CVS Brent is the local support and development organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Brent and this is Issue 19 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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CVS Brent Tweets
CVS Brent is now making use of social media via Twitter. We are tweeting on events, training, news, and more, of interest to the voluntary and community sector. Follow our tweets @cvsbrent
CVS Brent Office Share and Room Hire
CVS Brent is now advertising its Office Share and Training Room. For details, click the following link:
Expressions of interest for Office Share must be submitted to us by 16th February 2014, 5pm.
CVS Brent Resource Centre Launch & AGM
Tuesday 25th February, at 12:30pm – 5pm
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. For more details and to book, visit click here.
Guest speakers include:
Leader of Brent Council, Cllr. Muhammed Butt
His Worshipful Mayor of Brent, Cllr. Bobby Thomas
Assistant Chief Executive of Brent Council, Ben Spinks
Principal Grants Officer City Bridge Trust, Tim Wilson
Deputy Chief Operating Officer Brent CCG, Sarah Mansuralli
Request for Photos and Case Studies
Ahead of our launch, CVS Brent would welcome case studies and pictures of how we have helped local organisations in Brent. Whether this has been with helping you to set up as an organisation or help you start a new project or something else. Your stories will feature in our Launch event and be seen by other delegates and guests on the day. To send us your stories and pictures, visit http://goo.gl/yctS0R. Deadline for submissions is Wed 19th February.
Events, Training, Conferences & Workshops
Thursday 13th February, at 10am – 2pm
Venue: CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, Wembley, Middx HA9 0BP – map
CVS Brent is hosting this health event in partnership with Greater London Authority, Brent CCG, NHS London and Brent Council. The event is for any organisations in Brent delivering services of interest to migrants and refugees. This is as part of delivering London Enriched, which is the Mayor’s Strategy for Integration in London.
There will also be guest speakers from public health and refugee organisations.
Safeguarding Children & Young People – Training
Monday 10th March, at 9:30am – 1pm
Venue: CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, Wembley, HA9 0BP.
This is a free event is for voluntary, community and faith organisations that work with children and young people in the borough of Brent. The workshop aims include:
Gather information about the Core Safe Network Standards for keeping children and young people safe in your organisation.
Find out about the local safeguarding arrangements in Brent and the role of the LSCB.
Take part in the following roundtable discussions: Safe Network standards, Information Sharing and E Safety.
Review the needs of the voluntary and community sector in Brent and identify future areas for development.
For further information, contact Darren Thomas (Youth Organisations Capacity Building Coordinator), at 020 3011 1695 / email@example.com
Business Planning and Governance Workshop
Monday 17th March, at 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, Wembley, HA9 0BP.
This is a free event for voluntary, community and faith organisations that work with children and young people, primarily in the Brent area but also across London.
This one-day workshop provides support and space:
To review further support & development needs around leadership and governance
To develop a framework around effective business planning for your organisation
To review the strengths and priorities for your service delivery in the future
For further information, contact Darren Thomas (Youth Organisations Capacity Building Coordinator), at 020 3011 1695 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent Ward Working Big Benefit Community Lunch
Monday 10th February, at 10:30am – 3pm
Venue: South Kilburn Studios, 2A Canterbury Road, Kilburn, NW6 5SW.
Free advice will be offered about:
Benefits & Universal Credit
Dealing with Debt
Energy Saving and IT Skills
The event includes a Kid’s Corner and a free lunch. Click here for the poster.
For more information contact email@example.com / 07804 506 750.
Health Partners Forum
Wednesday 12th February, at 6pm – 8pm
Venue: The Sattavis Patidar Centre, Forty Avenue, Wembley Park, HA9 9PE – map
Documents from the 20th November Health Partners Forum can be downloaded via the following links:
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
Brent Disability Information Gateway – Events
Friday 21st February
at 11am – 12:30pm
Travelling around London
Wednesday 5th March
at 11am – 12:30pm
Venue (both events): Brent Mencap, 379-381 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2JR.
Brent Disability Information Gateway (BDIG) is a service for all people with disabilities in Brent aged 18-60. They can give all kinds of information, advice and casework support to disabled people. More information is in the flyer and on the website.
Or contact via phone 020 8451 5278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Champion Scheme – Information Day
Tuesday 11th March, at 9:30am – 12 midday
Venue: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ.
Brent Council early years and family support service are launching a parent champion scheme in partnership with the Family and Childcare Trust (FCT). Anyone who is interested in becoming a parent champion, is encouraged to attend this ‘information day’ event.
If anyone is interested in taking part in this fantastic opportunity the referral route can be either self referral or through an adviser. If you wish to attend, email Mohamed.Miah@brent.gov.uk with the following details:
2. Address / contact number
3. Referral organisation / self referral
For further information, contact email@example.com or call 020 8937 3389.
London’s Refugee and Migrant Sector Community Research Conference
Tuesday 18th February, at 10am – 1pm
Venue: The Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA.
Organised by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, the event will describe the findings of new community action research on London’s refugee and migrant communities, conducted and presented by community members themselves. The researchers will present new thoughts and findings on issues faced by London’s migrants. See the flyer for details.
To book a place please contact Sarah Menzies: tel 0207 697 4102 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rethinking Health & Social Care – Workshop
Thursday 20th February, at 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Age UK London, 1st Floor, 21 St George’s Road, London, SE1 6ES.
Age UK London are hosting a discussion as to how people would like health professionals to deliver joined up health and social care services in North West London. Residents from the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, are invited to this Fit 4 Purpose workshop. The event will cover:
Changes are taking place across North West London to make joined up health and social care run more smoothly for patients and carers.
Patients will be encouraged to have their say about their own care and support in their homes or local community.
GPs will be at the centre of organising peoples’ care in conversations with patients and carers.
Views on issues such as hospital discharge, GP services and staying safe at home are welcome. Further details are in the flyer.
Please confirm attendance by emailing Janine Aldridge on JanineAldridge@ageuklondon.org.uk or phone 020 7091 2594.
Parliament Week Partners’ Conference
Friday 21st February, at 9:45am – 4:30pm
Venue: Portcullis House, House of Commons, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW.
The Parliament Week Partners’ Conference is a day of talks, workshops and networking to inform and inspire organisations from across the UK who are interested in taking part in Parliament Week. Download the conference programme here. To attend this free conference, fill in the online booking form.
Tools to challenge decisions that undermine equality – Conference
Wednesday 26th February, at 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: Amnesty UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA.
This conference aims to help women make their voice heard in an ever changing policy and funding landscape. The Equality Act 2010 and the Convention for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) can be used to lobby and influence decision-makers to sustain crucial women-only services and organisations e.g. around Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) services, women’s health services, and services for women in the criminal justice system.
The conference will look at what is needed to help tackle inequalities that women face today, identify key issues, share experiences of what works and suggest ways to influence funding / commissioning practice for better gender equality. Further details, including workshops and invited speakers are on the event page.
Children England – Voting Summit
Thursday 27th February, at 10am – 4:30pm
Venue: Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW.
A day of high level debate on the key issues for children, young people and families. Over the past six months Children England has been working collaboratively with their members to develop policy ideas ahead of the 2015 election. At this special hustings and voting summit members will discuss and decide which policies are included in the final sector manifesto. In order to inform voting choices, a selection of high profile policy experts are lined up to speak throughout the day. Details are in the programme.
Non-members are welcome to attend but will not be able to vote. If you would like to vote but are not yet a member, a special promotion is on offer. Join Children England for April 2014 to March 2015 period so your vote can count. For more information about and the promotion, contact email@example.com. To book your place, click here.
Computer Book-keeping Course – for MRCOs
(Wednesdays) 12th, 19th, 26th February and 5th March, at 10am – 4pm
(Thursdays) 13th, 20th, 27th February and 6th March, at 10am – 4pm
Venue: CASH, 1 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, London W19 5XL.
This training is free and is open to volunteers and staff of refugee and migrant community organisations. Details including dates and who the training is for, are in the flyer.
For more information contact: Mulat Haregot on 020 7697 4101.
Domestic & Sexual Violence Surgery
Tuesday 11th March, at 9am – 3pm
Venue: Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4AX.
For women’s networks, projects and organisations providing services to women and girls affected by violence, the event is focused on organisations based in Brent, Barnet, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. The aim of the event, which is run by the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is to:
Provide networking opportunities for organisations working in these boroughs
Enable you to learn about the commissioning process and how your organisation can get involved
Give you the opportunity to meet local commissioners from across the boroughs
Explore options for sustainability for your organisation through partnerships and social enterprise
Increase awareness of the Equality Act 2010 and how to make the case for women only services
A BME Network meeting will be held at lunchtime
Monday 3rd March & Friday 14th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glimpse: Inside the Mind of a Child Sex Abuser
Friday 28th March, at 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.
The event is aimed for child protection professionals, teachers, social workers, police, CPS, charities, safeguarding and welfare officers. It features:
A victims journey
Power & influence – hiding in plain sight
The impact on child protection professionals; managing trauma
Managing & diverting offenders
Minimising, self justifying & the spiral of abuse
Early bird rate ends Friday 21st February.
London Sport (North) – Partner Training Events
February – December 2014
Here available for download is the training plan for the year from London Sport (North). All the events will benefit those doing the day-to-day job of running a club, organising community sport sessions and/or promoting physical activities within London. Each of the training events will help you to be more efficient in planning and marketing physical activity and to successfully apply for funding. Why do I need a business plan? How do I write it? What do I need to know about finances? You will know much more about these things after attending these training events.
Developing a Business Plan
Understanding your club finances
Developing a Marketing Strategy
Developing Partnerships / Managing Effective Partnerships
Removing the barriers: Get more disabled people into sport.
Whereas the first 4 topics already have a specific time, date and venue, they are still finalising these for the other topics (you can register your interest by clicking a link in the attached document). Some of the training events are free; others where indicated have a charge.
Follow London Sport (North) on Twitter @LdnSportNorth
Energy Solutions seeks Trustees
Energy Solutions is a small charity which works to promote the sustainable use of energy and reduce fuel poverty. Due to changes in their management committee they are currently recruiting for up to four Trustees for the following roles:
1 x Honorary Treasurer
3 x Trustees (non specific role)
Details, including required skills, experience, and brief overview of the role, are in the recruitment advert.
For an application form, click here. The closing date is Monday 3rd March.
AWLPA seeks Volunteers
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 they look to empower women to participate in their social, economic, health and physical environment. They are looking for volunteers to fill the following roles:
Volunteer Coordinator – advert
Volunteer Project Support and Administrator – advert
Several volunteers may be recruited to help with the roles. Details are available via the advert links. For further information or an informal chat please contact the office on 020 7833 8085 or visit www.awlpa.org
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. Darren Thomas, Youth Organisations Capacity Building Coordinator
020 3011 1695
Mr. Charlie Fernandes, General Enquiries
020 3011 1690
Funding & Awards
Big Local Youth Awards & Video Project
Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in Wembley Central to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. We have two small programs to invest in engagement of Young People from the Big Local Wembley Central Area. Award applications are now open. The closing date is Friday 14th February (midnight). Decisions to be made week commencing 17th February.
BLWC Young People Activities Fund x 6 – the total available is £300 per youth activity to engage young people from the Big Local area.
BLWC Video Project x 1- the total available is £400 for a video project to collect different views on video for the Big Local project.
Play Wembley – Partnership Opportunity
Play Wembley is a modern indoor play centre for children from toddlers to 12 year olds. They would like to partner with a local children’s charity offering support through the following:
Donation included within the admission charge
Promotion of charity’s own fundraising activities via on site advertising boards
Website link on our valued partner page
This partnership agreement is proposed to last for 12 months. Click here for the charity proposal.
Hilton in the Community Foundation
The Foundation makes grants of up to £30,000 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)
For details including the grant application process and application form, visit the HCF application process page. The next quarterly deadline dates are Tuesday 11th February, followed by Tuesday 6th May.
ESF Youth Programme
Team London has now launched a tendering opportunity as part of the Greater London Authority’s European Social Fund (ESF) Co-Financing programme, for a Team London Employment, Education and Training programme.
The programme, running from April 2014 until September 2015, will support Londoners aged 16+ who volunteer at Team London / Team London-approved events and who are not in employment, education or training with training that leads to secure sustained employment, education or training (EET). The project will track the EET engagement until it has been sustained for a minimum period of 26 weeks.
The project will be open to all Londoners aged 16+ who are not in employment, education or training. Up to £200,000 of funding is available for this opportunity, provided by Team London and co-financed by ESF.
More information, including how to apply, can be found on the programme page. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 14th February (4pm).
Lloyds Bank Foundation
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced that the existing Community Programme will be closing and no further funding enquiries will be accepted after Friday 14 February. To manage demand they have set clear timescales for the final period of funding enquires:
Applicants submitting successful enquires will be invited to complete an Expression of Interest form. This will need to be completed and returned within 5 working days of the notification
If your Expression of Interest is approved you will need to be available to host a visit from a Grant Manager by 31st March
Full application will need to be submitted by 11th April
The Foundation’s new funding programmes will be open to enquiries from April 2nd and they will provide further information closer to that date. See further information on the Foundation’s funding programmes.
Well London – Commissioned Projects
Well London is pleased to announce funding for commissioned projects around employment, volunteering, healthy cooking and mental health. Well London is a health and wellbeing initiative and all projects are to benefit residents of Chalkhill in Wembley. Funding varies from £20,000 for employment to £4,000.
Anyone interested in applying for this funding will need to contact the Well London Chalkhill co-ordinator, Michael Stuart on 07568 575580 to informally discuss their tender. Closing date for applications is 16th March 2014 and there is an information session and opportunity to meet potential partners on 24th February 2014.
The guidance / tender document and application form can be found at:
Firm Foundations Programme
Firm Foundations is a new project funded by John Lyon’s Charity, available to support voluntary sector organisations supporting children and young people in Brent.
This three year project in partnership with Clear Thinking Consultancy and CVS Brent will support 12 organisations on the road towards sustainability during 2014. If you have a turnover of under £500,000 and would like support to understand how your organisation can best plan for the future, achieve financial sustainability and deliver high impact, cost effective services, they want to hear from you. Details are in the advert.
Complete the brief application form to tell a little about your organisation and why you want to take part by Friday 21st February. All applications forms and questions should be sent to email@example.com
Britain’s Best Volunteer – A New National Award
Britain’s Best Volunteer is a brand new national award, set up by Markel and Small Charities Coalition. They are currently inviting the UK public, as well as charities, to nominate someone they consider to be a volunteer of a small charity or organisation worthy of winning the title of Britain’s Best Volunteer. The award is accepting nominations online now.
Alongside this accolade, the winner of this award will receive £1,250 to donate to their chosen charity. This is also a fantastic opportunity for a nominated volunteer to really raise the profile of the charity they volunteer for. The award also aims to give recognition to smaller charities around the UK that are continuing to make a great difference in their field.
They have made available a press release with the full set of details, which can be edited as you like for use on your site. They appreciate any coverage you can give to this campaign, and don’t forget – you can nominate one of your own volunteers. The deadline for nominations is Friday 21st February.
Our Place Programme
The “Our Place” programme was launched by Locality and the LGA. The Department for Communities and Local Government is making available £4.3m for a programme of support and grants to help areas working to transform local public services. Applications are welcomed from any area (e.g. local authorities, public service providers, community organisations) who would like to use the support to develop community led transformation at a neighbourhood level.
Our Place aims to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods, aligning these with all the other resources that the community can bring. Communities and public service organisations will be supported to develop an operational plan and take control in their area to make sure that things work in the best way for local people.
The programme will run until March 2015 but local places are encouraged to put in applications as soon as possible. For further information on the application process, visit My Community Rights – Our Place.
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 24th 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
MPs publish reports on Charity Commission and Gift Aid
The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has published a critical report on the Charity Commission.
An article by NAVCA.
The PAC’s report.
MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
A MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) is a monthly meeting between different agencies in Brent to discuss the highest risk domestic abuse cases (those at risk of murder or serious harm). By bringing all agencies together at a MARAC, and ensuring that whenever possible, the voice of the victim is represented by the IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) and that a risk focused, coordinated safety plan is drawn up to support the victim.
Information shared at the MARAC is confidential. A victim / survivor is referred to the Brent MARAC if they are an adult (16+) who resides in Brent and are at high risk of domestic violence from their adult (16+) partner, ex-partner or family member, regardless of gender or sexuality.
Stakeholder Engagement Group – Wave 2: Planned Care Programme
NHS Brent CCG is implementing a programme to commission outpatient services to be delivered in the community, where patients will have access to services that are delivered by teams with mixed skills.
The project team for Wave 2 planned care are seeking patients, carers and service users with experience of using Musculoskeletal or Gynaecology services to join a stakeholder engagement group.
The purpose of a Stakeholder Engagement Group would be to inform the project team in the development of service proposals. The group will also act as representatives of other relevant stakeholder groups and will meet once a month for 2 hours.
Further information is in the letter from Brent CCG. If you are interested in joining a group or would like to nominate someone please send an email to Wave2PlannedCare@brent-harrowpcts.nhs.uk by Friday 14th February stating which group you are interested in joining.
DWP London North & West National Partnership Newsletter
Here is the January 2014 newsletter from DWP London North & West National Partnership.
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:
Managing your faith charity lawfully and effectively – Presentation & Guidance
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.
VCSE Employment and Skills Providers – Discussion List
An email discussion list for VCSE employment and skill providers exists, to which anyone can sign up and post to. It is a great tool for partnering with other organisations. Sign up for free using the link subscribe.
The Policy and Project Manager (Employment & Skills) is on Twitter: follow @SteveLVSC
Lobbying Bill – Update from Civil Society Governance
Acevo and NCVO have vowed to scrutinise the impact of the lobbying bill after it was passed by the House of Lords, without reinstating two amendments which would have reduced its impact on charities. Read a detailed update published by Civil Society Governance at the following link.
Climate Week – 3rd-9th March
Climate Week gets under way 3-9 March when half a million people attend over 3,000 events in Britain’s largest climate change campaign. If you are planning any kind of event or activity, you can register it on the Climate Week official listings.
Country Groupings Consultation
The Office for National Statistics would like your views on the country groupings used in international migration statistics reporting and data tables. A variety of country groupings are currently used across different government departments and some groupings have become less relevant as trends in international migration have changed over time. Given the commitment to provide a coherent picture of international migration trends from across the different data available, the departments would like to harmonise the groupings used in the reporting of migration statistics.
Visit the consultation page for details. And download the consultation. The consultation closes on Tuesday 18th March. For further information, contact the ONS Migration Statistics Unit via phone: 01329 444097 / email: email@example.com
NCVO – The 2015 Project: Giving
Levels of giving to charities have remained stagnant over the past few years, and the voluntary sector is adapting to attract donations. Although traditional methods of giving still remain the most effective, the sector is responding to changes in technology which make it easier for people to make donations and to reach a new generation of givers.
NCVO is asking:
What can voluntary organisations do to attract a new generation of donors?
How can we make it easier and quicker for people to give to voluntary organisations?
What are the barriers facing voluntary organisations trying to encourage giving?
Give your thoughts via The 2015 Project: Giving.
How can we increase giving to charities? – NCVO’s background reading
Gift Aid – Much ado about something – a blog post by Laurent Maumus, Fundraising & Marketing Gift Aid Manager at Cancer Research UK.
CIOs can register with less than £5,000
The Charity Commission has confirmed that Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) can now be registered with incomes under five thousand pounds. Pending the online form being updated, “you will need to put on the form that your income is over £5,000 in order to progress. You should then put a note at the end in the special circumstances box at the end of the form explaining that the income is under £5,000.” Smaller charities previously unable to register can now, via registration as a CIO, obtain a charity number.
This confirmation is courtesy of NAVCA.
Migration Indicators Report
GLA Intelligence have released their report update Migration Indicators: November 2013, including details on internal and international migration.
Lorry Control Scheme – Consultation
A public consultation has been launched on plans for the requirement of lorries in London to fit extra mirrors and side guards to try and reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists.
London Councils is asking boroughs, hauliers, cycling organisations, residents and other interested parties for their views about potentially changing the permission conditions of the London Lorry Control Scheme, to require heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to fit side guards and extra mirrors to help improve cycle safety. Further details are in the London Councils’ Press Release.
Take part in the consultation, giving your views on whether you think extra cycle safety measures should be imposed on lorries travelling through London.
The Social Value Act – One Year On
The Social Value Act was rolled out one year ago. Since then public bodies have had to consider how they might improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of their areas through commissioning and procurement. So has this legislation had any significant effect?
An article from the Guardian:
London Mental Health Report
The GLA’s report ‘London Mental Health: The invisible costs of mental ill health’ seeks to shed light on the scope and scale of mental ill health in London, to highlight the wider impacts beyond those to health and social care. These wider impacts result in around £26 billion each year in total economic and social costs to London and impact every facet of our community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Local data is vital for devising services, including writing funding applications. For assistance with your fundraising, 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]
NCS with The Challenge
NCS with The Challenge is a four-part summer programme for 16 and 17 year olds. Its aim is to engage young people in their local communities whilst breaking down barriers and building trust between different parts of the community. This year, they will be working with over 18,000 young people nationally – 300 of which will be in Brent.
In order to build a successful programme, they need a whole range of partners to make this happen. Below are the types of partners they are looking for:
- any charity that has a base within the borough of Brent
- any professional organisation / corporate body in Brent
- any environmental projects/organisations
- any community group that meets regularly over the summer (for e.g., play schemes, elderly day centres, care homes, women’s groups, lunch clubs, group sessions for people who have a particular condition, etc.)
- any organisation that could benefit from 60 pairs of helping hands (for e.g., big canal clean ups, allotment clear ups, painting of big community centres, etc.)
If you fit one of these criteria or are interested in contributing to the programme as an individual, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see programme overview for more details on specific partner requirements and dates.
Brent Community Co-op – January Newsletter
Here’s the January 2014 newsletter from Brent Community Co-op to celebrate community and the launch of the Brent Community Co-operative.
Click for article by Help4LiPs – Not complying with Court orders could be fatal to your claim
Space Required – for use as a Church
Celestial Church of Christ Wembley Promise of God Parish are looking for a space / hall or disused church or premises for use as a church. They would like to rent or lease for at least 5 years. It will be used by 30 adults and 20 children. It should have kitchen, toilets and shower facility. Rent will be negotiated but should be in the north west area of Brent, that is accessible by public transport and has parking facility or unrestricted street parking. They will use the premises as a church and services are on:
1st Thursday of the month 10pm-1.30am
Wednesdays and Fridays 7pm-8.30pm
They may occasionally use it on Tuesdays and other times not listed.
Contact Nicholas Agbeni, Shepherd / Minister on 07904 670318. Celestial Church of Christ Wembley Promise of God Parish. Suite 40 Trinity House, Heather Park Drive, Wembley HA0 1SU.
WLIC – Careers Workshop
Saturday 15th February, at 1pm – 5pm
Venue: UKIM West London Islamic Centre & Jamia Masjid, Brownlow Road, West Ealing, W13 0SQ.
As part of its outreach programme 2014, the West London Islamic Centre (WLIC) is organising a special careers workshop. The wider WLIC Outreach Programme aims to help mobilise the community, to help those in the neighbourhood who are in need. The Careers Workshop is one part of this initiative and will focus on providing 15-19 year olds some informal guidance and tips from a range of professionals, who have kindly offered to share their time and experiences, to exemplify the charitable and community benefits of volunteerism and to help our youth make informed educational and vocational choices, early on.
Please visit the centre education office between 5-7pm to register for the workshop, alternatively you can register for the Careers Workshop or volunteer for the other Homeless Shelter Support or Local Foodbank initiatives by emailing your details to email@example.com
RLSB Sports without Limits – New VI Sports Club
As part of the RLSB Sports without Limits (Play) programme, a new VI sports club has been launched for children and young people aged 8 to 25. It includes Weekend and Half Term / Summer Holiday Clubs delivering a range of sports including football, tennis, goalball, athletics, dance, etc.
Location: Willesden Sports Centre, Donnington Rd, London NW10 3QX.
Time: 11am – 4pm, on the following Saturdays:
Ignite Trust – Navigating the Phase – Teenagers in Transition
Friday 28th February, at 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: Ignite Trust, 1A Headstone Drive, Harrow, HA3 5QX.
Ignite Trust are hosting a full day training workshop on Navigating the Phase – Teenagers in Transition, with Richard Brook. The interactive and practical workshop presents a mixture of presentation, discussion and creative activities, to equip participants to work effectively with young people.
See flyer for more information on how to book and pay. Cost £70. Book by Friday 14th February to get early bird rate £60.
Energy Bill Revolution – Cold Homes Week: 3rd-7th February
Cold Homes Week is under way, and voluntary and community sector infrastructure / support organisations are being called upon to take action on energy and fuel poverty.
Cold Homes Week aims to raise awareness about the suffering of the fuel poor and to get the support of politicians for the Energy Bill Revolution campaign to make UK homes super energy efficient. Use #coldhomesweek
Cold homes and fuel poverty affects many vulnerable and isolated households and can lead to serious health problems. For example, cold homes can lead to or exacerbate mental health problems, respiratory conditions (including asthma), strokes, heart attacks, falls and winter deaths. More information can be found here. Cold homes also lead to huge energy inefficiencies and contribute to climate change.
This is a great opportunity for London’s infrastructure / support organisations to take action. For example, you can:
Spread the news to your networks, contacts and frontline groups
Send out tweets about Cold Homes Week and sign up to Thunderclap
Email your MP
Sign up to the Energy Bill Revolution campaign (you can register under the LVSC banner) via this form.
For more information contact Sandra van der Feen: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or call 020 8373 6350 / 07875 503583.
Track Academy – Newsletter
Here’s the January 2014 newsletter from Track Academy.
The Fundraiser magazine, published by Charity Choice, is now available to charities and fundraisers online for free.
Third Sector Media
Third Sector Media is a non-profit organisation aiming to make a difference through the power of the cinematic art. They provide filmmaking and digital media services to charities and third sector organisations, helping them to make their voice heard in a modern and effective way. Further information is on their website.
If you would like to know more about them and their services, or if you already have a project in mind, or if you need more information about training opportunities, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other enquiries, such as how you can get involved, or about sponsorship opportunity, please contact Mr Krassimir Damianov at email@example.com
Alternatively phone 077 6889 1710 or 020 7121 0171.
Healthwatch Brent – Changes to personal medical data usage
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.