Change at VAC, VAC AGM, Festival Grants; Meetings with Palestinian Women; Make Music Day; Grow Veg in Camden; Caraf Centre Holiday Playscheme; TDS is Changing + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Change at VAC
Simone Hensby, the Executive Director of Voluntary Action Camden, is leaving the organisation at the end of January 2019. Simone has decided to focus on continuing to develop her work and interests in the fields of training, management, project management, coaching and mentoring. Kevin Nunan will take on the duties of interim Executive Director. The Trustees and Staff Team are deeply grateful for Simone’s contribution to the development of VAC and Camden’s voluntary and community sector over the past 20 years, and wish her well in her new ventures. We look forward to Kevin stepping up to the post of ED and working with him, our partners and members in shaping the future of VAC. To get in touch with Kevin please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 72846557.
Voluntary Action Camden’s AGM
Come and join us to meet new faces and greet familiar ones, network, catch up and take part in our debate “The Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in a Period of Uncertainty and Austerity” with John Tizard, the new Chair of NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action). Thursday 7th February 5.30 – 8pm at The Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, London NW1. Book here.
Hate Crime Drop In Surgery
Are you being targeted with verbal, online or physical abuse because of your disability, religion, race, sexual orientation or transgender identity? If so you are a victim of hate crime. To get support please attend our drop in service. The sessions will be run with Metropolitan Police, Camden Council and partners.
Crowndale Centre, NW1 1BD Time: 12-2pm, Room: C, D (Ground Floor)
13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 8 May
Camden Community Festival Grants Are Open For 2019-20
Camden’s community festival grants, administered by VAC, are now open. See the Grants section below for full details. Deadline 28th February.
Meetings with Palestinian women
Would your organisation like the opportunity to hear about the lives of Palestinian women from Jerusalem and suburbs?
We will be organising meetings with women’s and community groups, trade unionists, school and college students & international women’s day events with members of other organisations .
Contact us if you / your organisation would like to be involved.
contact www.cadfa.org or tel 020 3730 9890
Make Music Day 2019
Come along to one of the network meetings in early 2019 to find out about Make Music Day, how you can get involved and meet others in your area to match-make and form collaborations. We’re looking to gather together a range of musicians, music groups, arts organisations, venues, businesses.
London – 31 January, 4.30-6.30pm, London Bridge
Free Grow Your Own Veg Group at Castlehaven
Mondays, 10:30am – 12pm
Need to detox after the Christmas festivities? Then head to these new free sessions at Castlehaven. You will be shown how to grow healthy food from seed to harvest. Click here for more info.
The Caraf Centre Holiday Play Scheme
18th February 2019 22nd February 8.00 am – 6 pm
Prices per day: £12 per child or £20 per family (Subsidised £10 / £16)
Limited free places available. For age: 5 to 8 year olds
Contact: Indira Vyas at The Caraf Centre, 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent, London NW5 4EZ. Phone: 020 7 284 0030 email@example.com
TDS, Camden’s Training & Development Service is Changing
VAC is organising a meeting in the new year for the voluntary and community sector in Camden about training. If you use the Camden TDS service to train your staff or volunteers then this meeting is for you. This is an important opportunity for the sector to have a say about Camden’s proposals for the service. Look out for details coming soon.
Support the Camden New Town Community Festival
By shopping at Coop and Tesco you can help fund the festival.
Coop has chosen the festival be one of their ” Community Projects ” for Camden until October 2019.
You need to join the Coop and purchase Coop labelled goods. In return you get a 5% to spend later plus 1% goes to your chosen cause.
Tesco’ Bag Scheme: from 1st January-28th February you can vote for Camden New Town Community Festival each time you purchase goods at local stores.
Camden Disability Action
Catch up with the latest news from Camden Disability Action.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Grants to Combat Fuel Poverty, Improve Energy Efficiency
Not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances.
The deadline for applications in Round 1 is 18 February
For more detail on the eligibility criteria, deadlines and guidance click here
Camden Community Festival Grants Are Open For 2019-20
Camden Council’s community festival grants, administered by Voluntary Action Camden, are now open. This annual grant scheme adds brightness, culture and diversity to all areas of Camden, thanks to the local communities that work tirelessly to put these festivals together. Last year Camden Council funded just over 50 community events and are looking forward to the 2019-20 applications.
Application forms: please read the grant criteria guidelines first to see if your event is eligible.
~ Grant criteria guidelines
~ Application for small scale events under 500 attendees
~ Application fro large scale events over 500 attendees
For all application inquires please contact Voluntary Action Camden on 0207 284 6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any event related enquiries, for example road closures, health and safety or anything else event related, contact Camden Events Service on 020 7974 5633 or email email@example.com
Closing date Thursday 28th February. See the VAC website for full details.
Pocket Park Fund
The funding is for communities working with their local authority to deliver new pocket parks and support refurbishment of parks that have fallen into disrepair where their restoration will make a significant positive impact in the local community. Grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks. Match-funding is required.
Deadline is 25 January.
Charities registered in the UK can apply for grants from the Morrison’s Foundation. The Foundation will award £2 million a year for community projects and applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who will benefit and how it will bring about change.
The Hedley Foundation supports registered charities in the UK for up to £5,000 mainly for young people with their education, creation, support, training, health and welfare. The Foundation also supports disabled people and the terminally ill with provision of specialist equipment and support for carers.
The HS2 Camden Fund
The Camden Fund aims to strengthen the sense of place and alleviate the disruption of the development of HS2 Ltd. on local people by achieving one or more of the following aims:
1. A Happier and Healthier Camden
2. A Better Connected Camden
3. A Stronger Voluntary and Community Sector
We aim to inform applicants of the result of their application within 16 weeks. Applicants can submit applications at any point between midnight on the 15th May 2018 and midnight on the 14th May 2020. Full details at Camden Giving.
VAC now has 3 new rooms to hire out for Events/Training, etc. at our new base in the Charlie Ratchford Centre in Chalk Farm.
There is a large room for up to 60 people, ideal for large events.
The training room can hold up to 20 people comfortably for training/workshops
The Lounge is a open area for anything that is not confidential and can hold up to 20 people. Smartboard, level access throughout, reasonable prices.
Rates and full details on the VAC website.
Learn to be successful at funding and grant applications. Understand the different types of funding applications, how to research and select the right ones for your organisation and write effective bids.
Explore the stages in getting grants and learn how to avoid common mistakes.
Meet funders and discuss upcoming grant applications and opportunities.
Aimed at VCS organisations in London, with funder opportunities focused on issues of tackling poverty, and supporting children and young people in London.
Friday 8 February. 1.30pm – 3pm. Registration from 1pm. City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. Free but limited space so please book now.
Nafsiyat Cultural Competency Workshops
These are aimed at counsellors/therapists who would like to strengthen their practice in this area.
The workshop will draw on clinical examples and work as well as the intercultural experience to put forward the processes involved in working at the juncture of the client’s inner and outer experiences.
~ Sunday 17th February 2019
~ Sunday 16th June 2019
~ Sunday 8th September 2019
~ Sunday 10th November 2019
Tickets are £68.71 and can be purchased here
Transition for a young person with SEND aged 16-25?
Now recruiting for Sept 2019, this is an opportunity for SENDCO’s, teachers, parents, carers and local authority members to come and see our college and find out more about our offer.
Friday 15th February 9.30 – 10.30am
Elfrida Rathbone Camden, 7 Dowdney Close, NW5
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with names and your chosen date.
Rethink Mental Illness Courses
Rethink provide free Mental Health Training to professionals and organisations in Camden and Islington as well as individuals living, working, volunteering or studying in the Boroughs.
The courses include: Mental Health First Aid; Youth Mental Health First Aid; MH Awareness; MH in the Workplace for Managers
Please email email@example.com for more information and to book courses go to; www.rethink.org/camdenislingtontraining
Somers Town heritage project seek Conservation Researcher/Events
Researchers interview local people, help with events, including promotion on social media, writing blogs, compile local history, help put together exhibitions and at events once a month Tuesday ev/ 1-2 Saturdays Workshop History Club. Lay out and help with refreshments.
This is a part-time role and potentially a day month from January – July. Preference to Somers Town Locals. Training in oral history recording, research, blog writing and online documentation included. Expenses met.
Suit enthusiastic local with interest in history and people. Ideal experience for someone looking to learn more about events/ promotion or research.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Somers Town History Club: www.aspaceforus.club
Volunteers needed for The Leighton Education Project
A three year further education facility for adults aged 16 – 25 with mild to moderate learning disabilities, based at our offices in Kentish Town. We are currently recruiting for Learning Support Volunteers to assist in the classroom on our Education Project, which runs Monday – Thursday 10am – 3.30pm.
Experience of learning disabilities, language skills and/or education would be an advantage but is not essential.
To apply please visit our website: http://www2.elfridacamden.org.uk/work-with-us/volunteering-for-erc/
Ingestre Community Centre seeks Accountant
Accountant needed quarterly for approx. 3-4 hours for very small community centre. £20 per hour.
We are a registered charity community centre based in Kentish Town with 3 p/t staff and various bills to keep track of. We need someone to do the accounts on a quarterly basis and use quick books to manage the accounts.
Contact Michelle Tedore, Centre Manager Tel: 07712660997 or email: email@example.com
Age UK Camden seeks Camden Community Connector
21 hours per week over 4 days £30,012 to £31,764 pro rata + pension
As a Community Connector, you’ll link older people who are isolated, or at risk of isolation, to opportunities that support a greater sense of wellbeing.
For details and application form visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7239 0400.
Closing date: Wed 23rd January – 9 am. Interviews:Tues 29th January
An exceptional person needed to join our weekend staff team bringing environmental play opportunities to children living in and around Kings Cross. Our Access to Nature project includes food growing, healthy eating, nature watch, arts and forest school style activities.
Salary £8826 gross annually for 12 hour weekend.
Download the application pack from www.calthorpeproject.org.uk
Or request the documents by emailing email@example.com
Deadline 5pm Monday, 11th February. Interviews – Saturday, 16th February
Age UK Camden has two Vacancies
Advice Team Manager (1 year contract to end March 2020 may be extended subject to funding) – Age UK Camden
Salary: PO2 – SCP 35 – 38 £34,258 to £36,910 pa inc. LW for a 35 hour week
• Oversee the service to older people approaching Age UK Camden for information, advice and support.
• Ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Advice and Info services.
• Be the lead on Safeguarding for the organisation.
Closing date: Tuesday 5th February. Interviews: Thursday 14th February Volunteering Manager (1 year contract to cover sabbatical)
Salary: SCP 23-28 (New April 2019 scales) £31,434 to £34,128 pa pro rata for a 24.5 hour week
• You will be responsible for the co-ordination and effective management of volunteer services in the Age UK Camden group including role development, recruitment, placement and on going support and training.
• You will lead on all matters relating to volunteer issues and you will liaise with staff responsible for volunteers on matters of policy and best practise etc.
Closing date: Tuesday 29th January. Interviews: Wednesday 6th February
For further details of both jobs and application forms visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7239 0400. No CVs, no agencies please.
Volunteer with VAC and develop experience and skills in public health
VAC provide training, and work opportunities for Camden volunteers who can commit 2 hours per week.
We offer free Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) training to volunteer Health Advocates for Community Links, part of a new Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service in Camden. Community Links Health Advocates signpost residents to community based activities and help with formal referrals where community based activities are needed alongside clinical care.
Contact: Mandira Manandhar, Community Links Co-ordinator (Mon, Tues and Thurs) 020 7284 6550/6573 or email: email@example.com
VAC is recruiting volunteers to help us in our new building in Chalk Farm
VAC has recently moved to a new home at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, NW1. We are sharing the building with Camden Carers and Camden Disability Action. It is a very busy building with lots of visitors and events.
We are recruiting volunteer receptionists to be the first point of contact for visitors. I You will be an important member of the VAC team of volunteers and staff and will have access to training and ongoing support.
Contact Kevin Nunan at VAC on 020 7284 6557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden draft Clean Air Action Plan out for consultation.
The draft Plan sets out our vision to reduce pollution in Camden. It has been developed with the help of our Camden Clean Air Partnership made up of Camden residents, schools, community groups and businesses; as well as the wider Camden community.
The Draft Plan focuses on seven key areas including; Reducing emissions from buildings; Cutting construction emissions; Reducing transport emissions; Supporting communities and schools
To view the consultation document and provide comments, please visit: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/clean-air-action-plan/
The consultation will run until the 15th of February.
Camden asks for views on measures to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping
Changes to the welfare benefit system, a shortage of affordable housing and increased private rents are all having an impact nationally, contributing to a homelessness crisis, which in the worst incidences can result in rough sleeping.
You can read the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy online now. The online consultation is now open and will close on Monday 18 February 2019. Or to make more detailed comments or queries please email: HomelessConsultation@camden.gov.uk