Carers Network FREE Online & Telephone Activity Group

During the current lockdown Carers Network is continuing to run a busy programme of free online and telephone activity groups for local unpaid carers. These include new weekly telephone groups on food discussion, creative writing and poetry appreciation. Carers who do not have access to a computer or reliable broadband – or who are just put off from joining online Zoom sessions can call in and enjoy these activities.

Other online carer groups returning this year on Zoom also include Yoga, Art Classes and Mindfulness – whilst we will also be delivering Pilates, Photography, Zumba and Group Exercise sessions. All these free groups are a great way for local unpaid carers to relax, try new activities, catch up with fellow carers and have a break from their demanding caring role.

The full calendar of activities is here:

Carers can sign up to receive links and codes by emailing

As well as all the activity groups, Carers Network’s team of Caseworkers are carrying out Carer’s Assessments and consultations by phone. The Information Advice and Guidance team can also be contact Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm on 020 8960 3033 or by emailing

To refer a carer securely to Carers Network online please visit:

Alternatively, please call 020 8960 3033 or email

NCVO’s Latest Funding Guide

Would you like practical tips and step-by-step guides on how to find the money you need for your community group, organisation or charity?

Click here for more info from NCVO’s latest funding guide

The Skills Toolkit Campaign Update

New campaigns launch from the Department for Education (DfE).


DfE are launching a new campaign for The Skills Toolkit called ‘An Hour to Skill’. The campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, people can learn skills that employers are looking for, boost their job prospects and keep their mind active. At a time when we will all be spending more time indoors, The Skills Toolkit can also play an important role in supporting the mental wellbeing of our country.

Click here for more info.

Nominations for the Science Teacher Awards 2020 Now Open (UK)

The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) is inviting nominations for their Primary Science Teacher Awards 2020 which recognises talented science teachers from early years education through KS1 and KS2 across the UK.

The Awards are open to innovative and creative primary school teachers (full or part-time) who inspire colleagues, engage pupils in science, and contribute to developing science in their school and beyond. Winners will receive a package including £1,000 prize money, science resources for their school, and an invitation to join the PSTT Primary Science Teacher College as a College Fellow.

Anyone involved in primary education can make a nomination. The form is usually completed by the nominee’s Headteacher.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline for submissions has been extended to the 8th January 2021.

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The Wild Mind Project: Young People (aged 13-25) FREE Wellbeing Programme

Young people who are feeling low, anxious, stressed or isolated are welcome to join this free programme.

The programme offers a range of creative & fun nature-based activities.

Both art and nature can make a significant difference to mental fitness. Our programme can help to release stress or alleviate symptoms of depression, build optimism and develop a sense of belonging.

Starting on the 21st March 2021, each programme includes five weekly 2-hour sessions

For further information please visit our website, contact us by email or phone 020 89779989.

Government Publishes New Procurement Green Paper

A green paper is a government policy consultation paper which is sets out planned policy reforms for people to respond to, which then may be subsequently published as a white paper and further legislation as required. This green paper sets out government proposals on the procurement of public services in the context of Britain leaving the EU. The stated aim is to ‘speed up and simplify procurement processes’ including for charities. The consultation closes on 10 March 2021. Find out more.

Free Staff Training: Access Government Funded Staff Training Today!

Are your employees benefiting from government-funded workplace training?

Employers have access to the new ‘apprenticeship’ scheme (for existing employees – not just new starters!), which are 95% funded by the UK Government (100% if you are a Levy payer).

Your companies 5% contribution can range from a total cost of just £75 for a 12 month Level 2 programme, up to £900 for a 24 month Level 4 programme (equivalent to just £37.50 a month!).

Unlock the potential of your employees by enhancing their skills & knowledge with a range of over 40 different workplace training schemes.

View all 40+ courses

Book your Place on One of Utilize’s FREE Online Sessions

Utilize are running a series of free virtual events throughout January, dates and times are varied, so please click on the event to find out more:

Cyber Security
This webinar is at an introductory level. It is ideally suited to decision-makers within a business responsible for Cyber Security and IT strategy planning who crave the need to understand more about Cyber Security in the current “New Remote World” and how this is shaping the SMB sector.

Microsoft Teams Academy
If you are using Microsoft 365 and Teams then chances are you’re not using the technology to its full potential. We want to empower you and show you what is possible.

Evolve Your Accountancy Practice
Specifically designed for mid-sized Accountancy Practices, learn how you can automate workflows using Microsoft tools you already have access to.

Improving Productivity For Construction Companies
Learn how your construction business can improve productivity with Microsoft tools you already have access to. During  this session we share our findings with you in an interactive workshop we’ve developed specifically for construction businesses.

Transformational Technologies For Future Ready Legal Practices
Specifically designed for mid-sized Legal Practices, we show you how you can utilise your existing systems and software to become a more efficient and streamlined Practice.

FREE Course for H&F Residents to Explore Starting Their Own Business

Are you currently unemployed, recently been made redundant or looking to branch out on your own?

Startup School for Seniors is a free eight week eLearning course for unemployed Londoners, who are looking to start their own business.

This course is for you if:

  • You have a passion or idea you’d like to turn into a business
  • You want to gain the skills necessary to get a new business off the ground
  • You would benefit from the support of others

Run by Advantages of Age, the course is being delivered online by entrepreneur Suzanne Noble and business coach Mark Elliott who create a fun, interactive, learning experience and support you to progress week by week. Funded by Hammersmith & Fulham local authority, the course is free for those based in the Borough.

The course will start on Monday 11th January 2021 and registration is now open. Sign up here.

Local Space Needed as Archives Store

Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries and Archive Service are seeking expressions of interest from voluntary and community organisations based in or near the borough that have a space available to rent for the storing of archives; ideally long term. A room with a strong floor measuring 400 square metres is required (although the team are also open to a smaller space to house part of the collection) and any space would need to be repurposed to fit shelving, air conditioning and would need suitable access in order to bring in large pieces of furniture. There would be no public access to the room needed and the room would only be accessed by 2-3 professionals.

This is an ideal opportunity for organisations who are looking for alternate uses for spaces and are exploring new methods of generating long-term income. To express your interest please contact Priya Loomba at specifying:

Your organisation’s name and location

Room size

Confirmation that the room meets the above requirements

How long the space is available to rent for

Monthly rental price