More funding opportunites …

Affinity Sutton Community Grant – £300 -£5,000
The Community Grants programme awards grants to charities and community organisations working for the benefit of Affinity Sutton residents. Affinity Sutton is willing to support projects that primarily help residents living in properties owned by Affinity Sutton housing association.
Groups applying must have an annual income of under £500,000.
For guidance notes and online application visit Friday 13 September 2013

Community Plus London -£5,000The Mayor’s Fund for London and the Santander Foundation has joined forces to make a real difference to communities in London with a £100,000 fund for small charities.

Our Community Plus London programme offers small grants, up to £5,000, to London projects working at grass roots and local community level across a wide range of activities. At a time when many charities are facing financial challenges, Community Plus London will make a real difference to disadvantaged people living in London.
Projects supporting health, skills and employment outcomes for young people are especially encouraged to enter.To apply visit Thursday 12 September 2013

BBC Performing Arts Fund – £500 -£5,000BBC Performing Arts Fund is inviting local community theatre groups who are ambitious, willing to take on a challenge and looking for ways to raise their profile in their community to apply. Projects should be new, open to the wider public, and take place any time between 1 December 2013 and 30 November 2014. Examples of costs the grant will cover are: training course for group members, commissioning a new piece of theatre or putting on a performance in a new venue. For more information visit Deadline: Monday 16 September 2013
More funding information can be found at Community Action Southwark’s monthly funding bulletin at

Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival

IMG_4818_-_Copy_copyThe 2013 Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival, runs from 5-15 September, with 30 FREE film events. Free Film Festivals is an award-winning community group which started in south London in 2010.
The festivals bring people together to share film events and celebrate their local area.Find out more about what’s on in 2013 including the:
Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival (5-25 September 2013)
SE15 Young Filmmakers Competition•Camberwell Free Film Festival (next festival March 2014)
New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival (next festival April/May 2014)
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (next festival April/June 2014)
For more information see
or email

Funding opens to support voluntary organisations that improve health and social care

The latest round of funding to support voluntary and community organisations to improve people’s health and well-being has now opened, the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb announced. The Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund is awarded to voluntary groups that work towards improving the health and well-being of people across England.Fund is awarded to voluntary groups that work towards improving the health and well-being of people across England. The money they are awarded goes towards testing and developing new ways of working in the health and social care system that will:

•Improve people’s health and well-being •Promote improved ways of working to achieve excellent outcomes in health and social care
•Support the health and social care sector to develop sustainable business models for the future.

You can contact the Voluntary Sector Grants Hub on 0113 254 5450, or email or visit:

“Still We Rise” Kindred Minds London-wide Conference

A London-wide Conference run by Kindred Minds, celebrating their strengths and achievements and presenting their model of good practice in engaging BME service users in effective user involvement.
Key speakers, Exhibition, Lunch, Performance, Complementary Therapies, Networking. Date: 3rd October 2013 10.30am-4pm at Employment Academy 29 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UA. For more details, please Phone: 02073587029 or email:

A multidisciplinary conference on the role of the creative arts in mental health

ImageServerupThis conference presents on the intersections between Creative Arts and Mental Health. Work in these fields currently takes place within single disciplines (such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Applied Theatre);
the main objective of the conference is to bring these and related disciplines together to explore a variety of issues common to both subjects, including: the relationship between creativity and mental health; the arts as a means of changing perceptions and provoking discussion around mental health issues; art as therapy, recovery and resilience; the arts and the representation of mental health in the public sphere.The conference is open to everyone who is interested in any of these issues. When: 1st October 2013.Please, visit:

School-based suicide prevention programs-

time to changeA systematic review of school-based suicide prevention programs The review concluded that some school-based suicide prevention programmes had more evidence than others, but the limited evaluation data meant specific programmes could not be recommended as best practice. These conclusions appear to be reasonably cautious, but, considering the basic approaches used to evaluate and synthesise the studies, their reliability is uncertain.(CDR Summary)

A new Alcohol and drug prevention in nightlife settings review study published

A new review of experimental studies on Alcohol and drug prevention in nightlife settings by a Bolier L, Voorham L, Monshouwer K, van Hasselt N, Bellis This review concluded that interventions to prevent substance abuse, in nightlife settings, could effectively reduce high-risk alcohol consumption, alcohol-related injury, violent crime, access to alcohol by those under age, and alcohol service to intoxicated people. Most studies were of limited quality and publication bias was possible, so the authors’ conclusions may be over optimistic.For further details, visit:

Is your health and wellbeing board ignoring the health risks of loneliness?

homepage_contentimageLast month, the Campaign to End Loneliness launched the results of a review into all 152 health and wellbeing boards across England. It was designed to identify any early progress being made to combat loneliness in older age says Laura Ferguson,Director, Campaign to End Loneliness
They read every published Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, a total of 128 documents, and ranked each one as gold, silver or bronze standard depending on the level of commitment made to tackle loneliness. Over half of all JHWSs (53%) did not recognise that loneliness was a potential health and care issue for their population, and did not include it under any priority. A further 24 health and wellbeing boards had failed to publish their strategy by the 1st of April. As a case in point, the Bristol City Council, Bristol LinkAge and the University of West England evaluated a loneliness project in Bristol. They found that for every £1 invested, there was a SROI of £1.20.For more details, visit:

More training not to miss: Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

The London Borough of Lambeth delivering 2013 / 2014 programme of FREE multi-agency VAWG training programme on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG> to members of the statutory, voluntary and community sectors. For further information or questions in relation to booking a course please contact Workforce Development on 020 7926 4563 or 020 7926 4452 or email

Cockayne – Grants for the Arts

DisplayDeliveryAgentLogoPurpose To support art as a way of enriching life experience. Grants are focused on arts projects in London that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theatre) literary, or visual arts. Closing dates 7th January 2014
Please read the full Fund guidelines here: Cockayne Guidelines 2013-14
To apply, please complete the online application form by clicking here: Cockayne Online Application: