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Kingston Essentials

Due to Covid-19, we have replaced our bimonthly KVA bulletin with regular updates for local groups and charities. Further resources are on our website and on Twitter.
News
 

GoodGym supporting communities during the lockdown

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak GoodGym had to make extensive changes to their operations. Despite the challenges, GoodGym manages to continue their good deeds – reports of these can be found on their website.

Mark Barun, GoodGym Area Activator in Kingston and Richmond, says: “Most of the lockdown deeds were making food runs to supermarkets to collect and deliver to those self-isolating and unable to get the essentials for themselves."

Martel, a GoodGym Kingston volunteer, explains: "As soon as lockdown hit, GoodGym Kingston began doorstep dropping medicines and shopping to those who could no longer go out. I have volunteered in tasks to help those coming out of hospital, driving up donations to the local food banks, helped community food providers get meals out each day, topped up phone cards, electricity meters and posted mail; all those that have received support have been so appreciative and grateful making it so rewarding."
GoodGym volunteers get involved in a variety of activities. On a recent activity, a team of six GoodGym volunteers made their way to help the Canbury Community Garden in Kingston upon Thames.
The session included two new members who were raring to help GoodGym. Together, they were able to help the friends of Canbury Gardens pick up the litter and move topsoil to feed the trees and shrubs in the gardens.

There are hundreds of GoodGym volunteers ready to help. GoodGym volunteers love to help out community organisations and charities in Kingston upon Thames. They run, walk or cycle to provide free volunteering time for tasks which benefit where they live.
Read about how GoodGym can help community projects
 
Find out about news stories featuring resilient organisations who continue to provide vital services during the pandemic.

See the Kingston Voluntary Action website for profiles of local organisations that are #NeverMoreNeeded.
Read more
 

Do you have good news to share?

Do you have a positive news story about how your organisation is continuing to deliver services during the pandemic? If so, we would love to hear from you!
Get in touch
 

#NeverMoreNeeded campaign – contact your MP 

Charities are #NeverMoreNeeded - for the essential support they provide, and how they shape our society. Contact your MP about the campaign. 
Read more
 

Lords Inquiry into life post-covid

The Lords welcomes submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. 
Deadline 31 August
Respond here
 

Vacancy for part-time accountant/bookkeeper

KCAH are looking for a part-time accountant/bookkeeper to join their dynamic organisation, supporting vulnerable people facing housing crisis. 
Read more 
 
Events and Training
 

Datawise: The Changing Face of London - open data session

Delve into a large data set highlighting issues facing young people in London with Partnership for Young Londoners.
8 September
Apply here
 

Legal drop-in clinic

Free drop-in clinic for charities and social enterprises with David Kirby from DK Legal. Held on Zoom. Meeting ID: 955 7348 1297
26 August, 4:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting
 

Unconscious Racial Bias workshop

This KVA workshop will help equip you to make your organisation a better, more inclusive place to work.
1 September
Read more
 

Online Connected Kingston Champion training

This free training will enable you to have productive conversations with your clients and signpost them to services that can support them.
10 September
Book here
 

Decision-making in a crisis: Collaborations and Mergers

Free NCVO webinar as many trustees and senior leaders, to ensure their charity’s sustainability, will be considering collaboration and merger. 
20 August 
Book here 
 

Free NCVO webinars

Includes a range of paid for and some free NCVO online webinars. 
Book here
 

Health and Wellbeing Network meeting

Booking is now open for Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting.
17 September
Book here
 

Employability and wellbeing course

New online KAE course with Mentor Support. Two morning per week, from 10am to 12.30pm. Starts on14 September 2020.
Book here
 
Funding sources
 

Arts Council Recovery Fund

This fund offers financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but now at risk.
Deadlines: 21 August, and 4 September.
Apply here
 

Common Call

A grant fund powered by Do it Now Now, open innovation organisation driven by the desire to bring social empowerment to Black communities.
Deadline: 31 August
Apply here
 

Lloyds Bank Foundation

£7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Deadline: 11 September
Read more
 
See KVA's list of funding sources
 
Recommended Resources
 

Connected Kingston information on welfare benefits

There are new pages on Connected Kingston to help support people who are new to welfare benefits.
Read more
 

Resources for the 'new normal' at work'

See KVA's website for resources, including those from the 'Preparing to return to the 'new normal' at work' webinar held last month.
Read more
 

Keeping You Safe film

As part of the NHS is Here for You campaign, the NHS has created a video offering reassurance that it is safe to return to the NHS and seek advice.
Watch here
 

Updated guidance on places of worship during Covid-19

This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for activities and includes a checklist for special religious gatherings.
Read more
 

Guidance on young carers providing care during coronavirus

Updated guidance on young people who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.
Read more
 
The Kingston Covid-19 Essentials
Links to where you can find useful information on the community response to Covid-19 here in Kingston - and how you can make a difference.
 
How to donate food in Kingston
Be an emergency volunteer today
Online activities to help you stay well
Register those who need help
Funding and more for groups
Donate to the Covid-19 Appeal

Please also donate if you can to Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal. 

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Kingston Essentials

Due to Covid-19, we have replaced our bimonthly KVA bulletin with regular updates for local groups and charities. Further resources are on our website and on Twitter.
News
 

Support for carers during the pandemic

It has been a very unusual and challenging few months and Kingston Carers’ Network are keen to reassure their carers that they are still here and able to support them.

Diane White, CEO of Kingston Carers’ Network, says: “For the time being, we are continuing to provide information, advice and guidance only via telephone, email or video call - Zoom, Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp.”

Most of Kingston Carers’ Network regular support groups continue online on Zoom and we have restarted physical exercise classes in small groups, in the park. Diane explains: “The young carers' project has a wonderful summer planned, with both virtual activities and actual groups, with a robust risk assessment. It is so lovely to see the young carers having fun together.”
Kingston Carers’ Network are working hard to return to a more face to face service, when it is safe to do so. Diane says: “We are especially looking forward to our wellbeing activities, particularly our day trips which so many of our carers enjoy.”
Find out about news stories featuring resilient organisations who continue to provide vital services during the pandemic. Read the Kingston Voluntary Action webpages for profiles of local organisations that are #NeverMoreNeeded.
Read more
 
 

Do you have good news to share?

Do you have a positive news story about how your organisation is continuing to deliver services during the pandemic? If so, we would love to hear from you!
Get in touch
 

Clinical Commissioning Group AGM

NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be holding their first Annual General Meeting at 10am on 23 September. Members of the public have the opportunity to ask questions about the CCGs’ work at the AGM.
Please submit any questions by 14 September to  hello@swlondon.nhs.uk. They will present the annual achievements from their previous constituent CCGs including Kingston. You can read the Annual Reports for Kingston online.
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Latest news
Events and training
Funding
Resources

Kingston Essentials

Due to Covid-19, we have replaced our bimonthly bulletin with regular updates for local groups and charities. Further resources are on our website and on Twitter.
News
 

Advice and the provision of information during the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented everyone with some new and unprecedented challenges. For Citizens Advice Kingston, the challenge has been to ensure that they remain open to provide the community with advice and information.

The rapidly changing environment has presented communities with a unique set of health, economic and social challenges. Some of these can seem overwhelming and with guidelines changing week by week to manage the pandemic, it can be difficult to know how this will impact on people’s lives.

Citizens Advice Kingston video

It is no surprise that the uncertainty arising from the pandemic has resulted in a significant rise in demand for advice and information right across the community. Compared to the same month last year, during April 2020 their team of staff and volunteers managed a rise of:
  • 63% more telephone calls
  • 50% more email enquiries
  • 66% rise in casework (e.g. involving benefits, housing or employment)
  • A ten-fold increase in visits to their website
There has been a period of adjustment for their clients and staff. One of their team said: “I never thought I would enjoy working from home, but the new systems work well and I am enjoying helping local people with their problems.”

One of their clients said: “The advisor who dealt with my case had extensive knowledge of the DWP [Department of Work and Pensions] and the problems I face, which is something that surprised me and reassured me.”
 
Find out more about stories featuring resilient organisations who continue to provide vital services during the pandemic.

See the Kingston Voluntary Action website for profiles of local organisations that are #NeverMoreNeeded.
Read more
 

Let us know your concerns to take to the Health and Wellbeing board - by 10 September

Sanja Djeric-Kane, KVA’s CEO, will be representing the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector at the Health and Wellbeing Board in September. At this meeting, she will update the Board about the developments and challenges for the VCSE sector in Kingston.

Let us know about your work so that we can update the board. Please email us information on:
  • How your organisation has been affected since the beginning of Covid-19?
  • Any funding successes you have had since Covid-19?
  • Any budgetary issues you are facing as a result of Covid-19?
Deadline: 10 September
Email Sanja
 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place report published

IVAR has published a briefing on the challenges faced by VCSE leaders during the Covid-19 crisis.
Read more
 

Charities benefit from social media

Third Sector explores how charities can use research data to drive smarter decisions and harness the power of social media.
Read more
 

No record of government promised review into funding

Civil Society reports that the government has been accused of breaking a promise over emergency coronavirus funding for small charities.
Read more
 

Survey of post-lockdown services provided by Kingston VCSEs

Please complete the survey of post-lockdown services provided by Kingston VCSEs. The survey will take 10 - 15  minutes to complete. This information is crucial to ensure that people who are vulnerable and isolated, can be supported wherever they are based in the borough.
Deadline: 1 September
Complete survey
 
Events and Training
 

Datawise: The Changing Face of London - open data session

Delve into a large data set highlighting issues facing young people in London with Partnership for Young Londoners.
8 September
Apply here
 

Online Connected Kingston Champion training

This free training will enable you to have productive conversations with your clients and signpost them to services that can support them.
10 September
Book here
 

NCVO webinars

The NCVO website includes links to a range of paid-for and some free online webinars. 
Book here
 

Health and Wellbeing Network meeting

Booking is now open for Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting.
17 September
Book here
 

Employability and wellbeing course

New online KAE course with Mentor Support. Two morning per week, from 10am to 12.30pm. Starts on14 September 2020.
Book here
 

Safeguarding through Covid-19 and beyond - webinar

In partnership with Zurich, NCVO bring you an online webinar discussing the importance of safeguarding for your staff and volunteers.
17 September
Read more
 

Decision making in a crisis: Collaboration and merger

Webinar recording on Decision making in a crisis: Collaboration and merger.
Decision making in a crisis: Collaboration and merger
 
Funding sources
 

Independent Age Grants Fund

Grants for organisations reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
Deadline: 11 September
Apply here
 

Covid Digital Fund

Catalyst's emergency funding of up to £60k for organisations committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks.
Deadline: 7 September
Apply here
 

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

VCSE organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on starting well in life.
Deadline: 30 October
Apply here
 

Arts Council Recovery Fund

This fund offers financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but now at risk.
Deadline: 4 September.
Apply here
 

Lloyds Bank Foundation

£7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Deadline: 11 September
Read more
 
See KVA's list of funding sources
 
Recommended Resources
 

The VCS role in Keeping Kingston Safe

All of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and Keeping Kingston Safe.
Kingston Council has developed a Local Outbreak Control Plan for the borough that sets out what must happen in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kingston.
Read more
 

Connected Kingston information on welfare benefits

There are pages on Connected Kingston to help support people who are new to welfare benefits.
Read more
 

Resources for returning to work

See KVA's website for resources, including those from the 'Preparing to return to the 'new normal' at work' webinar held last month.
Read more
 

Keeping You Safe film

As part of the NHS is Here for You campaign, the NHS has created a video offering reassurance that it is safe to return to the NHS and seek advice.
Watch here
 

Guidance on young carers providing care during coronavirus

Updated guidance on young people who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.
Read more
 

Local data on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Kingston

Access local data on coronavirus cases in Kingston on the Kingston Data site. Note the page may take a minute to load. Data from Public Health England.
Kingston Data site
 
The Kingston Covid-19 Essentials
Links to where you can find useful information on the community response to Covid-19 here in Kingston - and how you can make a difference.
 
How to donate food in Kingston
Be an emergency volunteer today
Online activities to help you stay well
Register those who need help
Funding and more for groups
Donate to the Covid-19 Appeal

Please also donate if you can to Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal. 

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Deadline: 1 September.
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Flu vaccine

The SWL Health and Care Partnership are looking to have conversations to find out why there was a low take up of flu vaccine last year. They are particularly interested in speaking to: people experiencing homelessness; parents (2-3 years); carers; BAME communities; those shielding; those with long term conditions, etc. If you have meetings with clients and would be willing for the SWL team to ask a few questions please contact them.
Get involved
 

Exams summer support helpline for 16 to 18 year olds

If you work with young people whose grades are not what they expected and want support, the 14 to 25 team at Achieving for Children may be able to help.
Read more
 

Psychology students as volunteers

On Kingston University's Psychology course, students undertake 30 hours of work from January. Tasks can include: data collection, service evaluation, leaflet design, buddying, etc. For details, contact Dr Jess Prior.
Contact email
 

Design students available to local groups

Students from Kingston School of Art's Design course work on a project called Fixperts to find solutions to problems. For details contact Kathleen Hills.
Contact email
 

LEAH vacancy - Operations Manager

LEAH is seeking an exceptionally well organised and efficient Operations Manager to join their team.
Read more
 

Enrolments open for Kingston Adult Education

Now has never been a better time to develop your skills, learn from home or in your community and be part of the new look service.
Read more
 

RBK's website update - take part in research

Kingston council is updating its website to make it easier to use and to help provide more services online. They would like residents to test the new website.
Get involved
 

Phoenix Trust/National Lottery new fund

Phoenix Trust/National Lottery has new fund for smaller BAME organisations. There are a series of deadlines.
Read more
 
Events and Training
 

Unconscious Racial Bias workshop

This KVA workshop will help equip you to make your organisation a better, more inclusive place to work.
1 September
Read more
 

Online Connected Kingston Champion training

This free training will enable you to have productive conversations with your clients and signpost them to services that can support them.
10 September
Book here
 

Writing a Covid-19 case for support - free online course

Writing a Covid-19 case for support - run by Claudia Demuth, an experienced trainer on income generation and business planning. 
18 August
Book here
 

Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting

Booking is now open for Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting.
17 September
Book here
 

Half Day Mental Health Awareness online courses

To book, complete a copy of the booking form (link below) and return to linda.munslow@kingston.gov.uk.
4 September (other dates available)
Booking form
 

Save the date for upcoming conference

Save the date for Connected Kingston’s upcoming conference 'Health and Wellbeing in Uncertain Times'. The event will take place online from 10am-3.30pm and booking details will be available in September.
22 October
 

Connected Kingston’s information on summer activities

Connected Kingston has also created a page of summer activities for children and adults.
Read more
 

Employability and wellbeing course

New online KAE course with Mentor Support. Two morning per week, from 10am to 12.30pm. Starts on14 September 2020.
Book here
 

Briefing Session: Recovery priorities for civil society

Join London Plus and the GLA for a briefing on recovery priorities for civil society.
17 August
Book here
 

The end of the office as we know it? webinar by DSC

Join this DSC Zoom Talks - an opportunity to get together for an honest discussion of the topical issues facing our sector today.
26 August
Read more
 

Practical Ideas for Happier Living

Practical Ideas for Happier Living course takes place on Fridays at at The Groves Medical Centre, New Malden, KT3 3TX.
18 September to 30 October
Register interest
 
Funding sources
 

Arts Council Recovery Fund

This fund offers financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but now at risk.
Deadlines: 21 August, and 4 September.
Apply here
 

Phoenix Trust/National Lottery new fund

Phoenix Trust/National Lottery has new fund for smaller BAME organisations.
Deadlines: there are a series of deadlines.
Read more
 

Common Call

A grant fund powered by Do it Now Now, open innovation organisation driven by the desire to bring social empowerment to Black communities.
Deadline: 31 August
Apply here
 

Lloyds Bank Foundation

£7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Deadline: 11 September
Read more
 
See KVA's list of funding sources
 
Recommended Resources
 

Connected Kingston information on financial difficulties

There are new pages on Connected Kingston to help support people that may be experiencing financial difficulties that might be useful to your service users.
 

Resources for the 'new normal' at work'

See KVA's website for resources, including those from the 'Preparing to return to the 'new normal' at work' webinar held in July.
Read more
 

Keeping You Safe film

As part of the NHS is Here for You campaign, the NHS has created a video offering reassurance that it is safe to return to the NHS and seek advice.
See more
Keeping You Safe video.
 
The Kingston Covid-19 Essentials
Links to where you can find useful information on the community response to Covid-19 here in Kingston - and how you can make a difference.
 
How to donate food in Kingston
Be an emergency volunteer today
Online activities to help you stay well
Register those who need help
Funding and more for groups
Donate to the Covid-19 Appeal

Please also donate if you can to Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal. 

Twitter
LinkedIn
Website
 
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