Help to find food in Camden

Posted on 11/01/2021 in Community

These are challenging times – but please know you are not alone. There is support available near you.

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Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online wellbeing and mental health support

Posted on 07/01/2021 in Community , Opportunities , Mental Health

It's now available in Camden for young people aged 11 to 18!

If you live in Camden, you can sign up now for confidential support through a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor.

You can also join regular online forums and discussion boards with other young people, read articles written by young people and contribute your own article or short story.

Kooth also has fun and easy-to-use tools to enable you to track your moods - what makes you feel relaxed, happy, stressed or upset - and set personal goals.

Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on week days and from 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed.

Outside counselling hours, young people can message the Kooth team and get support by the next day.

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Angel Shed offers Free Dance Project for girls aged 12-19

Posted on 05/01/2021 in Opportunities , Community

This exciting weekly dance project session for girls aged 12-19 are completely free to join. On this 5-week project, participants will experiment with different styles of choreography and performances, as well as getting to meet new people. The workshops will be on Monday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm, starting January 18th.

This project has been designed to support for those who are most impacted by Covid-19. As an inclusive performing arts company Angel Shed are open to all. No experience is necessary,1:1 support for those who require it.

There are only 15 places available and priority will be given for those who have been most at risk of isolation and loneliness during this time - this includes those with a long-standing physical or mental impairment or disability, people from ethnically diverse communities, and those on lower incomes.

The workshops will be on Monday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm, starting January 18th. Sessions will take place on Zoom while lockdown is in place, and then at City and Islington College (444 Camden Rd) if the rules are relaxed.

For more information please call David Mabbott on 07910 822 412.


Angel Shed membership application form

Find food support in your local community

Posted on 04/01/2021 in Community

Support is provided by network of local community organisations.

If you or someone you know is struggling to access food at the moment, please know there is support available.

You can use the Find Food tool to find your nearest community organisation providing food.

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Camden Council offers support for those who need self isolation

Posted on 04/01/2021 in Community , Help for Young people and Parents

If you or anyone you live with develops coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate and get tested

Self-isolating is so important because it will prevent you passing it onto others.

If you need any support to self-isolate, call Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9)

Donmar Warehouse’s Pathways: Work Experience Programme

Posted on 24/12/2020 in Youth Sector News , Community , Employment

Through Donmar Warehouse’s Pathways: Work Experience, participants, aged 16-18, will have the opportunity to work closely with Donmar staff and industry professionals to learn about the broad range of careers beyond those that they see on stage. Deadline for applications is Monday 11 January 2021.

Running during February half term 2021, the programme will introduce young people to the different pathways into the industry and the breadth of roles available in departments including: producing, marketing, designing and fundraising.

About the week

They are looking for young people aged 16-18 to join us for a week of work experience in February half term. They are looking to people who have an interest in a career in the arts but may not think it’s for them or know how to access opportunities. Successful applicants will be taken behind-the-scenes to work closely with the Donmar team and other young people in a number of sessions to gain an insight into theatre-making beyond the rise and fall of the curtain. They will face real life tasks and scenarios to help them gain a better understanding of what each role entails. At the end of the week, they will leave with their own action plan for their next steps.

Sessions will take place in person at Donmar Dryden Street and online, following the government guidelines at the time.

How to apply

Young people can apply by answering three questions either in writing or by submitting a video. They will also need to complete this Google form. For those who need it, they offer a travel bursary for any in-person sessions.

Deadline for applications is Monday 11 January 2021.

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FREE 7-11 yr old and 12-15 yr old Entrepreneur Programme from Ultra Education

Posted on 23/12/2020 in Training , Resources

BE YOUR OWN BOSS! Ultra Education presents to you a FREE ONLINE Entrepreneurship programme.

You can choose to join on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

Time: 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm

You will get the skills and confidence to start any business based on doing what you love!

It's ONLINE so you don't have to travel anywhere.

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FREE 16-18 yrs old and 19-21 yrs old Entrepreneur Program from ULTRA education

Posted on 23/12/2020 in Training , Resources , Opportunities , Employment , Virtual Support

BE YOUR OWN BOSS! Ultra Education presents to you a FREE ONLINE Entrepreneurship programme.

The programme is a rolling programme so you can join at any time. It's on a Tuesday or a Thursday from 5.30 pm -7.00 pm.

-Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- How to Develop Great Ideas
- Launching your Business Basics

It's fun, it's exciting and when you begin to make money from doing what you love - it is rewarding.

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Posted on 22/12/2020 in Training , Resources , Opportunities , Education , Virtual Support

Free and flexible distance learning courses offered by BCoT's Aspiral Learning team are a great way to build your C.V. and demonstrate your commitment to continued professional development.

Courses across a number of areas, including business courses, health and social care courses, as well as courses for educators(e.g teachers, trainers).

Subject to eligibility checks, these courses are government-funded and can be studied fully online or in part with a range of supplied resources. Study can be undertaken at your own pace, started at any time and an allocated individual tutor will support you throughout your learning journey.

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Mental health training in Camden and Islington

Posted on 21/12/2020 in Training , Resources , Opportunities , Mental Health

Rethink Mental Illness has received funding from Camden and Islington Councils to provide free mental health training to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the two boroughs until the end of March 2021.

Courses available on
-Training for your organisation
-Training for individuals
-Managing Suicidal Conversations - Samaritans

Training for your organisation

As an organisation based in either the London Borough of Camden or Islington you are eligible to claim one Mental health training course for your organisation at no cost to you.

-Half day - Minimum 12 people
-4 live sessions and self led learning over two weeks - Minimum 8 people

Training for individuals

12 February 2021 9am – 12.30pm
25 March 2021 1.30pm – 5pm

Mental health in the workplace (for managers) - course outline

15 January 2021 9am – 12.30pm
3 March 2021 1.30pm – 5pm

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Upcoming NCVO Training

Posted on 16/12/2020 in Training , Resources

Book your spot on one of our courses today and get a kickstart for 2021!

  • Charity finance for non-financial managers- 2 February 2021
  • Tools and techniques for better fundraising- 22 January
  • Writing successful bids- 3 February
  • Funding strategy and diversification in the current climate- 5 February
  • How to create your next strategy-7 January
  • Managing people in the voluntary sector- 12 & 15 January
  • Creating a theory of change of your charity- 20 January
  • Project management in the voluntary sector-21 January

Visit NCVO website to search for more courses and to register.

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Latest training opportunities from London Youth

Posted on 14/12/2020 in Training , Resources

London Youth offers a wide range of events for our members, for young people, and for interested stakeholders in London. Upcoming events,

Moving into Management - Date: 15 December 2020

Youth Involvement and Engagement Training -Date: 19 January 2021

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course – Date: 19 January 2021 - 27 January 2021

Working with Young People on Issues of Race and Racism-Date: 20 January 2021

HR for Non-HR Specialists-Date: 21 January 2021

Fundraising: Bid Writing Workshop-Date: 22 January 2021

Finance for Non-Finance Managers-Date: 26 January 2021

Lead Safeguarding – Part 1-Date: 27 January 2021

Lead Safeguarding – Part 2-Date: 28 January 2021

and more... visit the London Youth website to see the times and booking details.

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The Good Youth Employment Symposium 2020: Recap And Videos

Posted on 14/12/2020 in Resources

Access free recordings and slideshow presentations for all our #GYESymposium 2020 sessions here.

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6-month support programme from Key4Life

Posted on 09/12/2020 in Community , Help for Young people and Parents , Employment

Key4Life is a crime prevention charity that works with young men in prison, those at risk of going to prison and those caught up in knife crime in London and the South West. Key4Life’s mission is to break the cycle of reoffending amongst young men who have the highest reoffending rates and lowest chances of securing employment.

Referral Information

Our 2021 Unlocking potential programme for young men aged 18-21, who are currently NEET and at risk of offending, kicks off with registration in Jan 2021.

Key4Life’s model is unique as it focuses first on unlocking the negative behaviours that may lead a young man to re-offend, before instilling new emotional resilience tools and techniques, and thereafter building the employability skills and work experience to secure meaningful employment for the long-term. 73% of participants reported improved emotional resilience and 79% improved their employability skills through the programme. 68% of our last cohorts were in employment by the end of the 6month programme and 82% had not reoffended 6months post programme.

The programme:

We are offering a free 6-month support programme for participants following our award winning 7 step model:

1. UNLOCK: 2-day Emotional Resilience and behavioural coaching workshops using football, Equine facilitated Learning, boxing, music, and group and one-to-one Behavioural coaching sessions

2. MENTOR: Participants are paired with a trained volunteer Mentor.

3. WORK PREPARATION: Workshop on interview techniques. Participants do 3-4 mock interviews at the ‘Meet the Employers’ workshop with employers from different industries.

4. WORK TASTER & FAMILY: Participants complete a 3-day Work Taster with a Key4Life partner organisation. Key4Life’s Family Worker meets participants’ next of kin.

5. EMPLOYMENT & RESIDENTIAL: Participants are supported into employment, education or training. Participants attend a 2-day rural residential trip with activities including horse riding, football, go karting and walking.

6. WORKSHOPS: Participants attend employability and Emotional Resilience workshops. Key4Life Caseworkers call and meet participants weekly.

7. GRADUATION & ONGOING SUPPORT: Participants graduate and join the Alumni Network to receive continued support. Participants can become a Key Mentor to support future Key4Life participants. Key Mentors receive training in Leadership and Coaching, allowing them to work with Key4Life to develop and deliver programmes to future Key4Life participants.

Who we are?

Key4Life is a crime prevention charity that works with young men in prison, those at risk of going to prison and those caught up in knife crime in London and the South West. Key4Life’s mission is to break the cycle of reoffending amongst young men who have the highest reoffending rates and lowest chances of securing employment. Founded in response to the 2011 riots our focus is primarily on young males, as 61% of UK young offenders aged 18-24 return to prison within a year of release, males comprise 95% of the prison population and commit 86% of violent crime, thus our programmes support them to increase personal development and employability skills and reduce the risk of reoffending.

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Online Community Christmas Event

Posted on 09/12/2020 in Community

Fitzrovia Youth in Action and the youth event management team are super excited to invite you to their online Community Christmas Event!

There will be loads fantastic entertainment, such as quizzes, bingo, performances, and interactive workshops happening, as well as some prizes to be won!!!

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Saturday 19th December 2020

Time: 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Link to book your place:

Please see FYA website for further updates.

Healthwatch Camden Shares New Findings about Young People Coping with the Pandemic

Posted on 08/12/2020 in Community , Youth Sector News , Resources , COVID - 19 Information

Younger generation needs more support to cope with financial and mental health impacts of Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic has had far-reaching implications on health and wellbeing. This is no different for young people. Much of the attention has been on the devastating impacts of Covid on older, shielding residents. However, in many ways the younger generation has dealt with especially challenging circumstances, unique to their age and stage in life. They have shown incredible strength and resiliency, however it hasn’t all been easy.

Since March, young people had to adapt to schooling or working from home. They were isolated from friends and family, and stripped of sports, activities, and other enriching experiences typical to growing up. Many spent lockdown in a crowded home.

In order to evidence the profound impacts of Covid-19 on this age group, we surveyed 48 young people (under 24 years old) in Camden who represent the diversity of the borough.

The family-wide impacts of job loss and financial stress

Compared to the results shown in our October 2020 ‘Life in Lockdown’ report, which surveyed on average an older group of residents, this younger age group reported consistently higher levels of Covid-19 related concerns.

For example, 23% of responders from the previous report were worried about finances or job security due to the pandemic. Yet almost two-thirds of young people said they were worried about ‘my personal finances or my family’s personal finances’ and three in five were concerned about ‘my job security or my family member’s job security.’

“My dad lost his job and mum doesn’t work.”

The impact of personal job loss or the job loss of a parent or caregiver is causing financial stress for the whole family and is a major concern right now for young people.

Covid-19 is having widespread impacts on health and wellbeing of young people

When compared to the previous report from October 2020, young people surveyed were significantly more concerned about maintaining their physical health, the health and wellbeing of loved ones and feeling lonely and isolated. Contrary to popular media messaging that young people feel immune to the disease or don’t care about it, our survey showed more than half of young people were fearful of catching the virus. This was similar to the level of concern regarding catching the virus shown in the previous report.

Additionally, half of responders were feeling worried about the impact of the pandemic on their schooling, slightly under half were missing extracurricular activities and arguing more with family, and one-third were feeling bored.

Finally, when compared to the October 2020 report, the young people responding to this survey were twice as likely to report concerns about strains on caring responsibilities.

Covid-19 is having a substantial impact on young people’s mental health

Seven in ten young people said that Covid-19 is impacting their mental health or emotional wellbeing.

Young people reported a variety of impacts on mental health. The most common reported issues were increased stress, anxiety, depression, and fear.

“I am feeling more depressed. The winter months aren’t helping.”

“Triggered mental health issues again.”

Others mentioned a loss of motivation, either in work or school.

“Feeling extremely depressed. Worried about future stability a lot and loss of motivation to work and study.”

There is also evidence that the pandemic and lockdown measures have increased this generations’ social anxiety.

“I find myself more stressed and heightened anxiety when it comes to meeting people again. With uncertainty too.”

“Specifically during the lockdown, it has made me anxious and overthink. I started to feel easily irritated and felt a lack of desire to communicate with others.”

Young people are worried about their future

With their entire lives ahead of them, the younger generation are significantly more worried about the impact the pandemic is having on life events and their future.

One said:

“[I am] mainly concerned about graduation and career.”

While some felt happy about lockdown ending and things returning to ‘normal’, the majority were feeling worried, uncertain, fearful, or stressed about the future.

“The impact of COVID will be detrimental to young people like me.”

“[I feel] worried and stressed about the future and what may be the long-term effects on my generation.”

How young people have coped

One in three surveyed young people in Camden said they were struggling to find things to help them cope during this time.

Among those who do have support they rely on, the most popular methods were: going to the park, being outside more, exercising more, learning something new, practising their faith, staying in touch with family and friends remotely, playing video or computer games, and focusing on school.

Young people need more support

The majority of young people, including those who have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, are not receiving any mental health support.

One young person said they do not talk to others about their mental health because they fear it will be ‘burdensome’:

“I am stuck with my thoughts, worries and regrets during lockdown. Everyone is going through individual stresses and that makes venting communication feel burdensome.”

This signifies the possibility that young people need mental health support yet are not accessing it. When asked what support they need right now, young people said:

“Something to get me out of bed.”

“Mental health support.”

“Therapy” “Guidance”

“Just help to get things back to normal.”

“For my dad to get a job.”

The impacts of Covid on young people will linger beyond the introduction of a vaccine and into the future. Going forward, both clinical and non-clinical mental health support must be well supported within Camden so that young people can access the help they need.

Healthwatch Camden will continue to raise these issues with health & care services and policy makers. We also will be sharing these findings with Young Camden Foundation to inform their future grant funding.

Local mental health resources for young people

Of those accessing mental health support, most were relying on their peers, local community organisations, and Kooth (a free and anonymous online wellbeing and mental health support website for 11-18 year olds).

The majority of young people found the survey through their connection with Kings Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA), an organisation who “believes in investing in young people by providing positive activities for them and offering new experiences.”

KCBNA and other local programs have provided invaluable support to young people in Camden throughout the pandemic. Other local resources for mental health support for young people include Fitzrovia Youth in Action, The Hive, Brandon Centre, the Camden Child and Young Person Mental Health Service, Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre, and many others.

If you need any support around the issues raised in this blog please contact the services listed above or contact Healthwatch Camden.