CVS Brent is the local support and development organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Brent and this is Issue 23 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 email@example.com
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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
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
Sporting in London
London Sport has news regarding sport all over London. Showcasing events not just about sport, but about physical activity in general. It is without doubt that these events will help the youth age to become fitter through the exciting range of sports/activities available, from dancing to cycling to badminton.
More information can be found at the website: http://preview.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/d/AB359DFF12D15AEF/A722C7D5D2402016C67FD2F38AC4859C
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
Sudbury and Wembley Central Week of Action
The Sudbury and Wembley Central Week of Action is almost here! The Week of Action will see the council and partners focusing resources on the area and tackling a range of issues around health and well-being, community safety and improving your environment. Residents will also have the chance to meet their councillors, find out what’s happening in their area and feed back on our services.
Please find attached a flyer with more details about the week, commencing 28 July until 2 August.
Invitation to Provider Summit – “Shaping the Care and Support Market in Brent”
Brent Adult Social Care are inviting providers, stakeholders and key strategic partners to an event to outline future commissioning intentions and models of service delivery for better care and support for Brent’s residents. Local providers, big and small, are encouraged to attend.
Date/time: Thursday 31st July, 9:30 – 2:00pm
To book your space, contact email@example.com
(please note, maximum of 1 representative from your organisation on a first come first serve basis).
For more information, view the invite letter below.
Central Middlesex Hospital – Public Event Thursday 17th July 2014
The purpose of this forthcoming public meeting is to help in designing the services for Central Middlesex Hospital.
This will be the third public event, the first on 12th December took place with a selected group of key stakeholders, the second event on 19th February for the wider Brent and patient population, set out the options for discussion and answered outstanding concerns from the local community.
The event on Thursday,17th July at Hilton London Wembley, 5:30-8:00pm will be for Brent residents as well as the wider affected populations across North West London to hear and share with us their views on the service designs.
Brent In Summer – 26 July 2014 to Friday 30 August 2014
There are over 200 fantastic, free and affordable activities for young people aged between 4 and 19, or up to 25 with a disability. And there’s fun for families too.
BIS brings together Brent Council’s sports, library and youth activities into one great programme, so you can do something you love or try something new, learn for the fun of it, develop a new skill or boost your career prospects. And you can now use our all-new loyalty card to grab yourself a great fun reward as well. No matter what your abilities or interests, there’s something for you.
All the events are really popular, so to avoid disappointment please arrive early or book in advance where required. Some events need booking and some don’t. Some are free and some have to be paid for. Fore more details, visit the link below.
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.
National Standard Instructor (NSI) course Brent
This course is aimed at competent cyclists who would like help us the deliver the Cycle Training contract we have with Brent Council. We are especially interested in candidates from BME and Faith groups. In order to maximise participation we are offering a flexible course cost earn back scheme. Participation in the scheme will be at our discretion after an interview.
This course qualifies you to deliver a Bikeability accredited cycle training scheme.
Dates: 11/12/13/14 th Aug, 2104 Times: 9 am till 5 PM
Location: Capital City Academy Brent, Doyle Gardens, London, NS10 3ST
Eligibility: You must be a competent cyclist who can confidently or aspire to tackle complex junctions, roundabouts and heavy traffic. You need your own bike to participate.
In order to work with young people and vulnerable adults you will need to undergo a DBS check.
Price: £350 pp
Flexible Course cost earn back scheme for those who can commit to delivery on our behalf in Brent and becoming fully accredited.
With politicians telling us that the state can no longer cure all of society’s problems, who picks up the pieces? That’s why it’s vitally important now – more than ever – that we look to the future together and take back control. NAVCA’s Chief Officers’ Residential Event (CORE) gives our members’ chief officers the necessary ideas, tools and energy that are needed to shape the future – not only for the organisations they work in; but also for the local groups they work with. It is a two-day residential event with networking opportunities, specialist workshops, policy updates and lively discussion. NAVCA’s AGM will also take place during day one.
When: 15 – 16 October Where: Park Inn, Manchester
The Designated Person: Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Awareness Training
The designated person for safeguarding fulfills an essential role in developing and implementing policies that help to protect children from all forms of abuse and helps create a safe environment. This training will:
Raise awareness of the role of the LADO
Ensure organisations know who has the responsibility to contact the LADO
Find out what type of support or guidance they should expect to receive and how to contact them.
Date: Tuesday 22th July 2014 Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: The Lodge 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ
To book please fill out this form – http://goo.gl/V1oZwC
This FREE certified training is for organisations working with children and young people. For more information you can contact one of our safeguarding team : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Developing Joint approaches to tackle energy costs, fuel poverty and health impacts in London
Do you work around health, debt advice, housing, fuel poverty, energy and / or climate change? If so, please help us identify joint approaches and action to tackle rising energy costs, fuel poverty & their health impacts on Londoners!
Date: Thursday 31st July from 5pm – 7pm followed by networking, drinks and nibbles.
Venue: conference room: Voluntary Action Islington
This FREE interactive workshop is an LVSC Climate Change Leaders for a Low Carbon London initiative
For more information and bookings, you can also contact Sandra van der Feen, LVSC:firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent Carers Centre – 5 Vacancies + Volunteering Opportunities
Brent Carers Centre currently have 5 jobs available with closing date 1st August. For further information please visit:
ADVANCE – 5 Vacancies
ADVANCE advocacy currently have 5 jobs available with closing dates for 28th July. For further information visit:
Inquilab Housing Association (IHA)
IHA have apprentice vacancies available for Central Admin Support vacancies aged 16-24. Closing date is 21st July. For further information, see advert 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
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. Reehan Mirza, Voluntary Sector Development & Engagement Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0208 937 4308
Mr. Charlie Fernandes, General Enquiries
email@example.com / 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.
Sportivate ‘Open Application Round’ now live!
Following on from the success of the ‘Women and Girls’ AND ’19-25’ themed rounds, we are pleased to announce that our second, and final, ‘Open Application Round’ for 2014 is now open. In this round we will be accepting bids from all parties who wish to target their activities at participants aged 11-25.
Please take note that, as always, priority will be given to projects who aim their delivery at our harder to reach populations, such as 19-25 year olds, women and girls, BaME and disabled participant to name a few. As you can understand from this it is imperative that you make a strong case for why your project needs funding via the application form.
The deadline for all applications is Midnight Sunday, 17th August 2014.
The New Sportivate Application Form and more information is available to download from this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_OdR1bd_XXMZnA1X3VkY1R1RDA/edit?usp=sharing
If you have any queries about the form or need some ‘pointers’ please do not hesitate to contact your London Sport lead (contact details below).
West London: Covering the boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent and Hounslow.
Mandana Mehranpour Mandana.Mehranpour@londonsport.org / 018 9526 7403
Voluntary and community organisations throughout the UK may apply now for small grants to support events promoting understanding between young people of different faiths during the week of 16-22 November 2014.
Visit http://www.ifyouthtrust.org.uk/ for details.
The annual GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards are open and accepting applications until 19 September 2014 (5pm). These awards have been active since 1997 and recognise the contributions VCS organisations make in people’s health. Visit the links below for more.
Application form, Guidance and Further information http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/gsk-impact-awards?tab=1#apply
Skipton Building Society
Skipton Building Society operates a charitable foundation for community projects, with awards ranging from £500-£10,000. For more details, visit http://www.skiptoncharitablefoundation.co.uk/
Skipton Building Society also operates a Grassroots giving fund for upto £500 for small community groups (non-registered charities). Applications are open till 31st July for grassroots grants.
FM Global is accepting applications from any organisation in the UK and Ireland that is working to control fire. VCS organisations that are interested in applying must be able to demonstrate a commitment/ to fire prevention in their work. For more, visit https://www.fmglobal.com/grants/grantsFAQ.pdf
Healthwatch Brent – Gathering Views Small Grants
Healthwatch Brent will be preparing small awards (between £200) for local organisations and community groups to assist with Gathering Views on key areas for health and social care in Brent. These small awards can be used to contribute towards the cost of an event or session. Examples include funding room hire, printing, or even covering volunteer expenses at drop-in sessions. The objective of Healthwatch Brent Gathering Views is to encourage people to share their views by completion of our survey.
Fuller details will be outlined shortly, although if you would like to find out more, please complete this expression of interest:
For any further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Other Newsletters and Updates
The following links contain information streams provided by other organisations.
Healthwatch Brent Bulletin – For the latest July bulletin, visit http://www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk/content/bulletins
LVSC London for All – For the latest June bulletin, visit
Sufra Food Bank – Summer Academy for Older People & Young People
Sufra NW London (in partnership with Innisfree Housing Association) will be running an intergenerational Summer Academy, training young people and older people how to grow and harvest fresh vegetables and use them to cook tasty and health meals. Each session will include two hours at Sudbury Drive Allotments and two hours cooking at Sufra NW London, followed by a delicious meal. We are currently registering young people aged 14-18 years for the following sessions which run from 11am to 7pm:
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Thursday 28 August 2014
Limited spaces available. To register your interest, email email@example.com.
Summer Sports – Sport at the Heart
The Summer Sports programme kicking off (no World Cup pun intended) with a Family Sports Day & Picnic in Roundwood park on Saturday 26th July. If any local organisations want to contribute an activity, or local information, on the day please contact Nary Wijeratne on 07857 992633 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see flyers below:
Community Champions Sports Day
A community sports day event taking place on Wed 30th July 2014 at The Pavilion, Stonebridge, NW10 8LW.
Clubs/teams are being recruited to participate in the U12-U13 and U14-U16 age group for a 7-A-Side football tournament. There will be other activities such as Handball, tag rugby, badminton and non-contact boxing to keep all young people engaged.
If you would like more information, contact Kwami on email@example.com / 07515033461. For the flyer, see 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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