Voluntary Action Camden

15th June 2022 Voluntary Action Forum: New Integrated Care System (ICS) and more!


This forum provided an opportunity for attendees to improve their understanding of the ICS (Integrated Care System), get questions answered, hear about the North Central London priorities for working with the voluntary sector, and to connect and network with other organisations interested in this area of work.


Presentations for this event:


16th March 2022 Voluntary Action Forum: Community Vaccine Champions Project and Benchmarking Community Building Services

At this Forum we discussed a new local project sponsored by Department of Levelling Up Housing & Communities (DLUHC) to reduce inequalities in the uptake of COVID vaccination in Camden. Hear about the various different activities planned as part of this project, including a new grant programme for organisations, unregistered groups, and local residents.

Presentations for this event:

More Information:

  • sam.rowe2@camden.gov.uk. (Senior Community Partner). Working on Community Buildings. TWO EVENSTS for Building Managers 1. Procurement Exchange (Hosted by Camden Council) 30th March 12:30-1:30 AND 2. Training Event ‘Community Buildings: Charities, Properties and the Law’ (Trainers Supplied by Ethical Property Foundation)
  • rachel.woolf@streetstorage.org if anyone knows people on the street or in vulnerable housing who haven’t had vaccine 1,2 or 3 or who want to talk about it with a nurse, vaccinator or doctor. We are coordinating dates for vaccination drop ins March and April today so I will let people know this week.

At the request of some community buildings managers Camden Council is inviting people who are purchasing services to meet together for a Procurement Exchange. If there is sufficient interest we will be hosting an lunchtime meeting Wed 30th March 12:30-13:30 on Zoom.

This is a participatory meeting to enable anyone responsible for building management (such as Facilities Managers, Centre Managers, Super Caretakers etc) to meet up and discuss costs associated with running a community building.

In the first instance we will be asking you about your costs of statutory compliance otherwise known as health and safety checks – what should you pay for a fire safety report, who does yours, is what should you expect from a legionella contractor, who is Pat Testing??? etc.

To express an interest, or find out more please complete the online survey to prioritise our efforts in the link here https://forms.office.com/r/1m4FG12ins. For any other questions or queries please do get in touch with me. Please complete the survey with your details to get the Zoom link. Please can you complete the survey by Monday 28th March

Green Social Prescribing Networking Event 22/02/22

This was an event for VCS organisations and social prescribers who want to learn more about Green Social Prescribing in Camden.
We also made a soft launch of our directory which can be found here: https://directory.vac.org.uk/gsp
What is Green Social Prescribing?
How to use VAC’s new Green Social Prescribing Directory, and how to list your activities.
Parks for Health and developing new activities
Hear about Green Social Prescribing in action from local organisations
You can add your activities to the Green Social Prescribing Directory here

Other information from the chat:

  • Heath’s page (in development) on access and heath connections: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/hampstead-heath-accessibility
  • There is a Show on social prescribing in March at the South bank starting I believe on the 4th March
  • Camden SPLW Peer Support Group and we currently meet every other Tuesday 9.30-10.30 at Castlehaven. If any other SPs would like to join please contact Alison.David1@nhs.net or Jo Lynch jo.lynch@nhs.net
  • Castlehaven Community Association Green Prescription contact Cathy Graham cathrine@castlehaven.org.uk or call 07443274572. We are hosting a Camden SPLW Peer Support Meeting on Tues 8th March 9.30am-10.30am. You are more than welcome to attend. Please check our website for more information: www.castlehaven.org,uk
  • https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities/network/
  • For community info, info on the various routes in to the Heath’s social offer, health connections etc: https://www.heath-hands.org.uk/community
  • London Plus – London Social Prescribing Network for charities and community groups across the region for all things social prescribing. To find out more about us, what we do and to receive our newsletter click here to sign up https://londonplus.org/london-plus-social-prescribing-network or you can contact at social.prescribing@londonplus.org

20th January 2022 VAC Social Prescribing Learning Network

Apologies this session did not get recorded, again apologies for the inconvenience.

VAC Social Prescribing Learning Network hosted a networking event for arts and cultural organisations and local social prescribers (Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Navigators etc).

This was an opportunity to meet Elijah Kellman, a new link worker working on an arts and culture pilot at University College London Hospital, other social prescribers in Camden, and hear from some arts organisations who are receiving social prescribing referrals and / or offer activities and opportunities that support good health.

Find below the presentation from the event & participants list:

Camden’s Social Prescribing Landscape

Participants list

Useful information and links from the chat:

19th January 2022 Voluntary Action Forum: Happy New Year!

This was the first Voluntary Action Forum for the new year which was an opportunity to share your upcoming work and news for 2022, and hear about some new developments, events, and important consultations in the borough! 

Camden Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service Presentation

More useful information sent via the chat:

15th December Voluntary Action Forum: Manifesto Update and Meet our new CEO

At this Forum we will follow up our May forum where we first looked at creating a Manifesto for the VCS. We gathered ideas and put them on an online wall (which you can view here). This is a chance to add any ideas we missed and also to prioritise the manifesto demands.

Ongoing padlet that was used from May 2021s Forum and on this forum: https://padlet.com/info15870/iup02p5lpx1bkcbg

Camden resilience fund information session


The council has launched a new grant programme called The Resilience Fund. there are two strands of funding available in the Community Impacts Resilience Fund:

  • Recovery Fund: Grants of up to £15,000 to support organisations to return to business as usual. Funding can be used to cover day-to-day costs such as staffing, rent and utility bills. A total of £600,000 is available through this fund.
  • Partnership and Networks Fund: Grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations to develop existing or to establish new partnerships and collaborations within the community.


20th October Voluntary Action Forum: Health Inequalities

This forum we spoke about the Health Inequalities that have been made painfully visible during the pandemic. This is a an opportunity to hear what has been done in the borough in the last year on health inequalities and to find out next steps and plans for the future and follow up on the July 2020 Forums on inequalities and disproportionality.

Agenda for this session:-

11.00 – 11.05:           Introductions / Apologies.

11.05 – 11.15:           Camden Health Watch – Shelly Khan HI Update.

11.15 – 11.20:           Jo Reeder – NCL CCG Inequalities Fund.

11.20 – 11.25:           Annabel Collins – Ageing Better in Camden.

11.25 – 11.35:           Chikwaba Oduka – Umoya HI Update, formally The African Health Forum

11.35 – 11.45:           BAME Funding Programme / HI Objectives revisited.

11.45 – 11.55:           Karen Martins – Progression Fund / Q & A (Camden Council – open discussion).

11.55 – 12.00:           VAC’s HI Survey / End.

Information from the chat:

Camden Disability Action sent apologies and an update. Their Health Inequalities work is also rooted in the lockdown where people with disabilities found themselves unable to get about / completely excluded. CDA have been developing community journalism and reporting on access issues in Camden. You can get onto the website via this link, and anyone who wants to participate should contact CDA https://camdendisabilityaction.org.uk/camden-disabled-peoples-voices/

James Fox from Camden – Just to flag, the 6-week consultation for Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy is scheduled to open on the 1st November. The website for the consultation should go live next week, we will also be able to provide paper copies of the survey when the consultation opens.
The three proposed focused areas in the strategy are:
• Community connectedness and friendships
• Healthy and ready for school
• Good work and employment
We would love to hear your thoughts on the strategy, and would be grateful if you could share the consultation with your networks when it opens.
We would be happy to come to any upcoming meetings or events to discuss the strategy further. If you have any questions, please feel free to email – james.fox@camden.gov.uk


Voluntary Action Camdens Presentation (CAP)

Healthwatch Camden Reducing Inequalities in Health

NCL Inequalities Fund Presentation

Participants list can be found here