Community Vaccine Webinars; BAME Fundraising Support and Health Inequalities Network; Lateral Flow Testing; More Vaccine Resources; NYA Youth Sector Livestream; CDA Leadership Programme; WEP Showcase; Catherine Capaldi Awards; Video Competition; “The Value of Small in a Big Crisis” report + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more
Saturday 27th Feb Vaccination Community Webinars
The Black Community with Cllr Johnson Situ at 1:00pm – 2:45pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 857 0309 1870 Passcode: 0000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Community 12.30 – 1.30pm Zoom Meeting ID: 813 1366 5591 Passcode: 347012 email@example.com
You can view a recording of the recent event for the Somali Community here.
A summary of the road map to end the lockdown is here.
Health Inequalities Network and BAME Fundraising Support
The Voluntary Action Forum on Wednesday had a packed agenda with the launch of a new fundraising support initiative for BAME organisations in Camden funded by Camden Council. The project is part of a wider project to network BAME organisations to help tackle inequality. As part of this work we also launched a health inequalities network. To find out more and register your interest please click here or email Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi DOgunyemi@vac.org.uk
Lateral Flow Test
Appointments are booked online in advance. You can also call the Council on: 020 7974 4444 to book an appointment. All tests are free and you can expect results within 45 minutes.
Appointments are available across Camden at the following sites.
All tests are free and you receive results in 45 minutes
For more information and to book a test, visit: camden.gov.uk/rapidtest or call the Council on: 020 7974 4444
Monday 1st March 1pm on YouTube
The Implications for the youth sector of the upcoming Covid lockdown changes.
CDA Leadership Programme February 2021
CDA is looking for new people to join the Leadership Programme, where you will learn leadership skills and lead a real change.
CDA are looking for six Disabled people to join a current leader on one of the following existing change projects: Employment and transitions; Venue access; Hospital discharge. To apply, please contact Anna Storm at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07908 747 007
Monday 8 March 2.00pm – 5.00pm, and AGM, from 5.15pm
Emplyability and Wellbeing Workshops. Book at Eventbrite
Catherine Capaldi Awards – Deadline Soon
Elfrida Rathbone Camden will be announcing the results of the Catherine Capaldi Awards on 30th March. These awards are open to anyone who identifies as a disabled person and who has an idea or solution to break down a barrier faced by disabled people or to improve their access to services, inclusion or community participation. Deadline for entries is Sunday 28th February. More information here.
Video competition on being in nature and green spaces
To celebrate Hampstead Heath being saved for Londoners 150 years ago, Heath Hands are running a video project to encourage local residents to send in videos to show how important the Heath and spending time in nature has been for everyone during this year.
There are prizes for best entries (£100) and runners up (£50) in three age groups (under 13s, 13-17s and 18+) and two categories (‘Love the Heath’ and ‘Being in Nature’). Enter as an individual or as a group. Details here.
A new report – The Value of Small in a Big Crisis – finds that #SmallButVital charities played a key role in supporting people and communities throughout the pandemic in a way that public services and mutual aid could not. The ways that small charities operate means they have responded effectively for people experiencing disadvantage, and that throughout the pandemic, small charities ‘showed up and stuck around’. You can see a great summary of the report findings in this Twitter thread and you can read the summary report by clicking here. The concise two page summary is here.
Are we ever going to create a Britain for everyone?
The former homelessness tsar thinks we need big, radical reform to tackle hunger, rough sleeping and poverty. And she has a plan. Full story in the Guardian.
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Access the Idox Camden 4 Community grant search here.
Peabody Micro Grants – Deadline Sunday
Grants of £500 to support Volunteer/mutual-aid/community groups across London who are working to support communities in the wake of COVID19 and lockdown 3.
To apply for the grant, complete a short application form online with details of the project and how the money will be spent. The aim is to have a very quick turn around. Projects could be delivering a wide range of programmes/support/services, support anyone who needs it, with a specific focus on C19 relief.
The application form is here The deadline is 28th February
Contact email for queries: email@example.com
Young Camden Foundation Build Up Fund: Youth Crime Prevention Training and Organisational Development
£500 – £3,000 Deadline: 9 March 2021
Young Camden Foundation in partnership with Camden Council are pleased to announce round two of the Build Up Fund, this fund aims to support local children and youth organisations to access comprehensive and appropriate training in three distinct areas:
1) Youth crime prevention,
2) Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes
3) Organisational sustainability. More information can be found here
Camden Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Camden has received funding from the DfE to deliver a Holiday Activities and Food programme in the borough and in partnership with the council YCF is planning to expand the Holiday Hub programme to reach more children and young people. Are you interested in becoming a delivery partner? View the presentation with more information about the programme and how you can be supported to become a delivery partner.
Camden Giving Equality Fund – Closes Sunday!
The Equality Fund will provide flexible funding to small charities and social enterprises who are supporting women, families, care leavers, people with disabilities, people from BAME communities, and young people. A panel of 10 Camden residents will award 2 year grants of £30,000.
Grants will support civil society organisations with an annual income of less than £300k and who serve one or more of the priority groups identified to overcome or tackle the root causes of their inequality. Full details here.
Community Spaces at Risk Fund
The Mayor of London announced £750,000 to work with communities to protect grassroots cultural centres, social clubs, youth, education and other spaces that are locally rooted and critical for supporting vulnerable groups during the pandemic. Find out more at the London.gov website.
The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust Covid-19 Emergency Fund
The fund is open for applications until 30th March 2021. The fund will provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in the Trust’s Area of Benefit (see website) to support vulnerable individuals and families swiftly and effectively during the current lockdown. The Trust expects grants to be used for food, clothing, utility bills and materials for home schooling or for any other urgent need intensified by the pandemic. No application form is required and details of how to apply are on their website www.hwct.org.uk. Please contact the Trust’s Grants Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss applying for this fund.
£500K Windrush Community Fund Opens For Bids
Charities working with people affected by the Windrush scandal can apply for grants to spread awareness of a government compensation scheme.
The Windrush Community Fund will be managed by Voice4Change England (V4CE), and will make grants of up to £25,000 to charities, community groups and grassroots organisations.
Those grants can be used to raise levels of engagement with the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.
National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes
The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am.
The presentation from the Wed 24th Feb Forum is here – recording and delegate list will be available here soon.
The next Forum is on Wednesday 24th March.
Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources
You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.
Henna has a full programme of activities – 3 or 4 a day, 5 days a week. From Exercise to art, mediation to therapy.
Abbey Community Centre, 222c Belsize Road,LondonNW6 4DJ Hennainfo@hennaorg.co.uk Web: www.henna.org.uk Tel: +447752681828 (for Arabic) /+447538127988 (for Bangla,Urdu,Hindi) Facebook: HennaAsianWomensGroup Twitter: @HennaAsianWomen Instagram @HennaAsianWomen
Looking for practical ways to build evaluation and learning into your work?
• Discover how to make evaluation possible in the context of the pandemic
• Make connections to help you access future evaluation support
• Share your experience and learn from others to build organisational resilience
Key speaker: Elizabeth Parker, Principal for Evidence and Impact at the charity sector think tank NPC. Thursday 11 March, 11am – 12:30pm
Register at Eventbrite. More info contact Ruth email@example.com
Loss and Bereavement Awareness Webinars
Bereavement awareness training is designed to support you to feel confident to talk to bereaved people in a simple, empathetic way, to be able to find the right words, and to provide signposting to support where needed.
The training will provide tips and do’s and don’ts to guide conversations. Sessions are on-line, use Zoom as the delivery platform and are 75 mins long.
Mar 11, 2021 10:15 am – sign up here
Apr 14, 2021 11:15 am– sign up here
May 18, 2021 01:15 pm- sign up here
Find out more at the website.
Adult Apprenticeship Workshop
Online Workshop 2nd March 2pm
Lost your job through covid? Want to re-train for a new career while still claiming benefits? Apprenticeships could be the answer.
To find out more and book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 020 7267 6635
Community Journalism Training
Camden Disability Action has launched a Community Journalism training programme for Disabled people in Camden to help Disabled people tell our stories, get our voices heard and press for change.
The training supports people to to tell powerful stories about things that are happening in our communities, like the Covid-19 streetscape changes.
It’s one online class per week for three weeks. Each class lasts two hours. As well as classes you will be offered one-to-one mentoring support.
CDA have four places left on our March training course. The dates and times are: 2nd, 9th and 16th March from 2pm to 4pm on zoom.
There is a budget to support deaf people to attend.
Contact Tom McDonough: email@example.com 07908746927
Body Mind Spirit
forum+ has a full programme of events to celebrate LGBT History Month February 2021 celebrating the history and achievements of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans communities.
Laughter, fun cooking, and nutrition tips
Watch Sarah make a meal of your choice that you would like to learn to make yourself. Make some friends! Interact with others without having to leave your home. Tell us your stories – whether food-related or not. Share your own culture and cooking experience with the group.
Join us on Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00
If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Hate UK Helpline
Stop Hate 24-hour helpline – call 24/7 0800 138 1625. Also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email email@example.com. Service users with hearing impairments can report via interactive British Sign Language by following the link on www.stophateuk.org. Or use the online form www.stophateuk.org/talk.
Stop Hate UK will be delivering hate crime awareness training on Thursday 11th March, 2pm-3.30pm and Thursday 13th May 10am-11.30am. This event is for all who would like further awareness of hate crime and ways we can tackle the issue, including use of the Stop Hate UK helpline. To book on a session, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Therapy with Likewise
Spaces are currently available for both 1-1 and group art therapy with trainee art therapists on placement at Likewise. Sessions are free and are currently being held online or over the phone. If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from a supportive space with a creative focus, please contact Anna Thirkettle via email@example.com / 07718652919 for more information.
The Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board in partnership with the Learning & Development Service have commissioned nine half day online “Safeguarding Adults Awareness workshops” available for the Voluntary and Charity sector
8 March 2021 13.30-16.30
11 March 2021 13.30-16.30
17 March 2021 10.00-13.00 or 13.30-16.30
To request a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It is for those that would like to gain an awareness on domestic violence and abuse. It will provide you with an introduction to what the types and signs of abuse are, how to respond and what actions to take.
Access the e-learning via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account for the L&D Hub please find details here on how to sign-up.
Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop
This two-hour online workshop can be accessed by VCS organisations that solely support Camden residents. It will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic violence and abuse and what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for the victim/survivor seeking help. You’ll also be provided with information where help is available for the victim/survivor.
Please book via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account for the L&D Hub please find details here on how to sign-up.
Paid part-time work experience opportunity
Heath Hands are recruiting for a paid part-time work experience trainee ranger on Hampstead Heath. 3 month contract, 12 hours a week, paying LLW (£10.85/hr). The position is funded with support from Camden Giving and open to Camden residents, with priority given to: young people under 25, people from BAME backgrounds, people living with a disability, people with caring responsibilities and women. Closing date 12th March. More information and application form here: https://www.heath-hands.org.uk/work-for-us
CDA are recruiting 6 new Disabled trustees to join the CDA Board.
CDA Trustees help shape the work and plan for our future. CDA is run by Disabled for Disabled people and it is essential that at least 75% of the Board is made up of Disabled people.
• The role of Trustee is unpaid, and the minimum expectation is that you attend 5 meetings a year.
• New trustees will receive training and 1 to 1 support from other Board members.
• It is also important that you live in the London Brough of Camden.
• We are particularly keen to get more Disabled Women on our Board and more Disabled people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
When we say Disabled people, we mean the full spectrum of health, impairment, and difference. This includes people with mental illness, those with learning difficulties, people with physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments, including those who experience Disability through the effects of ageing. It is important to stress that we welcome those who are D/deaf and people on the autistic spectrum or anyone else who may not identify as a Disabled person.
The closing date for your application is 10am Tuesday 30th March 2021
Lifting Limits is looking for a Treasurer Trustee
Lifting Limits is a charity with a mission to challenge gender stereotyping and promote gender equality, in and through education. We are looking for a Treasurer to join our board of trustees. This is a voluntary role to work closely with our Chief Executive to oversee Lifting Limits’ financial affairs. Closing date 21st March. For full details and to apply visit the website
Director of Clubhouse Operations
£42602 f/t – London N7
Hillside Clubhouse is a dynamic resource for people with mental health problems that makes social inclusion and participation in everyday life a reality. Getting a paid job, having a social life and going to college are the norm for many of our members. Members work alongside staff to co-produce the daily business functions of the Clubhouse and we now seek a senior member of staff to develop opportunities further.
Our diversity is our strength – and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. You can apply via email@example.com by 10 am on Tuesday 16 March.
COVID-19 Health Champions
Join the COVID-19 Health Champion movement to get the latest advice and guidance about COVID-19 so that you can help and share the information with your community, and let us know what is and isn’t working. You can access trusted information through regular updates and weekly online drop-in sessions about the vaccine, testing and more.
If you work, live or volunteer in Camden, simply complete the form here to sign up! If you’ve got questions, email CHC@islington.gov.uk.
KOVE, a longstanding local community action group for older people based in Kilburn and West Hampstead, is looking for a treasurer. This voluntary role will not require bookkeeping, but some involvement in planning the annual budget with the Chair and Administrator, plus some routine financial tasks and reporting to five Steering Group meetings per year. Experience of working or volunteering in finance or budget management would be helpful. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please ask them to contact Peter Lush for a chat on 07973 845 285.
The Sherriff Centre seeks Trustee
The Sherriff Centre, a not for profit organisation based in West Hampstead, NW6 are looking to recruit an experienced building projects professional to join the board of trustees.
Based in a church which is listed and with large scale building projects to undertake in 2021 and looking for some expertise to lead on this. This is a voluntary trustee position and meetings take place every 2 months, currently via Zoom. Interested candidates should be available in addition to the regular meetings to oversee building works.
Experience of overseeing and managing large scale building works, liaising with contractors and working to budgets would be essential experience.
Visit https://thesherriffcentre.co.uk/ for more information and email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Researcher – Invitation to Tender
Research on the development and impact of a BAME-led partnership for tackling social isolation among older people in Camden.
We would like to appoint an experienced qualitative researcher to examine the development and impact of the BAME-led partnership. We are actively seeking applications from researchers of African heritage and/or with substantial cultural understanding of African minority groups in the UK to carry out the work.
The budget is £20k. The research will be carried out between late March and early November.
Please see http://www.ageingbetterincamden.org.uk/latestnews/2021/1/28/researcher-invitation-to-tender for further information.
Deadline for submission of tenders is 9am on 5 March 2021.
Could you share your digital skills with a disabled person in Camden?
Camden Disability Action is looking for people to join us as Digital Coaches. This means you would work one to one with a disabled person, finding out the sorts of online things they might like to do and helping them to get started on doing them – from shopping to job hunting to gaming to zooming their grandchildren.
Being online is more important in our lives than ever – by sharing what you know about using online services you can help unlock a world of online opportunity for someone.
If you could spare a few hours a week contact CDA.
For more information follow this link to the Volunteer at CDA Page
London Irish Centre seeks Advice Officer (Housing)
Part Time – 2.5 days per week
Up to £30,000 pro rata, depending on experience
We are looking for an Advice Officer to join our Advice Service, which exists to improve opportunities and reduce poverty in London. Working primarily with people who identify as Irish, the service works to empower people using a strengths-based approach.
Application packs are available online
The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 1st March 2021.
Hopscotch Homecare urgently need Care Workers.
Hopscotch Homecare are a very caring,well-established and expanding care agency that has been providing care workers to clients in and around Camden for 20 years. We are looking for care workers who would like to help our clients to continue living safely and independently in their own homes.
Day/Night hours available and must be able to work at least two late shifts a week and alternate weekends Contact:email@example.com
Census Job opportunities
The next census is in 2021 and the Office of National Statistics is hiring for new local Census jobs, with applications invited for exciting new temporary roles at all levels. The VCS also has an important role in the census.
All the current openings, application information and FAQs are on censusjobs.co.uk
For more information about the 2021 Census and local communities click here.
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.
Telling Your Covid Stories
How do we tell the story of the sector’s responded to the pandemic? VAC are collecting your stories about how you responded. The responses will be used to tell the story of how vital the sector is in supporting Camden through these challenging times. You can click here https://www.tfaforms.com/4863725 to put your story in writing or contact Len Lauk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would prefer to be interviewed.
VCS and Vaccinations
Many people who work in frontline roles in the social care sector, including in voluntary or community organisations, are currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. You may be eligible if you provide direct care and support to an adult who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, or to a child who is clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 – in line with national government criteria.
If you think that you, or someone you know or work with, may be eligible for the vaccine please visit this page for more information. Relevant staff need to fill out this form.
Adult Social Care ran a Q&A session on Tuesday. View the recording here.
ASC have also provided some useful FAQs Some slides from a recent national webinar – slides 5-7 provide some examples of types of roles and work and eligibility under this priority group.
Direct any enquiries to: email@example.com
At the PPG meeting this week an informative presentation included a useful update on the vaccine roll out on pages 22 – 28 from the health perspective.
Lateral Flow Testing (quick test) for VCS frontline staff and volunteers
‘Lateral flow’ COVID-19 tests are available for all in frontline roles who have regular face-to-face contact with communities, and who do not have any coronavirus symptoms.
Appointments are available at two test sites (Crowndale Library and Swiss Cottage Library) every weekday from 9am to 5pm. Book here. If your organisation is not on the system, add the name in the notes’ box.
As we enter Autumn lots is changing. Buildings are starting to re-open, some activities are moving back into the real world, some food parcel deliveries have ended, while other food projects continue. Help us to keep the directory up-to-date by updating your details as they change.
If you would like to make a new entry in the directory use this link. If you would like to update an existing entry look out for an email from us early next week with a unique link for you to update.
View the Directory here. View the map here.
How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden
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.