CVS Brent is the local support and development organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Brent and this is Issue 18 of our newsletter for the sector.
The Newsletter is rolled out on a monthly basis and is also available on the CVS Brent website, together with past issues. If you have any comments or suggestions for our newsletter, please feel free to contact us. Please note, all Google Doc links can be saved to your computer using Ctrl + S or clicking File > Download. If you have any difficulty accessing or downloading documents via Google Doc links, don’t hesitate to contact Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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New CVS Brent Premises
CVS Brent has moved premises. Our new contact details are:
5 Rutherford Way
Wembley HA9 0BP
Tel: 020 3011 1690
CVS Brent Resource Centre Launch & AGM
Tuesday 25 February, at 12:30pm – 6pm
Venue: CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, Wembley, HA9 0BP – map
CVS Brent would like to invite all member organisations to attend the official launch of the CVS Brent Resource Centre, based on Rutherford Way in Wembley.
The day will include keynote speakers, discussions on the future of the sector and the borough, workshops and more. The event will also include our AGM. More details to follow but you can book your place now.
Events, Training, Conferences & Workshops
Migrant & Refugee Community Organisations Health Event
Thursday 13 February, at 10am – 2pm
Venue: CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, Wembley, Middx HA9 0BP – map
CVS Brent is hosting this health event for Migrant & Refugee Community Organisations operating in Brent. This is as part of delivering London Enriched, which is the Mayor’s Strategy for Integration in London.
Register your attendance via this link. More details to follow.
Managing your faith charity lawfully and effectively – Charity Commission Workshop
Monday 20 January, at 11am – 3:45pm (registration 10:30am)
Venue: Hilton Double Tree hotel, 2-8 Hanger Lane, Ealing, W5 3HN – map
The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, is running a free workshop for faith charities based in and around Brent and Ealing. The purposes of the event are:
To give guidance to faith charities on their responsibilities under charity law
To equip faith charity trustees, staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to ensure their charities are well run, protected from abuse, and transparent.
Further details, including a list of topics covered are in the flyer. Register via the online booking system. Any questions, please contact Monica Davidson, events coordinator at Monica.email@example.com or on 020 7674 2465.
Healthwatch Brent Focus Group – How to Complain Effectively
Wednesday 22 January, at 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Elders Voice, 181 Mortimer Road, Kensal Green, NW10 5TN – map
For enquiries – Freephone number: 0800 9961839 (Monday 10am-1pm and Wednesday 2pm-5pm). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS Brent CCG – Healthcare Budget Consultations
Venue: The Sattavis Patidar Centre, Forty Avenue, Wembley Park, HA9 9PE – map
NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a number of informal public workshops, to consult the public on healthcare priorities for Brent. The forthcoming workshops are listed below and in a flyer.
Mental Health Services – Tuesday 14 January, at 3pm – 5pm – flyer
Children’s Services – Wednesday 15 January, at 10am – 12noon – flyer
Acute Hospital Care – Thursday 16 January, at 5pm – 7pm – flyer
Better Diabetes Services in Brent – NHS Brent CCG Workshop
Wednesday 15 January, at 9:30am – 11:30am or 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Sattavis Patidar Centre, Forty Avenue, Wembley Park, HA9 9PE – map
Brent Clinical Commissioning Group is investing in current services and looking at ways to improve care for people with Type 2 diabetes. Help to improve diabetes services by attending and giving your views at one of the two workshops. Tea and coffee provided.
Gang Awareness Training
Wednesday 15 January / Wednesday 12 February / Wednesday 12 March
Venue: College of North West London
Gang awareness training is now available for all staff and community members to raise awareness of gang-related culture and issues. The upcoming dates for the training are:
If you would like to attend, please book via the learning pool at brentlscb.learningpool.com. You will have to log in to register. If you are not a member then please create an account (this is so that your details can be stored for your attendance certificate) after which you will have access to book the training. Book your place immediately to avoid disappointment. The training is open to all partner agencies so please feel free to pass this on to colleagues.
Brent Connects area forums
In the current round of Brent Connects area forums, the forthcoming forums are as follows. Click for flyer
Brent Connects Wembley
Tuesday 14 January, at 7pm
Patidar House, 22 London Road, Wembley, HA9 7EX – map
Brent Connects Willesden – agenda
Wednesday 22 January, at 7pm
Dudden Hill Community Centre, 19 Dudden Hill Lane, Willesden, NW10 2ET – map
Brent Connects Harlesden – agenda
Wednesday 15 January, at 7pm
Furness Primary School, Furness Road, NW10 5YT – map
Brent Connects Kingsbury & Kenton
Tuesday 4 February, at 7pm
Kingsbury High School, Princes Avenue, Kingsbury NW9 9JR – map
The forums will include the Brent Council budget 2014/15 and a Q & A session with:
Cllr Muhammed Butt – Council Leader
Cllr Ruth Moher – Lead Member for Finance and corporate resources / Deputy Leader of the council
The forums also provide an opportunity to have your say via the soapbox.
De-mystifying Health and Wellbeing Services
Wednesday 29 January, at 10am – 1pm
Venue: St Patrick’s Church, Neasden, NW10 0UH (next to Ikea off the North Circular Road) – map
This is an event organised by the Brent Multi-faith forum to discuss how their respective communities might work more closely with Public Health, the CCG and Adult Social Care in the future. The Forum are keen to include all faith communities including those who may not be part of the Forum. Further information is in the flyer.
Health Partners Forum
Wednesday 12 February, at 6pm – 8pm
Venue: The Sattavis Patidar Centre, Forty Avenue, Wembley Park, HA9 9PE – map
The following documents are from the 20th November Health Partners Forum:
Appendix A – Copy of Jo Ohlson, Chief Operating Officer’s presentation slides – download
Appendix B – Additional written Questions and Comments from the day – download
Appendix C – ‘You Said We Did’ – download
Appendix D – A List of Hub surgeries – download
Brent CCG – Brent Health Partner Forum – Report of Event – 20th Nov 2013 – download
Delivering Change Through Employee Engagement – ACEVO event
Tuesday 18 February, at 9:30am – 3:30pm
Venue: RBS, 250 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4AA – map
The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) presents this event in association with Engage for Success and sponsored by RBS. Expert speakers discuss how to use the power and potential of employee engagement to drive performance, achieve growth and deliver change. Speakers and subjects being discussed include:
Jon Sparkes, Chief Operating Officer, Unicef – Delivering Change Through Employee Engagement
Alex Lewis, HR Director, BAE Systems – Engaging Leadership During Adversity
Rachel Westcott, Director of People and Organisational Development, Wateraid – The Four Pillars of Engagement In Action
There will also be opportunities for Q&As with all speakers, case study presentations, panel discussions and opportunities to network with other charity leaders.
This event is ideal for charity leaders and charity senior management. Click here to book your place.
ACEVO Members – £70 (click here for membership benefits and to join ACEVO)
Non-members – £95
Monday 3 March & Friday 14 March
Venue: VAI, London
NAVCA are hosting these events, aimed at understanding the findings from the Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) project.
Suitable for senior employees of any infrastructure organisations, irrespective of whether they received TLI funding or not, these events will cover two themes. Booking details and themes will be announced shortly, but if you would like further information please contact the NAVCA Policy team at email@example.com
AP Security seeks Event Stewards
AP Security are currently recruiting Wembley Stadium Event Stewards. Details, including role responsibility and recruitment process, are in the advert.
Here you can download the application form. For advice on completing the application form, go to the Advice Hub at Chalkhill Community Centre Mondays 10am – 4pm or contact Emma Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07841 913 296. The deadline has been extended to Sunday 19 January (midnight).
NHS Brent CCG seeks Lay Members to Governing Body
NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a newly established organisation responsible for planning, deciding and buying Brent health services including community health and hospital services.
They are seeking lay members to join the governing body. For details, including job description, and to apply, visit the lay member vacancy page. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 22 January.
British Afghan Women’s Society seeks Volunteers
British Afghan Women’s Society (BAWS) are recruiting for the following volunteer roles:
They are also looking for
Individuals with experience in using Social Media (especially for non-profit organisation)
Web content management – writing articles for their websites, creating campaigns and graphics.
They are looking for individuals with understanding of refugees in the UK, women’s rights and those who have worked for community organisations, especially women’s groups. They would like the individual to have an understanding or be aware of the Afghan culture.
Further details of the positions can be found on CharityJOB. Please apply by submitting your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to volunteer with BAWS. Please email at email@example.com
CVS Brent Services
As your local CVS, we are on hand to provide development support to organisations operating locally in Brent. We can offer support in a range of areas, as listed below:
Networking and Representation
Assistance can be provided in person or over the phone. If you would like to access support from CVS Brent, contact us on:
Ms. Tessa Awe, Chief Executive
020 3011 1690
Mr. Fuad Uddin, Development Manager
07825 215 652
Mr. Charlie Fernandes, General Enquiries
020 3011 1690
Funding & Awards
Hilton in the Community Foundation
The Hilton in the Community Foundation distributes around £150,000 each quarter to help disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland. Applications should be addressing one of four areas in education or health:
children and young people with disabilities
children and young people who are sick in hospital
young people who are homeless
young people and children who are life limited (requiring palliative care)
The Foundation generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project. Full details, and application forms, are on the website. The next deadline is Tuesday 11 February.
Amnesty Youth Awards
Amnesty Youth Awards celebrate young (aged 7-21) people’s talent in the following categories to develop new skills and confidence to engage creatively with human rights. Every entrant gets a certificate and the chance to win national prizes. Select a category below for competition information and classroom resources to help learning and achievement:
The competitions deadline is Monday 17 February (5pm). Further information is available at Amnesty Youth Awards
Unlimited – New Programme for Disabled Artists
Shape and Arts admin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year commissioning programme to support disabled artists in developing ambitious and high quality work, to be delivered throughout England and Scotland. ‘Unlimited’ will not only help disabled artists develop their practice and encourage the development of new relationships and collaborations with producers, venues and promoters, but will also increase distribution of disabled artists’ work (through digital means and touring up to an international level), affording greater opportunities for audiences to see the work. The funding is available both to individual disabled artists and organisations applying on behalf of disabled artists. For further details, visit the Unlimited website. The deadline for applications is Monday 17 February (midday).
Field Studies Council – The Kids Fund
The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world. The Council works through a network of 17 residential and day centres in the UK providing courses for schools and colleges at all levels in addition to adult individuals & families courses, outreach education, training and consultancy. The Kids Fund aims to bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by attending a course at a Field Studies Council centre. It helps disadvantaged young people to attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage – health, mobility, deprivation or financial. Funding will normally be up to 80% of the cost of your group’s course to an FSC Field Centre to a maximum of £3,000.
Further details including application form, are in the Kids Fund page. The next closing date for applications is the Saturday 1 March.
Help the Homeless Fund
Help the Homeless, a national charity which aims to help homeless people to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £5,000 are available towards capital costs to support projects that assist disadvantaged individuals in their return to mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. Further details, including the application form, are on their Applying for Funding page. The next closing date for applications is Saturday 15 March.
Comic Relief – Local Communities Programme
The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by local people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups and organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 can be applied for, to:
increase local services
build skills of local people
increase community cohesion
respond to local economic needs
Further details are in the grant guidelines document. To apply, fill in the online application form. The deadline for applications is Monday 24 March (5pm). For enquiries about the programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7582 5117.
John Lyon’s Charity
John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to registered charities for the benefit of children and young people. Grants are restricted to the nine London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. Since 1992 John Lyon’s Charity has distributed over £65 million to a large range of services including youth clubs, arts projects, counselling, child care and parental support schemes, sports programmes and academic bursaries. They accept first stage proposals at any time. Please have a look at www.johnlyonscharity.org.uk for further details.
Here you can find some additional funding streams (courtesy of All Direction Ltd)
[For individual documents, click the download button when it appears at the bottom-right of your web browser]
Brent 4 Community (courtesy of Brent Council)
Other Items of Interest
Private Rented Sector Licensing – Consultation
Brent Council already operates a Mandatory Licensing Scheme that covers larger houses with multiple occupation. They are consulting on proposals to introduce Additional Licensing Scheme that would cover smaller houses with multiple occupation across the borough as well as a Selective Scheme that would cover all privately rented homes. The selective scheme is proposed for three wards – Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central but they are also interested to hear views on whether it should cover a wider area.
Please click on the relevant link below to give Brent Council your views:
The four major UK ISPs have recently rolled out default filters for adult online material. Unfortunately, some voluntary sector sites dealing with issues such as sexual health and abuse have also been blocked by these filters. In order to prevent the accidental blocking of charitable sites the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has set up a working group to investigate the issue.
The working group is currently building a directory of trusted UK charities that operate online. This will include domains and sub domains. The aim is to create a ‘master list’ that ISP’s can test against. The testing will be taking place later this month and they have asked for Children England’s members to submit their current URLs. If you would like any of your domains and sub-domains to be included on this master list please email them to email@example.com by the end of Thursday 16 January.
London Health Commission – Call for Evidence
The London Health Commission, set up to come up with innovative ways to meet London’s health and healthcare needs, will report back to the Mayor next autumn with a set of ambitious recommendations. To inform this work, the Commission is asking the public, service providers and all other interested parties a range of questions as part of a ‘Call for Evidence’. Voluntary and community groups are particularly encouraged to submit evidence as the Commission is keen to learn from the innovative and flexible approaches to health and social care that the sector brings and how these approaches benefit the community it serves.
To find out more about how you can contribute to this process please see the letter from Lord Darzi or visit the London Health Commission website where you can find a full set of questions and details on how to respond. Any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7932 9073. The deadline for written submissions has been extended to Monday 10 February.
Brent CCG – Be ‘health wise’ this winter
Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have released the following press release with tips to help residents be health wise this winter.
Free Space for Charities
An opportunity has arisen for charities looking for additional space to use on a RENT & RATES FREE basis.
Office space recently refurbished consisting of 2nd and 4th Floors ranging from 4,000 to 10,000 sq ft to use for meeting rooms, training rooms or just as an office or storage. It has an open plan format with lifts to all floors, toilet facilities and an on site cafe / restaurant facility.
If any charity is looking for additional space to use for a maximum of 36 month lease with a 28 day rolling break clause please contact for further information and to arrange a viewing by email email@example.com or telephone 01295 256 338.
Brent Disability Information Gateway – Focus Group
Brent Disability Information Gateway (BDIG) is Brent’s new disability information support service, managed by Brent Mencap and funded by Brent Council. The flyer gives brief details of the service and can be passed on to any adult with a disability in Brent or placed on notice boards. The BDIG website is now live. Any queries, please contact BDIG either through email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8451 5278.
Smart Swaps – New Change4Life Campaign
A new Change4Life campaign has been launched by Public Health England aiming to encourage families in London to make one easy swap to help cut sugar and fat from their everyday snacks, drinks and meals. Swapping sugary drinks to diet, sugar free or milk, is revealed to save an average family up to three quarters of a 1kg bag of sugar over four weeks.
The Smart Swaps campaign is launched as the latest data, from the 2012/13 National Child Measurement Programme, shows that almost four in ten of children aged 10-11 in London carry excess weight. Details of the campaign are in the News Release from Public Health England.
Lobbying Bill – Sign the Petition
The Government has announced a number of concessions on the Lobbying Bill. While these changes are welcome, overall the Bill still represents a threat to democracy and a crack-down on the right of charities to campaign on some of the most important issues facing the country and the planet. Major problems with the Bill (as highlighted by Children England) include:
The new definition of campaigning is far too broad. Even campaigning that is primarily focused on raising policy issues could be regulated
Staff costs are still included for NGOs (for a big new range of activities) when political parties don’t have to account for them
Constituency limits are still very low – £9,750
Spending limits have been slashed by 60% in England
The fact that the Government is now making concessions shows that the pressure from across the sector is working. Now is the time to redouble our efforts. The Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement, which has been coordinating the response to the Bill, has launched a petition ahead of the Report stage in the House of Lords. Several national and local charities are supporting the petition. For details, including whether you wish to sign up, click here.
Local partnership opportunities with Jobcentre Plus
Jobcentre Plus wants partnerships with local public and voluntary organisations that will help unemployed people move off benefits and into employment. They have published some local partnership opportunities. Some of the opportunities focus on specific measures or specific groups.
6 social media pitfalls to avoid in 2014
It’s a new year, so what better time to freshen up your charity’s social media strategy? Check out these 6 traps which nonprofits tend to fall into when using social media.
DBS (previously CRB) Check Service Available
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks service is available for people working with children or vulnerable adults. DBS checks were previously known as CRB checks.
A DBS check service is provided by Empowering Families. You can contact them via
Room 5, the Grange, Neasden Lane, NW10 1QB.
Brent Council has published open data on the Brent Data site. The site brings together a wide range of datasets, statistics and other documents about the London Borough of Brent. You can browse the popular datasets, or use the search to find what you’re looking for. For any queries, contact email@example.com
Other Newsletters and Updates
The following links contain information streams provided by other organisations.
London Sharing Network – Updates relevant to Greater London, including information on events, grants, vacancies, research (courtesy of the Diversity & Social Policy Team, Greater London Authority) – London Sharing Network – [For individual documents, click the download button when it appears at the bottom-right of your web browser]
Trust for London – E-newsletter December 2013
Living Well – Chronic Disease Self Management Programme
Living Well is currently looking at running two pilots called the Chronic Disease Self Management Programme. This is a 6 week educational programme, held at the Brentfield Medical Centre, designed to equip people living with long term conditions with the knowledge and skills to manage their lives and conditions better. Attendees can also get to meet other people who really understand what they are going through. The tutors of this programme will also be living with long term conditions – so it’s a very supportive environment. The pilot will be aimed solely at Brent residents.
First programme – begins Thursday 23 January, ending on 27 February (6 consecutive weeks)
Second programme – begins Tuesday 18 February, ending on 25 March
More information is in the leaflet for the first programme. For further details on what the course can offer, please contact Deamion Broni via firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 31 373 373. There is more information on their website.
HEAR Human Rights Network – Seeks Venue for pan-Equalities Event
The HEAR Human Rights and Equalities Network is the London network of equalities organisations and acts as a strong pan-equalities voice and source of knowledge and expertise on issues impacting on London’s voluntary and community sector.
HEAR is planning an event in late January or early February for equalities organisations in West London, and they are looking for a suitable venue in Brent.
It would run from approx 10am to 3pm preferably on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. They are looking at about 40 participants and will be providing refreshments and lunch. HEAR has a budget for venue hire costs and all other costs associated with the event. For further details of their requirements, please see their request letter.
If you have a venue that might be suitable or know of one Brent then please get in touch with Christine Goodall as soon as possible via email email@example.com or mobile 07466 119268.
British Afghan Women’s Society – Warm Home Project
Warm Home is a new project supporting 14-24 year old girls and young women, who are mainly from the Afghan and South Asian & Middle East (SAME) communities. They are often suffering from emotional difficulties, come from dysfunctional families, and may have experienced violence, abuse or neglect. This project aims to:
Support young girls facing difficulties and challenges within their home and beyond that may make them feel isolated from wider society, making them vulnerable to leaving home and/or education and at risk of becoming involved in anti social behaviour or other illegal criminal activities.
Provide a “Warm Home” program where the young girls will receive hot meals, emotional and social support and opportunities to network and receive advice and guidance.
Deliver in-house workshops in Catering, Arts and Media and activities to deal with young women’s emotional health, wellbeing and personal development.
Details of the workshops being run are in the workshops flyer. Further details of support are in the support services flyer. And more information is on the website. The Warm Home project will be running until the end of March.
Book your place by contacting at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8373 6350 / 07875 503583.
Grange Business Hub – Update
Here’s the latest Winter 2014 News issue from Grange Business Hub.
Track Academy – Newsletter
Here is the latest December 2013 issue of the newsletter from Track Academy.
CVS Brent is ready to offer support to civil society organisations operating in Brent, with assistance in group development, planning, governance, fundraising and so on. To access this support, please register your organisation as a member of CVS Brent, to ensure you receive the latest information, updates and support. Membership is free to civil society organisations that operate in Brent and forms will only take a few minutes to complete.
If you would like to join CVS Brent, please complete a membership application, which you can access from the following link.