UPDATE – w/c 22nd April 2016


Thank you

The Forum would like to thank our members Amber Pregnancy Care for their donation and to St John's West Wickham for their ongoing monthly support. 

Makaton Training

The first Makaton training session will take place on Monday 9th May for 15 of our members.  We are hoping to run further sessions and will circulate details in due course.  If you haven't already expressed an interest please let Judy know via email to cfforum@btconnect.com

Open Forum/AGM Wednesday 15th June 2016

The next open forum will take place on Wednesday 15th June 2016.  In addition to celebrating our achievements over the past year, we will also be seeking members input to our future plans and will be launching our new logo.  We will be joined by Bromley Police who will deliver a session around online safety and Bromley Mind who will tell us about their Mindkit too for young people. Young people's emotional wellbeing and online safety are both areas that members have raised as issues.   The meeting will commence at 5.30pm and we will be serving tea/coffee and a slice of cake upon arrival.  

Venue: Bromley & Downham Youth Club, 41 Valeswood Road Bromley BR1 4RD.                                                                                              Time: 5.30 to 7.30pm

Forum members WANT


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Bromley’s 9th Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on 7th June 2016

Not only has London been crowned the European Volunteering City for 2016, but National Volunteers’ Week has been extended to cover the period 1st to 12th June. Community Links Bromley will be hosting Bromley’s 9th Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on 7th June 2016 and we are inviting all our local organisations to nominate their volunteers for awards. This is an opportunity for us all to say a big thank you to all the thousands of volunteers across the borough and to recognise the outstanding tasks undertaken by local people for local people. Help us celebrate by making your nominations by 25th April 2016. Please click here to nomination forms for eight different categories. Please contact Diane Diamond at dianed@communitylinksbromley.org.uk on 020 8315 1930 if you have any queries


Wednesday 4th May - Increasing access to childcare for children with SEND.  A free good practice event from 4in10

Just 40% of 3 and 4 year olds with SEND (special educational needs and disability) are accessing the government’s free childcare offer, compared to 96% of non-disabled 3 and 4 year olds. In London, the higher cost of childcare generally makes finding suitable places even harder for families of children with SEND.
Increasing access to childcare for children with SEND is a good practice seminar by London child poverty campaign 4in10, to explore the issues facing families, childcare providers, local authorities and policy makers. The workshop will look at current data and policy and share good practice from a local authority and a childcare provider, as well as providing an opportunity for participant networking and discussion.  Further information is attached.
THE EVENT IS FREE.  Wednesday 4th May 2016, 10.00am to 1.00pm Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP

Booking and further details: http://sendchildcare.eventbrite.co.uk

 Please pass this information to anyone you know who might be interested in attending and please publicise the event to your networks.


Chislehurst Rocks!

Keep Saturday, 18th June 2016 free. Chislehurst Rocks, the focrg's free music festival and family fun day, returns for its 6th year to Walden Rec.

We are delighted to advise that the Friends of Chislehurst Rec has been successful in its application to AWARDS FOR ALL and have been given a grant offer of £9,250! These monies are to be used for stage hire, marquee hire, portals, security, communications rental, sound tech, entertainment, volunteer & artist support, banners, and a little misc....

However, it costs significantly more than that to put the event on to keep it a free event for all.  So ... we are looking for members of the community to join our 100 Club or to make a donation or sponsor an activity.  We have already got some generous benefactors on board - The Landscape Group for example has offered to support us with the waste clearance on the day - but we need more help if this is to be our best ever Chislehurst Rocks! If you would like to help financially, please email us on Alison@focrg.org.uk for details.  Every little bit helps!
Come and join The Maypole Project this summer for a fantastic evening of dinner and dancing in aid of The Maypole Project. 
Join them at Sundridge Park Golf Club on Saturday 23rd July for a fantastic black tie evening with a three course meal, live auction, raffle and after dinner entertainment.
Saturday 23rd July 7pm until Midnight Sundridge Park Golf Club Garden Road, Bromley BR1 3NE
Drinks reception ~ Three course dinner ~ Entertainment 
Tickets are £45pp   
Contact Amy@themaypoleproject.co.uk to book your tickets



Invite to manage community centres in Penge and St Mary Cray - Manage community centres in
Bromley: Bromley Active Living Centre and/or Mountfield Community Centre

Affinity Sutton is inviting applications from community or voluntary organisations to manage two community centres in Bromley, located in Penge and St Mary Cray.

Both centres offer an office space and a larger hall which can be used for activities, training or events. The centres are offered on a peppercorn rent with other favourable terms. In return the managing organisation will run the centre for community benefit, expanding its use and making the hall available to hire by other partners and to generate income. 

Applicants may choose to apply to manage just one centre, or both. Full details of the opportunities can be viewed via the links below. Affinity Sutton are also hosting an open day at each centre, and recommend any interested applicants to attend so you can see the facilities and ask any question arising from the invite attached.
Bromley Active Living Centre in Penge – Open day on the afternoon of Monday 25th April 2016. Please click here

Mountfield Community Centre in St Mary Cray – Open day on the afternoon of Thursday 28th April 2016. Please click here

An application form is available by emailing community.assets@affinitysutton.com
Deadline: 12th May 2016 at 5pm. 

Common Assessment Framework newsletter

To read the April newsletter from the CAF team please click here.

The 2016 Autism Show – 17th & 18th June

The Autism Show is an important date to put in your diary.  The London show at the ExCel is on Fri 17th and Sat 18th June. It is a great opportunity to learn about what is currently out there for parents, professionals and autistic people and to hear talks on the main stage from speakers Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons and father of an autistic son, Barry Sheerman MP, founder of the Parliamentary Commission on autism, Willard Wigan MBE, autistic microsculptor. Michael Barton, author of It's Raining Cats and Dogs will be in the Hub Theatre 1 talking about 'Surviving at School and Succeeding in the Workplace'. Entrance costs for the day are £13 on-line or £17 on the door. Children under 16 go free. See  www.autismshow.co.uk for further details. 

Bond between pets and autistic children 

Via BBC.co.uk

A lovely story about how a cat helped a little girl to communicate.  Click here to read the full story.  

And for the dog lovers out there, a story about a charity in Dorset set up to train dogs to help children on the spectrum.  Click here to read more.

Charity Commission News April 2016

The April edition of the Charity Commission news is now available to read.  The Contents include:

• Trustees: do you know the questions you need to ask?

• Have you read our reserves guidance yet?

• Transforming your commission

• The new online registration service is here

• Enabling charities to improve their work

• Guidance update for managing financial difficulties

• Public meeting Southampton

• Funding non-charitable organisations: new draft guidance

• Guidance update for Gift Aid: charities and their trading subsidiaries

• Are your contact details up-to-date?

• Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act

• A new guide to the chair-chief executive relationship

• Late filing of accounts

Mindful Mums Project

Bromley & Lewisham Mind is currently launching the Mindful Mums project to support pregnant women and new mums stay well and prevent any mental health problems from developing during what can be a challenging time.

In July 2016, Bromley & Lewisham Mind will also be launching a new Perinatal Community Support Service for pregnant women and new mums who have diagnosed or recognised mental health problems.

The service will work closely with the new NHS Oxleas Specialist Perinatal services.

Women will be able to access:

  • individual support based on their needs and goals
  • support to access other relevant services
  • group sessions to learn from and share with other women going through similar experiences.

HWBL Sexual Health survey

Are you 25 or under? Tell us about your experiences of Sexual Health Services in Bromley and have the chance to win a £25 voucher!
We we want to hear your opinions about sexual health services in the borough. If you complete the survey you will also have the opportunity to be entered in a draw for a £25 high street voucher of your choice.
The survey looks at services providing advice and information around contraception, pregnancy and STI's. 
It is completely anonymous, however if you would like to enter the prize draw you will need to provide an email address or telephone number in the event that you win.
To fill out the survey, please click here.
For more information contact CYP Officer Fay Russell-Clark on 020 8315 2530 or email Fayrc@healthwatchbromley.co.uk





.Jewsen Building Better Communities Competition 
Open for nominations from community groups. "Cold, dark, damp and noisy'. Up and down the country there are community buildings that are uncomfortable places to work, live and play in. Do you know a project that could benefit from a Jewson transformation? Deadline: 29 April 2016.

Children & Young People Now Awards
Recognising your hard work and perseverance, these awards also provide a great source of pride and recognition for professionals who strive to improve the lives of others. They offer an opportunity to raise the profile of projects and initiatives to funders and the general public, and they present a tremendous showcase of learning and best practice from across the country that can be an inspiration to all. Open to individuals, teams, and organisations there are 22 categories.
Deadline: 1 July 2016.

IT Industry Awards
The above awards are calling for not-for-profit and public sector organisations to enter their IT projects into this year’s awards. These awards celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence in projects that use IT to benefit the organisation or its clients.
Deadline: 8 July 2016, 5pm.


 Tesco's Bags of Help Fund
Apply for funding for projects that provide community benefit and that  do not charge for access. For  example: Community spaces on Housing Estates or Residential Areas; Churchyards; Allotments to name a few.  Three projects are shortlisted and Tesco customers can vote for their favourite in their local store.  Prizes are: 1st £12,000, 2nd £10,000, 3rd £8,000.
Deadline; 3 June 2016, 12noon.

Help the Homeless
Grants up to £5,000 for project that help homeless people rebuild their lives re-enter society and live a normal life.
Deadline: 15 June 2015

Vinspired Cashpoint: Get Active for Good
A new initiative for young people aged between 14-25 to run projects that use sport and physical activity for good in their community, and is supported by Sport England.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Social Change Fund supports work that removes barriers preventing marginalised and isolated people from participating and making a valuable contribution to society. Funding priorities include: participation as it affects marginalised and excluded individuals and groups, and place – revitalising community life. Applications can be made for organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads, but not for buildings, equipment or individuals.
There are no deadlines.

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants
Supports legal work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally.
There are 8 closing dates each year.

Gardening for Disabled Grants
The above trust provides grants to help people can keep enjoying gardening despite disability, age or illness.
Apply at any time.  

Small Charity Week - Fundraising Day,16th June
Fundraising Day is the perfect opportunity for small charities to engage with current and new supporters to get fundraising. Fundraising Day 2016 will take place on 16th June with plenty of free events, initiatives and resources for your
charity to engage with. 

Santander Foundation 
 Santander’s new community programme, The Discovery Project aims to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence necessary to make the most of their future. Discovery Grants will support projects in relation to the three themes: ‘Explorer – improving knowledge and insight’, ‘Transformer – developing skills and experience’, ‘Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges’. If you are a local Charity, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions then this could be of interest to you.
Up to £5,000 is available and there is no deadline 

People’s Postcode Lottery Small Grants 
The People’s Postcode Trust has opened its programmes to charitable organisations across the UK. The Small Grants programme is for projects that focus on: the prevention of poverty; healthy living; upholding human rights; facilitating reconciliation (bring people together) which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups. Charities can apply for £500 to £20,000. Groups not registered as charities can apply up to £2,000.  The online form will be open at the following times in 2016: 1 May to 31 May; 1 Sept to 30 Sept. 
For more information, please click here or call on 0131 555 7287; Email info@postcodetrust.org.uk.

DM Thomas Foundation - Central grants
The Foundation has a rigorous grant process which aims to identify the most effective projects helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland. There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter and  the funding is for registered charities in the UK and Ireland The foundation generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year).
The deadlines are 10th May 2016, 26th July 2016, 11th Oct 2016.

Downlands Educational Trust

The trust is a grant-making charity supporting the education of children and young people with special needs. We do not support state-funded schools or individual children. Grants average around £1,800. Applications should be received at the addresses on the contact page by 10 January, May or September for consideration at the following month's trustees' meeting. 

Hospital Saturday Fund
The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered Charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for individuals with a medical condition or disability who would benefit from assistance with the purchase of specialised equipment or from practical forms of treatment. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. The deadline is 5:00pm Thursday 26th May 2016.
For more information, click here or call on 020 7202 1365 or email: charity@hsf.eu.com

FreeSport Summer 2016
Don't miss out on the above!  Funding of up to £1,500 is available for organisations to run projects between 18 July and 31 October 2016.
Deadline: 9th May 2016

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
The Trust grant aids individuals, disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations to help with the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching. Deadline: 9th May 2016

National Vegetarian Week 2016 
Small grants up to £200 are available for local groups and not-for-profit organisations to hold activities or events to celebrate National Vegetarian Week which takes place from 16 - 22 May this year.
Deadline: 9th May 2016, 9am.

Sport Relief: The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Sport Relief is supporting The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund with a grant of £1million. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small
community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. The fund is open
across all London boroughs. 
Deadline: 6th May 2016, 12 noon.
For more information, please click here or if you have any enquires about the Fund, call 020 7582 5117.