Covid-19 Information & Advice

Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, YCF is working to support the voluntary sector in Camden. YCF will take the following actions over the coming weeks:

  • YCF staff are working from home, but can be reachable via phone or email
  • All YCF events have been cancelled, including information sessions, funding surgeries and network meetings
  • We are exploring alternative methods of providing capacity building support to members
  • We are carrying out a member needs assessment to determine the best way to provide support
  • YCF has joined other funders in co-signing a statement from London Funders. The statement communicates our recognition of the significant impact that COVID-19 will have on the sector and the communities they serve and our commitment to offer as much support as required during this difficult time – please click here for the full statement and a list of all the signatories.

YCF Grant Update

In recognition of how the governments advice on social distancing may impact the delivery of projects, we will temporarily waver deadlines for project reports and offer an extension. The extension will apply to Pathways and Supplementary Schools Network Fund grantees who have already started the delivery of their projects

Young People's Foundation Webinars

The Young People's Foundation (YPF) began hosting webinars to discuss topics related to COVID-19 support. Please click on the links below to access the recordings.

Webinar 1: Cyber Service Offer for Children and Young People

Rowena Jaber - Chief Executive of The WISH Centre based in Harrow. Rowena shares the work of the WISH Centre as they transition to cyber working whilst continuing to be an evidence based provision. Rowena covers a range of areas to consider including; Legal, Insurance, Risk assessment, Business continuity, Safeguarding systems, active Governance and Finance and Funding.

Sally Carr - MBE MEd MA- Operational Director of The Proud Trust based in Manchester. Sally shares the work of The Proud Trust who have been delivering some of their services through Cyber support for over 2 years, including how they have developed a structured, staged approach to work effectively through the Covid-19 crisis.

Rashid Iqbal - Chief Executive of The Winch based in Camden. Rashid looks at their model of working that has been in development for the last period of time, especially around business agility in transferring services to cyber support. Some of the key areas covered include; setting out simple priorities to reduce complexity, dealing with probability to manage uncertainty, creating a shared working timeline and reducing mission drift with focus and vision.

Webinar 2: Safeguarding and Cyber Working

Luckasz Konieczka (Director) Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre: Turning the face to face ‘traditional’ work model into full cyber support and focusing on how to keep young people safe.

Gillian Ingram – (Manager) Camden Learning Centre: Looking at 3 area's 1st, An overview of young people’s online life and the possible consequences of the choices they make. 2nd How to help young people stay safe whilst online. 3rd Discussing the challenges, we face supporting young people via online services in the present situation.

Kembra Healy (Quality Assurance Manager) Westminster & Kensington and Chelsea: How Local Authority safeguarding arrangements are changing at the moment and how organisations in the voluntary sector can access information on keeping children safe during this time.

Jacinta Kane (Head of Service) Corporate Parenting Children and Young People Services Harrow Council: Safeguarding children and young people during a pandemic – local authority challenges and responses.

Webinar 3: Support From Funders
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 8 from 10 to 11:30am

YPF, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups. We would like to offer reassurance that YPF stands with the sector during this time. We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months, so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Guest speakers include:

-James Banks, CEO, London Funders – will give an update on how funders have been collaborating over the past three weeks to jointly look at thematic areas, as well as provide information about the London Community Response Fund portal

-Erik Mesel, Senior Grants and Public Policy Manager, John Lyon's Charity and Chair of the Young People’s Thematic Area group of 30 plus funders – will talk about why and what the funding available will focus on

-Martin Brookes, Chief Executive, London Plus – will discuss collating data to feed intelligence back to funders on what the sector needs, which includes an update on how that research is developing, key findings and how you can get involved

-BBC Children in Need (tbc) – will talk about funder responses to safeguarding and how they will assess practice to ensure children and young people are protected

Recording coming soon!

Online Resources & Advice

We have been informed by a number of our members that they have taken the difficult decision to close their centres or postpone their service as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online resources can be an effective method of keeping engaged with children and young people. Here is a list of online resources and information about providing a digital offer to young people:

Working From Home Digital Support

See below for a list of resources to get you started on digital working: