UPDATE – w/c 20th June 2016


 AGM/Open Forum meeting Wednesday 15th June 2016

To read the notes from the meeting please click here.
Here is a post from Ian Frederick Payne Mayor of Bromley's Facebook page............
The Mayor attended the Bromley Children & Families Voluntary Sector Forum Annual General Meeting chaired by Valerie Michelet. There was a presentation from the police responsible for young people about the dangers of Internet issues among the young, this theme was then presented by JusB youth charity and the work with a group of young people and what they found to be the issues facing young people and the Internet.
Ther BCFVSF is an excellent umbrella organisation supporting and engaging with over 250 other charities across the borough.
It was an excellent evening held in the Downham Youth Club.


New Logo and planning

At the meeting we launched our new Forum Logo that we feel better represents our role.  We also asked members for their input in helping the Forum to stengthen its identity and help us look at the Why, How and What the Forum does. Many organisations can explain what they do and how to do it but very few can clearly explain why they do, what they do.    We received lots of positive feedback and this will plan an important part in the Forum clearly identifying its role, which will be particularly useful in applying for funding. We are waiting for the logo to be uploaded to our website but in the meantime here is a preview.


Can you help?

The Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich and Lewisham are asking if anyone can lend them a laptop for their meeting on the evening of Thursday 7th July?  They have a projector but need to borrow a laptop for their speaker to present her slides.  If you are able to help, please contact Lindy Springett by email to lindy.springett@ntlworld.com



Bromley Parent Voice Workshops
BPV are running 2 sessions on 24th and 30th June at the Warren Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Croydon Road, Bromley BR2 7AL. People with learning disabilities and family carers have stronger rights under the Care Act. Do you know how it might affect you and your child? If your child is transitioning to adulthood (aged 14+) these  free sessions will give you the information and confidence you need to ensure your views are heard, and to get the best support for you and your relative. The 2nd session will provide the opportunity to share your views on current services/local offer for 16-25 years and hear about the Employment Champion project. For details and to book a place email info@bromleyparentvoice.org.uk or call 07803 287838


Summer Barbeque Fundraiser in aid of The Maypole Project
Join us at Petts Wood’s event of the Summer supporting The Maypole Project. There’ll be an authentic Greek barbeque, bouncy castle, DJ, raffle, sweet shop lucky dip, face painting and a visit from some special guests. Tickets are just £14 and include your food and drinks. Children under 14 are free, making it a brilliant day for the whole family.
Buy your tickets at virginmoneygiving.com/BBQ-Maypole or reserve and pay on the day by calling or texting Sonia Harrington on 07787564199
We look forward to seeing you there.
Find out more: 
www.themaypoleproject.co.uk @Maypoleproject 

CASPA Summer Fair
You are invited to CASPA’s autism friendly Charity Summer Fair on Saturday 16th July, 11am to 6pm, at Wilberforce Scout Centre, Downe Road, Keston, Kent BR2 6AD. The Fair will be opened by Darth Vader and there will be Zebadee Performing Arts, a chill-out sensory tent, face painting, a fire engine, dance performers, a BBQ, refreshments and lots more.


JusB events

On 2nd July Bromley Lions are organising a quiz night. It's £10 and includes fish/chicken and chips. The Lions have been faithful supporters of JusB so if you're interested in joining them in Petts Wood for a quiz then please contact Jill on je.thomas@btinternet.com

 On Sunday 18th September JusB will be having its own quiz night at the Hop & Rye, London Road, BR1 3RA. Doors open at 7 for 7.30pm and the cost is £5 per person or £25 for a team of up to 6. Don't worry if you don't have a team, we will find you a group on the night! To book please contact anne.jusb@btconnect.com

On Saturday 29th October we have a runner in the Crystal Palace Big Fun run. Would you like to join her? People can walk or run 5 kilometers in the beautiful setting. Sign up directly here https://www.bigfunrun.com/crystal-palace/ and contact us if you would like to raise sponsorship for JusB. 



Child and Adolsecent Eating Disorders Service (CAEDS) Newsletter

Self-Referral Telephone Line Volume 1, Issue 1

June 2016

The Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service (CAEDS) launched a dedicated self-referral telephone line following the NHS England’s commissioning guidance published in July 2015.

Professionals, young people and families whose GP p ractice is located in

Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley or Greenwich can speak

directly to a highly experienced duty clinician and make referral or self-refer by phoning the number:

020 3228 2545

9.00am -- 6.00pm      Monday -- Friday

Information about self-referral line is also available on our website:

http://www.national.slam.nhs.uk/services/camhs/camhs-eatingdisorders/ including a short screening questionnaire for eating disorders.


Happy Being Me

Happy Being Me eating disorder preventative programme for Year 7 pupils has now been rolled to local schools. Schools in Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Croydon have already received the programme.  We are continuing to offer the programme to schools for the second half of the summer term, and we are also booking into the autumn term in order to develop a flow of work.

Initial outcomes

This initial feedback from young people indicates a very good acceptability of the programme.

All young people were asked to complete questionnaires which assessed self-esteem, body satisfaction, frequency of conversations about appearance with friends and frequency of appearance comparisons made. Results of questionnaire analyses before and after the programme confirm significant improvements in young people’s self-esteem, body satisfaction and reductions in appearance comparisons. 

An article on the Happy Being me programme has been published in TES (Times Educational Supplement 20/5/16)

Approval has now been granted by King’s College London Ethics committee for a controlled trial of the programme which we hope to commence with schools participating in the programme from September 2015.


New name, but still the same. 

Bromley Women's Aid will become Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid as of Monday 13th June 2016. It is only a name change and our mission is still the same: working to end domestic abuse.
We will be looking to provide new services in Croydon in the future, and we very much look forward to starting new working relationships in our neighbouring Borough.
Please remember to update your records with the new name and email contact.

Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid
PO Box 71159
SE20 9BW
020 83139303


The Maypole Project newsletter

To read the latest news from the Maypole Project click here.


GPs Receive ASC Resource Packs  

Last month ASC resource packs were sent out to every GP practice in England to help staff make their surgeries more visibly friendly for people with autism spectrum conditions

Each pack includes a guide for patients on the autistic spectrum with advice on getting the most out of their GP visit, as well as a guide for GPs to support effective consultations with patients on the spectrum.

The packs have been developed by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) in collaboration with a number of organisations, including Autism Alliance UK and Research Autism.

For more information visit the RCGP website here



Partnership for Young London's monthly update

Partnership for Young London's free monthly update is a collection of the best policy news and opportunities from the members' weekly update, as well as an update of our current work and events. Click here to read the latest news. Please email them to register for the monthly update.


Digital Legacy Launches new Leaflet
The new leaflet encourages those who work in palliative and end of life care to help patients think about their digital estate - mobile phones, Facebook, etc.
Read more


Bromley Mencap - Scheme Leader
Bromley Mencap is an award winning, independent organisation providing a range of services for disabled people, carers and families. We are recruiting an energetic and enthusiastic Scheme Leader for our successful Saturday Respite Project. The Scheme Leader will manage a team of 10 support workers who together will provide high quality care to a group of 15 clients with learning and/or physical disabilities supporting them to enjoy a wide range of activities As a Scheme Leader you’ll make a real difference to our clients’ lives as you’ll provide valuable short breaks for their families. The scheme runs alternate Saturdays in Bromley. Nursing experience or equivalent is essential. All applications are subject to Enhanced Disclosure
Salary: £20 per hour plus annual leave & contributory pension
Hours: Saturdays - Fortnightly
Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 6th July 2016
Interviews – Saturday 9th July 2016
Full details


Carers Support Adviser (Dementia)

35 hours per week, NJC scale 22-27, £22,008 including OLW plus car allowance, pension and childcare vouchers.

The post holder will provide support, advice and information to carers who care for someone with dementia in Bromley. You will be an energetic, confident and outgoing individual, and ideally, you will have knowledge about the experience of carers that care for someone living with this condition. You will have experience of partnership working and experience of training and group work is desirable.

Carers Bromley supports people who, unpaid, care for an ill or disabled family member or friend. Experience in the health/social care sector will be an advantage. You will need to have access to transport plus a clean driving licence. An enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required.

Closing date: 4th July 2016 (17.00 hours). Interviews will take place on w/b 11th July 2016. References will be sought after interview.

Interested? Please download an application pack from www.carersbromley.org.uk/vacancies



 Superhighways Training in Croydon
Superhighways are offering 3 courses at CVA's Resource Centre in July:

5 July 2016   10.00am - 3.00pm
Excel for Monitoring & Evaluating your Impact

Funders want to know that you can make a difference before donating to your cause.  Excel is a good way to do this - keep track of information, analyse your data.......all for the bargain price of £25 + vat - subsidised by City Bridge Trust.

6 July 2016    10.00am - 1.00pm
Setting up a Website using Voice

At the end of this session you will have a new free website for your organisation with a logo, contact details, and other information on your organisation. 

6 July 2016    1.00pm - 4.00pm
Developing your Voice Website

Get interactive with your users and integrate social media.

Both of the above courses cost £35 +vat, or £28 +vat if you are a member of Superhighways.


One Family Foundation Community Award open until 29 June 2016


 Comic Relief - Core Strength
Grants are available for the core costs of charitable organisations that deliver services in one of Comic Relief's programme areas: Investing in Children and Young People; Empowering Women and Girls; Improving Health and Wellbeing; and Building Stronger Communities. 
Deadline: 24 July 2016.

Lord Taverners 
Provide specially adapted transport for schools catering for young people with learning and physical disabilities. These iconic green minibuses enable schools to engage pupils in sporting and recreational activities and help them develop life skills such as visiting shops and interacting with people in the local community
Deadline: 29 July 2016

London Catalyst – Project Grants
Grants are available for charities and voluntary and community organisations working in Greater London to fund initiatives that will tackle the effects of poverty and ill health and make a difference.
Deadline: Committee meets in February, June, September, and December.

Skills for the Future
The above Heritage Lottery Fund will reopen to applications on 24 June 2016.  In the meantime you can book for an information workshop taking place at NCVO's offices in London.  There are 2 planned - 29 June and 26 July both from 10.00am - 1.00pm.  Spaces are filling up fast.
Deadline: 29 September 2016.(for 1st round)

Currently recruiting 30 new charities and community interest companies join its portfolio and be selected to receive 12 months of funding and business skills from teams of young professionals.
Deadline: 24 June 2016

D M Thomas - grants for work with young people
Grants available for projects working with young people in 4 chosen areas:  Children and Young People with Disabilities; Employability and Training Programmes for disadvantaged young people; Children and Young People who are sick in hospital or who are life limited (requiring palliative care).
Deadline: 26 July 2016.

New! Innovation Funding for Businesswomen
Through the Women in Innovation Competition, Innovate UK (IUK) has funding for businesswomen who have the potential to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders in innovation.
Deadline: 24 August 2016