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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 18th May 2017

 Training and Events
  • Fibroids Fraternitee Workshop. This is an intergenerational experience and skills exchange forum. Black women who have fibroids can share their experiences with other Black women. > Read more 

  • Parent Alive Treasure Outreach will be having a 'Family Fun Day' where parents and their children can meet and enjoy one another's company. > Read more

  • Hackney Village at the Empire. This event is a fun filled week of drama, music and art for children and young adults with disabilities living in City and Hackney. > Read more
  • Social Return on Investment - A Two day Course. The course is useful for community practitioners who need to measure and demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of their work. > Read more
  • The Way Ahead-Stakeholder Conference invite. This is your opportunity to be involved in making sure 'The Way Ahead' achieves its aim of making sure civil society is supported into the future, for the benefit of all Londoners, and by all sectors. > Read more
  • Our next Hackney Giving Live event will be taking place on Thursday 22nd June in Great Eastern St, London, EC2A. Come and support three local grassroots charities as they pitch for funding. Project selection is taking place now and we'll announce more details soon but you can register for tickets here.
  • Cordwainers Grow will be running an 8-week herb gardening course at the Tree Nursery in Homerton free for Hackney residents. Come along to the taster session on Wednesday 7th June, 11-1pm to register your interest and find out more.

Community News
  • Two-thirds of British adults have experienced mental health problems at some point in their lives, according to the Mental Health Foundation. > Read more
  • As the General Election draws closer, take a look at what charities are doing to make sure their policies and causes are paid attention to. > Read more

Jobs and Funding

  • Hackney Play Association is looking for experienced youth workers to develop high quality youth services at local adventure playgrounds and youth projects. This is an exciting opportunity, working with a steering group of young people to develop, create and deliver new open access youth services. > Read more
  • Are you analytical and a good problem solver? If so, why not become our CRM and Database Officer? The successful candidate will work under the IT Enabler project. This is a larger project that seeks to provide Voluntary and Community Organisations with access to a database and to work with them so that they can share information as necessary. > Read more
  • Are you 18 + and want to understand what goes on behind the scenes of Channel 4’s award winning, diverse programming? If so, you might like to apply for a C4 apprenticeship. > Read more
  • Bump Buddies are recruiting volunteers to talk to Dalston-based women of all ages and backgrounds about the value and benefits of antenatal care.Read more
  • HIV+ Peer Support Worker (Gay & Bisexual Men). This post is for a gay man only. Section (7) (2) sex Discrimination Act applies. This role seeks to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV through 1:1 support and group work and overseeing a group of trained volunteers to do the same.> Read more

  • Do you want to get involved in community Volunteering but want to give it a try first? Please join St Joseph’s Hospice Volunteers Week celebration events and visit the Hospice for a taster session. > Read more
  • Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme. Designed to support smaller charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note they are not able to support individuals. > Read more

  • The second round of Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line is still open. This programme supports women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK, by resourcing advocacy and activists with lived experience of disadvantage. > Read more

  • For more funding opportunities please click here.

Newsletter Submission Deadline!

  • To have your news items included in our next weekly newsletter, please send in your content by the end of play on Tuesday to Thank you!



Kristine Wellington, Head of Safeguarding, Children & Families

The legacy of Families First

With delivery of the Families First project coming to an end, we caught up with project lead Kristine Wellington and asked her how the project  has helped Hackney become a fairer borough for children and young people.

Watch the interview here.

We are keen to build on the work of Families First, supporting children at school and helping families with complex situations. Contact Kristine Wellignton: for more information

About Families First

Families First - an innovative project led by Hackney CVS, in partnership with the London borough of Hackney, Claudia Jones Organisation, African Community School, Inspire! and Daymer. Families First brought the voluntary sector together with 20 Hackney schools to provide more joined-up and earlier support to families with multiple and complex problems.

Day-Mer provided in class support to Turkish speaking pupils that were underachieving and worked directly with parents to address the wider social issues such as housing. They co-ordinated parenting classes, offered housing and welfare advice and an after school supplementary school programme for pupils.

Claudia Jones Organisation aimed to improve the education, health and wellbeing of Hackney’s parents and achieve this through a whole family based approach. Parents had access to adult learning courses including Money Management, Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities, Parenting and Healthy Living.Their unique offer was the Repairing Relationship programme for parents of primary school children. Parents were helped to repair their relationship with their school and their children.

Inspire – Education and Business partnership – co-ordinated a successful schools mentoring programme for Hackney’s children. As part of the programme parents were offered practical support and training to increase their employment opportunities.   

African Community School – Saturday supplementary school. Parents attended the popular Empowerment for Parents class delivered with Hackney Learning Trust and received practical family support. ACS offered a range of taster, and intermediate classes including financial literacy, ICT programmes for pupils and parents, sewing and jewellery making and co-ordinated an annual family residential trip to Kench Hill, Kent.    

“We’re happy to work together to demonstrate how a joint partnership approach can really transform outcomes for disadvantaged pupils”. Kristine Wellington


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