Greenwood Centre opening; Evening and Weekend MH Crisis Consultation; Offer on Castelhaven Ageactivity membership; Camden EU Citizen Summit; Tea Toast and Tweeting at Belsize Library; Motivational Interviewing Training + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Greenwood Centre – Grand Opening
The Greenwood centre opened on Monday. Home of Camden Disability Action and the Centre for Independent Living (CIL) it also houses council mental health and learning disability services as well as commercial office space. Read all about the opening in the CDA newsletter.
A place of Support for those Experiencing Mental Health Crisis
Camden CCG are making a case for investment in a local service where people experiencing a mental health crisis in the evenings and at weekends would be able to get support.
We would like the public to join us on the 12 of March to tell us their views. It will be an opportunity to hear about our ideas for the service and share your ideas on what it might offer. We will also talk about some of the challenges.
This event is for anyone who has an interest in mental health who lives in Camden; whether you are currently, or have used, mental health services, or are a carer for someone with a mental health problem.
Places are limited and registration before the event necessary.
12 March, 3 pm – 5:30 pm at Queens Crescent Community Centre, NW5
To reserve a place and for more information please visit www.mentalhealthcamden.co.uk or call 0207974 2868.
15% Off Membership to Ageactivity 60+ this March
To Celebrate Mother’s Day, Castlehaven are offering all new members a 15% discount off a year’s membership to Ageactivity 60+ throughout March. So, for just £17 you can enjoy 12 months free access to our classes, clubs, and activities; discount on our monthly day trips, a birthday card and a Christmas card; exclusive invitations to social events, tea parties and your very own birthday party.
To find out more or to request an information pack please contact Rosa or Phoebe on 020 7692 2238, or pop into the office for a chat at Castlehaven Community Association, 23 Castlehaven Road, London, NW1 8RU.
EU Make Camden advice summit
11 March. Swiss Cottage Library
At this free event, EU Make Camden, EU citizens will be able to access advice and hear about what is being done in Camden to manage the impact of Brexit on the borough’s communities. Residents can register to attend here. The event will also be available on live stream.
We are also offering a wider package of support for EU residents as part of our proactive approach to preparing the borough for Brexit:
• Frontline Council staff will be briefed with up to date contact information so they are ready to signpost residents to the help they need.
• Partner with key advice organisations such as Citizens Advice Camden, Camden Community Law Centre, Age UK and Mary Ward Legal Centre to ensure that ongoing advice points are available.
• Work through schools, community groups and voluntary organisations, to ensure all are prepared to show Camden residents where to access the support they need.
• Invest in our cohesion services to promote healthy communities and convene a cohesion conference.
Tea, Toast and Tweeting
Belsize Community Library, 20th March 12 – 3pm
Are you 50+ and need help with using twitter? Come and join in with a technology afternoon tea party. Bring your own device for a 1:1 session
Places are limited and should be booked in advance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 020 586 6746 (Mon-Wed, 10-6pm)
Free half day Motivational Interviewing training this March
Do you work with residents? Would you like to learn more about behaviour change skills? Free Motivational Interviewing training to those who have already attended Making Every Contact Count training.
The course is designed for front line staff who have the opportunity to deliver brief interventions through having motivational conversations with residents.
Spaces are very limited, find out more here
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Youth Safety Fund to Support Projects Aimed at Preventing Youth Violence
Open until Sunday 31 March.
Bids to the fund must be made by partnerships of at least two bodies, which can include public sector, schools, charities, voluntary and community orgs.
Local young people will be among those on the panels to assess applications, for projects running for one or two years under two categories:
• Under £5,000 per year (£10,000 total)
• £5,000 to £25,000 per year (£50,000 total).
This is the first of two opportunities to apply to the Youth Safety Fund, with another due in late 2019 / early 2020.
To find out more and download an expression of interest application form please visit www.camden.gov.uk/youthsafetytaskforce.
If you have any questions about Youth Safety Fund or application process please contact email@example.com
Camden Giving Kings Cross Fund
Camden Giving’s KX Fund will soon open for applications. It aims to increase:
~ Social Cohesion
~ Employment opportunities
~ Quality and access to natural environments
Full details at Camden Giving. closing date midnight, 17 April
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 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
Safeguarding Advanced: Developing knowledge and understanding.
Tuesday 26th March, 9.45am – 2.30pm (Includes lunch)
If you work frequently with children and their families, it is essential that your organisation has up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation and child protection procedures. This Advanced course is designed to develop existing understanding of the safeguarding process through a variety of written text, case studies and interactive exercises.
Who Should Take This Course? Suitable for anyone who has attended safeguarding training previously and would like to update their knowledge and skills further, including volunteers and workers of all levels.
The training will cover the following:
• Department for Education’s updated statutory guidance for England and Wales.
• Myth Busting & Social Care: Exploring safeguarding attitudes in the community.
• Awareness of current issues / Understanding emerging forms of abuse.
• Safeguarding awareness and assessing need: Race, culture, gender and ability.
• Dealing with disclosures
• Safeguarding in Camden, thresholds and the role of professionals.
To find out more information or to book your place please email Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to Safeguarding for Trustees.
Wednesday 27th March: 9.45am – 1.00pm
The Charity Commission for England and Wales recently stated that safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charity trustees.
There has never been a better time to make sure your charity is doing all it can to protect children and young people at risk.
• Understand, review and manage the safeguarding arrangements in your organisation.
• Ensure your charity is meeting its legal ‘safeguarding duty of care’.
To find out more information or to book your place please email Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi at: email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 028 1436
Understanding Autism and ADHD
The Caraf Centre is holding a free workshop for parents and carers, ‘Understanding Autism and ADHD’
Saturday 2nd March 12.45pm-2.30pm
The Caraf Centre, 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent, NW5 4EZ
To book, email email@example.com or call/text 07376 362 917
Dementia Action Alliance
The next meeting of the alliance will be on 19 March from 10am – 12pm at Crowndale Centre (Council Chamber) , 218 Eversholt St, Kings Cross, NW1
Contact Priya Satish, Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator – Priya.Satish@alzheimers.org.uk
WomenSpeak Group for International Women’s Day
This is an opportunity to experience a women’s group in the MenSpeak format and pick up tools for use in your own community, your own work and to hang out in good conscious company.
On International Women’s Day on 8th March. Full details at Meetup.
Kingsgate Community Centre’s AGM
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 3.30pm
This is a great opportunity to see how the centre is doing and get an insight into how we continue to progress into the future.
After the meeting there will be some light refreshments and entertainment.
What’s on at WEP
West Euston Partnership have a full calendar of activities taking place every day of the week. All at Hampstead Rd, H-pod or Regents Park.
Understanding Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control
An introductory course to domestic abuse, this course is aimed at individuals who may come into contact with survivors, but do not play a front line role. This will enable people to develop their understanding of domestic abuse and its impacts, and build their confidence around identifying signs of domestic abuse and the skills to respond and signpost to appropriate services.
Date: 6th March 2019 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London, NW1
Cost: £55. Book places 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.
13 March, 10 April, 8 May
Crowndale Centre, NW1 1BD Time: 12-2pm, Room: C, D (Ground Floor)
Transition to college for a young person with SEND 16-25
Friday 22nd March and 19th April 2019: Coffee Mornings @ Leighton College, a Camden based college for 16-25 year olds with a learning disability. This is an opportunity for SENDCOs, teachers, parents, carers and local authority members to meet for coffee, see the college and ask any questions about applications and transition. Feel free to contact Sousan on 02074241617 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. We look forward to meeting you soon.
You must be deaf/disabled or have a deep understanding of the lived experience of deaf/disabled people. You will also have excellent communication and business skills in order to engage CDA’s key stakeholders (deaf/disabled people, trustees, staff, volunteers, funders and partner organisations) and to develop the charity. Experience with finance and change management are also required. More details at www.camdendisabilityaction.org.uk Closing date 5th March, 9.30. Application is by completed form – no CVs, no agencies.
Hopscotch seek Senior Youth Worker
Hopscotch is currently recruiting a Senior Youth Worker.
£26,880 incl. ILW (£21,504 pro rata). 28 hrs per week (4 days)
An experienced and enthusiastic Youth Worker is required to develop, implement and co-ordinate a culturally appropriate programme of outreach activities in Camden to improve the mental and emotional health and well-being of young Asian women and girls.
For details and an application form, please contact Shammy Ahmed: Tel: 020 7388 8198 E-mail: email@example.com
Closing date 21st March, at 9:00am Interviews 27th March.
Rush In Ballet is recruiting two volunteers
Rush In Ballet runs successful open access ballet classes for all ages in Camden. As an expanding and successful organisation we are looking for a general volunteer who can help run the charity, dealing with bookings, accounts and general admin tasks. Some experience of arts administration would be an advantage. We are also also looking for a volunteer Stage Manager Admin Volunteer
Attend rehearsals to become familiar with the contents of the performances
Work with the director on publicity material and identify places to send it to.
Post information to social media, ( Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)
Research future venues and information regarding fundraising and sponsors Volunteer Stage Manager
Attend rehearsals in the run-up to a performance in order to agree on the running order with the director and ensure that the music is in the correct order
Set up the venue on the performance day
Attend and run the dress rehearsal and identify any problems
To apply for either position or find out more, please contact Natalia at Rush In Ballet firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07830 723473 or 07365807108
Castlehaven seeks Active Families Programme Manager
28hrs per week, worked flexibly over a minimum of 4 to 5 days. £28,098 per annum (Pro rata actual £22,478)
You will manage an exciting new project that aims to identify, engage and empower local families and young people to improve their health & wellbeing. The new Active Families Programme Manager post will implement a weekly programme of sports, recreation and health initiatives for our target groups – local families and young people (11-19yrs) that have poor physical & mental health or weight issues, and families and young people from BAME and/or LGBTQI+ communities.
For application details please visit the website. Closing 10th March
SLYC seeks Youth Worker
Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre (SLYC) is now hiring a qualified Youth Worker to join our team in the Senior Youth Club (13 – 19). Gross salary £6,601.92 (£15.39 per hour); three evenings per week, from 6:30pm to 9:15pm (Monday / Wednesday / Thursday), initially on a fixed term 12 months contract.
Please, do not apply unless qualified at a minimum of Level 2 in Youth Work and having five years experience in this field.
Closing Date: Friday 8th March 2019. Interviews: Friday 29th March 2018
Candidates can apply on the Charity Job Website: www.charityjob.co.uk
Clean Break Theatre Company seeks Female Gardener Volunteer
Clean Break are currently looking for a female volunteer to maintain the garden area. Working as part of a team, help with the upkeep development and protection of the garden, so it can be enjoyed by everyone
Contact Samantha McNeil- Volunteer Coordinator Tel: 020 7 482 8600 Email: email@example.com Web: www.cleanbreak.org.uk
Latin American House seeks Book Keeper
The candidate will work alongside the Finance Officer and Director. £14.5/h 6 hours/ week. Role involves responsibility for entries in Sage and assisting in the financial transactions. The candidate will be studying towards becoming a qualified accountant. Basic Spanish an advantage. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Book Keeper at Latin American House” or call 020 7372 8653 for further information.
Young Camden Foundation seeks Clerk to the Trustee Board
£14.50 – £16.30 an hour Part-time
YCF are looking for someone special to join our growing charity. You will be responsible for:
~ Provide effective administrative support to the Board
~ Ensure the Board of Trustees is properly constituted
~ Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements
~ Provide procedural and governance advice to the Board of Trustees
Please send your CV with a covering letter to email@example.com Closing date: 8 March 2019
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Office space available to rent at The Winch
Situated on the best stretch of Winchester Road, this office is within easy walking distance of Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road and Belsize Park tube stations. The office is located on the second floor of the former Winchester Arms Pub, which is now repurposed as an innovative community centre by Camden charity, the Winch.
A fantastic community spirit is cultivated within the building, which hosts a number of local organisations. Adjacent to the office is a communal kitchen, with male and female toilets on the floor below. There are plenty of eateries, local shops and a weekly farmers market on your doorstep, as well as Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre. We’re a 10-minute walk to Primrose Hill. Our location has everything your organisation and your staff needs to thrive.
Size: Shared office for 1 to 8 people
Prices: From £832 per month plus service charge (all inclusive)
• All-inclusive prices, flexible and competitive terms
• 250 sq. ft.
• High-Speed Internet Connection
• Great local amenities
• Overlooking the Swiss Cottage Open Space
Available now: Call 020 7586 8731 for more information or to arrange viewings.