Saturday, 13 December 2008




Important free masterclass for small/medium charities who need to know about employment law, what has to go into a contract of employment and the consequences if you don’t meet the minimum requirements. Professionalising your organisation helps with future funding.

Come and let Anne Egleton, a professional human resources specialist from Fish4, teach you what you need to know.

For further information and a booking form contact Jenny Melrose at Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre at, phone 0208 600 2277.

This project is funded by City Bridge Trust.





Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Semneaza petitia pentru dreptul la munca in Marea Britanie si trimite mai departe!

Societatea Romanca din Marea Britanie a initiat in urma cu o luna o petitie adresata lui Gordon Brown, Prim Ministru al Guvernului Britanic, solicitind luarea unei decizii favorabile pentru acordarea dreptului de munca pentru romanii din aceasta tara.
Petitia a fost acceptata si publicata pe websitul oficial al primului ministru, fiind disponibila online la adresa :

Societatea Romanca considera binevenita petitia initiata de Ziarului Roman in UK si o sustine nemijlocit, promovind in acelasi timp si petitia de fata initiata de catre membrii societatii.

Aceasta initiativa a Societatii Romanca se alatura eforturilor comunitatii romanesti din Marea Britanie de a sensibiliza forurile de decizie prin aceasta petitie care e adresata direct Guvernului Britanic, avind in acest fel vizibilitate maxima.

Petitia initiata de Societatea Romanca poate fii semnata accesind urmatorul link:

Cei care doresc sa semneze fizic aceasta petitie o pot face la :
1.Magazinul Romania Food Centre din Edgeware Road, Londra.
2.TASS, Birou de consultanta financiara, Suite 218, Tudorleaf Business Centre,2-8 Fountayne Road,London,N15 4QL
3.Diaspora Romaneasca, Suite 220, Tudorleaf Business Centre,2-8 Fountayne Road,London, N15 4QL

Textul petitiei se afla mai jos cerind in mod expres eliminarea masurilor discriminatorii pentru romani si acordarea dreptului la munca in Marea Britanie.

Daca sustineti petitia noastra va rugam sa o semnati, utilizind daca e cazul, adresa Societatii Romanca (1 Marshall House, 2 Dorncliffe Road ,Londra, SW6 5LF) si sa o trimiteti mai departe celor interesati.
Termenul limita de stringere a minim 200 semnaturi este 14 noiembrie 2008.
Va multumim pentru sustinere.

Your petition reads:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Change the
status of Romanian labour force in UK

The Rt Honourable Gordon Brown, PC, MP Prime Minister 10
Downing Street London

Dear Prime Minister,

The Romanian community in the UK is aware of the efforts being
made by specialist organisations to gather information and
statistics in order to assist the UK Government make an
informed and balanced decision regarding access to the UK
labour market by Romanian citizens. Romania has worked hard
both in the run-up to its EU accession in 2007, and in the post
accession period to strive for genuine integration at a
European level. However, the current position of the UK
government is to treat Romanian nationals differently from
other EU citizens. Under its current ruling, Romanian citizens
are only permitted to work in the UK in the agricultural and
food industry sectors. We believe this measure is
discriminatory as it denies Romanian citizens their basic human
rights under EU law. We therefore urge the UK government to
rescind this discriminatory regulation at the earliest date
possible and restore to Romanian workers their legal right to
mobility across EU borders.

Thank you, Ionela Flood,Romanca Society,London, UK

If you support our petition please access the link above and sign it.
Please forward this e-mail to all may be interested.


Ionela Flood
Romanca Society,
London, UK
Telephone: 0044 20 77 36 86 68
Mobile: 0044 75 15 25 35 84

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Market research


I would like to invite you to take part in a market research .

Criteria are :

- 4 men and 4 women, romanian people
- Mix of older and younger (aged 20-60)
- Mix of working and not working; + working at different kinds of jobs
- Some people who are born in Romania; Some who are born in Uk but their parents or grandparents were born in Romania
- Half who have lived in Uk for less than 5 years and half who have lived in UK for more than 5 years
- All to speak good English as group discussion will be in English. All to also be speaking in their mother tongue within their community
- All to have mobile phones that they use regularly - every 2-3 days
- All to call family and friends who live abroad/home country atleast once a week
- Mix of contract and pay as you go
- 2-3 to have O2 as their network; others to have different networks
- 4 to use calling cards; mix of different companies
- 4 to not use calling cards but are open to using them
- All not to have taken part in phone research before

They can bring friends or family who fit this criteria with them.
Each person gets paid £35 for 1.5 hour discussion. Refreshments provided.
Discussion to take place on 23rd october, at 8.30 - 10.00pm.
Location - to be confirmed .

Each person gets paid £35 for taking part in the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Kiran Sharma
01932 241743
0783 5088909

Market research


I would like to invite you to take part in a market research .

Criteria are :

- 4 men and 4 women, romanian people
- Mix of older and younger (aged 20-60)
- Mix of working and not working; + working at different kinds of jobs
- Some people who are born in Romania; Some who are born in Uk but their parents or grandparents were born in Romania
- Half who have lived in Uk for less than 5 years and half who have lived in UK for more than 5 years
- All to speak good English as group discussion will be in English. All to also be speaking in their mother tongue within their community
- All to have mobile phones that they use regularly - every 2-3 days
- All to call family and friends who live abroad/home country atleast once a week
- Mix of contract and pay as you go
- 2-3 to have O2 as their network; others to have different networks
- 4 to use calling cards; mix of different companies
- 4 to not use calling cards but are open to using them
- All not to have taken part in phone research before

They can bring friends or family who fit this criteria with them.
Each person gets paid £35 for 1.5 hour discussion. Refreshments provided.
Discussion to take place on 23rd october, at 8.30 - 10.00pm.
Location - to be confirmed .

Each person gets paid £35 for taking part in the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Kiran Sharma
01932 241743
0783 5088909

Tuesday, 7 October 2008



Dear Prime Minister Tony Blair,

Free movement of Romanian workers in the UK after 1 January 2007

The Romanian community in the UK welcomes the consistent support that you and your Government have granted to Romania’s preparations for accession to the EU. We urge you to continue to follow your policies and beliefs and take the decision to open UK’s labour market to Romanian citizens once Romania becomes full member of the EU in January 2007.

We are writing to you on behalf of thousands of taxpayers of Romanian origin, who have contributed to the astounding economic success that Britain has experienced under your leadership. Moreover, the members of our community have always taken an active role in the development of the British-Romanian economic, political and social links and they will continue to consolidate these links in the future.
We are deeply concerned about the denigrating campaign of the past weeks in the British media that does significant harm to the true image of Romania. The numbers of Romanians who intend to come to work in the UK after 1 January 2007 have been highly exaggerated. After all, Romania has a booming economy and is already experiencing a shortage of labour. These trends, coupled with the economic incentives that will be created by EU entry and structural funds, are conducive to job creation and higher salaries. Consequently, the incentives for Romanians to work abroad will be significantly diminished.

We believe that our arguments in favour of opening up the British labour market to Romanians deserve consideration. Firstly, we believe that allowing free movement of Romanian workers into the UK will contribute to economic growth in both countries. Secondly, this decision will prevent and drastically reduce incentives for illegal labour and exploitation. And last but not least, it will further enrich the relationship between Romania and Great Britain as NATO allies and EU partners.

It is a fact that the growing British economy needs an inflow of labour to cover a variety of sectors in the labour market. Studies have already proven the positive effect of the influx of workers from A8 countries to the British economy. The same studies have downplayed the alleged negative effects of Romanian immigrants on the British social welfare system. According to the British law, workers coming from the A2 countries would not be entitled to social benefits after 1 January 2007. Moreover, the typical Romanian immigrant is mainly young and single, therefore, it is unlikely that he/she would overburden the UK education and health system - as it has been alleged.

As you recently stated in the opening of the TUC conference the immigrants from the A8 countries ‘have helped and not been burden’. We strongly believe that this will remain true if Romanians gain access to the UK labour market after they join the EU.
In the light of these arguments, we urge you once more to grant Romanians free access to the British labour market beginning with 1 January 2007 and thus, give us the chance to contribute to the cultural richness and diversity of Great Britain, whom we respect and take as an example.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Ionela Flood
Romanca Society

Mrs. Anne-Marie Visoianu
Romanian Christian Orthodox Parish ‘St. Makarios the Great’

Mr. Victor Craciun
Liga Culturala pentru Unitatea Romanilor de Pretutindeni

Mrs. Simona Tatulescu-Cighir
Mr. Corneliu Tatulescu-Cighir
London Resources Ltd(Romanian Community Business Growth Link)

Mr. Adrian Cherciu
Romani Online Ltd -

Mr. Razvan Novacovschi
Oxford Romanian Cultural Society

Dr. Tudor Toma
Societatea medicala Romana din UK

Mrs. Anne Marie Martin
Bel Management Ltd.

Mrs. Cristina Irimie,
Mr. Inno Brezeanu,
Romani in UK – “ Roman in UK “ publication,

Mrs Sorana Parvulescu
Romanian LSE SU Society

Mr. Daniel Furculesteanu
Romani in UK
Olympia Handball Club
The Romanian Students' Society - University of Westminster

Mrs. Anda Anastasescu

Mr. Serban Cantacuzino
Pro Patrimonio

Friday, 27 June 2008


Va punem la dispozitie anunturile despre afaceri, locuri de munca si cursuri care sosesc pe adresa Societatii Romanca ( )

Pentru a putea publica anuntul Dvs. in acest spatiu va rog sa contactati coordonatorul acestui proiect, Mihai Gaina pe adresa de e-mail

Va multumim,

Societatea Romanca



Mobile Youth Arts Programme Development Manager:
Freelance Post
Salary: £150 per day, 3 days per week.
To start immediately
Closing date: 5pm 7th July 2008

This is a new post for the Festival of Youth Arts. We are looking for someone with excellent written and verbal presentation skills and a proven track record in fundraising. The applicant must be able to use their own initiative and work independently, while also having the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. This post is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

FYA is a small youth arts charity. We were set up in January 2006, since then we have held 2 large scale youth arts festivals in London. We have engaged over 2,500 young performers, 185 young volunteers and over 150 youth arts organizations. Our partners have included the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Mayor of London, ICA, Arts Council, Hackney Empire and many more. FYA has a small but dynamic board of which 50% are young people. We aim to excel in youth led arts management.

The successful applicant will be managing a youth led mobile youth arts programme. This programme aims to engage young people who are NEET or at risk. FYA gives them intensive training in events management to enable them to produce a youth arts event in their borough. A pilot phase was successfully completed in 5 boroughs in 2007 and we are now looking for someone to take forward the learning outcomes from 2007 to develop and deliver a full programme of events for 2009. The role will include fundraising, partnership development and project management. It will require hard work, imagination, creativity and attention to detail. The post holder will share high fundraising targets with the chief executive who will work with them on the programme. The aim is to secure funds and partners in 2008 to be able to deliver the programme in summer 2009.

This is a one-year contract that is renewable dependant upon the success of the fundraising and partnership drive.

If you are successful you will have to undertake an Enhanced CRB Check.

Knowledge and experience:
• Experience of working in partnership with local authorities and other public bodies.
• Fundraising experience including local authority funding, trust funding and corporate funding.
• Project management experience including the management of people, time and resources.
• Knowledge of youth arts.

Key Skills:
• Fundraising – must have proven track record of securing funding from one or more of the following funds – local authorities, Trusts and Foundations and corporate bodies.
• Presentation skills – you will need to present and sell the project to gain funding and ownership.
• Excellent written skills – you will need to write funding proposals and evaluation reports.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Ability to work on your own, independently and as part of a team as required.
• Ability to use your own initiative
• Project management skills
• Partnership and stakeholder management
• Budget Management
• IT literate
• Experience of working with young people.

• Experience and understanding of events management.
• An interest in the arts.
• Full driver’s license.

If you are interested in this post please send a CV and covering letter to or for more information please call Rachael on 07985 254 022. Please include information in your covering letter that responds to each point on the job spec.

Community Education and Development Worker

EMPLOYER: Active Planet Ltd


LOCATION: West London (Based in Shepherds Bush)

RESPONSIBLE TO: Projects Director

HOURS: Full Time (37 hours)


SALARY: £26,000-28,600 pa incl.

Active Planet is a not-for profit social enterprise that works in targeted communities across West London. The company provides a range of projects and programmes for children, parents and young people, designed to raise achievement, increase levels of social inclusion and reduce the risk of disaffection and anti-social behaviour.
The Post-Holder will:

1. Take lead in the development of training and education services for the community based within sports and recreation.
2. Develop, implement and manage a range of partnership activities that will widen access to coaching, education and employment opportunities for children, young people and adults within designated geographical areas.
3. Co-ordinate, facilitate and service a range of project forums, working alongside Active Planet Staff, which will include young people and traditionally excluded groups.
4. Fundraise within the project and help set up further provisions.
The Post- holder will:

• Have an understanding of a wide range of sporting and recreational initiatives within the community and working with NEETS.

• Have the ability to monitor performance targets and co-ordinate monitoring and evaluation of activities. Information technology skills are required

• Have a Minimum of 2 years management experience within the industry, including budget management and fund raising.

• Have a nationally recognised qualification relevant to the post. (Desirable)

• Hold a clean drivers licence (Desirable)

Closing date: 18th July 2008.
Interviews date: week commencing 21st and 28th July 2008.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact Phil Amos or Matt Walsh at Active Planet for an application pack on or for an informal chat about the post please do not hesitate to call on 0203 266 0087


£18,000 per annum pro rata

Are you computer literate and able to help with administration, promotion and advertising?

Do you have good communication skills?

Are you able to work on your own initiative and as a team member?

Do you enjoy fundraising and community events?

The applicant will need to have common sense, a good telephone manner, be able to meet and greet people who use the centre and be able to respect confidentiality and enjoy working with the general public?

If you answer yes to the above and would like to work in a friendly neighbourhood environment please email your c.v. to:

Or post to:

Anna Williams
Centre Manager
The Grove Neighbourhood Centre
7 Bradmore Park Road
London W6 0DT

By end of July 2008

********************************************************************************* AA A penny for your thoughts!
H&F Credit Union Manager
£34,000 pa
• Have you got the passion to launch a new community organisation?
• Do you have experience of working in a financial services organisation?
• Have you managed and supervised staff?
• Are you experienced in dealing with the public?
If yes…we need you!
H&F Credit Union is a not-for-profit community organisation offering money advice,
affordable and accessible loans and an ethical place to save for people who live or work
in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. H&F Credit Union will launch in September
2008 with its first branch in the heart of Fulham on the North End Road.
We are looking for a dedicated, energetic and self-motivated Credit Union Manager .to
help our committed and enthusiastic volunteer Board to build and manage a strong and
successful credit union.
You’ll be responsible for promoting the credit union and act on its behalf in its dealings
with members, partner organisations and the public. You will manage and co-ordinate
the day-to-day operations of the main office, other branch offices and information points
and ensure the membership is provided with a prompt and reliable standard of service at
all times. You’ll also promote the credit union’s products and services in such a way that
it is seen as an effective and efficient organisation and a leader in the credit union
You will develop, maintain and administer all operating policies and procedures for the
credit union’s activities and co-ordinate systems between the branch network and main
office. You will ascertain the demands of members and ensure the resources of the
credit union are adequate and sufficient to meet those demands. You’ll be responsible
for the development and implementation of all policies, procedures and decisions of the
Board of Directors of the credit union and the achievement of agreed operational and
strategic goals. You will assist and work with the board in identifying and establishing
future sources of funding for the continued growth and development of the credit union.
If you have the skills, experience and commitment to get involved please apply in writing
enclosing a copy of your CV to: Eugene Waters, H&F Credit Union, 6th Floor, Metro
Building, 1 Butterwick, Hammersmith W6 8DL or by email to
For further information call 020 8357 4587
Closing date: 21st July 2008
Interviews will take place Thursday 31st July 2008 in Hammersmith.


The Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)
Office Space to Let
Property Available Immediately

Self contained ground floor offices – Not wheel chair accessible: 530 square feet – Includes two rooms a kitchenette & 1 WC, able to accommodate between four to six people.

Annual rent: £8,480.00

2.50% service charge on water rates, refuse collection, gully cleaning and paladin hire. 2.50% charge on annual maintenance to central heating systems, fire extinguishers and fire alarm system. Office has own gas and electricity check meters. Tenant is responsible for paying their own council tax.

A convenient sized office to let: 10 minutes walk from Ladbroke Grove underground station, short bus ride to central and circle lines. The offices are located within a secure gated area. Pay and display parking in vicinity. A pleasant environment able to accommodate up to 6 people. A conference centre is available for hire.

All the other tenants on site are voluntary organisations mainly dealing with helping families and young people.

Contact: Pauline Brady, The Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster),
73 St. Charles Square, London W10 6EJ

Telephone: 020 8969 5305
E mail:


Would you like to gain an NVQ Level 2 Qualificationwhilst earning?
Train to Gain could be for you...

What is Train to Gain?
Train to Gain is a service that supports individuals and employers in developing important skills in the workplace. After working with Nichols Training and Train to Gain you can expect better individual business performance and a more valuable workforce with qualifications relevant to their jobs.

Why should learners take part?
• The level 2 qualification will become compulsory very shortly
• To gain a nationally recognised qualification for a job that they are doing
• To support career progression in a chosen field
• To gain confidence and to increase motivation in a professional arena

Who can take part?
• All employers who have under qualified staff
• Individual who are self employed or work on a voluntary basis
• Anyone who is 19 or over
• Anyone who has less than 5 GCSE's grade A-C or equivalent

Why Nichols Training?
Firstly, we are dedicated to providing quality and essential training. Secondly, we offer other free accredited courses such as customer relations and food hygiene, which are also invaluable.

We are also flexible with the location. Feel free to discuss the ideal site for the training to take place. Whether you wish to complete the course at our training centre or at a location of your choice - we are waiting to be of service.

When should you sign up?
Take advantage of this new opportunity and get on board with Nichols Training now!

Sara McLeod
Training Co-ordinator

Head Office: 95 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 8EG
Tel: 0208 746 4800



Hammersmith and Fulham Citizens Advice Bureau
Volunteer Trainee Adviser

We are currently recruiting for trainee advisers and have an
Open Day on Friday 27th June between 11am and 1pm in Fulham where you can come along, chat to staff and volunteers, learn more about this role, have a go at some of the tasks involved and decide if this is the right opportunity for you.
You can then complete an application pack.

You don't need any particular qualifications or experience to train as an adviser. All sorts of people are CAB advisers.
You need to be:
• good at listening,
• able to work as part of a team,
• willing to learn,
• able to read and write English and do basic maths,
• be open minded, be non-judgemental and
• enjoy helping people.

You don't need to know it all. We train you in the skills you need to deliver a high quality service to clients. Our up to the minute electronic information system contains most of the details you will need.

You won't be left alone, there will always be an experienced person to give you support, answer your questions and help you develop.
The training is thorough and is widely recognised for its quality. As a result, it requires a minimum of 2 days per week availability for at least 9-12 months.

We will be as flexible as possible to fit in with child care or other responsibilities.

If you are interested in coming along, please contact us for further details.

Phil Storey
Training and Development Manager
Hammersmith and Fulham CAB
020 7610 3008

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know that we are running further food hygiene training in the Borough- This time in FULHAM.

The dates are

30.6.08 Registration 9.30 – 12.30

10.7.08 CV Writing and Customers Service 9.30 – 16.30

17.7.08 Food Hygiene Training (Multi-choice questions at end of day) 9.30 – 16.30

We are holding these sessions at HAFAD, Greswell Street, Fulham, London SW6 9PX.

If you have any service users you think may be interested in attending this training, please let me know on 020 8741 9876 or by return email.

We will be holding this training across all the West London Boroughs over the coming months, so if you do not have anyone this time around, you can refer them for the future.

Kind regards

Helen Purcell

Project Co-ordinator

Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre

148 King Street

London W6 0QU

020 8746 9876
START programme for young people (13-19 years)

About the START programme
START is a unique, industry-led training programme for young people from across West London. The programme delivers literacy and numeracy qualifications through imbedded performing arts.

Following an individual learning plan and initial assessment, young people will be supported in achieving a City
and Guilds Literacy qualification at level 1 or 2 equivalent to a GCSE in English on the National Qualifications

Participants are introduced to a variety of skills including acting, dance, graffiti, and lyrics. Participants are
assigned a Peer Mentor and are supported by the Lyric's Creative Learning team and work towards a small

In partnership with the BBC, Connexions H & F and the Volunteers Centre, we provide each participant with supported progression pathways such as further education, volunteering opportunities, work experience
placements and apprenticeships.

When does the next START programme run?
Spring: April 1 – May 9, 12pm – 6pm
Summer: 21 July – 29 August, 12pm – 6pm

How does a young person find out more?
Give Serina a call for an informal interview and to book a place on the following:
Introductory drama sessions: Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 & 26 March, 2pm – 4pm
Taster day: March 10, 1.45pm – 3.30pm

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Serina Apaloo - Gordon
Creative Learning Projects Manager
Direct Line: 020 8741 6864
Mbl: 07926 637 006
Fax: 020 8741 5965



Job Fair Westlondon , 8 July 2008, Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith , London , 12.00-18.00 pm