Voluntary Action Forum; Boloh Helpline; Testing for Frontline staff and volunteers; BAME Bereavement Support; New Funds; Catherine Capaldi Awards; UCL Hackathons; ABC Event; Workshops for Young People; Sharing Stories; Thriving Communities webinars; Maths on Toast seek partners; Camden Scholarships; Supreme Court Decision on Business Continuity Insurance + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more
The Next Voluntary Action Forum – 20th Jan
The next Voluntary Action Forum is Wednesday 20th January at 11am. It will be an opportunity to update the forum and meet new members. There will also be 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. Book here.
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.
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.
BAME Bereavement Support
Bereavement Support Service provided by Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Offering therapeutic support in over 20 different languages and is committed to providing Covid-19 bereavement support to people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Details here.
London Community Response Wave 5 is open. Young Camden Foundation’s Heads Up Mental Health Fund (Round 2) closes 25 January. Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust have launched a small grants fund. The Mayor has launched small schemes under the title Community Led Recovery. A new Tech for Good fund has launched – grants up to £70K. See Funding section below.
The Catherine Capaldi Awards – workshop
Elfrida Rathbone Camden are organising the Catherine Capaldi Awards to be awarded to disabled people who have come up with solutions to issues or ideas on how to break down barriers.
In partnership with Arup’s Access and Inclusive Environments Team, we will be delivering workshops to support potential applicants with their application. The next workshop will be held on Thursday 21 January at 11am – via Zoom.
The aim of these workshops is to:
• Support applicants to shape and refine their ideas.
• Guide applicants through the form, and to answer any specific questions.
To attend, or for more info, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UCL Social Hackathons
Hackathons are one-day events in which you get a group of UCL students to come up with solutions to benefit your organisation. If successful in your application, you will then receive £500 funding from us to help turn any ideas you think are feasible into a reality. Our Social Hackathons are running Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February, from 10am-4pm and will be held for one day online over Zoom.
If you want to apply to take part, please do so here by Monday 18th January.
Ageing Better in Camden – Social Connectedness & Belonging
10.00 – 11.30am, Thursday, 28th January
Hear about new research exploring the theme of ‘belonging’, which looks at how our local project partners have built connections and a sense of belonging within their communities.
Charting the experiences of participants prior to Covid-19, the report looks at the way projects adapted through the pandemic to support those at risk of loneliness and social isolation, pulling together recommendations for policy makers, funders and service providers. Sign up for free via Eventbrite.
Workshops for Young People
A small group of local young people have designed an online workshop for other young people who love, study or work in Camden and Islington. The workshops are taking place on Monday 18th January 2021 and are open to everybody under the age of 25. They will focus on shaping the future of local sexual health services. A £10 voucher of your choice can be claimed for taking part.
Contact email@example.com 07919 096494 to register.
Pascal Theatre Company welcomes London women to share stories in an online storybook
Pascal Theatre Company are offering women a stimulating creative outlet. We would very much like to reach disabled, BAME, refugee women of all ages and those suffering disabilities as a result of ageing.
The project, funded by City Bridge Trust, involves participants choosing a photo (or other prompt) that has some significance to them and sharing the story behind the photo that will form part of an online storybook to be launched in the spring. Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme focusses on social prescribing and covid 19 related support delivered by the voluntary and community sector. VAC’s role is to work closely with our CVS / infrastructure counterparts in north central London and local VCS organisations, and co-produce and share learning through the Learning Together network. Updated information about the programme and access to Thriving Communities learning opportunities are here. Webinars include:
1. ‘How to Get your Service Commissioned’ – Tuesday 19th January Details.
2. You can watch recordings of all webinars here.
There are still places available on Learning Together and the the closing date has also been extended to 25th January. You can also sign up to the network and ideas hub and get access to free webinars and learning.
Maths on Toast seeks Community Partners
Maths on Toast, the family maths charity is looking for suitable partners in Camden. Maths on Toast supports families with children aged 5 – 12 who may not have access to resources at home, and are looking for a way to take the stress and pressure out of home learning. We’d like to work in partnership with grassroots community groups to make sure that the packs are reaching the target families. Contact Niki@mathsontoast.org.uk tel: 020 7613 8389
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.
Insurers Forced to Honour Business Continuity Claims
Tens of thousands are set to receive insurance payouts covering losses from the first national lockdown, following a court ruling.
The Supreme Court found in favour of small firms receiving payments from business interruption insurance policies.
The City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), brought the test case, with eight insurers agreeing to take part in proceedings. As many as 60 insurers sold similar products. Contact your insurance company if your original claim was turned down. Full story at BBC.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.
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.
London Community Response Wave 5
There are 2 strands – a crisis response programme of grants of up to £10k – with a quick turnaround to ensure that urgent needs are met. And a programme of larger, longer-term ‘Renewal’ grants (up to £50K) which will focus on supporting the needs of civil society in the year ahead. Full guidance for applicants on both strands on the London Community Response website.
Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation launch £1m digital development fund
The fund offers grants of up to £70,000. It aims to support UK non-profits to test and develop digital service delivery solutions.
The fund is part of their joint Tech for Good programme. Applications close at 12pm on 12 February 2021. Full details here.
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.
YCF Heads Up Mental Health Fund (Round 2)
£1,000 – £5,000 Deadline: 25 Jan 2021
Young Camden Foundation Heads Up Mental Health Fund is to support local community organisations with safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and youth workers during the pandemic.
A YCF/ Healthwatch Camden survey showed that 70% of young people found their mental health is affected by the pandemic. Deadline 25 January.
£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.
Leathersellers’ Small Grants
The Leathersellers’ Company has a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to registered charities with an income of under £200,000. You must be in an area of high deprivation. Details at the Leathersellers’ Small Grants Programme.
£4m Fund to Help Reduce Loneliness
Applications open on 5 January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021.
This is for small VCS organisations with an annual income of £50,000 or less.
Grants of between £300 and £2,500 are to:
• Build relationships in and across communities to help reduce loneliness and build connections between people and communities
• Bring together organisations who are working on social connections to celebrate their work, share learning and best practice, and form/bring together peer networks. Further details here.
National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes
The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the pandemic.
£10m – Return to Play: Small Grants. £300 and £10,000
£5m – Return to Play: £10,001 to £50,000.
£1.5m – Return to Play: Active Together. crowdfunding initiative
Find out more about each of the funds at the Sport England website.
Catherine Capaldi Awards
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 next forum is on Wed 20th January. Full details and booking here.
Our safeguarding Lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi talks to Jane Murphy from Camden Learning and Suzie Yassin from the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) about what the guidance means for you and how it can help you create a safer environment for children. Listen here.
Are you a cultural practitioner who feels a little like ‘Cinderella’ when it comes to Social Prescribing or a Link worker who would like to know more about offering arts and creativity to the people you work with?
London Plus and London Action Arts and Health are holding an event which aims to bring together voluntary organisations and Link workers in London.
Weds 27 January, 14.00 – 15.30. More details and register here.
Rethink Mental Illness training partnership with the London Boroughs of Camden & Islington councils. Rethink provides online course to organisations free of charge and also runs courses that are open to individuals.
Full details on the Rethink website.
Exercise with Ana
Inviting women who are lacking mental and physical stimulation during lockdown and suffering the consequences to enjoy free Latin Dance & Gentle Movement classes on Zoom
Latin Dance: Mondays at 10
Gentle Exercise: Wednesdays at 10.30
See videos at: www.pascal-theatre.com/project/exercise-with-ana/
questions or register email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 075 968 16939
Active Hope Leadership Training
A four month journey of revitalisation and empowerment for London-based change-makers, activists and community leaders
The next journey runs from February – May 2021. Applications are now open.
more info: https://www.activehope.london/leadership-training
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.
Domestic violence and abuse online workshop
Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning is intended for everyone 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 please find details here to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.
3 Job Vacancies at Henna Asian Women’s Group
Project Worker for 3 days (21 hours) a week until 31st March 2021.
Pay is £11 per hour. Fundraiser – 1 day a week
Salary £35, 353 per annum pro rata
Closing date for both posts is Thursday 21st January 2021 at 5pm. Interviews on w/c Monday 25th January 2021.
Also recruiting new trustees with knowledge/expertise in law, finance or HR. Closing date 1st February 2021
To register an interest and for further details, please contact Momota Khatoon through Momota@hennaorg.co.uk
Also recruiting an experienced Project & Operations Manager
To apply please submit your CV in Word format and a supporting statement (2 sides of A4 max.) highlighting how your skills and experience meet the job description to email@example.com
Unity Works Seeks Trustees
Unity Works, part of the charitable Thera Group, is a specialist organisation supporting people with a learning disability to gain skills, qualifications and jobs, so they can reach their full potential. The new organisation, which was developed from The Camden Society, builds on 20 years of experience of helping hundreds of people with a learning disability to secure jobs through volunteering and training opportunities.
Call Tarnya Thompson on 07595 200476 or email mailto:Tarnya.Thompson@thera.co.uk for an informal discussion.
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
At the September forum we discussed how to tell the story of the sector’s responded to the pandemic – so we 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.
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.