UPDATE w/c 15th AUGUST 2016



Maypole Project Charity Quiz Night - MONDAY 26th SEPT

8pm @ PATO LOUNGE, High Street Orpington

£5 pp inc first drink

Raffle and games

Please join The Maypole Project and help raise vital funds for children with complex/life threatening illnesses.
Tickets can be purchased in advance so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment info@themaypoleproject.co.uk or call 01689 851596 www.themaypoleproject.co.uk


BSCB Annual Conference - Tuesday 1st November 2016

9.30am - 4.00pm,

The Warren MPS Sports Club

The theme for this year’s conference is Safeguarding Bromley’s Children and Young People in a Digital World. 

 One in five 8 to 11 year olds and seven in ten 12 – 15 year olds has a social media profile. – Ofcom (2015) and 1 in 3 children have been a victim of cyberbullying – McAfee survey of children and parents as reported in the Guardian (Nov 2015)

 This year’s conference will explain how our young people use the internet today.  It will address both the potential dangers and the benefits of growing up in a digital world. Topics will include: emerging threats, offender tactics and the dark web; safer online gaming; CSE and grooming; and discussion on a range of scenarios children and young people may encounter online and advice that can be given.

 If you would like to attend please find the conference flyerand application form via the link below.

 Please ensure that you fill in the application form fully, as incomplete application forms will be rejected.

 London Borough of Bromley staff must include their budget code to have a completed form.   All other agencies/organisations will be invoiced after the event.

 The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September 2016.

 Annual Conference Documents

 Please forward this email to any colleagues you think might want to attend.

 There will be a selection of vegetarian food but if you have any other dietary requirements please note it on your application form.

 Please note that you will not be allowed to attend this event unless you complete an application form.


New tickets available for Impact Aloud 2016  - their fun and informative day of digital skills development 

Our early bird fully subsidised Impact Aloud 2016 tickets were all snapped up within a week of launching.  But if you missed out - don't worry!  

We have now released additional tickets so you can still join us to find out how to boost your data collection, better evaluate what works in your charity or community group and tell your amazing stories using the best in digital technology.

You'll come away with fresh ideas, pick up lots of practical tips and discover new tools to help you in your work with our hands-on masterclasses and talks - all led by data and media experts.
 Book your place at Impact Aloud 2016



 Life on the Edge of the Cliff

Report about post-school experiences of young people with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and Tourett’s Syndrome

 Tracey Francis, who was a colleague of George Rustons at Mindroom has just completed a Churchill Fellowship and published her final report. She visited Norway, Italy and the Czech Republic to learn about ‘transition’ experiences in these countries so as to apply this to the UK situation.

There is a final report plus reports for each country. These are available at http://lifeontheedgeofthecliff.com/    and make for interesting reading.


Bromley Safeguarding Children Board newsletter

Please find the link below to the latest edition of the BSCB Newsletter.  Please circulate within your agency/organisation/team. 

BSCB Newsletter - July 2016


Speaking up Together newsletter

The summer issue of the Speaking Up Together newsletter is available via the following link http://www.advocacyforall.org.uk/downloads/SUT_summer_2016.pdf

Please feel free to pass it onto your contacts.


New Brighter Beginnings Project

We are delighted to announce that a new project based on the Bromley Brighter Beginnings model is being set up to cover the London Borough of Lewisham. 

Lewisham Brighter Beginnings will be coordinated by Luke Jones, whose contact details are:
Mob: 07908752943
Email: lj.direct@yahoo.co.uk

As well as providing impoverished families with essential items such as cots, buggies and children's clothes, as Bromley Brighter Beginnings does, it is likely that the project will also offer a mentoring or befriending service for isolated parents. However this is just at concept stage at the moment.

Luke is in the process of creating a contact list of referrers, and explaining to each one his intentions for the charity. Should you or your colleagues have any contacts in Lewisham in any of the following groups or any you feel would be suitable for this please let me know, or send Luke their details direct:

- Local police (esp any domestic violence forum)
- Domestic violence refuges
- Mother and baby units
- Midwives
- Drug and alcohol recovery services
- Housing charities 
- Local volunteer centres
- Any other professionals coming into contact with vulnerable families in Lewisham

Luke will be aiming to start contacting as many relevant professionals as possible in September, along with setting up a website and a Facebook page (for sourcing volunteers and donations). Any contacts that he can be referred to would be extremely helpful. If you could help by forwarding this email to anyone who might be interested in making future referrals to the new project, please feel free to do so, or let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Kindest Regards,

Emma Martin (Chair, BBB)
Bromley Brighter Beginnings 
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IT Help for Charities

CITA provides three FREE services to help charities be more effective through their use of technology. Click here to find out more.


4in10 and Children England want to hear from working families in London who are experiencing issues with housing, problem debt, or food insecurity, as a result of low paid or insecure work. 

4in10 and Children England are running 3 small focus groups. The feedback will be used in our campaigning and advocacy work, but all participant responses will be anonymised. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a £20 high street voucher for each participant as a thank you. We can offer financial support for your childcare during the session if needed. Participants must come from households where there is at least one person working (doesn’t have to be full time), and where there is at least one child.

 Problem debt focus group – Wednesday 7th September 10.30 – 11.30am

 Housing issues focus group – Wednesday 7th September 12.00 – 13.00pm

 Food insecurity focus group – Thursday 8th September 10.30 – 11.30am

 All sessions will take place at The Lift, 45 White Lion Street, Islington, N1 9PW. For more information or to register your interest for a focus group please contact Hannah Slater indicating which session you would like to take part in - Hannah.slater@childrenengland.org.uk



Bromley Children Project Children & Family Centre Creche and EYFS Coordinator

Bromley Children Project have a vacancy for a Children & Family Centre Creche and EYFS Coordinator. The role is full time and offers an exciting opportunity for someone with the required qualification and an interest in leading a team.

The closing date is 21st August.

For full details click  HERE.




Makaton Training - only a few spaces remaining

Following the success of our initial Makaton training session, I am pleased to announce that we will be offering further sessions in September this year.

The training will teach you basic signs and symbols together with a couple of songs.  There are lots of activities used during the session to reinforce learning of the signs. 


Wednesday 7th September or,

Wednesday 14th September or,

Wednesday 28th September


From 6.30 to 9.30pm


Community Room, Orpington Fire Station

Avalon Road, Orpington


£20 per person (members) payable in advance

If you would like to book a place please email me at cfforum@btconnect.com to request a place.  If a space is available I will send you details for payment.  If there are insufficient numbers to run a session, your payment will be returned in full.  If however, you fail to attend then we are unable to refund the £20. 

And finally, here are some of the comments from the previous session ....

This training will help me because I will be able to use Makaton to communicate with vulnerable young people with the youth centre that I work in.

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

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.



BSCB Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse - 14th September

Date: 14 September 2016                                                                                                      

Target Group 2/3/4 

Staff who are in regular contact with children and young people or have irregular but intensive contact. Staff working predominantly with children, young people and parents/carers and contribute to assessment, planning and interventions. Members of the workforce with particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking Section 47 Enquires.


Housing officers, staff in hospitals, YOT, secure settings. Police (not in specialist child protection roles), sports & leisure development officers, disability specialists, faith groups, community youth groups, play scheme volunteers.

Paediatricians, GPs, youth workers, early years staff, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, health visitors, sexual health staff, teachers, probation staff, sports welfare officers, adult workers learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, community play professionals from health, education, police and children’s social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co coordinating assessments of children in need and children identified at risk.

This training corresponds with: Level 1 & 2 (Safeguarding Children & Young People: Roles & Competences for health Care Staff – Intercollegiate Document, March 2014)

Course Aims - Ensuring participants understand the principles behind working with domestic abuse/violence perpetrators and the role of the local domestic violence perpetrator programme as a behaviour-change programme helping perpetrators to stop being violent and abusive to  their partners and focusing increasingly on their children’s welfare and safety needs.

Learning Outcomes - By the end of the Course participants should be able to:

* Describe the principles behind approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic abuse/violence

* Describe which approaches are more and less successful in achieving sustained changes from abusive behaviour

* Intervene with multi agency professionals in a safe and non-blaming way to help perpetrators take responsibility for their behaviours by understanding the impact of abuse and violence on their children and partners.

* Help perpetrators to learn how to notice when they are becoming abusive and how to stop this and use non abusive ways of dealing with difficulties in their relationship.

* Encourage perpetrators to negotiate and listen to their partners and build respect

* Support the local Perpetrator programme and be able to describe the local CSCB procedures 

* Describe the referral pathway to alert agencies of domestic abuse and child safety /welfare concerns.

* Describe what local support services are available for the victims of domestic abuse violence

 DURATION:  1.30 – 4.30   DATE :        

TRAINER: Talking Life   VENUE:    Civic Centre

 Send booking forms to Tracy Lewis (020 8461 7799) safeguarding.training@bromley.gov.uk  



Guinness Partnership Aspire Awards
Eligible applicants to the above are: Guinness Partnership resident; group of residents; service user; advocate; or a recognised group of service users who have local community support.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support activities which will make a difference to their communities through one-off projects and longer-term initiatives.
Deadline: 26 August 2016.

Startups Awards
Rewarding and celebrating the best business start-ups and representing an opportunity for companies to gain recognition for the outstanding achievements of the business, team or individual. There are 15 categories including: Women in Business; Young Entrepreneur of the Year; People's Champion.
Deadline: 16 September 2016.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Anyone can nominate a group for the above award.  The groups must consist of 2 or more people who have been volunteering for at least 3 years and must carry out work that is:  providing a service; meeting a need for people living in the local community; is supported, recognised, and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it; work that is run locally.  This is a prestigious award to gain and held in high esteem by funders.
Deadline: 16 September 2016

Nat West Social Business Awards
The above are the leading awards for social enterprises and are now open to nominations.  There are 7 categories.  
By entering, organisations become automatic members of the Nat West SE 100 Social Business Club which supports social enterprises.
Deadline: 25 September 2016.


Elizabeth Finn
Financial assistance and other types of support are available to help people whose careers have been interrupted or ended through circumstances beyond their control, such as by physical or mental illness, redundancy, family breakdown, or those struggling on low income in retirement.
Apply any time.

Sport England
Small grants from £300 and £10,000 are available to not for profit organisations to help more people play sport.
Apply any time.

NHS England Community Grants
Has your community group done some amazing patient, service user or carer engagement work? Has this work improved healthcare services?
Offering small grants of up to £1,000 "to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare e.g. photo or audio books, leaflets, videos, graphics, etc
Deadline: 21 September 2016

Children's Health Fund
Do you run a holiday activity club with food? The Children's Health Fund is inviting organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes to apply for funding between £1,000 and £5,000.  It is expected that funding applications at the higher end of the scale (£5,000) will be for more strategic bids. The number of applications accepted for this round of funding is limited to 150 to ensure every application receives sufficient attention then the fund will close.

New! DWF Charitable Foundation
One off grants up to £5,000 are available to registered charities for projects that address issues of homelessness, employability, education, health and well being. 
Deadline:  Applications considered in August & November 2016.

Power to Change
Now accepting applications to their Community Business Fund, with grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 available.
Deadline: 31 August 2016.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Funds small, well-established organisations addressing local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation.  They will also fund running costs and capital costs.
Deadline:  Early September - large and standard grants
No Deadline: Small grants

Arts:Building Resilience
Grants are available from the Arts Council England to increase the resilience of up to 100 cultural organisations and to provide models and case studies that can be shared and used more widely to increase resilience throughout the sector.
Deadline: 8 September 2016. 

Places of Worship Security Funding
Funding from the Home Office to tackle the rising number of hate crimes against religious buildings.  Examples of funding could be: installing CCTV; Perimeter fencing; Door/Window locks....
Deadline: 20 September 2016,  5pm

Greggs Foundation's Environmental Grants
Grant for projects making a difference to local areas with preference given to projects including one or more of the following: Improving the local environment; Insuring involvement of local communities; Delivering a sustainable and measurable difference; Supporting people in need.
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Greggs Foundation: Local Communities Fund
Grants up to £2,000 for projects or for providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities e.g. disabled/chronic illness; living in poverty; voluntary carers; homeless; isolated older people.
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Youth Challenge Fund
Grants of up to £2,500 for joint activities between UK and German youth groups. Grants can fund travel, accommodation and project resources and will be a contribution to the overall costs. The grant will be awarded to the travelling group and must be used towards the travelling group’s costs; financial support is not available for the hosting group. The Youth Challenge Fund will re-open for applications at the beginning of the academic year 2016/17.
Deadline: 31 October 2016.

The Rose Foundation
Grants between £5,000 and £10,000 from registered charities that cannot afford the resources and professional advice that larger charities use and that are involved in refurbishment and construction projects.
Deadline: 31 March 2017. 

Instant Impact Fund
Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support first-time visits by young people between UK-German youth group partnerships. Grants can fund travel, accommodation and project resources and will be a contribution to the overall costs.
Deadlines: None - however you must apply at least 6 weeks before the date of the planned visit.

World War One Project Fund
Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available. The fund is designed to bring young people from the UK and Germany together and facilitate an exchange of ideas, joint learning and open discussions on topics related to World War One and is opened to youth groups in the UK and Germany.
Deadlines: As above

HLF Resilient Heritage Programme
Grants of between £3,000 and £250,000 to enable organisations to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term.  
No deadlines


London Councils Grants Programme

London Councils has launched application rounds for:

 Priority 1 Combatting Homelessness
Priority 2 Tackling Sexual and Domestic Violence
There is an online application process - http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/node/30010
All the information needed (including the nine service specifications) can be found on the above link.
The deadline is Thursday 15 September 2016 (12 noon).
Please circulate to any voluntary and community organisations that you think would be interested in applying for these pan-London services.
 BBC Children in Need
BBC Children in Need awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Deadline Small Grants: 1st September 2016
Deadline Main Grants: 15th September 2016
For more information, please click here

Big Lottery Fund
Six out of ten people surveyed* say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with our Celebrate! programme. We are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. You could celebrate something from your community's history or a local hero. Or maybe it's a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbors better. 
Applications will be assessed and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
We will close to new applications when all the money has been awarded.
For more information, please click here

The London Community Foundation
The current theme is ‘Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to services’.
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.
The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.  Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups and organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Tuesday 6th September
For additional information, fund guidelines and guidance notes for completing the application form, click here

If you have any questions please contact Thomas Flynn (thomas.flynn@londoncf.org.uk) or Matthew Harriot (matthew.harriott@londoncf.org.uk).
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: 30 August 2016.

BBC Children in Need
Funding projects that make a difference in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.  For grants up to £10,000 apply to their small grants programme, for over £10,000 apply to their main grants.
Deadline Small Grants: 1 September 2016
Deadline Main Grants: 15 September 2016

Comic Relief 
Grants of between £1000-£10000 are available for projects that;  Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise; Maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity;
Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to services;
Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.
Deadline: 6 September 2016, 5pm.

New! Lloyds Bank: Transform
The above funding programme will award grants of up to £100,000 to a maximum of 10 charities. The Foundation is particularly interested in proposals of new ways for small and specialist services to make a greater impact. It will also prioritise projects that show the greatest potential in sharing learning and that have a clear plan to achieve this.
Deadline: 30 September 2016

New! The Great Place Scheme
The above scheme will provide large grants to partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation for projects in 12 areas of England where there is a commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in local plans and decision-making.
Deadline: 6 October 2016, midday. - expressions of interest

15 Aug 2016: Postcode Dream Fund 2017 Opens for Applications

The Postcode Dream Fund 2017 is inviting applications from registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales.

15 Aug 2016: RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund - Round 2 Opens on 19 August

The Skills and Opportunities Fund will open on 19 August for application from not-for-profit organisations in the UK and ROI and close to applications on 9 September 2016.

11 Aug 2016: NHS England Invites Applications for Community Grants 2016

NHS England has launched the Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grants programme again for 2016.

10 Aug 2016: National Churches Trust's Grant Programmes - Last Deadline for 2016

The National Churches Trust is currently accepting applications from places of worship of any Christian denomination in the UK to its three grant programmes.

09 Aug 2016: Inter Faith Youth Trust Offers Grants for Inter Faith Week Events

The Trust is providing a Small Grants Programme for events in the UK which are organised by and for young people and focused around Inter Faith Week which takes place in November 2016.