Healthwatch Q&A; Voluntary Action Forum; Preparing for Test and Trace in Early Years; How to Volunteer during the Pandemic; Questions about the Flu Vaccine; Healthy Relationships Training; Online Self-Care + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more
Healthwatch Camden Hosts Online Q+A Meeting with local General Practice Staff
Wednesday 4th November 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
This event has been organised for members of the public to engage directly with Camden’s GPs and a representative of Camden Practice Managers Forum.
It will be an opportunity to share your experiences of access and care as well as shielding support and how this can be improved.
This will be a chance to ask questions about how GP services are coping with the Covid-19 lockdown, patients experience when accessing services and how we can all keep safe. Full details here.
Voluntary Action Forum
The next forum takes place on Wednesday 21st October at 11am on zoom. The main topic will be Food Poverty. We will be joined by Cllr Anna Wright the new Cabinet Member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities and will be an opportunity to exchange ideas on supporting residents who are in food poverty as a result of the pandemic. Save the date – full details and booking link soon.
Preparing for Test and Trace in Early Years Settings
Dr Leonora Weil, Assistant Director of Camden and Islington’s Public Health Team, will be leading training on the new NHS Test and Trace system on 12th October 2020 from 12.30 – 2.30pm.
During this session, she will look at contact tracing and how it works and will also look at actions for Early Years settings in response to NHS Test and Trace, including: preparation, if a person has symptoms, and if a person has confirmed Coronavirus.
This is open to the wider VCS so if you provide activities for children please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name/organisation/contact details
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
Questions about flu vaccination?
It’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine to stay well this winter. Find out more, including who’s eligible for a free flu vaccine and how to get one, on the NHS website. If you would like someone from Public Health to attend a virtual meeting of your organisation or group to give information and answer any questions about this year’s flu vaccine please contact Danielle Lawrence (Danielle.Lawrence@islington.gov.uk).
Free Youth Healthy Relationship Project Offer
Tender Education and Arts have the funding to offer schools and youth settings across London free healthy relationship projects. For more information, please click on the following link – https://tender.org.uk/schools-programme/
Online self-care session
Friday 16th October, 12.30 to 2.30pm
Delivered by a Camden GP and a pharmacist. Open to anyone who lives in Camden. Find out all you need to know about managing your health. Free take away digtal pack of resources for health and wellbeing. Book at Eventbrite
See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.
Youth Futures Foundation
Youth Futures Foundation’s Development and Impact Grant Funding is still open. Applications must be submitted by the 9th November for a decision by the 31st December. Good news is that the Youth Futures Foundation’s level of financial support has changed to:
£30,000 – £150,000 pa for delivery of their development grant for 50-150 young people per year, duration 1-2 years.
£100,000 – £1.2m pa for delivery of their impact grant for 150+ young people per year, duration 1-5 years. Further information here.
London’s Violence Reduction Unit – MyEnds Programme
MyEnds programme seeks to channel energy and effort into community-led solutions. But to make an impact, strong, local, collaborative work is needed. Violence doesn’t respect borough boundaries, so an equally ambitious response from communities that also pushes boundaries, breaks down barriers, and promotes partnerships is needed. Put simply we are stronger if we work together.
The VRU inviting applications for the MyEnds programme because they want to develop new sustainable, effective, community-led responses to violence. This form should be used to submit your proposal. Email your Application Form to email@example.com. Deadline 5pm on 23rd October 2020.
Build Up Fund 2020-21│ Youth Crime Prevention & Organisational Development Grants.
Young Camden Foundation in partnership with Camden Council Community Impacts has launched the Build Up Fund. This fund aims to support local 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 and 3) Organisational sustainability.
Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000. See more here
VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well
Grants are available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.
The aim of the Fund is to promote equality and reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base about good practice, sharing lessons and widening the adoption of interventions with a proven track record. The current funding round focusses on giving people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.
approximately 20 projects will be funded. Full details here. deadline 30 Oct.
COVID Recovery Fund from Lloyds Bank foundation
Lloyds Bank foundation launched a £7.4 million fund to supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Organisations can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 and will get a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.
Voluntary Action Forums: (web page here)
Wed 21st October, 11am: Join us to look at Food Poverty and the response to the pandemic. We are very happy that Cllr Anna Wright, the new cabinet member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities will be joining us – an excellent opportunity to meet our new Cabinet member. Details and booking link soon.
BAME disproportionality follow up forum (date tbc)
IT and Digital Support Needs Survey for Camden and Islington Groups
Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is working in partnership with Voluntary Action Islington (VAI) and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) to help shape a programme of IT and digital support across the two boroughs. Please spend a few minutes completing our survey to help us understand what challenges you have with IT and digital and how we can best support you.
Camden Voluntary Action Forum
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.
For information on upcoming courses contact Dianne:
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email (Mon – Wed)
Media Arts Club @ October Gallery for 13-18 year olds
Holborn Community Association are running a 7 week Media Arts Club program with October Gallery open to 13-18 year olds – young people will experiment with digital art techniques to produce artwork inspired by current exhibition, Fire Figures by Alexis Peskine. Monday’s 5.30-7.30pm, beginning 2nd November. Book here Free Trip to Southbank Centre for 8-18 years – Among the Trees
Holborn Community Association are running a free half-term trip for 8-18 year olds to the Southbank Centre on Friday 30th October to see multi-media art exhibition Among the Trees – click to book.
New Employability Courses from the Working Men’s college.
A series of free courses to support employability. Sign up in person at Crowndale Road or find out more and sign up online here.
Domestic violence and abuse online workshop
Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning is intended for everyone 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 please find details here to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.
Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop
Camden Safety Net two-hour online workshops on responding to domestic violence and abuse for staff that come into regular contact with residents.
25th November or 15th December
This online workshop will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic abuse and violence and more confident in what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for a victim/survivor seeking help.
Book a place via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account please find details here to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.
Ubele Fundraising Support for BAME Organisations
Every Thursday at 3:30pm Ubele host fundraising webinars on a variety grant funds that are available with techniques on writing better applications. These webinars are free of charge and the presentations/resources are uploaded on our website. Registration for Fundraising Webinars here.
Interculturality within the Supervisory Relationship
Sun 15th Nov. Nafsiyat has developed a new one-day workshop for supervisors and supervisees, to explore interculturality within the supervisory relationship.
There have been many books, workshops and training program on psychotherapy and counselling across cultural and ‘racial’ borders since the publication of ‘intercultural therapy’ in the early 1990’s. However, its integration and application to the supervisory relationship is still at an early stage. Find out more and book here.
PSIC seeks Part-Time Payroll Officer
Part-Time Payroll Officer (Direct Payments) Salary £32,063 to £33,229 pa FTE (pro rata 21 hrs)
Personalisation Support in Camden Payroll provides a service for the people living with a disability. This is an exciting time for us as we move to a new software provider and modernise our systems and processes to build on the successful service. Progressive new developments are taking place and the right candidate will play a pivotal role in their implementation, with excellent payroll skills and experience.
Closing date Monday 12th October – interview date TBC
See the application pack including the full job description and person specification available on the website www.psic.org.uk or email email@example.com
Healthwatch Camden are recruiting 2 jobs
You will lead all phases of projects from creating proposals, refining objectives, fieldwork, analysis, and presentation of findings. You will also lead on recruiting and supporting volunteers to help us with reaching and engaging local people. Learn more. Communications Lead
You will lead and implement strategies for communicating our findings, key messages and information to a variety of stakeholders. This will involve creating engaging content, pro-active public relations activity and development of digital and non-digital communications channels. Learn more.
Deadline: 5pm Thursday 29th October.
Shak are recruiting community researchers
The #CommunityChampions project based in Kilburn is recruiting community researchers. If you would like to be trained up to carry out research in your local area, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden Giving are recruiting
Camden Giving are looking for 10 Camden residents to sit on the panel for the new Equality Fund. Panelists will be trained and paid the London Living Wage. Deadline to apply is 18th October. More info on the website: https://t.co/GS0hZKWtAE
The Littlehaven Nursery seeks Manager
£30,949 – £34,963 per annum depending on experience incl LW
The Littlehaven Nursery are currently looking for an experienced, motivated and passionate Nursery Manager to develop and implement their vision and ideas to deliver further success and growth within our stunning nursery setting.
This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and driven individual who will have a hands on management style, experience of Ofsted Inspections where outcomes were “Good” or “Outstanding” excellent knowledge and understanding EYFS curriculum and be an inspirational team leader.
Full application pack and how to apply on Littlehaven website.
Unity Works is Recruiting Three Roles
Three roles. See full details and how to apply at the links.
Sessional Worker Lead click here.
Social Enterprise Warehouse Assessor click here.
Physical Activity Facilitator click here.
The Sherriff Centre seeks Volunteer Coordinator Intern
Recruiting an enthusiastic intern, who will have specific responsibility to set up and coordinate a brand new food sustainability project and recruit volunteers for other roles within the centre. Reporting to the centre management and have daily supervision and guidance, plus monthly supervision.
The post is for 25 hours per week over 3 – 4 days, hours can be flexible.
Intern expenses will be paid at a fixed rate of £175 per week.
To apply email to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘Volunteer Coordinator Intern’. Telling us why you would be suitable for the role and your availability. Please attach a CV if you have one.
The Law Centres Network is recruiting a Digital Projects Assistant.
This role will work closely with the digital team, including product owners, service designers, data experts and developers to support digital transformation initiatives across the Network. You will also support the rollout of an ambitious IT upgrade programme to ensure Law Centres have the appropriate Digital infrastructure to work and collaborate effectively in the digital environment. Deadline Friday 23rd October.
For more information and to apply visit the LCN website
Camden Carers is recruiting a Support & Wellbeing Worker (Learning Disability Lead)
This is an exciting new opportunity to join the dynamic team at Camden Carers and make a difference to the lives of people and families in Camden. For more information, please click the link: https://www.camdencs.org.uk/pages/12-jobs
Age UK Camden is Recruiting
Head of Finance and Corporate Services
Local Government Scale: P05 SCP 39-42 £45,260 to £48,219pa inc
This crucial role within the Age UK Camden Group ( including PSiC and ODL ) will maintain an overview of the organisation’s financial and corporate affairs, ensuring financial viability and compliance.
Closing date: Monday 12th October 2020 9am
For further details of both visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7239 0400.
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
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.
Keeping The Community Directory Up-to-date
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.
Re-opening Community Buildings Resources
View the video, presentation and resources from the follow up workshop with Locality on Wednesday on the VAC website including useful clarification around the new rules for the NHS QR codes that now have to be displayed by certain venues. Community centres are currently not included in the list of venues that must use the NHS QR code but can choose to or use another system (see Time to Spare item below). Further #BuildBackBetter resources are here.
QR track and trace
Time to Spare’s free (for charities and community groups) track and trace system helps you collect details of visitors in a safe and secure way. Once you’ve signed up, you can print out QR codes for your location, as well as specific QR codes for different activities you run. Visitors sign in by scanning the QR codes, but if they don’t have a smartphone, your staff can add their information directly. If you have regular members, you can also print out membership cards/stickers for everyone. Sign up here: Use live chat on the website for queries.
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.