The new local voluntary sector infrastructure contract with Camden council started in April 2019.
The contract sets out 3 areas of infrastructure support –
1. Capacity building for organisations
2. Volunteering and social action
3. Local voice and shaping services
The contract awarded a total of £150k per year for 2 years split between 3 organisations:
Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) – £63.5k (down 40%) for:
1. Building the organisational capacity of voluntary and community organisations to deliver over the long term for local people.
Volunteer Centre Camden (VCC) – £60k (up 50%) for
2. Increase opportunities for residents to be more involved in local volunteering and social action, to help themselves and each other.
and for the first time as an infrastructure body, £26k to the Camden Community Centres Consortium (C4) to
3. Maximise opportunities for the community to shape and deliver services, ensuring local communities’ voices are heard.
To coordinate the 3 parts of the infrastructure contract we’re working together in an alliance, which will be extended over the coming months to include other infrastructure organisation such as Healthwatch Camden and Camden Disability Action and the local community foundations (Camden Giving and Young Camden Foundation).
Currently VAC, VCC and C4 are leading on coordinating efforts to enable infrastructure organisations to serve Camden’s voluntary and community sector better.