Renew your VAC membership – it’s Free; Countdown to GDPR – latest guidance on consent; Mental Health Awareness Week; Maker Research Project; Family Member Reference Group; City Lit courses for People with Learning Difficulties; Ageing Better Updates on BAME Community Action Project and Community Activity Programme ITT Meetings; Camden on the Radio; Death Fair + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs and volunteering + more
VAC Membership Update
It’s time to renew your VAC membership. We’ve recently made membership free for everyone (not just unfunded groups). So take advantage and join up with other voluntary organsations in Camden. We’ve sent an email directly to existing members – that’s the easiest way to update your details – so look out for that email in your inbox (it’s from firstname.lastname@example.org). If you didn’t get the email you can sign up at this link – it’s quick and easy. Take a look at our latest Annual Report and an overview of our work.
Next week we will send out an email asking you to confirm that you still want to recieve this e-bulletin. Do keep an eye out for it and click the button to confirm you subscription and keep us GDPR compliant!
GDPR – Countdown: Last minute guidance from ICO
With just 14 days to go to the implementation of GDPR, ICO have issued fresh guidelines on consent. Importantly they are now saying that organisations won’t need to “automatically repaper or refresh” existing old consents. You must “check your processes and records in detail to be sure existing consents meet the GDPR standard” buf if they do then it is not necessary to refresh an existing or old consent. ICO are also reminding organisations that there are other lawful basis for holding personal data other than consent. Consent is relevant for marketing situations but, for example, if you communicate with members then the lawful basis for holding their data is your contractual relationship with them.
The relevant lawful basis for processing personal data are:
~ consent of data subject
~ necessary for the performance of a contract or to take steps to enter into a contract with data subject e.g. employees
~ necessary for compliance with a legal obligation
~ necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
Civil Society have covered the story here.
Mental Health Awareness Week 14th to 20th May
The focus this year is on stress which is a key factor in the mental health problems we experience in our lives.
‘By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide’. Mental Health Foundation
Cultural Advocacy Project (CAP) – a joint venture between Mind in Camden and Voluntary Action Camden. The CAP works with different BAME communities to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing from a cultural perspective. The CAP works in partnership with community organisations to develop good practice, peer support groups and 1-1 peer support to engage with and support their members and users who have or are experiencing mental health problems.
Maker Research Project
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00
What does making mean to you? Do you make?
Do you like meeting new people? Would you like to learn new skills?
Make in Camden is a project led by Central Saint Martins, a leading arts and design college located in Kings Cross, Camden.
We want to know more about your relationship to ‘making’ and how we can help you access the skills, knowledge and equipment you need for your journey into making. We also need your help to identify the exisitng places where people can ‘make’ and start shaping how we might create a new space to make with our neighbours.
Come and meet us and take part in a creative workship to share the type of making activities you would like to see happen in the future. Tea and Cake
Book at Eventbrite or contact Donna Turnbull at email@example.com
Camden Family Members Reference Group
A group for all carers of an adult with a learning disability in Camden
Wednesday 16 May 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm followed by a light lunch
Camden Carers Service, Charlie Ratchford, Belmont Street (off Chalk Farm Road) London NW1 8HF
The topic is: Pathways to employment and welfare benefits.
For more details / RSVP please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7697 1336
Courses for People with Learning Difficulties
City Lit Summer School prospectus of classes running in July. Click here.
Ageing Better in Camden – Updates on BAME Community Action Project ITT
1. Ageing Better in Camden are pleased to announce an increase in the funds available for the BAME Community Action Project by £2,500pa. These additional funds have been allocated in recognition of the management and monitoring costs involved in delivering this project.
The revised contract sums will be:
Year 1 – £47,402
Year 2 – £47,402
Year 3 (6months) – £23,700
2. The date for clarification meetings to discuss tenders is changed from Friday 15th June to Wednesday 13th June
Any requests for clarification with respect to the contents of this invitation to tender or the process should be emailed to Ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk
Questions or requests for clarification must be submitted before 9am 24th May
Is Camden One of the Best Places to Live?
In a recent survey, Camden was one of three London boroughs named as one of the best places to live in the country. The study looked at areas across England and ranked them on factors such as economic growth, sustainability and happiness. Listen to the discussion on Camden Community Radio.
Ageing Better in Camden Community Activity Programme Invitation to Tender and Meetings
Ageing Better in Camden has identified a need for an increased number of supportive activities for older people over 60 across Camden. We are therefore commissioning a programme of organisations to deliver ‘Gold Standard’ Community Activities to enable older people to attend supportive and well run activities in their local community. The aim is to help older people reduce their social isolation and loneliness, as well as make connections and build networks. Deadline Wednesday 4th July. See the website for details. They are holding two public meetings on the tender. The first is 24th May at 12 – 1pm. The second is on 8th June 11-12. Please register your interest at email@example.com
Camden Carers Service are hosting a Death Fair
Wednesday 16th May 2-4pm
There will be stalls from local Funeral Directors and other organisations with information on Death, Dying and End of Life Care.
Call Camden Carers Service on 020 7428 8950 for more information
Camden Disability Action
Catch up with the latest news from Camden Disability Action.
Hilden Charitable Fund helps community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.
Grants of between £500 and £1,500 to support local summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of BME groups.
Applications must be from voluntary agencies with less than £150k income.
The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018. Find out more here.
Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme
The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. You can apply for one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Details
Looking for support to find funding? VAC has the full version of Grantfinder, an online programme that let’s you search for sources of funding.
A member of VAC staff will sit down with you for an hour to show you how to use it and make the most of Grantfinder. This is a free service for Camden voluntary and community groups. To book your slot contact Ricky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7284 6550.
A simplified version of Grantfinder is available here.
The theme is tracking and monitoring our health.
19th May, 11am- 2pm
Crown Court Church, Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5EZ*
This meeting is for anyone affected by a thyroid disorder. Friends, family and interested professionals are welcome too. Visit the website for details.
Kentish Town City Farm 60+ Gardening Club
Every Thursday, 2-4pm at Kentish Town City Farm Community Garden – up past the pig and just next to the goats! Drop-in to our friendly gardening club, have a cup of tea and harvest the fruits of your labour. Lucy, our community gardener leads the sessions, so no prior gardening experience required.
Call Jo on 0741 9820 503/ email email@example.com for more info.
Deafblind UK, Deafblind Awareness Day
Wednesday 27th June, 11am—2pm
The Pirate Castle, 33 Oval Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7EA
Come along and meet experts from a range of organisations specialising in sight and hearing loss. Free to attend, refreshments provided. Speak to experts about any concerns you may have and find out what support is available.
For more information, contact Sue Sinton Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07940836882
Employer Engagement Workshop – Women Like Us/Timewise
Tuesday 22nd May at West Euston Partnership (29-31 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3JA), 10am – 2pm
This is a FREE workshop for Employment Advisers who broker jobs on behalf of their clients. The workshop will equip participants with new skills to help source and create jobs for those who can’t work full-time. It is ideal for Advisers who work with parents, people with disabilities, older people, people with long term health conditions, unpaid carers or those who need to balance work & life.
For more information please contact Kate.White@womenlikeus.org.uk
‘Building A Stronger Britain Together’
(BSBT) Information Event taking place on Thursday 24th May, 10am-11.30am at West Euston Partnership. Come along and find out more about in-kind support available through the BSBT programme. Featuring a talk from the BSBT Home Office team plus Q&A session. More informationand booking here
VCC Volunteer Managers’ Forum
Tuesday 19 June, 10am to 1pm
An opportunity to discuss all things volunteer management and network with volunteer managers in Camden and beyond. Refreshments. Details here.
Queens Crescent Open Evening
An open event for young peole in Camden with careers advice, music, food. Friday 4th May, 6 – 8pm at The Dome, Weedington Road. email@example.com
Students’ Union UCL seeks Student-Led Projects Coordinator
36.5 hours per week£28,014-£32,830 per annum inclusive
Application deadline: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Students’ Union UCL is recruiting for a Student-Led Projects Coordinator who is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the Volunteering Service’s successful programme of student-led community volunteering, as well as supporting a caseload of student projects. The successful candidate will provide guidance & supervision for leaders, help develop and deliver training to students, monitor and evaluate and ensure delivery is safe & effective.
For more information and to apply, visit UCL’s vacancies pages
LAWRS seeks Administrator and Finance Officer
Full time (maternity cover) £25,500 per year
The Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is looking for an Administrator and Finance Officer. This is a key position for our organisation ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of our operations and the administration of one of our European Commission funded programmes.
The successful candidate will have: minimum three years’ experience in an administrative role, knowledge of accounts and bookkeeping or a financial background, outstanding organisational skills, excellent interpersonal skills, knowledge of the issues facing Latin American women in the UK, excellent command of English and Spanish or English and Portuguese both orally and in writing, initiative and a “can do” attitude and a strong commitment to women’s rights and equal opportunities. Fluency in Spanish and English or Portuguese and English is essential.
This post is open to women only in accordance with the Equality Act 2010
If you are interested in this position, please download and submit your application form, along with your Equal Opportunities monitoring form, and send it by email to Veronica Gutierrez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kingsgate seeks Under 5’s Coordinator
Kingsgate Community Association, a registered Charity, is currently recruiting an Under 5’s Coordinator to be a part of its OFSTED registered Preschool.
The ideal candidate will manage and support the Early Years Practitioners and KCA Office in all aspects of their duties and will encourage growth and development. As a minimum, they will have 3 years of experience in a childcare setting, a Level 3 qualification in childcare, GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths, supervisory experience, computer literate, have knowledge of OFSTED requirements and have the skills needed to provide a stimulating and varied programme of learning opportunities, whilst ensuring the EYFS is being followed.
The safety and well-being of children under their care is top priority, and they will have up to date knowledge of Child Protection and Safeguarding.
To apply, visit our website: www.kingsgatecommunitycentre.org.uk
Pan Intercultural Arts Volunteer Board Member
Pan is looking to appoint a new trustee to the Board of Trustees of the charity.
The new trustee will be tasked with advising the board on fundraising activities beyond the areas in which the charity has been regularly successful.
The Trustees would expect this appointment to have considerable knowledge and experience of fundraising from the sources mentioned above, good networks of possible friends and donors to Pan, the ability to manage events which could aid the charity and an interest in the goals of its work. Pan encourages applicants from all backgrounds and would welcome expressions of interest to the following address: email@example.com
HostNation seeks Volunteers
HostNation is an online London-wide introductory service, connecting volunteer befrienders with lonely refugees and asylum-seekers. The emphasis is on social support so refugees can learn about British culture, practise their English, explore new parts of town, have some fun. Matching people who live in the same part of the city is a key criterion, making it easier to meet and for refugees to discover ways to enjoy their local area for free with a local person. The commitment is to meet once a week or once a fortnight over three months.
HostNation would particularly welcome more registrations of male volunteers.
Hub for London is Recruiting
The Hub for London is a new infrastructure support organisation for the region’s civil society.
• Programme Manager – £45,000, full-time
• Intelligence Coordinator – £36,000, full-time
• Networks Partner – £36,000, full-time
• Employment and Skills Policy Lead – £35,000, pro rata 4 days a week
• Hub Coordinator – £28,000, full-time
The closing date for applications will be 5pm on 25 May 2018.
For more information on all the roles on offer and to apply, see webpage.
Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) seeks Community Development Worker
10 to 14 hours a week. Initial contract from 1 September 2018 to 30 September 2019 with possible extension to 30 September 2021, subject to funding.
KOVE requires a Community Development Worker to help with organising its community projects and activities. KOVE is committed to overcoming social isolation of older people in the Kilburn, West Hampstead, Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage areas and campaigning for better facilities for older people.
For an application pack, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Tuesday 29 May at 5pm Interviews on Thursday 21 June
For an informal discussion about the post, phone Peter Lush on 07973-845285
Ageing Better in Camden Community Activity Programme Invitation to Tender
Ageing Better in Camden has identified a need for an increased number of supportive activities for older people over 60 across Camden. We are therefore commissioning a programme of organisations to deliver ‘Gold Standard’ Community Activities to enable older people to attend supportive and well run activities in their local community. The aim is to help older people reduce their social isolation and loneliness, as well as make connections and build networks. Deadline Wednesday 4th July. See the website for details.
The Kosmos Centre has an office to rent in their building in Kentish Town.
Recently decorated, four desks, £750 per calendar month.
Non-profit organisations only. For further details please visit
New Project with BAME Older People
Ageing Better in Camden is commissioning a new Community Action Project specifically targeted for work with isolated older people in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Camden. The aim is to help older people from BAME communities to reduce their social isolation and loneliness, as well as make connections and build networks.
Ageing Better in Camden invites organisations to tender for our new BAME Community Action project which will run for 2.5 years from October 2018.
The deadline for submitting a tender is Monday 4 June 2018. Details here.
Information, Advice and Signposting Survey
Camden council are currently evaluating the contracts with Advice Partners in Camden, and looking ahead to develop the most appropriate model for advice services moving forward.
‘We are aware that many front facing staff play an important role in supporting residents with provision of information and advice, or by signposting and we are keen to hear about your experiences. Follow this link to a short survey – your support with this will be invaluable in shaping service provision for the future.’