JOB OPPORTUNITY! Community Champions Co-ordinator

This is a great opportunity for a person with experience of working with volunteers in the community and for someone who likes to take on a challenge and is able to work with a number of different partners. This project is part of a local Strategic Partnership Initiative focussing on the Northolt area (Northolt Mandeville and Northolt West End Wards). The aim for the Multi-disciplinary team developed through the Local Authority and its various statutory partners.

Greenford Northolt Perivale Community Federation CIC aims to:

  • increase awareness of VCS (Voluntary and Community Sector) groups in the area;
  • increase and improve cross-sector partnership.
  • promote good practice;
  • increase opportunities for volunteering;
  • enable residents to have a collective voice on local issues by representing the views of organisations and residents strategically at decision-making levels;
  • promote events, services and activities

The Voluntary Sector- from individual residents helping their neighbours to the more established charities in the area- are an important part of the sustainability of this project. These groups will be able to enable the project partners to reach local people, but will be able to share local knowledge, identify potential volunteers and extend the support in the community beyond the life of the first year investment. GNP Community Forum will deliver capacity building for these groups and volunteers that will act as a bridge between the local residents and the statutory services.

Community Champions Project
Community Champions are people in our local neighbourhoods who are actively supporting their neighbours or volunteering in the community informally. They may or may not be supported by a local organisation or faith group but ultimately a community champion has local knowledge and cares about local people. This project will work to identify these people and seek to engage them in this initiative, supporting them with training and supervision and acknowledging their invaluable input. A co-ordinator will sit within the multi-disciplinary team and work towards the shared goals but primarily the aim of this project is to build the capacity of the community in order to sustain the outcomes of Northolt Initiative. This model has been utilised in other areas and Community Champion volunteers have gone on to paid work in the Social Care, Education, Welfare and Community Sectors.

Community Champions Co-ordinator Job Description
Responsible for 15 volunteers
Line Managed by Jackie Sear, GNP Federation
Working at Northolt Initiative base
Hours 21 hours a week
Pay rate £20 ph on PAYE
Main tasks

  • Up to date mapping of the community and residents groups in the area
  • Keeping groups updated about the Northolt Initiative as a whole and the Community Champions in particular through email, literature and/or visit
  • Recruiting and engaging with 10 groups providing them with Development Support, including access to funding application support
  • Recruiting and building professional relationships with 15 volunteer community Champions
  • Working with partners to deliver training courses
  • Ensuring Evaluation and Monitoring is completed for all courses
  • Monitor the Community Champions progress and collect reports
  • Provide 4 group and 6 1:1 supervision sessions for the Community Champions
  • Provide monthly written and/or verbal updates
  • Attend regular multi agency meetings
  • Ensure 10 groups are ready to support CCs
  • Providing reports to LSP and funders, if required

Person Specification

  • At least two years Community Development experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages
  • Reliable
  • Trustworthy
  • Flexible
  • Approachable
  • Good understanding of the related issues (mental health, poverty, worklessness etc)
  • Good understanding of the services available
  • Good understanding of volunteering and the Voluntary Sector
  • Knowledge of the geographic area (Desirable)

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For the full Application pack please contact Jackie

Ealing Community Health Champions training opportunity


health-champions-flyer     Train to be a community health champion with this free 2 day course provided by the Royal Society of Public Health and obtain a Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement. This accredited qualification will provide the necessary knowledge and confidence to positively transform the health and well-being of your families, communities and workplaces.

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Volunteering opportunities in Northolt

Are you Local Champion of the people ? Do you know what is going on in your community? Let’s make it official and make YOU a community Champion!! As part of a multi-agency initiative we will provide you with all the necessary training, ongoing support and expenses to enable you to connect services to people and make a real difference to your community. We are looking for 15 volunteers in the Northolt area aged 18+ who can give us approx 7 hours a week.

* Community Champions are local people who work on a voluntary basis to promote the health and wellbeing of local people, and help them access local services
* We are keen that the champion reflect the diversity of our Northolt community
* They talk to people informally as part of their daily lives and provide support to individuals

If this is you or you know someone who fits the bill then contact us:   Tel: 07958 557 069

Women Matter Event

We are excited to be celebrating International Day of The Girl-Child and Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 11th October 4-7PM at Liz Cantell Room, Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY. There will be information stalls, performances and activities run for and by Ealing women. Join us for afternoon tea and have your voice heard and connect with other women across Ealing. This is a free event and a creche provide for under 8s and women and girls of all ages are welcome.

Click link for poster. 

Training Opportunities and Workshops

VCS Mental Health Awareness Training. Ealing CCG and Ealing Council  have commissioned Mind in Hammersmith and Fulham to utilise a co-production approach when delivering mental health awareness training to voluntary sector groups working with children, adolescents and their families. The  training will run at the Lido Centre, 63 Mattock Lane, London W13 9LA on Thursday 22nd September 2016 between 1.30 and 5 pm.

We are keen to hear from voluntary sector organisation representatives who wish to take part in this session and determine the content, style and method of delivery for future mental health awareness sessions. Please send an email to to register your interest to participate in the session. Maximum of 15 places which will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Achieve – free training for the voluntary sector in Ealing.
The training logo “TIDE” will be replaced by “Achieve” for the Autumn/Winter 2016 training programme. We felt is was time to update the programme name and logo to be more meaningful and easier to relate to with regard to learning and development. We hope you like it!

SORP – Ealing and Hounslow Groups
Wednesday 9 November, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ealing CVS has invited to deliver this workshop on Wednesday 9th November, 10am to 1pm at Can Mezzanine, Hounslow, TW3 1ES.
Have you started reporting on the new SORP? Transition to a new framework will inevitably present some challenges as accounting policies are reviewed, new ones applied and necessary adjustments are made. This course will explain the changes made to SORP 2015, and how small charities will be affected.

Charity Law
Do you struggle to keep up with changes in the law affecting your organisation? This session will provide an overview of legal changes over the past year, and forthcoming changes. Who should attend? This two-part half-day course is suitable both for trustees and staff of charities of all sizes.
Venue: Can Mezzanine, Treaty Centre, Hounslow TW3 1ES
To book a place click here

In todays funding climate it is rare to find courses that are free and the following full day and half day courses are reasonably priced and worth considering to invest in to support your organisations continuing need to apply for and complete funding applications. Workshops organised and run by CML Consultatns – Not For Profit Expertise Full details of all courses can be found here
Intro to Bid Writing workshop 5th December Voluntary Action, Islington £100
Advanced Bid Writing Workshop
5th December Voluntary Action, Islington £100
Reporting Back to Funders Workshop 4th October Voluntary Action, Islington £100

Other courses
Write a Winning Funding Bid – free on line course. Win the funding your organisation needs with this free Study Zone online training course. Step-by-step expert guidance will help you make the perfect pitch to ensure bidding success in this difficult financial climate.


Upcoming funding opportunities

Bright Ideas Fund
Launching this September the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is a new grant programme to help communities develop their budding community business ideas.

Innovation Fund for Prevent
Last year the Home Office ran an Innovation Fund for Prevent which helped fund a number of new projects designed to build understanding and prevention of radicalisation and support for terrorism. Prevent are now launching the second Project Innovation Fund (PIF). Applicants are able to bid for between £10,000 and £100,000 for innovative projects which support Prevent objectives.

Colwinston Charitable Trust Deadline: 30 September 2016
The Colwinston Charitable Trust are seeking to support charitable organisations in the UK, the dominant purposes of which are to benefit opera/music theatre, classical music, and the visual arts.

People’s Postcode Trust  
Deadline: 30 September 2016
The Peoples Postcode Trust is the grant giving independent charitable trust of Peoples Postcode Lottery. We distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities. Funding is available for 3-month projects ranging from 500 up to 10,000 in Scotland and England, and up to 5,000 in Wales.

Aviva Community Fund – Project ideas must be submitted between 13 September and 11 October\r\nThe Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding for the causes close to your heart. Put forward a project for a local cause, and you could receive funding of up to £25,000. You do not need to be an Aviva customer to access this opportunity.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Invest Programme 
Deadline 14 October
Funding is available for longer term core or direct delivery funding for charities and CIOs in England and Wales which are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.

Heathrow Community Fund – Communities Together
Closing dates for applications is 28 October 2016.
Grants will support a wide range of smaller community focused projects. It has a particular focus on funding projects in the areas of education, the environment and economic regeneration. Grants of up to £2,500 are available for local projects with a total project cost of no more than £10,000.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme Deadline: 1 December 2016
Grants, both small and large, are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are supporting children and young people, 18 years and under, who are experiencing disadvantage
To be eligible, projects should:

  • take the initiative and show clearly how they will make a difference in children and young people’s lives.
  • address the challenges the children and young people face, build their skills and resilience, empower them and extend their choices in life.
  • involve children and young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of their work.
  • be keen to keep learning about their work so that their ability to make a difference in children and  young people’s lives can keep on improving.

Small Grants of up to £10,000 can support projects for one year.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust
A small charity providing funding support to youth organisations wanting to support their young people to access sailing opportunities.

John Lyon’s Charity 
John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to registered charities for the benefit of children and young people.  Grants are restricted to the nine London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.  Since 1992 John Lyon’s Charity has distributed over £65 million to a large range of services including youth clubs, arts projects, counselling, child care and parental support schemes, sports programmes and academic bursaries.  They accept first stage proposals at any time.

London Sport
Looking for funding for Sports Activities – The London Sport Funding Pages section provides monthly funding updates available for individuals and organisations. These may be local, regional or national funding streams.

Money Mentor Training

Free level 2 training open to all delivered by Ealing Advice Service and Toynbee Hall offering money saving and budgeting strategies. Once graduated you will be able to share your new found knowledge with your friends, family and local community.
Meet the trainer at Ealing Central Library on Thursday 22nd October 11AM – 1PM
For more information email