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Imago Newsletter - Issue 43 - November 2021 

Work with Us

Imago is recruiting to a number of posts across the South East. It’s a great time to join the organisation and progress your career. Details are on our website and vacancies include:

  • BAME Partnerships Coordinator- Kent & Medway
  • Training & Development Manager- Tunbridge Wells
  • Children & Young People Coordinator- children with disabilities- west Kent
  • Children & Young People Coordinator- Young Carers- Ashford
  • Social Prescribers- Gravesend, Sheerness and Medway

We also have apprenticeship and Kickstart opportunities based in Tunbridge Wells. These are a great way for 16–24 year-olds to gain experience.  Imago offers a competitive salary, great employee benefits, comprehensive training and you’ll be part of a fun and friendly team. Don’t wait… apply today!

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Young Carers Social Prescribing

Young Carers Social Prescribing (YCSP) turns 1 year old! YCSP is an internal project funded by Imago to respond to the growing number of children and young people requiring intensive support to address emotional wellbeing, confidence, poor self-esteem or low mood and anxiety.

The project is unique in that it is not connected to a Primary Care Network as most other social prescribing services are and it is available to any of our Kent Young Carers across Kent aged between 8-18.

This year a total of 55 children and young people have been referred into the project, and each child can receive 6-8 sessions with a possible extension after review depending on their individual needs. The topics we have covered so far include: signposting to local services, difficulties in school, loneliness and isolation, friendships and relationships, self-help strategies, mental health and wellbeing, help with sleep and routines, self-care and personal hygiene, relaxing, mindfulness and SEN diagnosis pathway support.
 
Children and young people have responded really well to the digital sessions and the project has received some really positive feedback from them and their caregivers which has also helped to shape the service.
  
“I enjoyed talking to somebody that isn’t in my family and I enjoyed talking to you because you don’t know about me, if you knew everything it would be a bit boring” (F, aged 9).
 
“The project has helped by giving our daughter someone to talk to and it has made her calmer and happier” (Parent of F above).
 
All referrals must go through a Young Carers Support Coordinator - call the Imago Children and Young People's hub on 0300 111 1110 or email hello@imago.community
 

Adult Carers online groups 

Carers Groups are a great opportunity to meet people in similar situations. You can share your experiences of caring, what’s going on in your life or just enjoy some time for you. This month we are launching two new online Carers groups:

Stretch and Mobility on Zoom
Starting on 8th November, this session will be on the first Monday of every month at 2:30pm.

Coffee, Cake and Chat on Zoom
Starting on 28th October, this session will run weekly on a Thursday at 1:30pm.

If you are a carer in Swanley, Swale, Dartford and Gravesham come and join us on Zoom. If you are interested in attending please call our hub team on 0300 011 1965.

A return to face-to-face delivery for the Safe team

The new school term has gotten off to a flying start for the Safe team. With COVID restrictions lifted we have been welcomed back into schools for face-to-face delivery of our mental health and wellbeing programme. One highlight has been the completion of Safe Ambassador training with year 9 students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive. The group engaged really well with our interactive two-day workshop and gave some great feedback which we are excited to take forward.

We have also been lucky enough to support our Wellbeing Wednesday Primary Zoom group with their transition to secondary school. Continuing our weekly focus on 1 of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, we had a great time supporting New Year 7 participants to “Connect” with our existing members as they moved to our Secondary Zoom group. As we explored “Give”, we used the session to focus on wellbeing strategies which prioritise giving to yourself and set the group a self-care bingo challenge.

Why not give it a try - how many different ways can you give to yourself in the month ahead?

Get paid to watch ads

We are now partnered with platform Weare8.com. People are paid every time they watch a brand video ad, and a donation is made to charity. To sign up, head to www.weare8.com. Download the WeAre8 app to access the earnings in your wallet and the global community feed, where you can engage and unite with people who want to change the world.
 
What you choose to do with your money is your choice - pay it into your Paypal, auto-pay your EE mobile bill or pay it forward to a charity you love. 

CAMEO member completes marathon

CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) member, Janice Constance Jones has completed her virtual London marathon challenge. Congratulations Janice!

Janice, who walked the long walk with her walker and oxygen at the ready started her marathon on the 3rd October at 00:01am completing the 26.2 miles in 15 hours and 58 minutes. 

Janice has been such an inspiration to her friends at her CAMEO group, so many of them walked the miles with her in their thoughts. She raised funds for Asthma UK https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaniceJones18

If you are interested in finding our more about CAMEO Groups please contact the hub on 0300 011 1965 or email navigation@imago.community

A Time to Reflect

Our Social Prescribing Link Coordinator tells us about her 'Day of Reflection' delivered by the Sunlight Development Trust

I was delighted to be invited to attend the Day of Reflection at the Sunlight Development Trust - they are an amazing organisation, offering all kinds of support to the local community. They held events earlier in the year, which I was lucky enough to attend with some of my patients - there were talks from Kent Wildlife Trust, art days and mindfulness sessions, all held in their lovely community garden.

The Day of Reflection was an opportunity to meet with new and old faces and share experiences regarding our mental health. I was joined by several of my patients, who really appreciated being included and definitely benefitted from the day - plus free cake is always welcome!

An added bonus to the day was meeting two local councillors and being able to enlighten them on my role as a Social Prescriber with Imago - which they found really interesting and were impressed with the support we provide for the local community.

Lisa Morgan - Social Prescribing Link Coordinator

Working Together 

Our Imago Social Prescribers in Sheppey have been busy this month working in partnership with local charities and organisations to support their clients. 

Our Social Prescriber for Sheppey delivered a presentation on diabetes management at the Avenue Theatre in Sittingbourne in partnership with Swale Community and Voluntary Services and Swale Seniors Forum. The coffee morning presentation attended by members from both organisations gave the group tips on blood sugar control and healthy eating . The talk was well received by the attendees with the feedback being really positive.

To raise awareness of World Mental Health Day the team attended an event organised by Sheppey Matters, a Sheppey based charity supporting residents on the Isle of Sheppey. The meeting held at Sheppey Healthy Living Centre brought together members of the local community, including Community Wardens, the Oasis Academy Headmaster, trainee counsellors and a mental health service user who spoke about his experiences of accessing support and how his life has changed since. For the public this was a great opportunity to open up the conversation around mental health, allowing everyone to take some time to network and discuss their own experiences.
 

Kent Police Public Engagement Event - Safeguarding Women and Girls

 
Kent Police is holding a series of events to engage with the public and explain how it safeguards women and girls. Kent Police puts victims and witnesses at the heart of everything it does, and it has never been more important for officers to protect and enhance the relationship with the communities they serve.

You are invited to share your views at a local public engagement event on:

Date: 11th November 2021
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: The Alexander Suite, St Mary's Rd, Swanley BR8 7BU

This event will be attended by members of the Chief Officer Team as well as local policing teams. You are welcome to bring friends, family members or colleagues with you.

Please confirm your attendance including numbers of those attending by responding to this email - csu.sevenoaks@kent.police.uk - by 4th November 2021, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Driving: If you are planning to drive then parking facilities are available within walking distance, including limited accessible parking available at the venue.

SDC Silver Sunday events

Sevenoaks District Council's Silver Sunday events in celebration of older people have been running throughout the month and there is still time to join the Ask the Expert Dementia event on Thursday 11th November at 6pm. 

In partnership with the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Communities Forum, join the ‘Ask the Expert’ event for advice and information for people living with dementia or those who are caring for someone with the condition. It is being held at Bat and Ball Community Centre Crampton’s Road, Sevenoaks TN14 5DN.

Places for this event must be booked in advance. To book your place, email communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227000.

Try Angle Award nominations closing soon

Are you working with a young person who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding efforts and determination? Maybe a young person or group you are working with has persevered to achieve their goals? These awards recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of young people and groups who really try their best whether at school, work, college, in business or in their wider community across Kent. 

Nominations for this year’s Try Angle Awards are now open. Any young person or group of young people aged 11 to 18 or 11 to 25 (with special educational needs) from Kent can be nominated for an award.
 
There are 8 award categories:

  • Arts – for personal achievement in arts, in any form.
  • Music – for achievement in music, in any form.
  • Sport or Outdoor Activities – demonstrating fair play and commitment in any sport or outdoor activity.
  • Community Action – marking a contribution made to a community e.g. school councils, youth forums, charity work, environmental project and campaigns.
  • Good Friends and Young Carers – recognising those who spend time being a good friend, mentor or carer to another in their family or community.
  • Personal Development – for special achievement in education, training or other activities, making changes to improve.
  • Courage – recognising acts of courage displayed with coping bravely with illness or other adversity.
  • Positive Intervention – where an individual or group has prevented harm, bullying, discrimination or damage.

 All young people nominated will receive a certificate, with many going on to be recognised with District Try Angle Awards, before the final countywide Spirit of Try Angle Awards, which will take place in March 2022. Nominations can be made at www.kent.gov.uk/tryangle and close on Friday 5th November 2021.

Charity Fraud Awareness Week

The annual Charity Fraud Awareness Week took place from 18th - 22nd October and encouraged charities, their trustees. staff and volunteers to be aware of cyber crime and the risks associated with this. Charities, NGOs and non-profits are at greater risk of cyber crime with criminals exploiting the current global crisis. By being fraud aware everyone can play a part in protecting a charities money, assets and staff.   

If you missed it, find resources and materials on preventcharityfraud.org.uk

Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday 30th November take a moment to celebrate and encourage giving in all its forms. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to engage new and current donors, highlight fundraising, share stories demonstrating impact and raise awareness.

For resources and to find out more go to www.givingtuesday.org.uk
 

It's Trustees' Week

This year Trustees’ Week takes place from 1st-5th November. Whilst charities have had to rise to the challenges of the pandemic, it has not been an easy time to be a trustee. Trustees’ Week offers us the opportunity to reflect on this and look to the future. It's also a chance to thank those who volunteer their time to lead charities. As part of Trustees’ Week some trustees are sharing their stories. To get involved go to https://trusteesweek.org/.
Follow the conversation on social media #TrusteesWeek.
 

Pro-bono Week

The 20th annual pro-bono week takes place from 1st - 5th November and is an opportunity for the voluntary support offered by the legal sector across the UK to be celebrated. There will be a series of hybrid (online and in-person) events taking place across the week that might be of interest to you, including: 
  • November 3rd Online #CharityHour - Pro Bono legal help for charities - TrustLaw and LawWorks
  • November 4th Online Contract Negotiation 101 LawWorks and Bank of America
Find and book them here: probonoweek.org.uk/events

Vision for Volunteering

In July's newsletter we featured the Vision for Volunteering which is being developed by a collaboration of community and voluntary sector partners led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, Association of Volunteer Managers and Sport England. 

In November the consultation moves to the next stage with a series of workshops and ways to capture views on volunteering in 7 key focus areas:
  • Employment & Skills
  • Climate emergency
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Healthy ageing
  • Young people leading change
  • Resilient Communities 
  • Sport and physical activity
If you would like to find out more about the Vision for Volunteering, participate in one of the workshops or sign up for future updates please go to visionforvolunteering.org.uk  
  

To read

  • How can your charity tackle climate change? Charity Digital has simple changes you can do to make a difference. 
  • No Going Back – State of Social Enterprise Survey 2021. Social Enterprise UK has released their latest state of the sector report, which demonstrates how social enterprises are delivering economically, environmentally and socially. 
  • An impact report has been published that details how the government’s £6.5 million Covid-19 support fund has helped communities across the UK.  The new Minister for Civil Society hailed small charities as ‘the backbone of our communities’.
  • NCVO has launched its Almanac. In a Civil Society article Anya Martin from NCVO discusses some of the key findings of the Almanac 2021 and the insights they provide about the UK’s voluntary sector. 

Comic Relief Community Fund

The Comic Relief Community Fund is supporting community organisations to deliver projects with 4 strategic themes:

  • A Safe Place to Be
  • Children Survive and Thrive 
  • Gender Justice
  • Mental Health Matters 
It can provide grants of up to £10,000 to support project delivery and capacity building.  

Eligible organisations are registered charities and not-for-profit companies and must have an income of less than £250,000. There are three application rounds and the deadline for the first round is 12th November.

Apply: www.groundwork.org.uk/comic-relief/
Deadline Round 1: 12th November

KCC Strategic Recovery Fund #2 

Following on from the success of the KCC Strategic Recovery Fund in the summer, where £431,000 was awarded to help “future proof” 73 community groups after the challenge of the pandemic, the Strategic Recovery Fund #2 is now available to help organisations to adapt to the “new normal” post Covid-19.

The fund is intended to support organisations to develop/adapt business plans and strategies to put them in a stronger position to access a range of funding sources. The focus is on building sustainability and encouraging innovation. This is about recognising that organisations will need to diversify their business models to adapt to the current challenges and increase the sustainability of organisations.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available to purchase one-off support across a range of topics including: 
  • Leadership and training programmes – upskilling staff, trustees and volunteers
  • Business planning/operational review and strategy
  • Income generation review and strategy
  • Financial review and strategy
  • Website upgrade/digital skills
  • Marketing/social media

Grants should be spent within six months.

Applications close on 5th November 2021Click here to find out more about the funding and to see if you are eligible. If you have any questions please contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk

The Skinners Benevolent Trust

The Skinners’ Benevolent Trust provides crisis grants of up to £275, for individuals and families to purchase essential household items. Funding is available only in specific circumstances, and for those living in specific areas of Kent (Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Romney Marsh).

Applications can only be made by a support agency - such as social and support services, housing associations, refuge and rehabilitation organisations, and local charities.

To apply: contact charitiesadmin@skinners.org.uk or call 020 7213 0562
Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered on a monthly basis.

National Lottery Community Fund: Together for Our Planet

£2.5million of National Lottery funding is available to support communities to take action against climate change. Funding from £1,000 to £10,000 will be awarded to worthwhile projects across the UK. 

Projects should reflect the issues affecting the local community and can be small in scale. You do not need to be climate change experts but must want to help your community to take action on climate change. 

Apply: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/together-for-our-planet
Deadline: 5pm on 18th November

Kent for Community

Free to register search tool to seek out funding, grants and income that may be relevant for your organisation.

www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/kent

The Peter Harrison Foundation

Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People Programme

Grants are available to charities in the South East, including Kent, who assist young people with a disability, a chronic or terminal illness and support their parents/carers. Projects will engage young people who are at risk of crime, truancy and addiction, risk of homelessness or provide opportunities to homeless young people. 

Apply: http://www.peterharrisonfoundation.org/grant-programmes/how-apply
Deadline: Ongoing
 
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Sources include Kent Community Foundation, Bates and Wells, DSC, NAVCA LINX, NSPCC and NCVO. If you would like to submit an article or provide feedback on the newsletter please email Lysette D'Urso at Imago – lysette.durso@imago.community

 

Contact details for Imago

Our head office is located at 17-19 Monson Road,  Tunbridge Wells – 01892 530330 -  and we have project delivery offices in 10 locations across Kent, Medway, East Sussex, and London (Bexley, Havering and Southwark).

 


 
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