TDS is Changing; VAC AGM; Creative Events Survey; Hate Crime Drop In; Family Member Reference Group; BL Family Day; Free Spanish Classes; Carers Voice; + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
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).
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.
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.
What Creative Events Would you like in Camden
Camden Arts Team are asking for resident’s ideas for events and activities you’d like to have in Camden, and your views on the creative side of the borough. If you work for a community organisation or the cultural industries, Camden is asking for your views on cultural life in the borough, and how the Arts Team can support your work. The surveys close Thursday 31 January. Resident’s survey. Or Community organisation/ cultural industries survey
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 working with people with learning disabilities
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.
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
Camden Carers Voice
Thursday 31st January at Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, NW1
From 10.30am to 12.30pm Followed by light lunch
Cllr Simon Pearson and Cllr Alison Kelly
~ How can your local councillor help you and the person you care for?
Community Health Services
~ Anita Gundecha, Head of Integrated Adult Services Camden
~ Steering Group Elections for Camden Carers’ Voice
~ Celebrate 9th year of CCV and chat with other carers
Contact :firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 020 7428 8950
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 initiative is back
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Feedback from previous sessions has been excellent.
For more information on the above and to book a place, please contact David Hermanstein on 020 7388 7932/07908845154 or at email@example.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
Free Grow Your Own Veg Group at Castlehaven
Mondays, 10:30am – 12pm
Need to detox after the Christmas festivities? Then head to these new free sessions at Castlehaven. You will be shown how to grow healthy food from seed to harvest. Click here for more info.
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.
Introduction to funders and applications support
Learn to be successful at funding and grant applications. Understand the different types of funding applications, how to research and select the right ones for your organisation and write effective bids.
Explore the stages in getting grants and learn how to avoid common mistakes.
Meet funders and discuss upcoming grant applications and opportunities.
Aimed at VCS organisations in London, with funder opportunities focused on issues of tackling poverty, and supporting children and young people in London.
Friday 8 February. 1.30pm – 3pm. Registration from 1pm. City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. Free but limited space so please book now.
Somers Town heritage project seek Conservation Researcher/Events
Researchers interview local people, help with events, including promotion on social media, writing blogs, compile local history, help put together exhibitions and at events once a month Tuesday ev/ 1-2 Saturdays Workshop History Club. Lay out and help with refreshments.
This is a part-time role and potentially a day month from January – July. Preference to Somers Town Locals. Training in oral history recording, research, blog writing and online documentation included. Expenses met.
Suit enthusiastic local with interest in history and people. Ideal experience for someone looking to learn more about events/ promotion or research.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Somers Town History Club: www.aspaceforus.club
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7239 0400
Volunteers needed for The Leighton Education Project
A three year further education facility for adults aged 16 – 25 with mild to moderate learning disabilities, based at our offices in Kentish Town. We are currently recruiting for Learning Support Volunteers to assist in the classroom on our Education Project, which runs Monday – Thursday 10am – 3.30pm.
Experience of learning disabilities, language skills and/or education would be an advantage but is not essential.
To apply please visit our website: http://www2.elfridacamden.org.uk/work-with-us/volunteering-for-erc/
Ingestre Community Centre seeks Accountant
Accountant needed quarterly for approx. 3-4 hours for very small community centre. £20 per hour.
We are a registered charity community centre based in Kentish Town with 3 p/t staff and various bills to keep track of. We need someone to do the accounts on a quarterly basis and use quick books to manage the accounts.
Contact Michelle Tedore, Centre Manager Tel: 07712660997 or email: email@example.com
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
Age UK Camden has two Vacancies
Advice Team Manager (1 year contract to end March 2020 may be extended subject to funding) – Age UK Camden
Salary: PO2 – SCP 35 – 38 £34,258 to £36,910 pa inc. LW for a 35 hour week
• Oversee the service to older people approaching Age UK Camden for information, advice and support.
• Ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Advice and Info services.
• Be the lead on Safeguarding for the organisation.
Closing date: Tuesday 5th February. Interviews: Thursday 14th February Volunteering Manager (1 year contract to cover sabbatical)
Salary: SCP 23-28 (New April 2019 scales) £31,434 to £34,128 pa pro rata for a 24.5 hour week
• You will be responsible for the co-ordination and effective management of volunteer services in the Age UK Camden group including role development, recruitment, placement and on going support and training.
• You will lead on all matters relating to volunteer issues and you will liaise with staff responsible for volunteers on matters of policy and best practise etc.
Closing date: Tuesday 29th January. Interviews: Wednesday 6th February
For further details of both jobs and application forms visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email email@example.com or telephone 020 7239 0400. No CVs, no agencies please.
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
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.
Camden draft Clean Air Action Plan out for consultation.
The draft Plan sets out our vision to reduce pollution in Camden. It has been developed with the help of our Camden Clean Air Partnership made up of Camden residents, schools, community groups and businesses; as well as the wider Camden community.
The Draft Plan focuses on seven key areas including; Reducing emissions from buildings; Cutting construction emissions; Reducing transport emissions; Supporting communities and schools
To view the consultation document and provide comments, please visit: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/clean-air-action-plan/
The consultation will run until the 15th of February.
Camden asks for views on measures to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping
Changes to the welfare benefit system, a shortage of affordable housing and increased private rents are all having an impact nationally, contributing to a homelessness crisis, which in the worst incidences can result in rough sleeping.
You can read the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy online now. The online consultation is now open and will close on Monday 18 February 2019. Or to make more detailed comments or queries please email: HomelessConsultation@camden.gov.uk