Urban Partnership Group Recruiting for Parenting Projects Manager

Urban Partnership Group is seeking a Parenting Projects Manager for the ‘Confident Parent Happy Child’ Project (CPHC). CPHC is funded by Hammersmith and Fulham Local Authority and provides a wide range of evidence-based parenting programmes to families across the borough.

The post holder will have a minimum of 4 years’ experience supporting and working collaboratively with parents/carers from a range of communities and hold a degree within a related field. The post
holder should be accredited to deliver an evidence-based parenting programme (e.g. Triple P, Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities, Mellow Parenting, Incredible Years).

The post holder will be expected to work flexibly at both an operational and strategic level.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to DBS checks.

Please download the job description and background information from our website www.upg.org.uk/jobs

To apply submit
• Your CV – include details of 2 references, one should be your present
employer or last employer if currently unemployed.
• Personal Statement – refer to the selection criteria and in no more than 2
pages tell us about any relevant experience (including voluntary/domestic)
you have and why you consider yourself suitable for this position.

Email your CV and Personal Statement to varnia@upg.org.uk
Closing date for applications is: 10am on Monday 24th May 2021
Interview date: Monday 14th June 2021

Summer Schools Programme Opens to Applications to Help Students Recover Lost Learning (England)

Schools in England can now register to offer a summer school to help students recover learning they have lost during the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools are encouraged to bid for a share of £200 million in government funding to support children who have experienced the most disruption by offering two-week summer schools that provide a blend of educational, sport, enrichment and wellbeing activities, with a focus on pupils making the transition into year 7. The Summer Schools programme will provide schools with the flexibility to target the funding to whoever they think could benefit most. Schools will be expected to release plans of their summer schools to parents during May and June 2021. Click here

Funding to Support the Creative Development of Individual Cultural & Creative Practitioners (England)

Arts Council England have reopened their Developing Your Creative Practice Fund to help individual cultural and creative practitioners explore new ways of working and to better respond to the changing environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to help individuals with their own creative development which could include research, time to create new work, travel, training, developing ideas, networking or mentoring. Eligibility has been expanded to include practitioners such as DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, and creative technicians. Funding has been made available by the National Lottery. The deadline for applications for the current round is 12pm on the 27th May 2021. Click here

Shop & Donate

From the food donations we receive, we create food parcels which we send on to local elderly and vulnerable residents, NHS staff and other food banks who support thousands of people in need. Shop and Donate is also an online shop, where we sell a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The proceeds from this go into sustaining and improving our growing services! Together with our sister organisation AY Group Community Services CIC we have been very successful in supporting disadvantaged individuals within our community and across London.

Expression of interest form


Windrush Community Fund Event

Voice4Change England are currently accepting applications for the Windrush Community Fund. The aim of the fund is to raise awareness and support engagement for the government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme and Windrush Scheme. Voice4Change will be running a free information session to help applicants answer any questions and get guidance on the application process directly from our grants officers. Event on Thursday, 13 May 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 BST. Find out more here about the event here.

Dementia Action Week by Sharon Tomlin, Sobus Community Organiser

Dementia Action Week is a national event will be taking place from Monday 17th May 2021 through to Sunday 23rd May 2021.

In the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is a sizeable population of people registered at GP practices living with dementia. Hammersmith and Fulham Dementia Action Alliance along with other Voluntary Community Organisations and the local authority have worked collaboratively to create the Dementia Strategy Task and Finish Group –  which Sobus is part of. One of the aims of the group is to support organisations in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to become dementia friendly.

In recognition of Dementia Action Week, Hammersmith and Fulham Dementia Action Alliance have organised a Virtual Dementia Hub of activities that will be run from the week beginning Monday 17th May 2021.

Virtual Dementia Hub Timetable


“That Lockdown Blah you’re Feeling? It’s Called Languishing” by Sue Spiller, Sobus CEO

With the “roadmap” out of the Coronavirus lockdown looking pretty much on track, and occasional glimpses of Spring around us (despite a few recent days of cold wet weather), we should perhaps now be feeling much more optimistic and excited about the year ahead – but this doesn’t seem to be the case for many.

We all know that the last year has been tough, particularly on people’s mental wellbeing.  Prescribing of anti-depressants and referrals to counselling services have massively increased – but there’s something else lurking – a lack of motivation, an absence of optimism and excitement perhaps?

I came across an interesting article in the Irish Times, exploring the concept of “languishing”:

 “Friends mentioned that they were having trouble concentrating. Colleagues reported that, even with vaccines on the horizon, they weren’t excited about 2021. A family member was staying up late to watch National Treasure again even though she knows the movie by heart. And instead of bouncing out of bed each morning I was lying there for an hour, playing Words with Friends.

 It wasn’t burnout – we still had energy. It wasn’t depression – we didn’t feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. It turns out there’s a name for that: languishing.

Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windscreen.”

For the full article, and tips on how to combat that feeling of “languishing”, click here



FREE Photography & Storytelling Course for Over 60’s

Photojournalism Hub is offering a Free Photography and Storytelling course for people aged 60+ living in Hammersmith and Fulham thanks to the kind support of Hammersmith United Charities. The project starts on the 13th of May and it lasts for 8 wks. It is a wonderful project in which participants will be learning basic photography and storytelling and will slowly work in pairs to produce a photo story of each other. The resulting photo stories will be published in a photo book which will be donated to all participants for themselves and their loved ones.  A registering page with further information is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/about-us-tickets-146967526829

I am also more than happy to have a phone call with those with an interest to join and would like further elucidation: Cinzia D’Ambrosi, Photojournalist, +44 7960940766

SOBUS’ Online Learning Portal by Nigel Jacques at Sobus

Welcome to SOLID, our online learning facility for H&F groups registered with Sobus, which is now live!

SOLID covers a range of courses, such as IT, Communications, Financial Management and even 60 Second Skills, which are a quick way to enhance your skill set. It’s easy and informative, so do take a look!

Other materials and courses will be added in due course and if you would like to see something in particular added, then please let us know. As we move forward, we will also be able to add our own material, specifically pertinent to H&F such as information sourced from our local funders.

Find out more and apply on our website: https://sobus.org.uk/, go to ‘GROW’ and you will find SOLID in the drop down menu. Alternatively, please email admin@sobus.org.uk  to register your organisation.


Funders Meeting by Nigel Jacques at Sobus

On the 27th April, we met with some of our local funders: Hammersmith United Charities; Dr Edwards and Bishop King’s Fulham Charity; and UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham. Kensington and Chelsea were also represented with a local funder.

We had 66 participant organisations interacting with the funders about potential applications. And what was really good was that the funders expressed what they liked to see in terms of applications, as well as talking about their priorities. The whole event lasted about 1 and a half hours and everyone, who wanted to, got to speak to the funder.

Read the report by Nigel Jacques

Read about Hammersmith United Charities grants programme