UPDATE w/c 24th OCTOBER 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


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



 The Bromley Santa Dash is a month away

Kick off the festive season with Mytime Active Santa Dash!

It's a fun, festive, family orientated event over a 2km course starting at Queensmead Recreation Ground and finishing on Bromley High Street.

The 2016 event will take place from 2pm on Sunday 20 November, and is sure to be a highlight of the Bromley town centre Christmas parade and light switch-on.

Entry costs (includes Santa costume for over-3s, and medals for everyone):
  • Adults: £6.50
  • Under 12s: £4.50
  • Under 3s: Free
The deadline for registration is Sunday 13 November. There will be no registration on the day.

We're expecting the Santa Dash to sell out fast, so don't miss out - register today!


Bromley Y and Bromley Community Wellbeing Service for Children & Young People

You are invited to the Grand Opening of our new premises on

Monday 21 November 2016 from 1.00 – 2.00 pm

at 23 East Street, Bromley BR1 3UH

by The Worshipful the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Ian Payne

We are fortunate to have acquired additional premises to enable us to support more young people in Bromley who are experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties, and would be delighted if you could join us for this occasion.

Drinks and light refreshments will be available.

 Please reply to Wendy Whybrew by 31st October due to limited capacity in building:

Bromley Y, 17 Ethelbert Road, Bromley, BR1 1JA

Tel:  020-3770 8848 or email: info@bromleyy.org



The Friends of Chislehurst Rec need your votes please!

Chislehurst & Walden Rec has been nominated for the UK’s Best Park Award.  Voting is now open and runs until 5pm on Wednesday 9th November. You can vote via this link www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/london
It takes just a few seconds so please vote now to help us secure this award!  Please also ask your friends and neighbours to vote too!  Thank you.


Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid


Young people aged between 16 and 24 are the part of the population at highest risk of domestic abuse. Recent surveys (including NSPCC, Zero Tolerance and End Violence Against Women campaign) reveal that approximately 40% of young people are already being subjected to relationship abuse in their teenage years. (NHS – Domestic Violence London).

 In association with The Big Lottery, Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid are launching two new support services for young women at risk of domestic abuse. As of September 2016 we will be providing an outreach support service and a peer support programme for young women aged between 11 – 20 years old.

Outreach Service

Our Young People’s Outreach Officer provides specialist 1:1 support for young women who have been affected by domestic abuse. We can support a young person over the telephone or meet with them privately in a safe location to offer confidential advice on a range of practical and emotional issues.

The nature of the support we provide varies depending upon the particular needs of each young person we work with. We can advocate on behalf of a client, support her to attend appointments, or simply provide a listening, non-judgemental ear.

Our Outreach Worker will support young women to rebuild self-esteem, helping them to recognise that the abuse is not their fault and that there is help available if they wish to access it.

Peer Support Group

Our Young People’s Outreach Officer also facilitates a peer support programme for young women and girls who have experienced domestic abuse, or who are vulnerable to entering abusive relationships.

 The group is intended as a safe and non-judgemental space where young women can explore feelings about any negative experiences they may have already had, and learn about protective behaviours they can put in place in future relationships.

 Over the course of six weekly sessions, participants will explore topics such as: healthy and unhealthy relationships, consent, digital abuse, gender roles, body image and self-esteem. We use a combination of film, drama games and engaging activities in order to make the experience as fun as possible for all young people involved.

 If after the course of the programme it is felt that a young person requires further support, our Young People’s Outreach Officer can meet with them on a 1:1 basis to provide emotional and practical support and advocacy.

How to Get in Touch

If you are interested in finding out any more about the support services available to young people, please contact our Young People’s Outreach Officer on:

Tel: 02083139303

Mobile: 07985884877

Email: lucy.f@bcwa.org.uk


Bromley Mylife -answers at your fingertips-

The local offer website - "You said, we did"

 The latest version of the Bromley local offer website (part of the Bromley MyLife website) was launched in April 2016. It was developed, designed & built using the lessons learnt and feedback from parents & carers on the previous versions that have existed since September 2013.

 Between April and July 2016 the Bromley MyLife website team undertook a project to meet face-to-face with a number of parents & carers of children & young people with disabilities & learning needs to seek their direct feedback & comments on the new site. The team also met with other professionals for their input too.

 And to bring all this together, we have created a webpage that pulls together the feedback, comments & ideas received – and to clearly set out the actions that we have taken, or have not taken.

 You can view the webpage at https://bromleymylife.typeform.com/to/JbSmh6.

 A link to this webpage is also available from the local offer pages.

 Please share this with your networks – and encourage them to continue to give us their feedback. We have also developed a range of promotional materials to go with this – including leaflets, posters & social media images. Please let us know if you would like to us to send you any electronic copies of these.

 A downloadable version of this report will be available shortly.

 Many thanks again for your feedback & help building the Bromley local offer website.


 Michael Watts, Product Owner: Bromley MyLife

London Borough of Bromley

 Bromley MyLifeanswers at your fingertips. Visit http://bromley.mylifeportal.co.uk.

 Calling all Providers! - please help us by providing details of your service so that we can add them on to our website. Visit https://bromley.mylifeportal.co.uk/form/serviceproviders



New! Grantnav
Who is getting all the good grants? Find out who is funding what, where and for how much.  You can now search for free the above large funding database that lists over £8 billion of grants. 360Giving has made this combined funding data available for free as open data. 
Read more

Free Guide for Trustees
The Institute of Fundraising has launched Trustees and Fundraising: A practical handbook in partnership with NCVO, Charities Finance Group, and ACEVO. This will  help boards of trustees ensure they are fully aware of their legal duties and wider responsibilities around fundraising.
Download here


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 


Maypole Project News

Ding Dong Merrily on High...
Too soon?  Everyone at The Maypole Project is ready and rearing to HO HO HO!  Not feeling festive yet?  Don't worry we have plenty of events to get you in the festive spirit!


If you can't beat him, join him...and 4,000 other Santa's!  Come and join us on Sunday 4th December in Victoria Park for a fantastically festive 5K or 10K run, walk or sled! 
Santa's Little Helpers (age 8yrs+) can join in the fun AND Santa costumes are provided!  It's only £25 to register and if you sign up by Friday 4th November you'll be entered into a free prize draw to win a beautiful Christmas hamper.   
Click here to sign up

We have now officially launched this year's Christmas Raffle.  We have some fantastic prizes, including tickets to see the West End musical Thriller, a trip to the Shard with Champagne and many more. 
Tickets are £2 each and are available in our shop in Orpington High Street or by email fundraising@themaypoleproject.co.uk

Our annual carol service will take place on Wednesday 14th December from 7pm at St George's Church in Beckenham.  
Christmas collections
We have been lucky enough to book some fantastic collections over the festive period.  We'll be at Bromley South train station on Wednesday 7th December and INTU Bromley on Friday 9th December. If you can spare a few hours to shake a tin please get in touch! 




Domestic Violence Level 1 Foundation    1st December 2016    9:30 – 12:30

Target Group - All frontline staff and managers including administration staff and receptionists who often have first contact with service users.  Staff who regularly work with families where there is domestic abuse and who already have a basic awareness of domestic abuse. This may include staff working in the area of health, housing, legal advice, police, social care, benefits, early years/childcare, voluntary sector, education, vulnerable adults, substance misuse and probation.

Course Aims –

  • To raise awareness of domestic abuse to a multi-agency audience.
  • To enable professionals to understand their role, in effectively working with families where there is a domestic abuse including responding to perpetrators


Domestic Violence Level 2 Intermediate    23rd January 2017  9:30 - 4:30

Target Group - Staff who regularly work with victims and their families, such as housing, education, voluntary agencies, staff working with at risk  adults, probation, CPS, substance misuse teams, children’s services

Course Aims –

To improve participants’ skills and build on their knowledge of the issues surrounding domestic abuse enabling them to support victims and their families effectively in a multi-agency environment.


Domestic Violence Level 3 Advanced    15th March 2017  9:30 - 4:30

Target Group - Practitioners who are key agencies in the core support group for domestic abuse victims and their families, such as social workers, family liaison workers, designated staff for child protection, teachers, housing caseworkers, domestic violence specialists and CAFCASS.

Course Aims –

To promote a common, shared understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different professionals working closely with victims of domestic abuse and their children. To achieve effective working relationships and consistency in assessments and responses to families.


TRAINER:Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid

Booking - please complete the booking form and email to safeguarding.training@bromley.gov.uk


 Centre for Social Justice Awards
Rewarding grassroots groups that have addressed a variety of social issues - past winners include projects that have helped to tackle modern slavery, rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic violence.  Categories are: Addiction; Debt; Education; Employment and skills; Family; Modern Excellence; Social Enterprise.
Deadline: 11 November 2016, 5pm

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Awards (£300) available to help community groups.  Also each week an 'Outstanding Volunteer Award' will be chosen by NCVO to receive a ‘Galaxy Hot Chocolate Hero Hamper’. AND that's not all - in the weeks running up to the fund, if you or your organisation could benefit from a free jar of Galaxy Hot Chocolate, email galaxyfreejars@escapadepr.com with your delivery address and contact number.
Deadline: 26 February 2017


 Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund

The Crystal Palace Park Community Projects fund is a small grants programme offering grants from £100 up to a maximum of £20,000.

The overarching aim of the fund is to provide support for activities, projects and events that increase the number of people using Crystal Palace Park and enhance the park users experience.

Information about eligibility criteria, the application process and the application form are on the Bromley.gov.website – go to the Crystal Palace park page.

Elaine Harrison is the Projects Officer responsible and she can be contacted at elaine.harrison@bromley.gov.uk in the first instance.

She is happy to talk through any proposals you may have and to advise about eligibility.

 Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants are available for small local groups/charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. 

People's Health Trust 
Funding for local communities to help create a society without health inequalities.

Percy Bilton - Individuals 
Qualified social workers or occupational therapists may apply for urgent, one-off financial assistance for essential items on behalf of individuals who are sick, disabled or over 65 on low income.

Percy Bilton - Organisations
Funding is available to registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups: disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60).

Law Society Charity
Registered charities can apply for grants between £5,000 and £15,000 prioritising projects which promote the needs of excluded, under-represented ,or disadvantaged groups and minorities
Deadline: 11 November 2016

Comic Relief HIV Diversity and Dignity
The above is open to UK based organisations working in partnership with organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa who are either capacity building organisations that support community groups of Key Populations, or working directly with organisations led by Key Populations, or their networks.
Deadline: 16 November 2016, 12noon

Power to Change Community Shares
The above booster programme aims to provide support for 10 community groups to develop a community share offer by matching funds raised.
Deadline: 30 November 2016.

Trust for London
Offering grants for work that tackles poverty and injustice. Priorities are: Employment; Advice (particularly legal); Social Justice; Violence; and funding for small groups
Deadline(s): 6 February,  31 May 2017. 

Wren's Community Action Fund
Grants of between £2,000 - £50,000 for activities such as: Protection of the Environment and the Provision, Maintenance, or Improvement of a public park or another public amenity.
Deadline: 22 February 2016,  5pm

New Venture! Changemaker
Inspirational community projects looking to support social change are now able to present their ideas on Crowdfunder.co.uk and unlock matched funding of up to £10,000 from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund. As well as access to the matched funding from Santander, projects will benefit from the Crowdfunding team specialists with education, enterprise and coaching support to unlock the further funds and create lasting impacts in communities across the UK.

Small awards up to £500 for groups helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals participate in sport.
No deadlines.

New Fund! The Discovery Project 
Santander's new flagship community programme helping disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. Apply for up to £5,000 for projects.  There are 3 priorities: Explorer (Improving Knowledge and Insight); Transformer (Developing Skills and Experience); Changemaker(Innovative Solutions to Social Challenges.
No deadlines 

Bernard Sunley 
Grants to registered charities of between £1,000 and £25,000 for capital projects. Preference given to supporting projects relating to the fabric of a building.
No deadlines.

Crowdfunding for Arts
The above have teamed up with the Arts Council to distribute £125,000 to artists.


 Comic Relief - HIV, Diversity and Dignity
The maximum grant available is £250,000 and a grant length of three to five years. The funding could be used to start new activities according to identified needs of Key Populations, or to strengthen existing work. Applicants can either request 100% funding from Comic Relief, or part funding for proposed activities
Closing date: 16th November, 2016 (midday) 
For more information on the grant and what Comic Relief do, click here

BeyondMe is a growing movement in which professionals, business and charities join together to make meaningful impact on the world beyond them. BeyondMe provide a platform for business professionals to form teams and donate their time, skills and money to a charity partner they choose for at least one year.   
For more information,
click here

Youth Investment Fund 
The Youth Investment Fund will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants will have funding available up until 2020, enabling organisations to invest and plan for the future.
Application deadline: 11th November 2016
For more information, click here