Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is Camden’s Council for Voluntary Service. We are an independent charitable organisation and our mission is to work with the people of Camden to support, develop and promote voluntary and community activity. More than 1,400 voluntary and community groups provide vital activities and services, create local job opportunities and enrich lives in Camden. At VAC we support these organisations so that local people and communities can continue to benefit from a thriving voluntary and community sector.
- We offer practical support services and training to local groups.
- We help organisations work together through networks and projects.
- We keep groups up-to-date with the news that affects them.
- We offer our expertise to others through Big Assist.
You can find out more about what we do and how we can help in the different sections of our website, or click here for more information about who we are, how we work, and our history.
What’s new on our website this month
VAC Summit: ‘Individual and Community Resilience’ What is the role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Camden?’ Wednesday 4th December 2013
100 people attended the Summit on Wednesday evening to listen to speakers talk about various aspects of resilience. Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council and Councillor Tulip Siddiq introduced the evening with an overview of Camden’s response to austerity and how the voluntary and community sector and the public sector can work together to address falling living standards in Camden.
Victoria Boelman, Senior Research Associate from the Young Foundation presented the report ‘Feeling the squeeze’ a follow up study to the 2012 report ‘An Insight into the impact of the cuts on some of the most vulnerable in Camden’.
Stephen Hill looked at Community Land Trusts and the key role they play in underpinning community resilience.
The presentations were then followed by workshops looking at opportunities to make resilience a reality. The event was followed by VAC’s AGM and a networking supper. The notes from the workshop will be disseminated shortly.
To view a gallery of pictures from the event, click here
Below is a Storify of the event based on tweets sent with the hashtag #VACSummit2013
VAC needs your help
VAC need your help to design a comprehensive training and events program tailored to meet the specific support needs of Camden civil society organisations, staff and volunteers over the next 18 months. Please take the time to complete this survey, it should only take about 5 – 10 minutes to answer all questions and you don’t need to write lengthy answers to any question, just select from the options provided.
Here is the link to complete it on Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XQTBR79
VAC will reward all organisations who return a COMPLETED survey by offering the organisation one FREE place on ANY of our training sessions (except accredited training). This normally costs £25 for members but is our gift to the organisation in return for their help.
Using the Equality Act 2010 in Health and Education
Free two day training for organisations supporting Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BME&R) communities in Camden. Organised by ROTA and VAC
Day one: Complying with the Equality Act 2010 11th October 2013 Participants will: ~ Learn who is protected under the Equality Act 2010; ~ Learn what types of behaviour and discrimination are unlawful; ~ review their own organisation’s policies and procedures and identify any changes needed in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010.
Day two: Holding public authorities to account using the Public Sector Equality Duty 13th November. Participants will: ~ learn how to use the Public Sector Equality Duty to advance race equality by holding public authorities to account; ~ explore different methods of obtaining and using data to identify racial inequality faced by BME&R people in health and education. ~ evidence the need for public authorities to work in collaboration with community organisations in order to meet their Public Sector Equality Duty, which has implications for how public authorities fund and commission services. While the focus will be on health and education, the principles on how to work with and hold public authorities to account are replicable across other areas of policy and service delivery. For more information and to book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Trustees’ Week Events from VAC and VCC
VAC and VCC have put together a full programme of events for Trustee’s Week this year (4th – 10th November). You can find the full details here.
Equalities and Cohesion Fund Round 2: Building Stronger Communities
Camden Council have now opened the second round of the Equalities and Cohesion Fund. The fund aims to build an ever-more inclusive and resilient borough through one or more of the following:
• promoting understanding and engagement across different communities
• bringing communities together to address local challenges in a way that increases their capacity to act in the future
• strengthening a sense of belonging and reducing marginalisation
The total amount of funding available is £1.7m over two years from April 2014 – March 2016. Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 per year for a maximum of two years will be available to locally focused not for profit organisations. It is anticipated that the majority of awards will be at the lower end of that scale.
More information including guidance and the application form can be found here. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the fund. Deadline: midnight 8th September
Support Offered by VAC
Briefing Thursday 8th August 2 – 3.15. Followed by one-to-one sessions to discuss people’s ideas with them. Each session will run for 15 minutes. You must attend the briefing followed by a one to one session.
Further support sessions will be held on 26th August pm and 21st August am for people who have got to the stage of developing a draft application.
To book contact Monica or Ricky 020 7284 6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children Schools and Families – Provider Conference – Wednesday 15th May 2013 – Feedback Pack
Download presentations from the day, an attendance list and a summary of the feedback evaluations.
Office Space to let at VAC
Do you need a large modern office in a good location? If so click here for details.
Summary Report of the Voluntary and Community Sector Summit 25th September 2012.
A summary report of this important conference is now available here.
- VAC has developed a template collaborative working agreement. You can download it from our ‘resources’ page on the VAC website (scroll to the bottom of the page).
- VAC is developing a new web page containing sample policies and procedures that groups might find useful when creating or updating their own policies and procedures. Click here to visit this page.
- Hot desk space is available free to VAC members.
- New pages contain VAC good practice briefings on topics of interest to voluntary and community groups.