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News from NCVO

It was short on big headlines perhaps, but the Queen's Speech contained plenty for charities to digest, and perhaps a few opportunities.
Read the summary:
The Queen's Speech – what charities need to know

 LIVing On

Thank you to thos of you who attended our launch.  We were thrilled by the support we received from local services and organisations.
We are now looking forward to delivering our service and just wanted to remind you that we are running both the buddying service and grief groups locally.  If you would like any more information about either service or details of how to refer to us please get in touch. 
We are also able to work with you in any of the following ways:-
  • an visit to introduce our service to your team and organisation
  • training for your team in supporting bereaved children and young people, complex deaths and having difficult conversations
  • assisting you in creating your bereavement policy
  •  supporting you in supporting bereaved families
  • providing resources to families
As we mentioned at the launch we are a self funding charity so we would be very grateful if you are able to be involved with fundraising for  us in any way.  We have many ideas from "bad hair” days to sponsored swimathons to coffee mornings, so if you would like to run an event for us please let us know.
If you requested more information, leaflets and posters at the launch these will be on their way to you.  If you didn't and would like some please let us know and we will get them to you.
We look forward to working with you in the future and supporting each other in providing the advice and support that bereaved children, young people and their families need.
One last request "please keep talking about us and telling your colleagues that we are here.
Yours sincerely
Heather Williams
Operations Manager
LIVing On


Superhighways May News

A bumper edition this month - they've been very busy (as you'll see!) and have also found lots of useful resources to help you on your digital journeys. Click here to read.



To read the latest news from Engage London click here


 Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich & Lewisham

To read their May newsletter click here

Carers Bromley newsletter for professionals

Welcome to the second edition of Carers Bromley's newsletter for professionals working with unpaid carers in the London Borough of Bromley. They hope you enjoy this new way to keep you informed of issues regarding carers and how they can be supported.
To read the newsletter, please click here.


The Maypole Project relies on funding from Grants and Trusts to be able
to continue to provide counselling and therapy to families who have
children with complex medical needs free of charge.

The basis on which we are looking to appoint is anticipated to be on the
basis of an agreed number of bids per month/year.

The applicant for this role will need strong skills in writing grant
bids with budgets and associated paperwork.  Proven ability of securing
funding from trusts, foundations, and sometimes corporate donors is
essential. An understanding of the small charity sector is also
necessary, alongside insight into the support needs of children with
disabilities and their families.

Please contact Sally Flatteau Taylor by email to sallyflatteautaylor@themaypoleproject.co.uk                 or telephone: 01689 851596

Vacancy: Chairperson of JusB youth Club

JusB is based in North Bromley and has been helping hard-to-reach young people for over 13 years. Our projects divert young people from unproductive activities to make the most of their potential. 

Due to other commitments and a well-earned sabbatical, and after 12 years as our Chair of trustees, he has now decided it’s time to hand the baton to someone else. We need a replacement for this key role to assist the management committee to fulfill their legal duties.

The management committee meets 6 times a year on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.

The role of the chair is:

Leader and figurehead of the organisation

Ensuring that the Management Committee is effective and operates legally. 

Supervision of Senior staff.

Assisting with the governance/management of the organisation.

It is important that the applicant has a knowledge of the voluntary sector and is experienced in how management committees are run.

If you are interested in this vital voluntary position and would like further details could you please contact:

Ned McWhirter

Project Manager

0208 464 2722 Ned.jusb@btconnect .com




Self-esteem, body image and young people

1 day course (09:30-16:30hrs)

About this course

This course aims to examine why many young people have low self-esteem and, in particular, lack aspirations. We will look at some practical ideas to support young peoples’ self-esteem and raise their aspirations. Body image issues affect nearly all young people, undermining their confidence and lowering their self-esteem further. Young people with low self-esteem are more likely to be teenage parents, victims of domestic violence or have an STI. 

 The course is suitable for anyone working with young people (particularly those who are vulnerable) in youth settings including: youth workers, teachers, teaching assistants, support workers, family workers, carers and looked after children staff and carers. 


By the end of this course, participants will have: 

* Increased awareness of the effect that low self-esteem has on young people

* An understanding of the self-esteem cycle 

* Investigated resources and practical ideas that can be used with young people to support their self-esteem and raise aspirations 

* Looked at the importance of support for young people to actively delay early sexual activity 

Dates and locations 

Friday 1 July 2016 at Global House 

Thursday 2 February 2017 at Global House


Understanding HIV

1 day course (09:30-16:30hrs)

About this course

This course provides an opportunity for those working with people who are, or may be at risk of becoming HIV positive. The course aims to raise awareness of HIV and how it is transmitted, and to help participants understand more about HIV, how it is treated and possible side effects of treatment. The course will include: 

* Introduction to and short history of HIV 

* What is HIV/AIDS and stages of infection 

* Prevalence of HIV 

* Transmission/infection control 

* The HIV test and the need to promote it 

* Stigma 

* Implications for health care and support services 

* Viral loads and CD4 counts 

* HIV treatments, side effects and adherence 

* Implications for health care and support services 

* PEP 

* Pregnancy 

* Case studies 


By the end of this course, participants will: 

* Understand more about HIV and its treatment 

* Have improved awareness of HIV, how it is transmitted and how to prevent transmission 

* Understand who is most at risk of having HIV and why 

* Appreciate the need to promote testing and where to get tested 

* Have looked at recent changes to treatment and side effects 

* Have greater awareness of the stigma of being HIV positive 

Dates and locations 

Friday 24 June 2016 at Global House 

Tuesday 10 January 2017 at Global House

If you work for an organisation in Bromley you can book a place on any of our courses by sending an e-mail to the Health Improvement Service’s sexual health team at: bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net or by calling 020 8315 8711

Staff from organisations outside the borough of Bromley should complete the training application form which can be found at bromleyhealthcare.org.uk/his training


Writing successful bids

Make sure every application is as strong as possible. Come and learn with NCVO consultants how to make your bid stand out.

10 June, NCVO, London

Writing successful bids

Turning ideas into income: Starting a new trading venture

This course covers the key issues in setting up or growing trading activity within your organisation. It will help you assess the viability of your ideas and develop an action plan to get started.

13 June, NCVO, London

Turning ideas into income: Starting a new trading venture




New: Comic Relief UK - Maternal Mental Health
Grants are available to registered organisations for proposals that will ensure that more women experiencing maternal mental health issues have access to high quality, community-based support in their local area.
Deadline: 15 June 2016.

New: HIV Prevention Innovation Fund 2016-2017
Grants are available to voluntary sector organisations for local projects of up to a year that support new and innovative ways to prevent HIV transmission and acquisition in England.
Deadline: 15 June 2016

New: Comic Relief - Communities and Sport for Change
Grants are available for proposals which use sport as a catalyst for change, helping communities in several of the UK's most deprived areas to take ownership, feel empowered and solve problems.
Deadline: 11 July 2016.

New: Comic Relief - Girls in Gangs
Grants are available throughout the UK and in Kingston (Jamaica), Bogota (Columbia), Cape Town (South Africa), and Lagos (Nigeria) for collaborative, multi-partner projects that will provide a positive and safe future for girls and young women associated, or at risk of becoming associated with gangs.
Deadline: 13 July 2016.

Persimmon Community Champions
Groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.  You can apply every month for a donation.
Deadline:  31 March 2017.

Woodward Charitable Trust Main Grants
Large and small grants available for: (amongst other criteria) Disability projects which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or have a learning disability, as well as help to improve employment prospects;  Homelessness, especially affecting young people and women, and covering facilities such as women's refuges; Arts outreach work by local groups for the benefit of disadvantaged people.
Deadline: 31 July 2016

Apply here

City Bridge Trust
Grants available for projects that improve Londoner's mental health.  Grants are available for revenue or capital costs.

Apply any time

Peter Harris Foundation
The above funder supports sporting activity or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfill their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. 

Apply any time.

YAPP Charitable Trust
Grants are given to small registered charities for work with people with disabilities or mental health problems, people with a history of offending, addiction or abuse, and education and learning.

Apply any time  

Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund
Voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for a community grant for Crystal Palace Park.  The community fund, which will continue over the next 3 years, will award grants to community groups to deliver specific projects and activities in the park.  
Community fund applications for between £100 and £20,000 will be assessed by a panel, with the first grants allocated to applicants this summer. Details about the application process, including eligibility criteria are now available.  Potential applicants can refer to the published Crystal Palace Park Masterplan but are advised to read and download the following guidance documents. For more information and to access these documents, please click here.
The next deadline for applications is Friday 16th September 2016.
To complete the projects fund application form, please click here and email to Community.development@bromley.gov.uk or by post to Community Development, Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, BR1 3UH.

Funding News

Comic Relief changes grants strategy
Comic Relief has launched a new grants strategy that the charity says will put a greater emphasis on helping people find their own solutions to the challenges they face. To read the full article, please click here

People's Postcode Trust Invites Applications to Small Grants Programme
Registered charities, SCIOs, constituted voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, community interest companies (CIC), not-for-profit organisations and local constituted clubs are reminded that the remit for the People’s Postcode Trust Small Grants scheme is changing in 2016. There will be two funding rounds each year, open to organisations throughout all of England, Scotland and Wales. The first round opens on 1st May 2016 with a deadline of 31st May 2016, and the second round is scheduled to open on 1st September 2016 with a deadline of 30th September 2016. For more information, please click here

Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving Programme Opens 3rd May
Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a fourth year in a row to small, local community groups in the UK. The Skipton Building Society established the Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. It offered 160 donations of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere. The winners were chosen by a public vote. Since its launch, 483 small organisations have benefited from £241,500 in awards. This year, there are 163 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK. The online application runs from 3rd May 2016 to 29th July 2016.

For more information, please click here

Small Charity Week - Fundraising Day,16th June
Fundraising Day is the perfect opportunity for small charities to engage with current and new supporters to get fundraising. Fundraising Day 2016 will take place on 16th June with plenty of free events, initiatives and resources for your charity to engage with. For more information, please click here
Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants 
In addition to their Local Community Projects Fund Greggs now have an Environmental Grants programme funded from the 5p carrier bag levy. Funding is for projects that benefit the local environment in a way that will improve preferably disadvantaged lives. Small grants up to £2,500. Large grants of £2,500 to £10,000 are available and the deadline is 1 July 2016, 30 September 2016. 
For more information, please click here.