Death Cafe; Art Exhibition at Kentish Town City Farm; Holborn AGM; Eflrida Rathbone Parents Creative Group; Interfaith Week Safeguarding Courses from VAC; Nubian Users Forum Black History Month Event; North Camden Early Years Network Meeting; Free ESOL Class at the Caraf Centre; Castle Youth Launch Event + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Camden Carers Service Death Café
Friday 2nd November, 2-4pm.
Come and join us for a cuppa and talk about death.
It happens to us all. Talking about Death wont make it happen
All Welcome. Booking is essential.
Call Camden Carers Service on 020 7428 8950 for more information.
Please note this is not bereavement counselling
Bold and Beautiful Kentish Town City Farm
ActionSpace studio artists completed a residency with Kentish Town City Farm, and their work is currently exhibited at the farm. Find out more here. To see the map of artworks on site click here
Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Cl, London NW5. Free
Holborn Community Association AGM
21st November 6-8pm, at Millman Street Resource Centre, Millman St WC1.
Delicious biryani and Lahori curry. RSVP email@example.com
Elfrida Rathbone Creative Support Group for Parents
Busy parent? Stressed and wish you could find more ‘you’ time? Join our free 8-week Creative Support Group for Parents in Kentish Town. Thursdays 9.30am – 10.45am. Thursday 8th November – 17th January (with a break for Christmas – no sessions on 20th/27th Dec or 3rd Jan)
The aim of the group is to provide a safe, confidential space to feel heard and connect over parenting/ personal challenges and strengths in a creative way. Sessions will involve individual and group art-making activities and verbal sharing, facilitated by a Creative Therapist. All art materials will be provided.
No previous experience with art necessary
Contact Rosanna: Rosanna@elfridacamden.org.uk / T: 020 7424 1615
Two Safeguarding Courses from VAC
Interfaith Week 2018: Safeguarding an Introduction:
Tuesday 13th November 9.30am-12.30pm.
As part of interfaith week, Voluntary Action Camden and the Community Partnership Advisory Service invite all community, faith, church and religious groups who have little or no previous knowledge of safeguarding policy to attend our free workshop. Safeguarding: Developing existing knowledge and understanding.
Monday 10th December – 9.30am-1pm
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.
Full details from Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi: DOgunyemi@vac.org.uk
Black History Months and Mental Health Awareness
The Nubian Users Forum are holding a joint Black History Months and Mental Health Awareness event on Oct 31st 11am-4pm Contact Clover: 07939328748
North Camden Early Years Network- 4th meeting
North Camden Zone and LB Camden Early Years Integrated Services team are pleased to invite you to the next North Camden Early Years Network meeting.
This time, the topic of the meeting will be children under 5 with special education needs and disabilities accessing services in Camden. We will have with us MOSAIC, LB Camden MASH team and Swiss Cottage School who will tell us more about their experience working in this area and their efforts to ensure the families are supported effectively.
All Early Years professionals and families with children under 5 are welcome!
Thursday, 1st November, 1-3pm at Belsize Library, 8 Antrim Grove, NW3 Any questions contact Madalina Piscu email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free ESOL Class
Saturdays 1.30 – 3.30pm at The Caraf Centre
Assessment and enrolment on Saturday 3rd November at 1:30pm
Come along to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills – beginner’s class (pre-entry)
Call Akhita on 020 7 284 0030 or come and see Akhita at 27-30 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent, NW5 4EZ
Castle Youth Launch Event
30th October, 4 – 7pm at the Haven 23 Castlehaven Road, NW1
All welcome between the ages of 11-19 years. Find out what’s happening, meet the staff team, see what’s on offer, meet a celebrity, free gift and food. Bring a friend.
Camden Disability Action
Catch up with the latest news from Camden Disability Action.
Little Village on C4 Dispatches
A branch of local charity, Little Village, is featured on Channel 4’s Dispatches on Monday evening. “Born on the Breadline” examines the growing need for baby banks in the UK and meets the working parents who are turning to them, to provide their young children with nappies, clothes, toys and cots
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Richard Reeve’s Foundation
Funding to local organisations active in London boroughs of Camden, Islington and City of London.
The scheme supports eligible schools and charities that run schemes for disadvantaged people and young people aged up to 25.
Current priority areas of the scheme are to support disadvantaged people in the local community who experience barriers to education and training. Full details.
Grant Opportunity for Young Londoners Fund Local Networks
Part of the Mayor’s new £45m Young Londoners Fund to help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It will support a wide range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for children and young people.
£30m is available for projects in local communities (over two rounds) and the remaining £15m will be invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners. Full details here.
Said Foundation – Amal Grants Programme
Grants to support a variety of high-quality arts and cultural activities that aim to further the objectives of increasing understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none and fostering a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities. Details here.
London Early Years Campaign.
The Mayor is offering a total of £150,000 to improve awareness of free early education for 2-year-olds and increase take up of places by eligible families.
City Hall will award a maximum of 30 grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 each to local projects. The proposals must target areas of low take up and evidence how they will effectively engage families and communities who are currently missing out on this vital offer..
Delivery takes place between January and September 2019. Full details here.
Power Up: resourcing women’s and girls’ movements for change
Fund opens 8th October and closes 7th December
Up to £300K is available for single applicants, or up to £500k for partnerships
Find out more at the Comic Relief website.
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.
Fridays, 2 – 30 November at 10:30 – 12:30 at Training Link, Phoenix Rd, NW1
New to computers or like to brush up your skills? Come to this free 5 week course to get started. To book your place, contact Erica on 0207 269 6035 or Mandira on 0207 284 6573
Health and Safety Essentials – 21 November 2018
Wednesday, 21st November, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Do you have responsibilities for health and safety where you work? Do you want to know your rights when it comes to health and safety? And know how to enforce your rights? You get a certificate at the end of the course. Learn about:
~ The main UK health and safety laws
~ Who is responsible for health and safety at work
~ Who enforces health and safety
~ Basic risk assessment
~ Sources of information and support
The training is ideal for people new to health and safety or those wanting to refresh their knowledge. The course also covers all the requirements for running a community group safely. In particular, migrant workers or recent arrivals in the UK will gain important knowledge about their rights. Book here.
Volunteer with VAC and develop experience and skills in public health
VAC can provide training, and sessional work opportunities for committed volunteers. Benefits include 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. See Jobs and Volunteers section below for full details.
Organised by Camden Disability Action
How to safely recruit PA’s; Setting the boundaries; Keeping control; How to manage staff on a day to day basis; What to do if things go wrong; Keeping everything safe and legal
At Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street, NW1 8HF
Friday – 9th November
The sessions run from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm and then a hour for lunch.
Contact Nital Patel to book a place or for more info email@example.com
Thinking about transition for a young person with SEND aged 16-25?
The Leighton College is a person-centred further education provider based in Kentish Town with 20 learner places a year. 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 and referral pathways.
Dates: Friday 7th December 2018 / Friday 15th February 9.30 – 10.30am
Elfrida Rathbone Camden, 7 Dowdney Close, NW5
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with names of attendees and your chosen date.
Join Michael Palin, Robert Powell and Lee Montague for a commemoration of The War to End All Wars, celebrating the indomitable spirit of those who fought and those who stayed behind, on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. There will be readings and poems and popular songs of the period played by Adam Gorb. The evening will take place at The Peter Samuel Hall, Royal Free Hospital on 11th November at 7.30pm (1hour). All proceeds go to Keats Community Library. For tickets call the library on 0207 431 1266 or book online
An evening with Antony Gormley
On 7th November Antony Gormley, one of Britain’s great living artists, will be joined by anthropologist Hugh Brody and psychoanalyst Margot Waddell for this evening of discussion and film at Belsize Square Synagogue. Included will be a special screening of “Inside Australia”, All proceeds will fund Camden Psychotherapy Unit’s provision of low cost psychotherapy for Londoners in need. For information and tickets visit insideaustralia.eventbrite.co.uk or call CPU on 0207 284 6558.
The workshops will inform participants about what local services are available to them in addition to their GPs, and how they can better manage their health.
Click here to register.
~ 8 November 1:30 – 3:30 (Kingsgate Community Association)
~ 21 November 10:00 – 12:00 (Pax Lodge, Olave Centre)
Improve your English Skills through Fun Social Learning
At The Wellcome Collection Reading Room, Euston Road, NW1.
Starts Friday 2nd November 10.15-12 Every 2 weeks. Includes a free lunch!
E: email@example.com T: 020 3637 9668
Free. Priority spaces for WC1 and NW1 residents
Volunteer Managers’ Forum: Networking & Peer Support
Join Volunteer Centre Camden for the Volunteer Managers’ Forum Tuesday 13th November, 10am-1pm in Camden to discuss all things volunteer management with volunteer managers in Camden, and beyond.
The topics will be varied, and can be anything related to managing volunteers – and will be decided by you on the day. Book at Eventbrite.
‘Creating a Stronger Voluntary & Community Sector’
Thursday, 15th November, 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.
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.
Camden CIL Consortium Seeks Engagement Officer
Camden Centre for Independent Living (Camden CIL)
Salary: £32,151 – £35,251 pro rata 4 days p/w (depending on experience)
Camden Centre for Independent Living (Camden CIL) is a new service, run and controlled by disabled people.
The CIL is now looking for an experienced and enthusiastic engagement office to lead development of a new model of engagement for disabled people in Camden, and support disabled people to play a full role in the CIL and in Camden’s wider community, including supporting the involvement of volunteers.
We welcome applications from people living with a disability.
Download the application pack from the CDA website. For further details please contact Len Lauk on email@example.com. Closing Date: 9 Nov
The Sherriff Centre are seeking a new Centre Manager
The new manager will oversee the day-to-day runnings of our social enterprise project in West Hampstead.
Established in 2014 and based within St James Church, The Sherriff Centre serves the community seven days a week. We are home to The West Hampstead Post Office, The Sanctuary Cafe, Hullabaloo children’s soft play and Icon Gift Shop.
The Sherriff Centre’s profits go to our charity which provides a debt and money advice service to the local community.
If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV and a covering letter to Steph: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews to be held early Novemeber with a felixble start date of Dec/Jan
Homestart seek Family Support Volunteers
Are you a parent, grandparent or have parenting experience?
Can you give 3 – 4 hours weekly to visit a family with young children who may be going through a difficult time?
Enhance your skills with our training, supervision and fulfilling volunteer role
Next Preparation Training Starting 21st November to 13th December Every Tuesday & Thursday except 1st Day is on Wednesday 9.45am to 2.30pm
Certificates awarded & expenses paid
For information pack ring 020 7424 1603 email: email@example.com or web: www.homestartcamden.org.uk
Age UK Camden seeks Learning and Quality Officer
12 month contract Sc SO1 29-31 £29,424 to £31,141 pa pro rata 21 hours pw
Ageing Better in Camden is looking to recruit a Learning and Quality Officer. This new role will work to scope, collect, manage, analyse and disseminate learning on Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) outreach project, ABC specialist projects and ABC ‘gold standard’ community activities
For more details, all documents can be downloaded from our website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: Thurs 22nd November, 9 am. Interviews: Thurs 29th November
Support & Wellbeing Worker – Mental Health p/t for 2 years
Camden Carers Centre is currently looking to appoint a part time Mental Health Support & Wellbeing Worker (4 days a week) to build upon the excellent work already undertaken by us to support mental health carers and the people they care for. We currently have funding for 2 years for this post.
You will be delivering a comprehensive and quality information, support and advocacy service for mental health carers alongside being involved in developing and delivering a meaningful programme of activities and training for mental health carers and their cared for. £30K pro rata plus 3% pension
For further information or to talk to someone please call 020 7428 8950 and ask to speak to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Allouf or email: email@example.com
Closing date: Sunday 11th November. Interviews: Friday 23rd November
Coram’s Fields seeks Play Worker
£18,564 pro-rata 20 hrs p/w term-time / 35hrs p/w during school holiday periods
Coram’s Fields Out of School Club (OSC) is looking for an exceptional individual to become part of its dedicated team to help deliver its hugely successful after school club and holiday scheme programmes for young people
See the Coram’s fields website for full details. Closing date 9am 5th November
Castlehaven seeks Head of Social Enterprise and Commercial Development
Castlehaven Community Association are currently looking for a Head of Social Enterprise and Commercial Development who will oversee income generation, social enterprise development and enterprise management.
More details at the Castlehaven website. Please send your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date for Applications: Sunday 11th November
Little Village Opportunities
Little Village collects great quality donations of clothes, toys and kit for babies and children up to the age of 5 and then gifts these donations onto local families in need in the area.
We’re very excited to be recruiting two paid roles at our Camden site based at Somers Town Community Association, 150 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1EE. If you’re looking for a part-time administrator role (15 hours a week, 43 weeks a year) or a part-time ambassador position. Little Village is a family-friendly employer, not to mention a fun, rewarding and supportive place to work.
For details email email@example.com or visit the Little Village website
Camden Butterfly Trust seeks Trustees
Get involved in the wildlife habitat creation programme “Bring Back the Butterflies” becoming a charity. Two positions are available to join this exciting venture. Contact Jim, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 020 7586 6576 or 07826 497 377
Age UK Camden seeks Henderson Court Deputy Manager
Maternity Cover – min 6 months from Mid December with possible extension
Henderson Court Day Centre – 35 hour week
S01 Scp 29-31 £30,012 to £31,764 pa for full-time
In the role of Deputy Manager – you will Support Day Care Officers and volunteers in providing an excellent service to a diverse client group of older people with complex care needs including providing feedback and managing performance and identifying new areas of need and potential development.
For further details and an application form visit the website www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email email@example.com or telephone 020 7239 0400. Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 6th November
Enjoy working with older people in a community setting?
The Community Association for West Hampstead (CAWH) is seeking a Part-Time Older Men’s Worker for the Keeping Active Together project which aims to enable older people to be active in the community through a programme of events and volunteering opportunities.
8 hours per week (must be available weekends and evenings) £13 per hour includes London Weighting (£5,408 per year)
For more information and a recruitment pack please contact 020 7794 3729, email firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 1pm Monday 29th October
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.
Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is offering 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.
Volunteers will have access to other health related training, and will be part of a large multi-disciplinary team that meets monthly to develop the service and explore health related issues. After 3 months, active volunteers will have opportunities to take up occasional paid sessional work alongside volunteering.
Placements are in GP practices and other community locations. In return for your commitment to the project, we offer support, out of pocket expenses and other professional development opportunities.
For more information, please contact:
Mandira Manandhar, Community Links Co-ordinator (Mon, Tues and Thurs) 020 7284 6550/6573 or email: email@example.com
Council tenants and leaseholders Survey
What level of influence do you think you should have in the delivery and running of the Council’s housing services? Your views will contribute to the development of the Resident Participation Strategy 2019 -2022.
You can access our online survey via Camden Council’s online Consultation Hub by going to Camden.gov.uk/getinvolved
You can also read about our current approach by clicking this link.
If you would prefer a hard copy or would like assistance in completing the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden Community Infrastructure Levy Consultation
When new building projects take place in Camden, the developers are usually charged a fee known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Some of this money is used to fund key infrastructure across the borough, and some of it is used to help make sure that the development contributes towards the local area. The council want your views by 12th November. Click here to take part.
Need a Venue near Chalk Farm?
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.
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.