Voluntary Action Forum; London Moves to Tier 2; Hate Crime Awareness Week; Updated Charity Commission Guidance; Team Up: Skills for Good; Google and Digital Boost offering Mentoring and Webinars; Camden Green Spaces Consultation; Nefertiti Women’s Empowerment Project; Talk for Health; Virtual Self Esteem + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more
Voluntary Action Forum: Parcels to Participation – The Future of Food Projects in Camden
The next forum takes place on Wednesday 21st October from 11.00 – 12.30 on zoom. The main topic will be Food Poverty. We will be joined by Cllr Anna Wright the new Cabinet Member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities and will be an opportunity to exchange ideas on supporting residents who are in food poverty as a result of the pandemic. We will hear from a range of food projects in Camden that are planning new approaches to addressing food poverty and looking at issues such as preserving dignity and future sustainability. Come along to share and learn. Book at Eventbrite.
London Moves to Tier 2 from Midnight Tonight
Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors. This includes in pubs and restaurants. When outdoors, you must not socialise in a group larger than 6 people. Summary graphic of the rules here.
Exercise classes can continue outdoors, but indoor classes are only permitted if it’s possible to avoid mixing with people outside your household. Full details.
Updated guidance is out. Measures around postponing and cancelling AGMs and other meetings have been extended to 30 December. It has also been clarified that you can hold trustee or members’ meetings of more than 6 people where these meetings are necessary for providing charitable services. Full details here.
Team Up: Skills for Good – Business skills for good causes
Team UP at Volunteer Centre Camden is offering a free opportunity for organisations to get help from expert and specialist business volunteers. The corporate volunteers will help to solve a problem related to Design, IT, Marketing, Finance, Project Management, HR, Performance Management, Business strategy or supply chain by sharing their skills, knowledge and resources. The programme consists of 3 sessions with an expert. Register by 27th of October. Register Hereteamup@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk
Google – Digital Boost Mentoring and Webinar
Take advantage of 1:1 mentoring tailored to the needs of charities and small businesses. Those who sign up for this free support will benefit from a wide range of cross-sector expertise — including a great team of Google volunteers.
Google is hosting a webinar on 28th October which is specifically targeted towards charities and getting the best out of our free AdGrants and GSuite tools. Register here.
Nature, Wildlife and Green Spaces Consultation
Camden Council are developing a new plan to help nature in the Borough, and people’s access to it, and are running a public consultation. They would like to know your ideas for helping nature, what you may already be doing to help nature, how access to it can be improved, or even what help you may need in order to do more for nature, wildlife and green spaces. Take part here.
New Nefertiti women’s community empowerment project
For BAMER women aged 18 and over. The project will be online and women will need to be able to use the internet with smartphones or other devices.
The Nefertiti programme aims to empower and motivate the women to gain confidence, reduce feelings of isolation, and set up projects to strengthen their local communities. Women will join one of three project groups:
1) Literacy, digital learning, and training opportunities
2) Parenting skills, nutrition and exercise
3) Employment and self-employment
The women in each group will co-design and deliver workshops with the support of an experienced facilitator.
For more information please email email@example.com or call 0208 257 7317
Talk for Health Taster on 21st October from 3-5pm.
Talk for Health provides free peer support that’s as effective as therapy. Aimed at anyone who wants to take care of their wellbeing and support others.
Attend a Taster and/or do an in-depth 4-day Talk for Health Programme.
Click to see a full list of events or for more information visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 02034 093201
Virtual Self-Esteem workshop
20th October, 11am-1.30pm
A Masterclass as part of Lendlease’s Community Day activities, promoted by Camden Giving. This workshop is about inspiring and empowering individuals to get clarity on what they really want so they can get from where they are to where they want to be.
To secure your place and be sent the Zoom details, sign up here
Any questions please contact Mariette – Mariette.Nsungn@lendlease.com
New Measures to Deliver Social Value through Public Procurement
Businesses seeking to win government work must set out how they will also deliver social value priorities, following new measures launched recently.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Youth Futures Foundation
Youth Futures Foundation’s Development and Impact Grant Funding is still open. Applications must be submitted by the 9th November for a decision by the 31st December. Good news is that the Youth Futures Foundation’s level of financial support has changed to:
£30,000 – £150,000 pa for delivery of their development grant for 50-150 young people per year, duration 1-2 years.
£100,000 – £1.2m pa for delivery of their impact grant for 150+ young people per year, duration 1-5 years. Further information here.
London’s Violence Reduction Unit – MyEnds Programme
MyEnds programme seeks to channel energy and effort into community-led solutions. But to make an impact, strong, local, collaborative work is needed. Violence doesn’t respect borough boundaries, so an equally ambitious response from communities that also pushes boundaries, breaks down barriers, and promotes partnerships is needed. Put simply we are stronger if we work together.
The VRU inviting applications for the MyEnds programme because they want to develop new sustainable, effective, community-led responses to violence. This form should be used to submit your proposal. Email your Application Form to email@example.com. Deadline 5pm on 23rd October 2020.
Build Up Fund 2020-21│ Youth Crime Prevention & Organisational Development Grants.
Young Camden Foundation in partnership with Camden Council Community Impacts has launched the Build Up Fund. This fund aims to support local youth organisations to access comprehensive and appropriate training in three distinct areas 1) Youth crime prevention, 2) Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes and 3) Organisational sustainability.
Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000. See more here
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.
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.
Voluntary Action Forums: (web page here)
Wed 21st October, 11am: ‘Parcels to Participation’. Join us to look at Food Poverty and the response to the pandemic. We are very pleased that Cllr Anna Wright, the new cabinet member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities will be joining us – an excellent opportunity to meet our new Cabinet member. Details and booking link at the top.
Wed 18th November, 11am. Let us know what topics you would like covered.
BAME disproportionality follow up forum (date tbc)
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.
For information on upcoming courses contact Dianne:
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email (Mon – Wed)
Media Arts Club @ October Gallery for 13-18 year olds
Holborn Community Association are running a 7 week Media Arts Club program with October Gallery open to 13-18 year olds – young people will experiment with digital art techniques to produce artwork inspired by current exhibition, Fire Figures by Alexis Peskine. Monday’s 5.30-7.30pm, beginning 2nd November. Book here Free Trip to Southbank Centre for 8-18 years – Among the Trees
Holborn Community Association are running a free half-term trip for 8-18 year olds to the Southbank Centre on Friday 30th October to see multi-media art exhibition Among the Trees – click to book.
Techish: Digital and Computing Skills Training
Free bespoke digital skills training to over 19s. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to change their career or just become more confident using digital tools and programs. You needn’t be planning to get a career in the tech industry, you just need to be open to learning something new.
You will be supported to learn more about: Graphic design and web design; Social media management and digital marketing; Document creation and management; Product development and more.
You will need access to a computer with an internet connection. Express you interest here
Healthwatch Camden Hosts Online Q+A Meeting with local General Practice Staff
Wednesday 4th November 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
This event has been organised for members of the public to engage directly with Camden’s GPs and a representative of Camden Practice Managers Forum.
It will be an opportunity to share your experiences of access and care as well as shielding support and how this can be improved.
This will be a chance to ask questions about how GP services are coping with the Covid-19 lockdown, patients experience when accessing services and how we can all keep safe. Full details here.
New Employability Courses from the Working Men’s college.
A series of free courses to support employability. Sign up in person at Crowndale Road or find out more and sign up online here.
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.
Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop
Camden Safety Net two-hour online workshops on responding to domestic violence and abuse for staff that come into regular contact with residents.
25th November or 15th December
This online workshop will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic abuse and violence and more confident in what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for a victim/survivor seeking help.
Book a place 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.
Ubele Fundraising Support for BAME Organisations
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.
Interculturality within the Supervisory Relationship
Sun 15th Nov. Nafsiyat has developed a new one-day workshop for supervisors and supervisees, to explore interculturality within the supervisory relationship.
There have been many books, workshops and training program on psychotherapy and counselling across cultural and ‘racial’ borders since the publication of ‘intercultural therapy’ in the early 1990’s. However, its integration and application to the supervisory relationship is still at an early stage. Find out more and book here.
Healthwatch Camden are recruiting 2 jobs
You will lead all phases of projects from creating proposals, refining objectives, fieldwork, analysis, and presentation of findings. You will also lead on recruiting and supporting volunteers to help us with reaching and engaging local people. Learn more. Communications Lead
You will lead and implement strategies for communicating our findings, key messages and information to a variety of stakeholders. This will involve creating engaging content, pro-active public relations activity and development of digital and non-digital communications channels. Learn more.
Deadline: 5pm Thursday 29th October.
Latin American House seeks Digital Transformation Manager
LAH are looking for an exceptional Digital Transformation Manager to join the organisation as soon as possible and help transform the way LAH communicates and engages with audiences, deliver practical support to beneficiaries and share one to one and group information about services, activities and events. You will develop, improve, promote and support all LAH digital elements.
Please submit your completed application forms – available on the website, to email@example.com by Monday the 2nd of November 2020 at 12pm .
Interviews will be held on Thursday 5th of November 2020
The Winch Seeks Facilities Officer
The Facilities Officer at the Winch plays a vital role in ensuring the Winch is a welcoming, safe and inclusive organisation. You’ll help ensure we meet all requirements for building maintenance and for health and safety, and contribute to developing and embedding great policies, practices and procedures. Full details here. Closing date: 30 October 2020
Shak are recruiting community researchers
The #CommunityChampions project based in Kilburn is recruiting community researchers. If you would like to be trained up to carry out research in your local area, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden Giving are recruiting
Camden Giving are looking for 10 Camden residents to sit on the panel for the new Equality Fund. Panelists will be trained and paid the London Living Wage. Deadline to apply is 18th October. More info on the website: https://t.co/GS0hZKWtAE
Hopscotch is looking for a Trustee with Legal Expertise
Hopscotch is a community led organisation working with BAME women and families in Camden and the surrounding areas. We have a turnover of about £1.5m and we have over 90 staff members (including care workers), doing incredible work with the most vulnerable people.
sending your CV and a cover letter to our Chief Executive, email@example.com
The Littlehaven Nursery seeks Manager
£30,949 – £34,963 per annum depending on experience incl LW
The Littlehaven Nursery are currently looking for an experienced, motivated and passionate Nursery Manager to develop and implement their vision and ideas to deliver further success and growth within our stunning nursery setting.
This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and driven individual who will have a hands on management style, experience of Ofsted Inspections where outcomes were “Good” or “Outstanding” excellent knowledge and understanding EYFS curriculum and be an inspirational team leader.
Full application pack and how to apply on Littlehaven website.
Unity Works is Recruiting Three Roles
Three roles. See full details and how to apply at the links.
Sessional Worker Lead click here.
Social Enterprise Warehouse Assessor click here.
Physical Activity Facilitator click here.
The Sherriff Centre seeks Volunteer Coordinator Intern
Recruiting an enthusiastic intern, who will have specific responsibility to set up and coordinate a brand new food sustainability project and recruit volunteers for other roles within the centre. Reporting to the centre management and have daily supervision and guidance, plus monthly supervision.
The post is for 25 hours per week over 3 – 4 days, hours can be flexible.
Intern expenses will be paid at a fixed rate of £175 per week.
To apply email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Volunteer Coordinator Intern’. Telling us why you would be suitable for the role and your availability. Please attach a CV if you have one.
The Law Centres Network is recruiting a Digital Projects Assistant.
This role will work closely with the digital team, including product owners, service designers, data experts and developers to support digital transformation initiatives across the Network. You will also support the rollout of an ambitious IT upgrade programme to ensure Law Centres have the appropriate Digital infrastructure to work and collaborate effectively in the digital environment. Deadline Friday 23rd October.
For more information and to apply visit the LCN website
Camden Carers is recruiting a Support & Wellbeing Worker (Learning Disability Lead)
This is an exciting new opportunity to join the dynamic team at Camden Carers and make a difference to the lives of people and families in Camden. For more information, please click the link: https://www.camdencs.org.uk/pages/12-jobs Deadline 18th October.
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.
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.
Questions about flu vaccination?
It’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine to stay well this winter. Find out more, including who’s eligible for a free flu vaccine and how to get one, on the NHS website. If you would like someone from Public Health to attend a virtual meeting of your organisation or group to give information and answer any questions about this year’s flu vaccine please contact Danielle Lawrence (Danielle.Lawrence@islington.gov.uk).
How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden
Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.You can use the Brokerage service to request volunteers with specific skills or background for community activity.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a page of resources to help community organisations
Re-opening Community Buildings Resources
View the video, presentation and resources from the follow up workshop with Locality on Wednesday on the VAC website including useful clarification around the new rules for the NHS QR codes that now have to be displayed by certain venues. Community centres are currently not included in the list of venues that must use the NHS QR code but can choose to or use another system (see Time to Spare item below). Further #BuildBackBetter resources are here.
QR track and trace
Time to Spare’s free (for charities and community groups) track and trace system helps you collect details of visitors in a safe and secure way. Once you’ve signed up, you can print out QR codes for your location, as well as specific QR codes for different activities you run. Visitors sign in by scanning the QR codes, but if they don’t have a smartphone, your staff can add their information directly. If you have regular members, you can also print out membership cards/stickers for everyone. Sign up here: Use live chat on the website for queries.
Send your item to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.