Camden Full Circle; Closing the Autism Gap; Volunteering Course with City Lit and Sidings; Creative Workshop for Women; Become an Independent Traveller with TfL; Older People and Consultations; Family Member Reference Group; Kentish Town Plan; New Meals on Wheels + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Camden Full Circle
Camden Full Circle think differently about ‘help’. When people are having a tough time with something, things feel more manageable when people come together to help. Volunteering with Full Circle is a rewarding experience that makes a real difference to people’s lives by drawing on their own strengths together with the compassion of people who want to help them. Full Circle is a collaboration between Homestart Camden and Islington, Camden Carers Service and Camden Council. See the Jobs and Volunteering section below for full details of how to get involved.
Closing the Autism Gap in Camden
A new initiative to encourage more third sector staff and volunteers to learn more about autism and dyslexia is now available in Camden and surrounding areas. Signs4Life are showcasing this local initiative to help staff and volunteers, in their work with vulnerable service users. Our next community workshop is taking place at Camden Town Library, Crowndale Centre, London, NW1 1BD, on Thursday 29th November 2018.
Contact Sara 07964 019 764 or email email@example.com
Volunteering Course With City Lit In partnership with Sidings Community Centre
The course is 5 weeks and will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to be a successful volunteer. It is suitable for those who want to take the first step into volunteering. There are limited spaces and we would encourage all applicants to apply online early.
For information and bookings follow this link to the college website.
Creative Workshop for Women
Friday 23rd November, 1-3.30pm at Swiss Cottage Gallery
The workshop ‘Still Life In Sound’ will look at familiar and domestic objects as a starting point to draw out stories and associations to create portraits and sound recordings inspired by Katrina Hruskova’s show ‘The Waning Yoke’.
The workshop is open to all people who identify as women. No drawing or photography skills or previous experience necessary. More information here.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07881 951177
Gain Confidence and Become an Independent Traveller
TFL are running a five session programme for a limited time, to help people learn how to travel through London successfully and independently.
With help from a mentor, provided by TFL, this project is here to help those who need assistance whilst traveling alone and planning journeys on buses and on the underground. Assisting them on their journeys and helping them become confident and an independent traveller. Find out more at TfL website.
Opportunities for older people to get their voices heard
Ageing Better in Camden get sent many invitations for older people to have their say in local consultations or focus groups. Many are one-off, two hour discussions with little commitment required.
There are a lot of interesting opportunities but there is no obligation – each person can choose the ones that interest them. We will simply add their name to a mailing list and they can choose the opportunities they’d like to get involved in. For more information and to join contact us on:
Phone: 020 7239 0400 Email: email@example.com
Camden Family Members Reference Group
Accommodation for Adults with Learning Disabilities. At Argenta House, Haverstock Hil on Thursday 22nd November. If you are a carer of an adult with a learning disability in Camden please come along and share your views on housing to commissioners. rsvp Philippa Russell PhilippaR@Centre404.org.uk
Public consultation on the Draft Kentish Town Planning Framework
Until 7 December 2018. The consultation is open to local residents, businesses, landowners, workers, community groups, and everyone else who has an interest in the area. Give us your views: You can get involved in the following ways: Respond online
Or come along to Kentish Town Library drop-ins:
Thursday 8 November, 1pm to 4pm and Tuesday 20 November 5pm to 8pm
New Meals on Wheels Initiative
The initiative has been launched to help tackle food poverty and malnutrition in London. London Independent Living Service (LILS)is helping people to stay independent, healthy, and happy in their homes, providing a hot, nourishing main meal and dessert to clients, along with a complimentary welfare check up. We can make them a cup of tea, remind them to take their medication and encourage them to eat. Choice of four different hot mains and desserts every day, as well as providing Kosher, Halal, West Indian and Caribbean, and Texture Modified menus. To find out more about our service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website
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.
Mayor’s Seed Funding
Culture Seeds is the Mayor of London’s £1million small grants programme to help London’s local communities grow grassroots arts, culture and heritage projects across the Capital.
Culture Seeds is still open for submissions, offering grants of £1,000-£5,000 to small organisations, groups and individuals.
The programme will remain open until March 2020. There are no other deadlines and you can apply at any time.
Culture Seeds Roadshows will offer help and advice on applying. Details here.
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.
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.
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
Computer Skills for Beginners
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
Holborn Community Association AGM
21st November 6-8pm, at Millman Street Resource Centre, Millman St WC1.
Delicious biryani and Lahori curry. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Elfrida Rathbone Creative Support Group for Parents
Free 8-week Creative Support Group for Parents in Kentish Town. Thursdays 9.30am – 10.45am. Thursday 8th November – 17th January
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, 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
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.
Friday 7th December 2018 / 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.
Armistice Commemoration 11th November
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)
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.
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
Camden Full Circle seeks Volunteer Facilitators
As a Full Circle Volunteer Facilitator, you will
~ Work with the person or family wanting to make a change to find out what a good life could mean for them, and who in their life could help.
~ Help them organise a meeting with their people, they choose, and support them to make a plan so that changes can happen.
~ Support one Circle at a time, which takes about 2-3 hours a week for 8-10 weeks.
~ After that, you can take a break, or start helping another Circle.
~ Support circles for families, for older people or carers, for young people – or all three
You’ll receive full training, comprehensive support you’d expect from Camden’s voluntary and community sector organisations involved with this project and an opportunity to develop transferable skills to find employment as a family group conference coordinator
Sign up for the 3 Full Circle volunteer training sessions here
Interested and want to know more? Give us a call on 07876 745644 or drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training starts 20 November and training booking closes 16 November. Limited places available.
ALSO welcoming new volunteers who want to be part of Full Circle via Homestart or Camden Carers Service, and existing volunteers already volunteering with other organisations.
Administrative Assistant at Elfrida Rathbone Camden
14-21 hours per week, £21,543 per annum (£8,617 – £12,926 pro rata)
Closing Date: 15th November 2018
We are seeking to appoint an administrative assistant to join our team from December to mid-February ensure the smooth running of the organisation. The role is to assist with day-to-day running of office and provide efficient and effective administration to office and project staff and the Director. To apply go to the website www.elfridacamden.org.uk/work-with-us/
Questions to Josie Canham-Williams on 020 7424 1628 or email email@example.com.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.