Coronavirus Community Support Fund Opens; Top 20 In-Kind offers from Business; Discretionary Funds; Financial Impact Survey; Making Travel Safe in Camden + Resources + funding and more
Coronavirus Community Support Fund opens today!
A new £200m fimd aimed at small to medium organisations:
~ To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
~ To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Full details on the National Lottery Community Fund website.
Story at Civil Society.
Covid Top 20 In-Kind Offers
Business offers to support voluntary and community sector organisations:
~ Employee volunteers from top companies
~ Free use of fleet cars, transportation and delivery services
~ A range of in-kind digital offers
~ Free space for operations or storage across London Browse the “top twenty” list here.
To request an offer email Covid.InKind@london.gov.uk
Details of LA’s Discretionary Grants Fund published
It is expected that this will be open to charities with properties that are receiving charities business rates relief – however please note that every LA will be expected to develop its own criteria.
Read the details here. VAC’s summary is here. Read the govt. guide here.
Financial Impact of the Covid-19 Emergency Survey
It’s really important that when we make the case for the sector that we have a good picture of the financial impact the Covid-19 emergency has had on organisations. Please take our Financial Impact Survey.
Making travel safer in Camden
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new road safety challenges in Camden.
Have your say on where you think changes are needed here.
YCF Partners with Google to Launch the Digital Youth Work Fund
Young Camden Foundation (YCF) has launched the Digital Youth Work Fund sponsored by Google. This fund is designed to support Camden’s children and young people sector by creating or enhancing a digital youth work offer.
YCF will award members grants of up to £5,000
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: 29 May, 19 June and 3 July 2020. Details at YCF website. Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Charities Grant Fund
Apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for your charity helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.
Applications to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Grants up to £1500 aimed at responding to the Covid-19 emergency in Somers Town. Telephone 020 8364 8400 to book a telephone appointment. Deadline Monday 25th May. email@example.com
Hampstead Wells & Campden Trust
is a small funder that can assist organisations in NW3, NW6 and Camden parts of NW2. During the COVID-19 crisis we are working to provide support for individuals and families in need through small grants for emergencies (applications only through a local organisation or agency, see our website), and for organisations coping with different demands on their services and new ways of working (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal chat first).
Government Support to Small Businesses
The Government support grants to businesses have been tied to those with premises and there are complicated rules making it hard for charities who may well be eligible to access the funds. We have some detailed guidance.
London Community Response
The second wave of London Community Response funding currently paused for Delivering Differently Wave 3 will open in June. Wave 4 will focus on recovery later in the year.
1. Crisis response – grants up to £10,000 to meet the immediate needs
2. Delivering differently – grants of £10,000 to £50,000 to change how you work
The Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. Funding is for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards, during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time we hope face to face work will be possible again.
Digital & Tech Support Online Q&A
Tuesdays 2 – 3.30pm
Many organisations are having to grapple with moving their office systems online so staff and volunteers can work remotely.We’ll look at:
~ What systems do you need?
~ How do you set them up?
~ What works and what doesn’t?
Q&A session with Gilbert Plant, our digital partner from CITA and WCIT.
Joining details here: https://vac.org.uk/events/
These sessions will be hosted on zoom. Ideally you will need a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone with camera or microphone but you can also join by telephone as well. Click on the link or use the meeting ID. You will also need the password if one was set. Short guide to joining a zoom meeting.
VAC is working with funders so that safeguarding courses can continue online. Further details to come. There are some basic safeguarding videos on the home page and on the COVID19 Update page.
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: email@example.com email (Mon – Wed)
All face-to-face events are cancelled for now. Many groups and organisations have moved their activity online. Check the Covid-19 Directory or go to the organisation’s webpage, or facebood, twitter or instagram page. For exampe WEP have a newsletter with online and virtual activities.
Camden Disability Action Leadership Programme
Are you a Disabled person in Camden who wants to do something to benefit other Disabled people? Maybe you always wanted to: Start a campaign? Design a new online service? Start a new peer support group? Or have other ideas about what Disabled people need right now. Find out more here.
An introduction to Design Sprint- Online workshop
with Outlandish on May 29th.
If you’re thinking of running a sprint at your organisation, if you want to get ideas off the ground fast, or if you’re just yearning for everyone “to be a bit more Agile”, we can help. Get an insight into the key steps of the Design Sprint and why they are useful & understand how to adapt the formal Design Sprint process to get it to work for you. book tickets here
Pan London Faiths Network Meeting
Tuesday, 26 May from 5.30pm
The agenda includes the following topics: an update on strategic priorities, the social and economic impact on the BAME community & poorest households, young people, lockdown release – how will faith & community groups respond, crime issues including hate crime, community tensions and domestic violence. To join email the convener with your name and organisation .
Get Involved: Online talks for Kentish Town
A new series of talks, each episode will focus on a community organisation with the aim of raising awareness of their activities, and telling their story in a way that connects with the audience. It is an opportunity to reach locals who would benefit from their
services and also those in a position to support the organisation in some way. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free training courses
Training Link has free online courses that people can do at home. Improve your skills during the lockdown! The courses include Level 2
Food Safety & Hygiene, Customer Care, courses for care work and others. They can be done on a PC or laptop with internet access. For
more information, email Peter Lush on email@example.com
Ageing Better in Camden
ABC are collecting a wealth of resources to keep us entertained, happy, healthy and creative during this time. If you’d like to suggest a resource to add. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
Free Online Social Activities Directory
The RecommendMe directory is where people can search for social activities, events and other things to do. Includes: Carers art groups on Zoom, Carers online cuppa, Over 60s Peer to peer befriending, Virtual creative writing for the over 60s, Gardening workshops on Zoom, Boost your emotional strength, Make and mend (chat and stitch) groups.
How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden
Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.You can use the Brokerage service to request volunteers with specific skills or background for community activity.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a page of resources to help community organisations
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust is Recruiting
HEAR Equality Network: Interim Managing Director
Invitation for Expressions of Interest for post to start 1st July
(Application by Cover letter/CV: Deadline 26th May)
The HEAR Network of London’s Equality and Human Rights VCS is a small organisation starting an important new phase in its development. As an important part of this we are appointing an Interim Managing Director, part time, fixed term.
2 days a week, 9 months initially with temporary extension subject to funding, £35,000 pro rata Full details on the HEAR website.
Could you help us develop a new visual identity for our small charity? We’re looking for a creative and engaged volunteer to reimagine the charity’s visual identity and introduce a more modern and cohesive design across the platforms we use. Find out more at http://www.headwaynorthlondon.org/volunteer.html
Henna Asian Women’s Group is seeking a Finance trustee
to join the Governance of our charity. Working alongside our effective Trustee Board and staff team this Trustee will take responsibility for finance and work closely with Henna’s Treasurer, to oversee and explain budgets, accounts and annual financial statements to the board of trustees. The Finance trustee will lead the board’s duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled, invested and economically spent, in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements.
For further information please contact Rafat on email@example.com
Paid work opportunities for people who have been laid off/ reduced income
Local Adult social care providers are still recruiting, and as they support the NHS to move vulnerable adults out of hospital to stay well at home, their need is growing. Contact Proud to Care.
Camden Social Prescribing and Care Navigation update
Social Prescribing and Care Navigation delivered by Age UK Camden, Voluntary Action Camden and Wish+ is operational, and adapted, as a point of access to services and support during the COVID 19 emergency.
We are aiming to connect residents with emerging support in their local areas where there is appropriate provision.
If local community organisations are contacted by residents with more complex needs than they can support please refer to Community Links and we will work with the Care Navigation and Wish+ teams to find the support needed. Referral form can be found here. Minimum requirements are contact details and permission to contact the person needing support.
All the usual routes in to the service apply via Community Links at VAC:
Freephone: 0800 193 6067 (please leave a message if no answer. Staff are using other phones to call back and keep this one free)
Secure NHS email (referrals only): firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Links email (enquiries and referrals): email@example.com
Healthwatch Camden’s Covid-19 Survey
How are people accessing information needed to stay well, how health and care services have changed since the Covid-19 outbreak, and how covid-19 is affecting other aspects of health and wellbeing? https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/healthwatchcamdencovid-19 or call 020 7383 2402 to complete the survey over the phone if you are not online. Particularly interested to hear from: people for whom English isn’t first language, those with a communication support need, people who are BAME (esp. Black African and older Bangladeshi men), men, under 24s, and 55+.
NCL Suicide Prevention Helpline
The COVID-19 outbreak means that life is changing for us all for a while. If you are feeling lonely, hopeless, like there is no way out or frustrated that the current situation is never going to end, you may want to talk to someone.
You can get in touch with the new Rethink helpline for people experiencing suicidal feelings or thoughts or affected in any way by suicide. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm-8pm and on Sunday from 6pm-9pm.
Tel: 08088 02 00 80 (Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.)
by text message on 07860 058 793 (Text messages are charged at usual network rate and texts will be responded to during helpline opening hours)
webchat, which can be accessed during service opening hours by visiting www.rethink.org/ncl-suicide
Facebook page by searching @NCLSuicidePreventionandBereavementService
Queries about the service or require any further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Brett Jones Jane.Brett-Jones@islington.gov.uk/Tanvi Barreto Tanvi.email@example.com from the Public Health team
Got an item for the e-bulletin?
Send your item to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.