Apply Now: The Catherine Capaldi Awards

Posted on 03/12/2020 in Member Updates , Youth Sector News , Community

The Catherine Capaldi Awards (for entrants from Camden and London wide) are open to anyone who identifies as a disabled person and who has an idea or solution to break down a barrier faced by disabled people or to improve their access to services, inclusion or community participation. The awards close for applications on Sunday 28 February 2021.

This year, we have all experienced barriers and restrictions that are out of our control – the Catherine Capaldi Awards are a chance for disabled people to imagine ways of getting rid of the barriers that they have to live with every single year. In partnership with the Access and Inclusive Environments Team at Arup, Elfrida Rathbone Camden will be running several workshops to support potential applicants with their applications - the first one of these will be held on Thursday 21 January – more details to follow.

The first winners will be announced on 30th March 2021, and in addition to a cash award, the prizes will include support to develop and promote the best idea and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Catherine Capaldi was a tireless campaigner for access and inclusion in Camden who fought to raise awareness of the issues affecting young disabled people. Catherine passed away late in 2019 and in her memory and working with others who knew and valued her. Elfrida Rathbone Camden has created the Catherine Capaldi Awards to highlight and celebrate the achievements of individual disabled people.

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Apply Now: Burning the Village Podcast: Series 2

Posted on 03/12/2020 in Community , Youth Sector News

Creative Media Network are looking for 15 Diverse Young Leaders for a youth-led podcasting project. Working with industry professionals, participants will have access to a series of creative workshops to create a three-part podcast called Burning the Village: Series 2. The deadline to apply is 7 December by 9pm.

Are you an aspiring journalist, rapper, spoken word artist, producer or otherwise creative? Are you interested in influencing policy through the power of youth voice and spoken word? Are you interested in developing a high-impact podcast? Are you from a BAME or other underrepresented background?

Using a mix of interviews, conversations and spoken word performances, each episode will capture young people’s real-life stories and experiences of Covid-19, lockdown and challenging times they’re facing. Podcasts will be shared with community leaders and policy makers for youth-led interviews to explore various issues and examine possible solutions to push for positive change.

Young Leader Benefits

  • Develop your leadership and management skills
  • Work with real industry professionals to develop your podcast production and storytelling skills
  • Enhance vital research and development skills
  • Engage directly and influence community leaders and policy decision makers
  • Be instrumental in influencing youth policy to make change
  • Receive financial compensation towards expenses

Eligibility Criteria (Young Leaders)

  • Aged 16 -25 Years
  • Happy to record and present your views and those of likeminded peers
  • Happy to work over Zoom and take part in planning, training and feedback sessions
  • London based, with the ability to travel to central London (restrictions permitting)
  • Able to commit from December 2020 - May 2021 (roughly 3 hours a week)

Please note, Burning the Village is an inclusive programme and keen to hear from young people from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, LGBTIQ, neurodiverse, disabled and from different educational and social backgrounds.

Application Form

Castlehaven Community Centre presents WinterFEST 2020!

Posted on 30/11/2020 in Resources , Community

Join the WinterFEST 2020 events!

WinterFEST is only a couple of weeks away! We have planned so many amazing online festive activities for the whole community to enjoy. Dance at our Jingle Bell Disco, sing along with our brilliant Community Choir, or create Christmas cards using a potato. Explore our WinterFEST calendar, there is something for everyone.

WinterFEST calendar

Training and Events from London Youth

Posted on 23/11/2020 in Resources , Training

Check the latest training opportunities from London Youth

  • London Youth Training – We still have lots of training with spaces before the end of the year including training on Risk Assessments, Moving into Management and Digital Youth Work amongst others.

We will be launching training for January 2021 onwards in the next few weeks so please do sign up and share it with your teams as we have lots of exciting opportunities! To sign up, please click here - Please bookmark this page for future use.

  • GLA – The Future Speaks – an exciting virtual event to celebrate Black Lives Matter

Date: Tuesday 30th November 2020 from 14.30 -17.30

Link: Join Zoom Meeting -

The GLA's Peer Outreach team are holding an online event for young people to have their say on how racism, discrimination and other social injustices have affected them. The main aim of this event is to talk about some of the key issues which young people have identified that we experience in all of our lives affected by racism, discrimination other social justice matters and responses in regard to:

  • Health and social sector
  • Police and judiciary system
  • Education, Work and employment
  • Media & access to creative sector
  • Culture & identity

If you are working with young people who are keen to vocalise their opinions and promote positive reflections on what could be a positive future for all of us, then please let the GLA know you would like to attend and inform them of the number of young people you would also like to attend by contacting -; Please add - and into the CC of your response.

  • Keep Me Safe Project – Sexual Violence Awareness Training

This is a great opportunity to take part in a pilot project that seeks to train youth workers how to deliver workshops on sexual violence.

If you are interested in learning about how to support and educate young people in relation to sexual violence, and would like to access quality training and free resources and activities on the topic, then please email and use the subject heading 'Sexual Violence Awareness Training'.

Programmes opportunities from London Youth

Posted on 23/11/2020 in Resources , Youth Sector News , Opportunities , Training

Opportunities to join free intensive six-month programme of training, social action programmes counselling programmes and more...

Programme Opportunities

  • Rise Up Programme - We are recruiting youth practitioners for our free intensive six-month programme of training, mentoring and coaching to develop youth sector leaders. Read more and apply here.
  • City Leaders Programme - We still have a few spaces left on our flagship social action programme, City Leaders. The aim of the programme is to support and challenge young people to design, lead and learn from their own youth led projects which develop their skills as they transform their clubs and communities. The programme comes with funding of up to £2000. Read more about the programme here. If you would like to talk more about how the programme would work for you this year please contact
  • Employability Programme - Skills Builder have developed a youth organisation version of their framework, resources and assessment. This was developed in partnership with the Future Talent programme, but we are now looking for some extra clubs who are experts in employability to also pilot the tools. In return for support costs and access to a paid tool, we would require you to complete:
  1. 8 weeks
  2. Minimum 10 young people using Skills Builder youth organisation resources and being assessed
  3. 2 Assessments using the HUB (baseline and end)
  4. Attend a training session (18th November or 9th December)
  5. 2 check ins with LY to check progress and receive support
  6. Feedback to LY and Skills Builder at the end of the pilot

If you’re interested please contact Ella Porter, Employability Officer -

  • Snow Camp – London Youth member Snow-Camp Charity are offering young people free access to 1-1 counselling sessions for young people through their new campaign Stop.Breathe.Think. No wait times and specialised support available, the Charity want as many young people as possible to access the mental health support they need during these difficult times.

Young people can request help via this link or if you are a youth/social worker who would like to refer a young person please contact

Visit London Youth website

Talk for Health for Young People

Posted on 23/11/2020 in Resources , Community , Mental Health

Since 2014 Talk for Health have successfully run tailored "Talk for Health programmes" at young people’s organisations and Universities including: Islington YMCA, SOAS, City University, Hearts and Minds. These have led to significantly increased wellbeing. If you are interested in Talk for Health at your organisation, contact

Online Talk for Health Taster: Learn to Talk for a Fit Mind

To find out information on free online peer supporting programmes, please click Learn more.

Learn more Visit Talk for Health website

London Village Network (LVN) Youth Mapping App

Posted on 19/11/2020 in Community , Resources

LVN are inviting all services and organisations with a youth offer to get involved by applying for a FREE login code to upload content.

Young people, parents and frontline practitioners, such as social workers and police, have told LVN that they are not aware of all the opportunities available to young people (14-24). With this in mind, LVN have created a signposting app that puts all opportunities in one place.

Once LVN receive your application (T's & C's apply), they will send you a video explaining how to upload content

Scan the QR code to download the app.

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Support for young people feeling lonely

Posted on 16/11/2020 in Resources , Mental Health

Free mental health and wellbeing tools for Young People to reduce their feelings of loneliness.

Research by British Red Cross and the Coop shows loneliness is more likely to affect young people than anyone else.

If you are feeling lonely from spending more time online, not looking after your physical and mental health or from big changes in your life like the coronavirus pandemic, get tips and information on tackling loneliness from British Red Cross's linked resources, which they developed in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

To access the resources

IT and Digital Workshops from Voluntary Action Camden (VAC)

Posted on 16/11/2020 in Training , Resources , Youth Sector News , Opportunities

These workshop are delivered in partnership with Voluntary Action Camden, Voluntary Action Islington and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists .

An Introduction to Social Media and Digital Marketing
Tuesday, November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Workshop
Wednesday, November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Safeguarding Introduction: Protecting Children in the Community 1
Tuesday, December 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am

An Introduction to Google Workspace
Tuesday, December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Safeguarding Introduction: Protecting Children in the Community 1
Tuesday, December 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am

And more....

To register

Job Search and Employability help from Working Men College (WMC)

Posted on 10/11/2020 in Resources , Employment

WMC have an Employability Coach and representative of the National Careers Service based at the main site at Crowndale Road. They provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

If you are currently studying on a Level 3 diploma course at the College and are applying to university, WMC can offer you information and guidance on applying to university and can check your personal statement.

They also offer,
-Skills health check reports
-Action plans
-Careers appointments with the National Careers Service

For more information, click "Learn more"

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Courses from Camden Music

Posted on 10/11/2020 in Resources , Youth Sector News

Are you a young person who would like to be recognised for your involvement in the Arts?

Camden Music Service offer courses enabling you to achieve your @ArtsAward. Like to know more?

Please email to book onto one of the zoom sessions..

Telephone support line from South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK)

Posted on 10/11/2020 in Member Updates , Resources

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAC) introducing a new telephone support line.

Virtual Office from West Euston Partnership

Posted on 09/11/2020 in Office & Office equipment , Member Updates , Resources

Could You Benefit By Having A Virtual Office?

West Euston Partnership's Virtual Office will allow you to manage your business from home.

WEP can help you by:

• Handling your post and answering your calls
• Giving you a telephone number and business address to give you that professional edge
• Providing you with meeting space at reduced prices
• Offering you reasonable rates and a flexible contract

INTERESTED? Please email a response/query to either: or

Red Readiness Factsheet

Posted on 05/11/2020 in COVID-19 Updates , Resources

Following the recent government announcement, the National Youth Agency (NYA) has confirmed that the youth sector has moved into RED on the readiness framework.

Starting today, the second lockdown allows schools, colleges and universities to remain open. As a result, the youth sector can remain partially active during this period with online and digital youth services, detached/outdoor local youth services, 1-2-1 indoor sessions with high-need young people and small group indoor work sessions with high need young people (consistent with social distancing guidelines).

Click here to read NYA’s Red Readiness Factsheet to learn more about what is permitted across the youth sector until at least 2nd December 2020. This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and existing safeguarding policies and procedures. For more information, go to

Free Workshop on 'Who is a Carer?

Posted on 04/11/2020 in Training , Community , Help for Young people and Parents

Camden carers support people aged 18 and over to support them to access the support they may need as an unpaid carer. They are offering organisations free training to their staff, so that during their service delivery, they are able to identify any young carers that they are supporting and signpost them to Camden Carers.

Please see the attached flyer and if any of you wish to attend the training, please use the contact to book your place!

Once you have secured your place you will receive the ZOOM link.

Tel: 020 7428 8950

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Posted on 02/11/2020 in Training , Help for Young people and Parents

Healthy lives for young people

Talking about relationships and sex with young people isn’t always easy. To help you, Brook have developed high quality digital learning to empower, support and encourage you to deliver effective relationships and sex education (RSE) - based on our 55 years experience of working with under 25s.

Click "Learn more" to search for free digital learning courses.

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