UPDATE – w/c 9th May 2016


Thank you

The Forum would like to thank our members Bromley & Downham Youth Club for use of their premises for the Makaton Training on 9th May. 

Makaton Training - Monday 9th May

14 members attended a 3 hour 'Introduction to Makaton' training session at Bromley & Downham Youth Club on Monday 9th May 2016.  They learnt 60 signs and symbols and the learning was reinforced with games and songs. It was a fun and informative evening that will help to improve communications with the children and young people that they work with.  Here are a few photos and feedback from the session.

 'I work with children all ages with different levels of need, I feel in  the dark when they are trying to communicate with me using Makaton and had to rely on members of staff with training. It will also help with
children I see who are pre verbal and children with communication difficulties.'

'It gave me a real sense of perspective of the young people I work with and how they learn and communicate; having key phrases will be very useful in my role and will definitely help me in communicating with the young people who often or only communicate with workers this way. '

Makaton 1Makaton 2Makaton 3

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 one of our member groups will be sharing their experiences from recent discussions with young people around online safety, social networking etc.  

The Annual Meeting will include the election of Trustees and Honorary Officers. Member groups may submit nominations as detailed below.

 The Trustees will meet five or six times a year for around two hours each meeting.  These meetings discuss matters of importance to children, young people and families in Bromley and then decide on what the Forum can do to help our member organisations. This can include the provision of training or comment to the local Council about current issues or a response to consultation. The Forum may have up to 15 trustees who are each appointed for a term of three years.

 Judy Kimmins, the Forum’s Development Officer would be happy to provide more details and can be contacted by telephone 07917 221475 or by email at cfforum@btconnect.com. Trustees have responsibilities under charity law and these can be viewed in detail by visiting the Charity Commission’s website (http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/trustees-staff-and-volunteers/trustee-role/becoming-a-trustee)

 Nominations need to be returned in time for us to inform members of those nominated before the meeting takes place. We will do this by email and so we have set the deadline to be noon on Friday 27th May 2016.

 All are welcome to the Annual Meeting but only one person per member organisation can vote. These are those people who have been appointed by their organisation to do so and are the people eligible to be nominated as Trustees.

 Member organisations do not have to nominate representatives in advance (except where they are also going to be nominated for election as a Trustee). We also hope that organisations may send more than one person because we want as many people as possible to benefit from sharing information and news.

 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

Camping equipment

One of our Church youth groups are hoping to take their young people camping during the summer.  They are in need of camping equipment and would like to hire or borrow tents and equipment if possible.  If you may be able to help please contact Judy Kimmins by email to cfforum@btconnect.com 

Forum members HAVE AVAILABLE



27th May 2016 - Understanding current disability related benefits 

Understanding current disability-related benefits in the welfare system is a capacity building seminar by 4in10. Joining us will be welfare advisors from Child Poverty Action Group to explore the latest changes to disability-related benefits and exploring how best to support clients.

 The event is free and lunch will be provided. 
Friday 27th May 2016, 10.00am to 1.00pm
Child Poverty Action Group, 30 Micawber Street, London N1 


Soroptomists Lunch to support JusB - 21st May 2016

Enjoy a delicious lunch in beautiful surroundings and support JusB at the same time. The lunch is on Saturday 21st May and is £28.50. Check out the bottom left hand box on www.jusb.co.uk . Thank you to the Beckenham Soroptimists for organising this.

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!

Dyslexia Association open meeting Thursday 7th July

The next open meeting of the Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich & Lewisham will be on Thursday 7th July.
They are very excited to have as speaker the well known children's author, Jane Elson, who will talk about her journey from struggling at school with dyslexia to becoming an award winning writer.
Please click here for  full details.

Save the date!

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

1st November 2016 - Bromley Safeguarding Children Board conference

The Safeguarding Children Board will be holding this year’s annual conference on Tuesday 1st November 2016.  Please save the date in your diaries, further information will follow.



Children's Trust Stakeholder Conference  - March 2016

Presentations, group feedback and the evaluation of the event are all now available to download at https://bromley.mylifeportal.co.uk/childrenstrust-march2016/

Cancellation of BSCB Lunchtine briefing Monday 23rd May 2016

Due to unforeseen circumstances Bromley Safeguarding Children Board have had to cancel the CSE lunchtime briefing that was due to take place on Monday 23 May 2106. A revised schedule of BSCB lunchtime briefings will be published soon.

Together for Short Lives SEND Guide

The above organisation has published a new guide to help families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions to better navigate education, health and social care services.
Read more

Free Cycle Guides....

Transport for London are offering cyclists free cycle guides covering the whole of London
Read more

Government Consultation into Small Donations Gift Aid Scheme

Your chance to comment on Government proposals to the above scheme and how they would affect your charity.  Respond by 1 July 2016
Read more

Neighborouhood Watch alerts

Fraudsters are sending phishing texts and e-mail messages to members of the public, claiming to be from Apple. The messages typically state that the recipient’s iCloud or iTunes account is out of date and that they need to follow a link to avoid account suspension. Once the link has been followed, victims are prompted for personal information, such as their bank account details. 
Protect Yourself: 

  • Don’t open web links contained in unsolicited texts or e-mails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration which can be found here:https://www.cifas.org.uk/protective_registration_form.
  • If you receive what you believe to be a phishing message purporting to be from Apple, report it toreportphishing@apple.com

 If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 Carers Bromley Newsletter

The May/June 2016 edition of Carers Bromley's Concerning Carers newsletter is now available and can be viewed by clicking here. This is a special 25th anniversary edition and they hope you enjoy reading it. 
 If you have any comments or suggestions to share with Carers Bromley,  they would be very happy to hear from you. To have your say, please email them at help@carersbromley.org.uk 





Bromley Healthcare Training Courses

Bookings - If you work for an organisation in Bromley you can book a place on any of our courses by sending an e-mail to the Health Improvement Service’s sexual health team at: bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net or by calling 020 8315 8711

 Staff from organisations outside the borough of Bromley should complete the training application form which can be found at bromleyhealthcare.org.uk/his training


 If you have booked a place but are unable to attend, you must contact us at least two working days prior to the course date. 

 If you have received confirmation for a place on one of our courses, you have committed yourself to attend and you are expected to attend. 

 If you fail to contact us to cancel your place on any of our training courses, you will incur a charge for the full cost of the training.  

 Child sexual exploitation and social media 

 1/2 day course (09:30-13:00hrs)

 About this course

 Suitable for anyone working with young people (particularly those who are vulnerable) in youth settings including: youth workers, teachers, teaching assistants, support workers, family workers, carers and looked after children staff and carers. 

 This 1/2 day course will look in detail at Child Sexual exploitation (CSE), which is a form of sexual abuse in which a young person is manipulated into taking part in a sexual act. This could be in return for attention, affection, presents, money, drugs or alcohol. This course will increase your awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and looks at the differing types of grooming, the risk indicators of CSE, and what to do if you suspect a young person is being sexually exploited. 

 Social media is now an integral part of many young peoples’ lives. In fact, the latest research from Ofcom suggests that almost half of young people aged between 8 and 17 have a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or Instagram. Young people may be more likely to engage in potentially risky behaviour online such as sharing personal information and photos, and may also be more likely to be targeted by others online. This course will increase your awareness of the vast array of social media and their associated risks.


 By the end of this course, participants will: 

  * Have increased awareness of child sexual exploitation and the range of social media that   young people use     

 * Be able to identify what makes young people vulnerable to sexual exploitation 

 * Be able to identify risk indicators 

 * Understand the different grooming models 

 * Be aware of the law, guidance, policies and procedures around sexual exploitation 

 * Have investigated resources for working with ‘at risk’ young people 

 * Know how to respond to concerns 

  Dates and locations 

 Friday July 15th 2016 at Global House

 Sexual health and young people

 1 day course (09:30-16:30hrs)

  About this course

 This course provides an introduction to sex, relationships and the curriculum; looking at STIs, contraception and how personal values can impact on the service young people receive. Participants will explore the ways that we can work with young people around the concept of sex and pleasure.

 This course is suitable for youth workers, family workers, carers, health professionals, secondary schools and college staff, those working with looked after children and anyone who wishes to increase their understanding and awareness of relationship and sex issues.


 By the end of this course, participants will have:

  * Have had the opportunity to explore their own values, attitudes and beliefs and how they can prevent these impacting on the service provided to young people

 * Have an increased knowledge around STIs including signs, symptoms and treatment

 * Understand how contraception works and the different methods available including LARC

 * Be aware of what is included in the SRE (sex and relationships education) curriculum

 * Have explored the ways in which we can work with young people around sex and pleasure

  Dates and locations

 Friday 27 May 2016 at Global House


Carers Bromley's 2016 - Induction Sessions for Professionals

 Carers Bromley is the gateway to direct support, information and access to services for carers in the London Borough of Bromley. To ensure the professional workforce is aware of what we provide, we offer free monthly induction sessions for staff from other organisations who work in the borough. These one hour sessions will provide you with a better understanding of Carers Bromley's services and how we can help and support carers known to your team/organisation.

  Topics covered include the following:

  • Facts and figures about adult carers and young carers
  • Carer awareness and carers assessments
  • Background and structure of the organisation
  • The services we provide and how to make a referral.

To book your place on one of the following dates, please emailhelp@carersbromley.org.uk or phone 01689 898289:

Thursday 19th May
3pm - 4pm
Carers Bromley
Wednesday 22nd June
11:30 - 12:30
Carers Bromley
Thursday 21st July
3pm - 4pm
Carers Bromley
Wednesday 24th August
11:30 - 12:30
Carers Bromley
Thursday 22nd September
3pm - 4pm
Carers Bromley
Wednesday 19th October
11:30 - 12:30
Carers Bromley
Thursday 24th November
3pm - 4pm
Carers Bromley

Carers Bromley, Anglesea Place, 1 Kent Road, St Mary Cray, Orpington BR5 4AD



Small Charities Day Competition
Enter this competition and promote your charity during Small Charities Week. Take a photo of yourself holding up a poster (which can be downloaded from their website)  that reads 'I love (name of charity) because xxxx'.  Post this on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and the post that gets the most messages of support during 13th - 18th June will win a prize.
Upload before 13 June 2016.

UnLtd Grow It Awards
The above award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash.
Deadline: 12 September 2016.


 Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest Programme
Grants between £10,000 and £25,000 for 2/3 years for Charities/CIOs delivering clear outcomes with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at critical points in their lives.
Deadline; 27 May 2016, 5pm.

St James's Palace Foundation Grant
Organisations which are full members of Hospice UK are eligible to apply for grants up to £40,000.  The focus of the St. James’s Place Foundation grant programme this year is rehabilitative palliative care. Please note, due to funder restrictions this programme is not open to Marie Curie or Sue Ryder hospices.
Deadline: 8 June 2016.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable Programme
Grants for organisations who have identified clear development needs. Criteria: Offending; Children Leaving Care; People moving from Community Based or Institutional Care for Mental Ill Health; Unemployment; Homelessness: Independent Living for those with a Learning Disability; Dependency - Drugs/Gambling/Alcohol; Domestic Violence; Trafficking Sexual Exploitation; Refugee/Asylum Seekers when settling in the UK; Parenthood for Young Parents; Carers; Older People losing Independence.
Apply at any time.

The Mercers’ Company
Supporting inclusive grassroots and front-line charities that work to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people.  They can consider applications for work supporting Family Welfare, Youth Support and Care for the Elderly.
Deadline: 16 May 2016.

Postcode Community Trust
Grants to empower groups of people by providing them with the skills and resources they need to make changes in their own communities. Some groups may feel they cannot participate fully in activities within their community because of isolation, disability or age. The fund aims to help them overcome these barriers.
Deadline: 31 May 2016.

Percy Bilton Charity 
Registered charities can apply for a large or small grant if they are working with certain groups/people - check out the website for details. 
Applications are considered monthly. 

Transform Foundation
Are you looking to transform your website to increase online donations and digital effectiveness?  The above foundation offers funding, research, and access to expertise to help charities overcome the barriers to driving up online income and engaging supporters. They are looking to award 10-15 website grants of £18,000 per month.