Dear Readers, I write as Community Links Bromley’s busy year concludes with our final ebulletin. At CLB we feel an immense sense of pride to have the opportunity to work with such a dynamic and resilient voluntary sector in Bromley and South East London. You provide constant support to all our communities and for that you have our heartfelt thanks.

We aim to hit the ground running in 2024 with our Annual General Meeting, where we will be reflecting on our past achievements and future opportunities for the sector; with recruitment for a new opportunity and role as MLBR Programme Manager in Mottingham; and later in January with our new Walking Challenge to get you moving and motivated for the New Year. 

We couldn’t do that work without your fantastic support, so we take this opportunity to send you Seasons Greetings and wish you a Happy New Year.

With kind regards,

Christopher Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Community Links Bromley closing dates❄️


Please note that Community Links Bromley will be closing at noon on Friday 22nd December, and reopening on Tuesday 2nd January.  We look forward to working with you all in the new year!

We have listed below closure dates and emergency services contacts for various services.

Bromley Council

The council switchboard and Customer Contact Centre in the Civic Centre is open between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday – and deal with all calls to the main council number – 020 8464 3333. Outside of normal hours (between 5.00 pm and 8.30 am Monday to Friday and 5.00 pm Friday to 8.30 am Monday) emergencies only 0300 303 8671. Click on the link for other services Emergency Contacts, including NHS, the police, electricity, gas, etc.

Bromley Well

Follow this link to see Bromley Well’s Christmas opening times for 2023 – 2024

Community House

The building doors will be closed from Friday 22nd December at 1.00 pm, returning on Tuesday 2nd January 2024. Please contact Community House Tenants to check if their services are open on these dates.

Bromley Homeless

Phone number 020 8460 0042.

Open 10.30 to 4.00 Monday to Friday until 22nd December. Thursday 28th and Friday 29th, open from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th January, open from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

Bromley Borough Foodbank

The charity will have limited service over the Christmas period.

To access their services over the Christmas period, please call: 0800 920 2324 between 10.00 am – 12.00 pm or email:

Southeastern Service Disruption

If you are travelling, you can find out the latest information here about their services and see if any disruptions might affect you.

TFL Planned line closures and service changes

Check TFL’s list of closures and significant service changes planned over the next few months.

We look forward to working with you in the new year. 

Annual General Meeting 2022/23

Date: 04th January, 6.00 – 7.00 pm, online. 

We are delighted to invite Members and Stakeholders to our AGM 2022/23. The AGM will take place in the presence of The Worshipful Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley, Councillor Mike Botting, where our Trustee Board and our Chief Executive, Christopher Evans, will be presenting Community Links Bromley’s accomplishments over the past year.

Thank you to those who have registered so far. There is still time to book a place.

Download the agenda

Download the minutes of AGM 2021/22

We would love to see you there.  Please register here

Local News 

London Councils’ Household Fund letter to the Chancellor
Read the letter from London Councils to the Chancellor urging him to meet the commitment he made in Parliament to provide councils with a Household Support Fund in 2024/25. They have also shared the letter via social media.

In the letter, Cllr Holland particularly referenced the ‘range of … innovative approaches and partnership working with our local voluntary and community organisations’, conscious that many London boroughs support VCS activity and resident support through the Household Support Fund. 

Digital Programme – Bromley (Winter) by ClearCommunityWeb
The Digital Drop-In 
The sessions resume on 8th January 2024 on Mondays 11.00 am – 1.00 pm at Anerley Town Hall, Anerley Rd, Anerley, London SE20 8BD.

The Digital Drop-ins provide a friendly, informal space to get questions answered or problems solved for your laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can also practice in a supported environment and get access to other local learning programmes. These sessions are a chance for you to drop in with your device, sit down with a member of our team to get help with a single issue or develop your skills.

Typical things Clearcommunityweb helps with include: setting up accounts; installing apps; resetting passwords; being safer online; transferring files; checking for problems and starting at the beginning.

Digital Awareness Online
The Digital Awareness Online Programme is designed to give group support to people wanting to develop their digital skills, feel safer online and have fun!

The programme covers the essentials of using today’s technology, combining practical skills with fun.  The classes offer a forum to address concerns and common barriers people face using their devices. Absolute beginners are welcome and no question is too basic. For more information click here 

Bromley Y Webinars – Spring Term

Bromley Y has now released the Spring Term Webinars. Look at the topics you are interested in below and click here to see the webinar calendar on Bromley Y website

For parents and carers

  • Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) (for parents/carers
  • Helping children with anxiety (For parents/carers of primary and secondary-aged children) Primary Dates  and Secondary Dates
  • Help your child with sleep (for parents/carers of primary-aged children)
  • Changing from Primary to Secondary School    

For young people of secondary school age

  • Understanding & Managing Anxiety)
  • Managing Academic Stress – Developing healthy study habits (For young people of secondary school age Yrs 10-13)
  • Tackling Low Mood & Depression  
  • Understanding Anxious Thoughts & Worry    
  • Understanding & Managing Anxiety        
  • Managing Academic Stress – Dealing with Exam Stress (For young people of secondary school age Yrs 10-13) 

Forest bathing coming to Priory Gardens starts Jan 7th 2024! Free

Why not give the gift of nature connection this year? (it won’t cost you anything)

ParkBathe provides community-led slow, silent strolls in urban parks throughout SE London. Forest bathing is a Japanese health prescription that has many health benefits including lowering stress and boosting immunity. 

SEND Matters- December 2023

This newsletter aims to provide parents, carers, young people and professionals with information and updates that inform you of the latest news, developments and services for children, teenagers and young adults (aged from birth to 25 years old) who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Bromley. The newsletter covers a range of developments and key local events.  Read the newsletter 

The CASPA Ball

Next year’s Ball is on sale NOW and you can grab yourself an Early Bird ticket. Celebrate CASPA’s 20th Anniversary in style! Book here 

Local events for your diary
We update our website’s local events calendar regularly. Events that are posted in this section every week can be found here 


If your organisation involves volunteers and you would like us to support you, please contact our Volunteer Development Manager, Fay Millen 

Volunteering updates

Don’t miss out on our last fortnightly volunteering updates newsletter of the year. 

We’re eagerly anticipating the chance to connect with you all in the new year, so stay tuned for more inspiring opportunities to make a difference.


Community Learning

Clearcommunityweb will be running to following two non-accredited courses at Anerley Town Hall on Wednesdays, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Managing My Computer: 10th January – 7th February 2024
This course will help you manage and organize your files and computer better so that you can be more organized in your daily life. Find out more information here
Laptop Selfcare: 21st February – 20th March 2024
This course is designed to help you learn how to manage your computer settings, install software and ensure it is safe. Find out more information here

To register your interest, visit this page

National News & Resources

Putting co-production into practice

As London’s cross-sector network for the built environment, Future of London is interested in hearing views on co-production, to enable the sector to better support communities affected by regeneration. The results will be a communal resource – all findings will be shared publicly, and others are welcome to draw on them to make the case for co-production.

Responses are welcomed from everyone, including if you have little experience in co-production or are unfamiliar with the term. Future of London defines co-production as a form of community engagement where residents are given real decision-making power and are interested in hearing views on this.

Any resources made will be free of charge for community representatives and co-produced as far as possible. If you decide to fill out the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw for £50 vouchers, if you share your email at the end of the survey.

Future London will be doing a series of follow-up interviews to learn more, where community representatives will be reimbursed for their time. If you’re interested, please opt-in at the end of the survey.

Complete the survey here. You can read about the overarching project and its aims here.

Buddle – Your place to experience the wonders of community sport and physical activity

This week, Sport England reintroduced ‘Buddle,’ a vibrant platform which offers free learning materials and support resources aimed at empowering clubs, community organisations, and the professionals collaborating with them, inspiring and enhancing their offerings of sports and physical activities. Read more

London Sport Awards 2024

In partnership with the City of London Corporation, the Awards will celebrate the incredible stories of volunteers, sports providers, community clubs, businesses and other organisations who are improving the lives of Londoners through sport.

The deadline to submit your nominations for the London Sport Awards 2024 is 31st December! Follow this link for more information and to submit your nomination

  Funding News 

If you’d like to apply for any of the funding opportunities below or on our website, we are happy to provide support in the development of your funding applications.  Please contact our Funding & Development Officer, Stephen Smith, for support at

If you have submitted a funding application using the information provided by Community Links Bromley and, more importantly, have been successful we would be grateful if you could let us know by emailing

Thomas Wall Trust

The Trust offers grants up to £5,000 for specific projects rather than general organisational costs that improve communication skills for disadvantaged adults and support NEET people into employment. Beneficiaries must gain at least one accredited vocational qualification during delivery. 

Charity size: with annual turnover is between £25,000 and £500,000.
Application deadline: the deadline for 1st stage applications is Monday 8th January 2024

Follow this link for more information and to apply 

King Charles III Charitable Fund Applications will next open 8th – 22nd February 2024

The Fund awards small grants of up to £5,000 per year to approximately 100 community-based organisations each year.

Charity size: with an annual income of less than £1 million

Follow this link for more information

Young Athlete Grant Scheme – applications open for 2024

The Amateur Athletic Association has a fund which can support English athletes under the age of 23 who are in full-time education and active in athletics. Registered charity Athletics for the Young is particularly interested in helping genuine hardship cases for promising young athletes.

Over recent years, it has been the policy of the charity to award small grants of £50 to £200. It is possible to apply for funds for costs including equipment and travel.

Applications close on 12th February 2024.  Any questions, email

Follow this link for more information and to download the application form

You must print out the form and post it to the address on the form (no electronic applications) to the address below: 

Katie Dinsdale
7 Swallows Rise
BA13 4FP 

Hardship Grants

The Hardship Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 per annum, but only in exceptional circumstances will individual grants exceed £500.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are taking advantage of all support offered by local services, including the referring social organisation. Other sources of funding must have been exhausted.

Follow this link for more information and to apply 

The Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund (AIPFF)

AIPFF exists to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas to play sports and enjoy its many benefits.

Grants will typically be in the range from £2.5k – £5k although a larger grant may be possible in some circumstances.

To find out more about applying to the AIPFF, please email 

Check our website for more funding opportunities!
Click here to apply at any time for funding. 
You can also find funding pots with deadlines.

  Local Jobs 

In this section, we only advertise paid jobs and senior volunteering roles (Trustee roles). For other volunteering roles please contact If you want to advertise your job, please send us the following information to 
  • Job Title (and a link on your website jobs page or a job description/advert.)
  • Salary/Type of Contract 
  • Hours
  • Closing Date
  • Logo to post on the advertisement 
We’d love to know how you get on, both as an applicant and for those recruiting. Please get in touch with us to let us know, by emailing

Community Links Bromley

Mottingham Big Local Refocused Programme Manager 

Extended closing date
Salary: NJC Senior Officer 1 sp. 25  £33,102 fte. Pro-rata £29,275 plus 3% pension contribution.
Hours: 32 hours per week
Closing date: 5.00 pm Monday 22nd January 2024 (ongoing)
Interviews: Week commencing 29th January 2024

More information on the Big Local programme can be found on the Big Local – Local Trust.
Information on Mottingham Big Local Refocused, including the latest strategic plan, can be found at (The plan documents and other media are available at

For further information and to send a completed application form email or call 020 8315 1902 from 2nd January 2024).

Download the application form Please note that we do not accept cvs. 

Bromley Mencap 

Learner Support and Employment Advisor 

New Vacancy
Salary: £30,400 + 3% pension
Hours: 37.5hrs per week
Contract: Fixed Term
Location: Training Centre and Main Office
Closing date: noon, Monday 8th January
Interviews: Thursday 11th/Friday 12th January 2024

All Age Autism Welfare Benefits Officer 

New Vacancy
Salary: £29,400 + 3% pension
Hours: 37.5hrs per week
Contract: Fixed Term
Location: Flexible across the borough but mainly based in The Lodge Community Hub and Rutland House
Closing date: noon, Tuesday 2nd January
Interviews: Friday 5th January 2024 

Information and Support Officer (Autism) 

New vacancy
Salary: £28,000 + 3% pension
Hours: 37.5hrs per week
Contract: Fixed Term until 31st December 2024
Location: Flexible across the borough with a central Bromley office base
Closing date: noon, Tuesday 2nd January
Interviews: Friday 5th January 2024

Job Coach 
Salary: £11.95 per hour
Contract: Casual contract

Short Breaks Community Support Workers  

Ongoing recruitment 
Salary:  £11.95 per hour (London Living Wage)
Type of contract: Casual contract 

Bexley Voluntary Service Council

Hospital Wellbeing Coordinator (Social Prescribing) 

New vacancy
Salary: £28,654 per year inc. OLW & 6% pension
Full time: 35 hours across 5 days
Closing date: 9.00 am Thursday 18th January 2024

Single Pont of Contact Triage Officer (Maternity Cover) 
Salary: £28,128 inc. OLW & 6% pension
Hours:  35 hours across 5 days
Closing date: 9.00 am Monday 15th January 2024 

Bexley Food Alliance Project Coordinator 
Salary: £21,872 per year: actual salary for 28 hours (£27,340 full-time equivalent)
Hours: 28 hours across 4 days or 5 days (part-time)
Contract: Fixed Term 1 year
Closing date: 9.00 am, Monday 22nd January 2024

Health & Wellbeing Coach – Lived Experience 
Salary: £27,340 per year inc. OLW & 6% pension
Hours: 35 hours (part-time hours would be considered)
Closing date: 9.00 am Tuesday 2nd January 2024
Interviews: Wednesday 10th January 2024 

VOICE 4 Change England

Senior Media, Marketing & Communications Office 

New Vacancy
Salary: £29,000 per year
Hours: Part-time (21 hours per week)
Contract: 6 months contract
Location: Hybrid Working 
Closing date: Friday, 12th January 2024


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