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  • Every Thursday, deliveries are made of 3 tonnes of food,  then collected by 20+ foodbanks.
  • We run a bi-weekly online Forum for Foodbanks and Soup kitchens, in collaboration with Croydon Mutual Aid Group; contact for more information
  • We recently launched a helpline for Food banks and Mutual Aid groups looking to support their clients' needs that go behind food parcels (employment, emotional well being etc). Contact

Opportunities for Groups

Monitoring your project with Excel: 31 March 2021
Are you a Croydon group interested in learning how to better use Excel for monitoring purposes? Why not attend this free Excel course run by CALAT for voluntary sector groups? The training will cover Creating a basic database, Basic use of formulae/functions (sum + - * /), Sorting/filtering data, Creating a chart (bar/pie). Book here

Shared Futures Conference: 14 & 15 April 2021
Calling project managers, leaders and founders who self-identify as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) .  A 2 day free conference, sessions highlights:  Money4YOU; National Community Lottery Trust Network; Community Fund grantmakers give feedback; Speed networking breaking isolation of BME-led work.
Book here

Google Ad Grants Seminar Available
Ben Matthews from Empower led a special hour-long Digital Candle seminar dedicated to making the most of Google Ad Grants. The free initiative gives charities and nonprofits the chance to advertise on Google Ads at no cost. If you missed the event and would like to learn how to set up and get the most out of your account, you can listen to the full recording - and download the accompanying slides - at the Digital Candle site

Croydon projects

Lots going on with Croydon Libraries
Croydon Libraries have recently been awarded funding to deliver the Reading Friends project and have lots of events going on in March that you can join in with.  Read more

Croydon Epilepsy Society
You can read the latest news in their Spring newsletter - find out about 'Purple Day' on 26 March and National Epilepsy Week during May  -20th-25th May. 
Read it here.

Croydon Refugee Centre 
Read about their Befriending and Mentoring BAME Elders Project here.

Cycling in Croydon
If your feel you would benefit from a cycle hangar installed in your street to give you secure on street cycle parking email to find out more.

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National Probation Service (NPS) BAME Survey
NPS have commissioned BTEG to undertake a survey aiming to develop a productive and supportive relationship with a network of London based black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) voluntary and community sector organisations. As a part of this journey, BTEG is asking BAME-led (non-white) voluntary and charitable organisations to complete a short survey to enable them to develop an organisational map of BAME providers for NPS.  This will allow easy identification of BAME organisations in London that can potentially be commissioned in the future. The survey also seeks to identify your organisational development needs.  There is a deadline of 26 March 2021.  Read more

A Social Entrepreneur Support Survey
The School for Social Entrepreneurs would like you 5 minutes of your time to help them support social entrepreneurs post-Covid.  They are offering some prizes too.  Read more

Improving Trust Fundraising
White Owl Consultancy, a team of undergraduate business students, are carrying out research into the development of a new trusts income research model and would like you to take part in a survey.  This model aims to help organisations find and apply for the best possible funding, at the best possible value. By answering this short survey you will help shape the development of this service and improve the way that charities can access trust prospect research across the UK. 
Click here to start the survey
This week we celebrated National #SocialPrescribingDay. Interested in Social Prescribing in London? Then check out
Simply Connetc's launch of the London wide website - and read about the work of Link workers and communities in Croydon on our CVA website.
COVID19 News

Get Vaccinated at Croydon Mosque
Local GPs are offering the Astra Zeneca vaccination at Croydon Mosque Islamic Centre on Saturday 20 March between 1.15pm - 4.00pm.  Find out more here.

Important news about 2nd Covid Vaccinations
S.W. London Vaccination Programme have issued some important news about getting your second dose of the Covid Vaccination.  Read it here.

Top Tips Covid-19 Vaccine
Top tips from NHS S W London to help health and social care staff have confident conversations about the Covid-19 vaccine.  Read more

HSE Updated Covid-19 Guidance
The Health and Safety Executive have updated and expanded its advice to help employers provide adequate ventilation in their workplace during the pandemic.
Read it here.
They have also updated guidance around talking to your workers about reducing risks from Covid-19.  Read it here.

Covid-19 Vaccination from Royal Association for Deaf People: 30 March 2021
Learn why the vaccine is important, guest speaker is Rachel Flowers, Director of Public Health Croydon.  Read more

Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid are recruiting

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

£26,000    35 hours per week

Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid is seeking to recruit an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) to provide a high quality pro-active service to victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse in Bromley.

The IDVA will address safety of the client and their children, assessing the client’s needs and risk level. You will discuss options with clients and deliver a range of interventions as well as develop safety plans, and support clients through civil or criminal courts. You will work within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC and local partnership responses to domestic & sexual abuse.  There is no formal closing date - applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Newsflash!!!!!  'Tough as Nails' manicure has been launched by Atara Nail Bar in partnership with East Croydon Cool.  For a limited period (13 April - 30 June).  CVA will receive a donation from each purchase.
For more information click this link


UK Youth Parliament
A substantial grant is available to charities who can run multiple activities across England which will support young people to participate in the democratic process, expressing their voices and being heard on issues that matter to them.
Deadline: 26 March 2021

New! Return to Football Fund
Applications are invited to a new fund that seeks to support grassroots football clubs and organisations in England with restarting or delivering new activities.
Deadline: 28 March 2021

New! Youth Centre Recovery Fund
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have launched the above fund to help charities running youth centres in England survive and recover from the financial losses associated from the COVID-19 pandemic Applications will be accepted from registered charities running youth centres offering youth services within a locality and operate out of a fixed space or venue. They should also be at risk of being unable to re-open and resume services, of cutting provision, or of permanent closure for financial reasons by the end September 2021.
Deadline: 31 March 2021, @4pm

Toynbee Hall – Stories Of 1971, a Story Competition
Do you have a story to tell? This competition celebrates East London's rich hertiage and cultural links to Bangladesh's 1971 Indepence Movement.  Welcoming stories in multiple languages that explore themes on: life in 1971, resistance, liberation & home. You can use local and family history to inspire your work or submit a completely fictional piece. They accept written and audio stories. Submitted stories will be judged on how original, interesting and engaging they are. The winning entry will receive £100 voucher.
Deadline: 8 April 2021

New! Baring Foundation Arts Fund
The above fund has been launched together with a new report - Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse - which will support activities to redress the under-representation of participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities in arts and mental health.  Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available.
Deadline: 21 April 2021

Fair Education Alliance Innovation Awards
The above is a year long programme of support including a £15,000 salary contribution for up to 5 individuals working on or starting new ideas to solve entrenched issues to make education fair.
Deadline: 18 May 2021 @midday

Theatres Improvement Scheme
The theme for the fund for the above scheme is 'Improving Environmental Sustainability' as this is an urgent priority for the sector. Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme.
Deadline: 6 September 2021

Issue No: 53
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