Camden Community Centres Disability Access Report; Book a Venue in Chalk Farm; Green Spaces Funding Event; Community Mental Health Hub Consultation; Mental Health Day; 10 Years of Green Gym; St Pancras Hospital Development; Osteopathy Partnerships; Youth Action Showcase; Funding Network Event; Magic Grants + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Camden Community Centres Disability Access Report
Volunteers from Camden Disability Action (CDA) visited 28 community centres in the borough to find out how accessible they are to people with a disability.
Healthwatch Camden undertook the project because Camden Council’s strategy for disabled and older people says it will “use community resources first” when developing solutions to peoples’ support needs. So how realistic would it be for someone with a disability to use the local community centres?
The overall picture is good, however there is plenty of room for improvement. The Camden Community Centres Consortium (C4) and Camden Council accept the report. Some of the recommendations can be quickly and cheaply implemented, but others have longer term and cost implications.
You can read the full report here.
Need a Venue near Chalk Farm?
VAC now has 3 new rooms for hiring out for Events/Training, etc. at our new base in the Charlie Ratchford Centre in Chalk Farm.
The Dining Room can hold up to 60 people, this can be useful for any large social events, AGMs, conferences, etc.
The Buffet 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
Rates and full details on the VAC website.
Meet the Funders
Tuesday 25 September 3pm–5pm
Parliament Hill Staff Yard, NW5
Calling all Voluntary and Charity Organisations. You are invited to Meet
the Funders. £8,000 – £15,000 is available for projects that help people enjoy green spaces and the natural environment.
More information visit: https://bit.ly/2OwA25g
Community Mental Health Hubs – VCS Consultation Event
As part of its St Pancras Transformation programme, currently at public consultation stage, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust wants to improve its community services by developing mental health hubs in the community. These aim to consolidate services that are currently provided across 30 sites, and collaborate with community partners to provide service users and local communities with more holistic care and proactive approaches to staying well. We are interested in talking with voluntary sector organisations across Camden and Islington to see how we can best deliver this vision and therefore invite you to a meeting on 5th October (9.30-11.00) at St Pancras Hospital (Room 4, 1st Floor, West Wing).
If you would like to attend, please email Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Get Ready for World Mental Health Day on 10th October
Camden Green Gym are celebrating ten productive and enjoyable years, and would like to invite you to join us to celebrated at the Waterlow Park kitchen garden on Tuesday 16th October. View the October programme here.
Please rsvp by 5th October to gg-Camden@tcv.org.u
St Pancras Hospital Redevelopment
Camden and Islington Clinical Commissioning Groups are consulting on the proposed site redevelopment of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust‘s St Pancras Hospital site. The public consultation will seek views on proposals to move inpatient beds from St Pancras Hospital to a new site at the Whittington Hospital and create two new mental health community hubs in Islington and Camden. The consultation end 12th October.
The last open public event is on Wednesday 26th September, 6pm to 8pm, St Pancras Hospital, Conference room, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1. Just turn up.
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine on Finchley Road, NW3 has a large training clinic providing over 14,000 osteopathic treatment sessions per year. Free treatment for pregnant women, the over 65s on pension credit, and for the under 16s in our specialist children’s clinic. Students, the over 65s and those receiving certain benefits are eligible for concessionary rate of £13/session. Please get in touch if you would like to partner your Community Centre or venue. Further details at https://www.bcom.ac.uk/clinic/
Camden Youth Action Showcase
Thursday 25th October 11 – 2pm, London Irish Centre, Camden Sq, NW1
Showcasing work from Peer Education projects, Peer Mentoring programme and Camden Champions. The event is organised by young people.
The theme of the event is Health and Wellbeing. The topics explored this year are related to subjects they care about such as stress, relationships, mental health, substance misuse, rights and equality, peer support and crime. There will be a free food served and a chance to network. Book at Eventbrite.
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.
The Funding Network and Camden Giving
Live Crowdfunding event for local charity projects. Camden Giving are working with The Funding Network to host the inaugural funding network meeting with four local change-making organisations, 4 October, 7.00 – 9.30 at the Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, NW1. Info and tickets at Camden Giving.
Magic Little Grants
Over 400 grants of £500 available for local charities and community groups delivering sports and physical activities
Info and applications at localgiving.org
London Community Energy Fund
This Mayor of London fund is for exploring finance mechanisms and feasibility for community energy projects, including solar.
Deadline 2nd November. If you are interested please get in touch today to arrange a call or meeting to discuss the bid.
Taking Action on the Social Determinants of Health
A grant programme for UK Public Health Network organisations to work with partners from outside of public health to take action on the social determinants
This grant programme funds partnership projects between UK Public Health Network organisations and partners from outside of the public health community. Full details here.
Sporting Capital invests in organisations that make a difference through sport.
The £3m Sporting Capital Fund provides loan funding of between £50,000 and £150,000.
The loan funding will be used to help organisations develop new projects, operations and revenue streams. The goal is to help develop more sustainable community sports organisations.
Call or email to discuss tour needs
Email: email@example.com or call 0203 637 8232
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.
Join us for a Coffee/Tea and support us to find activities/exercise classes you would like to do in the centre
Monday 24th September 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre, 25 Bertram Street, London N19 5DQ
Call Mandira on 020 7284 6550 or Larraine on 0207 272 7201 for more info.
Basic Risk Assessment training
Wednesday, 26th September 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Do you want to know how to carry out a risk assessment? Do you have responsibility for managing health & safety? This 3-hour basic risk assessment training could be what you are looking for. The course is ideal for: People with health and safety responsibilities in voluntary sector organisations Staff and volunteers of community groups Recent arrivals and migrant workers who want to know the basics of risk assessment including how should risk assessments be carried out. Book on the VAC training calendar.
‘Creating a Stronger Voluntary & Community Sector’
Thursday, November 15, 5:30 PM 7:00 PM
Camden Giving has funding available through the HS2 Camden Fund for creating a ‘Stronger Voluntary and Community Sector’. We will share some tips and ideas about applications you could consider applying to us for under this strand so that you can begin to plan your project proposal.
This free workshop is aimed at not-for-profits with an income of less than £500k, whose projects/activities benefit Camden communities.
Click here to book a place or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mighty Oaks Confidence Building Course
5, 10, 18, 19 & 26 October
At West Euston Partnership, 29-31 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3JA
Our qualified coach will help you gain a more positive mindset and take action to achieve your goals. Feedback on our previous courses has been excellent.
For more information, you can also watch this short video: https://vimeo.com/288222025 To book, contact David Hermanstein on 020 7388 7932/07908845154 or email@example.com
Holborn Community Fun Palace
7th October 10.30am – 4pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
Create a piece of art, take part in a science experiment, or find out more about the history of the local area, the Fun Palace is a day to come along and try something new, whether you’re 4 or 94! There’s something for everyone.
More information here: or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Link has places on a free Level 1 ESOL course.
An opportunity to meet the Camden MSK management team and our partners.
Wed 17 October 11am to 2.30pm at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street
Jonathan Hearsey – what is Camden MSK and how do we help the people of Camden?
Lorraine Patel – what happens once a GP refers you?
Cristina Serrao – do you want to get involved with shaping the service?
Information stalls and Q&A session with local organisations including Connect, Camden Carers, iCope, IESO Digital Health, Women In Health, Age UK, VAC.
Register with Cristina Serrao, MSK Patient Director email@example.com
Camden Carers’ Voice Forum
Thursday 20 September 2018 at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street
10.30am – 12.30pm (Light lunch from 12.30pm)
Safeguarding and the caring role With James Reilly – Independent Chair Camden Adult Safeguarding Board
Carer views – relocation of Mental Health Services With Anna Wright – Policy Lead and Deputy Director HealthWatch Camden
Philippa on 020 7697 1336 firstname.lastname@example.org
Castlehaven Community Association Public Meeting: Keep Our Community Spaces Safe
On the 26th of September at 6.30pm, we host a public meeting on tackling ASB in Castlehaven Community Parks and surrounding streets. This is your opportunity to question local councillors and police on how they are helping protect your local community. For more info click here.
Free Wellness Gardening Sessions at Castlehaven
The Horticulture Hub, Corner of Hartland & Hawley Roads, Camden Town, London, NW1
We host Wellness Gardening sessions on Tuesdays from 1PM. Next week you can learn how to make your own herb garden, including medicinal herbs.
Click here for more information on next Tuesday’s session, or contact Nichola on 020 7692 2241
Reimagining Our Churches: Conservation to Co-operation
Tuesday 9th October. To bring together key people in the church, heritage sector, and those working in community economic development.
• Can church assets be a significant part of local wealth building approaches?
• Can a strategic funding mix of crowdfunding, community shares, and grants enable communities and funders to invest?
• What is the role of co-operative and community businesses in this sector and can this facilitate more conservation and care for church buildings?
• Beyond charity: Can churches become enablers? What are the cultural challenges and opportunities?
The conference will be held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, EC2. Full details on the Stir to Action website.
October Volunteering Fair
Looking to recruit volunteers in Camden or Islington?
Bookings are now open for the Volunteer Centre Camden Supersized Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 31st October, 12-2pm.
This fair is co-hosted with Volunteer Centre Islington and takes place in King’s Cross at Voluntary Action Islington on Pentonville Road.
This is open to all voluntary organisations that have volunteering in Camden, Islington and their borders.
Cocoon Family Support seeks Trustees
Are you passionate about perinatal mental health? Cocoon Family Support is currently recruiting new trustee’s to help us continue our vital work supporting families across London.
Cocoon provides support for families across London who are suffering with perinatal mental health issues and difficult emotions pre and postnatally. We do this by offering weekly peer support groups, creative therapy courses, mindfulness sessions, outings and activities. We have recently secured two NHS contracts – one with NHS England(London) and one with South East London STP to provide a lived experience voice and project.
We are now looking for Trustees to help us take the next step in our growth. We want people who are excited by our work, and who bring energy, commitment and networks to our Board. If you would like to join us in our journey please get in touch and we will provide you with our trustee application pack – email@example.com
Castlehaven are Looking for a Senior Experienced Youth Worker
Castlehaven Community Association are looking for a full time Children and Young People Project Manager. You will need at least two years’ experience as a senior youth worker or equivalent in a similar setting.
Please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Monday 24th Sept 2018 at midnight, with interviews due to take place Thursday 27th Sept 2018 (Between 10am and 5pm).
For more info and a job description please click here
Solace Women’s Aid seeks Volunteers
Refuge Support Volunteer
We are looking for an approachable volunteers with good interpersonal skills, self-motivated and able to carry out tasks unsupervised, flexible and interested in Domestic and Sexual Violence and its impact on women and children. This is an extremely varied role, helping with the day to day running of the refuge and supporting women and children affected by Domestic and Sexual Violence. Children & Families Assistant
Our generic Camden Refuge Services are recruiting new volunteers to support their team. The C & F volunteer assistant will be supporting the day to day running of the children’s service. This may include: Supporting women to attend appointments, Draw up activity timetables, Running groups, Keeping records of all activities and Making contact with women via telephone. Experience of working with children and running groups for women/children is essential. Sessional Group Volunteers: Holistic Therapeutic Support Service
Do you have a skill or talent that you would love to share with female survivors of domestic abuse? The content of our groups is flexible and range from creative skills, performance, writing, health & wellbeing. The idea candidate must have the appropriate qualifications & training.
For further information and to apply please visit our website
Volunteers are needed in GP practices
Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) are training volunteers to become Community Health Advocates in local GP practices.
• Would you like to support people in your community to improve their health and their access to services that will help them to maintain good health and wellbeing?
• Do you want to develop experience and skills in the field of public health?
• Can you commit at least 2 hours per week?
VAC is offering free Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Level 1 training to those who want to volunteer to become Community Health Advocates.
After completing the training, VAC will support local teams of volunteers to act as links between community based services and GPs. In return for your commitment to the project for 2 hours a week we offer support, out of pocket expenses and other professional development opportunities.
For more information, please contact Mandira Manandhar, Health Advocate Volunteer Co-ordinator (Mon, Tues and Thurs) 020 7284 6550/07930669417 or email: email@example.com
Expressions of Interest Sought by Camden to run the Centre for Independent Living Café
Greenwood Place is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in October 2018, with services moving in during November 2018.
More information can be found here
For more information contact Christina.Smith2@camden.gov.uk
Have Your Say on Air Quality
Camden is seeking feedback from residents, schools and businesses in Camden on how to improve the air we breathe and would like to hear from you.
Read the full details and join the conversation by Sunday 30 September.
To take part click here.
Do you have views on current bone & joint surgery, such has hip and knee replacements?
For information on the case for change and the opportunity to give feedback – click here.
North London Partners in health and care (NLP) is launching a review of adult elective orthopaedic care services (planned surgery of bones and joints) across north central London.
In the first phase of this review, the partnership is inviting responses to a draft case for change – a document which shares why the review is needed and early thoughts on how this kind of surgery might be organised in the future. This review will run through to Spring 2019 with this initial intensive engagement phase running until 19 October 2018
Want to Hire Meeting Rooms in Camden?
You can now access an easy to search database of community spaces for hire in Camden – vcs rooms. Search by room type, capacity, ward, postcode etc.
Find on the One Camden website.