CVS Brent is the local support and development organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Brent and this is Issue 21 of our newsletter for the sector.
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Events, Training, Conferences & Workshops
SPACES AVAILABLE – Child Sexual Exploitation Training
Brent Local Children’s Safeguarding Board are running 2 special (one off) training sessions on Child Sexual Exploitation (a national and local priority) and have some places left. The courses are free to anyone working with children, young people or families in Brent.
The first is aimed at managers, senior practitioners and those making more strategic decisions about children & young people experiencing CSE Tuesday 15th April http://brentlscb.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=241
The second is aimed at anyone who would like to assist in training others about CSE in Brent – Wednesday 16th April http://brentlscb.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=240
For further details, contact Sandy.Youngson@brent.gov.uk
Introduction to Fundraising & Social Media with localgiving.com
A session introducing localgiving.com, a not-for-profit online fundraising platform aimed at providing smaller, local charities and community groups with the tools and resources needed to raise funds and awareness online. The event will take place on Thur May 22, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The training will cover:
Creating and implementing a fundraising strategy
Social media platforms and which is best for you
Raising funds and awareness through social media
To register, click here. This is a joint event between CVS Brent and Localgiving.com, although VCS organisations from the West London sub-region are welcome to attend. To find out more about Localgiving.com, click here. Light refreshments will be provided (tea/coffee).
New online courses from Know How Not for Profit available on recruitment for charities. For more details, visit http://knowhownonprofit.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/53958A736B8445132540EF23F30FEDED/50FB785D580FD222F1E87EB810D8F10A.
Brent Council Grant Applications Review Opportunity
Brent Council is inviting a mix of 10 – 14 local VCS organisation to participate in focus groups to help review its grant making. Further details to be confirmed, but if you would like to be considered for a focus group, please contact lyn.o’firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental & Waste Management and CV Writing training
For details of two separate training sessions, click here. Thanks to Amna from GLA for sharing.
Media training programme – deadline 5pm 14th April
Trust for London are running a media training programme for individuals directly affected by poverty and inequality so that they are supported to talk to the media about their experiences of poverty. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and hear from high profile journalists from outlets such as Channel 4, the BBC and Evening Standard.
Each successful organisation will be given three places: one for a staff member and two for clients/service users with direct experience of poverty or inequality. For more information on eligibility and how to apply click here.
The bespoke programme includes modules on:
How the media works
How to find stories, write a press release and approach journalists
Practical TV and radio interview practice
How to use social media
The deadline for applications is 5pm 14th April 2014.
Youth Service Providers Forum Launch (Tues May 13th 10am-2pm)
The aim of these forum meetings will be to support youth providers to become more financially sustainable. As such, training will be delivered on the issues that are preventing you from generating the income that you need to deliver your services, updating you on local and national policy changes, sharing good practice and bringing you in contact with funders. The first training session will focus on Organisational vision, mission & values – how to put together a compelling statement of your organisation’s goals to make funders and other stakeholders sit up and take notice! For those of you that already have a vision, mission and values written out, please bring them with you on the day.
To reserve your space, please contact Kita Jiwani via: email@example.com
Developing a Fundraising Business Plan Workshop
A training session for children & young people organisations in Brent on Fundraising and Business Planning. This will take place Tue 27 May, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Lunch and refreshments provided. Spaces are limited. To attend this session, please visit the following link. http://subscribercrm.childrenengland.org.uk/Event-Booking/EventId/1063 or for more information, contact Darren Thomas, Youth Organisations Capacity Building Coordinator, on firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3011 1695
Public Health Resource Centre Coordinator
CVS Brent is recruiting for a Public Health Resource Centre Coordinator, who will be responsible for managing the Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC) and associated volunteers, with the aim of making public health resources and knowledge accessible for relevant stakeholders, such as local clinical groups (e.g. GP surgeries), schools, charities and other organisations connected to public health promotion.
How to apply: To apply, you can download the Application documents (including Advert, Application Form, Job Description/Person Specification), from the links below. Closing date for applications is Friday, 25th April, 2014 (midnight), with interviews on Wednesday, 7th May, 2014. Completed applications can be sent by email to email@example.com or posted to CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, Wembley, HA9 0BP.
Brent Community Law Centre provides free quality legal advice and representation in Debt casework, and a generalist telephone legal advice line. The ideal candidate would has some knowledge of welfare benefits applications. The debt casework is funded by a contract for fixed fee work and a recently awarded contract from Brent Council to provide debt advice for six months to young people or families with young children. This work will involve some outreach, and provision of debt information sessions to groups of young people. We are seeking to appoint a debt caseworker for a fixed term contract of six months, with a view to the post becoming permanent in the future dependant on performance and the continuation of current law centre funding streams. You will need to have experience of publicly funded work and will ideally have at least 2 year’s experience of advice and advocacy in debt casework. For application documents, please visit http://www.brentlaw.org/joiningin1.php. Closing date for completed applications is 5 pm on 9th May 2014. All completed applications are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Kilburn Trust Vacancies
The South Kilburn Trust is seeking to recruit two new people to help achieve its ambitions to work with local people, organisations and businesses and bring about lasting positive change in South Kilburn. Openings are:
Employment and Enterprise Manager (full time) – closing date 30th April
Trust Ambassador (part time 14 hours) – closing date 28th April
Training Officer & Project Manager and Volunteer Recruitment Administrator
Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services (HAVS) is recruiting for two posts. The closing date for both vacancies is Monday 28th April (noon).
1.) Training Officer & Project Manager – Salary: £26,401 – £29,604 p.a. Hours: 37.5 p/wk – The Training Officer & Project Manager will be responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive training programme for volunteers and staff working in multiple Advice Service Providers. The post holder will also help manage the development and implementation of other project elements such as online resources. For more details, including the application form, click the link below:
2.) Volunteer Recruitment Administrator Salary: £19,557 p.a. Hours: 37.5 p/wk
– The Volunteer Recruitment Administrator will organise and operate the HARP ‘Volunteer for Advice’ recruitment process for volunteers for multiple Advice Service Providers. The post holder will also help develop and implement other project elements such as online resources. 60% of the role will be working on HARP, the remaining 40% will be helping to ensure that HAVS’ Hillingdon Volunteer Centre provides efficient and effective services for volunteering in the borough. For more details, including the application form, click the link below: http://www.hillingdonconnected.org.uk/job/volunteer-recruitment-administrator-harphavs
ADVANCE is recruiting for the following posts:
Closing date: Monday 7 April for –
– 1 x Business Support and Development Manager (full-time)
– 1 x Finance Officer (part time)
Closing date: Monday 14th April for –
– 1 x female A&E IDVA
– 3 x female Keyworkers
– 1 x female Executive Support Officer
For further information about these posts and the job pack please follow the link to the Advance website http://www.advanceadvocacyproject.org.uk/#/current-job-vacancies/4550289399
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
email@example.com / 020 3011 1690
Mr. Fuad Uddin, Development Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07825 215 652
Mr. Darren Thomas, Youth Organisations Capacity Building Coordinator
email@example.com / 020 3011 1695
Mr. Charlie Fernandes, General Enquiries
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3011 1690
Funding & Awards
Big Local Wembley Central (BLWC) Faith Awards
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. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make this area an even better place to live. We are currently offering funding to Faith Groups to engage residents from the Big Local Wembley Central area. Award applications are now open. Closing date Monday 28th April 2014 (midnight). The total available is £200 per activity. We are initially looking to award funding for one activity per organisation. Funds will be allocated so that local people from each of the major faith strands from the area (Hinduism, Christianity and Islam) are engaged. Please use the links below for Guidance notes and the Application Form. For more details, contact Katharine Harrison on email@example.com / 07702 021883. To learn more about BLWC, visit http://www.biglocalwembleycentral.org/
After opening, click File > Download as > Microsoft Word to save to your computer for you to complete. Any issues, please contact Katharine Harrison.
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.
RBS Inspiring Women
Round 4 of the Inspiring Women is open, with the opportunity for organisations to access funding to help women into business. Funding of up to £50,000 will be awarded to organisations who run programmes that will help women gain the skills and confidence to start out on their enterprise journey. Deadline is 17th April noon. For more information, visit http://www.inspiringenterprise.rbs.com/inspiring-women.
Big Lottery People’s Millions
People’s Millions is now open for applications and people across the UK have the chance to win up to £50,000 in Lottery funding to transform lives in their communities. ITV viewers will be able to vote on which local community projects they want to win the Lottery good cause funding when the on-air contest hits TV screens in November. The competition is open for entries from voluntary and community groups, councils, schools, statutory health bodies and branches of organisations and partnerships.
Entry packs and more information on how to apply are available from the http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/ website. The deadline for completed entries is noon on Friday 16th May 2014.
UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund
UK Power Networks is currently inviting applications for grants from its Power of Giving Fund designed to support innovative projects that help local communities in areas such as fuel poverty, energy efficiency and low carbon economy. Grants range between £1,000 and £10,000. Charities, not-for-profit community organisations, educational establishments and social enterprises are eligible to apply. Projects submitted for consideration must be within UK Power Networks’ three network areas: in London, the South East, and East Anglia. For more information and to apply, visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/community. Closing date is 22nd April.
BFI Programming Development Fund – 2014 Round Open
The Programming Development Fund will support programming initiatives of cultural significance, high profile and wide reach, encouraging curatorial ambition, achieving economies of scale and bringing films to audiences across the UK in a fresh and original way. Up to £1.4 million per year will be available through the Programming Development Fund over the four years to 2017. There are three strands of funding available in this fund:
Strand 1 – to support the development costs of a project which requires feasibility, testing or piloting in advance of a full project proposal. Awards will be within the range of £5k – £20k.
Strand 2 – to support projects which have been fully developed and are ready for implementation. Awards will be within the range £15k – £150k
Strand 3 – to support very large-scale projects only. The BFI expects to make a very limited number of awards under this strand each year. Awards will be in the range £150k – £500k.
There is a rolling deadline for Strand 1 and 2 , therefore applications can be made at any time. There are two formal deadlines for Strand 3 applications: 2 June 2014 (1pm) and 1st December 2014 (1pm). For more details, visit http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/partnerships/programming-development-fund
Sport Relief Dispossessed Fund Application
This year The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund joined forces with Sport Relief to raise money to make a real difference and help change lives in communities right across London. The Fund is being managed by The London Community Foundation.
Charities are invited to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 each. Full details about the programme, including how to apply and eligibility can be found from the following – http://dispossessedfund.communityfoundations.org.uk/. Closing date is 1st May (noon).
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]
You can also set up a free account to search for funding on the following databases:
Brent 4 Community (courtesy of Brent Council)
Other Items of Interest
Carers Quest Week 9th – 15th June 2014
Brent Carers Centre will be participating in Carers Quest Week, which is a national drive to reach out to hidden carers in Brent and we need your support! Our aim is to reach out to the hundreds of carers in Brent who are currently missing out on services and support. One in eight of us are currently carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. People who are carers do not immediately see themselves as a carers, they are simply a wife, husband, son, daughter, mum, dad or perhaps grandparent, niece or nephew helping a loved one. However as a carer they require additional support, and without it the impact can devastating – carers can quickly become isolated with their health & wellbeing deteriorating, they may not be able to hold down a job, and consequently struggle financially.
We are looking for partners like yourselves who will join us in our quest to identify hidden carers. All that is required is that you pledge for that week to ask if your client is a carer or has a carer and advise them to contact Brent Carers Centre to access support they are entitled to. If you would like to participate and find out more, contact Anne-Marie Morris on firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8795 6240. Pledges for the campaign are needed by 22nd April.
Brent Space for Cycling campaign
If you would like to see safe and inviting space for cycling for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bicycle, you can help take action in a variety of ways in support of Brent Cyclists’ led campaign.
Take instant action to call for safe Space for Cycling from London election candidates.
Brent Space for Cycling Ride – Saturday 26th April, at 2:00 pm – Starts from outside Vale Farm Sport Centre, HA0 3HG (map). This family-friendly ride will visit a few schools and parks, and explore measures to help create a safer environment for children to cycle
Hustings Event – Wednesday 14th May, at 7:00pm – Venue: CVS Brent, 5 Rutherford Way, HA9 0BP (map). A great opportunity for people in Brent to question the local election candidates. People who would like to see safe space for cycling can ask how the election candidates aim to change the environment to make it safer to cycle.
The ‘Ward Asks’ – Find out what Brent Cyclists are asking for in your own local area – and even in all of the 21 wards in Brent.
Big Space for Cycling London Ride – Saturday 17th May – The Big Ride in Central London organised by the London Cycling Campaign.
Use your website to help others to take action – simply insert a website badge by copying and pasting this HTML code into the HTML of your site.
BBC Home Improvement Show
BBC are looking for people in need of an interior revamp on their homes. We want to hear from people who have various reasons as to why their home is not as desired… these reasons could include; being unable to agree with your partner/family about taste, homeowners with unfinished DIY jobs, interfering in laws, someone struggling with a partner who has too much stuff/collectables, teenagers who can’t stand their parents’ decor – the list goes on! Whatever your story we would love to hear from you!
What’s On – Brent Libraries
For the latest on what’s on in Brent libraries, visit http://ymlp.com/zeBU39
Brent LSCB Safeguarding Children Training Programme 2014/15
If you work with or support children, young people and families in Brent, you can now access FREE Brent LSCB multiagency safeguarding children training courses online at brentlscb.learningpool.com
Through the site you can access face to face courses on topics that include:
Working Together to Safeguard Children
Child Sexual Exploitation
Understanding gang culture
Female Genital Mutilation
Learning from Serious Case Reviews
The impact of substance misuse
Working with sexually active young people
Managing allegations made against staff/volunteers
Safeguarding in the context of digital technology
Visit the site regularly to access relevant and topical Elearning and Face to Face courses as they become available to you. Individuals are responsible for creating their own learningpool account. (If you have not done so already, go to brentlscb.learningpool.com and select ‘Create New Account’).
If anyone has difficulties using this website, the dedicated LearningPool Support Team are available on 0845 543 6033 or by email email@example.com. To learn more about Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board Website, visit www.brentlscb.org.uk
Brent Advice Matters Stakeholder Survey
Brent Advice Matters (BAM) is a new consortium made up of local advice agencies in Brent. BAM is lead by Brent Citizen’s Advice Bureau, who are undertaking a stakeholder mapping exercise to collect basic information of the different agencies in the borough and your key client groups. A short article has been produced to explain more. You can take part in this network by signing up and even sharing some of your data with the partnership. The BAM programme is here to transform the way advice services are being delivered to local residents and includes Advice4Renters, Ashford Place, Age UK Brent, Brent Mencap, Brent Community Law Centre and CVS Brent.
Get Involved! You can Sign up to get e-news about BAM by clicking here. If you are a CVS Brent member, you can also help us build the network by agreeing to share the information we hold about you with our BAM partners. You can agree to share information by clicking here. To find out more, contact Liz Moxon on 020 8438 1214 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Fuad Uddin on 07825 215 652 / email@example.com
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.
Unit available for local VCS organisation to take over
The leaseholder of a shopfront unit in Willesden is looking for a new buyer. If you are interested and would like to arrange a viewing, please contact Mr Rose on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07984 802 250. The premises is equipped with media centre and projector.
Other Newsletters and Updates
The following links contain information streams provided by other organisations.
Children England Newsletter – For the latest newsletter from Children England, click the following link: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=14466961e06a4f2dfbaae3cf8&id=810ccdf6fe&e=838670a528.
London Sport Newsletter – For the latest newsletter from London Sport, click the following link:
LVSC Health News – For the latest from LVSC Health News, click the following link:
Healthwatch Brent Bulletin – For the latest April bulletin, visit http://www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk/content/bulletins
New Service from Brent Bereavement Services
A low cost service in North West London providing one to one counselling at affordable rates. We accept referrals from individuals, health and social services. All our counsellors are highly trained, experienced and supervised in line with the codes of practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This service is managed by BBS – Brent Bereavement Services, a registered charity with over 25 years experience in providing support to the highest standards.
CALL: 020 3697 1187 EMAIL: email@example.com
Sufra NW London Dinner Party & Awards Ceremony
Date: Thursday 8 May 2014, Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Chalkhill Community Centre, 113 Chalkhill Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9FX
Sufra NW London invites you to its first Dinner Party & Awards Ceremony to celebrate the work of the voluntary sector in combating food poverty. The event will include:
Drinks Reception & Multicultural Buffet
Key Note Speech by Leader of the Council, Muhammad Butt
Presentation on Sufra NW London
Awards Ceremony with Mayor of Brent
Stalls of Brent Voluntary Sector Organisations
Tickets are free, but we welcome a voluntary food donation for the food bank. Limited Spaces available. RSVP online here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dinner-party-open-evening-awards-ceremony-tickets-11013175705 For more information, or to book a charity stall contact Sohaib on 07427 170 552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the flyer. You can also check our mention in a recent Guardian article.
First Love Yourself (F.L.Y) Volunteers Needed
FLY are a newly founded voluntary organization. We provide mentoring through workshops and events for girls aged 5 -19 years. Have you any experience in the following?
Can you spare four hours a week to help develop our organization? If yes and you would like to be part of a fun dynamic team please contact Tammy on 07881286454.
Sport at the Heart – Active Start for Little Hearts (ASLH) Project
Sport at the Heart is pleased to promote its ASLH project for young children up to 5 years of age. Using play and physical activity, the project aims to improve physical and social wellbeing of under 5s and involve their parents much more in their child’s development. If you would like take part, contact Nary on email@example.com / 07857 992 633. For copies of the flyer and further information, use the links below.
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.
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If you wish to subscribe / unsubscribe to the CVS Brent Newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org together with the name of your organisation and either SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.
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