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Hackney CVS e-newsletter goes out weekly with news relevant to
Hackney's voluntary and community sector (VCS).
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Thursday 20th March 2017


Training and Events

  • Hackney Marsh Partnership will be delivering Activate Your Career – an employability course for unemployed Black and Minority Ethnic Women. This course will be run by Fatou Gassama of Holistic Support. Fatou delivers courses empowering women and has a track record of helping women set up their business or into employment. The enrolment and induction session will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017, from 10am to 4pm, at Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, Hackney E9 6SJ. For more information and to book your place call 020 8525 6960 or email
  • Understanding and Using the Theory of Change. The aim of the course is to introduce the Theory of Change and help your organisation create activities for your project that will assist you in collecting the right data to measure your effectiveness. > Read more
  • The Hackney ESOL Advice Service runs regular drop in advice (and assessment) sessions for adults who want to learn to speak English. Once assessed, the service directs them to a suitable ESOL class in the borough. Click here for full details of the 2016-17 schedule. The service can also offer free advice sessions at schools and community centres. Read more here.
  • NHS City and Hackney CCG Health & Equality Discussion. Come and tell Healthwatch Hackney about your experiences of using health services in City and Hackney. > Read more
  • The House of Amau presents a Fundraising Spring Variety Talent Showcase. The showcase will include poetry and spoken word by the Afrikan Heritage Writers and performances by The Scatia Rock Band and more. > Read more

Community News

  • Nearly 90 per cent of fundraisers surveyed for a new report believe that conducting research reduces the number of unwanted or irrelevant communications sent out to prospective donors. > Read more
  • Representatives from the sector’s main umbrella bodies have said that charities have a vital opportunity to make their voices heard, after Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to announce a snap general election this morning. > Read more

Funding and Jobs 

  • The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) is launching the Prosperous Communities Project - new research about what makes communities in East London thrive, and the opportunities for local people to prosper and do well. UCL will be recruiting 10 community researchers to work on the project. This is a paid, part-time role. Prior research experience is not required. > Read more |Job description.
  • Hoxton Health is looking for a 25 hour a week clinic administrator. The successful application will be key in the efficient running of Hoxton Health. > Read more
  • If you are interested in leading a dynamic programme of work to meet the needs of socially isolated older people, we have an exciting opportunity for you! We are seeking to recruit a Programme Director to lead and manage our Connect Hackney - a £5.8M programme. > Read more
  • Cordwainers Grow is looking for someone with enthusiasm and drive to help run a campaign with children against junk food advertising. > Read more
  • The Stepping Stones Fund is a unique social investment readiness facility for charitable organisations in Greater London. Applications to Round 4 of this programme are now open. Applications must be submitted by 10th May 2017. > Read more
  • For more funding opportunities please click here.

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                Funding available for small charities groups
Funding Spotlight: Hackney Council's Grant Programme - promoting social inclusion, personal resilience and community cohesion

Does your small charity need support to make a difference in Hackney? If so, Hackney Council's grant programme aims to help local voluntary or community organisations provide projects for Hackney residents - such as youth activity schemes, health advice, employment advice and safety improvements. 

Small grants

These grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects being delivered in 2017/18 that contribute to one or both of the two Hackney Grants Programme Priorities:

1. To promote social inclusion, encourage independence and develop personal resilience

2. To build positive relations between different groups and communities that will maintain the high levels of community cohesion.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17 May, at 12 noon.

Community Chest Grants

These are grants of up to £1,000 for projects and events which contribute to the Council's objective to foster good relations by building a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride. The projects or events should be either short term or one off activities rather than long-term activities or service provision.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 May, at 12 noon.

Click here to find out more details on both grants.

How to Apply Workshops - Wednesday 26 April

Hackney CVS is working in partnership with Hackney Council to deliver a workshop on 'How to Apply' to the Hackney Small Grants up to £5,000 and Community Chest grants up to £1,000.

This workshop will:

1.Provide an overview of the Hackney Small Grants programme

2. Give details on the application process.

Book your place here.


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