UPDATE – w/c 28th March 2016

Focus on new members

The Forum welcome 2 new members.  Here is some information about them....

Play Time Toy Library

Location: The Salvation Army Hall, Wellington Road,, St Mary Cray,, Orpington, BR5 4AQ

Contact: Caroline or Anita

Telephone: 07967 916565

Email: pttoylibrary@hotmail.co.uk


Supporting children and their families in Orpington and the Crays.
Children learn through play, and should have access to good quality toys that offer stimulation as they develop in the early years from birth to 5 years. Our toys range from baby toys to puzzles, games and toys suitable for 3/4 year olds, plus garden toys. Hundreds of items in stock. Anyone can become a member. A £8.00 annual membership fee is payable* and a small charge is made for each item borrowed.
*Free to those on income support on proof of benefit.
Proof of name and address is required for all members on initial visit.
Just turn up,and we will explain fully how the Toy Library works. There are selected toys available every week for children to play with during your visit. Please come and have a cup of tea/coffee, chat with other parents and browse through our catalogues listing all the toys that are available.

Other Information

Friday 10.00am - 12.30pm Term Time only


LIVing On

 Telephone: 07734 009630

Email: admin@livingon.org

Website: http://livingon.org.uk/

Facebook: livingon fundraisingpage


LIVing provide a bereavement service in the local community. They are a childhood bereavement charity based in Orpington, which supports children, young people and their families through a loss of a loved one.

They run regular grief groups throughout the year which bring bereaved families together, as well as providing a buddying service for those families in the early days of grief.

Other Information

They are holding an introductory event to LIVing On on Thursday 28th April 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at Christ Church, Charterhouse Road, Orpington BR6 9EP. If you would like to attend please email admin@livingon.org.uk


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 Meeting Room space available for hire Carers

Welcome to 1 Kent Road, St Mary Cray, Orpington, a period building in  the London Borough of Bromley. From as little as £10 per hour, we can provide counsellors, complementary therapists and trainers with high quality, affordable meeting room space. Three different room sizes are available, from 1-1 rooms up to a large meeting space for 25 people. Room rentals are available by the hour, half day, day, week or month.

The rooms are set within a busy carer support centre, but they are secure, quiet and bright and provide a comfortable yet professional working environment. 

Features include:

  • Reception service and waiting area
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Full accessibility for disabled visitors including toilet facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free tea/coffee/refreshments for visitors (charges apply for groups)
  • Warm and well-lit serviced rooms
  • Storage space (limited)
  • Television/DVD player, flip charts, laptop and projector are available.

Bookings and enquiriesFor more information or to check availability for the rooms, please email karen.waldron@carersbromley.org.uk or call 01689 898289. You can also visit their website www.carersbromley.org.uk/news/meeting-room to find out more and view our price list.


BSCB Lunchtime Briefings

Learning from Serious Case Reviews - Wednesday 20th April 2016, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Council Chambers, Bromley Civic Centre

This briefing will enable delegates to reflect on the findings of serious case reviews conducted at a national level.  They aim to help those working with children and young people at any level to strengthen their practice and to enhance their management of cases. The focus will be on:-

Neglect: balancing parental needs with the needs of the child. 

This will be an opportunity to hear about learning from recent national Serious Case Reviews regarding the common theme of neglect and the training available from the BSCB.

If you would like to attend the briefing on learning from serious case reviews please come along to the session. (No need to book).     www.bromleysafeguarding.org 


Updated Multi Agency CSE Protocol - Monday 23rd May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Council Chambers, Bromley Civic Centre 

This is a multi-agency briefing which will provide delegates with an update on the revised Protocol for Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of or Experiencing Sexual Exploitation in Bromley.

This multi-agency protocol has been updated to reflect changes to the London Child Protection Procedures. Information will be provided on the revised referral pathway for CSE cases, as well as a reminder of risk indicators and interventions available in Bromley. 

If you would like to attend the briefing, please come along to the session. (No need to book) www.bromleysafeguarding.org 


LATCH Project Quiz Night - Saturday 9th April - 2016

Get your friends and colleagues to make up a table or join a table. Tables of 6-8/£5 per person Bring your own drinks and nibbles Raffle on the Night - Proceeds donated to LATCH Project Tickets and further details contact: LATCH Office: 0208 460 0042 Email: info@latch-project.co.uk Location: St. Josephs Church, St. Josephs Church Hall, Plaistow Lane, Bromley


You are invited to the launch of LIVing On - Thursday 28th April 2016

Venue: Christ Church, Charterhouse Road, Orpington BR6 9EP

Time: 5pm to 7pm

LIVing On are providing a bereavement service in the local community.They are a childhood bereavement charity based in Orpington, whch supports children, young people and their families through a loss of a loved one.  They run regular grief groups throughout the year which bring bereaved families together, as well as providing abuddying service for those families in the early days of grief.  They would like to invite you to drop in to their introdcutory event to Living On on Thursday 28th April from 5pm to 7pm.  Please RSVP by email if you would like to attend to admin@livingon.org.uk or just go along and meet them.  If you are unable to attend but would like to arrange a meeting at another time or even a telephone call to find out more about them and how you can refer families to them, please email them. 

Dyslexia Association - Supporting a child with tests and exams

Guest speakers Catrin & Vicky Cox

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

Thursday 28th April

Doors open 7.45pm

Talk starts at 8pm


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

0300 999 1800 8 -  info@dyslexiawise.co.uk  -  www.dyslexiawise.co.uk


Curry Buffet Night in Aid of the Maypole Project - Thursday 21st April
32 Chatterton Road Bromley, 7.30 - til late
£25 per person, plus entertainment
Please join them and help raise funds for the Maypole Project; a local charity supporting children with complex medical needs. 
Places are limited please book in advance –01689 851596
 info@themaypoleproject.co.uk  or www.themaypoleproject.co.uk


FGM Training Mapping - can you help?

Joanna Gambhir, BSCB Business Manager is unertaking a mapping exercise around FGM.  As agreed at the last BSCB Board meeting, all agencies were asked if they could provide information on how their staff are trained on FGM. If this appropriate to your group/organisations could you please email Joanna details on:

 -       Whether it is a separate FGM course or whether it is incorporated into wider safeguarding training (if so, what wider training?)

-       Who attends

-       Frequency of course

-       Whether the course is open to other agencies.

Joanna's contact details are t: 0208 461 7041 e: Joanna.Gambhir@bromley.gov.uk


Our Healthier South East London March newsletter

Here you will find the latest news, updates and information on their five-year strategy http://www.ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk/strategy to improve health and care services across Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, as well as details of how you can get involved.
If there is anything you would like included in this newsletter, or if you have any feedback, please email ourhealthiersel@nhs.net


Coordinate My Care
What is it?
Coordinate My Care (CMC) is a clinical NHS service that supports patients in
urgent care situations. Together with their clinicians, patients may record
their preferences and wishes within an electronic personalised urgent care plan
that also includes clinical information and relevant medical history. This care
plan can be viewed by all the healthcare professional teams involved in the
patient's care twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and ensures that the
patient is at the heart of their own healthcare.
What's in it?
The urgent care plan contains clinical information about the patient's
diagnosis, allergies, medications and resuscitation status as well as their
wishes and preferences on where they would prefer to be cared for and, if
appropriate, where they would wish to die. It can also include any cultural and
religious beliefs that are important to the patient. Patients who already have
a CMC plan have stated that it provides a sense of reassurance and security.
Who can see it?
The care plan can be seen by all health and social care providers involved in
CMC who have a legitimate relationship with the patient; doctors, nurses,
social care providers and emergency services including the ambulance service,
NHS 111 and the out of hours GP service. In the future, patients will also be
able to view their own care plan online as a read only version. Currently, they
can receive a printed version from their GP.
Patient Reference Group
Our patient reference group was set up in 2015 to ensure that that as a clinical
service we were seeking feedback and consultation from the people at the heart
of our service, i.e. patients. The scope of work is evolving but key activities
or outputs might be as follows:
*         Commenting on Coordinate My Care materials
such as the website www.coordinatemycare.co.uk<http://www.coordinatemycare.co.uk>, 
our patient leaflet, training materials
*         Discussion on key issues related to
Coordinate My Care to seek the patient/carer perspective e.g. advance care
planning, urgent care plans, communication during times of crisis, end of life
or palliative care preferences, electronic/digital care plans, difficult
conversations, tone, language and messages
*         Attendance to represent the patient voice at
key CMC or NHS meetings on availability and suitability of content
All of our patients and carers have had some personal experience or interest in
the idea of coordination of healthcare and the communication in times of urgent
care. Meetings are held quarterly and minutes circulated after each meeting. We
are able to cover patients travel or parking expenses but the time investment
is something we ask for based on your willingness to be involved.
For further details and to get involved, please contact Samina Qutub on
samina.qutub@rmh.nhs.uk<mailto:samina.qutub@rmh.nhs.uk> or 0207 811 8492.


Dyslexia petition 

The Government has decided that no child can pass English GCSE unless they can pass a stringent spelling test. This is discriminatory against dyslexic children and those whose first language isn't English. Please sign up, this is important to give these kids a chance to get a decent job, do an apprenticeship, get into college etc. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124352j

 The New Orpington Fire Station is now open and has FREE facilities for use by local community groups and non-profit making organisations. 
There is a large meeting room which can be used for a variety of activities or events. It is self contained with a small kitchen, toilets and disabled access.  Anyone who is interesting in using the Community Room at Orpington Fire Station can contact Jim Smith the Station Manager by email: james.smith2@london-fire.gov.uk or Telephone: 02085551200 (Ext. 84541)



Youth Worker Job Opportunity- Hilda Lane Community Association / St Hugh's Community Centre
We are seeking an experienced youth worker who is committed to working with
young people and colleagues to create an excellent and fun, yet educational
environment for young people. The successful candidate will have youth work
experience, good communication skills and a passion for and an
understanding of young people’s needs.
You must prioritise their safety and respect for each other as well as
creating a suitable environment. You will have a positive attitude and
share the St Hugh's values along with communication skills, patience,
reliability, commitment, and a sense of fun.
Your responsibilities will include the delivery of a high quality, weekly
youth club to develop social and emotional capabilities and improve the
health, wellbeing and resilience of our young people, as well as feeding
into planning and delivery of other youth activities over the year.
The Youth Club takes place on Wednesdays 5.30pm-7:30pm, and is for young
people aged 8-13 years.
This role is perfect for anyone with relevant qualifications and a proven
track-record of youth work or for teachers or student teachers who are
looking for additional evening work,
Salary negotiable, if you are interested please send your CV to
info@hlca.org.uk, or call 020 8659 7038 to discuss the position in more


CLB Development Officer - Influencing, Representation and Campaigning Salary £23,520.00 (21 hours per week) 24 month fixed term contract  
Are you passionate about improving the skills, knowledge and capacity of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to enable them to campaign and influence?
Are you committed to supporting the VCSE sector to develop service user led solutions based on a sound evidence base?

Do you have experience of developing and delivering interactive, fun and challenging learning to those working at all levels in the VCSE sector?
 Are you able to support VCSE Organisations and community activists to profile the needs and challenges faced by the communities they work with or live in?

Do you understand the importance of being able to report accurately on the work you have done and to locate that within the local and national strategic picture?  
If you have answered yes then you could be the Development Officer that CLB is looking for. The closing date is 20th April 2016 For more information and an application pack email: Sue Lee, suel@communitylinksbromley.org.uk or go to www.communitylinksbromley.org.uk 


HENRY Core Skills training dates for 2016-17

The Health Improvement Service have six new HENRY Core Skills training dates for 2016-17.

HENRY Core Skills is a free 2-day training course for practitioners supporting families with children aged 0-5 years in Bromley. 

HENRY - Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young is a national programme devised by Mary Rudolph, Consultant Paediatrician and Professor of Child Health. It covers 5 key topics: ie emotional well-being, managing behaviour, healthy eating, healthy eating habits and being active. The course is very practical with an emphasis on developing the skills of working in partnership with parents. The strategies and communication skills covered on the course help practitioners to improve their confidence and their effectiveness when supporting families to consider healthier lifestyle choices.

 If you have any questions, please call Linda Roberts on 020 8315 8939. To book on, please complete the attached Application Form. You can return the completed application form by post to the address provided (on the form) or scan it and return it by email: henry@bromleyhealthcare-cic.nhs.uk

 The 2016-17 course dates are:

  • 22 & 29 April 2016 (Fridays)
  • 6 & 13 June 2016 (Mondays)
  • 3 & 10 November 2016 (Thursdays)
  • 5 & 12 December 2016 (Mondays)
  • 16 & 23 February 2017 (Thursdays)
  • 21 & 28 March 2017 (Tuesdays)

Tiny films, big impact

10am - 2.30pm, Tuesday 19 April - Tickenham Training Centre, Richmond
Capturing and sharing your powerful stories in motion has never been easier - you don't have to produce a feature-length film to demonstrate the impact your work makes. Learn how to craft tiny videos using free online creators and popular apps with this new course from Superhighways.
For more information, please click here.



Sport and Recreation Alliance 2016 Awards Due to Open

The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s 2016 Community Sport and Recreation Awards is scheduled to open for nominations on 4 April 2016.

Growing Localities Awards
These awards are open to non-profit organisations based in any London borough that use nature to enhance the lives of local citizens, as well as communities. They offer a total of £5,000 in prize money.  Themes for 2016 are: Using nature to support families in the community; Nature and inclusion for people with physical and other disabilities; Innovative projects in schools for children and young people; Community projects focused on sustainable horticulture.
Deadline; 22 April 2016.


Children's Health Fund
Do you have an idea for how drinking water in public spaces could be made more accessible for children and young people? The above fund is offering grants between £500 and £5,000 to projects that have innovative ideas that will promote or provide access to drinking water in public spaces that children and young people gather to learn, play or congregate.
Deadline: 1 April 2016, midday.

Woodward Charitable Trust Summer Playschemes
Grants available to fund small local playschemes for children, aged 5-16, that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities: involving a large number of children; catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability; inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race; where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.
Deadline: 15 April 2016

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund 
Offering grants to organisations whose primary purpose is to support unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.  The offenders and ex-offenders funding round doesn't start until 8 September 2016.
Deadline: 28 April 2016, 12 noon (unpaid carers) 

The Better Community Business Network
Grants of up to £3000 to give to 'small but credible community projects, which are able to demonstrate the positive impact that they add to the local community.'
Deadline(s): 20 May, 26 August, 25 November, 2016.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
This year's theme is Children and Youth and priorities this year are:  homelessness; domestic abuse; prisoners/offenders; training/education; counselling/support; activities for those with limited access to opportunities.
Deadline: 1 June 2016.

Family Fund
Grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.
Apply at any time.

New Fund! Pitch Improvement Programme
The above programme has been established to provide a range of support services to grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundsmen including on-site evaluations with practical advice and recommendations. It will also include a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and groundsmen including seminars and workshops.
Expressions of Interest can be made at any time.

The Hive
A £1 billion business support programme designed to help people who intend to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises, using various online resources, training and advice.
This is a rolling programme.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Max. Value: Discretionary

Deadline: 29 Apr 2016

Funding is available to charities in the UK and non-governmental organisations in the developing world.  In the UK, the Fund supports projects concerned with: homelessness; asylum seekers and refugees; community-based initiatives for young people aged 16-25 years and penal reform.  In the developing world, the Fund supports projects concerned with: community development; education; and health.

The Causeway Youth Exchange

Max. Value: Discretionary

Deadline: 01 May 2016

Grants for youth groups in Ireland and the UK to participate in educational group exchanges between the two countries.

Santander Foundation 
Santander’s new community programme, The Discovery Project aims to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence necessary to make the most of their future. Discovery Grants will support projects in relation to the three themes: ‘Explorer – improving knowledge and insight’, ‘Transformer – developing skills and experience’, ‘Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges’. If you are a local Charity, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions then this could be of interest to you.

Value: Up to £5,000. The Foundation wants to fund the whole initiative/activity. Funds can pay for part-time salaries, materials and equipment. 
Deadline: None 

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. 
Eligibility: Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less, plus schools. Priority to organisations based near a Greggs shop. Grants can pay for equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees and plants, learning activities and small capital expenditure. 
Value: Small grants up to £2,500. Large grants of £2,500 to £10,000 . 
Process: Complete the online application form on the Foundation’s website. Decisions will be made within 8 weeks of the deadline.
Deadline: 1 July 2016, 30 September 2016. 

People’s Postcode Lottery Small Grants 
The People’s Postcode Trust has opened its programmes to charitable organisations across the UK. The Small Grants programme is for projects that focus on: the prevention of poverty; healthy living; upholding human rights; facilitating reconciliation (bring people together) which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups. 
Eligibility: Non-profit organisations and community groups. 
Value: Charities can apply for £500 to £20,000. Groups not registered as charities can apply up to £2,000. 
Process: Complete the online application form on the website between the dates below. The website provides guidance and advice on completing the form. 
Deadline: The online form will be open at the following times in 2016: 1 May to 31 May; 1 Sept to 30 Sept. 
For more information, please click here or call on 0131 555 7287; Email info@postcodetrust.org.uk.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust - currently has two open Capital Grants Programmes:
The Small Capital Grants Programme for grants of £5,000 to £19,999 has a simple one-stage online application process.
The Major Capital Grants Programme for grants of £20,000 to £150,000 has a two-stage online application process with successful applicants invited to submit a detailed Stage 2 application if their Stage 1 proposals meet the programme criteria. 

The Trust has a rolling application process and is keen to receive applications before its next deadline for Small and Major Capital Grants of 1pm on 19th April 2016. Application deadlines occur every 3 months and the subsequent deadlines for submission in 2016 are mid-July and Mid-October (specific dates will be confirmed closer to the time).
For more information about the Trust or to apply for funding, please visit www.lmct.org.uk. Please contact a member of Trust staff with any queries or questions you may have on 020 7902 0200 (option 6), or alternatively email us at info@lmct.org.uk.