UPDATE w/c 21st NOVEMBER 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, Siobhan Cunningham who is the Youth Engagement Officer for Affinity Sutton and Elaine Harrison from Bromley LA who will inform us about the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund.  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


Last chance to sign up  - 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 joining us for this event to receive a share of the toys and games for your children and young people please email Judy at cfforum@btconnect.com. 


Setting up for Success guide -3 free copies up for grabs.

The Forum has 3 free copies of the book 'Setting up For Success' a practical guide for community organisations.  It is primarily an ideas manual - it provides introductions to each topic, practical tips and case studies, and links to other resources to help small organisations grow from strength to strengh. If you would like one of these copies please email  cfforum@btconnect.com



Orpington Baptist Church's Got Talent runs for one night only this Saturday 26th November

Popular songs will be sung by Inspire and the OBC band, plus some budding songwriters will be performing. Tickets are £5, students £3. JusB has some tickets or you can buy them on the door. (We are closed on Fridays which may mean it may be easier for you to buy on the door). Click above for details of how to get there. 
Thank you to OBC for raising money for us through this event!

Welfare Benefits Seminar  

As part of our new ‘Bromley Community Voices’ project, CLB are pleased to offer a series of seminars, of which this is the second.
Combining six existing working-age benefits, the national expansion of Universal Credit for all single claimants was completed in March 2016. Universal Credit started in Bromley on 18 January 2016, but only for single people making a new claim who would otherwise have claimed Jobseekers Allowance. It is expected to be fully rolled out over the next few years.

The Welfare Benefits Seminar will be held on: 
Thursday 8th December 2016
Bromley United Reform Church, BR1 1RY from 14:00 – 16:30
For an opportunity to discuss and share experiences and knowledge, find out more, click here


You're invited to a party at the Pavilion

All members and friends of the Pavilion Leisure Centre are welcome at our Members & Friends Shindig on Friday 9 December, from 8pm till midnight.

Tickets cost £10, and include:

  • Welcome drink
  • Canapés
  • DJ
  • Ten-pin bowling
Bring your family, friends or colleagues, and make a night of it!

Call 020 8313 9911 or email tracey.edwards@mytimeactive.co.uk for more information

Engage London Events

Ensuring Violence Prevention Works for Children and Young People from all Communities in London - 

8 December 2016


Race Equality Foundation

Unit 22 Deane House Studios

27 Greenwood Place

London NW5 1LB

Time: 9.45-1pm

This course explores the evidence around the long term and multiple impacts on children and young people experiencing violence. The session will look at the experience of different communities as well as boys and girls and will then consider what works in violence prevention through a case study based on the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme.

The aims of the course are: 

  • Increased knowledge of the children and young people’s experience of violence;
  • Better understanding of the long term impact of this violence on children and young people from different communities;
  • Better understanding of what works in children and young people experiencing violence.
  • To provide resources to consider the implications for different equality groups

 Register at:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#advanced-search/subset=unread&within=1d&sizeoperator=s_sl&sizeunit=s_smb/1582f4f963639bc3


Equality Support Programme - 13 December 2016 

 Race Equality Foundation 
Unit 22 Deane House Studios
27 Greenwood Place
London NW5 1LB
9.45am - 4.30pm
Do you want to provide services that better meet the needs of your local communities and different equality groups?

This programme will introduce local voluntary and community organisations to the Engage London Equality Act Toolkit.

The session will enable participants to:

  • Assist local organisations to use the Engage London Equality Toolkit, and other equality resources, in planning your work;
  • Improve the capacity of your organisation to identify the needs of groups that may face discrimination or inequalities in accessing services;
  • Consider how your organisation can deliver services that are better able to meet the needs of different equality groups.

 Register online 



Consultation - Proposed Submission Draft Local Plan

Bromley Council is consulting on its Proposed Submission Draft Local Plan (the Draft Local Plan).  This is the latest in a series of consultations on the developing Local Plan for the Borough which, when adopted, will guide development over the next 15 years.

Your views are sought on whether the Draft Local Plan is "sound" and whether the Council has complied with its legal obligations in drawing up the plan.  Further information about what this means, and how to comment can be accessed via this link http://bromley-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/pslp/dlp


New classes at Bromley & Downham Youth Club

Martial Arts course

Bromley & Downham Youth Club are running a jkoint working project with Rising Stars support.  This is an 8 week mixed Martial Arts course with the possibility of a further 8 weeks, if succesful.  The age group is 11 yrs to 18 yrs at a cost of 50p per session.  They would prefer people to sign up for the whole 8 weeks.

Street Dance Classes

Bromley and Downham Youth Club will be starting Street Dance classes from Tuesday 10th January from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in their sports hall for young people aged 8 to 15 years.  They will run for 8 weeks and be taken by Danni Reid from GDND Dance Academy.  This will include Tuesday 14th February (to be held in the daytime as it is half term - times to be confirmed).  The last session will be on Tuesday 28th February.  The course will cover beginners breakin, street dance routines and current dance trends with music from UK grime, hip hop and urban pop tracks.  There will be a maximum of 25 places per class and the cost will be 50p per session.

For more information about either of these courses contact Bromley & Downham Youth Club on 020 8461 2597 or email info@banddyc.co.uk


Maypole Project News

To read the latest news from the Maypole project, including their Christmas events, click here.


 Beckenham Soroptomist's Quiz Sheet

Those lovely ladies from the Soroptomists are helping JusB again, this time with a cyrptic quiz sheet. Sheets cost £1 and can be bought from JusB or the Soroptomists. Questions include name the London street, with the clue 'Breadmaker St'  and name the Film with the clue, 'Magician from down under'. You may want to fill in the sheet for fun, but there is also a prize for a winner who returns their sheet before 30th January 2017. Why not buy a few to pop in your Christmas stockings- a great activity for Christmas day afternoon?! Email us to request a copy, or call 0208 464 2722.


‘Love London Working’ - new employment support programme

 What is Love London Working?

 Love London Working is an ESF funded programme that supports those living in London and not currently in any paid work, into work. We offer support to customers in a number of ways:

  • Employability support – Each person registered with Love London Working is allocated an employment support officer who is there to offer advice and guidance to help people back into work. We run sessions and workshops that help with CVs, applications forms, selling yourself effectively and interview skills. We also have facilities for supported job search sessions.  
  • Computer skills and on-line learning – Those registered to Love London Working will have access to our full range of e-learning courses which include; computer basics, health and safety in the work place, manual handling, employability on-line, ECDL and a whole lot more.  
  • Direct Access to job vacancies – We work directly with employers from a variety of industries including Security, Construction, Care, Retail, Administration, Warehousing and Catering to gain direct access to their current and up-coming vacancies. We will provide support with applications, access to relevant vocational training and interview practice before the real thing. Some of the employers we have recently worked with include Virgin Trains, Metro Bank, Mytime active  
  • Apprenticeships

  Who can take part in Love London Working?

The project can work with anyone who meets the following eligibility:

  • Aged 16 +
  • Not currently in any paid work
  • Lives in a London borough
  • Has the right to work in the UK
  • Not currently on the DWP Work Programme

 How do you get involved?

 Referrals – if you are working with individualsthat you feel can benefit from Love London Working, please refer them to us. Referrals can be made by e-mailing a referral form to lovelondonworking@affinitysutton.com

Vacancies – if your organisation has current work placements, apprenticeships or job vacancies that you would like help to fill then please let us know. We have great relationships with our employers and would be more than happy to help you find the right person for your forthcoming positions.

 How can you find out more?

 There is lots more information on our website www.lovelondonworking.com including our latest training and job opportunities

 If you would like us to come and meet with your team or organisation to give you more information about Love London Working, then please get in touch and we can arrange to come and see you.

We look forward to hearing from you soon


 Erica Watts

Love London Working Team


Bromley Mencap - Assistant Chief Executive
At an exciting time of growth and development, Bromley Mencap have created this new and varied role to work closely with the Chief Executive. The Assistant Chief Executive will support taking the organisation forward as a leader in the provision of services for disabled people, carers and families.
Salary: £35,000 to £38,000 plus 5% pension
Hours: 37 hours per week
Closing date: Noon on Monday, 28th November 2016
For more information about the role and how to apply, click here

Bromley Mencap - Job Coach
As an Job Coach, you will be making a real difference to our candidates’ lives by providing one to one support, and delivering group workshops.
Salary: £10.65 – £12.65 per hour (depending on experience) 
Closing date - 9am Wednesday 30th November 2016

For more information, click here 



 Experienced qualified, unqualified part-time youth workers required at this flourishing youth club on the Lewisham/Bromley borders.

 Application form and further details from:

 Sophie Dear: tel. 8461 2597 or Email – sophie@banddyc.co.uk



Social Prescribing Administrator. For further information and an application form go to our website.
Deadline for applications: 10.00am Monday 28 November 2016
Interviews: 6 December 2016
Development Officer – Equalities and Impact role. For further information and an application form go to our website
Deadline for applications: 10.00am Wednesday 30 November 2016
Interviews: 14 December 2016


 Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

 The Proud Trust and Body Positive are Manchester based organisations who are working with Bromley Healthcare to come and deliver their Sexuality aGender training in the South of England for the first time on the 24th March 2017.
See the flyer for more information and details of how to book. This training event costs £125, and this includes the toolkit which is only available for practitioners who have attended the training.
If you require any further information, please contact Bromley Healthcare 01689 888002 or The Proud Trust on 07531 061777.


 BBC Sports: Get Inspired
If you know a fantastic sports volunteer who deserves a #BigThankYou please nominate them via the JoinIn website - they'll be in with a chance of a call from their favourite sports stars from the red carpet of the Sports Personality of the Year on 18 December.

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award
Three awards: Business Woman; New Generation (women under 35), and a new  Social Purpose Award, launched to celebrate businesswomen that champion social purpose beyond their core business case. It will be awarded to candidates who share the same qualities Madame Clicquot is said to have had, described as ‘a passion for creating strong, longstanding business relationships, loyalty, and a commitment to business beyond profit’.
Deadline: 30 December 2016.


Affinity Sutton Ready2Work Grants
Grants to support Affinity Sutton residents.  There are 3 programmes: Ready2work;  Re:work; Re:Train; all with different deadlines;
Deadline: 26 November - Re:Train
Deadline: 14 December, 12noon - Re:Work
(Contact for details of Ready2Work deadline)

BBC Children in Need Small Grants
Apply for a grant up to £10,000 for projects with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 who are suffering from: Illness; Distress; Neglect and Abuse; Disability; Behavioural/Psychological Difficulties; Living in Poverty or Situations of Deprivation.
Deadline: 1 December 2016

Affinity Sutton Digital Communities
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available for charities and community organisations working to support Affinity Sutton residents of all ages to get and stay online and build the skills, motivation and confidence to use the internet safely as an everyday tool. Download forms from below:
Application Form Guidelines
Application Form
Fund Guidelines
Deadline: 2 December 2016, 5pm.

BBC Children in Need Main Grants
Apply for a grant of £10,000 per year for up to 3 years - criteria is the same as small grants programme (above).
Deadline:  13 January 2017

Phillip Bates Trust 
The trust was set up in memory to a young man who had an interest in music and english.  It aims to advance the education of young people under the age of 25 in the arts. Grants to individuals are usually £300 and to organisations £500.
Deadline: 31 December 2016.
For more information, click here