VAC – Have Your Say; #ClimateStrike; Healthwatch Community Forum; 20th Century Housing History Walk; Hopscotch Better Employment Project; Breakfast Volunteers; Prostate Cancer Awareness; GamCare; EQUIP Grants; Pathways Fund + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Have Your Say on VAC’s Activities and Websites
We are surveying all our members and subscribers to get your views on VAC and how you we can work better in the future/ or what things you think VAC should be working on now and in the coming years. It’s a short survey and as a thank you everyone who completes the survey has a chance to win £100.
Today will see youth social action at its most powerful as tens of thousands of young people throughout the world protest against climate change and demand action from global leaders.
You can find your nearest #ClimateStrike event here. To understand more about the reasons behind the #ClimateStrike read this powerful article in The Guardian
Healthwatch Camden’s Community Forum and Board Meeting in Public
Tuesday 8 October At The Greenwood Centre, Kentish Town
Community Forum 15:45 – 17:10. Board Meeting in Public 18.00-20.00
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Champions Supplier Engagement Event
The Living Centre, 2 Ossulston St, NW1 Tues 24th September 2:00 – 4:00pm
Camden Council will be implementing a three-year Community Champions programme on local housing estates in three different areas of Camden. It will be built on the skills and knowledge of local communities, and by recruiting local people as volunteers support in tackling inequalities, improve health and wellbeing and address local issues of concern.
The three local areas where the programme will operate are:
~ Regent’s Park: Regent’s Park Estate
~ Kilburn: Kilburn Vale, Webheath, West End Sidings, Kingsgate estates
~ Kentish Town: Peckwater, Torriano, Kenbrook House, Osney Crescent estates
Full details here and on the EU-Supply portal.
20th Century Housing History Walk
Saturday 21st September 3:00 – 5:00pm
Somers Town overshadowed by neighbouring King’s Cross regeneration, is a “living museum” of all ages of social housing. The walk will include you buildings from the early 1900s to 1980s, such as the listed Camden Council Ossulston Estate, Wellesley and St Pancras Housing and more. This year 2019 is the anniversary of the Addison Act, which paved the way to Council Housing.
Hopscotch Better Employment Project
The Better Employment Project at Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre where we aim to reduce in-work poverty faced by low-income workers. We offer two programmes mentioned below –
~ Free Career Guidance for Individuals – We work one to one with people from social care, hospitality and retail industries to help them discover their passions and find a way towards their goals. A part of the program is supporting workers in pursuing qualifications and training to improve their chances for better opportunities.
~ Free Employee Engagement Programme – We plan to collaborate with employers to improve engagement and retention of frontline and support staff. We believe there are strong benefits of providing in-work training support that instills positive behavior and makes employees feel more valued.
Contact BE@hopscotchawc.org.uk Tel: 0207 388 8198
Breakfast Volunteers Needed
The Swiss Church In London runs a community breakfast every Tuesday morning and would love your help. We support homeless and low income people in Camden by providing them with a free breakfast.
Our regular group of 25 – 40 guests are pleasant, well presented, talkative and very appreciative. We do not have issues with drink or drugs and provide a safe and clean environment. Breakfast is served in our church building on Endell Street. We do not indoctrinate, preach or pray during breakfast and welcome anyone regardless of religion or belief.
To get involved contact Josh Kelly on email@example.com
Workshop for Prostate Cancer Awareness – African Health Forum
27th September, 12pm – 4pm. St. Pancras & Somers Town living Centre, 2 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1DF
This workshop will talk you through how to get checked up at doctors, how to help people who have cancer and how to spot the first signs of it. FREE lunch is provided on the day. Contact Bebe Ramazani or Pauline Asumani on 078 8885 7887 for more information.
GamCare (Tampon Tax Funding)
Free suite of resources for staff and women/girls affected by problem gambling;
Free face-to-face training packages with an aim of upskilling staff around early identification, advice, signposting and referral;
Free Treatment to women affected by problem gambling;
A single point of contact for ongoing support and advice.
For more information about the programme please contact
Rebekka Hammelsbeck – Women’s Programme Outreach Officer London
T: 020 7801 7000 M: 07307 610091 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
EQUIP Community Grants
Funded by the ESFA and ESF 2014-2020 programme.
New grants are available for small organisations that offer employment and skills programmes. The awards have been funded by the ESFA under the Community Grants Scheme.Full details here.
Young Camden Foundation launches the Pathways Fund,
The Pathway Fund is a new grant to tackle youth crime in Camden and from today are inviting organisations to submit their Expressions of Interest.
The Pathways Fund is part of the Community Impacts Fund and will invest in the delivery of a 2 year programme of services and activities aimed at reducing youth offending in Camden. YCF will support a partnership of youth-focused organisations to deliver innovative and impactful programmes between January 2020 – 2022.
The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm on Friday 25th October. Youth-focused organisations are encouraged to develop partnerships and work collaboratively. Contact email@example.com
Community Energy England
Funding Opportunities 2019. Find out about a variety of community funding opportunties around renewables here.
Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust
The Grants Committee of The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust will be meeting on 30th October to consider any grant applications for funding in excess of £2,000. Applications need to be received three weeks before this date. Please feel free to contact the office if you would like to discuss a potential application. All contact details, criteria and forms are on the website
The new Physical Activity Inclusion Fund is live
PAIF offers local community groups in Camden the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £1.5K, to ‘kick start’ projects that aim to reach our inactive communities.
Full details are here: Or for contact – CamdenPAIF@GLL.ORG
Funding available for specialist community projects for vulnerable women and girls
Local groups supporting women and girls with issues like period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment can to apply for a share of £3.5 million for their vital work.
A further round of the Tampon Tax Community Fund is open to charities and community groups working with women of all ages and backgrounds to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Young people and volunteering
In partnership with Thrive LDN and iWill Fund, the GLA are offering grants of £10-15,000 to groups and organisations who get young people involved in volunteering and social action. The fund is aimed at young people who face challenges. This is our third year offering these grants and the impact of recent years has been so incredible we have raised the funding from £5-10k to £10-15k. The closing date is 18 October 2019. Details here.
Inclusive Communities Fund
Camden Giving has funding available for organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 whose existing services, activities and facilities are not easily accessible for adults with physical, learning, cognitive or mental health disabilities in Camden. Projects should bring together disabled and non-disabled adults by improving access to, and participation in their existing services, activities and facilities. Apply for up to £20,000 before 11th November.
Visit www.camdengiving.org.uk/inclusive-community-fund or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ageing Better in Camden Funding Opportunity – Gospel Oak/ Haverstock Area
ABC has funds for organisations to deliver activities specifically in the Gospel Oak and Haverstock area. ABC would like to commission 4 contracts which will provide activities for people aged 60+. These activities would need to be ‘Warm Welcome’ Community Activities which are supportive, well run activities in their local community. This will help older people to reduce their social isolation and loneliness through attending these activities, making connections and building networks.
ABC is looking to award up to 4 contracts in this locality. Funds of £10,000 for 1 year (starting January 2019) are available to organisations that are able to provide a range of activities in the area. Full details here. Deadline: 3rd October 9am. RSVP to email@example.com
Youth work grant funding 2020- 2022 engagement sessions
Voluntary sector youth providers are invited to attend a funding workshop to find out more information about new funding and the bidding process: The workshop details are as follows:
The deadline for submission on 7th October 2019. The focus of this funding is for work with 13 – 19 year olds in Camden and up to 25 if working with young people with learning difficulties or disabilities. rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
The HS2 Camden Fund
The Camden Fund aims to strengthen the sense of place and alleviate the disruption of the development of HS2 on local people. Aims:
1. A Happier and Healthier Camden
2. A Better Connected Camden
3. A Stronger Voluntary and Community Sector
Closing date: 14th May 2020. Full details at Camden Giving.
Safeguarding Advance: Developing knowledge and understanding.
Wednesday 25th September 10.00am – 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.
• 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, ability.
• Safeguarding in Camden, thresholds, the role of professionals and where to go for support.
Please contact: Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi, our Community Partnership Advisor Lead to book your place, as well as customised Safeguarding training enquires.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: email@example.com email (Mon – Wed)
Places of Worship Security Awareness and Advice Session
Monday, 23 September, 18:00 – 21:30
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Community Security Trust (CST) and Faiths Forum for London invite leaders of London faith communities to a seminar on the safety and security of places of worship. Book at Eventbrite
Build Your Confidence at WEP
3-day confidence building programme Mighty Oaks starting Wed 18th Sept.
Watch the video to get an idea of what Mighty Oaks is all about:
You must attend all 3 days (18th & 25th Sept, 2nd Oct, 10am – 1.30pm)
David Hermanstein on 07908 845154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big Reveal
Castlehaven Community Centre has received a makeover. Everyone is invited to the refurbished building on Friday 27th September. Click here for details.
Crisis Comms Masterclass
Tuesday 24 September 2019, 14:45 – 17:00 at Edelman, Victoria, SW1E 6QT
Media Trust has teamed up with PR and marketing consultancy firm Edelman for this free masterclass to share their expertise on best communications practice in times of crisis and attack. For equality organisations only.
Wednesday 18th September, 10.30-12.30pm
At Charlie Ratchford, NW1 8HF followed by a light lunch
Floating support providers, The Camden Society and Centre 404 will talk to carers about how they work with families and people with learning disabilities
Employment and training options – How can people with learning disabilities be best supported into activities or employment in Camden.
Focus Group to discuss how digital health data is shared
Volunteers aged 18+ years wanted to participate in a focus group study investigating attitudes towards the sharing of health data for different purposes in a digitally connected world. Participants will receive an honorarium of £20 for their time, and up to £30 for reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 5.15pm
Approximately 2-2.5 hours. Tufnell Park and Kentish Town venues
Contact: Nisha.email@example.com Tel: 01865 287 896
For anyone 6-14 years old. This session is aimed at children and young people with a disability and their siblings. Every Wednesday during term time, 5.00pm – 6.00pm. Coram’s Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N
Free inclusive football session run by Arsenal Football club and Coram’s Field. For more information or to register for the session, please contact Edel Maher- Sports Development Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or 02033842209
Camden Active Networking event
Thurs 26th September. St Pancras Community Association, Plender St, NW1 Afternoon Session – 14.45 – 17.00 | Evening Session – 17.45 – 20.00
If you are a sports clubs, community centre, venue, charity, running group, coach, team leader or volunteer, come and spend 2 hours hearing from organisations that work in Camden. Hear about their experiences, learn from their insight and be inspired by their successes. Followed by time for networking with other attendees.
Camden and Islington NHS Trust
Annual Members’ Meeting 2019
Thursday 3rd October, 5.45 – 8pm. At the Wellcome Collection, NW1
Guest Speaker is Prof Sir Simon Wessely, Chair of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. rsvp email@example.com
‘Overcoming Barriers: Neurodiversity in Autism’
ALAG (Asperger London Area Group) is a community organisation providing valuable social and practical support to high functioning but vulnerable adults on the autism spectrum across London.
ALAG invites you to the Autumn Conference on Thursday 17 October
Book at Eventbrite. Any questions contact Ethney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDA seeks Trustees
Do you have lived experience of disability? Would you be interested in helping CDA develop and fight for equality? Would you like to support us on our journey?
If the answer is yes, we are looking for Trustees and want to hear from you.
Contact our Chair, Oliver Greene on email@example.com
or Colin Brummage, our CEO on firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 50s Activities Programme Lead, Centre Volunteer Coordinator
£27,000 – £29,500 if full time 35 hours per week, depending on experience
6-9 month temporary contract
Abbey Community Centre. Duties include:
~ Coordinating centre’s Over 50s Activities Programme: daily social groups, activities and services for local people aged 50+
~ Supervision and day-to-day support of Over 50s workers
~ Recruiting, supporting, supervising, recognising centre volunteers
Full details here.
Citizens Advice Camden is seeking Trustees and Treasurer
Citizens Advice Camden provides independent advice services to people who live, work or study in Camden. We are governed and managed locally but with the benefit of being part of the influential national organisation, Citizens Advice.
For further details about Citizens Advice Camden and the roles please visit the website or for an informal and confidential discussion contact the CEO, email@example.com
Healthwatch Camden is recruiting
After six successful years, our Director, Frances is moving on. If you can build on the success and provide leadership, vision and operational direction, please apply.
Healthwatch Camden are also filling two other posts:
A Projects and Volunteering Officer to support the range of our work, giving people a voice in health and care in Camden through our innovative and influential projects. We looking for someone to help manage the progress of projects, including analysing research results and supporting volunteer input.
A Business Support Officer, supporting the Director and trustees, and responding to queries from the public. You will also be responsible for keeping our records and database up to date and the office running smoothly.
More details on our website: https://healthwatchcamden.co.uk/jobs
The Kids Network seeks Volunteer Mentors
The Kids Network are an organisation that supports children aged 8-11 through one-to-one mentoring. Over the course of a year, in weekly sessions, mentors help grow their mentee’s confidence and resilience, broaden their horizons and prepare them for the transitional period between primary and secondary school. Mentors help build curiosity for ambitious futures through a series of fun and positive activities and experiences, opening up London in accessible and interesting ways. Interested? Please apply here, or get in touch with Freya: firstname.lastname@example.org 07533 098102.
BWA seeks Chief Executive
40 per Week, £35,000 – £40,000 dependant on experience
Surma Community Centre, 1 Robert Street, London, NW1 3JU
BWA (Bengali Workers’ Association) is a long standing and influential community based organisation that seeks to serve the interests of the local community it serves. Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 23 September
All applicants for this role will need to complete a full application form.
For further details and an application pack please email email@example.com
or call BWA on 020 73887313. www.bwa-surma.org
Staff Wanted for Caraf Centre Nursery
Nursery Third in Charge and Nursery Nurse/Practitioner wanted at Sunshine Day Nursery The Caraf Centre, 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent NW5 4EZ THE CARAF Centre’s Sunshine Day Nursery is fully committed to the care and safeguarding of children. The successful applicants will work with children aged 1 to 4 years old. Experience in childcare is a must. DBS checks required. Starting ASAP Salary: competitive salary If you would like to know more about this role please contact Indira Vyas or Juma Laila Akter on 0207 284 0030 option:1 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solace Hair & Beauty Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to run hair & beauty sessions for our service users such as massage, facials, make overs and hair styling. This role is in our multiple needs refuge. Some experience of working with clients with multiple needs including mental health and/or substance use support needs would be of advantage. The ideal candidate must have the appropriate qualifications & training.
For the full volunteer role description and the application forms please visit Solace Women’s Aid website. Deadline for applications is 1st October 2019
Please note that our volunteer opportunities are open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1), and that these volunteer roles are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 and subject to enhanced DBS checks.
Cockpit Arts Trustees Recruitment
Cockpit Arts invites applications to join our Board of Trustees from people interested in being part of our award-winning social enterprise supporting craft, design and creative enterprise.
Home to over 140 independent creative businesses, Cockpit is London’s leading studios for contemporary craft and the UK’s only business incubator for craft and design.
For more details and to apply, click here or email email@example.com
Train now to join the emergency volunteer team in Camden
There are a number of training dates to choose from, with more to come. (18th and 25th September). This is your chance to be part of a new way of helping out as a volunteer in the event of an emergency in Camden or Hammersmith & Fulham. Full details here. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org
No specialist skills, qualifications or experience are required. Volunteer Centre Camden will provide you with all the training you will need.
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 as a Community Links volunteer, part of a new Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service in Camden. Community Links volunteers 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 building in Chalk Farm
We are recruiting volunteer receptionists to be the first point of contact for visitors. 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
Need a Meeting Room near Chalk Farm
Special rates for Camden network events
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. Special rates for Camden networks.
Camden and Islington Sustainability Awards 2019
There is still time to nominate in the category ‘Community Project/initiative’
Best community environmental project – Recognises the efforts of community groups working to improve their local environment.
Deadline Wednesday 23 October. For more info and to apply click here.
EU Citizens Rights Information Sessions
The website www.eurights.uk, allows a community group or community champion to book a lawyer to attend their event for free. Seraphus will: (i) give a presentation on the Settled Status scheme, (ii) answer any questions, and (iii) remain available afterwards for one-to-one questions with audience members. The one requirement to benefit from this free service, is for at least 40 members of the European community (EEA or Swiss nationals) and their family members to have confirmed their interest to attend.
Want to Share a Skill, Space or Equipment?
Simply add your request to Comoodle Camden, the new local online sharing platform which facilitates sharing for community benefit.
Got an item for the e-bulletin?
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.