Voluntary Action Camden

20th January Voluntary Action Camden Forum: General VCS Updates and Latest Funding Opportunities

Happy New Year! 

Recording of this meeting – Passcode : qs@?$J@4

Participants list for this session here

Voluntary Action Camden Upcoming grants Powerpoint

This forum was an opportunity to update the forum on your all doing as well as a briefing on a selection of the new funds that have launched in the new year as well as an update on the Thriving Communities initiative.

Useful links / Information from the chat:

Kentish Town City Farm – For protected visits, please email simone@ktcityfarm.org.uk

Skills Exchange Project – www.seproject.co.uk

Unity Works – quick update on our services. We support people with a learning disability through Camden and also other parts of London. We have been doing face to face sessions under community, health and wellbeing – though have now taken a three week pause since 6th Jan. Employment support remains through online/calls and we have a full weekly timetable on zoom for people to access plus social media groups.

Citizens Advice Camden – to refer vulnerable Camden residents to Citizens Advice Camden please email contact@camdencabservice.org.uk

West Euston Partnership – link to the WEP Newsletter https://www.westeustonpartnership.org/about-us-2/newsletters/

Likewise – a small creative project, a chance for people to reflect on their experiences of 2020. Please feel free to pass on to people you work with! https://likewise.org.uk/community-projects/different-boats-postcard-project/

Bengali Workers Association – We have a Elderly outreach project for 50+ Bangladeshi residence in Camden running from last year Nov 2020 to refer or more information please contact me, Minara@bwa-surma.org . Also we need support of volunteers so please if anyone can support will be great. We are also going to launch soon another food parcel-programme for families in need due to covid as a result, loss of income and other from South Asian background. Can have referrals and support up to 50 families for more information please do get in contact with me. Would love to work together and see where there are gaps.

Camden Carers Service – If you are in contact with any unpaid carers; family of friends please refer them to us info@camdencarers.org.uk. We have lots of services to support all unpaid carers aged 18+ Many people are finding themselves new to the caring role as a result of family/friends contacting COVID /long term COVID

POHWER – details are: www.pohwer.net contact details are: 0300456 2370 or pohwer@pohwer.net

Working Men’s College providing Free employability, arts and crafts, cookery, ESOL classes. Interested in making partnerships to offer these services to community centres/charities etc. Particularly interested in hearing from other organisations who would like to ‘progress’ their clients onto accredited employability longer courses. Please email: patriciat@wmcollege.ac.uk

Community Champions Kentish Town – is a volunteer led health and wellbeing project and we are hosting our first welcome and training session on Feb 3rd online. All volunteers will be supported and make a difference in their local community – all will receive their own tailored development plan and other benefits. Please get in touch if you know anybody local to Kentish Town who would benefit from volunteering and are passionate about their community. james@elfridacamden.org.uk (sister projects happening in Kilburn and Regent’s Park estate – I can forward all referrals for these areas)

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society –  Providing weekly food parcels to circa 75 homes a week. We are taking on board another 25 homes. We are focusing on homes that have been hit financially by the pandemic. Referrals can be done on www.lifeafterhummus.com , my email is Farrah@lifeafterhummus.com – We currently have 50+ local volunteers who help us to collect surplus from 45 stores locally, saving us £450 a week. Happy to share how we do this, contact us for a chat with our Food Surplus Logistics Coordinator. We are particularly keen on connecting on employability.