How the volunteer brokerage service can help you and your organisation

The service can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations which have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.

You can use the brokerage service to request volunteers with specific skills or background for community activity.  

If you need volunteers for a particular role please email volunteers@camden.gov.uk and let us know:

  • What the role is (brief summary)
  • How many volunteers you need
  • Is a DBS required?
  • Your contact details including phone number

When we have this information, a member of the team will contact you.

If you have existing volunteers that either need their current DBS to be verified or need a new DBS:

Please email schoolsdbs@camden.gov.uk using the heading ‘COVID Volunteer Enquiry’. A member of the DBS team will contact you.

You can also use the brokerage services as part of your contingency planning:  

  • Do you have particular activity planned that will need specific volunteer skills? The brokerage service can search for volunteers who have declared those skills and vet/ ID check them.  
  • Do you have concerns about how you might fulfil your future volunteering needs? You can contact the brokerage service now with your needs so we can start contacting the people you need.  
  • Do you think the needs of your clients/ organisation might change as lockdown continues or we move into a recovery period? You can contact the service with more information about your future needs so we can update and review our training offer to volunteers

Contact us at volunteering@camden.gov.uk

Funding support for local voluntary and community groups

On this page you can find details of funding available to support the voluntary and community sector during Covid-19.

This page will be updated to reflect new funding as it becomes available.

London Community Response Fund 

Grant size: 

  • Small grants up to £10K 
  • Large grants up to £50K 

Deadline: Likely to be the end of July. Early submissions highly recommended 

Three types of grants are available; crisis, enable and adapt.  

  • Crisis grants are for organisations that need to urgently provide food, essentials and support to communities through crisis. 
  • Enable grants supports work that helps to prevent difficulties arising from the crisis escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis. 
  • Adapt grants help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future. 

If you have previously applied to the fund, you can re-apply in this new wave funding, either for a small or large grant but not for both. 


Please see the guidance and apply via the website. 

Young Camden Foundation - Digital Youth Work Fund

Young Camden Foundation (YCF) has launched the Digital Youth Work Fund sponsored by Google. This fund is designed to support Camden’s children and young people sector by creating or enhancing a digital youth work offer.

Grant size: YCF members can apply for grants of up to £5,000
Deadline: 3 July 2020.

Criteria:
YCF encourages applications that can demonstrate two or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Youth practitioners gain the confidence and competencies to support young people with navigating the online aspects of their lives.
  2. Youth practitioners will be able to take advantage of new technologies and digital media to enhance (remote) youth work practice.
  3. Youth practitioners will have a more agile and critical mind-set towards digital technology and have competences to deliver quality youth work (whilst observing social distancing rules).
  4. Digital offer will be developed or enhanced as a result of collaboration and/or partnerships.

More information

Young Camden Foundation (YCF)- Heads up Mental Health Fund 

Grant size: Up to £5K 
Deadline: 03 July, 10 July, 17 July, 24 July, 31 July

Eligibility: Must be a YCF member to apply (membership is free) 

Young Camden Foundation recently launched the Heads Up Mental Health Fund, which intends to support local community organisations with safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and youth workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. 

For more details and to apply visit the YCF website 

Aviva Community Fund 

Grant size: Up to £50K  
Deadline: 28th July 

Eligibility: Organisations must have been operating for at least 12 months and have a turnover of under £1m . See the full eligibility criteria.  

Organisations can  submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to raise up to £50,000. The fund will support applications for core costs and costs associated with adapting services in response to Covid-19. 

Priority areas: 

Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities
Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent

Website: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding 

National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. Organisations can apply for funding from the National Lottery for activities supporting people affected by the crisis, or if the organisation is struggling financially due to the impact of COVID-19.

Grant size:  

  • Awards up to £10K  
  • Awards between £10-£100K  

Deadline: deadline is currently ongoing however there is only a limited amount of funding to award

Priorities:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.

What can I apply for?

  • investments in your systems
  • investments in your people
  • investments in your infrastructure
  • dedicated capacity development
  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development
  • contributions to fixed costs

Criteria:
You can only apply once for COVID-19 emergency funding in England. So please make sure that you’re applying for what you need. And you can apply if you already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund.  

You can apply if you are a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • group of organisations, as long as they're led by a voluntary or community organisation
  • not for profit company including companies limited by guarantee and Community Interest Companies with two or more directors  

More information  

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 

This Act came into force on 26 June 2020. It is intended to give breathing space to organisations by altering the legal requirements relating to insolvency, the holding of AGMs and filing. Amongst other things, it retrospectively applies so that AGMs held by charitable companies and charitable incorporated organisations between 26 March and 30 September can be held electronically regardless of whether the organisation’s constitution permits this.

More funding advice

Find out more on the Voluntary Action Camden funding information pages

Advice for key workers and volunteers

We know many of you have been asking about the government announcement and increased restrictions and what this means for your organisations, in particular volunteers.

We have worked with colleagues in public health to provide clarification. Volunteers, as well as VCS staff are considered vital to support the running of essential services. Provided VCS organisations and volunteers are engaged in delivering essential services, including collecting/ delivering shopping and medication, the recent government restrictions do not apply to these activities.  

In light of the restrictions and to keep everyone safe, the advice and guidance for volunteers to prevent the spread of infection still applies - this includes avoiding face to face contact and frequent thorough hand washing. Please note that this may change based on further announcements/ guidance. Find out more in the volunteer checklist document (PDF).