VAC AGM; Accessing Camden Training is Changing; Domestic and Sexual Violence Training; Universal Credit – Advice for Advisors Training; Fostering Information Evenings + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
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.
How to Access Camden’s Training is Changing
If you use the Camden Learning and Development 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.
Meet some of Camden’s Learning and Development team and hear about the proposals for the service and Camden Council’s approach to learning and improvement. It is also an opportunity to discuss your organisations learning and development needs. Book at Eventbrite.
NB the service was formerly known as TDSonline (Training and Development Service).
Training for organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence
Perfecting the Pitch, delivered by Women’s Resource Centre, 7th February
Working with Male Victims of Domestic Abuse, delivered by Respect, 20th Feb
Helping Survivors Access Family Law Legal Aid, Rights of Women, 26th Feb
Harmful Practices, delivered by Women and Girls Network, 27th February
Joining the Dots Between Governance, Trustees, and Fundraising, delivered by Women’s Resource Centre, 28th February
Better Engagement with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse, Respect, 19th March
Deeds and Words: The Women’s Sector Creating Change, delivered by Women’s Resource Centre, 21st March. Full details of all courses here.
Universal Credit in London: Advice for Advisors.
Designed for those working with families in receipt of Universal Credit, or those experiencing difficulties navigating and accessing the benefit system.
This free, half day workshop will provide you with expert advice on Universal Credit rules to help you maximise the income of families you support.
With guest presentations from:
~ Owen Stevens, London Universal Credit Advisor, Child Poverty Action
~ Kelly-Marie Jones, Welfare Benefits Advisor – Early Warning System (CPAG)
~ Dawn Jackson, Head of Grants Services, Turn2Us
Friday, 15 March 9:30 – 1:00 at CPAG, 30 Micawber Street, N1. Book here.
Fostering Information Evenings
Are you interested in fostering? Information evenings are held regularly throughout the year for people interested in fostering. These give an overview of fostering, different types of placements, what fostering for Camden is like and gives you a chance to speak with a fostering social worker.
Open evenings start at 5pm and finish at 6.30pm. These are held on the first Thursday of the month at Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt street, NW1 camden.gov.uk/fostering E: email@example.com or call 0800 028 1436
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.
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.
Tech for Good
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief have launched a £2.4m grant programme to help charities better exploit digital technology. Tech for Good will offer funding for projects that use technology to deliver better services, the charities said in a statement. It will also offer support form experts and advisers. Grants of up to £48,000 are available over a nine-month period.
Edge Fund open for our 10th funding round
The fund will be giving out £40,000 to grassroots groups in the UK & Ireland. The deadline for application is Sunday 24th February, midnight. Details here.
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.
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.
The sessions aim to provide an opportunity to explore your creative side and build self-confidence through a series of simple writing exercises using prompts to help you with reflection and recall. Students are encouraged to share their writing and offer supportive and constructive feedback on each other’s work.
Thursdays 10:30am – 12:30pm 14th, 28th February and 14th March
Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street, NW1 8HF
To book your place, please contact Mandira Manandhar on 020 7284 6573/6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Mind on 020 7241 8996 email@example.com
Learn the technique of hand coiling textiles, using cotton, wool and ribbon to explore shape and form and produce flat mats and coasters
This is a free five week course for Camden Residents.
Thursday 28th Feb – 28th March 1:00 – 3:00pm at The Haven, Castlehaven Community Centre, 23 Castlehaven Rd, NW1 8RU
For more details contact Mandira 0207 284 6573 or Erica 0207269 6035 or Elisha 020 7241 8996
Safeguarding Courses from VAC in 2019
More safeguarding courses coming soon.
Need a Meeting Room near Chalk Farm?
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.
Wednesday 6th February (11am – 1pm) at Hpod (Address: Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH – next door to Regents Park Practice)
Let our experienced coach provide you with tips and new techniques to help you cope better with everyday anxiety and stress.
For information and to book a place, please contact David Hermanstein on 020 7388 7932/07908845154 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join a friendly health walk in Regent’s Park
Every other Wednesday starting 16th Jan, 30th Jan, 13th Feb, 27th Feb etc.
Meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 am start
West Euston Partnership, One Stop Shop, 29-31 Hampstead Road, London NW1. For more information Call: 020 7388 7932 Email: email@example.com
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 Family Members’ Reference Group
Wednesday 6th February, 10.30-12.30pm
At Camden Carers’ Service, Charlie Ratchford, 1 Belmont Street, NW1 8HF
Carers can talk with teams supporting people with learning disabilities around their experiences and offer input with:
Becky Reynolds, British Association of Social Workers
Social Workers working with adults with learning disabilities
Madeline Cooper-Ueki, Programme Lead, Learning Disabilities,
National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)
Research project around support staff and people with learning disabilities
Family Day: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms
Saturday 2nd February, 11.00 – 15.00. Free | Drop in | Suitable for ages 5 – 11
A family day inspired by the treasures, stories and adventurous journeys of the Anglo-Saxons. Travel back to the 5th century and explore our hugely popular exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War, completely free.
Latin American House Spanish Classes
From Thursday February 14th, there will be weekly Spanish conversation classes at Latin American House. With a qualified tutor, you can start from scratch or improve on your speaking skills, and learn more about Latin American culture. Email for more information LAHspanishclasses@gmail.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com with names and your chosen date.
Camden Arts Centre seeks Trusts and Foundations Manager
Permanent contract; Part-time, 16 hours p/w
We are seeking an experienced trusts fundraiser to join our dynamic Development Department. This new part-time role has responsibility for researching and preparing written applications to UK or international grant-giving trusts and foundations, corporate foundations, public-sector or other statutory funders and grant-making bodies. Full details here.
Closing date: Monday 25 February at 10.00am. Interviews Thursday 7 March
Older People Project Coordinator
£24,500 pro-rata / £14,700 actual.Part-time
To lead the successful delivery of the project, working with staff and volunteers from the 3 partner organisations. This is an Ageing Better in Camden funded consortium project run by Kentish Town City Farm (KTCF), Queen’s Crescent Community Association (QCCA), Castlehaven Community Association (CCA). You will support older people to achieve greater independence, positive mental and physical wellbeing and social inclusion; promoting independence and quality of life approaches to develop activities and programmes that will reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Camden.
Closing date: 23 February 2019. Full details here.
The Advocacy Project seeks MH User Involvement Coordinator
£27,350 30 hours per week. Closing date: 12pm.Monday 18/02/19
The ethos of our User Involvement services is to bring those who have been users of health and care services back into projects and forums to help improve the services we all need.
We have started to work with Camden mental health user involvement service and are looking for an exceptional User Involvement Coordinator to join our dynamic and innovative User Involvement team.
For questions contact Ali Wright on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8969 3000. To apply go to https://www.advocacyproject.org.uk/who-we-are/our-team/work-for-us/
Age UK Camden seeks Part Time Chef
For Day Care Centre £10.55 per hour for a 16 hour week plus pension
Be responsible for the provision of midday meals, snacks and refreshments for our clients, planning menus and recipes in consultation with visitors and staff
Provide a range of food based learning opportunities to enhance the experience at the Day centre
To ensure that the kitchen is managed to the highest standards of food hygiene and safety
For further details and an application form visit our website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email email@example.com or telephone 020 7239 0400
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline 5pm Monday, 11th February. Interviews – Saturday, 16th February
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
NHS England Prescriptions Consultation
NHS England have published a new consultation proposing further national guidance for CCGs on medicines which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. The consultation, running to 28 February 2019, is:
• Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation on further guidance for CCGs
The items considered for inclusion were:
• medicines that do not work very well or are not very safe for patients to take;
• more expensive when compared to other medicines that work as well;
• medicines that the NHS should not spend money on because they do not treat serious illnesses.
A lot of the advice in the consultation is already current practice in Camden and therefore the impact upon Camden patients is not expected to be significant.
Desk and Training Space in Somers Town
Training Link has desk space for a small charity or charity worker who wants to be based in Somers Town. Mondays and Wednesdays available, please contact Peter Lush on email@example.com or 020-7383-5405. Meeting or training room available in the evenings and weekends. Reasonable rates.