UPDATE w/c 26th SEPTEMBER 2016



 Makaton training update

We have now completed the introduction to Makaton training courses at Orpington Fire Station.  The feedback from those attending was very positive and many have asked if we can arrange for the foundation course to be offered, and expressed their willingness to pay more for the course if necessary.  Here are a few comments from those attending......

'Great value for money. A life skill for people working with children with difficulties'

'I will be able to use basic Makaton in my setting and it will help with a young boy I have in my care 3 days a week, and help with the partnership with parents'

'It has given me the knowledge and confidence to use this in my setting. I can help children to communicate especially if they are non-verbal.  Extremely excellent value for money!'


Pilot Consortium bid

We have had a great response to being part of our pilot consortium bid.  Judy will be taking this forward over the next week and will be in touch with those organisations who have expressed an interest.



World Dyslexia Day  - Thursday 6th October

Come along to our innovative Chat Show, to hear what being dyslexic really means

"Conversations about Dyslexia"


Doors open 7.45pm

Chat Show starts at 8pm

St. Nicholas Church Hall (Village Hall) s Church Lane s Chislehurst BR7 5PE

Your host will be Peter Stanton - Dyslexia /SpLD consultant, tutor and coach

Advice and Support from the Dyslexia Association of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich & Lewisham

( 0300 999 1800 8 info@dyslexiawise.co.uk : www.dyslexiawise.co.uk


Bromley Mencap - Quiz Night - Saturday 08 October

St George's Church Hall
Bickley Park Road, Bickley, BR1 2BE, Starting at 7.30pm
Teams of 6-8 people
Tickets £5 each
Please bring your own drinks and nibbles.
Decorate / Dress up your table - Prize for the best dressed table on the night!
For tickets or more information, please call Jane on 0208 466 0790 or email: jane.barnes@bromleymencap.org 


Arts Train celebration –  Friday 25th November

Dear members of the Children & Families Voluntary Sector Forum

Mytime Active invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of the young people from across the borough. Our award-winning music project ‘ArtsTrain’ is delighted to be working in partnership with Serious Events and the London Jazz Festival 2016.

 The night will showcase extraordinary music created by young people from across Bromley and Bexley. Participants from the project will perform original music – all created and written by the young people themselves.

 Performances on the night will feature young people from our school and community programmes, as well as joint projects with Bromley and Bexley Music Hubs.

 Details for the diary:

Friday 25th November 2016 – 19:30-21:00pm

Beckenham Public Halls, Bromley, BR3 5JE

 To secure your tickets for the event please follow the online link below


 Many thanks

The ArtsTrain team


Exercise Fitness Dance for Women and Girls - Every Saturday from 10:30AM-11:30AM

Our group fitness classes are the perfect way for you to have fun while working hard to achieve your health and fitness goals and your lifestyle. Easy to follow exercise classes designed for all females to have an opportunity to get back in sport, try something new, meet new people and get fit .Only £1 contribution fee!

Address: Orpington Fire Station,

Avalon Road, Orpington, BR6 9AX.

To Join call: 0203 583 3005, Mob: 0795 074 6544.

Email:info@lwfci.uk.org.uk, Website: www.lwfci.org.uk



Harvest and Christmas Appeals – can you help?

The Salvation Army have their Harvest and Christmas Appeals coming up and it would be lovely if they could find a few extra volunteers to help with the processing of the food and gifts. If anyone has the time to do some voluntary work or knows anyone that might like to give us a hand then please could they contact me as soon as possible either on my mobile phone or by e mail and I could give them further details.

The dates that I have so far are:

Harvest Checking - this involves checking and sorting the produce that we get from schools.

Friday 7th October at 11am and Monday 17th October at 11am

Christmas Appeals

Start 1st of November and runs until the 12th December, various roles are available, that include, sorting and allocation of toys, making up of Christmas parcels and administrative tasks.

 Dawn Derham
Community Care Ministries Secretary
0208 464 4630
07986 287136

Congratulations to Bromley & Downham Youth Club

At the Open Evening on Wednesday 13th September attended by The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Ian F Payne, Bromley & Downham Youth Club were presented with a City & Guilds Gold Quality Mark Plaque awarded by London Youth a City & Guilds in recognition of the quality service provided. The Mayor received the award from Beth Williams, London Youth, David Miller and Nel-Ange Etienne, City and Guilds and a few words were spoken about the significance of the award. The Mayor then handed the award to Club Leader, Ann Woodyatt and spoke briefly about the achievement. The Club Trustees, Cllr Michael Turner, Mark Morris, Margaret Smith, Julia Fletcher and Hilary Cheverton and the President Peter Harman were also present with other guests including Mervyn Kaye, Youth First Lewisham who support the club, local Police, volunteers parents and carers. The members of the club joined in the evening and the Boxing Club gave a demonstration in our refurbished air conditioned boxing gym.
Philip Cheverton, Chairman of the Trustees responded on behalf of the Club saying “we see this award not only as recognition of the quality of work that is done at the club but also as a tribute to the dedication of the part time staff team, including volunteers and Trustees who deliver the service to the young people. He concluded that ‘’the good comments from the young people who are members of the club, their parents and guardians are what makes all the hard work worthwhile and as a ‘team’ we have achieved this significant award’’.
The Youth Club in 41 Valeswood Road, Bromley is open from Monday to Thursday evening from 6.30pm during term time for ages 7 years + and we also hold a very popular daytime school holiday club. For more information visit the website www.banddyc.co.uk or follow us on Face Book and Twitter, email:
info@banddyc.co.uk, telephone: 0208 461 2597

CYP emotional wellbeing & mental health co-production - can you help?

The  New Economics Foundation have been commissioned by the Bromley CCG to lead on the co-production of the emotional well-being and mental health priorities for children and young people in the borough. Co-production means that they want to design and shape the future service provision in equal partnership with the families and children/young people involved and their first step in doing this is to gather insight from you about what is currently working and why. 

They don't have a lot of time  (until the end of Sept) and they would like to reach as many children, young people and parents as they can to hear their experiences, what they care about in terms of their well-being and who or what they turn to when life becomes difficult. 

‚ÄčIf you are able to help Helen Sharp to engage with the children and young people that you are seeing, please contact her. Her contact details are:

Tel: 07711 093942                Email: hmsharp44@gmail.com


Affinity Sutton You Matter programme 


Affinity Sutton are running a pilot of a new programme in Penge for Young mums in partnership with Yellow Brick Road. The programme is a accredited 12 week 2 hours per week programme covering: a whole range of essential topics such as; Money and Home Matters: budgeting, dealing with debts, managing tenancies, reducing risks of homelessness through understanding the responsibilities of the tenant. And much more. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/supportingfamilies/familyservicefinder/familyservicedetails.htm?cat=countywide&srv=yellow-brick-road-projects


 They are looking to partner with key organisations in the Bromley area that offer advice and support in the community. They will be looking for Affinity Sutton resident referrals and also for partners to be involved in the delivery of the session.

Please contact Siobahn Cunningham, Youth Engagement Officer if you are interested.

M: 07917 552395

email: Siobhan.Cunningham@affinitysutton.com


Children England 'Beneath the Threshold' survey

I was wondering if you could help contribute to our study ‘Beneath the Threshold’ by completing this quick survey, or by sending it to any relevant networks who might be in a position to contribute.

Beneath the Threshold aims 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?

Your views will not be attributed to your organisation. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MV6C2CD

You don’t have to be a safeguarding ‘expert’ to help us with this study – whatever your particular service or project’s focus, your perspective is really valuable for us in building an accurate picture of what’s happening and what’s changing for voluntary groups. 

Beneath The Threshold’ builds on the work undertaken by Children England’s ‘Perfect Storms’, and also Partnership for Young London’s ‘25%, Reviewing commissioning of youth services across London.’

Many thanks in advance.



Trustees and Volunteers sought for Living On Bereavement Service 

Living On bereavement service for children and young people is seeking  trustees to join its board and volunteers to support its work;

We are a new charity based in Orpington. Our focus is on providing  support to local children and families who have experienced bereavement
of someone they have loved.

We are looking for new TRUSTEES to be part of developing the charity so  it can thrive and deliver support and care within the local community.
In particular we would like to recruit trustees with marketing and  fundraising skills and those who have an understanding of children and
young people's needs.

VOLUNTEER roles include supporting our grief groups, helping fundraise or by providing administrative support. If you have a professional
qualification in health, social care or education and or have experience in working with children and families you could be a Buddy. A Buddy
provides support and advice to a child and family following bereavement.

You need to be interested in the charity's work and be willing to give your time. If you are interested in the role of Trustee or volunteer
please contact us for further information and details of the application process to admin@livingon.org.uk

Please be advised these roles are subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Sue Arnold
Living On Bereavement Service
07734 009630


St Hugh’s Volunteer Youth worker

 Location: St Hugh’s Community Centre, 42 Castledine Road, London, SE20 8PL (near Anerley Station)

Time commitment: 3 hours per week on Wednesday evening (4:30 pm – 7:30pm)

 About us

St Hugh's runs a weekly Youth Club for 8-13 year olds on Wednesdays 5-7pm, to assist in guiding and supporting young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential in society. Our sessions focus on teamwork and confidence building in a fun environment with routes of progression explored as well. We run various activities throughout the year with seasonal celebrations.

 Who we are looking for

This is a volunteer position. We need enthusiastic, passionate and reliable forward thinkers. You should have an interest in youth work and be able to commit to 6 months with us. You must show maturity and patience and be able to relate to the young people. You should also be willing to have a DBS check.

 What you’ll be doing

-          Assisting in running weekly youth club sessions which have an average of 15 children and young people from 8-15 years.

-          Communicating with the youth team about weekly activities

-          Supervising young people and ensuring the general health & safety and rules of conduct are adhered to

-          Assisting and participating in games, activities and discussions with young people

-          Helping with program set up and clean up

Why volunteer with us

Whilst volunteering with us, you can expect;

-      Training opportunities

-          Travel and lunch expenses covered  

-          A reference from us

-         A DBS check

If you are interested in this position, please contact us info@hlca.org.uk / 020 8659 7038



FIRST AID TRAINING - Sat 1st October 2016

An appointed persons First Aid Course is being run at St. Edward's on Saturday October 1st from 9.30 - 4.30 at a cost of £20 per person to include certificate and book.

If anyone on the forum would like a place then please email Ruth:  ruthstedproject@gmail.com.

Pornography and young people 

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

 About this course 

Children and young people are exposed to an unprecedented range of media content on computers, mobile phones, tablets and play consoles. More and more young people report that they are learning about sex and relationships from pornography. This course aims to explore the impact and influence of pornography on young peoples’ attitude to sex, relationships, and their sexual development to enable participants to work with young people to minimise this impact. 

This course is suitable for anyone working with young people in Bromley (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:

 Raised awareness of the scale of pornography and its use by young    people

An increased knowledge of the law as it relates to pornography 

Raised confidence in addressing issues of pornography with young peole 

Explored our own attitudes towards pornography and how this may impact on our practice 

Raised awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) risk indicators in young people      

An understanding of different grooming techniques 

Raised awareness of safeguarding responsibilities and procedures 

Increased confidence in addressing issues in relation to pornography and young people 

 Dates and locations 

Wednesday 5 October 2016 at Global House


Sexual health and young people

 1 day course (09:30-16:30hrs)

 About this course

This course provides an introduction to sex, relationships and the curriculum; looking at STIs, contraception and how personal values can impact on the service young people receive. Participants will explore the ways that we can work with young people around the concept of sex and pleasure. 

This course is suitable for youth workers, family workers, carers, health professionals, secondary schools and college staff, those working with looked after children and anyone who wishes to increase their understanding and awareness of relationship and sex issues.


Have had the opportunity to explore their own values, attitudes and beliefs and how they can prevent these impacting on the service provided to young people 

• Have an increased knowledge around STIs including signs, symptoms and treatment 

• Understand how contraception works and the different methods available including LARC 

• Be aware of what is included in the SRE (sex and relationships education) curriculum 

• Have explored the ways in which we can work with young people around sex and pleasure 

 Dates and locations

 Tuesday 15 November 2016 at Global House

If you would like to book a place on either of the above 2 courses, please refer to the  booking instructions


 Top 30 Charity CEOs 
This year’s Top 30 Charity CEOs on Social Media Awards have opened for nominations. As well as voting for the top 30 CEOs, for the first time this year, the judges will also select an overall winner. There are also four awards to recognise individuals’ social media presences in the following categories: including best trustee.
Deadline: 30 September 2016.


 Stop Loan Shark Funding - bit of a tight deadline
The England Illegal Money Lending Team is providing grants of up to £5,000 for local groups in communities that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending in their community.  
Deadline: 30 September 2016.

Nuffield Foundation Children and Families 
The above foundation will fund research and innovative projects to do with child welfare and development and child protection - projects that will help to ensure that social policy and the institutions governing family life in the UK are best adapted to meet the needs of children and families.  
Deadline: 10 October 2016 - for outline applications with a deadline of 2 February 2017 for full applications.

Aviva Community Fund
Funding for projects that make a real difference to their local community.  New for 2016 is funding for sport projects, other areas include: health; disability; wellbeing; projects that work with younger people and older people.
Deadline: 11 October 2016

Hate Crime Community Project Fund
Launched by the Home Office, open to community-led organisations or partnerships that work with groups who are vulnerable to hate crime.  Grants of between £25,000-£50,000 are available for innovative community projects.
Deadline: 14 October 2016

Stronger Britain Together
The Home Office has launched a new four-year programme of grants and in-kind support for charities and other organisations who are working to create more resilient communities, to stand up to extremism in all its forms and to offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age, and gender. Two deadlines:
Deadline: 14 October 2016, 5pm -  (for grants and combined in- kind/grant applications, which will be assessed in October only.)
Deadline: 9 December 2016, 5pm - (for in-kind support which will be assessed on a monthly basis from October 2016 onwards.)

Community Transport Minibus Fund Round 2
Not for profits can apply to the above fund if they have:  a section 19 permit; and will use the vehicle provided for voluntary services only (not to compete for tendered contracts let by public sector bodies). A priority is educational organisations providing a role in education outside of traditional classroom learning such as activity centres for disabled young people or organisations who support adult learning etc.
Deadline: 2 December 2016, 5pm.

Cockayne Grants for the Arts in London
Applications are currently being accepted for grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 to cover up to 20% of project costs. The funding is for arts projects taking place in London that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition of the performing arts (music, opera, dance, theatre) and literary or visual arts.
Deadline: 19 December 2016, 9am

Kick the Dust Grants
Open to applications from 23 September this new £10m fund from the Heritage Lottery is intended to support ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11 to 25 years. Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million for projects that take between three to five years to complete will be available to consortia of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations.
Deadline: 20 February 2017. 

Big Lottery Fund - Celebrate
Celebrate was launched in July this year to give communities a chance to come together to hold an event or activity.
Big Lottery Fund are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.
The final deadline for all completed Celebrate applications in all countries is noon, Friday 21 October 2016
For more information, click here

Government delivers £80 million boost to help give young people the best start in life
The Prime Minister today announces an £80 million boost for England’s youth sector – helping give young people the best start in life so they can go as far as their talents will take them.
The deadline for this application is the 11th November 2016 
To read more, click here

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund 
The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups and organisations the support and tools to start setting up their community business. It will also give them early stage finance they need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.
Deadline: 30 November 2016.

BBC Children in Need
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.