UPDATE – w/c 18th July 2016 


 Superhighways’ Impact Aloud event - Monday, 26 September 2016

09:30 to 16:30

Everyday Church Wimbledon
30 Queen's Road
Wimbledon SW19 8LR

Superhighways' annual event - Impact Aloud 2016 - is now open for bookings! Join us to boost your data collection, evaluation of 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.
Impact Aloud 2015 sold out - so if you want one of the free places
book now!


Free 1:1 Digital Surgeries from Superhighways

Free 1:1 90 minute digital surgeries for bromley voluntary groups - more info and to book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-surgeries-bromley-august-tickets-26279809618 


Opportunities for practioners: Changing needs among young Londoners 
This free event is part of London Youth Learning Series, that will help people understand: the reduction of poverty levels in London Boroughs, how demographic changes have lead to a greater divide for those living in these communities. The event is happening on 20th September 2016 from 8.30am - 11.00am and will ultimately explain what this means for young people across the capital. 


CAF Team Newsletter

Click here to read the latest CAF Team Newsletter 
Please could I ask you to circulate a copy of the newsletter to staff within your organisation.

Protecting Online privacy

Here is a link to a resource around online privacy.  Haven't actually looked properly but at a glance - looks like it might be useful.  Some US law references - but all the tips re apps & smart phones obviously still applicable. Here is the information ......... 
We’ve just launched a guide to help parents, carers and educators protect children’s privacy online - https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/ and I thought you might be interested in hearing about it.

Young Carers Newsletter

The Summer 2016 edition of Carers Bromley's young carers newsletter is now available and can be viewed by clicking here

CLB Campaigning and Advocacy Project

CLB have recently been awarded for funding from Trust for London to develop a campaigning and advocacy project for the voluntary sector in Bromley.  The project is called provisionally called 'Bromley Community Voices' and will run for 2 years.

The initial starting point for the project was the acknowledgement that as the Public Sector moves into a commissioning approach, it is increasing vital for the voluntary sector to be able to demonstrate the impact of their work, as well as advocate for the needs of their communities and individual clients

The project is starting by developing a series of open discussion events around key areas, such as poverty, homelessness and equality - these discussions are intended to be platforms for us to raise the profile of these issues, hear from experts, discuss existing problems and potential solutions in the context of the Borough of Bromley.  Alongside these events we will be running capacity training programmes, 1:1 support for individuals and organisations to develop their campaigning skills and a communications strategy to support the sector in raising relevant issues to decision makers and the Bromley community more generally.

Leah Whittingham has just started working on the project and will be based at Community Links Bromley for 3 days a week over the 2 year project.  She is starting to make contact with organisations in the Borough to gather information and opinions and so would be happy to come out and meet with any interested organisations.  So if you have any suggestions or ideas that you'd like to contribute, or you'd just liked to be added to the mailing list for the project - please get in touch: leahw@communitylinksbromley.org.uk<leahw@communitylinksbromley.org.uk>.

Leah Whittingham
Development Officer: Representation and Advocacy
Community Links Bromley - 'Supporting Voluntary Action'
Direct Line:  0208 315 1919
Email: leahw@communitylinksbromley.org.uk<leahw@communitylinksbromley.org.uk>
Address: Community House, South Street, Bromley BR1 1RH

Community Health Services engagement

Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned Healthwatch Bromley, the consumer champion for health and social care services in the borough, to carry out a range of engagement activities with children and young people. We will be capturing their views on local community services and experiences of health services in the borough. We are working with schools, providers of health services and voluntary sector organisations to ensure as many young people are given the opportunity to influence what future services will look like. This is part of the CCG’s re-procurement of community health services. The current contract for providing these services ends on 30 September 2017.

 The services that are currently commissioned and which we will be discussing are: 

•        Children community diabetic service

•        Children community physiotherapy

•        Children occupational therapy

•        Children speech and language therapy

•        Community paediatric liaison nurse

•        Community paediatrics

•        Paediatric audiology

•        Safeguarding children service

•        Integrated Children’s nursing team

•        Respite care for children

•        Looked after children

•        Continuing care packages for children

 We would be really grateful if you could cascade our questionnaire to your members, to offer as many young people and their families to chance to have their say about local community health services. The questionnaire can be found by following this link.   

Also, if anymore would like more information or would be interested in offering more in depth feedback around particular services or their experience, that would be fantastic. My contact details are below and I would be happy for anyone to contact me with their thoughts.

 Best wishes

 Stephanie Wood

Engagement Manager

Direct Line:0208 315 1906

Mobile:07479 513 570

Email: stephanie@healthwatchbromley.co.uk


NHS Female Genital Mutilation campaign 

 Dear colleagues

 I am writing with exciting news to tell you about a new NHS FGM campaign which has recently launched.   

As we near the start of the summer school holidays when the numbers of girls taken outside of the UK to be cut increases, we are raising awareness of the severe health implications of FGM for those living in UK who are members of communities affected by FGM.  We are using TV advertising to directly reach out to communities with this message.

 The film features a roundtable table discussion led by Henry Bonsu, a well-known British African broadcaster, together with a panel of experts all speaking openly and candidly about FGM.  Alongside the film, we have produced some short social media videos which are being distributed via Facebook.

 The film will be broadcast on several UK African satellite TV channels from 9 – 31 July.  You can view the video, called ‘FGM: The Facts’ on NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk/fgm or you may have seen it on Vox Africa this morning where it premiered at 11:58 am.

 We would be grateful if you could promote this campaign via your own channels, sharing the video and using social media help the campaign reach further; please contact either myself or our communications manager, Caroline Symes caroline.symes@dh.gsi.gov.uk if we can support you to be part of this campaign.

Kind regards

Astrid Fairclough


 It's Time
The NSPCC have launched a petition calling on the Government to count the number of children who have experienced abuse or neglect and need support. They have been releasing reports, briefings, and research to support the campaign. 

  City Leaders
London Youth have created a new programme which is starting in September 2016. Youth Action team will support and challenge young people to design, lead and learn from their own youth led projects. There are three categories: Team leaders, Club leaders and Community leaders, out of this group, 24 young people who have shown the greatest commitment through the Team, Club and Community Leaders stages of the programme will become ‘City Leaders’.


School Daze - A resource to support the voluntary and community sector to engage with schools

 Many changes have taken place to the schools system in England in recent years. This has led to alterations in the nature of these relationships, particularly with regard to the commissioning of support services.

We have published a handy guide which aims to support voluntary and community sector groups to understand and adapt to this constantly changing environment. 

  Click here to download the report

 This resource aims to: 

  •  Explain changes to the schools system
  • Help you understand the commissioning opportunities with schools
  • Guide you through the development of your organisation’s ‘pitch’
  • Offer helpful tips, exercises and checklists
  •  Signpost to additional resources


Beneath the Threshold

During Engage London, we hear of the risk London’s children and young people face, failing to meet increasing thresholds for support. 

In ‘Beneath the Threshold’ we will try to explore the impact austerity and policy change is having on the changing thresholds, and higher risk referrals experienced by young people.

  • What is happening to the voluntary sector in terms of safeguarding?
  • What are the implications of passing on, and displacing risk out to the sector?
  • Are more children and young people at risk with inadequate levels of safeguarding support?

Please let us know in this quick survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MV6C2CD), which will contribute to final research in autumn, alongside focus groups and case studies we’ll be conducting. Any information you provide will be confidential.



 Bromley Children Project Children and Family Centre

Early Years Assistant

Salary scale: BR3

16hpw part time, term time only (39weeks) permanent post 

16hpw are spread across 4 mornings (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) 



If so, the opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, highly motivated and inspirational Early Years Assistant to work in Bromley’s Children and Family Centres.

Successful applicants must be dedicated to providing outstanding provision for the children in their care.

The Early Years Assistant will be supporting Early Years Practitioner to run crèche sessions for children aged 0-5, and also facilitating Learn and Play sessions for children and their parent/carers.

The successful candidate will have a full and relevant qualification equivalent to NVQ Level 2 in Early Years or above and

·    A compassionate and understanding personality, with a strong record of engaging positively with children, parents and staff.  

·    The ability to lead a Learn and Play session inspiring parents to enhance their child’s development. 

·    Extensive knowledge of young children’s development and of the EYFS Framework and support children with additional needs through differentiation of delivery.  

·    Evidence of outstanding practice and of promoting high standards of learning. 

Can you demonstrate that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills?  Can you ensure the children in your care are happy, safe and in a stimulating environment?  Can you develop strong, trusting bonds with families and other agencies within the setting and beyond – if yes, we would love to hear from you!

 Do you understand EYFS legislation and can you implement relevant EYFS policies?  Does the thought of ‘putting each child at the centre of your practice’ motivate you?  If yes, we would love to hear from you!

 Does the thought of being involved in planning, preparing and reviewing the curriculum in line with the EYFS, in conjunction with rest of the Cèche and Early Years team excite you?  Do you have the ability to self-reflect and actively and positively participate in the development of the setting, the wider service and your own performance?  Does the thought of additional training to enhance your skills set excite you?  If yes, we would love to hear from you!

 If you have any questions about the role, please contact Charlotte Hawkes on 020 8461 7222.

Previous applicants need not apply. 

Closing: Midnight 31 July 2016

Testing and interviews:  during August

To apply please register with the Bromley Job site and complete the online application form. 

The post that you are applying for has been identified as being covered by the Disclosure by Association regulations and I would

therefore ask that you complete the declaration form attached to this vacancy.

You will also need to complete the  Rehabilitation of Offenders form which is also attached to this vacancy and then upload both of the completed forms as an attachment to your application before submitting it. 

Equal Opportunities Statement 

We are committed to achieving equal opportunities in employment and service delivery. 

We offer a generous package including competitive pay, Career average pension scheme, flexible working practices and the Bromley REAL benefits scheme; Childcare Vouchers, Cycle2Work and a wide range of unique


St Edward's Development Project - volunteers needed

St Edward's Mottingham are seeking volunteer(s) to lead their Play 'n' Stay group on a Tuesday morning. This could possibly be someone seeking a college placement?

Contact ruthstedproject@gmail.com


Bromley Mobility Forum Administrator  

Bromley Mobility Forum is a collective of some 10 voluntary organisations covering the needs of people with disabilities and their families who are working together to improve access and address mobility needs of their members to enable them to move freely around the borough and the London area…We are looking for someone with administrative and IT skills to take minutes of quarterly meetings, circulate minutes and relevant information  and make arrangements from time to time for meetings with local government officers and other transport providers. The time involved is approximately 8 to 10 hours per month on an ad hoc basis. All expenses will be paid”.

For further information contact Mrs Leslie Marks on lesliemarks@btinternet.com



Makaton Training

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



£20 per person 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.


Safeguarding training

Just a reminder that you can access Safeguarding training online through ME Learning.
Click here to read the flyer with the course details and how to register, if you haven’t already done so.
Click here to see the Children’s Safeguarding Board diary of training events for face to face courses for you to book yourselves onto. Please complete the attached booking form for these courses.
The link for the Safeguarding Website is:
If you have any queries regarding this training, please contact Tracy Lewis on x7799 or email her on tracy.lewis@bromley.gov.uk.


 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Apply for a 2017 travelling fellowship - now welcoming applications to their new enterprise category which is in partnership with the Rank Foundation. Deadline: 20 September 2016, 5pm.

2016 USB Social Innovators Programme
Do you have an innovative solution to address one of society’s most pressing issues? Have you already proven the potential of your concept? Then they’re looking for you!
Deadline: 31 August 2016.

2017 Clore Duffield Fellowship
The above Leadership Fellowship Programme is for emerging leaders who have an appetite to lead and make social change happen.  Find out more details about their criteria which is broad and if this could be for you.
Deadline: 5 September 2016

GSK Impact Awards
Awards for charities working in a health-related field that are doing excellent work to improve people's health.  
Deadline: 21 September 2016



Comic Relief launches new core funding for small organisations
Comic Relief have launched new funding to support small organisations delivering work in the UK with an annual income of between £100,000 - £500,000. They are looking for applications from organisations who play a vital role in their locality in the UK and can demonstrate how this funding will help strengthen their organisation. Grants will be up to £20,000 for each of two years (maximum grant of £40,000). They will make approximately 100 grants initially, to a total value of £4 million. Applications will close on Tuesday 27th July 2016.

Affinity Sutton
Charities, community organisations and voluntary groups can apply for funding between £1000 and £5000 for projects which primarily benefit Affinity Sutton residents.  Projects funded in the past include: a community pantomime; girls football coaching;  information, advice and guidance drop-ins; weekly youth club.
Deadline: 9 September 2016, 12pm.
New! Life Chances Fund
A £80m payment-by-results fund to tackle social problems launched by the Cabinet Office and aimed at  improving the life chances of vulnerable children and young people. 5 of the 6 priorities for this fund: Children’s Services; Early Years; Young People; Drug and Alcohol Dependency; and Healthy Lives – could be beneficial to projects supporting children and young people.  Applications are currently being taken for proposals focused on Children’s Services and tackling Drug and Alcohol Dependency, with the remaining priorities opening to applications over the course of 2017.
Deadline: 30 September 2016.

Big Lottery Fund
A £3.875m fund offering grants of between £300 - £10,000 for one-off events or activities that celebrate your local community.  A higher priority will be given to projects that demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures; and projects that actively bring different generations together.  
The fund opened on 6 July 2016 and will close when all the money has been awarded.

British Record Industry Trust (BRIT Trust)
Registered charities and apply for activities that encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music. 
Deadline: 31 August 2016.

Sport Relief - ‘Test it’ and ‘Build it’ Awards
Looking for young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea. If you want to take your Sport Relief event further you can apply for an Award from UnLtd by submitting an online form. Apply for up to £500 (Test it) or a up to £15,000 (Build it).  Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30.
Apply at any time