UPDATE – w/c 4th July 2016 

Can you help?

The Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich and Lewisham are asking if anyone can lend them a laptop for their meeting on the evening of Thursday 7th July?  They have a projector but need to borrow a laptop for their speaker to present her slides.  If you are able to help, please contact Lindy Springett by email to lindy.springett@ntlworld.com



Big Ben Omondi Charity Golf Day – Friday 21st October 2016

We would like to invite you to a golf day that we are arranging in memory of a very dear friend, Ben Richardson, who was taken from us a short while ago by Bowel Cancer at the very tender age of 34.

Ben lived life to the full, a life moulded by his love of scouting and the love of his life JoJo who he married the day before he died. We will all treasure the time he spent with us over the years we knew him and we will all miss him terribly. His whole life was dedicated to giving as many young people the opportunity and the confidence to achieve all that they wanted in life and gave them the mind-set that anything in life is possible with the right guidance and help.

Ben dearly loved Kenya and had a dream to help develop as many young people as possible by providing them with an education and to help achieve this he made initial plans to build an Education Centre in Siaya, Kenya.

I went with him to Kenya in 2013 and it was then that plans were drawn up for a three storey education centre. Since then we have strived to raise the necessary monies to fund such a project as it was very close to Ben’s, and the Trustees of his charity’s (Timu Rafiki), hearts. Due to his untimely death, we now want to make sure that it happens and you can help us achieve what Ben started.

To help raise these much needed funds we are running a Golf day on Friday 21st October 2016 at West Kent Golf Club, Milking Lane, Downe, Orpington, Kent, www.wkgc.co.uk.

The details of which are:

Make up of the Day:            Coffee & Bacon roll on arrival

                                                  Round of Golf

                                                  Two course meal

Cost:                                        £65.00      -    (Meal only £25.00)

Prizes for:   Individual winner plus second & third place. Longest Drive and    Nearest the Pin and Foursomes winning team.

Obviously, timings to be confirmed

There will also be a raffle on the day with super prizes.

As you may well know, Ben’s favourite colour was Orange – so we are asking everyone taking part to wear something orange on the day !!!!!!. If you need some help here: why not buy an orange polo shirt (see above) at a reduced price of £15. All you need to do is place an order and let me know the size required. (I would suggest that you order a size bigger as they seem to come up a little bit on the small size.). All profits will go to Ben’s charity.

We are sure that with your help the day will be special from both the golfing aspect and making Ben’s dream come true.

It will be great if you can join us for the day and if you are able to do so can you let me know by 31st July 2016 so that we can confirm numbers with the golf Club in good time.

If you are unable to make the day then please consider sponsoring a hole at a cost of £50 or prizes for the raffle. For this you will have your name recorded in our memorial programme and if you would like to add any comments then we will include them under your name. Appropriate bank details will be duly provided.

This is a cause very close to our hearts and it would be fantastic if you can join us for this very special day.

To book a place or for further information please contact:

Paul Cosgrave

Email: paulatpalace@hotmail.com

Tel:     02084029882

George Buist

Email: gbuist@btinternet.com

Tel:     07759378040

Geoff Amass

Email: Geoff.Amass@btinternet.com

Tel:      07926940027


Thank you

 Paul Cosgrave

Forum Trustee/Bromley& Bexley Scouts


New Exercise Fitness Dance Classes Starting this Saturday at the Orpington Fire Station

Are you looking to lose weight or stay fit? Come and join LWFCI  Exercise Fitness Dance classes for Women and Girls. They are a very friendly and sociable group for all females of all age group.

 Sessions are running every week on Saturday from 10:30-11:30am at the Orpington Fire Station, Avalon Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9AX .

No membership fees, join today and let them inspire you to lose weight , make friends and stay fit.

All Females of all abilities are welcome !

To Join, call on  Tel: 0203 83 3005 , Mob: 0795 074 6544, Web: www.lwfci.org.uk

For only £1 per session!

CASPA Summer Fair

You are invited to CASPA’s autism friendly Charity Summer Fair on Saturday 16th July, 11am to 6pm, at Wilberforce Scout Centre, Downe Road, Keston, Kent BR2 6AD. The Fair will be opened by Darth Vader and there will be Zebadee Performing Arts, a chill-out sensory tent, face painting, a fire engine, dance performers, a BBQ, refreshments and lots more.


JusB events

On Sunday 18th September JusB will be having its own quiz night at the Hop & Rye, London Road, BR1 3RA. Doors open at 7 for 7.30pm and the cost is £5 per person or £25 for a team of up to 6. Don't worry if you don't have a team, we will find you a group on the night! To book please contact anne.jusb@btconnect.com

On Saturday 29th October JusB have a runner in the Crystal Palace Big Fun run. Would you like to join her? People can walk or run 5 kilometers in the beautiful setting. Sign up directly here https://www.bigfunrun.com/crystal-palace/ and contact us if you would like to raise sponsorship for JusB. 


Launch of the children and young people's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Co-production exercise - Tuesday 19th July

 Dear All,

Get Involved: Designing Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services for Children and Young People in Bromley CCG

I am writing to you today with some exciting news about developments in Bromley for children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

You are receiving this  email because you either attended the recent Bromley conference on children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health or you have expressed an interest in being kept up to date with developments in the past.

Co-production exercise with Bromley’s children and young people:

NHS Bromley CCG, with its partners, is launching a co-production programme that will design emotional wellbeing and mental health support for the future. We want to turn all the good ideas, experiences and knowledge of the community and of partners into a system of support that works for children and young people.

Your Chance to Get Involved: Why Co-Production?

The purpose of the co-production approach is to:

a)      engage children and young people, families, schools, providers, the voluntary sector in co-design of a sustainable model of support and treatment for emotional wellbeing and mental health services.

b)       include children, young people and their families in the design and delivery of focus groups with other children, young people, families and the professional provider network.

 c)       Ensure we reach seldom heard communities and hear what they have to say

 d)      ensure those people using services have an equal role in designing those services

 So we are hosting an introduction session onTuesday 19th July at 4.30pm at Bromley Baptist Church. Come along and find out more about the project and what you can get from it as well as what you can contribute to it.

 We need everyone to get involved so please send this invitation through your networks. Please RSVP toclive.moss@nhs.net  or d.taegtmeyer@nhs.net

 Many thanks in advance,

 Daniel and Clive

 Daniel Taegtmeyer

Interim CAMHs Commissioner

NHS Bromley CCG

Tel: 01689 866 189




Bromley Adult Education College public sale - 21st /22nd July

Following the closure of the Widmore Centre, there will be a public sale of items no longer required by Bromley Council.
The sale will be held at the Widmore Centre on Thursday 21 July from 10:00-16:00 and Friday 22 July from 10:00-14:00.
The items will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and members of the public will need to make their own arrangements for removal and transport of all items purchased.
Items are sold as seen and no refunds and returns will be accepted. Further, items will be sold as priced, haggling and negotiations over prices will not be accepted. Payments may be made by cash or debit/credit card, subject to minimum transaction value.
Only the main and canteen entrances will be open for the day of the sale.
Any items purchased and not removed on the day of the sale will need to be collected before 16:00 on Wednesday 27 July.
For further information please email us at enquiries@baec.ac.uk or phone on 020 8460 0020.


Carers Bromley newsletter

To read the latest news from Carers Bromley click here.

Safer and More Secure London  - The Mayor and MOPAC's commitment 

The Gangs and Serious Youth Violence Expert Group met on 23rd June. MOPAC representatives reiterated the Mayor's commitment to developing anti-gang strategies and tackling violent crime through working closely with schools, youth services and local authorities. The group will also be fully consulted on proposed the new Police and Crime Plan. 

Youth Innovation Fund and Team London Volunteering ESF Briefing 

The GLA held a ‘Youth Innovation Fund and Team London Volunteering ESF Briefing Event’ at City Hall on 27 June 2016. You can download links to the presentation, Q&A and a copy of the GLA ESF mailing list from the website.

Planning your future needs

Financial sustainability begins not with funding, but with planning. Work your way through our resources to help you:

  • Identify the key stages of developing and implementing a plan
  • Define and assess outcomes
  • Start your strategic marketing.

Planning your future needs resources on Funding Central



Advocacy for All - Growth and Development Manager

Advocacy for All is a rapidly growing advocacy organisation which supports vulnerable people to have a voice and to have their rights respected, in London and the South East of England. They are looking for a Growth and Business Development Manager to help them sustain existing services and projects and developing new ones.
We are looking for someone who will work closely with our teams to ensure we win new contracts and grants to develop our work and sustain existing projects and to keep our ethos of putting people first.
Salary: £37,000 + 5% pension, Hours: 35 hours, Based: Sidcup
Closing date: is 23rd July 2016
To download an application information pack, please click here 
For further information about the role, please click here 


Teaching Assistant - Volunteering Job vacancy 

Job Title : Teaching Assistant 

LWFCI-UK is currently looking for a teaching assistant to volunteer and work in their office currently bases in Bromley.

Hours of  Volunteering Work : Every week on Monday and Wednesday from 5-7pm. 

Background and Overview of LWFCI-UK

Lay witnesses for Christ International -UK (LWFCI-UK) is a registered charity and not for profit organisation based in Bromley. We provide sports activities, tutorial classes, training programs, counselling and mentoring programmes to young people and adults in the community. We reach out to young people and adults in the community to positively impact others through Sport Activities, outreach programs, employability skills, training, tutorial classes and creative social activities for children with special needs.

The purpose of our Organisation is to impact the world, inspire the communities, helping them to develop  their talents and potentials thereby having a positive knock-on effect in transforming the community and  helping people to have a better life and fulfil all their potentials regardless of cultural, ethnic or religious background. We are aiming to disseminate messages on education, poverty, anti social behaviour targeted at Families and disadvantaged Young People in general.

Principal Function of the Teaching assistant

The post is primarily for a teaching assistant for a mixed age group of children age 5-12 years. The post is on an ongoing hourly basis on every Monday and Wednesday  from 5-7pm. The main objectives of the role is teach basic skill core subjects like English, maths, reading and writing, spelling, listening, communication and arts and assist children with special education  needs in developing strategies for learning that will enable them to achieve their educational long term goals.

Work activities as a Teaching assistant 

As a teaching assistant you would support tutors and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom. 

Your  Role include:

  • getting the classroom ready for lessons
  • listening to children read, reading to them or telling them stories
  • helping children who need extra support to complete and do their school home work or tasks.
  • helping teachers to plan learning activities and complete records, supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
  • supervising group activities, looking after children who are upset or have had accidents
  • clearing away materials and equipment after lessons, helping with outings events
  • taking part in training and carrying out administrative tasks.

You would also support children with particular special educational needs, working with them individually or in small groups. Be able to teach and support all levels of numeracy and literacy and use specialist materials for children with Special Educational Needs , varying learning difficulties including Emotional Social and Behavioural Difficulties, Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties, (Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, etc).

The teaching assistant must endeavour to adapt all work set in order to address both the general and specific needs of the group; building self-confidence within the students and encouraging them to reach their full potential

Reporting to: the Assistant Managing Director: Jennifer Mapakou

Location : LWFCI -UK,  Bromley URC, 20 Wildmore Road, Bromley, BR1 1RY.

Personal qualities 

•     Previous experience of working with children with special educational needs is preferential.

• Excellent verbal communications skills and passionate about giving your time to support children with special needs . 

•  The ability to prepare short reports concerning tasks undertaken and keep record in order to effectively identify, assess and review students needs.

• Organised; able to prioritise your time and work without supervision

• Someone who is patient, have passion to teach children and enjoy working with children or young people.

Note:  We have a teaching tutors available every time to assist the teaching assistant, both would work together to support and teach the children as needed.

***Successful candidates must be passionate about education

***Position subject to satisfactory references and cleared CRB


Mrs Jennifer Mapakou


Assistant National Director


Lay Witnesses for Christ International -UK 


Tel: 020 3583 3005, Mob: 0795 074 6544


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







Anti-Bullying Film Competition
Looking for a school to make a film for anti-bullying week which takes place from 14th - 18th November 2016. To enter the competition we invite pupils to send a film where they share how important it is to use our Power for Good to stop bullying and create the best world possible. 
Deadline: 31 July 2016, 5pm.

Lynsey de Paul Prize
An opportunity for emerging female singer-songwriters, set up in collaboration with the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, in memory of Lynsey de Paul, who passed away in 2014.  In line with Lynsey’s commitment to supporting young women songwriters and musicians, £2,000 plus mentoring will be available for the Prize winner, and £500 each for two runners-up. The money should be used to help the winners take the next step in their careers in the music industry
Deadline: 2 August 2016.


Stepping Stones Fund Round Three
We are pleased to inform you about the launch of the third funding round of the Stepping Stones Fund. Tto read the attached document, please click here and for more detailed information provided on the Stepping Stones website, please click here

Individual Employer Funding
If you employ your own care and support staff using a personal health budget, a social care budget or your own money, you can apply to Skills for Care to get money for training for you and your Personal Assistant. The funding could be used for training on moving and handling, first aid, communication and dementia awareness. Download an application here

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

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.

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



GSK IMPACT Awards 2017 Invite UK Entries

The annual GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards are open and accepting applications until 21 September 2016.


One Stop Carriers for Causes Offers Grants for Projects Near its Stores

One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ is offering grants to local non-profit groups and organisations in Great Britain for projects within two miles of a One Stop store that benefit local communities by helping to improve lives and local places.