News From VAC

News From VAC
Voluntary Action Camden e-Bulletin 28th June 2013

Highlights: Two new services for People with Learning Disabilities; Budget News; Chance to Become a Mental Health Peer Mentor; Save money on insurance; New IIP Foundation course; plus news, funding, events, jobs and volunteering.

NEWS

Chancellor Slashes Local Government (Again)
On Wednesday Chancellor announced his spending plans for 2015-16. Read the NCVO 2 minute guide to what the spending review means for charities and other voluntary organisations.
As predicted, local government was the biggest loser.
Falling funding from local authorities, along with the likelihood for some organisations that welfare changes will see more people seeking their advice and support, mean that many charities will continue to be in a precarious position.
Read further analysis of the welfare cap here.

Are you interested in becoming a Mental Health Peer Mentor?
Voluntary Action Camden’s mental health project was established in 2007 to support staff and organisations in Camden to promote mental well-being and prevent mental ill-health, to raise awareness of mental health and challenge stigma and misunderstanding, and to improve the range and quality of services available locally to those affected by mental health issues.
The project team of Community Development Workers are establishing a Peer Mentoring project to work with BME, refugee and faith groups to improve their understanding of mental health and strengthen their contribution to the development of mental health services and policies in Camden
As a Peer Mentor you will:
1.Be supported to raise awareness of mental health and the services available within communities.
2.Be supported to undertake outreach sessions with targeted communities which are not already engaged with the work of the mental health team.
3.Be trained in peer mentoring as well as in mental health and given support to mentor your peers.
Examples of training which will be provided for the peer supporters are:
~ Peer mentoring training (compulsory)
~ Mental Health 1st Aid (compulsory)
~ Stigma & Mental health
~ Religious & cultural perspective on mental health
~ Dementia
~ L1 Award in Health Improvement
For further information and application form e-mail Awolfe@vac.org.uk or Mbrewster@vac.org.uk

New Drop in For People with Learning Disabilities Every Friday at VAC
This new free service will take place at VAC every Friday afternoon from 12 – 4pm.
5th July: Open Drop In
12th July: Social, Education and Employment
19th July: Housing
26th July: Finance and Benefits
2nd August: Health
9th August: Safer Neighbourhood
For more information call Alex 07944453578

Residents Unhappy at Closure of Regent’s Park Library
Camden New Journal report that local resident’s were unhappy at the closure of the Regent’s Park Library amid confusion about the date that the refurbished library will re-open as a Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Full story in the Camden New Journal here.

Our Space Camden
“Our Space” is a new service Elfrida Rathbone Camden is developing to provide community advocacy for young disabled people, adults with a learning disability and parents of children with disabilities or special educational needs. We will run a weekly drop-in which we hope will provide a helpful and supportive space in which service users can share experiences and support each other. ERC staff will also be available to provide advice and information in 1:1 appointments. For more information about group times and days please contact Lorraine Creagh on 020 7424 1616 or email lorraine@elfridacamden.org.uk

Save Money on Insurance with the Camden Bulk Buying Group.
Do you want to save money on Insurance?
The Camden Bulk BUying Group will help you save money by accessing negotiated deals and save you time shopping around as we identify preferred suppliers for you.
Already 7 community organisations in Camden have signed up so far saving a total of £7536.89 on energy bills and now we are putting together an insurance package to save you money.
If you want to join and save money on your bills contact Paul. You just need a copy of your last insurance schedule and we will take care of the rest.

Capacity Building Bulletin
The Capacity Building Bulletin is produced by the capacity building team and targets the community and voluntary sector in Camden and provides information and news on funding and training.
You can download the latest bulletin here: Capacity building bulletin June PDF
If you have any further comments, suggestions or information you would like featured in future e-bulletins, please contact Kiran Patel on 020 7974 4212

A Small Number of Freeview viewers will be adversely affected by the New 4G Mobile Phone Service
VAC us offering to visit your group to give a brief talk on the problem and how it can be fixed. There will be extra support to those aged 75 or older, registered disabled, registered blind. This includes a home visit scheme when a professional and CRB-checked engineer or volunteer will install the filter free of charge.
If you are holding an event in July for older people or people with disabilities please get in touch with Mandira (mmanandhar@vac.org.uk) with the date, time and place of the event and your contact details.

Be the First to Learn About the ‘New Light’ Touch Investors In People Foundation Scheme.
This two hour session will take you through the Investors in People Standard and how it can help to support your issues, challenges and the improvements you would like to achieve. With this session you will receive a certificate which states that you are working towards achieving accreditation against the standard. This won’t allow you to use the Investors in People logo but would put you in a good position to then go through the Investors in People Foundation programme once the programme has been officially launched or to seek accreditation through alternative routes. You will also be offered an opportunity to use the Investors in People UK online survey that will give you an overview of how their people perceive the organisation which supports their learning and development. Wednesday 31st July 2.00 – 4.00pm. To book contact Ricky/Monica/Kevin 020 7284 6550 or email acharles@vac.org.uk

Get some Free resources for parents
www.parentchannel.tv is a website designed for parents with children 0-19 years of age which currently hosts 2012 videos across 4 age groups (0-5;5-9;9-14;14-19). These short, informative videos (lasting 3-5 minutes) are all evidence based and include parents and children as well as experts providing top tips on a wide range of topics that fall into three categories of Learning, Behaviour and Wellbeing.
The videos are free to embed onto any other existing website.
The Embedding Process is:
• Go to parentchannel.tv
• Choose the video you want
• Click on ’embed video’ at the bottom of the video player
• Click on ‘Copy code’
• Paste the code into your own website or blog.
Or contact: rtonkin@parentinguk.org

Need a Venue for Your Funding BId? Camden Town Shed Can Help
The Camden Town Shed could be your venue for your Active Communities bid. We have a 600sq ft room which is light, well ventilated, warm, with a kitchen and loo in the Maiden Lane Community Centre where messy activities can be undertaken. It is fully equipped for woodworking with benches and all tools but is not used at present three days per week. Additionally a small kiln has just been installed for claywork. To discuss please call Mike Jenn, chair, on 07757024749.

National News
Budget
The budget was this week’s main National story and there is a good analysis from NCVO here.
DPAC Exposes DWP Abuse of Statistics
The campaigning group Disabled People Against Cuts has issued a detailed document exposing 35 examples of the Department for Work and Pensions misusing statistics. View the full document here.
Care Quality Commission Controversy
The Care Quality Commission has come under sustained attach in recent weeks, but Anna Dixon, former Head of Policy at the KIngs Fund wonders “Are We Expecting Too Much from the Care Quality Commission?”

Useful information on welfare and benefit changes
The Camden Advice Partnership has launched a new website explaining the various benefits, grants and services that are available, and contact details on local support services who can provide further support.

Stop Smoking for Ramadan Campaign
This year the campaign gets off the ground with new initiatives to provide direct support to as many smokers as possible to attempt to go smoke free before and during Ramadan.
Weekly clinic at Chadswell Healthy Living Centre every Monday 1.30pm – 4.30pm
For more information call SmokefreeLife 0800 10 70401 or 0203 317 3861

Westminster Mind, Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre, Camden New Town Festival, Camden Community and Police Consultative Group, AWLPA, Age UK Camden and Mind Yourself are recruiting. See Jobs and Volunteers section below.

Camden Shares. The website for exchanges in Camden. www.camdenshares.org.uk

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Follow all the Camden Voluntary Sector news on OneCamden on Twitter.

You can read more about all of these stories on our news page at www.vac.org.uk/new

FUNDING NEWS

See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.

London Funding News
You can donwload the latest edition of London Funding News here.

Generator London Offers Helping Hand to Camden Residents with Launch of Local Community Matters Fund.
Does your football team need a new playing strip? Does your youth club need new equipment? Is your pensioners’ group in need of funds to organise a trip out? Does your residents’ or tenants’ association want to organise a local event?
If so, Generator London’s new ‘Community Matters Fund’ hopes to help local groups in the King’s Cross and Bloomsbury areas with a small financial contribution that could make a big difference.
Each month the Generator London hostel, located in Compton Place off Tavistock Place, will be contributing £200 to a local organisation to help it to improve life for local residents. The initiative will then be profiled on the hostel’s new Compton Place Life community website (http://comptonplacelife.tumblr.com) for the month to help raise awareness of how they are making a difference in the local area.
Justin Mack, Generator’s Director for London, said: “We have valued our links with the local community since we first opened our doors in 1995 and the ‘Community Matters Fund’ is one way we hope to continue making a positive contribution to the local area.
Camden-based groups, charities and organisations can apply for a ‘Community Matters’ award by sending details of how they propose to spend the £200 via http://comptonplacelife.tumblr.com.

LCF and microfinance charity Fredericks Foundation are working together to provide a small business microloan fund that helps people set up and grow their own businesses in London.
The aim is to provide loans to disadvantaged people who have been turned down by traditional lenders due to factors such as their age, long-term unemployment, disability, or a criminal record.
Fredericks London loan funding is available across London, but LCF is pleased to announce that The City of London Corporation has made a generous contribution to support local enterprise and job creation in the City and its neighbouring boroughs: Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.
Find out more at
www.fredericksfoundation.org/london
Read the FAQs and get ready to apply at http://www.fredericksfoundation.org/loans

First World War: then and now
First World War: then and now provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000 for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War.
They also provide grants of more than £10,000 for First World War projects – see Understanding the First World War for more information. There are examples of projects that have been funded and information about the partners.
If you are thinking of applying under this programme, you can express your interest online. We will let you know if your application is suitable for this programme and you can then decide whether to go ahead.

People’s Health Trust, Active Communities Open for Applications
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity which funds local groups with great ideas in order to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.
We have just opened Active Communities, a funding programme which may be of interest to groups and charities in Camden. We are offering grants of between £5,000-£50,000. The programme closes for applications on Monday 15 July 2013 at 12pm.
Applying couldn’t be easier – the form is online (and available in other formats) and there is detailed guidance to support applicants through each step. Visit the People’s Health Trust website for full details.

Well-Being Grants Available for Hundreds of UK Children
Westminster based charity the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) is able to provide grants to support the well-being of children whose parents or carers work in any aspect of the UK fashion and textile industry, including those who work in high street retail or a supermarket which sells clothing. FTCT help hundreds of children and young people every year. By providing funding for a variety of items such as therapies, adaptations to the home, extra-curricular activities or respite breaks, clothing, bedding, white goods or school uniform, or access education, such as specialist equipment, extra tuition, learning support or school necessities. FTCT are calling for organisations in the Camden Area to pass on information about grants available to their clients and service users. For more information, please contact anna@ftct.org.uk or call 020-7170-4117. To find out more, please visit the FTCT website http://www.ftct.org.uk/

Don’t forget to sign up to Funding Central for free email funding alerts. Go to www.fundingcentral.org.uk/

VAC EVENTS

VAC has a full programme of courses coming up: Click here to find out more. All courses are £25 for members (unless otherwise stated).

  • 11th July: Effective Minute Taking

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  • 24th September: Understanding Dementia

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  • 16 and 23 October: Mental Health First Aid
  • 25 and 30 October: Youth Mental Health First Aid

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  • 12 November: Stigma and Mental Health

Mental Health Courses at VAC
VAC is running an exciting programme of mental health training from September 2013. Our training supports staff and volunteers from Camden-based voluntary and community groups to work confidently with clients affected by mental health issues and to promote positive mental health and wellbeing within their communities.
Forthcoming courses and workshops are as follows:
~ Understanding Dementia: Tues 24 September 2013 (10am – 1pm) – FREE for VAC members
~ Mental Health First Aid: Wed 16 and Wed 23 October 2013 (10am – 5pm both days) – only £25 for VAC members
~ Youth Mental Health First Aid: Fri 25 and Wed 30 October 2013 (9.30am to 5pm both days) – only £25 for VAC members
~ Stigma and Mental Health: Tues 12 November (10am – 1pm) – FREE for VAC members
~ Mental Health First Aid: Tues 4 and Tues 11 February 2014 (10am – 5pm both days) – only £25 for VAC members
Please visit our mental health training page for more information.
To book a place, download our mental health training booking form and return it to a member of the Mental Health Team:
Ann Wolfe on awolfe@vac.org.uk or
Maureen Brewster on mbrewster@vac.org.uk

VAC is running the following training and workshops:
§ Effective Minutes Taking workshop – 11th July 2013
For groups and organisations based in Camden, an individual session is £25 for the day. However, if your group or organisation is not based in Camden, other training fee will apply. Please consult the training page on our website www.vac.org.uk.
If you would like to have more information on any of the session, please contact Somanah Achadoo on sachadoo@vac.org.uk or telephone on 020 7284 6556, Typetalk 18002 02072846556

Peer Mentoring and Trustee Mentors in Camden
Conflict among trustees? As trustees you are wondering about strategic alternatives in a challenging environment? You are not sure about financial management and financial reporting? Difficulties between the management committee and the Chief Executive/staff?
VAC is now offering a free peer-mentoring service for Camden-based voluntary and community sector organisations. VAC’s peer mentors are experienced and trained Trustee Mentors who can help you think more deeply about the challenges facing your organisation. The service is structured as one or more sessions of one hour each. You will have to complete a one-page feedback form after each sessions.
For further information please contact Somanah Achadoo, Operations Director, on 020 7284 6556 or email sachadoo@vac.org.uk

OneCamden is a new website to help you access Voluntary and Community Sector support in Camden. Find support to help you volunteer, or find volunteers; support for your voluntary organisation (from charity registration to Community Accountancy); or get advice on starting a Social Enterprise. There are links and resources on this site and links to the partner’s sites. If you would like to request support use the ‘Get Help‘ button on the top right to let us know what support you need and we will be in touch.
This is a new initiative for Camden so do let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to make OneCamden better.
OTHER EVENTS

Tomorrow – Be Inspired III
Inspirational YOU’s Leadership, Enterprise and Personal Development day.
A day of ground breaking talks and workshops from 20 of the UK’s most influential speakers and World Class Business Leaders.
Meet and hear from professionals from UBS, adidas, New African Woman, Women in Film and TV, Kick it Out and BBC Radio will all be attending to help, build and inspire you!!!
Business leaders, students, those wanting to new skills, mentors, graduates, women in business, sports professionals, business advisors, youth workers, marketing exec’s and those who wish to network with senior professionals.
Workshops and talks include:
~ Leading women – We lead and succeed
~ Social Media for Business
~ Mind Control Branding
~ Turn YOUr passion into profits
~ Leading men – A winning mindset
~ Get ahead in Law and understand the changes to legal aid
~ Minding YOUr money – A finance workshop
~ The Business of Sport
~ Be Inspired Generation – For those who mentor or are mentored
Info: bookings@inspirationalyou.co.uk
07545 156 111 | Twitter.com/inspirational_u | #IYBeInspired3
Tickets: http://iybeinspired3.eventbrite.com

Welfare reforms in London: navigating the changes in the welfare system
Nearly half a million Londoners will experience benefit cuts because of welfare reforms. On 24th July 2012, 4in10 and Z2K are holding a free seminar, chaired by Patrick Butler from The Guardian, for those charged with implementing the changes in London (local authorities) and those who will support those affected (such as voluntary and community groups). The aim of the seminar is to increase understanding of welfare reforms. Delegates will hear from pilot projects and specialist organisations on how some of the welfare reforms will be implemented. To register interest, please contact Ade Sofola at 4in10 at a.sofola@savethechildren.org.uk.

Are you a BME charity or voluntary sector organisation who wants their voice heard by Government? Voice4Change England are holding two one-day free Policy and Parliament Training days in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Service. The course will cover the passage of a bill through Parliament, planning your work and how you can influence politicians at different points through the policy making process. The London training session will be held at the London Irish Centre in Camden, on the 17th July. Further details can be found at www.voice4change-england.co.uk/content/policy-and-parliament-training or by contacting samantha@voice4change-england.co.uk

Making a difference with Camden’s Voluntary and Community Sector: Looking Back and Looking Forward
A celebration of Camden’s Equalities & Cohesion Fund and Volunteering, Giving & Exchange Fund
Camden’s VCS Investment and Support Programme kicked off at the beginning of 2012 and Camden have invested in 35 projects through the Equalities and Cohesion Fund and 10 through the Volunteering Giving & Exchange Fund; which have been carrying out exciting and impactful work to improve the lives of residents. To celebrate and recognise the impact achieved during the programme so far Camden are holding two events on 10th and 12th July.
You and a trustee are invited to attend one of these events – where you’ll be able to hear presentations from a range of organisations supported through the Funds, an opportunity for networking and discussion and get to hear about the future of the Equalities and Cohesion Fund.
10th July – Swiss Cottage Community Centre 17.30 – 19.30 (map here)
12th July – Fitzrovia Community Centre 14.00 – 16.00 (map here)
Places will be limited (and allocated on a first come first served basis) so book as soon as possible (up to 2 places per organisation). To book, please email the Communities and Third Sector Team via vcs@camden.gov.uk letting us know which event you’d like to attend, your name and the organisation that you are representing.

Evelyn Oldfield Unit Research and Advocacy Course
Are you a representative from a Refugee or Migrant Community Organisation?
Do you want to gain free OCN accredited training whilst working at the same time?
Do you want to strengthen the way in which you respond to community needs?
Do you want to develop your skills in conducting advocacy work and influencing decision makers?
Evelyn Oldfield Unit is offering you the chance to learn how to conduct research into particular issues in your community and how to present them.
The course will emphasise the skills and content necessary for the learners to be able to research issues of refugee and migrant communities including education, training and employment, welfare and social concerns.
All graduating participants will receive a Level 3 Certificate in Developing and Using Research Skills
From the Open College Network London Region (ONCLR)
Duration: 13 sessions over 7 months part-time from September 2013 to March 2014
Timing: Once a week in the afternoons (excluding holidays)
Topics will include: Methods for conducting community research: desk based research and primary research methods; Legal and ethical issues surrounding research; IT skills for data analysis; Report writing and presentation of ideas; Advocacy and acting upon your research, including the exploration of different avenues of influence
For further information and an application form contact: Sarah Menzies, The Evelyn Oldfield Unit
356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA 0207 697 4102 sarah@evelynoldfield.co.uk www.evelynoldfield.co.uk

Refugee Council Courses: The rights and entitlements of young refugees and migrants
A one-day, CPD-certified course covering: the asylum/immigration process; the role of legal representatives; the legal framework for support and care; including transition at 18; age assessment; access to education and identifying and assisting victims of trafficking.
When: 10 July 2013 & 10 September, 10am – 4.30pm
Where: Coram Children’s Legal Centre in central London
Price: £54 per participant, all resources and refreshments are provided
For information on other courses, more details and to book your place, please visit the website.

Invitation to the Community Evening View of Pompeii & Herculaneum
On Saturday 20th July 18.30-21.00. You and your service users are invited to an exclusive community evening view of the exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
To book your free tickets email hbahra@britishmuseum.org before Monday 1 July stating:
• Name of your group or organisation
• Number of tickets required (maximum 15 tickets)
• Preferred entry time between 18.30 and 20.20
• Postal address to send tickets to
Tickets to this preview are limited and are distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Group numbers may be limited due to demand.
Harvinder Bahra, Community Partnerships Coordinator, The British Museum, Tel: 0207 323 8398

Free domestic abuse and pregnancy courses.
The Domestic Violence Health and Maternity Project (at Standing Together against Domestic Violence) is offering FREE in-house training/briefing sessions to BAMER organisations (working in Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond, Westminster).
The sessions will focus on domestic abuse and pregnancy, including awareness raising of dynamics, signs, risk, and first steps in help seeking for survivors of domestic abuse.
Please contact Rina Mehta (Project Coordinator) for further information on 0208 748 5717 or r.mehta@standingtogether.org.uk

Free business skills workshops for 11 to 15 year olds.
University College London will be running workshops in Central London (starting 22nd June) for young people to learn the basics of business, then create their own start-up for a day making and selling lemonade on Camden’s famous markets! The young entrepreneurs will get to keep the profits they make and learn lots along the way! The workshops are free and anyone aged 11 to 15 is welcome to join in.
Email Manager@CitrusSaturday.org for a registration form.
More info on www.citrussaturday.org and Facebook and Youtube.

King’s Cross Festival Saturday 17th August 2013
This is always a very popular family event which showcases the rich social mix of King’s Cross and the London Borough of Camden. As usual we will have a wonderful mix of diverse music from around the world and exquisite stalls selling and giving away lots of excellent goods.
We will also have a marquee with lots of free health information, advice and goodies.
If you need any further information about the event or discuss your requirements for a stall, please do not hesitate to contact 07852 223403 or email: Nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk

Advice UK London Area Services – Stronger Organisations – Benefiting London(ers)
We are funded by London Councils under their 2013-2015 Grants Programme to provide effective infrastructure support and capacity-building for London’s advice sector in all London Boroughs.
With our partners Law Centres Network and Lasa, this programme will enable advice services to deal more effectively with the problems faced by Londoners, particularly those resulting from welfare changes, in and out of work poverty, and the overall squeeze on household incomes.
Our FREE support includes: Organisational Health Check; Organisational Development Support; Telephone and email consultancy; Advice and Funding Surgeries; Training workshops; Advice Provider Forums
For information and access to AdviceUK London area services please contact us on 0300 777 0107 or contact Head of Development and Policy Chilli Reid – chilli.reid@adviceuk.org.uk

NCT CANParent Classes in Camden
Over the last few years evidence has been mounting to further substantiate what NCT has always believed: that parents are the most important influence on a child’s future, particularly the First 1,000 Days of parenthood.
That is why NCT’s CANparent classes are perfect to help parents feel fully prepared for the situations that they might face. We currently have courses coming up in the Camden area.
Find out more information about the classes.
Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, 9th July, Haverstock Hill School, NW3 2BQ
Friday morning 10am – 12noon, 19th July, Kingsgate Community Centre, NW6 2IH
Wednesday evening 7-9pm, 17th July, 21st August, VAC, NW5 2TJ
More information and booking at http://www.nct.org.uk/course/17426538

YPFI’s Disability Awareness Training course
We are a group of young disabled people aged 13-25 called Young People For Inclusion (YPFI). We are based in Kentish Town, North London, and we are part of the charity Elfrida Rathbone Camden. We are funded by the Big Lottery. We help raise awareness of the issues young disabled people face and support local businesses and services to become more accessible for disabled people.
As part of this, we offer our own Disability Awareness Training course, which is designed and run by young disabled people themselves. The course has a variety of activities designed to raise awareness and understanding of how to work confidently with a variety of disabled people. The course also gives participants the freedom to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask!
If you would like to sign up to this free, half day course then get in touch with us at ypfi@hotmail.co.uk.
You can find out alot more about us on our website at www.ypfi.org.uk

Would you like Gingerbread to run Tax Credit Courses for you?
Gingerbread provides expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents. We deliver training to practitioners who support single parent clients to help ensure that they are offering factually accurate advice.
Thanks to funding received from HMRC we are inviting voluntary and community organisations to send expressions of interest in commissioning either our Single Parents and Tax Credit course – a one day session that can train 16 participants, or our Universal Credit Briefing session – Two half day briefings training 32 people in one day.
If you are interested in commissioning a free days training please visit our website and complete the online booking form or contact us for further information.

FREE environmental training workshops from LCRN and LVSC
25th July, 26th September and 24th October (1 to 5pm). These workshops will be taking place at the LCRN office 5 minutes from Old St. tube (The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London, N1 6HT). The workshops will focus on climate change and potential actions that can be implemented in organisations to reduce their carbon footprint. Organisations will receive support in implementing an environmental policy and action plan, plus a range of tools to improve their environmental performance. At training organisations can also sign up to a FREE Eco-audit delivered by City Bridge Trust. For more information please contact manuela@lcrn.org.uk or 020 7324 4701

Benefit changes briefings
Camden Council are running short monthly briefing sessions about benefit changes for staff, community groups and people from partner organisations.
The 90 minute sessions will explain the changes and allow time for general questions.
Please note, there will not be an opportunity to discuss specific case work. If you work with residents who could be affected by the changes please encourage them to get in touch with Contact Camden.
Briefings will take place in the council chamber at the old town hall on Judd Street.
People who are interested in attending should email rachel.kelly@camden.gov.uk to register.
The times and dates of the monthly briefings are:
· Thursday 18 July, 11am to 12.30pm
· Tuesday 13 August, 2pm to 3.30pm
· Thursday 19 September, 9.30am to 11am
· Wednesday 16 October, 2pm to 3.30pm
· Tuesday 12 November, 11am to 12.30pm
· Monday 9 December, 3pm to 4.30pm
Find out more about benefit changes and view fact sheets on our website.

Canparent parenting classes in Camden:
Parenting classes provide opportunities to learn and improve skills, often before problems arise, and to share experiences with other parents.
This course, devised by Family Links and delivered by 4Children, consists of two 2 hour sessions and a free copy of the Parenting Puzzle book. It provides simple, effective tools to help parents understand
· why children behave as they do
· the feelings behind behaviour (adults’ and children’s)
· different approaches to discipline
· how to develop co-operation and self-discipline in children
· the importance of looking after ourselves.
The Parenting Puzzle book complements the classes and
· helps us understand how emotions influence our actions
· offers positive, practical ways of guiding children in handling their feelings and behaviour
· suggests ways of helping us feel good – boosting self-esteem in ourselves and in our children.
If interested please email on parentingvouchers@familylinks.org.uk or go to www.canparent.org.uk

Latin American House Summer courses
Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to 12 July 2013
Computer courses
Wednesday 10 a.m. To 12 p.m. Image editing photoshop. 12:30 p.m. To 2:00 p.m. Photography workshop
Thursday 11:00 a.m. To 1:00 p.m. Computación español
Friday 10 a.m To 12:00 p.m. Spreadsheet ecdl prep. 1:00 p.m. To 3:00 p.m. Improve typing skills
Every week from 15th april to 13th july
English courses
Monday 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm elementary / beginners 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm intermediate
Tuesday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm elementary / beginners 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm intermediate
Wednesday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm pre -intermediate
Thursday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm elementary / beginners
Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm elementary / beginners 10:00 am to 12:00 pm intermediate
12:15 pm to 2:15 pm intermediate (conversation)
Every Thursday From 25th April TO 30th May
Laugh Therapy
Thursday 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Cine Club at 7.30 p.m.
Latin American House — community learning centre
10 Kingsgate Place, London NW6 4TA
Tel 020 7372 8653
Fax 020 7372 5650
Learn@casalatina.org.uk www.casalatina.org.uk

Don’t forget that Camden TDS run a full programme of course which are subsidised or free for voluntary sector partner organisations. There is a link to a list of partner organisations on the home page.

Find more Training Opportunities at www.vac.org.uk

JOBS AND VOLUNTEERS

Westminster Mind seek Arabic Speaking Female Counsellor
6 month fixed term contract Part time, 14 hours per week Based in the Harrow Rd, London, W2 5EH
Salary: WM6: £10,180 – £11,478 per annum for 14 hrs per week
We need a qualified female counsellor to join our counselling service based at our Harrow Road site. In addition to the relationships that you will have with our clients, we also need you to ensure that accurate reports, data and notes are held.
Arabic speaker is an essential requirement of this post . You will need to have had previous experience of short term counselling in a GP, NHS or voluntary sector setting. A post graduate or diploma level qualification in the field of Counselling, Psychotherapy or Counselling Psychology is essential, as is an accreditation from a relevant professional organisation (BACP, BCP or UKCP).
*This post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010.
To apply and for full details please request an application pack via vacancies@westminstermind.org.uk. CVs will be disregarded.
For further information about the post contact Oye Agoro oye@westminstermind.org.uk 020 7259 8127
Closing date 5 July, Interviews 18 July

BBC Children in Need’s London & South East region is looking to recruit new Voluntary Committee Members
The deadline for these applications is 7th July and all applications will need to be made via the BBC Careers website.
You will need to create a profile on the site prior to being able to view the details. Once this has been done the first link below will take you to the advertisement and the second will enable you apply.
Job Advert: https://careershub.bbc.co.uk/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=4498
Apply url: https://careershub.bbc.co.uk/members/?j=4498
Should you have any problems with these links, you can search for the vacancy via http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home click on ‘search our vacancies’ and then enter Voluntary Committee Members into the search box, you will need to register on the site to complete the application.

Camden New Town Community Festival are looking for volunteer stewards
Volunteers needed to help run the Festival Fun day in Camden Square on Sunday July 21st pm or to help set up on Saturday July 20th pm/Sunday 21st am. You would work a pre-assigned 2-3 hour slot. Training will be given. Jobs can include: checking in stall holders or performers; putting up marquees and gazebos; staffing parking barriers, etc. Plenty of time to enjoy a very good festival when you’re not stewarding. Packed lunch available Sunday. Contact: Dave Walters davemlcc.@yahoo.co.uk phone 020 7267 9586 or Judy Powell chaplainstpauls@aol.com phone 020 7485 0863.

Camden Safety Views – Volunteers Wanted
If you love and have pride in where you live or work and want to help keep it safe, this is the scheme for you. We are looking for people like you, who want to improve their neighbourhood. We want you to tell us about any aspects which affect the quality of your life and that of your neighbours. This could range from noise late at night to dog mess.
Every couple of months we will contact you and ask a few questions about your neighbourhood.
We will also provide you with some training which will take about an hour and half. So that if you did see something that needed to be dealt with quickly – you will know who to tell.
Anyone interested will need to complete a simple application form and attend an interview – but don’t worry – we’ll make it as informal as possible. Volunteers will need to be responsible and reliable, but other than that, no qualifications or experience is needed.
You can download an application from the CCPCG website or phone Peter Ward 020 7383 0000.

AWLPA seeks Volunteer Trustee
Do you have time to give to a charity that supports single Asian mums? If so, we need YOU!
Asian Women Lone Parents Association (AWLPA) works to support Asian women who are lone parents, and their children, by providing services that enables them to improve their lives and wellbeing. Through active support we look to empower women to participate in their social, economic, health and physical environment. After successfully receiving funding, from the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities Fund, we are expanding from Camden and Islington into other boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Newham, Ealing, Brent, and Hounslow.
We are looking for trustees to join our dynamic Board to help govern the organisation during this pivotal and exciting time. We would value your skills, knowledge and experience to further progress the organisation during its expansion.
If you are interested please email: director@awlpa.org or for an informal chat or further information please contact the office on 0207 833 8085 or visit our website www.awlpa.org

Refugee Therapy Centre is now recruiting for the following posts:
*Sessional Bi Lingual Psychodynamic Counsellor/ Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
*Administrative Assistant to CEO
* Research Assistant
Please see attached advert and for more information about the RTC please refer to our website www.refugeetherapy.org.uk To apply, please complete all required forms and submit by email and please ensure to post two hard copies of your application to 1A Leeds Place, Tollington Park, London N4 3RF.
Please note that only applications submitted by post and electronically will be considered.
*RTC is committed to Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and will carry out enhanced CRB and full pre-employment checks of selected candidates, as well as two references.*
Closing Date for above posts: 25 July 2013 with panel interview within two weeks of the closing date

Age UK Camden Opening Doors London seeks LGBT Ambassador
Opening Doors London has a current 6 month/17.5 hours per week staff vacancy for an LGBT Ambassador Coordinator. Please see the Age UK Camden website (click on below link) for full details.
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/job-opportunities/

Would you like to work as a health or social care Personal Assistant?
CamdenPA is a new website where Personal Assistants and those looking form them can find each other.
People who want to work as health or social care PAs can create their profile and promote their service online. It will hold profiles of lots of PAs and people can also post an advertisement for a PA. CamdenPAs will enable more choice and control over the support that people receive via a transparent facility that seeks to enhance the quality of those working in health and social care as PAs.
We are now looking for PAs to register their interest to create a profile on CamdenPAs website. This is a great opportunity for PAs to find more work and to get more experience.
E-Mail: contactus@hcct.org.uk Tel: 0207 278 4708

SkillShare
Skillshare is an easy way to find skilled people to support your organisation. What sort of skills are on your wish list? Current skills on offer include: furniture restoration, photography, Nia technique instructor and food and textiles teacher, plus many more. Thirty local organisations are already signed up and accessing our database of skilled volunteers. The last volunteer we placed was a photographer who is going to be taking photographs of Camden for two local organisations.
For more information contact Kayleigh, SkillShare Coordinator, kayleigh@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk or 020 7424 9990.

Find Jobs and Volunteering opportunities at www.vac.org.uk/2010/08/jobs-volunteers/

OFFERS

Can You Help ‘Our Group Your Group’ with Meeting Space?
Our Group Your Group are a parents with learning difficulty peer support group, looking for a new venue to meet every Wednesday afternoon (term times) they need space for at least ten people to sit comfortably and be fully wheelchair accessible. The group has some exciting fundraising ideas and would like space to be creative and comfortable as they tackle parenting and disability issues. Access to a kettle or kitchen for teas and coffee and a computer would be ideal. If you can help please contact Kevin email knunan@vac.org.uk

Computers Needed
An establishing community art gallery/cafe requires 3-4 functioning computers for to our resource portal. Based in 124 Camden Village Lock theses computers will be essential to ensuring the sustainability of the project. Once up and running all will be invited to the Launch and we’ll be eternally grateful.
Contact Stephanie Thomas mailto:stephrefresh@hotmail.co.uk

Camden Clinical Commissioning Group Equality & Diversity Plan (2012-16)
CCCG are keen to involve local people in decisions which will determine how healthcare is provided in the borough.
Please give us feedback on the contents and the direction of travel that is proposed for Equality & Diversity. If you want to give feedback or would like to invite the community ownership manager to a meeting please email: martin.emery@camdenccg.nhs.uk
The engagement exercise will end on Monday 22nd July 2013.

Office Space To Let in Kentish Town
An office in VAC’s building is available to let at competitive rates on a 1 to 4 year lease. 1100 square feet of space with own kitchen, toilets and all mod cons, air conditioning. Good transport links, full disabled access. Approx £24K per annum. Contact Kevin for more information: knunan@vac.org.uk

Looking for a meeting room to hire? Or a hall for your activity or an office to let? Try VAC first (020 7284 6550 Monica, Kevin or Ashley). If we can’t help try searching the Camden Premises Gateway:- www.camdencommunityspace.org.uk

FREE VAC and VCC Membership for Unfunded Groups: Voluntary Action Camden and Volunteer Centre Camden have joined forces to offer you a special membership deal. Small organisations with no paid staff and a turnover of less than £1,500 can now join both organisations for FREE. To take advantage of this offer just fill in the membership form which can be downloaded from the VAC website or you can enter your details via our sector survey here.

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