Enter your photo illustrating Camden’s vibrant communities for a chance to win £50. The theme is community resilience. We are looking for photos that picture vibrant communities living and working Camden come together and participate in various aspects of community activity. Pictures could be of people, places, activities or community work. To enter send your photo to email@example.com including your name and contact details. Full details can be found on the VAC web site.
Employment Law Update
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Voluntary Action Camden, London
Looking back at the main changes in 2013/14 and in the near future which will particularly affect the rights of employees and HR practice in small to medium sized organisations. The session will give an overview of several HR issues, rather than going into depth, and discuss how the changes will affect your organisation’s HR policies and procedures.
The fund is to sustain and develop Camden’s rich culture, its strong communities and dynamic partnerships by supporting quality, creative events, projects and activities. This year the fund is managed by Voluntary Action Camden (VAC).
Applications are welcome for grants of £200 to £5000 for:
• Small-scale events with a capacity of under 500 people, the maximum amount that can be applied for is £500. A copy of the application form can be downloaded here
• Larger-scale events with a capacity of 500 people or more the maximum that can be applied for is £5,000. Please note the average is £1,000. A copy of the application form can be downloaded here.
A copy of the detailed guideline can be downloaded here.
The application process is open from Monday 10th February 2014.
The deadline for completed applications is: 12 noon on Thursday 13th March 2014.
If you would like more information and/or to be sent hard copies of the application forms and the guidelines please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 020 7284 6553. Fax. 020 7284 6551. VAC, 293-299 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ.
Please note your grant is only administered by VAC. For all other aspects of your event please contact Camden Council’s events team. email@example.com. Tel: 020 7974 5633.
Would you like to improve your understanding of dementia and what it might be like to live with the condition?
People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is about raising awareness and encouraging people to do the small things that can make a difference to people living with dementia – from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia. The initiative, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are short, interactive and fun. If you would like VAC to run a session for your organisation or community group, please contact Ann Wolfe on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7284 6565. For more information see the Dementia Friends website: http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
Voluntary Action Camden is aware of the pressures faced by its members, in needing to reduce costs. Additionally, with the current squeeze on funding, many charities are under-resourced and as a result each staff member is left with more work to cope with. The result is that charities are desperate to reduce costs, but struggle to find the time to search the market for reputable providers to review their services and negotiate better contracts.
With this in mind, VAC has spent months looking across various sectors to find industry-leading service providers and has negotiated specially discounted group rates for VAC members. The goal here is to help members benefit from service improvements and significant cost savings, but without having to spend much of their time. We are very excited about the opportunity and hope you are too. The key areas of focus are energy, insurance and telecoms as there have been developments in these industries in 2013 which are being missed by many charities.
The process is very straightforward:
1) We have negotiated a free review for members. All you need to do is send a recent energy bill, phone/broadband bill and insurance schedule in complete confidence to Paul Bragman at email@example.com
2) Paul will liaise with the selected providers and you will be presented with a proposal outlining the benefits and savings specifically available to your organisation
3) There is no obligation to take up any of the offers, but we are confident that the industry-leading rates and service levels will be difficult to beat
4) VAC members have already benefited from savings of over 25%
For your interest the websites for the chosen suppliers are listed below, however to ensure you benefit from the VAC group rate please go through Paul Bragman:
– Lumina Energy www.luminaenergy.co.uk
– Giles Insurance http://www.gilesinsurance.co.uk/charities.aspx
– 2 Circles Communications (telecoms) www.2circles.com
If you are a group or organisation working with complex families, individuals including young people, this event will be of interest to you. Camden, like all other authorities, has signed up to deliver the Government’s troubled families agenda. Whilst the emphasis the Government’s focus has brought to this agenda and the funding which has been committed is welcomed, here in Camden there has been a wide stakeholder agreement that this is an opportunity to take a broader, systematic approach to how we work with complex families.
This event is an opportunity for voluntary and community sector colleagues to:
• have a quick recap and to share learning and progress to date
• consider a more detailed vision for an Integrated Family Network
• discuss the proposed next steps on how the voluntary sector can be involved in and share the Integrated Family Framework across geographical areas, in relation to employment and community resilience.
1:45 – 4:30 pm Voluntary Action Camden
To book a place for this event, or if you need more information, please contact our Administrator on 020 72846553, Type Talk: 18002 020 72846553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A full agenda will be sent to you once you have booked a place. VAC is fully accessible
Age UK Camden understand the importance of local groups and the impact they have for Older people in Camden, and hope that these small grants will assist groups in with their continuing support for older people in the community.
The grants will be offered to groups with the majority of members being ages 60 and over and with three-quarters or more of their members being Camden residents. The group also needs to have an annual income of less than £30,000.
Applications from clubs which promote healthy living will be especially welcomed by Age UK Camden. The Deadline for all applications will be the 22nd November 2013 with applicants being notified by 6th December 2013.
If you are reading this as a club or know of a club that may benefit from some extra funds and wish to apply please e-mail email@example.com for application forms and for the eligibility criteria.
This session is aimed at Trustees or aspiring Trustees. However, managers, coordinators and directors of VCS organisations will also benefit in attending this session. Delegates will learn about setting a budget, reading and managing the financial accounts of their organisation and they will gain skills and knowledge to maintain a healthy control of the finances. It will also touch on how change management has an influence on financial management.
- Understanding the budgeting process
- Identifying good financial controls
- Reading financial accounts & increasing your confidence to manage financial change
28th November 2013, 17:30 – 20:30, at VAC First Floor Training Room.
For more information, please contact, Somanah Achadoo, Tel: 020 7284 6556, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The session is £25 per delegate whose organisation is a member of VAC. If your organisation is not a member of VAC, other fees will apply.
If you wish to book for this session, please complete the booking form, http://www.vac.org.uk/training/fees-booking/ and send to VAC with your payment.
This workshop will cover the following topics:
§ Planning a workshop
§ Facilitating a workshop
§ Chairing & Handling Effective Meetings
§ Effective Communications: Preparing Presentations & Delivering Presentations
The workshop is based on the National Occupational Standards of Management & Leadership, and is for staff, trustees or volunteers who have responsibility of planning and facilitating workshops, delivering presentations and chairing meetings.
For further information and a booking form go to www.vac.org.uk/training
For groups and organisations based in Camden which are members of VAC, the cost 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 on email@example.com or telephone on 020 7284 6556, Typetalk 18002 02072846556
Voluntary Action Camden has a new Governance training programme for Trustees, Management Committee members or Board Members. The programme will have six interactive workshops followed by the Accredited NOCN Level 2 Qualification in Governance. Interactive workshops scheduled are:
· Leadership & Strategic Planning – 19th November 2013
· Financial Management – 28th November 2013
· Partnership & Consortia – 2nd December 2013 (AM)
· Trustees Responsibility as Employers – 2nd December 2013 (PM)
· Fundraising & Income Generation Strategy – 10th December 2013
For more information regarding the content of each session and on how to book see the Trustee Training pages on the VAC website.
Each workshop is at £25 for VAC members. If your organisation is not a member of VAC or your organisation is based outside Camden and not
eligible to become a member, other fees will apply. Please check VAC website, www.vac.org.uk/training for more information on other fees.
VAC delivers other training, workshops and courses, both accredited and non-accredited. For more information, please check our website www.vac.org.uk