UPDATE w/c 10th OCTOBER 2016



Open Forum - Wednesday 30th November

Venue: Bromley Y, 17 Ethlebert Road, Bromley

Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm (please join us for mulled wine and mince pies from 5.30pm)

Agenda: We will be joined by Rachel Dunley, Head of Service Early Intervention and Family Support who will update us on the work of Bromley Children Project and Siobhan Cunningham who is the Youth Engagement Officer for Affinity Sutton.  We are also hoping that George Ruston is available to deliver a fundraising session.

This will be my (Judy) last open forum meeting so I hope that many of you are able to join us so that I have a chance to say goodbye.   

To enable us to cater for everyone, please let Judy know if you will be attending


Open Forum minutes- Wednesday 21st September 2016

To read the notes from the last open forum meeting please click here.


Santa Toy Run - Saturday 10th December 2016

This will be your opportunity to receive free toys and games for your children and young people

Santa toy runSanta Run 2015

We have again been invited to receive the toys and games from the Widow's Bikers Sons to distribute through our membership to children and young people across the Borough.  Last year we were overwhelmed by the amount of gifts received and these were shared amongst member organisations.  This year the Widow's Bikers will again be placing collection bins in Masonic Halls across the South East and they hope that the amount donated will be better than last year. They will ride in on their bikes to deliver the presents on Saturday 10th December.  I had hoped to negotiate an earlier date but unfortunately this is not possible.  This was a fun event and I am hoping that we can get more organisations involved to receive the gifts.   

If you would be interesting in receiving a share of the toys and games for your children and young people please email Judy at cfforum@btconnect.com. 



Giraffe Trail - Saturday 22nd October

Look out for JusB's giraffe during the October half term Giraffe Trail. Before the trail is set up there will be an launch event on the morning of Saturday 22nd October at Intu Bromley. Thank you to Bromley Rotary for agreeing to support JusB through this. Our giraffe will have a reminder that you can give via text by texting JUSB16 £1 to 70070 (JustTextGiving by Vodafone). (You can choose your amount in pounds). 


Chinese Meal - You are invited! - 9th November 2016

Join us for a sumptuous Chinese meal and raise funds for three great causes. Order as much as you would like and book an individual space or a group. 
 Bromley Lions, Bromley Mencap and JusB have joined forces to raise funds for local Bromley charities.  
 Tickets cost £20 for all you can eat and include entry into our raffle. Further tickets can be bought on the night and there will be some great prizes available. 
 When? 9th November 2016.  - 7 for 7.30pm - Where? Peking Diner, 71 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, Kent. BR1 5AA.                             Parking: at rear Bus: 261,126 
To book your place please call and leave a message on  020 8464 2722 or email Karen.jusb@btconnect.com


Bromley Corporate Social Responsibility Expo - Thurs 10th November

Is your organisation interested in developing a relationship with a local business? Have you got specific ideas or plans which you think a local business might be able to support? If your answer is ‘yes’, then read on.
Community Links Bromley is proud to be working with the Bromley Community Fund and London South East Colleges to present the 3rd Bromley Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Expo to be held at the Orpington Campus on Thursday 10 November 2016 between 17.30 and 19.30. The focus is on Local Giving and provides opportunities for local charities and voluntary and community organisations to develop new and mutually-beneficial relationships with local businesses. The Expo is arranged along the lines of an exhibition where organisations bring materials and displays (along with their ideas!) and local business people are invited to attend. The past 2 events have been very successful in developing such relationships, bringing new skills, volunteer capacity or resources.

To register your interest, contact Sue Lee on suel@communitylinksbromley.org.uk or on 020 8315 1902.  Further detailed information will be provided after registration.


Mytime Active - A day at the races on Friday 11th November

Join Mytime Active for an afternoon at Lingfield Races on Friday 11th November.

Tickets cost £30 per person, and include:

- Coach pick up from High Elms Golf Course or Bromley Golf Centre

- Tea, coffee and bacon roll

- Entrance to Lingfield

Departure will be around 10.30am, returning around 6pm.

To book your place, call Anne on 01689 858175 or email anne.gaff@mytimeactive.co.uk


Ho Ho Ho Santa Run 2016

With the temperature dropping and the X-factor being back on the TV, our minds turn to this years Santa run. The Maypole Project are aiming to get their largest team of festive fun runners out in this event and would love to have you join #TeamMaypole. They have already had a few sign ups for this fantastically festive event and to encourage you to join #TeamMaypole if you sign up before the 4th of November, you will be entered in to a free prize draw to win a Christmas Hamper.
They're sure you will agree that the Santa Run is the best way to kick start the festivities.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up TODAY!  (please fill in attached reg form and send back to us, as well as book online)
What: 5k Santa Run (run, walk, jog, sled!!)
Where: Victoria Park, London
When: Sunday 4th December
How much? £25 registration fee - £100 minimum sponsorship

With you're help we're hoping to have an EVEN BIGGER team of Santa's!
If you have any questions about this or any of our other events please get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully welcoming you to Team Maypole.
Best Wishes

Phil Price
Fundraising Officer
01689 851596

Arts Train celebration –  Friday 25th November

Dear members of the Children & Families Voluntary Sector Forum

Mytime Active invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of the young people from across the borough. Our award-winning music project ‘ArtsTrain’ is delighted to be working in partnership with Serious Events and the London Jazz Festival 2016.

 The night will showcase extraordinary music created by young people from across Bromley and Bexley. Participants from the project will perform original music – all created and written by the young people themselves.

 Performances on the night will feature young people from our school and community programmes, as well as joint projects with Bromley and Bexley Music Hubs.

 Details for the diary:

Friday 25th November 2016 – 19:30-21:00pm

Beckenham Public Halls, Bromley, BR3 5JE

 To secure your tickets for the event please follow the online link below


 Many thanks

The ArtsTrain team

Hidden Homelessness Seminar

Crisis has estimated that there are 380,000 Hidden Homeless people trapped in circumstances that leave them on the fringes of society. They live in hostels, squats and bed and breakfast accommodation or stay with friends or family. Their situation is not a temporary interlude – many are trapped in it for years.  The Homelessness monitor estimates that there were 2.35 million households containing concealed single persons in England in early 2015, in addition to 267,000 concealed couples and lone parents. The number of adults in these concealed household units is estimated at 3.52 million. These numbers represent a rise of 40 per cent since 2008. 
Dramatically rising homeless numbers during recent years combined with reducing suitable affordable accommodation such as new build, housing association re-lets and private rented homes, have meant the number of statutory homeless households placed in temporary accommodation has also risen.

Aim of the Seminar:

  • To focus on a common goal - addressing the problems of the hidden homeless in the Borough of Bromley. 
  • Encourage VCSE organisations in Bromley to share experience and knowledge
  • Identify key areas of focus
  • Examine the impact of national and local strategies and how best to work in partnership to face current and future challenges

This Seminar is taking place as part of Bromley Community Voices, an advocacy & campaigning project for voluntary sector organisations based in Bromley, funded by Trust for London.

Date for the seminar: 25th November from 2pm-4.30pm
Bromley United Reformed Church

20 Widmore Road

For more information, click here

Universal Credit Seminar

Universal Credit (UC) remains a crucial element of the Welfare Reform and Work Act, passed in March 2016. Combining six existing working-age benefits, the national expansion of universal credit for all single claimants was completed in March 2016. The recent changes to Universal Credit has meant that it looks different to its original conception. Specifically, by 2020-21, the cuts will make the UC system less generous than was initially proposed, which increases the potential that many will be negatively affected. 


  • Universal Credit is being phased in over the next few years. It will be rolled out in Bromley from 18 January 2016, but only for single people making a new claim who would otherwise have claimed Jobseekers Allowance.

Seminar aims:

  • To understand the impact of the roll-out of Universal Credit and its effect on individuals & households.
  • Invite voluntary organisations from other London boroughs that have had the UC for longer, to discuss their experiences.
  • Share ideas on how voluntary sector organisations in Bromley can be most effectively supported to overcome the challenges presented by the UC system
  • Clarify how the Community Voices Project can support organisations to:
    • Raise issues and share best practice
    • Identify and co-ordinate any relevant training

The seminar is planned to take place on Thursday 8th December 2016, from 2pm-4.30pm
Bromley United Reformed Church

20 Widmore Road

For more information, click here




Engaging Women & Girls Workshop (FREE)

Dear partners and friends

 As you may be aware Mytime Active has been selected as one of 8 London based organisations to lead the Bromley ‘Us Girls’ Hub. Through this project we are offering you and your organisation/ club with fully funded access to a training workshop called Engaging Women & Girls.

 This interactive workshop equips participants with practical ideas on how to best engage, market and deliver sports and physical activity for women and girls. The training is based on the latest insight collected by Brunel University through the national Us Girls programme. The workshop explains the sporting needs of young women and girls, and defines the techniques for delivering successful sports programmes for young women. The workshop covers retention, marketing, social media, available resources and examples of best practice for increasing female participation.

 Who is it for: Community sport project leaders, coordinators, coaches and volunteers

 We are aiming to arrange this training for November 2016, spaces will be limited so to express your interest in attending and give us an idea of your preferred times please complete the following information and email to keith.sykes@mytimeactive.co.uk

Full Name



Organisation/ Club Name



Email Address



Available Days


q Mon    q Tues    q Wed    q Thurs    q Fri    q Sat     

Available times

q AM q PM        



Many thanks

Keith Sykes

Community & Youth Development Manager

email: keith.sykes@mytimeactive.co.uk


Dyslexia Association Newsletter

To red the latest news from the Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich & Lewisham click here.


Bromley's Parental or Carer Mental Ill Health procedure

Please find attached via the link below Bromley’s Parental or Carer Mental Ill Health procedure which has been ratified by the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board’s (BSCB) Policy and Procedures Sub Group.  Please can you ensure that you disseminate to all of your safeguarding leads and that it is shared appropriately across managers and frontline staff within your agency.

We will contact you in six months to obtain a snapshot of how well the policy has been embedded within your organisation. It is recommended that you ensure:

·         managers brief staff about the protocol during induction, training programmes and supervision

·         it is cross referenced with other policies and guidance as appropriate

·         that the protocol is uploaded onto your agency intranet.

BSCB Parental or Carer Mental Ill Health Procedure

Many thanks,

Joanna Gambhir

Bromley Safeguarding Children Board Manager (job share with Kerry Davies)



The Good Childhood Report 2016

This report has studied the well-being of over 60,000 young people, evidence from which could be useful in funding applications. to read the report click here.


Child Friendly Internet Browsers

Who is Hosting have selected browsers that offer parents peace of mind and make browsing the Internet safe and enjoyable for children. This resource forms part of a wider guide to internet safety providing information that every parent should know. To read more click here.

DWP Partnership News September 2016

To read the latest news from the DWP please click here. Please forward on to your team members / staff / colleagues / anyone else that may find the newsletter useful.


Winter readiness packs for care homes

Although this information is focussed predominantly at Care Homes, it has useful information on the Shingles Vaccine and the Flu Jab, as well as information in Easy Read Format. To read click here.



Trustees and Volunteers sought for Living On Bereavement Service 

Living On bereavement service for children and young people is seeking  trustees to join its board and volunteers to support its work;

We are a new charity based in Orpington. Our focus is on providing  support to local children and families who have experienced bereavement
of someone they have loved.

We are looking for new TRUSTEES to be part of developing the charity so  it can thrive and deliver support and care within the local community.
In particular we would like to recruit trustees with marketing and  fundraising skills and those who have an understanding of children and
young people's needs.

VOLUNTEER roles include supporting our grief groups, helping fundraise or by providing administrative support. If you have a professional
qualification in health, social care or education and or have experience in working with children and families you could be a Buddy. A Buddy
provides support and advice to a child and family following bereavement.

You need to be interested in the charity's work and be willing to give your time. If you are interested in the role of Trustee or volunteer
please contact us for further information and details of the application process to admin@livingon.org.uk

Please be advised these roles are subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Sue Arnold
Living On Bereavement Service
07734 009630


St Hugh’s Volunteer Youth worker

 Location: St Hugh’s Community Centre, 42 Castledine Road, London, SE20 8PL (near Anerley Station)

Time commitment: 3 hours per week on Wednesday evening (4:30 pm – 7:30pm)

 About us

St Hugh's runs a weekly Youth Club for 8-13 year olds on Wednesdays 5-7pm, to assist in guiding and supporting young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential in society. Our sessions focus on teamwork and confidence building in a fun environment with routes of progression explored as well. We run various activities throughout the year with seasonal celebrations.

 Who we are looking for

This is a volunteer position. We need enthusiastic, passionate and reliable forward thinkers. You should have an interest in youth work and be able to commit to 6 months with us. You must show maturity and patience and be able to relate to the young people. You should also be willing to have a DBS check.

 What you’ll be doing

-          Assisting in running weekly youth club sessions which have an average of 15 children and young people from 8-15 years.

-          Communicating with the youth team about weekly activities

-          Supervising young people and ensuring the general health & safety and rules of conduct are adhered to

-          Assisting and participating in games, activities and discussions with young people

-          Helping with program set up and clean up

Why volunteer with us

Whilst volunteering with us, you can expect;

-      Training opportunities

-          Travel and lunch expenses covered  

-          A reference from us

-         A DBS check

If you are interested in this position, please contact us info@hlca.org.uk / 020 8659 7038



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.


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

 Tuesday 15 November 2016 at Global House


Bromley Healthcare Sexual Health Training Programme- April 2016 to Mar 2017

The Sexual Health Training programme can be accessed by clicking here.

If you would like to book a place on any of these courses, please refer to the  booking instructions


Community Awards
The above awards will fund one project up to £25,000 and eight up to £5,000 in one of these categories: Health; Disability and Social Care; Education (up to 500 students); Education (more than 500 students);
Sports and Social Groups; Youth and affiliated organisations. There will also be an award for one project up to £5,000 in the new Developing Skills category.
Deadline: 19 October 2016


 Momentum Music Fund
Grants of between £5,000-£15,000 to help young artists and bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing.
Deadline: 15 November 2016

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Kick the Dust project 
Funding for youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people. You can apply for a grant of £500,000-£1,000,000 as part of a consortium.
Deadline: 2 December 2016.

New! Transform Foundation 
Grants to non profit groups to fund the design and build of a new website.  It will also include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis

True Colours Trust
Keen to support registered charities for projects that work with disabled children and their families on a daily basis. Grants of up to £10,000 are available t
help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families
Deadlines:  Ongoing, trustees review applications every 3 months

#iwill Fund
The #iwill campaign aims to ensure that 60% of 10 to 20 year-olds across the UK are taking part in meaningful social action by 2020. The provision of high quality opportunities, available to all, will enable social action to become a part of life for young people and, it is hoped, form a lifelong habit of community engagement.
The #iwill Fund will launch in #iwillWeek (November 21st-25th)
For more information, click here

Big Lottery Fund - Celebrate
Big Lottery Fund are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.
The final deadline for all completed Celebrate applications in all countries is noon, Friday 21 October 2016
For more information, click here

Bromley Community Fund Opportunities
The Bromley Community Fund offers opportunities for small grants and has just opened for bids. The focus is on:

  • Increasing educational achievement for disadvantaged young people
  • Supporting older people and their carers
  • Support for other vulnerable people and communities

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2016. Further details are available here: