UPDATE – w/c 14th March 2016

 Thank you to our members 2427 (Biggin Hill) Sqn Air Training Corps for their donation to the work of the Forum.


Children's Trust Stakeholder Conference Weds 15th March 2016

Thank you to everyone that came along to Bromley Baptist Church on Weds evening. We were pleased that the Forum was invited to deliver a presentation at the annual Children's Trust Stakeholder Conference alongside Cllr Evans and Doug Paterson, Chief Exec Bromley LA.  The conference was a reminder of how useful it is to meet people from other organisations.
We were thrilled to receive several requests from organisations wanting to join the Forum membership and others, including both private and statutory partners, wishing to be added to our communication list. Events such as this can only help to strengthen the network of CYP services across the Borough and further joint working.

Our next open forum meeting on 15th June will focus on young peoples mental health and internet and social media awareness. Further details will follow.

Forum members WANT

BROMLEY WOODCRAFT FOLK are looking for……  

  1. Storage. They are now desperate for storage for camping kit but it would need to be free or very cheap. 

Please contact Tracy if you can help

Tel: 020 8402 0346

Email: tracy.cleveland@ntlworld.com



Your spare room can earn you around £90 per week.
Young People, 18-25 years of age, need to rent a spare room in a welcoming home.
Please call for more information 020 8460 0042
www.latch-project.co.uk<http://www.latch-project.co.uk> info@latch-project.co.uk


Forum members HAVE AVAILABLE



 LATCH Project Quiz Night - Saturday 9th April - 2016
Get your friends and colleagues to make up a table or join a table.

Tables of 6-8/£5 per person
Bring your own drinks and nibbles
Raffle on the Night - Proceeds donated to LATCH Project
Tickets and further details contact:
LATCH Office: 0208 460 0042 Email: info@latch-project.co.uk
Location: St. Josephs Church
, St. Josephs Church Hall, Plaistow Lane, Bromley

You are invited to the launch of LIVing On - Thursday 28th April 2016

Venue: Christ Church, Charterhouse Road, Orpington BR6 9EP

Time: 5pm to 7pm

LIVing On are providing a bereavement service in the local community.They are a childhood bereavement charity based in Orpington, whch supports children, young people and their families through a loss of a loved one.  They run regular grief groups throughout the year which bring bereaved families together, as well as providing abuddying service for those families in the early days of grief.  They would like to invite you to drop in to their introdcutory event to Living On on Thursday 28th April from 5pm to 7pm.  Please RSVP by email if you would like to attend to admin@livingon.org.uk or just go along and meet them.  If you are unable to attend but would like to arrange a meeting at another time or even a telephone call to find out more about them and how you can refer families to them, please email them. 


Reading Well shelf help Reading well can help people cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books.  The Reading Well books have been chosen by young people and health experts to help with difficult feelings and experiences that can affect wellbeing.  The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying.  Look out for books in your local library. There are more suggestions about useful fiction at reading-well.org.uk/shelfhelp

Bromley & Lewisham Mind offer Mindkit, free wellbeing and resilience sessions for 14-25 year olds.  These are delivered by trained, young adults with experience of emotional wellbeing difficulties. This can be a free 15 minute assembly-style Wellbeing and Resilience session or a 40 to 60 minute interactive workshop that fits in with organisations' and young people's timetables.  To book a Mindkit Workshop contact Michael Matania on 07764 967931 or email michael.matani@blmind.org.uk

The Bromley Rotary Giraffe Trail  The aim is to increase footfall in Bromley centre and participating venues, and attract visitors; give families enjoyment and a competition; raise money for participating charities; promote the name of Rotary in Bromley and the Rotary Club of Bromley’s involvement with town traders and businesses, charities, the local Council, the media and the public. For more information click here.

 ‘Transition‘ A former colleague of mine from Mindroom (a Scottish charity supporting parents and carers who have a child with a Learning Difficulty has a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.She is using it to  to find out how experiences in the UK compare with those in Italy, Norway and the Czech Republic for young people with autism, ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome when they reach 16 or 18 and child support services stop.  It makes for interesting reading and can be found at:    https://lifeontheedgeofthecliff.wordpress.com/                                                                                                                                                       George Ruston

 Working with Individuals in need/crisis?
Turn2Us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to charitable grants and support services. They also offer a free online benefit calculator.
Read more

London Gang Exit
A brand new service for 16-24 year olds who are gang-involved or gang-affiliated to get support to exit. Read more

New Resource: The Good Finance Website
The above was created in response to complaints from charities and social enterprises that they do not understand social investment and how it works, thereby preventing them from applying for different types of investment. Read more

Live LinesRathbone Training has created a youth-led blog called Live Lines covering all sorts of topics. You are invited to subscribe to the email updates from the blog as they want to get their young people’s voices heard and encourage contributions from other young people and organisations outside of Rathbone Training.

Closure of Safe Network

From April 2016 Safe Network will close, and the NSPCC will be the new home for safeguarding support for the voluntary, community and faith sectors.

Since the creation of Safe Network in 2009 theNSPCC and Children England have worked together in partnership, to develop and deliver a range of tailored safeguarding resources and services for the voluntary and community sector. 
The service was funded by the Department for Education up until March 2015. However, since the contract with the government ended last year, funding for the Safe Network, which now runs on a reduced scale, has come solely from the NSPCC. 
In  time when providing quality safeguarding support to the voluntary and community sector is as important as ever, the NSPCC has decided to carry on the good work which Safe Network has started.
 Safe Network's tools and resources have found a new home, integrated with the NSPCC's mainstream services, and will continue to draw on the knowledge and experience of NSPCC experts and external partners across the UK.
To read more about the changes 
click here. 

thirdbridge - free online network for charities to connect with professional support

Just a quick email to make you aware of thirdbridge  a social enterprise that provides a free online network helping charities and social enterprises who are looking for support, to connect with companies who can help. 


Simply search for corporate partners or let them find you by advertising the support you need – examples include:

·         support to scale programmes/services (e.g. professionals required to mentor young people)

·         help to build internal capacity (e.g. support from a marketing agency to help an organisation re-brand)

·         backing to raise awareness about a campaign (e.g. corporate sponsorship of an event)


It’s free to sign up, and takes 5 minutes to create a profile: https://thirdbridge.co.uk/#/  If you require any further information please contact the founder Rick Benfield – rick@thirdbridge.co.uk


"75% of all mental health problems start before the age of 21...identifying children at the earliest opportunity is crucial." [Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2014]
Mental Health Campaigner, Jonny Benjamin, is launching 'ThinkWell' to raise awareness of mental health in schools using videos.  They aim to encourage children to talk about mental health and how to reach out for help if they need it. There has been excellent feedback already during the trial sessions.
Read more

The Truth about Self Harming
The UK has the highest number of young people self harming.  Download a valuable resource aimed at helping people to understand more about this and advice on steps to take if you are worried about yourself or someone else.
Read more


Club Development Officer and Apprentice Office administrator

Young Kent are currently recruiting for a Club Development Officer and Apprentice Office Administrator. For more information or to request an application form please contact Abby Whyte.

Funding Manager and Board Treasurer (voluntary)

Ambition has two vacancies: a Funding Manager and a Board Treasurer (voluntary). To apply for either position, visit their web site.



Bromley Healthcare Professional Training Brochure 2016/17

Bromley Healthcare Professionals Training brochure for 2016/17 is available by clicking here.  Details of how to book a place is on page 4 of the brochure.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities – free training for youth workers
The Wellcome Trust is providing opportunities for youth workers to interact with informal science learning experts. By facilitating an exchange of skills and knowledge, they support youth workers to deliver STEM activities to young people and enable greater collaboration between sectors.  During 2016 The Wellcome Trust will be organising free training for youth workers across the UK.  Visit their website for information about the programme and to register interest.

Training at Partnership for Young London



TIME: 10.00AM to 4.00PM

If you want to know more about the commissioning process and how to prepare for it, this session will provide key information to help you navigate your way through the process



TIME: 10.00AM to 4.00PM

Having a Theory of Change will help you map how effective your services are to young people, support the development of your future projects and aid the sustainability of your organisation

Both sessions are aimed at supporting small to medium community sector organisations

If you would like to attend or find out more contact: Sandra.Vacciana@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Both sessions are free and there will be tea and coffee but we are unable to provide lunch. However, there is a subsidised canteen in the building that does a good range of hot and cold meals and snacks.



The Aviva Community Fund 2016 will be open for submissions in September

The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to inspirational local projects in your community.
To be notified when the 2016 Aviva Community Fund is open register on the site and they’ll keep you updated.


Grow the Game
Funding is available from the Premier League and The FA to increase participation in football in England. Grants can be used for projects that use football to increase participation by both players and volunteers.
Deadline: 10 March 2016.

Want to run a community event to celebrate Armed Forces Day on 25 June 2016?
Funding is available to help with Armed Forces Day festivities. Whether you’re having a tea party or a parade, anyone can submit an application!  Apply for 50% of the cost up to a limit of £10,000. Previous years have seen bids from a few hundred pounds for a street party to thousands of pounds to support larger events.
Deadline: 25 March 2016.

Healthy Hearts
Grants between £5,000 and £10,000 are available for innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
Deadline: 30 March 2016.

Grassroots Funding Back in Croydon
Now in it's 8th year, groups working in Croydon can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 for projects that make life better for people in Croydon.
Deadline: 10 May 2016, 5pm.

HLF Grants for Places of Worship
Support for projects that involve urgent structural repairs to public places of worship that are listed at Grade I, II* or II in England.  Grants of between £10,000 - £250,000 are available.
Deadline: 24 May 2016 

Santander Changes to The Discovery Foundation
Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), and Credit Unions can apply at any time to the above fund.  They will fund projects that address knowledge, skills, and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

Golden bottle and Bulldog Trust - Reminder for the second and final round 2015/16:

This is a reminder email about the Golden Bottle and Bulldog Trust’s second and final round of funding for 2015/16.

The second and final round of funding for 2015/16 will open at 9am on the 1st of April 2016.  Applications cannot be accepted before this date. A 300 application cap will be in place meaning that once 300 applications have been received the funding round will close. We will endeavour to keep everyone up to date on how many applications have been received both on our website and on twitter. We do recommend that you send your applications in as close to the opening of the funding round as possible. All applications should be sent to grants@bulldogtrust.org Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by the 22nd of July 2016.

Please see the guidelines and application information, as well as a document with summaries of the applicants successful in the last funding round.

Changes to Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has recently changed to a no application deadline
policy. The Foundation will now accept applications at any time to the Access
and Participation Fund
, the Arts-based Learning Fund, and
the Shared Ground Fund. Previously, there were several funding
rounds a year. Read more

Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme
Max. Value: £ 15,000
Deadline: 21 Mar 2016
Funding and support scheme providing comprehensive assistance to those social entrepreneurs in the UK who wish to establish a new project or boost an existing project that will have a social impact. To apply, please click here.

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme
A new round of the programme has opened to applications in London (excluding City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets). Grants are available to charitable organisations and groups for projects that improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise.
The following organisations are eligible to apply: resident's associations; community groups; social enterprises; community interest companies; community interest organisations; credit unions; community centres.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available and must be for at least 30 per cent of the total costs of the project. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2016 at 5pm. For more information about the Local Communities Programme and to apply, please click here. The deadline is the 10th March 2016.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for projects that address issues of health and disability; community support; and arts education and heritage.
Apply at any time.

ACT Foundation (ACT)
Grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled and the aged.
Apply at any time.


This a grant available to Greater London-based organisations, designed to get Londoners active as part of the Mayor of London’s sports legacy programme.

FreeSport grants of between £400 and £1,500 are available this summer for organisations to run FREE sports activities for Londoners. The funding window for the next round opens at 10am Monday 4 April 2016, with the deadline for submission at 12pm Monday 9th May 2016.
If you have any questions about FreeSport, please do not hesitate to contact Mark at support@freesport.org