VCS and Vaccinations; Holiday Activities and Food; Understanding Early Help; Voluntary Action Forum; EHRC Inquiry into Racial Inequality; Vaccine Volunteers; Healthwatch Camden Vaccine Q&A; Community Partner for Affordable Housing; Mentoring and IT Support Survey; Covid-19 Health Champions; Volunteer Managers’ Forum; Employability Incubator; Community Journalism for Disabled People + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more
VCS and Vaccinations
Many people who work in frontline roles in the social care sector, including in voluntary or community organisations, are currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. You may be eligible if you provide direct care and support to an adult who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, or to a child who is clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 – in line with national government criteria.
If you think that you, or someone you know or work with, may be eligible for the vaccine please visit this page for more information.
Adult Social Care ran a Q&A session on Tuesday. View the recording here.
ASC have also provided some useful FAQs Some slides from a recent national webinar – slides 5-7 provide some examples of types of roles and work and eligibility under this priority group.
Direct any enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the PPG meeting this week an informative presentation included a useful update on the vaccine roll out on pages 22 – 28 from the health perspective.
Understanding Early Help
In partnership with Camden’s Early Help Service, VAC’s Community Safeguarding Partnership invite all to attend this special training workshop.
Presented by trainer Becca Dove, Head of Family Support and Complex Families in Camden, this 1 hour session will explore what early help does and how they can support families in our community to get help sooner rather than later.
Book your free place on either of the two dates below. 24th February or 25th February.
Voluntary Action Forum 24th February
The next Voluntary Action Forum is next Wednesday 24th February at 11am. At the forum we will be launching a new fundraising support initiative for BAME organisations in Camden funded by Camden Council. The project is part of a wider project to network BAME organisations to help tackle inequality in general and health inequalities in particular.
The fundraising support will be provided in partnership with specialist networks including Ubele and All Ways Network and is targeted at small grass roots BAME organisations in Camden. Come and find out more and how you can get involved. Details and booking here.
Camden Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Camden has received funding from the DfE to deliver a Holiday Activities and Food programme in the borough and in partnership with the council YCF is planning to expand the Holiday Hub programme to reach more children and young people. Are you interested in becoming a delivery partner? View the presentation with more information about the programme and how you can be supported to become a delivery partner.
YCF invite you to a marketing and engagement event on 15th February, 10am-11.30am to find out more about the programme.
Email email@example.com to express an interest in becoming a delivery partner and/or to confirm your attendance on 15th February.
Inquiry into Racial Inequality of Workers in Health & Social Care
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission launched a statutory inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care, triggered by the pandemic. EHRC want to understand the experiences of ethnic minority people working on the frontline in lower-paid roles.
submit evidence to the inquiry by accessing one of the 4 questionnaires on the website. Alternatively, evidence can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0161 829 8327.
More volunteers needed to support vaccination rollout
Healthwatch Camden hosts online Q&A event on the Covid-19 vaccination in Camden. Tuesday, 16th February 2021 5.30 to 7.00
This will be your opportunity to ask questions regarding the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in Camden, the different vaccines available, how you will be invited to get vaccinated and any other concerns.
Register now and ask your question –
~ Via Zoom by clicking on this link to register
~ By calling: 020 7383 2402 (to register to access the event via landline)
~ By emailing email@example.com
For more information, please visit the website.
Community Partner to Deliver New Affordable Homes
Camden Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from community-led groups.
Are you part of a Community Land Trust or VCS organisation interested in delivering new affordable homes for the community? Camden is currently seeking a community partner to design and build around 14 new homes at 31 Daleham Gardens, South Hampstead.
To find out more and apply visit the Community Investment Programme page.
Mentoring and IT Support
VAC are working with Google to bring support to small grass roots organisations in Camden. Part of that support is to provide bespoke sessions, as well as 1-1 mentoring. To ensure that your specific digital needs are supported. It would be helpful if you can complete this short questionnaire before 24th Feb to help the team tailor the session to be as useful as possible.
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.
Volunteer Managers’ Forum
Thursday 18th February
Join VCC via Zoom at the next Volunteer Managers’ Forum to discuss all things volunteer management.
More information and booking at Eventbrite
Employability Incubator to access the Tech sector
Applications are currently open for the next Employability Incubator, for residents interested in getting into Tech. Delivered by OneTech and the Purposeful Group, the free course will develop skills, build confidence and provide expert support all along the way.
Visit OneTech’s website to discover more and apply (closing date 5 March).
Community Journalism Training
Camden Disability Action has launched a Community Journalism training programme for Disabled people in Camden to help Disabled people tell our stories, get our voices heard and press for change.
The training supports people to to tell powerful stories about things that are happening in our communities, like the Covid-19 streetscape changes.
It’s one online class per week for three weeks. Each class lasts two hours. As well as classes you will be offered one-to-one mentoring support.
CDA have four places left on our March training course. The dates and times are: 2nd, 9th and 16th March from 2pm to 4pm on zoom.
There is a budget to support deaf people to attend.
Contact Tom McDonough: firstname.lastname@example.org 07908746927
People from marginalised groups have had more negative experiences with healthcare, which helps the medical profession understand the uptake rate. Full article at BMA
Doctors call for better targeting of Covid vaccinations
BMA head says more sophisticated approach is needed to protect some of most deprived and at-risk people. Story in the Guardian.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.
Camden Giving Equality Fund
The Equality Fund will provide flexible funding to small charities and social enterprises who are supporting women, families, care leavers, people with disabilities, people from BAME communities, and young people. A panel of 10 Camden residents will award 2 year grants of £30,000.
Grants will support civil society organisations with an annual income of less than £300k and who serve one or more of the priority groups identified to overcome or tackle the root causes of their inequality. Full details here.
Community Spaces at Risk Fund
The Mayor of London announced £750,000 to work with communities to protect grassroots cultural centres, social clubs, youth, education and other spaces that are locally rooted and critical for supporting vulnerable groups during the pandemic. Find out more at the London.gov website.
The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust Covid-19 Emergency Fund
The fund is open for applications until 30th March 2021. The fund will provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in the Trust’s Area of Benefit (see website) to support vulnerable individuals and families swiftly and effectively during the current lockdown. The Trust expects grants to be used for food, clothing, utility bills and materials for home schooling or for any other urgent need intensified by the pandemic. No application form is required and details of how to apply are on their website www.hwct.org.uk. Please contact the Trust’s Grants Officer: email@example.com if you would like to discuss applying for this fund.
Community Led Recovery Grants.
There are two grant streams:
~ Community-Led Action Grant: up to £9,000 to initiate social action projects
~ London Community Story Grant: grants of up to £1,500 to organisations with existing projects which capture Londoner’s experience of COVID-19, supporting them to be presented and shared to a wider audience.
Deadline for applications 12pm Friday 19th February 2021. Details here. Or email CommunityLedRecovery@groundwork.org.uk or phone 020 7239 1390.
£500K Windrush Community Fund Opens For Bids
Charities working with people affected by the Windrush scandal can apply for grants to spread awareness of a government compensation scheme.
The Windrush Community Fund will be managed by Voice4Change England (V4CE), and will make grants of up to £25,000 to charities, community groups and grassroots organisations.
Those grants can be used to raise levels of engagement with the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.
National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes
Elfrida Rathbone Camden are delighted to announce that the Catherine Capaldi Awards are open for applications. These awards are open to anyone who identifies as a disabled person and who has an idea or solution to break down a barrier faced by disabled people or to improve their access to services, inclusion or community participation. More information and how to enter here.
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.
The recording and presentation from the Wed 20th Jan Forum is available here.
The next Forum is on Wednesday 24th February. Details and booking here.
Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources
You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.
Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation (MEWSo) Arts Festival.
The online Festival will be live on YouTube on Friday 19 February from 11am to 2pm.
There will be a variety of exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, arts & crafts, performances by singers and musicians, and even some puppetry. The fun-filled event aims to highlight the wealth of skill, artistry and talent that migrant women bring to the UK and to help bring more balance to how they are portrayed in wider society. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Belsize Community Library talk
‘Pandemics Old and New’ – parallels between the ‘Spanish’ flu epidemic of 1918 and COVID-19, Thursday 18 February at 7.30pm, with writer and science journalist, Laura Spinney (author of the best-selling non-fiction account of the 1918 epidemic, Pale Rider). Zoom Meeting ID: 889 6466 1765 or click here.
Body Mind Spirit
forum+ has a full programme of events to celebrate LGBT History Month February 2021 celebrating the history and achievements of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans communities.
Governance in challenging times
Wednesday 24 February – 2 to 4 pm
Last year’s events have had a traumatic effect on all organisations. Trustees and Directors have had to face new challenges. This session shines a light on two of these challenges as well as allowing for discussions with peers.
~ Running your AGM online: How to cover the essentials and more + top tips for running meetings on Zoom. – with Spotlight team members Charlotte Stannard and Danielle Newson
~ Recruiting board members for diversity – with Getting on Board
This event is open to London-based community organisations whether Locality members or not. Don’t hesitate to invite others to book if they could benefit from attending. Board members are particularly encouraged to attend. Book here.
What is an ICS, STP or PCN?
NASP/ Thriving Communities webinar
Wednesday 17th Feb 2021, 3-4pm
What is an ICS, STP or PCN? – and how do they affect me? Understanding the NHS’ structure, its jargon, and how social prescribing fits in. Register here.
This webinar is designed for those in voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise groups and organisations who want to learn more about how the NHS is structured and how social prescribing fits in.
Stop Hate UK Helpline
Stop Hate 24-hour helpline – call 24/7 0800 138 1625. Also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email email@example.com. Service users with hearing impairments can report via interactive British Sign Language by following the link on www.stophateuk.org. Or use the online form www.stophateuk.org/talk.
Stop Hate UK will be delivering hate crime awareness training on Thursday 11th March, 2pm-3.30pm and Thursday 13th May 10am-11.30am. This event is for all who would like further awareness of hate crime and ways we can tackle the issue, including use of the Stop Hate UK helpline. To book on a session, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Therapy with Likewise
Spaces are currently available for both 1-1 and group art therapy with trainee art therapists on placement at Likewise. Sessions are free and are currently being held online or over the phone. If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from a supportive space with a creative focus, please contact Anna Thirkettle via email@example.com / 07718652919 for more information.
A Beginner’s guide to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (Training Session)
Join London Plus for a free 2 hour training session all about the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) on 22nd Feb at 10am.
This interactive session will be facilitated by Lucy Smith (London Plus, Social Research and Data Lead) and will cover the following topics:
What is the IMD? – including indexes and ranks, and the geographical boundaries used to calculate local, regional and national scores
Where and how to download the IMD data – including which files to use to conduct your own analysis. And much more. Register here.
The Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board in partnership with the Learning & Development Service have commissioned nine half day online “Safeguarding Adults Awareness workshops” available for the Voluntary and Charity sector
18 February 2021 10.00-13.00 or 13.30-16.30
24 February 2021 10.00-13.00 or 13.30-16.30
8 March 2021 13.30-16.30
11 March 2021 13.30-16.30
17 March 2021 10.00-13.00 or 13.30-16.30
To request a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It is for those that would like to gain an awareness on domestic violence and abuse. It will provide you with an introduction to what the types and signs of abuse are, how to respond and what actions to take.
Access the e-learning via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account for the L&D Hub please find details here on how to sign-up.
Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop
This two-hour online workshop can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic violence and abuse and what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for the victim/survivor seeking help. You’ll also be provided with information where help is available for the victim/survivor.
Please book via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account for the L&D Hub please find details here on how to sign-up.
The programme focusses on social prescribing and covid 19 related support delivered by the voluntary and community sector. Information about the programme and the Thriving Communities learning opportunities are here.
Watch recordings of all webinars here.
You can also sign up to the network and ideas hub and get access to free webinars and learning.
Age UK Camden Information and Advice coffee mornings
Information and Advice team will be hosting three virtual coffee mornings on the following days between 11-12pm:
~ Wednesday 24th February
~ Wednesday 31st March
Each meeting will be hosted via Zoom. To join the January meeting, please follow this link
Meeting ID: 837 2165 2832 Passcode: 014913
Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership
Multi-agency online training programme Spring Term 2020-21
A full programme of multi-agency safeguarding training on zoom and teams.
To book onto the free training, please visit the Partnerships’s website. You will be required to register an account if you haven’t done so already.
Street Storage seeks Marketing and Fundraising Manager
12-month fixed term, full time, 35 hours a week.
£28,000pa + Benefits Location: London E8
Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people experiencing homelessness and help grow a small but essential charity?
Award-winning homelessness charity Street Storage is looking for their first Marketing and Fundraising Manager to join their small team. A full job description can be found here with details on how to apply. Marketing and Fundraising experience in either a paid or voluntary position, or evidence of applicable, transferable skills are required alongside strong communication, computer and literacy skills.
KOVE, a longstanding local community action group for older people based in Kilburn and West Hampstead, is looking for a treasurer. This voluntary role will not require bookkeeping, but some involvement in planning the annual budget with the Chair and Administrator, plus some routine financial tasks and reporting to five Steering Group meetings per year. Experience of working or volunteering in finance or budget management would be helpful. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please ask them to contact Peter Lush for a chat on 07973 845 285.
The Sherriff Centre seeks Trustee
The Sherriff Centre, a not for profit organisation based in West Hampstead, NW6 are looking to recruit an experienced building projects professional to join the board of trustees.
Based in a church which is listed and with large scale building projects to undertake in 2021 and looking for some expertise to lead on this. This is a voluntary trustee position and meetings take place every 2 months, currently via Zoom. Interested candidates should be available in addition to the regular meetings to oversee building works.
Experience of overseeing and managing large scale building works, liaising with contractors and working to budgets would be essential experience.
Visit https://thesherriffcentre.co.uk/ for more information and email email@example.com to apply.
Researcher – Invitation to Tender
Research on the development and impact of a BAME-led partnership for tackling social isolation among older people in Camden.
Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) is a partnership of older people and Camden organisations, working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people. Since 2018, we have supported the development of a BAME-led partnership to find and engage with older people from smaller minority groups in the borough.
We would like to appoint an experienced qualitative researcher to examine the development and impact of the BAME-led partnership. We are actively seeking applications from researchers of African heritage and/or with substantial cultural understanding of African minority groups in the UK to carry out the work.
The budget is £20k. The research will be carried out between late March and early November.
Please see http://www.ageingbetterincamden.org.uk/latestnews/2021/1/28/researcher-invitation-to-tender for further information.
Deadline for submission of tenders is 9am on 5 March 2021.
Opening Doors Head of Fundraising
35 hours per week permanent
As Head of Fundraising you will be responsible for our fundraising strategy, securing the financial stability of the organisation. We are looking for someone who is energised by challenge, motivated by our values and wants to make a significant positive difference to the lives of older LGBTQ+ people.
Closing date: 5pm Monday 22nd February 2021
To apply, please email your CV and Letter of application, Equalities form and Declaration form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Age UK Camden seeks Finance Assistant (PT)
This position requires a motivated, hard-working, and organised individual who will take responsibility of recording and processing the Group’s first line finance functions.
£9370.80 to £9539.60 PA for 14 hours a week.
This contract is for 6 months initially, with the possibility of an extension.
Deadline for applications: 9am Thursday 18th February.
To apply for the role, please complete the application form on the website.
For more information about the role please call 020 7239 0400 or email email@example.com
Could you share your digital skills with a disabled person in Camden?
Camden Disability Action is looking for people to join us as Digital Coaches. This means you would work one to one with a disabled person, finding out the sorts of online things they might like to do and helping them to get started on doing them – from shopping to job hunting to gaming to zooming their grandchildren.
Being online is more important in our lives than ever – by sharing what you know about using online services you can help unlock a world of online opportunity for someone.
If you could spare a few hours a week contact CDA.
For more information follow this link to the Volunteer at CDA Page
London Irish Centre seeks Advice Officer (Housing)
Part Time – 2.5 days per week
Up to £30,000 pro rata, depending on experience
We are looking for an Advice Officer to join our Advice Service, which exists to improve opportunities and reduce poverty in London. Working primarily with people who identify as Irish, the service works to empower people using a strengths-based approach.
Application packs are available online
The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 1st March 2021.
Volunteers Needed – Story tellers/ actors
Are you a good Storyteller and able to address a young audience?
We need speakers to future story times
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
COVID-19 Heath Champions programme
Find out more and sign up to become a COVID-19 Health Champion here:
Sign up here:
The Camden Winter Night Shelter needs volunteers
C4WS are currently sourcing volunteers for the C4WS Winter Shelter and reaching out to organisations that may not be running services this year, or running a different service, with volunteers still willing to give their time.
Please see the volunteer sign up link: https://signup.com/go/bfGANJe
Work Experience Opportunity for Young Person (15 – 18 years)
Work Experience (virtual) with Prestigious Knowledge Quarter partners
February Half term
Design an Exhibition on Local heroes Radical thinkers. More details here.
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
Census Job opportunities
The next census is in 2021 and the Office of National Statistics is hiring for new local Census jobs, with applications invited for exciting new temporary roles at all levels.
All the current openings, application information and FAQs are on censusjobs.co.uk
For more information about the 2021 Census and local communities click here.
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.
Telling Your Covid Stories
How do we tell the story of the sector’s responded to the pandemic? VAC are collecting your stories about how you responded. The responses will be used to tell the story of how vital the sector is in supporting Camden through these challenging times. You can click here https://www.tfaforms.com/4863725 to put your story in writing or contact Len Lauk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would prefer to be interviewed.
Covid-19 Community Response Survey
The voluntary sector has been working in partnership with the Council to provide support to Camden residents who are vulnerable and need support around food provision. To help improve this partnership, please complete this Camden Council survey by 3rd February. The survey should not take more than 5-10 minutes and will be able to help the council to plan and promote support to residents in the forthcoming months.
Help Camden Carers decide on their prioritise for the next two years
Camden Carers are putting together a two year strategy (April 2021 to March 2023). Please spare 5 minutes to complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CamdenCarersSurvey2
CCC are using a range of other ways to seek the views of carers both known and not known to us. Here is separate survey link for potential carers who use your services. CCC are keen to hear from Carers that currently don’t currently receive a service from CCC. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CamdenCarersSurvey1 (service user link)
Lateral Flow Testing (quick test) for VCS frontline staff and volunteers
‘Lateral flow’ COVID-19 tests are available for all in frontline roles who have regular face-to-face contact with communities, and who do not have any coronavirus symptoms.
Appointments are available at two test sites (Crowndale Library and Swiss Cottage Library) every weekday from 9am to 5pm. Book here. If your organisation is not on the system, add the name in the notes’ box.
Boloh Helpline for BAME Families
Barnardo’s has launched a new helpline where you can talk about your worries, problems and stresses during this time with new helpline Boloh, which provides emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
If you know of any families requiring therapeutic support or vouchers to purchase food or clothing, please refer them to the helpline by calling: 0800 151 2605.
For more information on how the Boloh Helpline Advisors and the team of psychotherapists can offer advice, signposting and therapeutic support for the children, young people, parents and carers – please go to: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/ or email VAC’s Safeguarding Lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi on email@example.com for more information.
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
Fully-funded university places with Camden Scholarships
Birkbeck, University of London is offering two scholarship places to Camden residents for any of their undergraduate courses starting in October 2021. The deadline to apply is 25 June 2021.
Hult International Business School is offering Camden residents a fully-funded one-year postgraduate Master of International Business degree. The course starts in Sept 2021 and the deadline to apply is 21 May 2021. Full details here.
Request for Camden employers to provide 6 months’ work placements for 19-25 year olds
Camden Youth Pathways Finder project is looking for Camden employers to provide placement opportunities to young people at risk of/involved in youth violence (including remote working). Camden Council will pay the young person London Living Wage for the duration of the placement, provide ongoing pastoral care and support for both the organisation and young person and be a point of contact for any queries that may arise.
To register or to find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.