Little Lives UK launches their Children’s Community Support Programme to guarantee that children’s services and activities are not struggling financially as a result of Coronavirus. The programme aims to support children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes and are open to applications from other projects, as long as their primary objective focuses on providing services to children. UK charities can apply for up to £1,500 worth of funding. Next round of application closes on the 31st March. See here for more information and how to apply

Children’s Community Support Programme

Join the 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance: Reclaiming Community Heritage project team! 

Black Community-Led Forum Facilitator

Deadline: Monday 4th April 2022

The Facilitator will work with The Ubele Initiative to deliver the Initial Training Programme to the new Members, to provide the ongoing facilitation, and to be the primary point of contact regarding the safe-guarding of the members of the Forum and of the people with whom the Forum come into contact.
Apply here

Black Community-Led Forum Members

Deadline: Thursday 14th April 2022

The role of the Members is, jointly, to support the Project Director and partners in planning and delivering Reclaiming Community Heritage. Such support may include raising public awareness and understanding, catalysing inter-generational conversations, and embedding heritage and legacy into the physical fabric of frontlines.
Apply here

VACANCY: Black Community-Led Forum Facilitator & Members 

Hammersmith and Fulham’s next training sessions.  Please book your place via the Eventbrite link provided and we will provide the online meeting link an hour before your session.  


Domestic Abuse and Housing

Tuesday 29 March at 11am

This session will focus on

  • Homeless applications
  • Changes since the Domestic Abuse Act
  • Staying in the home – transfer of tenancy/ occupation orders

This session will be delivered by Alexandra Goldenberg, one of our housing solicitors.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/domestic-abuse-and-housing-tickets-303377890437


Introduction to immigration and asylum law

Wednesday 30 March at 11am

A bitesize training session on the basic principles and laws governing UK immigration and asylum law.  This session will be delivered by Rajwinder Sahota, one of our immigration solicitors.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-immigration-and-asylum-law-tickets-303383376847


Universal Credit Challenges

Wednesday 30 March at 2pm

This session will focus on:

  • Recent challenges with access to Universal Credit
  • Issues around EU Pre-Settled Status
  • How decisions can be challenged

This session will be delivered by Hannah Lennox, our Child Poverty Solicitor.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universal-credit-challenges-tickets-303395553267


Introduction to various immigration applications for homeless clients

Thursday 31 March at 11am

This session will focus on:

  • Immigration rules on rough sleeping
  • Understanding the different immigration applications available
  • Funding 
  • The possible support available for clients

This session will be delivered by Farah Palekar, one of our immigration solicitors.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-various-immigration-applications-for-homeless-clients-tickets-303401912287


Possession claims post stay

Thursday 31 March at 2pm

This session will focus on:

  • Notices
  • Grounds for possession
  • Defences and counterclaims

This session will be delivered by Poppy Bourke, one of our housing solicitors.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/possession-claims-post-stay-tickets-303403597327

Hammersmith and Fulham’s Training Sessions. 

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Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2022. Funding of up to £5,000 Available to Tackle Problems within Families (UK)

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The current Chair of HF Mencap is stepping down after twenty years of service and is keen that a replacement is found soon to bring a fresh perspective and maintain momentum. A group of Trustees is supporting the process of finding his replacement.

Does somebody you know have an interest in taking on the role?

Anybody who is interested in understanding more about the role before applying should contact: trustees@hfmencap.org

Location:

Addison Road Primary School, Addison Gardens, London W14 0DT

Mix of local and remote working, currently weighted heavily towards the latter.

Time:

Expected to be an average of up to 10 hours a month, including running a minimum of four Board Meetings a year, and attending internal working groups and external meetings. A higher time investment will be needed during the period of induction.

Period:

Three-year term on election with the opportunity to be re-elected for a further term of three years.

Terms:

Voluntary role, necessary out of pocket expenses reimbursed.

About HF Mencap:

HF Mencap is the only disabilities charity in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that focuses solely on people with learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental conditions. It mainly supports clients from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, with a small number from three other London boroughs.

The charity provides a wide range of service-user led activity, summarised in five projects: advocacy for families of young people with learning disabilities, a peer-support group for young people’s families, a youth development project for young adults, a transitions service for young adults with additional mental health needs and a day service where the focus is on peer support and skills development through a range of inclusive activities.

To learn more about the charity please go to: https://hfmencap.org/


What are we looking for?

A Chair to join the Board of Trustees at an exciting point in the Charity’s development. Having continued to provide services successfully in the face of COVID, it has recently moved to new premises. We are looking for somebody with the energy and experience to oversee governance and work closely with the Chief Executive to take HF Mencap through the next phase of development, which will include building up reserves further and diversifying the current service provision.

Experience of working in the third sector and being a trustee would be advantageous but not essential, whereas experience of leadership and chairing meetings and/or events is. The role requires the ability to connect and communicate with people with a range of learning disabilities and/or autism to ensure that the charity is meeting their needs. Personal connection to people living with these challenges either by means of a family relationship or work is desirable, but if not present a strong affinity with HF Mencap’s cause is needed.

What will you be doing?

The purpose of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees and to lead the oversight of the management of the charity. The Chair will enable the Board to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of HF Mencap.

The Chair works with the other Trustees and the Chief Executive to ensure that the organisation complies with its legal duties and makes sure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing documents.

The role ensures that the charity has a clear vision and mission, and that strategic objectives are developed, and resources used, to enable maximum impact for its beneficiaries.

The Chair will work collaboratively with the Chief Executive and will communicate the decisions of the Board to the Chief Executive and as appropriate to staff. 

The Chair will act as an ambassador for the charity, managing links into wider networks in partnership with the Chief Executive and other Trustees.

What difference will you make?

The social pressures of COVID have put the needs of those with learning disability further down the agenda nationally. You will be helping to keep their voice heard and enabling a local charity to take an even more active role in supporting them. There is an opportunity for the new Chair to appoint further trustees in the short-term.

How to apply

Please send a comprehensive CV with your full name and contact details (including an e-mail address) to trustees@hfmencap.org by April 4th 2022 at the latest, together with a supporting statement setting out why you are for applying for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification in the full role description, posted on the HF Mencap web-site here: Chair Of The Board Of Trustees – Vacancy – HF Mencap

Please also supply the names and contact details of two references (who will only be contacted if you reach final interview stage).

Please note that you will require DBS clearance to fulfil this role.

If you are interested in an informal discussion prior to applying, please e-mail trustees@hfmencap.org to arrange a call.

A few more details    

We encourage people living with disability to apply. Please let us know if you live with any disability and/or if you require any special provision should you be called for an interview.

 

Can you help? Searching for a new Chair for Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap

LMP Education has access to a new date for the fabulous course offering that commences on Monday 28th March 2022. The Course is a Remote 5-day Level 2 Understanding Children’s and Young Peoples Mental Health. Once the learner has completed the course, LMP Education will apply for a FREE ENHANCED DBS and arrange a GUARANTEED JOB INTERVIEW with vacancies Pan London. Details of the course are below:

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This course is split into five manageable units:

Unit 1: Understand Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Context

Unit 2: Understand Factors which may affect Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Unit 3: Understand Children and Young People’s Mental Health Concerns

Unit 4: Understand the Impact of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Concerns

Unit 5: Understand how to Support Children and Young People with Mental Health Concerns

BENEFITS

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Establish a long-standing career pathway within the health and social care sector
  • This course is delivered via distance learning/Learn from Home
  • Study will enhance both your personal skills and professional development
  • Personal tutors are assigned to you to ensure you have the support needed to succeed
  • FREE DBS will be arranged for all learners who complete this course

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