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.
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
New Staff at CVS Brent
Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC)
CVS Brent is pleased to announce the appointment of Charmaine Williams for its new project the Public Health Resource Centre. The PHRC is aimed at promoting public health messages with resources such as training aids, literature and more! A tentative July launch is planned and some preparatory work is currently underway to make the centre’s resources available for clinicians, schools, VCS agencies and even residents who are interested in health and wellbeing. If you would like to find out more, contact Charmiane on email@example.com or call 0203 0111 699.
Secondment from Brent Council
CVS Brent is also pleased to announce that Reehan Mirza from the Statutory Partnerships Unit, Brent Council, will be supporting CVS Brent with its strategic and operational work. Reehan will currently be doing 2-days per week (Monday and Thursday) and can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 937 4308. The remainder of Reehan’s working week will continue at Brent Council.
REDUCE YOUR TELEPHONE, INTERNET & OTHER BILLS WITH CVS
CVS Brent is exploring cost saving measures for its members so that more of their income can be used to protect vital services for the most vulnerable people in our communities. One of these ways is to create a joint purchasing arrangement with key utilities for voluntary & community (VCS) organisations to operate effectively through a consortium approach. At this stage, CVS Brent is reviewing Internet and Telephony services for the wider VCS. Depending on the level of interest and our success with joint purchasing, CVS Brent may also look at cost saving measures in other areas including stationery, printing and back office functions (e.g. finance).
Joint purchasing Internet and Telephony services can bring many benefits, such as:
saving of up to 40% e.g. through cheaper calls.
increased quality of service for beneficiaries e.g. video presence for increased service user contact
peer learning & support e.g. easier joined up working between organisations
shared resources and raised profile. e.g document sharing and control
For more details, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/15QJkc02cz0XyDbADUUOYPi2BTM15eLEpd4fM_60TolA/edit?usp=sharing
For the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FORM, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1a_HabMruuvLyvdaEREODgLbaz3MfU-E4I04_xcCqOMM/viewform
Events, Training, Conferences & Workshops
Big Local Happening Event – 21st June 2014
Big Local Wembley Central is holding a community event for local residents in the Big Local Wembley Central Area. A full agenda is planned for the day including, world cafe style discussion, community clean-up, football tournament and bring your own picnic. The event will also be facilitated by local councillors. For more details, visit the website http://www.biglocalwembleycentral.org/. For the flier, click here.
The next meeting will take place at Alperton Community School, Lower School Hall, Ealing Road, Wembley HA0 4PW on Wednesday, 2 July 2014 at 7pm. After the recent European and local elections, Brent’s elected members are in place and set to ensure that Brent residents know about the work the council does to give people more say over how their council services are run.
To this end, Brent’s eight newly elected cabinet members will be present at the next meeting to give a short overview of their respective portfolios followed by a Q & A session. Brent connects area forum is an excellent opportunity for residents to be a part of how the council engages with local people.
For more information, contact Bola Olatunde on 020 8937 1073 or email email@example.com
John Lyon’s Event –
CVS Brent, in conjunction with John Lyon’s Charity (JLC), will be hosting a “Lyon’s Den” on Tuesday 1st July. The event is targeted to registered charities (as well as those in the process or beginnings of registering as charities) operating in Brent. Interested organisations can secure funding for projects in the following programme areas:
Art & Science
Children & Families
Education & Learning
Special Needs & Disabilities
Youth Clubs & Youth Activities
Funding is available via small grants fund (up to £5k) and main grants (over £5k). The ‘Lyon’s Den’ process initially requires a 1-2 page project proposal, to be sent to Darren Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am 26th June 2014. Proposals will then be forwarded on to JLC and organisations will be invited to the Lyon’s Den, which will include a presentation and a one-to-one with a JLC grant’s manager to discuss your project proposal. For further guidance on preparing the proposal or additional details, contact Darren on email@example.com / 020 3011 1695.
You can also visit JLC’s website: http://www.johnlyonscharity.org.uk/grants/programmeareas/
LVSC is planning a series of webinars on the following topics and times:
1) Raising the Voice of the VCS on partnership boards Tue 24th June 10.30am – 11.30am
2) Easy, free and low cost tips to make IT Accessible 26th June 2014 – 10:30am – 11:30am
3) An Introduction to Equality Legislation 26th June 2014, 2pm – 3pm
To register your interest, visit http://civi.lvsc.org.uk/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=4169
Free Online Fundraiser Course 23 June 2014, 9:00 AM – 27 June 2014, 5:00 AM
An online course (3 hours) by Fundraising Skills. This introductory course is designed for anyone new to fundraising. You’ll develop an understanding of the latest fundraising techniques; Legacies, Corporate and Social Media fundraising.This course is for:
Staff & volunteers from small charities with limited fundraising experience
Individuals with an interest in fundraising for a cause
Further details in the link below.
Equality, Rights and Citizenship Workshop – 1st July 9:30-1:30pm
The new Equality, Rights and Citizenship programme offers €439 million to fund projects that promote and protect human rights and freedoms.
It will support activities promoting equality, children’s rights and Roma inclusion; and it will fund projects aimed at combating all forms of discrimination and racism; and fighting violence against women, young people and children. Grants will be awarded under two themes:
Ensuring the protection of rights and empowering citizens
Promoting non-discrimination and equality
To see whether this funding is for you, register for our seminar on 1st of July, at Europe House, Westminster. The seminar will give you an understanding of the programme and its objectives and will ensure that you are ready to apply when the calls are launched. To register for the event, please complete and return the registration form (link below) by Friday 27th June. The event is free but registration is essential.
Registration Form – press Ctrl + S or click File > Download to save to your computer to complete the form.
Healthwatch Brent (HWB) Public Meeting
The next HWB public meeting is to be take place on 30th June 2014 at Bridge Park Community Centre, 6:00-8:30pm. HWB will be presenting its Annual Report and aim to elect two Community Directors. This is a public meeting and to help us plan for catering and seating, please register your attendance through the link below. Voting decisions on HWB can only be made by individual members. If you would like to join HWB membership, click here.
http://www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk/content/events – REGISTER HERE
CVS Brent Training & Events Calendar
Our training calendar has been drafted and we are now populating this with new events. If you would like to register your interest on these events, please use the calendar link below to get started. Most sessions will be booked by eventbrite, although some are directly with training organisations or by direct email. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
VCS Youth Forum
Our next youth forum is on Wed 30th July 10:00-12:00 for VCS organisations working with young people at Roundwood Youth Centre. An agenda is to follow and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to book your place, please email email@example.com or call 020 3011 1695.
Youth Provider’s Survey
Calling Brent Children & Young People charities. £50 is still up for grabs as a prize draw after completing our short survey by 20th June. Visit http://goo.gl/ORN9Im for the survey.
BACES Training for 19-24 year olds.
Do you know someone aged between 19 and 24, living in Brent, and looking for help to find an apprenticeship or employment? If yes, BACES are offering a programme of introductory training, one-to-one support and mentoring for up to 6-months. The programme offers specialist vocational elements in childcare, health & social care, business and admin, retail, hospitality and construction. For more details, click the link below or contact BACES on 0208 937 3950. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxA67dNyvDUqU3lVNERsd0Z1Sl9RSEtScWJTQTVLek52SEFv/edit?usp=sharing
P3, in conjunction with Brent Council have 4 vacancies available for 19-24 year olds to support afterschool play activities in South Kilburn. Rates of pay are £12/hr for one Play manager and £10/hr for three Play workers. For more details, click the link below.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3011 1690
Mr. Fuad Uddin, Development Manager
email@example.com / 07825 215 652
Mr. Darren Thomas, Youth Organisations Capacity Building Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3011 1695
Mr. Reehan Mirza, Voluntary Sector Development & Engagement Officer
email@example.com / 0208 937 4308
Mr. Charlie Fernandes, General Enquiries
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3011 1690
Funding & Awards
Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)
PHF is an independent funder and has an open programme in:
PHF is amending some of its guidance over summer but applications are still being accepted under these. For more details, use the links in blue above. For enquiries, use the contact details in the following link: below:http://www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=8
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.
Fair Chance Fund
Prevista are recruiting partners for the Fair Chance Fund to deliver homelessness / young people support services across London. A completed Expression of Interest form is required if you want to be considered, link below. This programme is funded by the DCLG. Deadline for Expression is Wed 23rd June 2014
Sportivate is a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love. Prioritisiation will be given to projects targeting “Under-Represented Groups” e.g. BME, Disability, Women and Girls, Not in Education, Employment and Training. The theme for the current round is 19-25 year olds. For details, visit http://www.londonsport.org/page.asp?section=00010001000100420013§ionTitle=Sportivate Deadline is 30th June May 2014 (midnight).
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
Big Dance – Big Commomwealth Dance – 12-13 July 2014
As part of The Big Dance Weekend: 12 – 13 July 2014, a major dance commission by internationally renowned choreographer Rafael Bonachela will take place in Trafalgar Square, London. Big Dance is looking for 2014 dancers to take part in this exciting global site-specific event which connects three international cities – London, Glasgow and Sydney in celebration of the Commonwealth Games. This is a great opportunity for self-managed dance groups to learn a set piece of choreography (approx. 5 minutes) and be part of this high profile large-scale performance. Organise dance groups and any style is welcome. Must be 14 and over to participate. More details below.
Public Health Case Studies
In April 2013, responsibility for public health was transferred to local authorities.
London Councils has produced a series of case studies, highlighting some of the innovative work London local authorities have done to promote healthier lifestyles and reduce health inequalities since taking on this new role – from tackling alcohol dependency, improving sexual health services to reducing the number of winter deaths. For details, visit the link below.
Key Issues Survey
London Councils are relaunching their “Key Issues” survey. The survey is open to all people connected to London. For more details, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T5FXLGR?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0&dm_i=192K,2K16M,9L64WC,9BQG0,1
What’s On – Brent Libraries
For the latest on what’s on in Brent libraries, visit http://ymlp.com/zeBU39
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 / email@example.com or Fuad Uddin on 07825 215 652 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Local data is vital for devising services, including writing funding applications. For assistance with your fundraising, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Guidance on Setting up and Registering a Charity
New guides on setting up and registering a charity
Guidance suggests alternatives to creating a new charity; includes step-by-step guide to setting up a new charity; explains the registration process
The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on setting up and registering a charity. The core guidance on How to set up a charity (CC21a) is designed as a practical and concise “how-to” guide, broken down into seven steps (see notes to editors). The core document is accompanied by more detailed guidance on writing charitable purposes, choosing a charity name, recruiting trustees and applying to register. – See more at: www.charitycommission.gov.uk/news/new-guides-on-setting-up-and-registering-a-charity/#sthash.kpARxHXK.dpuf
Sustainable Communities Act (SCA)
The SCA is an exciting law that puts local people and local councils
at the heart of driving government action in their local area. The Act intends to help communities manage issues at a local level and change things for the better. You can use
the Act to propose changes to improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of
your neighbourhood, including participation in civic or political activity in order to change for the better the environment in which people live.
Brent Council have successfully used the Sustainable Communities Act to help stop the
spread and clustering of betting shops which has become an acute problem on many
high streets. This submission was made to central government with the support of over 60
councils and was approved by the government in April 2014.
If you would like to learn about the Sustainable Communities Act and explore ways it could
help your community Local Works can offer free presentations, workshops and advice. To find out more please contact: Ameneh Enayat, email@example.com or call 0207 278 4443.
Other Newsletters and Updates
The following links contain information streams provided by other organisations.
Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) – For an updated list of events from WRC, visit http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/events/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=WRC&utm_campaign=4271076_June+2014+WRC+e-news&dm_i=4DW,2JJL0,53YI0F,99SJM,1
Healthwatch Brent Bulletin – For the latest June bulletin, visit http://www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk/content/bulletins
Community Matters – For the June bulletin, visit
Relate Training Courses in Counselling
Relate are offering training courses on counselling, with some free spaces available for those who are unemployed or looking for work. These include:
Supporting others in introduction to counselling skills – £75
Counselling skills for non-counsellors 1,8,15,22 October (participants must attend all four days) – £300.
For booking details, view the flyer in the link below.
Alzheimer’s Society – Brent Information Service
Alzheimer’s Society are promoting their Brent Information Service. If you live in Brent and need information about dementia or would like to know about local services for people affected by dementia, our information worker can help. To find out more about your local information service, please contact your local Alzheimer’s Society office on 01923 823 999 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the flyer, see below.
Brent Mind Project
The Wellbeing Engagement of Brent (WEB) is a Brent Mind Project that aims to raise awareness of good mental health and wellbeing within Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee groups by opening dialogues that help people share and fight stigma and prejudice.
The project works with members of the community who have a mental health condition, their family and friends and carers who need a safe environment where to share their experience, seek help and advice, or just give and receive tips from people who are going through similar issues! Anyone interested is invited to come and share experiences with WEB or contact Adriana Santos-Davila email@example.com / 0207-604-5183 more info. Dates and venues for meetings are:
Peer Support Groups: every other Thursday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Venue: Brent Mind Office. 1-b Dyne Road, Kilburn – NW6 7XG
Wembley Carers Support Group: Every third Wednesday of the Month at the Wembley Centre for Health and Care, 116 Chaplin Rd, HA0 4UZ
Willesden Carers Support Group: Every LAST Tuesday of the Month at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care, Robson Avenue, NW10 3RY
Adriana Santos-Davila (firstname.lastname@example.org ) 0207-604-5183
Brent Pensioners Forum (BPF)
BPF are looking for a volunteer secretary to assist the organisation with tasks for the following:
monthly meetings on a range of topics with expert speakers
events and outings
Maintaining links with regional and national bodies and take part in local community events.
Sufra Food Bank
Sufra have an upcoming supermarket collection and need volunteers to help distribute “shopping lists” and encourage customers to buy one or more additional item to put in our trolley. Stocks are running low of some essentials including tinned fish, fruit and vegetables. The next weekend for collections is Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June 2014 – Sainsburys Alperton. If you would like to sign-up , contact 0203 3441 1335 or visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supermarket-collections-tickets-11681787541?aff=es2
South Kilburn Trust Magazine provider
South Kilburn Trust produces the local SK Connect magazine, which aims to inform South Kilburn’s residents and stakeholders about news, events and opportunities. The previous contract to produce this magazine ended, with the most recent editions being produced by several South Kilburn Studio’s tenants on an interim basis.
SK Trust is seeking a new contractor to produce the magazine. If you, or you know anyone who may be interested – particularly businesses or organisations in the local areas – please share. And if you have any comments on the magazine in general, please do let SK Trust know us know. For details, email email@example.com
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.
Subscribe / Unsubscribe
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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