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Autumn 2021 Update to Members and Subscribers

3rd December 2021
 

Meet our New CEO

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

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


Camden Health and Wellbeing Board

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


Policy Updates


Rents and Leases Review

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


Health

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

Neighbourhoods Development

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


…and finally

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

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

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



 
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Voluntary Action Camden Summer 2021 Update to Members and Subscribers


Summer 2021 Update to Members and Subscribers

13th August 2021

Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Report

Age UK Camden, VAC and Wish+ together deliver the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing system in Camden.  We wrote a report after the first three months of lockdown to show how the system had stepped in to become part of the crisis response to the pandemic.  Now we’ve written an update to that report, one year on, to show how we’ve been adapting and the impact Care Navigation and Social Prescribing has had on Camden’s residents.  Read it here.



VAC Annual Report

VAC’s Annual Report features useful information about our work over the last year, and also gives a sneak peek at our new logo and identify – to be fully revealed at the September Voluntary Action Forum.  You can view it here.



Policy Updates

Rents and Leases Review

Three workshops have taken place as part of the latest Rents and Leases Review.  Each focussed on a topic:  Rent, Leases and finally Social Value.

Rents: Still based on commercial/market value, yet many have no commercial use and market values fluctuate. Actual valuations of each site are needed. Rents and grants levels vary widely.  Grant support levels pre-suppose income generation which is now uncertain for the foreseeable future. There is inconsistency in repairs and maintenance and insurance
There were some fundamental differences – for example it was stated that it was a requirement for the council to change rent – though the ‘Best Value’ guidance from central government states “Best Value…requires councils to “consider overall value, including economic, environment and social value”.

Leases:  Some inconsistency as some organisations are on a commercial lease and some on the VCS lease.  Unresolved maintenance challenges were an issue for many leaseholders.  Short break clauses can limit opportunities for capital grants yet many buildings have low energy ratings and need updating.

Social Value: The Social Value Act 2012 was a huge opportunity to take into account social value as well as monetary value and so this development is to be welcomed .  The council’s proposal is that a discount of 50% will be applied to the market rent if sufficient social value is provided.  There is a risk that the monitoring of social value could become burdensome.  Simple proxy measures could keep monitoring clear and straightforward.

Conclusion: This summary only scratches the surface of the three workshops. A further round of negotiations will start in the Autumn.  There was a tendency to focus on the leaseholders of buildings specifically without giving due regard to the impact on the wider sector who rent space in community buildings at rates that are effectively dictated by the council’s rents and leases policy. A useful PowerPoint summarises many of the issues.



ICS Development

The shape of the new Integrated Care Systems is gradually becoming clearer.  A recent NHS statement says: “As the Health and Care Bill makes progress through Parliament, the NHS is actively preparing for the establishment of statutory integrated care systems. These arrangements are designed to strengthen and support the local partnership working that will be essential as we re-build from the Covid-19 pandemic. In June 2021 we published the ICS Design Framework, providing a broad overview of the future role, functions and governance arrangements for the proposed NHS Integrated Care Boards (ICB), their relationships with ICS partners and anticipated timetable for their establishment.”
The Camden Local Care Partnership Board and Health and Wellbeing Board are working on borough level strategies, including the Community Connectedness strategy (covered in the VAC Spring Quarterly Update) and further work is now happening at Neighbourhood Level (see next item below).
NCL is now looking at how to involve residents and the community in the ICS governance and is holding the first meeting of a working group on 1st October.

 

Neighbourhoods Development

Two workshops were held in June with a range of people, from GPs to Community Centres, to look at how we develop the neighbourhood level of the new Integrated Care Systems.  But being health led the assumption is that local PCNs are at the centre of these developments.  Working groups for NW2 and Central Camden have been established.  It is this level of the new ICS that is potentially of most interest to the VCS.
A key challenge in all of the ICS developments is that the biggest ever reorganisation of the NHS is happening simultaneously with the biggest crises to ever hit the NHS – a crisis which has also had a profound impact on the VCS and Local Authorities.



 

Meet the New Chair – all change at VAC

VAC is very pleased to welcome Benaifer Bhandari as its new Chair of Trustees.  She brings considerable  knowledge of Camden organisations as well as extensive leadership experience in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, as both a Trustee and Chief Executive.   Benaifer is CEO of Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre and trustee of C4 and Global Generation and a member of Camden’s Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board, and co-chair of the Safeguarding Engagement sub group.  Many thanks to the outgoing Chair, Julie Christie-Webb, for her many years of leadership and contribution to VAC. Benaifer’s appointment completes a 3 year process of board renewal.
The next Voluntary Action Forum is on 22nd September will be an opportunity to meet Benaifer and ask her questions.  We will also be revealing a the new logo and look for VAC.  Don’t miss it!



…and finally

We are working towards blended events for the future, hopefully getting the best of both worlds with a small group in a meeting room and many still joining remotely by zoom.  It’s an exciting new stage on the road back to normal – we hope you will join us to try it out at the 22nd September Voluntary Action Forum.

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

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

PS Don’t forget we are still collecting your Covid Stories you can add yours here – or email us at info@vac.org.uk



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Voluntary Action Camden Spring 2021 Update to Members and Subscribers


Spring 2021 Update to Members and Subscribers

28th May 2021

Manifesto and Members

The May Voluntary Action Forum was a lively meeting where we debated a number of proposals for a Camden VCS Manifesto.  You can view the Manifesto demands and a brief explanation of each one here and take a look at the Wall to see the comments.  You can add your own comments, comment on others’ comments and rate comments too.
At the Forum, we also talked about ways to improve the links between VAC and our members which we will be working on in the coming months.
We agreed to revisit this work at the September Voluntary Action Forum where we hope to settle on a final list of demands.  We hope to see you there (Wed 15th September at 11am).



Community Connectedness and the Development of the Integrated Care System

VAC is involved in a number of strategic policy developments both at the Camden borough level and also happening at the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Level to bring the VCS voice to the table. There is some overlap between these developments –  though Camden’s strategy development is also driven by the Camden Renewal Commission.
The ICP is the new way the NHS and Social Care is organised and involves the VCS as the aim is to create a community health system that recognised the sector’s role in prevention and maintenance of health and wellbeing.
Locally, the council and VAC are co-sponsors of one of the emerging ICP policy priorities called ‘Community Connectedness‘.
The other ICP priorities are:

  • Urgent Community Response
  • Neighbourhood Working
  • Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism
  • Children and Young People

And within Community Connectedness a working group are looking at:

  • Neighbourhood hubs
  • Prevention
  • Social Prescribing
  • Supporting the clinically vulnerable

There is a really useful summary of this work here.

This new Integrated Care Partnership operates at three levels – ‘system‘ (the 5 borough NCL), ‘place‘ (the borough) and ‘neighbourhood‘. (See this Kings Fund explanation for a quick guide).
It’s at neighbourhood level that the ICP is least well developed, yet is of most interest to the VCS.  The ICP is starting with the PCNs as the fundamental building block of neighbourhoods (PCNs – Primary Care Networks – are groups of GP surgeries).  But clearly there are many more facets to neighbourhood, from community centres, to libraries, neighbourhood forums etc.  VAC will be participating in June in a workshop to get this work underway. This Health Creation Alliance report sets out some of the challenges and possible ways forward.  NB This is a marked up version to aid quick review.
If this all sounds complicated and confusing, that’s because it is.  But these changes have the potential to have a profound impact on the voluntary sector so we have no choice but to saddle up and hang on for the ride.

 

VAC AGM Report

Thanks to everyone who came to the VAC AGM on Tuesday 20th April – over 50 of you attended (VAC has 210 organisational members and 51 individual members so we were comfortably quorate with more than the required 1/20 of membership present).
Chair and Treasurer set out VAC’s activities and future plans and showed VAC’s finances stabilizing after several difficult years and some modest reserves set aside from a small surplus.
The meeting elected 3 new trustees: Tricia Richards, Castlehaven Community Association, Harry Graham, Send Coffee and Arvinda Gohil, Central YMCA.  Congratulations and welcome aboard!  7 current trustees continue.  A new Chair and Vice-Chair will be recruited later in the year. 1 trustee retired – Harunar Rashid Khan.  Our council observers continue  – Cllr Richard Cotton and Cllr Nash Ali.
The formal business was followed by a video about VAC’s work and then a talk from Leila Baker, Researcher and Co author of The Value of Small in a Big Crisis. And Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager at Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales.  View Leila’s presentation here and Caroline’s presentation here. The report found that small charities ‘showed up and stuck around’ during the pandemic.



 

Digital Divide

We’ve been gathering details of all the work that you’ve been doing in the borough to overcome the digital divide.  Have a look at the draft report and let us know what we’ve missed.
If your work to overcome the digital divide is ongoing you can add it to this superhighways survey so that the GLA can get a London-wide overview.



VAC News

Of course we have plans for more exciting events, a new office, new programmes as well as ways to involve you better in policy debates.

From 1st June we will be based at the Greenwood Centre:
Greenwood Centre, Greenwood Place, London
NW5 1LB
Phones and emails remain the same

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

PS Don’t forget we are still collecting your Covid Stories you can add yours here – or email us at info@vac.org.uk



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Voluntary Action Camden Christmas 2020 Update to Members and Subscribers


Christmas 2020 Update to Members and Subscribers

23rd December 2020

Unlikely Year Caps an Unlikely Decade

This unlikely decade has been capped by the strangest year of all.  After a decade of austerity and quantitative easing the chancellor’s magic money tree found a new role paying for millions of workers to stay at home, whilst millions of others had to depend on volunteers. Businesses were automatically sent money by the state while those responding to the crisis found it hard to access funds.
The vaccine hopefully spells the beginning of the end and life will begin to return to normal.  But it will be up to us to define what that new normal is.  If we don’t want to return to the old normal we must come together in 2021 and be prepared to fight for a better future.

Christmas Opening Times

Full details of Camden council services opening times over the Christmas holidays can be found here.
Opening hours for pharmacies over the Christmas holidays are here.
The Camden Covid-19 Helpline 020 7974 4444 (option 9) will be open from 8 am to 6 pm on working days and operating an out of hours service on bank holidays and weekends.
VAC will be closed from 25th December to 1st January 2021 (inclusive) and the e-bulletin will return on Friday 8th January 2020.

Christmas Lists

We’d like to share our Christmas wishes, New Year’s resolutions and suggestions to read/watch/listen/play or do.  It turns out that we nearly all had the same Christmas wish – that we could get back to normal and visit and hug our friends and loved ones  – and then go on a holiday! (Though someone opted for fancy cheese…)
New Year’s resolutions were more varied  – ranging from catching up on reading to maybe getting a tattoo.
But we have plenty of suggestions to read/watch/listen/play or do
Mandira suggests watching : Money Heist; Patal Lok (Hindi); The Kingdom (Korean) and Zodiac (all Netflix)
Manuella suggests a good game of monopoly with your household (sanitize the dice and make sure you’re the banker!)
Hasel suggests making bread and butter pudding using Mary Berry’s recipe.
Dianne suggests watching Ratched Season 1 on Netflix –psychological thriller with great costumes and leading lady drama; based on Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Zubair suggests watching Challenger: The Final Flight and Dear White People (Both on Netflix)
Ricky suggests playing Among Us – Free Mobile Game  – Murder Mystery for up to 10  players.  And some ping pong!
Alex suggests Watching Vikings and Black Sails  (Amazon Prime)
Donna suggests reading Wilding by Isabella Tree for the future of farms. Or the Lillith books by Octavia E Butler for a sci fi rollercoaster ride through themes of humanity, race, culture, gender, slavery.
Nasrin suggest watching Agatha Christies ‘Crooked House’- (Netflix) and reading Howard’s End
Kevin suggests watching Knock Down the House (Netflix), or reading the biography of VAC’s founder (and the whole CVS movement) – Thomas Hancock Nunn : The life and work of a social reformer.
Lucky dip read, listen, watch and another read.

One More Thing

As is traditional, there is a major public sector consultation taking place over the holidays.  Despite the pandemic, health and care are undergoing the largest reorganisation in living memory.  Health, social care and voluntary and community organisations are being aligned into a new community health system, to be called an Integrated Care System.   These are due to start on 1st April 2021 (just 3 months away!). The consultation, from NHS England, asks for views by 8th January.  Even if you don’t respond, it’s worth reading to get a sense of the massive changes that are coming.  We have a specially marked up version of the document to help you find the relevant bits fast – yellow for areas of particular interest and blue for mentions of the VCS.

VAC News

We have plans for an exciting year of events, a new office, new programmes and more.  Whether it’s on a screen or face-to-face we look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Finally, thank you for everything you’ve done this year.  You may not get a medal, but you will have some incredible stories to tell.  We wish you all a peaceful break and a well earned rest.

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

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Autumn 2020 Update to Members and Subscribers

17th November 2020

Responding to Wave 2

After a brief slowdown in August, the Autumn returned to high levels of activity as everyone prepares and responds to the second Covid wave.

The Council’s Covid response teams, Care Navigation and Social Prescribing and VCS led neighbourhood hubs are working hard planning the Wave 2 response.

Data sharing, neighbourhood coordination, food supply, ​and other support for residents are being coordinated across the borough.  VAC will use the weekly e-bulletin and the Voluntary Action Forum to keep you up-to-date. Don’t forget to keep your entry in the Covid-19 Community Directory and Map up-to-date.  Please check your entry and let us know of any changes.



Collecting Your Stories

At the September forum we discussed how to tell the story of the sector’s responded to the pandemic  – so we are collecting your stories about how you responded.  The responses will be used to tell the story of how vital the sector is in supporting Camden through these challenging times.  You can click here https://www.tfaforms.com/4863725 to put your story in writing or contact Len Lauk (llauk@vac.org.uk) if you would prefer to be interviewed. 

Food Insecurity

The pandemic has revealed the challenge for many of food poverty.  Food has been a major aspect of the response – from emergency food parcels at the beginning to Iftar meals, help with food shopping and now a focus on more long-term sustainable options.  Public Health are leading on the development  of a Food Poverty Strategy and VAC has devoted two Voluntary Action Forum meetings to the issue, the last one on 21st October.  If you are involved in food in any way please complete the council’s food survey.

New Faces

We welcome a new Cabinet Member for the sector Cllr Anna Wright, Cabinet Member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities, known to many in her previous role as Deputy Director of Healthwatch Camden.  Phillip Vaughan has taken over from Moira Ugoji as Community Response Strategic Lead and Zubair Matin is now Community Response Manager.  Andrew Hinchley has finished his secondment to Head of Community Partnerships Team and this is being covered by Rachel Kelly as well as her role as Head of Community Safety and Emergency Management.  The Community Partnerships Team is reduced and more personnel changes may follow as the council rotas staff around to deal with the second wave and simultaneously keep as many services open as possible this time. The participation team is continuing to maintain contacts with the Mutual Aid groups. The NHS reorganisation in April this year is still bedding in but the main message for this lockdown is that the NHS is open for business and people are encouraged to access NHS services as needed.

New Bodies and Structures

The start of the Voluntary Action Forum coincided with the start of the Pandemic and we’ve now held 12 Forum’s so far this year with over 400 participants.  Forums are now monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am.  Email Ricky to go on the mailing list. The next Forum is on 18th November.

At the start of the pandemic the council started to convene aregular  VCS Leaders Meeting  – now called the VCS and Community Partners Meeting.  It’s currently chaired by Carole Stewart, Director of Community Services.

In June the council set up a group to report on BAME Disproportionality and they have set up a BAME Disproportionality VCS Communications Group.

The council have partnered with the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose to set up the Camden Renewal Commission. Details and list of commissioners here

VAC is working with partners to bring Health Inequalities work together.  If you want to get involved contact Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi to get involved.  More details coming soon.

Pulse Survey

The new VCS Emergencies Partnership is a new partnership between local VCS organisations (via the CVS network – VAC’s sister organisations) and national charities.  It aims to check the pulse of the sector weekly; improve collaboration between national and local organisation and bring in additional resources to local areas in exceptional situations.

Please take a look at the survey (page 10 onwards) and for the areas that you have knowledge about, let us know how we should respond.



Finally, the next Voluntary Action Forum is on Wednesday at 11am – come along!  Sign up at Eventbrite to get the zoom link.

Kevin and the VAC Team.  Alex, Dianne, Donna, Hasel, Len, Mandira, Manuella, Ricky and Zubair.

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Voluntary Action Camden Spring 2020 Update to Members and Subscribers


Spring 2020 Update to Members and Subscribers

24th April 2020

Camden Covid-19 Special

The streets may be empty but for many it’s never been a busier time as local organisations and community groups step up to respond to residents in need.

Funding

The council has put £100,000 into an emergency fund that was distributed by Camden Giving last week.  Camden Giving raised an additional £200,000.  A further funding round is planned for June.  Groups are also accessing Community Infrastructure Levy funds at ward level (talk to your councillors).
London Funders have come together to create an Emergency Response Fund.  Wave 2 has 2 strands – Crisis Response and Delivering Differently.
We have links to many other funds but they are all being flooded with requests.
The extra funding that the chancellor announced will be distributed through the lottery – we should hear more any day now.
Sector leaders are still pressing for the furlough scheme to allow furloughed staff to volunteer for their own organisation.
Clarity is needed around business rates grants – some charities may qualify.

New VCS Forum

The first Camden Voluntary Action Forum was held on Wednesday and the participants voted to hold another in a fortnight’s time on Wednesday 6th May at 11am.  There was a chance for everyone to share an update.  VAC’s update covered our work, how the council is responding and mention of social prescribing.  Take a look here.

Voluntary and Community Groups Respond

Many organisations have stepped up to respond to the crisis. Age UK Camden and London Irish Centre were quick to mobilise and have been ensuring that vulnerable older people are getting food parcels.
VAC has put together a Covid-19 Community Directory from your updates; We have also created a daily update page and resources pages.
The Community Directory shows how many local organisations have changed the way they work in order to support vulnerable residents during the crisis.
The Care Navigation and Social Prescribing system in Camden (Community Links run by VAC and Care Navigators run by AUC and Wish+ by the council) has been taking many more referrals from both GPs, self-referrals, and from concerned family members.
We are working with the Council, Volunteer Centre Camden and others to help local organisations access all the volunteers who have signed up to help.
The Food banks have been stretched to supply demand and over the Easter weekend the Red Cross restocked Camden Foodbanks that were running low.
So many local voluntary organisations and community groups have been active in support of their local community that they are too numerous to mention here. Rest assured that the sector’s swift response has been noted at national level.

Needs of Organisations

As part of the survey of how organisations have responded we also asked for support needs.  The key concerns were
• Time is of the essence
• Clear information needed
• Contact points and referral pathways
• Payments and money
• The digital divide
• Isolation, stress, burn out, bereavement, separation
Read the full report here.

Do keep us abreast of your plans for the coming weeks

Thank you for everything you’re doing!

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

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Voluntary Action Camden Christmas 2019 Update to Members and Subscribers

Christmas 2019 Update to Members and Subscribers

20th December 2019

What a Year! What a Decade!

Like many organisations we try to look ahead and make plans for the future but the last decade has made a mockery of planning.  Few would have proposed the current situation as a future scenario in any planning exercise.  So Christmas and New Year will be a welcome break.  Hopefully we willl all return refreshed and ready to take up the cudgels once more in 2020.

Christmas Opening Times

Full details of Camden council services opening times over the Christmas holidays can be found here.
Opening hours for pharmacies over the Christmas holidays are here.
VAC will be closed from 25th December to 1st January 2020 (inclusive) and the e-bulletin will return on Friday 10th January 2020.

Christmas Reading List

Six major reviews of the sector were published this year.  To save you reading all 6, London Funders commissioned a Review of Reviews to summarize them.
Ageing Better in Camden hosted the ‘southern’ launch of Social Infrastructure: How Shared Spaces Make Community Work.
NLGN and Local Trust published Community Commissioning:Shaping Public Services Through People Power
Youth violence and the role that London’s local Infrastructure can play is a short read from Jake Furgeson, member of the Mayor’s VRU Reduction Unit, CEO of Hackney CVS and Chair of the London CVS Network.
Radical Help, by Hilary Cottam was published in the summer and is subtitled How We Can Remake the Relationships Between Us and Revolutionise the Welfare State.  Excellent reviews here and here.
‘Discourses of Voluntary Action at Two Transformational Moments of the Welfare State, the 1940s and the 2010s’ is a major academic study funded by the ESRC.  This presentation summarizes the ideas.
Social Prescribing is an exciting development that involves connecting up members of the community with community and voluntary groups as a way of promoting wellbeing.  VAC have a useful briefing and the Kings Fund have a briefing as well as an analysis of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Thought for Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time for many –  family and friends are thrown together and inevitably differences of opinion get aired.  And as if the traditional family fault lines aren’t enough we now have the aftermath of a bruising election to add to the list of divisive topics that can ruin a family get-together.  Of course, working in the voluntary sector seems to be a particular target for a certain type of family member who thinks that only commerce counts (some say it’s really their festival these days).  What are we good for in a market economy?  It’s not always easy to to come back with a quick response – even if most people’s lives revolve around something other than commerce –  whether it’s spiritual, sports, the arts or just hobbies and pastimes with friends, somehow it’s hard to make the case when you’re put on the spot.  Read more.

VAC News

We are planning a series of events in the new year, including our AGM, a series of IT seminars, a workshop on managing buildings with the Ethical Property Foundation and a Funder Fair in the spring.  Full details in the New Year!

Finally, thanks to all who filled in out survey.  The lucky winner of the £100 voucher was Polly from Kids.

We wish you all a peaceful break and look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

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

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VAC Autumn Update to Members and Subscribers


Autumn 2019 Update to Members and Subscribers

25th October 2019

Space to Connect

We are taking part in the Coop Foundation’s enquiry to help community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. This is part of a national debate on public realm being led by DCMS, The Coop Foundation and Locality.  Over the next 6 months we will start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use. To kick off this initiative we are holding an initial event on 19th November (12 – 2pm) to gather ideas and prioritise areas to take forward.
More info and booking at Eventbrite.

Trustee’s Week

Trustees’ Week is celebrated each year in the first week of November (4th – 9th).  It’s a chance for trustees and chairs to come together to learn, share and network.  VAC and VCC have arranged a full programme for Camden trustees:
Learn about the Trustees’ role in safeguarding on 6th November 2-5pm.
There will also be an update on the major changes in the health service that are currently underway on 7th November at 5.30 with special guest speakers.  Book your free place at Eventbrite.
Trustees can access resources from VAC, join the Camden Trustees Meetup group and get information on recruitment from VCC.

Rents Review update

VAC is taking part in meetings with the council and others to look at VCS rents and leases.  As rent values in central London soar,  the council’s policy of applying market rents to community assets has come under scrutiny.  Even with a  discount rents are becoming unaffordable for many in the sector and there is a knock on effect to those who need to rent space in community buildings to run their activities.  Social Value is a way of taking some of the ‘rent’ as exchange for the social good that the users of the building create.  Some simple measures of social value will need to be developed along with a set of basic principles. The proposals generated will go to Cabinet in the new year and we have pressed for the sector to have a say before any final decision is taken.

Social Prescribing Learning Network (SPLN) Event

The next SPLN event is on funding for VCSE  providers of social prescribing activities on 28th November. Places will be limited and focused on some Camden priorities and key themes and areas where there will be increasing demand from social prescription referrals.

Full details in the SPLN mailout next week.  If you are not on that mailing list you can join using this link (Scroll down, fill in form and tick the box for VAC and / or SPLN mailing as required.)

VCS Infrastructure Funding

In April the council announced a 2 year package of spending on VCS infrastructure in the borough.  We’ve summarised  what each organisation is doing for the money and how those organisations are working together here.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please fill in our survey. It’s only a short survey but we really value your views and it will help us shape our work in the future – and you could win £100!

Yours

Kevin & the VAC team: Alex, Dianne, Donna, Hasel, Mandira, Manuella, Nasrin, Ricky and Zubair

PS We’re planning our Annual Conference & AGM in February – more details soon

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Voluntary Action Camden Summer 2019 Update

Summer 2019 Update to Members and Subscribers

26th July 2019

Summer is definitely upon us (you can’t argue with 38C!) and we hope you manage to find time to take a break and recharge your batteries.  But before you do, as part of our ongoing mission to serve the local voluntary and community sector, we are surveying all our members and subscribers to get your views on VAC and how you we can work better in the future/ or what things you think VAC should be working on now and in the coming years. It’s only a short survey but we really value your views.

There is also a separate and super short 10 question survey about the website. It’s been a few years since we looked at our websites and communications and we would like to get your views before we make any changes.

The council started a major review of rents with a view to getting a new rents policy in place by April 2020. The consultant’s report came out in April with a plan to follow this up by forming a working group and wider consultations with the sector  – then take the final recommendations to a cabinet meeting before Christmas.  There will probably be at least two events – one run by C4 for their members and a general one run by VAC.

Please look out for those dates if you are:
~ A voluntary sector tenant of a Camden council owned property
~ An organisation that got rents transition money
~ You rent space in a building or community centre owned by Camden
~ You are, or are hoping to be, involved in an s.106 or CIL project

Social Prescribing is continuing to develop fast in Camden, joining more and more residents into their community groups and activities (more than 400 per month).

Some recent changes in the NHS will have a big impact on this work – the GPs contract now includes the link worker role and GPs have also been required to form into neighbourhood groupings (called Primary Care Networks). There are 7 in Camden. Read Donna Turnbull’s explanation and catch up with the latest Social Prescribing Learning Network news.

We’re continuing to work with the volunteer centre and the community centres consortium and others to join up the support that is available to you. Don’t forget OneCamden.com – the simple portal into support, volunteering, fundraising and social action in Camden.

Finally, we welcome some new board members: Hilary Barnard, a local resident, former CVS Director and Management Consultant, Tim Holt, Marketing Manager at Visit Britain and two council observers, Cllr Nash Ali and Cllr Richard Cotton.

Yours

Kevin
& the VAC team: Alex, Dianne, Donna, Hasel, Mandira, Manuella, Nasrin, Ricky and Zubair

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