2 years training. They are very keen to reach out to Camden residents looking for an opportunity in Tech.
Arsenal and 01Founders have teamed up to bring you an immersive coding experience that will open new career paths and opportunities, like the one happening this Monday at the Arsenal stadium.

Please click here to book your place or contact Cina Aissa, Community engagement officer for LIFT in Camden, to find out more: Cina.Aissa@Islington.gov.uk or call 07977 178528

Forest Bathing (nature mindfulness) session for Visually Impaired People
2pm, Thursday 22nd September
Meet at Hampstead Heath Overground Station, South End Road, NW3 2QD. No booking required.

Forest Bathing, a leisurely walk in a forest or woodland, is a great way to de-stress and focus your senses as you walk through nature.
VIPs and assistance companions welcome.
The walk, led by Heath Hands, will last about 1.5 hours: it will be at a very gentle pace and it won’t cover a lot of ground as there’s lots of stopping to pay attention to things along the way, plus there will be benches to rest any weary legs.

For more information phone Rosemary at Visually Impaired in Camden on 07980 328 959 or email rosemary@somerstown.org.uk

Hillview Festival 2022: Date for your diary / Book a stall
2pm-9pm on Saturday 3rd September

This family festival is free, open to all and takes place in the leafy courtyards, and surrounding streets of the Hillview Estate, Whidborne Street, King’s Cross WC1H.
The culturally diverse programme is full of local artistes, music, dance and other performances, as well a puppet theatre, a pop-up Ceilidh, drop in arts, dance & circus skills sessions, a community marketplace and more!

If you would like a stall or for further information, please email hillviewfestival@gmail.com
The programme is still being tweaked, but to see the line up so far, please click here

Early Bird £10 & £15 Tickets Offer for The Darkest Part of the Night at Kiln Theatre
There is an allocation of £10 and £15 tickets from Kiln Theatre for the world premiere of The Darkest Part of The Night
These tickets are available for all performances until Saturday 13th August.

To book, please call the Kiln Theatre Box Office on 020 7328 1000 or go online here and use the promocode BID.

Trustee recruitment: Old Diorama Arts Centre
Deadline: 10am on Monday 5th September

Old Diorama Arts Centre, the arts creation and community centre in Euston, is on a journey of change, with a new vision, nurturing artistic and local Regent’s Park ward communities.
We’re looking for up to 4 new Trustees, particularly including those with experience working in the Camden community sector.

For more information, please click here.

Office volunteer opportunity at Heath Hands
Heath Hands currently have an opening for an office volunteer.

This is a flexible and varied role, including tasks such as social media, newsletters, database management, event coordination, website editing, retail support etc.
This is a great opportunity to gain office experience in a friendly team working in beautiful surroundings on Hampstead Heath!
The ideal person would be available for at least ½ day a week on a weekday, on an ongoing basis but there is some flexibility.

For more info and a chat, please contact info@heath-hands.org.uk

Elfrida Rathbone Camden (ERC) vacancies:

Family and Community Services Manager
Deadline: 1st August
Elfrida Rathbone Camden are looking for a Family Services Manager to lead and co-ordinate our Family and Community Services projects. The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is a fixed term contract for 24 months.

Family Development Worker
Deadline: 1st August
We are also recruiting a Family Development Worker to work as part of a multidisciplinary team working to improve outcomes for children. The post is either full-time (35 hours per week) or four days a week.

For more information and to apply for either role, please click here

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

Cost of Living Alliance
The last two years have put untold pressures on local people and communities and there is no sign of this easing with rising inflation causing further economic insecurities for individuals and families.
As costs increase, the millions of people living on low incomes are going to further feel the squeeze on their household budgets.

The Cost of Living Alliance aims to build an evidence base of what is happening across the UK, define clear areas where changes by government and power holders could make the most change to grassroots communities and decide on how we can use our collective influence to call for change.

To learn more, please click here

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Young Camden Foundation
AWN (sign up)
London Sport (sign up)

If you would like your Camden VCS newsletter added to this list, please email social@vac.org.uk

VAC administered Google Grants
The VAC/ Google Grants scheme is still ongoing.

Are you a small voluntary/community sector organisation with income under £150,000 a year and would like to book a venue in Camden?

VAC have been funded by Google to provide a fund of up to £300 per quarter for small organisations looking to book a space to provide for their work group / activity / community session.

Find out more here
or get in contact with Ricky at Rsingh@vac.org.uk

Disability Justice Fund
Application Deadline: 3rd October 2022

This is A £3 million fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust to advance strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice, equity and inclusion in the UK.

For more details, please click here

Home Office Launches Support for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Fund
Application deadline: 12am on 25th July 2022

This is funding for voluntary sector organisations in England and Wales providing nationally accessible support to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
The Home Office is inviting voluntary sector organisations, either as a single organisation or multi-organisation consortium, to apply to this three-year, £4.5 million fund.

To learn more, please click here

Greene King Grants
Deadline 14 August 2022
This fund aims to support and promote grassroots sport within local communities by supporting people and projects that run sports activities that positively impact the local community and would tangibly benefit from funding in the short-term.
Individuals may nominate a sports club or organisation to receive a cash grant to continue delivering sports activities. Grants of up to £3,000 are available

For more information, please click here

OVO Foundation Invites Applications for Climate Changers Fund
Application Deadline for Stage One applications: 23.59pm on 22nd July 2022.

This Fund is designed to equip disadvantaged children and young people with the skills to take on sustainability issues.
Constituted not-for-profit groups in the UK can apply for a share of a £1 million fund which seeks to help give every child a fairer, greener future.

For more details, please click here

Camden Giving: We Make Camden Kit
Rolling funding

In partnership with Camden citizens and Camden Council, Camden Giving are funding great ideas that will make Camden a better place.
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’s website to receive up to £1,500 to deliver ideas that make a difference for the community. Residents can also receive support with insurance, safeguarding and connections to make their ideas a success.

For more information and to apply click here.

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5 August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

To re-discover funding removed from this list, please see our newsletter archive here

Other available funders include:

Camden Summer Advice Fair from Camden Advice Network, Camden Council and VAC
21st July: 11am to 5pm, at the London Irish Centre, NW1 9XB

This is an opportunity for residents to receive on the spot advice on a range of issues and to find out about employment opportunities, mental health support, financial help, benefits advice and more, so that you can make sure you’re accessing all the support that you’re entitled to.
Local residents can just turn up on the day and drop in at a time that works for you.

If you’re not free but want some help or advice, please get in touch. Call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9), visit camden.gov.uk/advice or call Camden Advice Network on 0808 278 7855. Whatever is happening, please don’t suffer in silence – help is available.

The morning network session is co-facilitated by VAC and hosted by the team at the Irish Centre. It is an opportunity for the local VCS to network and discover more about the wide range of support available from other organisations in Camden.

Camden Mela – This Sunday
12pm – 6pm
The Camden Mela is a family friendly festival celebrating Bangladeshi culture and is taking place in Coram Fields this Sunday (17th July), the theme this year centres around cohesion, and the diversity of Camden’s communities.

Camden New Town Community Festival – This Weekend
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July in Camden Square Gardens NW1

Saturday, 4pm-8pm includes Jazz, poetry and ‘open mike’
Sunday, 12pm-6pm is a day for Families.

To volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival team on 020 7485 6827 or email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Managing your community building
Camden Council is hosting a free lunchtime seminar for voluntary and community sector building managers

Managing Access & Inclusion at Community Buildings with the Centre for Accessible Environment:
20th July 12-2pm
How to ensure your building is fully accessible to people with different needs. This includes information on undertaking an accessibility audit.

Please contact Sam.Rowe2@Camden.gov.uk for more infomation or sign up here for your Zoom invitation.

Camden Carers and Wandsworth Carers Centre Workshop
Dates: 10.30am-12pm on 20th and 27th July, or 2pm-3.30pm on 29th July

Camden Carers and Wandsworth Carers Centre a holding a free, online workshop for health and social care professionals in Camden across three dates in July. Please choose the date that works best for you.
The workshop will focus on how to support unpaid carers from LGBTQ+ communities and ethnic minority communities.

For further information and to sign up, please email anna@camdencarers.org.uk

Free 6 Weeks Digital Media Training at the SKY TV Campus, West London from MAMA Youth Project
Deadline: Monday the 8th of August

Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media.
Apply now for 6 weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions. Lunch and travel expenses provided.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

VAC paid Internship: Communications (15 hours per week)
VAC is seeking a Communications Intern to assist the VAC team for a 4 month period. This position will work with the Communications Lead and IT manager on our communications channels, including the weekly newsletter and social media presence, to promote VAC opportunities and our overall profile.

The role would suit someone looking to gain experience in work-based communications and an interest in developing a career in communications based roles.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to info@vac.org.uk

Pascal Theatre Company Vacancy: Social Media Officer for a Camden Women’s Heritage Project (part-time)
Deadline: 27th July

Pascal Theatre Company are looking for a part-time freelance Social Media Officer to create engaging posts and publish them on the Company’s media accounts. The post holder must be used to creating and diffusing imaginative images and subtitles. Excellent writing skills are vital.
The position is part-time and much of the work will be remote but the candidate must be able to attend occasional meetings and events in Central London.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

Women and Health vacancy: Clinical Lead (counselling)
Deadline: 12pm on 18th July.

Women and Health is looking for a Clinical Lead (counselling) to join our talking therapies service.
The successful candidate will have significant experience of co-ordinating or managing a counselling project, supporting trainee counsellors, working with external stakeholders such as the NHS, and measuring clinical outcomes.

Please contact Gemma Tighe, our Director, on gemma@women-and-health.org
This post is for women only, exempt under Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1.

Pascal Theatre Company Vacancy:  Communications & Marketing Manager for a Camden Women’s Heritage Project (part-time)
Deadline: 20th July 2022

We are looking for an experienced, freelance Communications & Marketing Manager to work part-time over two years. The appointee will create a marketing strategy to support the two-year project and design publicity campaigns, newsletters and social media posts etc to reach new and existing audiences. Close collaboration with the Director and Film Director is essential as is the direction and supervision of the Social Media Officer.

Much of the work will be remote but the candidate must be able to attend occasional meetings and events in Central London.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

Camden special educational needs strategy consultation
Camden Council is asking parents, carers, children, young people and professionals to have their say on a new draft strategy to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25.

The Council is inviting comments on the Draft Local Area SEND Strategy 2022-27 to improve support services and the outcomes achieved by children and young people with SEND. The 12-week consultation started on 1st July and runs until 22nd September 2022.

To learn more and to have your say, please click here

New Emotional Wellbeing Service for Camden
Bupa Health Clinic – Nr Kings Cross, 300 Grays Inn Rd, London Wc1X 8DU

Camden Beam is now open: A free, open access emotional health and well-being drop in for 18-21 year old in Camden. Provided by The Children’s Society with support from Bupa Foundation, the service is open every Thursday between 6-8:30pm, delivered by a specialist team of well-being practitioners.

You do not need an appointment or referral to access the service. You will be able to drop-in and talk to one of the specialist team and access advice and support.

For more information, contact the team at: Camdenbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk or click here

VAC Training Resources
VAC deliver regular training for Camden voluntary and community groups. We also run seminars on topical policy issues and themes, and host regular events aimed at the specific needs of the local community.

To view our on-demand resources, please click here

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

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8th July 2022

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

Become a Member

VAC Membership
VAC aims to help develop and connect the VCS in Camden to ensure each group is able to reach their own potential and collaborate with one another.We also work to advocate on your behalf.

Membership is free, click on the link box above and join us today

Highlights

This week we spotlight the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service which focuses on supporting the health and wellbeing of Camden residents.

We also have information on the Cost of Living Alliance, a range of upcoming workshops and other opportunities from around the Camden area.

Camden Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service

VAC works in partnership with Age UK Camden, Wish Plus and the NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board (previously the NCL Clinical Commissioning Group) to develop social prescribing approaches in Camden.

Community Links is a single access point for Care Navigation and Social Prescribing in Camden.

To learn more about the support available for the health and wellbeing of Camden residents please click here

Cost of Living Alliance
The last two years have put untold pressures on local people and communities and there is no sign of this easing with rising inflation causing further economic insecurities for individuals and families.
As costs increase, the millions of people living on low incomes are going to further feel the squeeze on their household budgets.The Cost of Living Alliance aims to build an evidence base of what is happening across the UK, define clear areas where changes by government and power holders could make the most change to grassroots communities and decide on how we can use our collective influence to call for change.

To learn more, please click here

Camden Carers and Wandsworth Carers Centre Workshop
Dates: 10.30am-12pm on 20th and 27th or 2pm-3.30pm on 29th July

Camden Carers and Wandsworth Carers Centre a holding a free, online workshop for health and social care professionals in Camden across three dates in July. Please choose the date that works best for you.
The workshop will focus on how to support unpaid carers from LGBTQ+ communities and ethnic minority communities.

For further information and to sign up, please email anna@camdencarers.org.uk

Walk Leader Training Workshop
9am-4.30pm on 14th July

Do you live in or close to Kilburn? Would you like to get more active in your community?
Join Kilburn Community Champions and Living Streets for a one-day Walk Leader training workshop on the 14th July from 9am to 4.30pm.
Develop a range of skills, from route mapping to risk management. Training will be followed by a series of regular Wellbeing Walks.

For more information or to sign up, please click here, call us on 07462600450 or contact jlitchfield@shakonline.co.uk

Camden special educational needs strategy consultation
Camden Council is asking parents, carers, children, young people and professionals to have their say on a new draft strategy to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25.

The Council is inviting comments on the Draft Local Area SEND Strategy 2022-27 to improve support services and the outcomes achieved by children and young people with SEND. The 12-week consultation started on 1st July and runs until 22nd September 2022.

To learn more and to have your say, please click here

Pascal Theatre Company Vacancy: Social Media Officer for a Camden Women’s Heritage Project (part-time)
Deadline: 27th July

Pascal Theatre Company are looking for a part-time freelance Social Media Officer to create engaging posts and publish them on the Company’s media accounts. The post holder must be used to creating and diffusing imaginative images and subtitles. Excellent writing skills are vital.
The position is part-time and much of the work will be remote but the candidate must be able to attend occasional meetings and events in Central London.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

Women and Health vacancy: Clinical Lead (counselling)
Deadline: 12pm on 18th July.

Women and Health is looking for a Clinical Lead (counselling) to join our talking therapies service.
The successful candidate will have significant experience of co-ordinating or managing a counselling project, supporting trainee counsellors, working with external stakeholders such as the NHS, and measuring clinical outcomes.

Please contact Gemma Tighe, our Director, on gemma@women-and-health.org
This post is for women only, exempt under Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1.

ICYE UK seeking volunteers
ICYE UK, part of an international volunteer federation, is currently looking for two volunteers for 2-3 days a week, for a minimum of 4 months.
One role will be to support the development and marketing of our sending programme, and promote cultural exchange throughout the world.
The other role would involve supporting our international volunteer hosting programme helping to ensure they get an excellent experience in the UK.

For further information contact Dan Milway at hosting@icye.org.uk

Royal Free Charity vacancy: Young Volunteers Programme Assistant

The Royal Free Charity is seeking an ambitious and talented young volunteers programme assistant to join their volunteers team on a six-month contract.
This role aims to support the young volunteers programme coordinator with the smooth running of this programme at the Royal Free Hospital and Barnet Hospital.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

Local Newsletters:

SHAK
Latin American House
Creative Lives
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
AWN
London Sport (sign up)
Forum+ 
Charity Tax Group
Dragon Hall Newsletter

Updated VAC administered Google Grants
VAC has been funded by Google to help small organisations get back into the “real world” training / meeting environment and the requirements to access the grant have recently been updatedThe income threshold for applicant groups has been increased to allow a wider variety of VCS groups to apply, the use of space now includes Hot Desking and VAC support to get you going is stronger than ever!

VAC is administering the scheme. Our intention is to keep the process as simple as possible to minimise any administrative burden on the groups, VAC and the organisations providing space.
Not all venues are part of the scheme so please do check out our room hire directory here
For more information and to see if your group is eligible visit our website here or contact Ricky at rsingh@vac.org.uk

Applications Invited for Next Round of the Building Strong Communities Fund
Application deadline: 1pm on Monday 8 August 2022

London’s communities have been hard hit by COVID-19. Some communities have been disproportionally affected, many of whom already experience long term inequality and disadvantage in areas such as health, employment, housing and access to green spaces.

The Mayor of London is offering funding for London equity-led voluntary and community sector organisations to enable communities to shape their recovery from COVID-19, through community-led projects.

To learn more about the details and outcomes, please click here

Untold Stories: grants by the Commission for Diversity in Public Realm (round 2)
Application deadline: 4pm on Wednesday, 5th October 2022

The Mayor of London is offering community-led organisations funding and support to make a change in our public spaces.
Whether this is creating something new, highlighting something missing or hidden, or presenting a different story to what already exists, we want to hear from you. You can apply for grants from £1,000 to £25,000 and we have a programme of workshops and extra support to help you apply.

Learn more and apply here

The Weavers’ Company Fund
Application deadline: 14th July

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services with an income of not more than about £250,000. Funding is available for those helping disadvantaged young people, those from 5 to 30 years of age and groups supporting offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age

To learn more, please click here

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5 August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The system partners value the significant contribution that the VCSE sector makes towards improving health and care. The VCSE sector is a key partner in delivering strategic priorities and improving health and wellbeing across England.

To support this, the system partners are jointly releasing the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022 to 2025 to support projects and programmes led by VCSE organisations.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

Trust for London Local Action Poverty Fund
“Trust for London has once again teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch the Local Action Poverty Fund.
Using the power of the crowd, we’ll be helping projects to find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into a reality.”

Learn more here

Other available funders include:

Camden Summer Advice Fair from Camden Advice Network, Camden Council and VAC
21st July: 11am to 5pm, at the London Irish Centre, NW1 9XBThis is an opportunity for residents to receive on the spot advice on a range of issues and to find out about employment opportunities, mental health support, financial help, benefits advice and more, so that you can make sure you’re accessing all the support that you’re entitled to.
Local residents can just turn up on the day and drop in at a time that works for you.

If you’re not free but want some help or advice, please get in touch. Call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9), visit camden.gov.uk/advice or call Camden Advice Network on 0808 278 7855. Whatever is happening, please don’t suffer in silence – help is available.

The morning network session is co-facilitated by VAC and hosted by the team at the Irish Centre. It is an opportunity for the local VCS to network and discover more about the wide range of support available from other organisations in Camden.

Camden Mela: A celebration and a call for volunteers and materials
The Camden Mela is a family friendly festival celebrating Bangladeshi culture is taking place in Coram Fields 17th July 2022, the theme this year centres around cohesion, and diversity of Camden’s communities.
The festival organisers are looking for volunteers to assist in the parade, help with stall holders and clearing.

They’re also looking for large posters, signage, banners for individuals and groups of 3-4 people and include wording like “Camden Mela”or “My Camden”. The flags, drawings and wordings should also represent the makers heritage.
Colours for materials including paint and paper can be red, green, orange, black, gold and tigers also welcome! The bigger the better!
Any kind of fabric that can be waved and anything that can be shaken!
All drop offs can be made at Old Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3FE.

For further information please contact Mariam Hassan, at mariam@olddiorama.com
If you would like to apply for a stall, please email nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk

Managing your community building
Camden Council is hosting a series of free lunchtime seminars for voluntary and community sector building managers

Getting the Best from Your Building’s Lease with the Ethical Property Foundation:
12th July 12-2pm
Understand different occupational agreements, legal jargon, fundamentals of what a building lease should cover and how to prepare for a new lease.

Managing Access & Inclusion at Community Buildings with the Centre for Accessible Environment:
20th July 12-2pm
How to ensure your building is fully accessible to people with different needs. This includes information on undertaking an accessibility audit.

To book a place for either training, please register here

Community Safeguarding Partnership’s upcoming session
It’s not too late to grab your free ticket for the Community Safeguarding Partnership’s upcoming session.
Free for VAC members, organisations and groups delivering services to under 18’s in Camden:

Virtual Introduction to Safer Recruitment: for small orgs and community groups.
Monday July 11th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn more and get your ticket here

Camden New Town Community Festival
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July in Camden Square Gardens NW1

Saturday, 4pm-8pm includes Jazz, poetry and ‘open mike’
Sunday, 12pm-6pm is a day for Families.

To book a stall (Sunday only), volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival team on 020 7485 6827 or email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) AGM
12th July.

The meeting will start at 6.30 with the formal AGM. It will be followed from 7.15/30 with a discussion around the subject of `Building trust and confidence in policing’. Speakers will include Sophie Linden the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

To join, please email camdensnb@somerstown.org.uk

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

VAC paid Internship: Communications (15 hours per week)
VAC is seeking a Communications Intern to assist the VAC team for a 4 month period. This position will work with the Communications Lead and IT manager on our communications channels, including the weekly newsletter and social media presence, to promote VAC opportunities and our overall profile.

The role would suit someone looking to gain experience in work-based communications and an interest in developing a career in communications based roles.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to info@vac.org.uk

Pascal Theatre Company Vacancy:  Communications & Marketing Manager for a Camden Women’s Heritage Project (part-time)
Deadline: 20th July 2022

We are looking for an experienced, freelance Communications & Marketing Manager to work part-time over two years. The appointee will create a marketing strategy to support the two-year project and design publicity campaigns, newsletters and social media posts etc to reach new and existing audiences. Close collaboration with the Director and Film Director is essential as is the direction and supervision of the Social Media Officer.

Much of the work will be remote but the candidate must be able to attend occasional meetings and events in Central London.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

Nafsiyat Vacancy: Clinical Administration Manager
Deadline: 11th July at 5pm

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre are looking for a proactive person with a friendly, can-do attitude to become responsible for the management of Nafsiyat’s small clinical admin team, and the timely and smooth delivery of services provided by therapists.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Royal Free Charity Vacancy:
Volunteer Team Manager for Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals (full time)
Application deadline: 12th July at 12 noon
For all the information and to apply, please click here

Unity works vacancy: Social Enterprise Manager – Mill Lane Garden Centre (Full time)
Deadline: 10th July

We are seeking a dynamic individual to manage our Social Enterprise Garden Centre in West Hampstead. We’re looking for someone with a background in horticulture, confident dealing with customers as well as championing a real commitment to improving the lives of adults with a learning disability.

For more information contact Helen Smith at helen.smith@unityworks.org.uk

Pascal Theatre Company: Vacancy for Heritage Project Manager
Deadline: 13th July

Pascal Theatre Company are looking for an experienced, freelance Project Manager to work part-time on a two year Women’s Heritage programme. The appointee will oversee all strands of the project. These include managing community workshops, events, film, research and the development of website resources. Close collaboration with the Director is required to realise the main aims, outcomes and outputs. Work will be hybrid and hours are flexible.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

The Royal Free Charity vacancy: Volunteer Team Database Administrator.
This is a part-time role, 22.5 hours per week over 3 days in the office. Maternity Cover, initially 9 months with a possible extension to 12 months

The main task of the role is to manage the volunteer database and communicate with the volunteers.
To apply please submit a CV, equal opportunity form and supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria set out in the job description and person specification.

To view the full job description and apply please click this link or email your request to peopleteam@royalfreecharity.org

New Emotional Wellbeing Service for Camden
Bupa Health Clinic – Nr Kings Cross, 300 Grays Inn Rd, London Wc1X 8DUCamden Beam is now open: A free, open access emotional health and well-being drop in for 18-21 year old in Camden. Provided by The Children’s Society with support from Bupa Foundation, the service is open every Thursday between 6-8:30pm, delivered by a specialist team of well-being practitioners.

You do not need an appointment or referral to access the service. You will be able to drop-in and talk to one of the specialist team and access advice and support.

For more information, contact the team at: Camdenbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk or click here

Free 6 Weeks Digital Media Training at the SKY TV Campus, West London from MAMA Youth Project
Deadline: Monday the 8th of August

Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media.
Apply now for 6 weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions. Lunch and travel expenses provided.

For more information and to apply, please click here

TfL bus service review
Available until 12th July

TfL are looking for your feedback in their bus review consultation
Following a review of London’s bus network, TfL has launched a public consultation proposing changes to bus routes, including some in Hammersmith and Fulham borough.

Find out which bus routes are included and take TfL’s survey here

Birmingham University & Camden adult social care survey
Birmingham University is working with Camden Council to find out how adult social care may be helping to make people’s lives better, what works well and what is not working.
The research includes 2 confidential interviews, one at the start and another approximately six months later. These interviews would ask about your life, how things may be changing for you, and what you may (or may not) have found helpful. Lasting 30-45 minutes the interviews will take place either over the phone or via zoom, depending on preference.
To thank participants there is a £20 shopping voucher available for the first interview, and an additional £30 voucher for the second

If you are interested or would like to know more about the research please contact Philip Kinghorn on p.kinghorn@bham.ac.uk or on 07754 708 202

Camden Council has a partnership with LabTech to provide pop-up market stall space.
July – August 2022

These market stalls will be situated on Buck Street and Camden Market between July and August 2022, in the heart of Camden and London.
The offer includes a market stall, a funding contribution to purchase initial stall equipment and access to enterprise support training.

To arrange a call to find out more, please email economicdevelopment@camden.gov.uk
or visit the website here

VAC Training Resources
VAC deliver regular training for Camden voluntary and community groups. We also run seminars on topical policy issues and themes, and host regular events aimed at the specific needs of the local community.

To view our on-demand resources, please click here

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

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Become a VAC member and help us connect and amplify the many voices of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Camden.
Membership is free, including our practical help, which can be accessed here.

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Highlights

This week we spotlight the Community Safeguarding Partnership Service which seeks to support, encourage and assist organisations delivering services to children in Camden to be confident in their ability to keep them safe.

We also have news about the upcoming Camden Advice fair, the Camden Mela call out for volunteers and other event and opportunities from around the Camden area.

Community Safeguarding Partnership Service (CSPS)

All children have the right to live their lives free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Funded by the London Borough of Camden since 2006, the Community Safeguarding Partnership Service (CSPS) aims to support, encourage and assist all voluntary, supplementary schools and faith groups, delivering services to children in Camden to be confident in their ability to keep them safe.

By offering a tailored approach to child protective challenges, the service works alongside organisations and groups to reinforce good practice and embed safeguarding culture within service delivery.

Learn more and get in contact here

Camden Summer Advice Fair from Camden Advice Network, Camden Council and VAC
21st July: 11am to 5pm, at the London Irish Centre, NW1 9XBThis is an opportunity for residents to receive on the spot advice on a range of issues and to find out about employment opportunities, mental health support, financial help, benefits advice and more, so that you can make sure you’re accessing all the support that you’re entitled to.
Local residents can just turn up on the day and drop in at a time that works for you.If you’re not free but want some help or advice, please get in touch. Call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9), visit camden.gov.uk/advice or call Camden Advice Network on 0808 278 7855. Whatever is happening, please don’t suffer in silence – help is available.

The morning network session is co-facilitated by VAC and hosted by the team at the Irish Centre. It is an opportunity for the local VCS to network and discover more about the wide range of support available from other organisations in Camden.

Camden Mela: A celebration and a call for volunteers and materials
The Camden Mela is a family friendly festival celebrating Bangladeshi culture is taking place in Coram Fields 17th July 2022, the theme this year centres around cohesion, and diversity of Camden’s communities.
The festival organisers are looking for volunteers to assist in the parade, help with stall holders and clearing.

They’re also looking for large posters, signage, banners for individuals and groups of 3-4 people and include wording like “Camden Mela”or “My Camden”. The flags, drawings and wordings should also represent the makers heritage.
Colours for materials including paint and paper can be red, green, orange, black, gold and tigers also welcome! The bigger the better!
Any kind of fabric that can be waved and anything that can be shaken!
All drop offs can be made at Old Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3FE.

For further information please contact Mariam Hassan, at mariam@olddiorama.com
If you would like to apply for a stall, please email nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk

New Emotional Wellbeing Service for Camden
Bupa Health Clinic – Nr Kings Cross, 300 Grays Inn Rd, London Wc1X 8DU

Camden Beam is now open: A free, open access emotional health and well-being drop in for 18-21 year old in Camden. Provided by The Children’s Society with support from Bupa Foundation, the service is open every Thursday between 6-8:30pm, delivered by a specialist team of well-being practitioners.

You do not need an appointment or referral to access the service. You will be able to drop-in and talk to one of the specialist team and access advice and support.

For more information, contact the team at: Camdenbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk or click here

Managing your community building
Camden Council is hosting a series of free lunchtime seminars for voluntary and community sector building managers

Getting the Best from Your Building’s Lease with the Ethical Property Foundation:
12 July 12-2pm
Understand different occupational agreements, legal jargon, fundamentals of what a building lease should cover and how to prepare for a new lease.

Managing Access & Inclusion at Community Buildings with the Centre for Accessible Environment:
20 July 12-2pm
How to ensure your building is fully accessible to people with different needs. This includes information on undertaking an accessibility audit.

To book a place for either training, please register here

Young person’s video-making competition at Camden New Town Community Festival
Deadline for submissions: 8th July 2022

Open to young people with a connection to Camden.
Make a video, under 2 minutes in length on the theme: ‘The Everyday Fantastic’ and submit to: info@cutmoose.com.
3 x £50 prizes to win! Categories 10-12 years; 13-16 years and group entry.
Screenings will take place at the Camden New Town Community Festival on 17th July.
The competition is funded by We Make Camden, for more information, please click here

Camden Coproduction Network Meeting
Thursday 7 July 2022: 10am – 11.30am

The Camden Coproduction Network aims to improve how people with a learning disability are supported.
We will hear from colleagues in Camden working on the Living a Good Life project.
This project was developed with people with learning disabilities & family carers when day services had to close due to lockdown.

The meeting will take place on Zoom, if you would like to join, please contact Michael Bond at Participation@Camden.gov.uk 

Sadler’s Wells ticket offer: Wed 6th July at 7.30pm
Sadler’s Wells have allocated £9 tickets for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote
Please note that these tickets are only for the performance on Wed 6th July at 7.30pm.

To access the £9 tickets please click here and use promocode DONQ9

Free 6 Weeks Digital Media Training at the SKY TV Campus, West London from MAMA Youth Project
Deadline: Monday the 8th of August

Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media.
Apply now for 6 weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions. Lunch and travel expenses provided.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Pascal Theatre Company Vacancy:  Communications & Marketing Manager for a Camden Women’s Heritage Project (part-time)
Deadline: 20 July 2022

We are looking for an experienced, freelance Communications & Marketing Manager to work part-time over two years. The appointee will create a marketing strategy to support the two-year project and design publicity campaigns, newsletters and social media posts etc to reach new and existing audiences. Close collaboration with the Director and Film Director is essential as is the direction and supervision of the Social Media Officer.

Much of the work will be remote but the candidate must be able to attend occasional meetings and events in Central London.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

Nafsiyat Vacancy: Clinical Administration Manager
Deadline: 5pm Monday 11th July

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre are looking for a proactive person with a friendly, can-do attitude to become responsible for the management of Nafsiyat’s small clinical admin team, and the timely and smooth delivery of services provided by therapists.

To learn more and apply, please click here

Royal Free Charity Vacancies:
Welfare Rights Supervisor (part time)
Application deadline: 8th July at 12 noon
For all the information and to apply, please click here

Volunteer Team Manager for Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals (full time)
Application deadline: 12th July at 12 noon
For all the information and to apply, please click here

Unity works vacancy: Social Enterprise Manager – Mill Lane Garden Centre (Full time)
Deadline: 10th July

We are seeking a dynamic individual to manage our Social Enterprise Garden Centre in West Hampstead. We’re looking for someone with a background in horticulture, confident dealing with customers as well as championing a real commitment to improving the lives of adults with a learning disability.

For more information contact Helen Smith at helen.smith@unityworks.org.uk

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

Russell Cooke Charity bulletin: The Charities Act
In their last newsletter, the Russell Cooke Charity bulletin summarised the key changes that would be brought in by the Charities Act 2022.
The Government has now published an implementation plan explaining when the changes made by the Act will be legally effective. The first changes are expected in Autumn 2022, with the rest taking effect in Spring or Autumn 2023.To keep up to date or learn more about regulatory and legal updates for charities, visit their website hereLocal 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

Updated VAC administered Google Grants
VAC has been funded by Google to help small organisations get back into the “real world” training / meeting environment and the requirements to access the grant have recently been updatedThe income threshold for applicant groups has been increased to allow a wider variety of VCS groups to apply, the use of space now includes Hot Desking and VAC support to get you going is stronger than ever!VAC is administering the scheme. Our intention is to keep the process as simple as possible to minimise any administrative burden on the groups, VAC and the organisations providing space.
Not all venues are part of the scheme so please do check out our room hire directory here
For more information and to see if your group is eligible visit our website here or contact Ricky at rsingh@vac.org.uk

Applications Invited for Next Round of the Building Strong Communities Fund
Application deadline: 1pm on Monday 8 August 2022

London’s communities have been hard hit by COVID-19. Some communities have been disproportionally affected, many of whom already experience long term inequality and disadvantage in areas such as health, employment, housing and access to green spaces.

The Mayor of London is offering funding for London equity-led voluntary and community sector organisations to enable communities to shape their recovery from COVID-19, through community-led projects.

To learn more about the details and outcomes, please click here

Untold Stories: grants by the Commission for Diversity in Public Realm (round 2)
Application deadline: 4pm on Wednesday, 5th October 2022

The Mayor of London is offering community-led organisations funding and support to make a change in our public spaces.
Whether this is creating something new, highlighting something missing or hidden, or presenting a different story to what already exists, we want to hear from you. You can apply for grants from £1,000 to £25,000 and we have a programme of workshops and extra support to help you apply.

Learn more and apply here

The Weavers’ Company Fund
Application deadline: 14th July

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services with an income of not more than about £250,000. Funding is available for those helping disadvantaged young people, those from 5 to 30 years of age and groups supporting offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age

To learn more, please click here

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5 August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The system partners value the significant contribution that the VCSE sector makes towards improving health and care. The VCSE sector is a key partner in delivering strategic priorities and improving health and wellbeing across England.

To support this, the system partners are jointly releasing the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022 to 2025 to support projects and programmes led by VCSE organisations.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

Trust for London Local Action Poverty Fund
“Trust for London has once again teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch the Local Action Poverty Fund.
Using the power of the crowd, we’ll be helping projects to find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into a reality.”

Learn more here

Other available funders include:

Community Safeguarding Partnership’s upcoming session
It’s not too late to grab your free ticket for the Community Safeguarding Partnership’s upcoming session.
Free for VAC members, organisations and groups delivering services to under 18’s in Camden:Virtual Introduction to Safer Recruitment: for small orgs and community groups.
Monday July 11th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn more and get your ticket hereFocus on Organisational Development this Summer with Link UP!
Link UP London provides access to bespoke skilled support for charities, social enterprises and community groups for free.

Link UP Volunteers have industry specific knowledge in areas of crucial importance to any charitable organisation’s development such as finance, legal, human resources, communications, data analysis, social media, and much more.

Book a chat here
Or sign up directly here

Camden New Town Community Festival
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July in Camden Square Gardens NW1

Saturday, 4pm-8pm includes Jazz, poetry and ‘open mike’
Sunday, 12pm-6pm is a day for Families.

To book a stall (Sunday only), volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival team on 020 7485 6827 or email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) AGM
12th July.

The meeting will start at 6.30 with the formal AGM. It will be followed from 7.15/30 with a discussion around the subject of `Building trust and confidence in policing’. Speakers will include Sophie Linden the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

To join, please email camdensnb@somerstown.org.uk

Scholarships for the Black community – Imperial College London
As part of Imperial College London’s investment in their drive to increase Black inclusivity amongst their student body and promote the uptake of STEM subjects in the Black community, including 50 scholarships available over the next 5 years, Imperial are hosting a number of exciting upcoming opportunities for Black students.

To learn more, please click here

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

VAC paid Internship: Communications (15 hours per week)
VAC is seeking a Communications Intern to assist the VAC team for a 4 month period. This position will work with the Communications Lead and IT manager on our communications channels, including the weekly newsletter and social media presence, to promote VAC opportunities and our overall profile.

The role would suit someone looking to gain experience in work-based communications and an interest in developing a career in communications based roles.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to info@vac.org.uk

North London Cares vacancy: Programme Coordinator (Social Clubs)
Deadline: 11.59pm 4th July 2022

North London Cares seeks to bring together people across Camden and Islington to tackle loneliness, increase connections and reduce isolation.
One of our wonderful Social Clubs Coordinators is off on her travels from September, so we are looking for a new full time Programme Coordinator to start in August.

For more details or to apply, please click here

C4WS Women’s Group vacancy: Voluntary Facilitator
Deadline: Friday 8th July
Hours: Estimated 5-6 hours fortnightly

The C4WS Women’s Group prides itself on being a peer-led space for women in the C4WS network.
The group meets fortnightly and connect over a variety of activities including painting, crochet, card-making, workshops, spa experiences, and events/day trips.
We are looking for somebody who will coordinate the group and facilitate its sessions going forward. The position is voluntary only (expenses reimbursed).

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter (no more than two A4 sides) to jobs@c4wshomelessproject.org
NB: The position requires an enhanced DBS check. Training around processes and policies will be provided.

Pascal Theatre Company: Vacancy for Heritage Project Manager
Deadline: 13 July 2022

Pascal Theatre Company are looking for an experienced, freelance Project Manager to work part-time on a two year Women’s Heritage programme. The appointee will oversee all strands of the project. These include managing community workshops, events, film, research and the development of website resources. Close collaboration with the Director is required to realise the main aims, outcomes and outputs. Work will be hybrid and hours are flexible.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

The Royal Free Charity vacancy: Volunteer Team Database Administrator.
This is a part-time role, 22.5 hours per week over 3 days in the office. Maternity Cover, initially 9 months with a possible extension to 12 months

The main task of the role is to manage the volunteer database and communicate with the volunteers.
To apply please submit a CV, equal opportunity form and supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria set out in the job description and person specification.

To view the full job description and apply please click this link or email your request to peopleteam@royalfreecharity.org

Umoja Health Forum looking to recruit Volunteer Organisers
Umoja Health Forum is a voluntary organisation which leads thirteen small African organisations from Sub – Saharan Africa, providing health and social care, addressing both physical and mental health.
We are looking to recruit Volunteer Organisers for different projects, which involve planning a variety of weekly activities for local residents.
All volunteer travel and expenses paid.
Interested candidates should email Umoja at: umojahealthforum54@gmail.com or call Chikwaba Oduka on 07970418893, to express their interest or find out more.

TfL bus service review
Available until 12th JulyTfL are looking for your feedback in their bus review consultation
Following a review of London’s bus network, TfL has launched a public consultation proposing changes to bus routes, including some in Hammersmith and Fulham borough.Find out which bus routes are included and take TfL’s survey here

Birmingham University & Camden adult social care survey
Birmingham University is working with Camden Council to find out how adult social care may be helping to make people’s lives better, what works well and what is not working.
The research includes 2 confidential interviews, one at the start and another approximately six months later. These interviews would ask about your life, how things may be changing for you, and what you may (or may not) have found helpful. Lasting 30-45 minutes the interviews will take place either over the phone or via zoom, depending on preference.
To thank participants there is a £20 shopping voucher available for the first interview, and an additional £30 voucher for the second

If you are interested or would like to know more about the research please contact Philip Kinghorn on p.kinghorn@bham.ac.uk or on 07754 708 202

Camden Council has a partnership with LabTech to provide pop-up market stall space.
July – August 2022

These market stalls will be situated on Buck Street and Camden Market between July and August 2022, in the heart of Camden and London.
The offer includes a market stall, a funding contribution to purchase initial stall equipment and access to enterprise support training.

To arrange a call to find out more, please email economicdevelopment@camden.gov.uk
or visit the website here

VAC Training Resources
VAC deliver regular training for Camden voluntary and community groups. We also run seminars on topical policy issues and themes, and host regular events aimed at the specific needs of the local community.

To view our on-demand resources, please click here

Civic Futures 2022: Open for applications and nominations
Deadline: Monday 4 July 2022

Civic Futures 2022 is open for nominations and applications and welcome you to apply or nominate someone you think would make a great addition to this year’s programme.
Civic Futures is a Fellowship Programme facilitated by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA)

If you want to take part in Civic Futures then you can express your interest here
Or to nominate someone else, please do so here

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

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24th June 2022

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

Become a Member

VAC Membership

Become a VAC member and help us connect and amplify the many voices of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Camden.
Membership is free, including our practical help, which can be accessed here.

Click on the link box above, join us today and add your voice to ours.

Highlights

This week we spotlight the Cultural Advocacy Project which seeks to raise awareness and breakdown barriers in relation to mental health.

We also have opportunities available to join the VAC team, surveys, events and other opportunities from around the Camden area.

The Cultural Advocacy Project (CAP)
Established in 2018, the CAP is a joint venture between Voluntary Action Camden and Mind in Camden.

The CAP works in partnership with community organisations to develop good practice in understanding, supporting and actively engaging with users that may be experiencing mental illness.

The project seeks to break down barriers and raise cultural awareness across and within communities in a sensitive and confidential manner.

To learn more about the CAP’s mission, how the project works, our partners and how to get in touch, please click here

Volunteering with VAC! Join our Community Links Team
Are you able to commit to at least 2 hours per week and interested in supporting people in your community to access health and wellbeing services?

Community Links Volunteers are a part of the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service in Camden. They support social prescribing in a variety of ways including signposting residents to community-based activities, helping with referrals, motivating users to connect with new interests and activities, accompanying residents to appointments and introducing them to a range of different opportunities in Camden.

For more info and to apply, please click here
Or contact Mandira Manandhar on mmanandhar@vac.org.uk or 020 7284 6573

Community Safeguarding Partnership’s upcoming sessions
It’s not too late to grab your free ticket for the Community Safeguarding Partnership’s upcoming sessions.
Free for VAC members, organisations and groups delivering services to under 18’s in Camden:

Virtual Women and Girls’ Personal Safety and Awareness.
Monday Jun 27th 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn more and get your ticket here

Virtual Introduction to Safer Recruitment: for small orgs and community groups.
Monday Jul 11th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn more and get your ticket here

Focus on Organisational Development this Summer with Link UP!
Link UP London provides access to bespoke skilled support for charities, social enterprises and community groups for free.

Link UP Volunteers have industry specific knowledge in areas of crucial importance to any charitable organisation’s development such as finance, legal, human resources, communications, data analysis, social media, and much more.

Book a chat here
Or sign up directly here

TfL bus service review
Available until 12th July

TfL are looking for your feedback in their bus review consultation
Following a review of London’s bus network, TfL has launched a public consultation proposing changes to bus routes, including some in Hammersmith and Fulham borough.

Find out which bus routes are included and take TfL’s survey here

Camden New Town Community Festival
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July in Camden Square Gardens NW1

Saturday, 4pm-8pm includes Jazz, poetry and ‘open mike’
Sunday, 12pm-6pm is a day for Families.

To book a stall (Sunday only), volunteer or make a donation please contact the Festival team on 020 7485 6827 or email: festival.mlcc@yahoo.co.uk

Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) AGM
12th July.

The meeting will start at 6.30 with the formal AGM. It will be followed from 7.15/30 with a discussion around the subject of `Building trust and confidence in policing’. Speakers will include Sophie Linden the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

To join, please email camdensnb@somerstown.org.uk

Russell Cooke Charity bulletin
In their last newsletter, the Russell Cooke Charity bulletin summarised the key changes that would be brought in by the Charities Act 2022.
The Government has now published an implementation plan explaining when the changes made by the Act will be legally effective. The first changes are expected in Autumn 2022, with the rest taking effect in Spring or Autumn 2023.

To keep up to date or learn more about regulatory and legal updates for charities, visit their website here

Birmingham University & Camden adult social care survey
Birmingham University is working with Camden Council to find out how adult social care may be helping to make people’s lives better, what works well and what is not working.
The research includes 2 confidential interviews, one at the start and another approximately six months later. These interviews would ask about your life, how things may be changing for you, and what you may (or may not have found helpful. Lasting 30-45 minutes the interviews will take place either over the phone or via zoom, depending on preference.
To thank participants there is a £20 shopping voucher available for the first interview, and an additional £30 voucher for the second

If you are interested or would like to know more about the research please contact Philip Kinghorn on p.kinghorn@bham.ac.uk or on 07754 708 202

Camley Street Festival
Sunday 26th June, 11-4pm.
Camley Street Underpass, Near 120 Camley Street, N1C 4PG

Join us for a fun-packed day as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture for the grand opening of ‘Connecting Camley Street’ – an art installation designed by local young people and artists Rochester Square – by Deputy Mayor Nazma Rahman at 1pm.
With fantastic performances by local musicians, complimentary food for local residents and the chance to have your say on future plans for the redevelopment of Camley Street.
Contact us to learn more at camleystreet@camden.gov.uk

North London Cares vacancy: Programme Coordinator (Social Clubs)
Deadline: 11.59pm 4th July 2022

North London Cares seeks to bring together people across Camden and Islington to tackle loneliness, increase connections and reduce isolation.
One of our wonderful Social Clubs Coordinators is off on her travels from September, so we are looking for a new full time Programme Coordinator to start in August.

For more details or to apply, please click here

C4WS Women’s Group vacancy: Voluntary Facilitator
Deadline: Friday 8th July
Hours: Estimated 5-6 hours fortnightly

The C4WS Women’s Group prides itself on being a peer-led space for women in the C4WS network.
The group meets fortnightly and connect over a variety of activities including painting, crochet, card-making, workshops, spa experiences, and events/day trips.

At each session, there is also an opportunity for members to stock up on toiletries, sanitary products, and clothing. Every member can also claim for travel reimbursement.
We are looking for somebody who will coordinate the group and facilitate its sessions going forward. The position is voluntary only (expenses reimbursed).

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter (no more than two A4 sides) to jobs@c4wshomelessproject.org
NB: The position requires an enhanced DBS check. Training around processes and policies will be provided.

Pascal Theatre Company: Vacancy for Heritage Project Manager
Deadline: 13 July 2022

Pascal Theatre Company are looking for an experienced, freelance Project Manager to work part-time on a two year Women’s Heritage programme. The appointee will oversee all strands of the project. These include managing community workshops, events, film, research and the development of website resources. Close collaboration with the Director is required to realise the main aims, outcomes and outputs. Work will be hybrid and hours are flexible.

For further information, please contact Sally: sally@pascal-theatre.com

The Royal Free Charity vacancy: Volunteer Team Database Administrator.
This is a part-time role, 22.5 hours per week over 3 days in the office. Maternity Cover, initially 9 months with a possible extension to 12 months

The main task of the role is to manage the volunteer database and communicate with the volunteers.
To apply please submit a CV, equal opportunity form and supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria set out in the job description and person specification.

To view the full job description and apply please click this link or email your request to peopleteam@royalfreecharity.org

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information (approximately 50-75 words long) that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

State of London Debate – This Coming Tuesday
28th June: 7.30 – 9pm
At indigo at The O2, Peninsula Square

Ask the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Deputy Mayors about issues that matter – from cycling to jobs, the environment to housing and more – at the annual State of London Debate 2022.

To find out more please 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 Tax Group
Dragon Hall Newsletter

Updated VAC administered Google Grants
VAC has been funded by Google to help small organisations get back into the “real world” training / meeting environment and the requirements to access the grant have recently been updated

The income threshold for applicant groups has been increased to allow a wider variety of VCS groups to apply, the use of space now includes Hot Desking and VAC support to get you going is stronger than ever!

VAC is administering the scheme. Our intention is to keep the process as simple as possible to minimise any administrative burden on the groups, VAC and of course the organisations providing space.
Not all venues are part of the scheme so please do check out our room hire directory here
For more information and to see if your group is eligible visit our website here or contact Ricky at rsingh@vac.org.uk

Applications Invited for Next Round of the Building Strong Communities Fund
Deadline: 1pm on Monday 8 August 2022

London’s communities have been hard hit by COVID-19. Some communities have been disproportionally affected, many of whom already experience long term inequality and disadvantage in areas such as health, employment, housing and access to green spaces.

The Mayor of London is offering funding for London equity-led voluntary and community sector organisations to enable communities to shape their recovery from COVID-19, through community-led projects.

To learn more about the details and outcomes, please click here

Christmas Challenge 2022 applications are now open! Apply for funding from the Childhood Trust.
Closing date: Friday 1st July

The Childhood Trust is London’s child poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children living in the capital and offers financial support to children’s charities in London through matched-funding campaigns. We are looking for charities that have an existing supporter base and an appetite to engage with us and with the public.

Charities who participate in our campaigns receive workshops on how to run a successful fundraising campaign, one-to-one support on any aspect of the campaign, connections with other charities working with children and young people across London, raised profile and visibility through broader campaigns and events and other activities to raise awareness of the issues around child poverty.

To learn more, please click here
Or email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk

The Weavers’ Company Fund
Deadline 14 July

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services with an income of not more than about £250,000. Funding is available for those helping disadvantaged young people, those from 5 to 30 years of age and groups supporting offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age

To learn more, please click here

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5 August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), the system partners, are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The system partners value the significant contribution that the VCSE sector makes towards improving health and care. The VCSE sector is a key partner in delivering strategic priorities and improving health and wellbeing across England.

To support this, the system partners are jointly releasing the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022 to 2025 to support projects and programmes led by VCSE organisations.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

Trust for London Local Action Poverty Fund
“Trust for London has once again teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch the Local Action Poverty Fund.
Using the power of the crowd, we’ll be helping projects to find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into a reality.”

Learn more here

Other available funders include:

Pride Month Events: June 2022
In celebration of Pride Month 2022, Forum+, an independent charity working to promote equality for LGBTQ+ people in Camden and Islington, have a wide range of exciting events planned.

Learn more here

Making Every Contact Count – Supporting residents with the cost of living crisis
30th June and more!

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about assisting front line workers to support residents by using opportunities in conversations we’re already having to signpost further support.

Making Every Contact Count have added a new short online course, covering the basics of MECC, the impacts of the cost of living crisis and information on how best to support residents who are struggling financially.

Courses are free to staff working in Camden and Islington, to book a place, please click here

Scholarships for the Black community – Imperial College London
As part of Imperial College London’s investment in their drive to increase Black inclusivity amongst their student body and promote the uptake of STEM subjects in the Black community, including 50 scholarships available over the next 5 years, Imperial are hosting a number of exciting upcoming opportunities for Black students.

Revolutions in Engineering (RiE) – Revolutions in Engineering is a two week project-based experience at Imperial College London for Black undergraduate engineering students that runs between the 11th-22nd July.
Researchers of African heritage or Afro-Caribbean heritage are under-represented in the UK engineering-research community. Imperial wants to help change this and are inviting all Black students with African-related heritage who are in year 2 or 3 of an engineering or computing degree to apply. The programme is being provided at a full scholarship worth £1,500, though you will need have accommodation in London and pay for your own travel.
Apply for the programme here

A date for your diary: The Camden Mela
A celebration of our culturally diverse community together again.
The Camden Mela is coming up on 17th July at Coram’s Fields from 12pm – 6pm

If you would like to apply for a stall, please email nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk

Free Mental Health First Aid Training
Rethink Mental Illness are funded by the council to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training sessions to anyone based (live/work/study/volunteer) in Camden or Islington.
The sessions are delivered online, or in person, and if the delegate attends all sessions and completes the online work, they will receive a Mental Health First Aid qualification

Upcoming courses include:
Mental Health Awareness (Online)  – 28th June – 3.5 hours
Mental Health First Aid (In Person) – 20th and 21st July – Location TBC in Camden or Islington – 2 days
Mental Health First Aid (Online) – 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th July – 4 x 2.5 hour sessions

For other courses and to book, please click here

‘Sculpture in the air’ at Coals Drop Yard
Recently unveiled at Coals Drop Yard, the Woven Wonders installation by artist Sheila Hicks, who is known for distinctive colours and natural materials, will be viewable until October

VAC paid Internship: Communications (15 hours per week)
VAC is seeking a Communications Intern to assist the VAC team for a 4 month period. This position will work with the Communications Lead and IT manager on our communications channels, including the weekly newsletter and social media presence, to promote VAC opportunities and our overall profile.

The role would suit someone looking to gain experience in work-based communications and an interest in developing a career in communications based roles.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to info@vac.org.uk

A Space for us looking for Volunteers – This Weekend!
A Space for us need volunteers to help at exciting open air events
Saturday 25th June: any 3 hours between 10-5pm
Sunday 26th June: any hours between 10- 3pm

The London Festival of Architecture has Somers Town as its focus and we want to put on a party!
We are looking for helpers who are good with the public or painting!
Other tasks will include supervising the public around an outdoor mural, setting out food for an outdoor ”cultural lunch”, setting up and managing screen printing on the Sunday 11-1pm and taking permissions and signed consent for photos and filming

A Space for us also specifically need an Actor
Sunday 26th June at 2pm -3pm, Phoenix Road.
Small fee available, including reasonable travel expenses and lunch

The People’s Museum Somers Town is holding a “mock auction” and need an “auctioneer”.
We are looking for someone who is  articulate, funny and loud!
This is on a outdoor stage with other events all day.
There is a serious purpose as we have lost working class heritage which ends up at auction houses.
People will be encouraged to bid on ‘artwork’.
We will need to meet beforehand to discuss the script

For more information or to apply for any of these roles, please contact: Diana or Mercedes at info@aspaceforus.club

PENHA looking for new Trustees
Deadline: 31 July 2022

The Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa is a registered charity and non-profit company.
PENHA seeks to foster sustainable livelihoods among the region’s nomads and pastoralists.
We seek three trustees with legal and risk management experience; fundraising and social media knowledge; or previous charity experience.
We hold six meetings annually.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to PENHA UK Programme Manager, Mr Kubara Zamani, e-mail: info@penhanetwork.org
To learn more about PENHA, please visit our website here

Latin American House vacancy: Early Years Practitioner
Latin American House is looking for an Early Years Practitioner, to join the team at Menchú Bilingual Nursery.
The post holder must possess CACHE or NVQ Level 2 or above qualification in Childcare Education. It will not be necessary to speak Spanish, although it is desirable.

To apply or get more information, please click here

Maiden Lane Community Centre volunteer opportunity
Maiden Lane Community Centre are looking for someone to join our play/youth team working with young people aged 5-9 years 10-13 years and 13-19 years old. Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to work with young people.

For further details, please click here

Umoja Health Forum looking to recruit Volunteer Organisers
Umoja Health Forum is a voluntary organisation which leads thirteen small African organisations from Sub – Saharan Africa, providing health and social care, addressing both physical and mental health.
We are looking to recruit Volunteer Organisers for different projects, which involve planning a variety of weekly activities for local residents.
These include promoting and delivering projects, recruiting local residents, general managing, monitoring and reporting on project work.
All volunteer travel and expenses paid.
Interested candidates should email Umoja at: umojahealthforum54@gmail.com or call Chikwaba Oduka on 07970418893, to express their interest or find out more.

Camden Council has a partnership with LabTech to provide pop-up market stall space.
July – August 2022

These market stalls will be situated on Buck Street and Camden Market between July and August 2022, in the heart of Camden and London.
The offer includes a market stall, a funding contribution to purchase initial stall equipment and access to enterprise support training.

To arrange a call to find out more, please email economicdevelopment@camden.gov.uk
or visit the website here

VAC Community Directories
VAC is pleased to announce the launch of our new Community Directory services for Camden groups.
Our online directories provide a space for voluntary and community groups in Camden to promote their services and activities. Searching the directory then allows residents and other stakeholders in Camden to easily connect with groups and access services and valuable support.
You can search our Directories to find and connect with groups, find community space to rent or hire and find healthy activities and social opportunities in Camden’s green spaces and parks.

VAC Training Resources
VAC deliver regular training for Camden voluntary and community groups. We also run seminars on topical policy issues and themes, and host regular events aimed at the specific needs of the local community.

To view our on-demand resources, please click here

Civic Futures 2022: Open for applications and nominations
Deadline: Monday 4 July 2022

Civic Futures 2022 is open for nominations and applications and welcome you to apply or nominate someone you think would make a great addition to this year’s programme.
Civic Futures is a Fellowship Programme facilitated by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA)

If you want to take part in Civic Futures then you can express your interest here
Or to nominate someone else, please do so here

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

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17th June 2022

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

Become a Member

VAC Membership

Become a VAC member and help us connect and amplify the many voices of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Camden.
Membership is free, including our practical help, which can be accessed here.

Click on the link box above, join us today and add your voice to ours.

Highlights

This week we firstly remember the victims of Grenfell Tower on the 5th anniversary of the tragedy.

We spotlight our training resources and we have a range of events and opportunities available around the Camden area, including an exciting paid internship available at VAC.

VAC Training Resources

VAC deliver regular training for Camden voluntary and community groups. We also run seminars on topical policy issues and themes, and host regular events aimed at the specific needs of the local community.

To view our on-demand resources, please click here

Grenfell Tower Tragedy remembered.
Tuesday 14th was the 5th anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy.VAC stands in solidarity with all those impacted by the tragedy and those who continue to seek justice. We remember all those that were lost and their family and friends.

Making Every Contact Count – Supporting residents with the cost of living crisis
21st June and more!

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about assisting front line workers to support residents by using opportunities in conversations we’re already having to signpost further support.

Making Every Contact Count have added a new short online course, covering the basics of MECC, the impacts of the cost of living crisis and information on how best to support residents who are struggling financially.

Courses are free to staff working in Camden and Islington, to book a place, please click here

Camden Council has a partnership with LabTech to provide pop-up market stall space.
July – August 2022

These market stalls will be situated on Buck Street and Camden Market between July and August 2022, in the heart of Camden and London.
The offer includes a market stall, a funding contribution to purchase initial stall equipment and access to enterprise support training.

To arrange a call to find out more, please email economicdevelopment@camden.gov.uk
or visit the website here

A Space for us looking for Volunteers:
A Space for us need volunteers to help at exciting open air events
Saturday 25th June: any 3 hours between 10-5pm
Sunday 26th June: any hours between 10- 3pm

The London Festival of Architecture has Somers Town as its focus and we want to put on a party!
We are looking for helpers who are good with the public or painting!
Other tasks will include supervising the public around an outdoor mural, setting out food for an outdoor ”cultural lunch”, setting up and managing screen printing on the Sunday 11-1pm and taking permissions and signed consent for photos and filming

A Space for us also specifically need an Actor
Sunday 26th June at 2pm -3pm, Phoenix Road.
Small fee available, including reasonable travel expenses and lunch

The People’s Museum Somers Town is holding a “mock auction” and need an “auctioneer”.
We are looking for someone who is  articulate, funny and loud!
This is on a outdoor stage with other events all day.
There is a serious purpose as we have lost working class heritage which ends up at auction houses.
People will be encouraged to bid on ‘artwork’.
We will need to meet beforehand to discuss the script

For more information or to apply for any of these roles, please contact: Diana or Mercedes at info@aspaceforus.club

Christmas Challenge 2022 applications are now open! Apply for funding from the Childhood Trust.
Closing date: Friday 1st July

The Childhood Trust is London’s child poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children living in the capital and offers financial support to children’s charities in London through matched-funding campaigns. We are looking for charities that have an existing supporter base and an appetite to engage with us and with the public.

Charities who participate in our campaigns receive workshops on how to run a successful fundraising campaign, one-to-one support on any aspect of the campaign, connections with other charities working with children and young people across London, raised profile and visibility through broader campaigns and events and other activities to raise awareness of the issues around child poverty.

To learn more, please click here
Or email campaigns@childhoodtrust.org.uk

‘Sculpture in the air’ at Coals Drop Yard

Recently unveiled at Coals Drop Yard, the Woven Wonders installation by artist Sheila Hicks, who is known for distinctive colours and natural materials, will be viewable until October

VAC paid Internship: Communications (15 hours per week)

VAC is seeking a Communications Intern to assist the VAC team for a 4 month period. This position will work with the Communications Lead and IT manager on our communications channels, including the weekly newsletter and social media presence, to promote VAC opportunities and our overall profile.

The role would suit someone looking to gain experience in work-based communications and an interest in developing a career in communications based roles.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to info@vac.org.uk

PENHA looking for new Trustees
Deadline: 31 July 2022

The Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa is a registered charity and non-profit company.
PENHA seeks to foster sustainable livelihoods among the region’s nomads and pastoralists.
We seek three trustees with legal and risk management experience; fundraising and social media knowledge; or previous charity experience.
We hold six meetings annually.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to PENHA UK Programme Manager, Mr Kubara Zamani, e-mail: info@penhanetwork.org
To learn more about PENHA, please visit our website here

Newsletter Submissions
Please send any information that you would like included in our weekly newsletter to social@vac.org.uk

UCLH Council of Governors Elections 2022
Nominations close Tuesday 24 June: 5pmUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are seeking nine Trust members to join the Council of Governors, who are keen to represent the interests of our public and patient communities. Elections will be held in the following seats and members aged 18 and over can nominate themselves to stand:
•    1 public governor
•    4 London-based patient governors
•    1 out of London based patient
•    3 staff members (1 other Clinical and 2 non-Clinical)

Self-nomination can be completed online from Monday 6 June here
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If you would like any more details, please contact uclh.governors@nhs.net or call 020 3447 9290.

* You must be a member of UCLH to stand for governor. Find out more about becoming a member and apply for membership on the website here

State of London Debate
28th June: 7.30 – 9pm
At indigo at The O2, Peninsula Square

Ask the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Deputy Mayors about issues that matter – from cycling to jobs, the environment to housing and more – at the annual State of London Debate 2022.

To find out more please click here

Local Newsletters:

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

Updated VAC administered Google Grants
VAC has been funded by Google to help small organisations get back into the “real world” training / meeting environment and the requirements to access the grant have recently been updatedThe income threshold for applicant groups has been increased to allow a wider variety of VCS groups to apply, the use of space now includes Hot Desking and VAC support to get you going is stronger than ever!

VAC is administering the scheme. Our intention is to keep the process as simple as possible to minimise any administrative burden on the groups, VAC and of course the organisations providing space.
Not all venues are part of the scheme so please do check out our room hire directory here
For more information and to see if your group is eligible visit our website here or contact Ricky at rsingh@vac.org.uk

Deadline Extension for Rosa’s Stand with Us Fund
4pm on Friday 24th June 2022

The Stand With Us fund has been set up to support the many organisations run by and for women who stand up and take action to address violence against women and girls (VAWG).

For more details, please click here

The Weavers’ Company Fund
Deadline 14 July

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services with an income of not more than about £250,000. Funding is available for those helping disadvantaged young people, those from 5 to 30 years of age and groups supporting offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age

To learn more, please click here

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
Application Deadline 5 August 2022: 9am

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), the system partners, are seeking applications from VCSE sector organisations for the next round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The system partners value the significant contribution that the VCSE sector makes towards improving health and care. The VCSE sector is a key partner in delivering strategic priorities and improving health and wellbeing across England.

To support this, the system partners are jointly releasing the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022 to 2025 to support projects and programmes led by VCSE organisations.
The theme of the 2022 to 2025 fund is women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace.

For more details, please click here

Trust for London Local Action Poverty Fund
“Trust for London has once again teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch the Local Action Poverty Fund.
Using the power of the crowd, we’ll be helping projects to find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into a reality.”

Learn more here

UK Government Announces ‘Homes for Ukrainian’ Refugees Scheme with ‘Thank You’ Payment to Sponsors
A small monthly payment will be available for UK host families who volunteer to house Ukrainians fleeing their homeland due to the Russian invasion.
For more details please click here

Other available funders include:

Pride Month Events: June 2022
In celebration of Pride Month 2022, Forum+, an independent charity working to promote equality for LGBTQ+ people in Camden and Islington, have a wide range of exciting events planned.Learn more here

Scholarships for the Black community – Imperial College London
As part of Imperial College London’s investment in their drive to increase Black inclusivity amongst their student body and promote the uptake of STEM subjects in the Black community, including 50 scholarships available over the next 5 years, Imperial are hosting a number of exciting upcoming opportunities for Black students.

Black Graduate Careers Conference – on the 23rd June they are hosting a Black Graduate Careers Conference where students will get the opportunity to meet and network with employers and other students and hear from F1 PETRONAS Trackside Fuel Engineer Stephanie Travers on how studying a postgraduate degree propelled her career. This is a free event and free lunch and networking drinks will be provided. The event is open to all Black undergraduate students or Black graduates considering studying a postgraduate degree.
Register to get your free ticket here

Revolutions in Engineering (RiE) – Revolutions in Engineering is a two week project-based experience at Imperial College London for Black undergraduate engineering students that runs between the 11th-22nd July.
Researchers of African heritage or Afro-Caribbean heritage are under-represented in the UK engineering-research community. Imperial wants to help change this and are inviting all Black students with African-related heritage who are in year 2 or 3 of an engineering or computing degree to apply. The programme is being provided at a full scholarship worth £1,500, though you will need have accommodation in London and pay for your own travel.
Apply for the programme here

A date for your diary: The Camden Mela
A celebration of our culturally diverse community together again.
The Camden Mela is coming up on 17th July at Coram’s Fields from 12pm – 6pm

If you would like to apply for a stall, please email nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk

Free Mental Health First Aid Training

Rethink Mental Illness are funded by the council to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training sessions to anyone based (live/work/study/volunteer) in Camden or Islington.
The sessions are delivered online, or in person, and if the delegate attends all sessions and completes the online work, they will receive a Mental Health First Aid qualification

Upcoming courses include:
Mental Health Awareness (Online)  – 28th June – 3.5 hours
Mental Health First Aid (In Person) – 20th and 21st July – Location TBC in Camden or Islington – 2 days
Mental Health First Aid (Online) – 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th July – 4 x 2.5 hour sessions

For other courses and to book, please click here

Free Community Festival at the Castlehaven Community Centre – “Zen in Mind”
Thursday June 23rd, 12pm-5.30pm

The Zen Project and Mind in Camden bring to you the third of a series of monthly festivals to celebrate mental health and support the local Camden community.
Open to all and all activities are free, including free food, massage, mindfulness sessions and more. Climb on board our big yellow American school bus and take part in one of our activities to help create some calm and ease anxiety.
We have something for everyone. No need to book – just turn up.

For more information, please click here

Latin American House vacancy: Early Years Practitioner
Latin American House is looking for an Early Years Practitioner, to join the team at Menchú Bilingual Nursery.
The post holder must possess CACHE or NVQ Level 2 or above qualification in Childcare Education. It will not be necessary to speak Spanish, although it is desirable.

To apply or get more information, please click here

Maiden Lane Community Centre volunteer opportunity
Maiden Lane Community Centre are looking for someone to join our play/youth team working with young people aged 5-9 years 10-13 years and 13-19 years old. Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to work with young people.

For further details, please click here

Umoja Health Forum looking to recruit Volunteer Organisers
Umoja Health Forum is a voluntary organisation which leads thirteen small African organisations from Sub – Saharan Africa, providing health and social care, addressing both physical and mental health.
We are looking to recruit Volunteer Organisers for different projects, which involve planning a variety of weekly activities for local residents.
These include promoting and delivering projects, recruiting local residents, general managing, monitoring and reporting on project work.
All volunteer travel and expenses paid.
Interested candidates should email Umoja at: umojahealthforum54@gmail.com or call Chikwaba Oduka on 07970418893, to express their interest or find out more.

VCS Ukraine Support Survey
In conjunction with Camden Council, Voluntary Action Camden are in the process of collecting as much information as possible on the capacity of local independent services that can support Ukrainian nationals settling in Camden.
This includes support for urgent and immediate needs, such as links to language communities or counselling support.
If you and your organisation is in a position to support this work, please fill in this short online survey.VAC Community Directories
VAC is pleased to announce the launch of our new Community Directory services for Camden groups.
Our online directories provide a space for voluntary and community groups in Camden to promote their services and activities. Searching the directory then allows residents and other stakeholders in Camden to easily connect with groups and access services and valuable support.
You can search our Directories to find and connect with groups, find community space to rent or hire and find healthy activities and social opportunities in Camden’s green spaces and parks.

Civic Futures 2022: Open for applications and nominations
Deadline: Monday 4 July 2022

Civic Futures 2022 is open for nominations and applications and welcome you to apply or nominate someone you think would make a great addition to this year’s programme.
Civic Futures is a Fellowship Programme facilitated by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA)

If you want to take part in Civic Futures then you can express your interest here
Or to nominate someone else, please do so here

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

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

Got an item for the e-bulletin?

Send your item to social@vac.org.uk by noon on Thursday for publication in the following day’s edition.  The e-bulletin comes out every Friday. Submissions should be 50 – 75 words.  Please send plain text or a format that can be copied (ie not embedded in an image). Send links to documents rather than attachments. Make sure to include contact details.

Ways to Get Involved