Trustees’ Week; Inter Faith Week; Sports Clubs Evening; Hate Crime Drop In; Camden Full Circle; Saturday Social Hub Club; Cabaret of Memoirs; Employment Support Seminar; New Director for Hopscotch; Family Members Reference Group; Castlehaven WinterFEST; New Living Wage + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more
Next week is Trustees’ Week. It is an opportunity to thank your trustees (management committee members) and let them know what support is available to them locally and nationally. VAC offer a regular course for trustees with the Mary Ward Centre, run over six evenings every year and suitable for both new trustees and those who want to refresh their skills. We also offer telephone advice and more. To network with other local trustees why not join the Camden Trustees Meetup Group?
Inter Faith Week 2018
Celebrate Inter Faith Week 2018 in Camden. Love Camden have listings for Inter Faith Week events. Don’t forget VAC’s Safeguarding events (see VAC Events section below).
Information for Sports Clubs Evening
Wednesday 28th November 6.30 – 8.30pm
Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, NW1 8HF
Choose to attend mini workshops from:
· Funding and Sustainability
· Digital Technology and Marketing
· Engaging Women and Girls in Activity
· Mental Health and Physical Activity
Book your space here
For more information please contact email@example.com
Hate Crime Drop in Surgery
14th November 12-2pm Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt Street, NW1
This services aims to provide a comprehensive ‘One Stop’ drop-in service for those experiencing and/or who may be at risk of a Hate Crime or experienced it in the past and fearful further incidents may occur. Hate incidents take many forms from verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, bullying or malicious complaints. The Sessions will be run in conjunction with Metropolitan Police, LGBT Forum, Community Security Trust (CST), Camden Council, Tell MAMA and Camden People First.
Camden Full Circle
Camden Full Circle think differently about ‘help’. Full training offered to become a volunteer facilitator. See the Jobs and Volunteering section below for full details.
Saturday Social Hub Club
Every Saturday 1pm – 8pm
Meet friends, make new ones. Doing different activities each week. Chosen by you! Computing, chat, cookery, karaoke, pottery, drama, arts, crafts.
Membership is £25 for the year Sessions are £1.50 – £4. Find out more and see the full range of activities at the Camden Society website.
Cabaret of Memoirs
A fun afternoon of music performance and sing along down memory lane.
At Queens Crescent Community Centre, 2.30 – 4.30pm. 22/11, 8/12, 31/1, 23/2.
For info and assistance call Julia 07960 550982.
Employment support in the Capital: Routes into work and to progress
The event will explore how employment support for those seeking to enter employment and for those seeking to progress out of low paid work can contribute to reducing child poverty in London. In particular, it will look at the role of local authorities, the voluntary sector, and the GLA can play in joint working to improve services to many of London’s disadvantaged groups.
Wednesday 12 December. 9.30am – 1pm at Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London, E1 5AW. Free. Book at Eventbrite
Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre Appoints New Director
Benaifer Bhandari joins as Director of Hopscotch, bringing with her extensive charity management experience and an intrinsic understanding of the needs of Asian women in London, starting on the 12th of November. Thanks to the previous Director, Nezahat Cihan, for her work in growing Hopscotch in a challenging environment for voluntary sector organisations and Elizabeth Balgobin, Interim Director, for supporting Hopscotch through this transition.
Family Members Reference Group
10.30-12.30pm at Charlie Ratchford Centre on Wednesday 14 November.
Do health services understand the communication and support needs of people with learning disabilities?
Martin Emery from the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group and Anna Wright from HealthWatch will talk about the Accessible Information Standard and what people with learning disabilities and their carers can expect when using health services.
For more details / RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 020 7697 1336
Friday 14th December 2-8pm. On Hawley Road (Paved area) NW1 8RU. Free
A festive day for everyone, including ice rink, Father Christmas grotto, children’s rides & bouncy castle, local performers, food & drink and gift stalls.
For more information email email@example.com or call 020 7485 3386
Camden Disability Action
Catch up with the latest news from Camden Disability Action.
Living Wage Increases
The real Living Wage rates have just been announced as £10.55 per hour in London and £9.00 across the rest of the UK.
That is the minimum pay workers need to live with dignity. Find out more at the Living Wage website.
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.
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 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.
To encourage more third sector staff and volunteers to learn more about autism and dyslexia. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 11am -1.30pm 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 email@example.com or call/text 07881 951177
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
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
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
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’
Monday, 10th December, from 5:30 – 7:30pm
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.
HolbornGymnastics Club seeks Qualified Coach
The club is part of Holborn Community Association and delivers 12 sessions a week at Bedford House centre and a further 6 sessions across local schools.
We are looking for a fun, enthusiastic Level 2 General UKCC British Gymnastics qualified coach to take on the role of coaching an after school club. Our current coach is due to take maternity leave from January and we need a coach to deliver sessions twice a week at St Aloysius Primary School.
Submit a CV to email@example.com by 12 noon Friday 23rd November. Further details on our website www.holborncommunity.co.uk
Candidates will be invited to take part in a coaching session on Saturday 1st December as part of selection process.
Hampstead Parish Church seeks Children and Youth Worker
Full Time. £24 – 26k
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed person to lead and develop a ministry which is highly valued in a busy North London church with a well-regarded church primary school. The worker will coordinate work across the whole age range, specialising in certain parts of it.
Do you want to see growth in numbers and faith? Could you coordinate our significant Sunday ministry to around fifty children and young people? Do you value worship which is eucharistically centred and chorally led? Do you enjoy working with schools, choirs and midweek groups? Can you motivate and develop volunteers, and could you to shape a team as well as work within a team? If so we would love to hear from you. We will offer a competitive salary package according to experience, and a supportive place within a newly formed and enthusiastic staff team. Full details online here.
For further details and an informal conversation please email Jeremy Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write a letter of application enclosing a full CV and details of two referees to Revd Jeremy Fletcher, 14, Church Row, NW3 6UU
Child Mentor Volunteers Needed
The Kids Network is looking for fun, committed and passionate volunteers to make an impact to the lives of little Londoners. Our flexible year-long mentoring programme supports children aged 8-11 with their social and emotional development during the transitional period between primary and secondary.
As a mentor, you will:
~ Facilitate weekly 1:1 sessions of 1-3 hours.
~ Build confidence and resilience in your matched child to manage feelings through a series of fun and positive experiences and activities.
~ Connect with a community of mentors through peer to peer support.
~ Attend large scale community events with your mentee.
~ Receive ongoing personal support from The Kids Network Team
Link to a more in-depth description and application form here.
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 Full Circle volunteer training sessions:
Day time session (10am – 2pm) 20, 27 Nov and 4 Dec here
Evening training session (6 – 9pm) 22, 29 Nov and 6 Dec here
Interested and want to know more? Give us a call on 07876 745644 or drop us an email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.