Voluntary Action Forum Google Grants Launch; Carers’ Week; Small Charities Week; Loneliness Week; Vaccine Bus; Summer in Camden; Long Covid Support; Security Funding for Places of Worship; NHS Picnic; Kitchen Needed; VCS Emergencies Partnership Survey; Remote and Digital working + Newsletters + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers & more
Voluntary Action Forum
Wednesday 16th June at 11am.
Launch of the Google Grants Scheme
We will be launching a new grants scheme funded by Google to help grassroots organisations hire community space for meetings and activities. Find out more about the scheme and how to take part. Details and booking at Eventbrite.
Next week is Small Charities Week and also Loneliness Awareness Week. There are lots of events and activities to choose from including Small Charity – Big Spaces, Tuesday 15 June, 10:00 – 12:00 A Community Matters event for Community Organisations on Big Advice Day, part of Small Charities Week. Book here. Check out the Small Charities Week website and Navca pages.
Find out more about Loneliness Week here.
VAC is recruiting a Communications Worker
See the jobs section for full details of this and the VAC Chair advert.
The COVID-19 community vaccination bus will be at Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage on:
• Friday 11 June, 3 – 7pm
• Saturday 12 June, 10am – 2pm
This is a free service for anyone who is currently eligible for the vaccine including those aged 30 and over. You don’t need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated. If you haven’t had your first dose of the vaccine yet, book your free appointment now by calling Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9). You can also turn up at the bus during operating times but please try to book in advance to guarantee your appointment.
The Camden team support people with signs & symptoms lasting for longer than 12 weeks (NICE) to be diagnosed as Long-Covid. They may occur in conjunction with other conditions. Referrals need to come from GP’s or the Post-Covid clinic at UCLH. They should be sent to, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Long-Covid team consists of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with a Rehab Assistant to support and access to psychology if required.
Contact Rob Clarke on email@example.com for any information or enquiries.
Funding and Support for Security at Places of Worship
Islington and Camden Keep Our NHS Public branches are planning to hold a picnic on Saturday 3rd July to celebrate the NHS 73rd birthday. It will be held in the St Pancras Gardens from 1pm to 4pm. Bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic drinks. Details at Eventbrite.
Camden HAF delivery partner seek kitchen space for hire
Feast With Us are a London based food poverty charity, which brings together surplus food and a host of committed volunteers to provide healthy and nutritious meals for the people and communities who need it the most. This Easter we partnered with Young Camden Foundation and London Borough of Camden as part of Camden Holiday, Activities and Food programme to help deliver meals to children and young people during the holidays. We are now seeking a kitchen space for the summer holiday. Ideally this would be a catering kitchen that has hot storage/hot hold equipment, large storage space for food (such as walk-in fridge, separate larder space, chest freezer), and is fully equipped with cooking pots suitable for large-scale catering.
Please contact Lily@feastwithus.org.uk if you have a kitchen space for hire.
Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership
The VCS Emergencies Partnership is looking at ways to learn from the pandemic and make recommendations about the experiences of equality, diversity and inclusion across marginalised communities.
You can share your experience here.
VCSEP are also looking for case studies – tell us about your organisation and community/ies and your experiences over the last 12-18 months. There is a contribution of a £100 to your organisation to cover your time and involvement.
Please contact Razia Sattar at firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.
Young Camden Foundation –Summer Opportunities Fund
The Summer Opportunities Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun, new and accessible activities for children and young people during the summer break.
Organisations can apply for up to £3,000. Local organisations that have not previously accessed YCF’s grants are encouraged to apply. Applications for £5,000 will be considered only from organisations who are not in receipt of any other grant from YCF such as the Holiday Activities Fund. Deadline: 15 June 2021. For more information visit Funding (youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk).
Young Camden Foundation Supplementary Education Fund
Young Camden Foundation invites applications from supplementary schools and other organisations and out-of-school settings based in Camden who are able to deliver: Core Curriculum Subjects– an emphasis on the provision of core thematic learning to children and young people for example – extracurricular lessons, homework support, or weekend classes – in at least one or more of the following subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. To apply and for more information see here: https://youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk/funding/index
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Grant Programme Open
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium sized local charities, funding work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. Aimed at registered charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support. The focus is on work supporting adults and young people aged 17+. Unrestricted grants of up to £50,000 over 2 years, together with development support for your charity. Our programme has two strands, Complex Social Issues and Racial Equity. For more information and to apply, visit the website
Hampstead, Wells and Campden Trust
Current priorities are debt, homelessness and mental health although other categories will also be considered. Grants are available for £2,000 and £10,000. If you are seeking a larger amount than this please contact the office first.
It is recommended to contact our Grant’s Officer to discuss any potential applications before starting an application. Full details here.
Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity funding
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is to launch its Racial Equity funding for small and local charities that are led by and that support Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities. Charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support. Full details here.
Windrush Community Fund Phase 2
Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available to:
~ Increase awareness and understanding of the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
~ Reach more communities and those individuals who may have been affected because they could not prove their lawful status in the UK.
~ Ensure that individuals and communities know how to apply.
~ Build capacity at a community and grassroots level to support those affected to access the schemes. Full details here. Closes 30 June.
The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am.
Next Forum is on Wednesday 16th June at 11am when we will be launching a new grants fund for grass roots organisations funded by Google. Details here.
Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources
You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.
The Elfrida Rathbone Camden Leighton College is a specialist education provision for young people with a mild to moderate learning disability aged 16-24. Leighton College is based in Kentish Town, Camden and accepts students from any London Borough.
We are open for applications from students (who must have an Education, Health and Care Plan) for a September 2021 start date and we are able to support transitions from secondary school or other colleges to the Leighton College.
For more information contact Samantha Childs, ERC Education Manager, at email@example.com or on 07917/ 193 885 / 020 7424 1617.
Uprising Stand Out
Uprising are running 4-week online employment support programme Stand Out. The programme will run from July 26th. The programme combines an intensive daily month-long online curriculum with up to a year of mentoring for each participant, designed to help young people in a competitive job market.
Further information and booking at https://www.uprising.org.uk/stand-out
Route into Work with London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum will be hosting a range of summer courses for young people. Find out more here.
If you have any questions, please contact RouteIntoWork@ltmuseum.co.uk.
Thriving Communities webinar
National Partnership Working across the National Academy for Social Prescribing – Who we are and what we do. Find out how the NASP partnerships build sustainability and legacy, Tuesday 6th July, 3-4.30pm Details and booking here.
UCL Social Hackathons – summer series applications now open
Social Hackathons are one-day events where you get a group of UCL student volunteers to come up with potential solutions to a community need or problem you’ve identified. You’ll also get £500 to help turn the ideas into a reality.
Social Hackathons run between Thursday 24th June to Friday 30th July, from 10am-4pm and will be held online over Zoom. Details here. Apply here by Friday 11 June.
Barnardo’s Nightwatch Child Exploitation Training
Monday 28th June 2021 14.00 – 16.00
Barnardo’s Nightwatch is delivering an online 2 hour training session to improve the ability of people who work in or with the Night Time Economy in Camden to recognise and respond to child exploitation.
Register your interest to Jerrie.Andrews@camden.gov.uk
Families, Food & Feelings
The Families, Food & Feelings group is FREE for parents/carers of children aged 5-17 who live or are registered with a GP in Islington or Camden. The group aims to support parents/carers in encouraging their children to live happy, healthy lives. The facilitators provide strategies and insight to help parents/carers feel confident. Find out more at the Brandon Centre website.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation (Free)
The method of Sahaja Yoga is unique: Through the experience of Kundalini awakening, the process of going into thoughtless awareness is completely spontaneous and does not require any kind of mental control. The effects of true meditation are long-lasting and increase with regular practice.
Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Free-Meditation-Yoga-London/events/xfhrdsyccgbcc/
Camden Co-production Network Meeting
The fourth Camden Co-production Network Meeting is on 17 June 2021
Camden who have agreed to be guest presenter(s) and will share a particular aspect of their work working with Camden residents to award funds – participatory funding
On Zoom. To join or for inquiries contact Participation@Camden.gov.uk
London Festival of Ideas
Information sessions and applications will open for small grants to informal groups or organisations with a turnover of less than £100k to host activity during the festival. 28 June – 23 July 2021
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
C&I Recovery College Summer term course guide
Recovery College runs until 16 July. Courses will be online using Microsoft Teams, with some courses also available as Youtube videos. Full details here.
VAC is seeking a new Chair to lead the organisation through a significant time of change in support of the borough’s voluntary and community sector as it emerges from, and continues to manage, the impact of the pandemic on the diverse communities we serve.
VAC is the strategic infrastructure organisation for the sector enabling it to influence policy, connect for collaborative strength and develop capacity.
The new VAC Chair will come in at a pivotal moment for the organisation as we embark on a new three-year strategy with a refreshed Board of Trustees, a growing membership and a highly committed staff and volunteer team. This is a stimulating opportunity for a candidate with voluntary sector leadership experience and an enthusiasm for Camden to lead VAC into this next key phase of its development.
Full details and how to apply here.
VAC is Recruiting a Communications Worker
I day per week £28k pro rata, pension, annual leave and flexible working
VAC is a small but high-profile local umbrella organisation for the Camden vcs – part of a network of sister organisations acros the country. The primary purpose of your role is to develop and implement the marketing & communications strategy for VAC, leading our communications such as our high-profile weekly newsletter, social media and web content. You will need to work with all staff as well as a range of external stakeholders and partners. As well as the VAC website and communication channels, we also run the general portal into the Camden voluntary and community sector – OneCamden.com and the @onecamden twitter. Apply with CV and covering letter. Full details here. Deadline 30th June.
Old Diorama seeks Venue Manager
The Centre Manager is the deputy senior role in the charity, and will work closely with the new Creative Director & Chief Executive, Daniel Pitt, to help shape our next steps.
£30,000 per annum. Full time Permanent. Deadline: 10am, Thursday 24th June 2021
We’re looking for someone who has a vision for how arts and community spaces should be. Someone who will care for the welcome we provide all of our visitors, as well as the team that enables that. Full details on the website.
Latin American House seeks Nursery Manager
Latin American House’s nursery Centro Infantil Menchú is looking for a nursery manager to join a small and established team. The Nursery Manager will be responsible for all aspects of managing and running the nursery, leading it to maintain high-quality standards, compliance with Health & Safety regulations and Ofsted requirements. Follow the link below for more information: https://casalatina.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies/
The deadline for applications is Thursday 24th June at 5 PM.
Camden Mind Ventures seeks Charity Shop Retail Manager
35 hours per week Salary £21,750 pa, 25 days a/l plus 8 bank holiday days
Camden Mind Ventures runs a busy charity shop located in the heart of Camden Town on behalf of Mind in Camden, a local mental health charity.
The aim of the shop is to generate vital funds to continue the work of the charity supporting people who have substantial mental health issues.
Closing Date: Tuesday 15th June 12.00 noon Full details can be found here
Healthwatch Camden seeks new Director
Healthwatch Camden is looking for a Director that can deliver on an ambitious agenda. The new Director will work with the Trustee Board to develop a new long-term strategy which navigates the organisation through the next stages of the pandemic, the new Health and Social Care legislation and beyond.
Applicants are asked to visit the Healthwatch Camden website for more information, and obtain an Information Pack for the role from Shweta Prabhakar at Harris Hill: email@example.com | 020 7820 7320.
Castlehaven are currently looking for the perfect candidate to manage our highly respected environmental projects here at Castlehaven. Are you passionate about gardening, nature and people? Would you like to work in the heart of Camden Town for an award-winning community association, managing our urban environmental projects? Full details here. Closing 6 June.
CAWH seeks Centre Administrator
Community Association for West Hampstead seeks p/t Centre Administrator. 21 hrs pw £13 ph plus pension
You must be a multi taking all rounder who wants to help involve the local community and contribute to a friendly welcoming atmosphere.
For an application pack email firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date 21 June.
The Kids Network is Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator
The Kids Network are hiring a Volunteer Coordinator to join the team to lead on our Camden mentoring programme. You will work to support our mentees by managing our volunteer mentors, bringing the Camden community together through fun and friendship.
This is an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in the growth of the organisation and make a positive impact for children in Camden as we navigate different covid-19 restrictions. Full details here.
Camden People’s Theatre is recruiting volunteers
Volunteering will take place at Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
Volunteer shift times: Monday – Saturday 6:15pm – 10:15pm
CPT will reopen to the public on Tuesday 15th June
To Apply Please complete the CPT Volunteer Application form here. We’ll be in touch to arrange a quick conversation before any decisions are made
Nafsiyat seeking Treasurer
North London based mental health charity, Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, is seeking a Trustee Treasurer to support the organisation and Trustee Board in the area of financial governance. Details here
Board of Black Girls Hike seeks Non-Executive Director
Black Girls Hike provides a safe space for Black women to explore the outdoors. We challenge the status quo and encourage Black women to reconnect with nature by hosting nationwide group hikes, outdoor activity days and training events.
Please note this role is voluntary and unpaid. Travel expenses will be supported. If you are interested in this role, please email email@example.com
Solace Volunteering Opportunities
Solace Women’s Aid have a number of volunteering vacancies. See the website for full details and how to apply.
Calthorpe Community Garden, Seeks Chair
Calthorpe Community Garden, a green oasis in central London, exists to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of the local community. We are seeking a Chair with outstanding communication skills The Chair will lead the Board of Trustees by example, providing a collaborative framework to discuss, decide and implement matters of strategic importance to comply with Calthorpe’s charitable objectives. For a full job description please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: 5pm on 11th June 2021.
Castlehaven’s Food Bank Needs Volunteers
Every week Castlehaven’s food bank feeds roughly 200 local residentsts in Camden. As life is returning to ‘normality’ and people are heading back to work we’re in need of more volunteers every Thursday to keep our food bank running. Email email@example.com to get involved.
Learning Disability Network London are Recruiting
LDN London are now paying the London Living Wage for Support Workers (£21,157). We have positions available across Camden, Westminster, K&C and Islington. Join our team and make a difference. Details here.
Get Fit, Get Active, Get Gardening
Do you love the great outdoors, gardening and green spaces? Castlehaven Community Association need volunteers every Wednesday from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm to help maintain Castlehaven’s community parks in the heart of Camden Town.
All sessions are led by fully trained staff, and we’ll provide all the training, tools and equipment you’ll need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
COVID-19 Health Champions
Join the COVID-19 Health Champion movement to get the latest advice and guidance about COVID-19 so that you can help and share the information with your community, and let us know what is and isn’t working. You can access trusted information through regular updates and weekly online drop-in sessions about the vaccine, testing and more.
If you work, live or volunteer in Camden, simply complete the form here to sign up! If you’ve got questions, email CHC@islington.gov.uk.
Hopscotch Homecare urgently need Care Workers.
Hopscotch Homecare are a very caring,well-established and expanding care agency that has been providing care workers to clients in and around Camden for 20 years. We are looking for care workers who would like to help our clients to continue living safely and independently in their own homes.
Day/Night hours available and must be able to work at least two late shifts a week and alternate weekends Contact:email@example.com
Paid work opportunities for people who have been laid off/ reduced income
Local Adult social care providers are still recruiting, and as they support the NHS to move vulnerable adults out of hospital to stay well at home, their need is growing. Contact Proud to Care.
We Make Camden Nominations
Nominate a Camden organisation, group of residents, business or team within the NHS or other public service to be recognised for their amazing efforts since the pandemic began. Email firstname.lastname@example.org before 21st June.
Tricky Period Pickup Locations
All pick up points can be accessed by anyone in need.
You do not need an address, proof of income or have any links with the pick up point venue (unless otherwise stated). Full list here.
Google Career Certificates
Camden, Google and Coursera are offering free professional training to 500 Camden residents.
There are four programmes to choose from: IT Support, Data Analysis, Project Management and UX Design. You don’t need any experience or a degree to take part in a course, just an interest in starting a new career.
Residents can register for the free courses here
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Nominations for 2022 are now open. Find out more here.
Keeping The Community Directory Up-to-date
As we enter Autumn lots is changing. Buildings are starting to re-open, some activities are moving back into the real world, some food parcel deliveries have ended, while other food projects continue. Help us to keep the directory up-to-date by updating your details as they change.
If you would like to make a new entry in the directory use this link. If you would like to update an existing entry look out for an email from us early next week with a unique link for you to update.
View the Directory here. View the map here.
How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden
Send your item to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.