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Change4Life - a new campaign to encourage families to ‘make a swap when you next shop’ to help them cut back on sugar. The campaign shows families how making a few simple swaps to their everyday food and drinks can really make a difference. @Change4Life  #MakeASwap 


Animal welfare charity Mayhew has teamed up with production company Iconoclast to produce an online documentary series focusing on the special relationship between homeless people and their dogs.

Are you worried about someone sleeping rough in Camden?

Helping someone who is homeless access healthcare


Camden Clinical Commissioning Group

Christmas and New Year GP & Pharmacy opening times

London Borough of Camden

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

How to cope with difficult feelings over the holidays (short video)

Debt – don’t let it get you down 

Camden Safer Streets

Are you worried about someone sleeping rough in Camden?

NHS Keep warm, keep well

Cold weather can affect your health. Find out how to keep yourself well and your home warm during winter

Winter wise (Independent Age)

Ways to look after yourself during the coldest months

If you need to talk to someone on Christmas day there are free phone lines that you can call:

The Age UK Advice Line will be open as usual on Christmas Day. Find out what the day is like and how your support means we can be there for people over the festive period: 0800 055 6112

The Silver Line is the only national confidential and free helpline for older people open every day and night of the year. Phone number: 0800 4 70 80 90

The Samaritans open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Free telephone number 116 123

‘Switchboard’ is the LGBT+ helpline 0300 330 0630

‘Childline’ offers online, phone and text service for young people in need of someone to speak to every day. Free phone number: 0800 1111

Domestic violence: a crime for all seasons

Physical or psychological abuse can happen to anyone at any time but, as the Christmas season approaches, tensions may be running higher than usual in domestic, professional and public settings.

  • Women can call 0808 2000 247, the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge

  • Men can call the Men's Advice Line free on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or ManKind on 01823 334 244

  • in an emergency, call 999


Join the Outside Project for a Christmas Day Dinner for their shelter guests and members of the LGBTIQ+ community who would otherwise be alone. 

Our shelter is opening in Central London on Christmas Eve. We are hosting a community dinner on Christmas Day. Shelter referral: http://stonewallhousing.org/services/referral-form/ … 

Christmas dinner booking: Community@lgbtiqoutside.org

Outside Project LGBTIQ+ community hub in Camden


Volunteer Centre Camden

The Holiday Season is Here! Christmas and hHannukah 2018 volunteering roles
We have been asked about volunteer roles during the holiday season, so here you go.


Listen, we get it. You’re tucking into your fifth mince pie, and settling into watching Elf for the fifteenth time on the sofa. You don’t feel capable of taking the bins out let alone actually getting dressed and out into the real world. But it’s worth remembering that the festive season is as much about what you give back as take away – and what better way to give back than by signing up to do some volunteering over the holiday period. Here are five opportunities that will help you get into the true spirit of the season. 


Christmas is a magical time of year, where you kick back and relax with your family. At least it should be. Not everyone can enjoy that luxury. But you can help. Here are just some of the places you can volunteer at Christmas in London.


Camden Council asks for views on measures to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping

Changes to the welfare benefit system, a shortage of affordable housing and increased private rents are all having an impact nationally, contributing to a homelessness crisis, which in the worst incidences can result in rough sleeping.  You can read the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy online now. 

Camden Council - Get involved, make a difference

Are you a Camden Council tenant or leaseholder wanting to make a difference in your community? Do you want to help improve the services you receive from Camden?  Do you want to improve where you live?

NHS - Developing a patient safety strategy for the NHS

We are developing proposals for a new national patient safety strategy to support the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world.

The strategy is being developed alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and will be relevant to all parts of the NHS, be that physical or mental health care, in or out of hospital and primary care.


What matters most: Four things people want from care

Since 2014, we’ve heard from 1.4 million people about what it’s like to use NHS and social care services. Our latest annual report to Parliament highlights what changes you want to see and how together we're making a difference.  Our annual report 2017/18


Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 21st December 2018

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Camden Community Festival Fund is Open for Applications; Safeguarding courses from VAC; Find out how TDS is Changing + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs, volunteering, trustees and more 


Cold weather puts young children, people over 65 and those with heart and lung conditions at risk from low temperatures.

To prepare for cold weather:

  • look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold, and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately

  • try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over

  • stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries, or ask a friend to help

  • take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days

  • if eligible, seek entitlements and benefits - power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts

  • avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls

  • discuss with your friends and neighbours the need to clear snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby

Stay Well This Winter contains useful advice on staying warm this winter.


Universal Credit will be rolled out across Camden this month. The council have produced a UC guide which provides further information as well as a leaflet for residents that provides a summary of what UC is, who is likely to be affected and where to go for budgeting and digital advice and support. Camden's UC team have also produced a useful presentation to help you understand UC.  KWUG also provide self help in Camden for claimants. 


Sir David Sloman, one of the longest serving chief executive’s in the NHS, has announced he will be stepping down from his role at the Royal Free London.


Today: Tuesday 11th December 2018

Time: 14:00 – 16:00    Venue: St Pancras Hospital, Conference Centre, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 0PE

Chair: Hilary Lance, Adelaide General Practice PPG member. You will find attached the agenda for this CPPEG public meeting.


THE UK’s first dedicated service for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse opened on Wednesday (Dec 5) in London.

The Lighthouse will deliver medical, advocacy, social care, police, and therapeutic support to children and young people who have been victims of sexual abuse.


Public Involvement Update from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Welcome to the (attached) December edition of our Public Involvement update from the Public Involvement Programme (PIP) at NICE.

For more information about how we involve patients and the public in NICE’s work please visit our get involved page on the NICE website. If you would like information on all of NICE’s work, please subscribe to our newsletters and alerts. NICE is also on Twitter – for news and updates please follow @NICEComms. For messages specifically from the PIP follow us at @NICEGetInvolved.