VAC’s BAME Safeguarding specialist, Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi, in conversation with Leethen Bartholomew talking about the work of the National FGM Centre and how it’s changed during lockdown. Listen here.
We’ve updated our map of organisations to include Neighbourhood Hubs, Food Centres and Mutual Aid groups. Take a look here.
Next week is volunteers’ week – a great opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have made such an incredible contribution to the response to the caronavirus emergency. Follow #volunteersweek
Don’t Miss it! The Camden Giving Covid-19 Fund closes for applications end of Monday 1st June (see funding section)
Grant Charities in South Camden
Three local grant-awarding charities offering assistance to people in financial hardship would like to let you know about their offers/schemes.
You can find links to each of the charities at the end of this newsletter, along with further information about their area of benefit, and how to apply.
Last Chance – Have your say – Financial Impact 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.
Have Your Say on the QCCA Survey
The Fight C19 emergency response service has been running since March. What services and activities do you need in the next six months.
Ballet is a good challenge that will lift your spirits. As well as all of the benefits that come with pursuing a craft and with exercise, it is good to see some friendly faces and experience the camaraderie that we all so badly need.
Don’t worry if you feel shy, everyone is welcome regardless of level or how you may be feeling at the moment. You can turn your own camera on or off, so you can either just follow along or get feedback from me if you want it.
You may even find Zoom classes less pressure than being in the studio, as you can disappear from the screen anytime you like to have a rest.
Saturday mornings, 10 AM. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5836327600
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Coronavirus Community Support Fund
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.
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 email@example.com.
Food Grant Update
The Food Charity Grant Scheme requires charities to apply for at least £30,000. This is to target funding to those charities who have the capacity to reach the greatest number of people.
For those charities which would be interested in funding below £30,000, the National Lottery Funding is awarding grants from £300 to £10,000 and is prioritising organisations supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
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. Local Authorities will be publishing their new guidance soon.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org email (Mon – Wed)
Online peer support sessions for voluntary sector Leaders
Sign up to an online peer support session, offered by The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). Sign up here – dates available to end of June.
These 90 minute sessions, for up to 10 voluntary sector leaders at a time, will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss the challenges you are currently experiencing, precipitated by the COVID-19 outbreak. We understand that you may be facing huge stress and uncertainty, and hope that these sessions will offer a space to share experiences, dilemmas and worries.
FSI Fundraising Conference June 2020
The FSI’s popular Fundraising Conference is back. Online on 18th June to hear from small charity experts sharing their knowledge and real-life experiences. In light of the challenges facingthe sector the Conference is free to attend for charities under £100k turnover
Furlough Go – Mobilising volunteers during COVID-19 –
Free online event with SPACE4 on June 4th
Furlough Go was built quickly as soon as the COVID-19 crisis gripped the UK. Furlough Go matches community groups who need to take on additional volunteers to respond to the crisis, with furloughed workers who want to help. During this webinar the developers behind the project will talk about how they realised the project so quickly, the impact that it has made so far, and how it can be used by more organisations and in ongoing situations. Register here
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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
CDA seeks new Chair
Camden Disability Action (CDA) is looking for a new Chair to build and lead a skilled Trustee board.
We are looking for a local Disabled person who has the skills and enthusiasm to provide strategic leadership for the organisation and to support making Greenwood a centre for social change.
Henna is recruiting an Advice & Outreach Worker
£12.05 ph 2 day pw- 14 hours Interim 3 months with possible further 6 mths
Must have a willingness and aptitude to conduct outreach and establish contact with agencies and individuals to build a base for Henna Asian Women’s Group. You will need experience of working with vulnerable adult groups and knowledge of the barriers they may face in accessing services. Contact Rafat.
The Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy (www.sfcp.org.uk)
SFCP, a small independent charity concerned with education, ethics and philosophy and with strong international links, seeks someone to take minutes of Trustee meetings, usually held in Central London, and to liaise with the secretary and trustees. Interest in our values and activities would be an advantage.
Other administrative tasks/meetings by agreement. @ £35/hr.
To discuss this opportunity, please contact the chair Dr Julie-Marie ffrench Devitt Applications on one side of A4 at: firstname.lastname@example.org website www.sfcp.org.uk.
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.
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. Referral form can be found here. Minimum requirements are contact details and permission to contact the person needing support.
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): email@example.com
Community Links email (enquiries and referrals): firstname.lastname@example.org
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