Re-opening Community Buildings – Locality Workshop Follow-up; Kingsgate CC to Close; Two Magpies Fund; Suicide Prevention Day; IT Support Needs Survey; From Food Banks to Food Coops; Using Tech to Re-design your business; Covid-19 and Youth Health and Wellbeing; Castlehaven News; Career Coaching for Young Working Class People; Central YMCA offer to local groups + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more
Re-opening Community Buildings:
Locality Workshop Follow-up
Wednesday 23th September 10.00 – 12.00.
Locality are back with us to follow up on their July workshop about re-opening community buildings. This willl be a chance to get updates on the current situation – up-to-date information on HSE and Public Health interpretations of current rules and risk assessments. There will be an opportunity to put your questions and concerns to the facilitators. It’s also a chance to share how those with buildings are gradually re-openning and re-starting activities. What will happen if there is a second wave? How do you blend online and real world activites? What are the implications for budgets? Book at VAC.
See all the resources on our #BuildBackBetter/ Planning for the Future page
Two Magpies Fund awards small grants to non-profit organisations working with women who have experienced abuse, as well as organisations helping primary school aged children growing up in poverty. The focus is on Camden, Haringey, Islington and Westminster. Full details in the Funding section below.
Kingsgate Community Association to Close
We’re sad to announce that Kingate Community Association has made the difficult decision to close down the organisation. Kingsgate is the first major VCS victim of the pandemic in Camden. Read the full press statement from the board of trustees here.
Suicide Prevention day 10th September
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.
You can help by completing the ‘Suicide Let’s Talk’ training (5 mins).
This training will enable you to identify, support and effectively signpost someone with suicidal thoughts/behaviours.
The Samaritans do a more in depth course: Managing Suicidal Conversations
IT and Digital Support Needs Survey for Camden and Islington Groups
Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is working in partnership with Voluntary Action Islington (VAI) and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) to help shape a programme of IT and digital support across the two boroughs. Please spend a few minutes completing our survey to help us understand what challenges you have with IT and digital and how we can best support you.
From Food Banks to Food Coops
Thursday 24th September 2020, 10am-11am via Zoom
During the Covid-19 lockdown, mutual aid groups, food banks and community associations provided thousands of meals to Camden residents on low or no income. These efforts continue to provide immediate relief for people facing acute food poverty. But the crisis is far from over.
Castlehaven invite you to a presentation by Cooperation Town – currently working in partnership with Castlehaven – on phasing out our emergency C-19 foodbank by introducing more sustainable community-led food coops.
Cooperation Town is a newly established Camden group proposing a sustainable alternative to mass charity operation: a local network of community-led food co-ops, self-organised and owned by its members, who will have ongoing access to extremely affordable food.
They recently released the Cooperation Town Starter Pack – an accessible guide to starting new food co-ops – and will present the pack, further resources, the supporting infrastructure and the ideas behind Cooperation Town
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84781046776 Meeting ID: 847 8104 6776
How technology can help re-design your business
22 September at 2pm
~ What does it mean to go fully digital?
~ Products, services, experiences: How everything collides in the digital world
~ Business process automation
~ How to map your business evolution
~ How to choose where to begin
~ Measuring your success and how to keep moving forward
Read more & register here https://www.meetup.com/space4skillworkshops/events/272334226/
COVID-19 and its impact on youth health and wellbeing
Tuesday, 15th September at 5pm
An interactive health workshop on zoom. Adults can support their children and others requiring support. Register on Eventbrite to get the Zoom login details.
Castlehaven Community Association is open!
After providing the community with a variety of online and offline services during lockdown, we are pleased to announce the Community Centre is now open again for the public.
The charity will continue to run it’s food bank out of Clarence Hall, alongside hosting a variety of online and onsite activities for all ages. See the calendar
Read about the various measures we have put in place for your safety
Free Career Coaching For Working Class People
The Right Ethos are offering 26 free Career Coaching sessions for working class individuals right at the start of their career – under 26 and who have never had paid work in the sector. The sessions generally take place via ZOOM.
You need to write a short application and the strongest applications will receive a free session. Please read the full info at therightethos.co.uk and email them to along with your CV at email@example.com
Central YMCA Building Connections with Local Community Groups
Central YMCA wants to reach as many vulnerable people as possible – running classes and offering space to host groups and events in the Great Russell Street Club just off Tottenham Court Road, and the Mind Body studio at OneKX in Kings Cross. If your community group would be interested in joining or running classes and events in either of our spaces, or would like to discuss anything else related to our health and wellbeing programmes, please drop an email or a call to Chris: 07733265590 firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Two Magpies Fund
The Fund awards small grants to non-profit organisations working with women who have experienced abuse, as well as organisations helping primary school aged children growing up in poverty. Our focus is on Camden, Haringey, Islington and Westminster. The process is very simple and you will get an answer quickly. The deadline for applications is 30th September. Applications can be made here: www.twomagpiesfund.co.uk/apply
Don’t miss this one!
Camden Covid-19 Charity Fund (Round 3) Pathways into Employment Fund
~ helping people access netowrks and connections for ecomonic prosperity.
~ wellbeing projects that focus on supportng peole looking for work
~ providing skills and training that help people access jobs
Up to £10,000. Full details here: www.camdengiving.org.uk
VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well
Grants are available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.
The aim of the Fund is to promote equality and reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base about good practice, sharing lessons and widening the adoption of interventions with a proven track record. The current funding round focusses on giving people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.
approximately 20 projects will be funded. Full details here. deadline 30 Oct.
LGBT+ Futures Fund
Grants are available for non-profit LGBT+ organisations across the UK to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Two levels of funding are available: Small grants of up to £5,000 and Main grants of between £5,001 and £15,000. How to apply and full details here.
Funding Available to Make London Greener
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects that will:
~ green the built environment,
~ create more opportunities for all Londoners to get outdoors
~ address the inequality in access to open space
~ support London’s diversity of environmental organisations & groups
Information webinars taking place on 8 September (3pm – 4:30pm), 10 September (11am – 12:30pm) or 14 September (5:30pm – 7pm). Further information here. Deadline 5 October 2020.
The Phoenix Fund
Racial justice is at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The Phoenix Fund will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community. There will be 4 rounds. The Initiative aims to:
~ Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities
~ Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England
~ Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations Application deadline for Round 3: 16th Sept
COVID Recovery Fund from Lloyds Bank foundation
Lloyds Bank foundation launched a £7.4 million fund to supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Organisations can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 and will get a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.
Every Thursday at 3:30pm Ubele host fundraising webinars on a variety grant funds that are available with techniques on writing better applications. These webinars are free of charge and the presentations/resources are uploaded on our website. Registration for Fundraising Webinars here.
The video of the workshop and notes from the session are available here.
Camden Voluntary Action Forum
The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community groups and organisation, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action.
VAC is working with funders so that safeguarding courses can continue online. Further details to come. There are some basic safeguarding videos on the home page and on the COVID19 Update page.
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This September Working Men’s College is offering 4 free courses plus additional advice and guidance to help you get that job.
~ Find a job and build your career network- Sept 14& 21 & Oct 5
~ Write a Great CV! – Sept 15 & 23 & Oct 7
~ Filling in Application Forms Confidently – Sept 16 & 28
~ Improve your interview skills – Sept 17 & 30 Click here for more information and enrolment
Camden Safeguarding Children’s Board Training
18 September 2020 — 9.30am-1.00pm
Early Years and the Impact of Abuse
18 September 2020 — 9.30am-12.30pm
Designated Safeguarding Lead — Refresher Session
24 September 2020 — 10.00am-11.30am
Counter Extremism and WRAP Full details and how to apply here
Camden SNB is seeking a new Projects Manager
The Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board is recruiting a new Projects Manager. Having worked for Camden SNB for over 20 years, Peter Ward has decided to move on. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday 16 September and interviews will be held during the week commencing 21 September. Full details and how to apply here.
SYDRC is Recruiting
SYDRC is currently recruiting for two new roles. A Mentoring coordinator and development worker. Check it out http://sydrc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Food for All seek cycle volunteers to help deliver food
We deliver hot meals to the homes of vulnerable individuals and families Mon-Sat each week. We operate out of our hub in Camden and deliver to homes across Camden, Islington, Hackney and other areas. Delivery volunteering is done on a totally flexible basis – just sign up for any delivery you can do, whenever you’re able to do it. No regular commitment necessary. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our team, we want to hear from you!
You can sign up to be a cycle volunteer here: https://forms.gle/ox5xW1ii2749UcdV7
Find out more information about our voluntary-led organisation here: or contact foodforalluk.com/contact if you have any questions.
Interested in becoming a Governor at UCLH?
Ten enthusiastic and dynamic people needed to join our Council of Governors.
Governors play an important role at UCLH and are involved in everything from improving patient experience to appointing the Chair.
You do not need any particular qualifications; however, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment are desirable qualities for a Governor. The most important requirement is an interest in UCLH and a passion for improving the quality of healthcare for patients and the local community.
It’s a simple self-nomination process which can be completed online here: www.cesvotes.com/uclh2020 and will close at 5pm on Friday 18 September.
For further information, please contact email@example.com or leave your contact details on the voicemail of 020 3447 9290.
London Irish Centre seeks Advice Service Manager
Manager (interim, for three months, with possibility of extension)
Full time, salary up to £35k (depending on experience)
Exciting opportunity for a proven leader to develop a team and service, helping lift people out of poverty.
To apply, visit the website: https://www.londonirishcentre.org/workwithus
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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