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Imago Newsletter - Issue 42 - September 2021 

Work with Us

Due to expansion, Imago has roles available across the organisation. It’s a great time to join us and try something new. There are opportunities to work in Adult Services, Social Prescribing, Children and Young Peoples Services and our Central Services team. Check out our website for details and job descriptions….and share with your colleagues, friends and families.
Work with Us (imago.community)

 “I’ve really enjoyed the first few weeks in my new job. I have felt supported throughout my induction and the staff are so supportive. Being able to shadow people in the same or similar roles has made me confident that this is the job I want to do and am ready for.”
New employee
 
Imago offers a competitive salary, great employee benefits, comprehensive training and opportunities for development. New vacancies are added regularly to the website, so save the page to your favourites!

HSBC UK's No Fixed Address programme

We are proud to announce that Imago is now an official charity partner for HSBC’s No Fixed Address bank account. This means that in certain circumstances we can support individuals accessing our service, who are facing and battling homelessness, to open a bank account, giving them access to benefits and job possibilities.
 

Southwark Young Carers


Some of our Young Carers in Southwark attended a 2-day MyBnk workshop this summer to learn all about money management skills and positive financial habits. They achieved a Level 1 Personal Money Management accreditation. Well done to all involved!
 
We have a CV workshop scheduled for October half-term, where our Young Carers can learn how to create a stand-out CV from recruitment expert Marcus Weedon. We are also very excited that Southwark Playhouse have kindly offered our Young Carers free tickets to their January Shakespeare play, rumoured to be Romeo and Juliet.

 

*NEW* Young Carers Drop in


We are now running monthly drop in sessions for Young Carers at EC30 for those living in Tenterden and the surrounding areas. The next session is on 28th September, 3pm – 4:30pm at EC30 Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6RA. Contact Beccy Goddard on 07960 238970 to find out more.

Short Breaks Summer Fun

 
The summer holidays as always proved to be an exceptionally busy time for the short breaks team. With restrictions finally lifted it meant going back to an action packed program with various activities from boat trips to cycling parks and from trampoline centres to high rope outdoor courses.

One highlight of the summer for our young people was a trip from Hythe to Dungeness on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. We had a few hours at the beach as well and topped it off with ice creams before our return journey back on the steam train. Another was a visit to Leeds Castle. The group had great fun exploring all of the rooms in the castle, trying to find their way out of the maze and watched some beautiful birds of prey in the falconry display.

We shall continue with a blended mix of running activities at the weekends and during the school holidays along with our online Zoom workshops.

Reintegration into Education (RTE)


For most children and young people, parents and guardians, a new school year can be exciting as well as a little daunting, but once the initial steps and nerves have been negotiated it’s generally OK. Getting to catch up with friends, make new ones, and see what skills and learning can be had, our school or education years help us to lay the foundation of our life skills. Although, school may be a part of our everyday life in some form or another, it doesn't mean that everyone has the same thrill, or eagerness to return.  We may have a whole host of queries or concerns about going, that relate to ourselves or our loved ones, those who we care for or about.  That is perfectly fine. School may not conjure up positive thoughts or memories for all.
 
Do you know a Young Carer who is struggling to get back into education? Why not refer them to Tori Jones, our new Reintegration into Education Coordinator for Kent.  She will be offering 1:1 session from between 6-12 weeks, depending upon level of need. Referrals can commence immediately, after which a waiting list will be set up. For more information contact tori.jones@imago.community or call 07467 743118.

CAMEO Celebrates its 1st Birthday

CAMEO ‘Come and Meet Each Other’ Groups help socially isolated people and those who are experiencing loneliness with a themed programme of events and activities. Throughout the lockdown and uncertainty one thing has been certain, the warm welcome given to CAMEO Group members who over this past year have participated in a variety of online activities. They have learnt about the evolution of our planet, celebrated Earth Day, discovered ‘hidden ingredients’ in our food and heard from Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and Author, who spoke about her books and expertise in ‘Dying to be Beautiful’.
 
To celebrate a year of CAMEO both groups came together for a very special session. Expert Joseph Trinder, Auctioneer and Valuer at Gorringes in Tunbridge Wells joined the group to discuss how he joined the business, his surprising finds and gave CAMEO members a sneak preview of their up and coming auctions. Some members brought family heirlooms to show and there was an eclectic mix of really interesting objects which had been handed down. Everyone said it was a great opportunity to meet up with their fellow CAMEO attendees. There was even an appearance from one of our members in hospital.
 
On Sunday 3rd October CAMEO group member Janice Jones will undertake the 26.2 mile virtual London marathon in Dartford Park using her walker. Janice has had many health challenges over the last few months but has never given up. Janice is an inspiration to us all. If you would like to go along to offer your support she will be starting at 6am, look out for the gazebo and banner outside Harriers Athletic Club. She is raising funds for Asthma UK. Good luck Janice! 
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaniceJones18
 
If you are interested in finding our more about CAMEO Groups please contact us on 03000 111 965 or email navigation@imago.community

COVID Vaccination Support


During the vaccine rollout Imago staff were involved in several areas supporting their local GP practices. Nick Robinson, Clinical Director at Tunbridge Wells Primary Care Network (PCN) has thanked Imago staff for the considerable help and support given at the Tunbridge Wells Masonic Hall Covid Vaccination Centre. Our team supported in a number of ways including inputting records onto Pinnacle, checking patients in for their vaccines, caring for patients who had reactions to the vaccine and even taking some very frail patients home.
 
Nick said “The compassion and caring manner this team have shown towards patients is a credit to your organisation and this hard work has enabled us as a team to administer over 41,500 vaccinations for patients across Tunbridge Wells. It is wonderful to be part of such a community spirited effort working together to help people in our area and we feel lucky to have the strong team at Imago supporting our PCN”.

Volunteer Case Study


"After the beginning of lockdown, when Dial-2-Drive (D2D) was obliged to suspend operations, I agreed to stay in contact with a number of D2D’s regular users. Later I also agreed to be an Imago befriender, calling once a week to connect with somebody who may be feeling rather isolated.

Although this has at times been quite challenging in terms of the issues that some people have been facing, I have also been impressed with how people have been managing to ride out this difficult COVID environment. Hearing about people’s life experiences has been a privilege and at times fascinating.

Personally, it been good for me to listen and resist the temptation to talk too much about myself!  Above all I have learnt from the experience of talking with people”

Roger Cartwright – Volunteer Telephone Befriender

KCC Consultation - Civil Society Strategy


Kent County Council is consulting on its draft Civil Society Strategy and would like to hear your views. The strategy, replaces the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) policy adopted in 2015 and recognises the role of civil society in Kent. It sets out how KCC will support the sector and its ambitions for a strong relationship with Kent’s civil society.
 
KCC would like to hear your views on the draft Civil Society Strategy so that it reflects the contribution, priorities and needs of civil society in Kent. They want this strategy to continue the partnership working and collaboration we have seen over the last year. Anyone working or volunteering within a voluntary or community organisation, a registered charity or social enterprise is encouraged to read the draft consultation and complete the short questionnaire  Civil Society Strategy | Let’s Talk Kent. The consultation closes on 3rd October and a final version of the strategy is due by the end of December 2021.  
 

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Inquiry


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott, has launched an inquiry into ways to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls in Kent. The vision is to make Kent a safer place for women and girls, working in partnership to understand what can be done and building on the good work already achieved across the county.

The inquiry will include various stages and a key part of the inquiry is a call for evidence survey. If you are 16+, a women or girl, live in Kent and would like to make your views heard, complete the survey by going to: www.makingkentsafer.co.uk.

In this first stage of the inquiry the survey seeks the views of women and girls but the views of men and boys will be sought later in the inquiry as it is understood they also experience violence.

SDC Housing Needs Survey for Older People

Sevenoaks District Council wants to hear from residents aged 60 and over about the suitability of their current homes and the sort of homes they may need in later life. It is working with market research company arc4 to run a short survey to understand how they can help older people to live independently in their current homes, as well as the type and location of new homes needed in the coming years. Once they have this information, they can work to provide the right help and the right homes in the right places. The survey should take no more than five minutes. As an incentive there is a free prize draw to win one of five £50 Marks and Spencer vouchers. For those who can’t complete the survey online they can call 0800 612 9133 and arc4 will complete the survey over the phone. The survey is open until 10pm on 28 September 2021.

NHS Retirement Fellowship coming soon to Tunbridge Wells
 

NHS Retirement Fellowship is a national charity that enhances the retirement of those who have worked in the NHS or social care sector. It provides its members with opportunities to meet former colleagues, attend events, short breaks or take up new hobbies, as well as giving access to additional benefits such as discounts. NHSRF run branches across the country and already have an established branch in Maidstone, they will be opening a Tunbridge Wells branch in the near future. If you would like to find out more, please contact Sally Bundock,Development Officer for South East England on 07960 425956 or
london.eastanglia@nhsrf.org.uk
 

South East Water Priority Services Register


South East Water has free schemes and tariffs which are designed to help support customers who are potentially vulnerable, struggling financially or have medical conditions that require the use of more water. They partner with local third sector organisations to promote these services such as Age UK, Citizens Advice, Kidney Care etc.
 
Utilities have created a joint video to promote the Priority Services Register, a service that all utilities provide for people needing extra support for a variety of reasons. Thirty-five charity partners have helped develop the video to increase awareness about the free help available from utilities in the event of a water gas or electricity outage.
 
The Priority Services Register is available to customers who:
  • Are living with a serious or chronic illness
  • Have a disability or have communication needs
  • Are living with dementia
  • Are of pensionable age
  • Have children under five in the home
  • Need extra support for a short time due to life changing events like bereavement.
Customers are being encouraged to register now to make sure, in the event of an unexpected water outage they can benefit from free services from South East Water, such as providing tailored support facilities, large print bills, braille bills, and password for security or delivery of bottled water. These are free of charge. Find out more here: www.southeastwater.co.uk/hereforyou.
 

Charities Bill

 

Plans for the Charities Bill were announced in the Queen’s Speech in May, since then it has been read in parliament and could come into force in 2022 if it moves through smoothly. The Bill proposes 5 key changes including:
  • Making it easier for charities to amend their governing documents
  • Pay trustees for goods or services
  • Disposal of land to be simplified
There are some really helpful blog posts online with further information about the proposed changes and what it could mean for your charity.

Bates Wells Charities Bill Blog series
Charities Bill: Everything you need to know

Source: Bates Wells and Charity Digital 

charities.connected

Vodafone has launched charities.connected, an initiative giving any charity in the UK the opportunity to apply for free connectivity to help the individuals and families it supports get online and improve its own digital capability. This is part of Vodafone’s recently announced commitment to tackle digital exclusion and connect one million people by the end of 2022. Registered charities can apply for the free connectivity, in the form of SIM cards with 20GB of data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months. Complete a simple online application form, including information on how free connectivity will support the project and the number of people set to benefit. This will work in any SIM-enabled device (a phone, tablet, laptop, MiFi or dongle).The pandemic has highlighted the scale of digital exclusion and in particular its impact on vulnerable communities.

Access brand new life essentials for free

 
Giving World helps charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. They redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK. They have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods. Their website is regularly updated with new stock so register here (no charge) to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them - https://products.givingworld.org.uk/register/user
 
If you would like more information, please call 0116 251 6205 between 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday. You can also send an email with any queries to admin@givingworld.org.uk.

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Applying to KCF - its about to get easier


Kent Community Foundation is introducing a new application route for organisations that they have supported before. 

The Known Organisations route will just ask for one application for core support per year, which will remain open for consideration for the following twelve months. The form will be shorter and fewer supporting documents will be required. 

The application will automatically be considered for all eligible funding panels in the year ahead.  Funding through this route is likely to be up to c. £20,000 throughout the year, though this will be the maximum level of funding. 

This is expected to be live by the end of September. 

Sport England's Return to Play: Small Grants Fund

Sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

The funding which is being made available through the Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Fund and can cover costs such as minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation, and training courses for clubs in areas of high deprivation, the Fund will now also support ongoing running costs.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time until the end of 2021.

KCC - COVID-19 Local Recovery Fund


Kent County Council Members have £6,000 each to allocate to properly constituted voluntary and Community sector organisations for specific COVID-19 recovery projects in their electoral divisions. Members can award between £300 and £2,000 per project. It is acceptable for Members to combine awards in areas where a division is shared, however the minimum and maximum limits still apply. A wide range of initiatives can be supported, although applicants will be required to demonstrate how their project responds to the pandemic, in line with the County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan objectives.
 
In addition a new COVID-19 Grant round - Supporting Individuals and Communities to Self-Isolate - has now been launched. This round will be open for applications until 5pm on 18th October 2021
 
People who need to self-isolate as a direct result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) will benefit as funding is provided to local charities and or not-for-profit organisations.
This could cover:
- access to food
- help with essential tasks
- social and emotional support for hard to reach groups.
 

The Henry Smith Charity

 
The Strengthening Communities grant programme aims to support small, grass roots organisations who are embedded in the community, working within the most deprived areas of the UK. Through this grant programme we want to make sure that our funding reaches organisations that provide services which are widely accessible to the whole community and respond to, and address the needs of the people living in it.

Grant size: £20,000 - £60,000 to support work for one to three years.
Application deadline: rolling deadline.

Emergency Essentials

 
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing. All applications must be made by a registered referrer.

Aviva Community Fund


The Aviva Community Fund has reopened for groups that fall within one of three key funding areas: building back from the pandemic, climate champions and financial empowerment. Organisations should be raising funds to help develop a new approach, product, or technology, implement pilot schemes, expand, or adapt services. All beneficiaries must be based in the UK. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000. This is not a straight forward grants programme as it involves crowd funding. The deadline is 5th October.

Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants of up to £75,000 are available for projects located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site (use the Veolia Postcode Checker to confirm this). Projects must be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year. Funding is available for:
  • Community buildings and rooms: e.g. community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, Scout or Girlguiding buildings
  • Outdoor spaces: e.g. public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths
  • Play and recreation: e.g. play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms
Deadline: 30th September 2021, January 2022
For more information: http://www.veoliatrust.org/funding 

Head of Service, Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre


DO YOU WANT TO TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RUNNING AN INDEPENDENT CHARITY? IF SO, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY THAT SHOULD INTEREST YOU
 
Job Title: HEAD OF SERVICE
Location: Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre, 94 Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DP
Salary: FT £35k per annum (pro rata), plus 3% pension
Hours per week: Between 24 and 30 (negotiable)
Type of contract: Permanent
 
We are looking for a new Head of Service to lead our essential face to face advice service, based at our brand new purpose-built offices in Paddock Wood. If you are community-minded, have previous management or leadership experience and have worked or volunteered in a senior role within the advice sector for at least two years, we would like to hear from you. We are a registered company with charity status and all our advisers and caseworkers are volunteers.

We are a member of Advice UK and offer a free, face to face advice service for the people of Paddock Wood and the surrounding areas. Our website is www.pwadvice.org

To apply for the role, please call 01892 838619 or email your CV to info@pwadvice.org together with your availability

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2021

Volunteers needed for Aspens’ October Half-Term Events!


Can you help local charity Aspens raise funds to support their work caring for people with learning disabilities and on the autism spectrum?

Do you have a few hours to spare to help Aspens Charities run their fun October half-term fundraising events?

The Aspens team need help setting up and running their Pumpkin Patch event (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 25-27 October) and their Spooky 5KM event (Saturday 30 October).

Both events are being held at Aspens’ Cornford Lane site in Pembury, Tunbridge Wells.

For more details please contact Sam Kirkness-King at volunteering@aspens.org.uk

Kent and Medway Children and Young People Suicide Prevention Conference

Wednesday 6th October
9.30am – 1pm
 
The Kent and Medway Children and Young People Suicide Prevention Network, in partnership with Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership and Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership will be hosting a half-day online conference. Building on a successful event two years ago this will be an interesting, interactive, and informative event promoting new co-created individual resilience tools, providing professional development for those working with children and young people, and highlighting the expanding third sector services that support children and young people and are available to take referrals.
 
Please register here to secure your free place and promote it with your colleagues and networks.

Please note the booking form asks for budget code details – these are not required for this conference and 0000000000 can be entered instead.

 

Mental Health First Aid (Adult) – online
Courses running in October 2021 and January and March 2022
The course is a mix of self-led online learning at your own pace and live, instructor-led online learning sessions. The aims of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training are to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, to encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.
https://westkentmind.org.uk/training/mhfa-online
  
Mental Health Aware - Adult half day course – online
Tuesday 12 October 2021, 9am-1pm
Led by an approved MHFA instructor, the Adult Half Day Mental Health Aware online learning session will cover:
-          What is mental health and the mental health continuum
-          Stress and stress management
-          Spotting signs of distress
-          Mental health conditions
-          My mental health toolkit
https://westkentmind.org.uk/training/mhfa-online
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Sources include Kent Community Foundation, DSC, NAVCA LINX, NSPCC, NCVO and Bates, Wells and Braithwaite. 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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