Families Together

Dear Camden colleagues

I would like to update you on the situation regarding Family Services delivered by Elfrida Rathbone Camden and what will happen in the first part of 2021.

Since 2019 we have run the early intervention Families Together Service in partnership with Citizens Advice Camden, but we will come to the end of our current grant funding in February. The service will be continue supporting families up to that point but ERC will not be taking on any new referrals for Families Together from 31st January 2021.

ERC will still be working with families and parents in Camden through several other projects. These include our  HS2 Family Support Service supporting those affected by the trainline development, our Creative Therapies Project and the Community Champions project that focuses on supporting volunteering and resident-led activities in the Kentish Town area. We are also still accepting referrals for our parenting programmes delivered in partnership with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.  Please continue to contact us about our remaining services. And do be assured that ERC will continue to seek ways to develop and expand the way we support Camden families, and we hope to be able to update you with new and positive developments next year.

Opportunities for Volunteering

We offer the opportunity to become involved in your local community and are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to volunteer with us.

Having been awarded a 3-year contract by the Public Health Service in the London Borough of Camden, Elfrida Rathbone Camden will develop a Community Champions project.  

The project will support vulnerable individuals, families, and groups. By engaging with the local community on the Torriano, Peckwater and Oseney estates and the wider Camden community and building on community strengths, we will tackle health inequalities and develop healthy living strategies.

So that estate residents are at the forefront of the activities, front-line work such as street outreach, door knocking and two-way conversations about health issues will be undertaken. We will link with local organisations who can provide health support, information, and awareness.

Community Champions can reach out to the community, meet people on the street, knock on doors and talk to them regularly and use the insights they hear from residents to influence are services and messages. They will volunteer their time to connect local people with local healthcare services and support residents to make informed choices about a range of issues linked to their health and well-being. We will encourage a wide range of resident-driven activities, which could range from fitness classes, cookery events, well-being activities, training and as well as organising fun, engaging events.

Volunteer Community Champions will be recruited and trained to enable them to lead the activities with support from Elfrida Rathbone staff and resources.

For more information and to become a volunteer please contact james@elfridacamden.org.uk or call on 07979 756 970 or visit our Kentish Town Community Champions page.