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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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Tuesday 18th July 2017

Training and Events

  • The Connect Hackney media group is recruiting for the summer programme – computer and media training for Hackney residents aged 50+. Includes using the internet, email, word processing, photography, and writing articles for Hackney Senior magazine. No previous experience necessary as full support is provided. > Read more
  • The summer holidays have nearly arrived, enrol your child onto fun activities at Hackney playschemes. > Read more
  • Cascading Leadership programme. This free programme matches experienced, high-performing leaders in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) with others in the sector to share their knowledge and provide peer support. It is designed for those who want to develop both their organisational and leadership skills and contribute to the sector. > Read more
  • The Hackney Main grants programme 2017/18: How to Apply Workshop. The courses are for all organisations preparing to make an application for the Hackney grants programme 2018/19. Book here.
  • Healthcare Efficiency through Technology (HETT) is part of the UK Health Show which is the UK's largest one-day healthcare event and is free to attend for those working in the third sector. The show brings together healthcare, IT and clinical leaders to hear industry updates, meet partners and suppliers and learn about the latest technologies available to the healthcare system. > Read more
  • Improving Patient Experience Workshop. City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Community Voice are holding a workshop discussion where you can have your say on Falls (and falls prevention), Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Rheumatology (Arthritis and related conditions) and Urology (also Catheter Care). If you are a City & Hackney patient, resident or carer with experience of any of the above conditions, they want to hear your views of current services. > Read more
  • Hackney CVS is currently working with Hackney Council to deliver a consultation around the borough’s Lunch Clubs and the services they provide. As part of this co-production process, we would also like to consult with people aged 55+ by questionnaire. The views and information collected will be used to develop the future lunch clubs in the borough. Potential users questionnaire. Email: 
  • Friends of Woodberry Down present, 'Karaoke-athon'. This will be five hours of non-stop Karaoke, music and singing to raise funds for Friends of Woodberry Down over 50’s Panto trip. Free Entry. > Read more

Community News
  • Mimbre are proud to confirm they have been awarded £159,680 by the Arts Council to build new audiences for mid-scale contemporary circus. The project, which begins imminently, aims to increase and diversify audiences for modern-day circus, culminating in the production and tour of Mimbre’s all-female circus show The Exploded Circus. > Read more
  • The Ethical Property Foundation is planning its work for the next three years so they can help even more voluntary organisations become more resilient about property. They need your help to build an online centre. What would you like to know, about managing your building and resolving property problems? Complete their survey here.
  • Desk space for hire in cooperative in Bethnal Green. Common Knowledge are based in Bethnal Green and share a Young Foundation.The desk is available full-time or part-time at £220 pcm, or pro-rata. We are looking for someone who works in the third sector or similar. The contact email is

Jobs and Funding

  • Programme Funding Officer. Peace Direct are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Programme Fundraising Officer to join their busy and growing team. This is an ideal role for someone keen to develop their experience in Trust, Foundation and Institutional fundraising in a dynamic international NGO working with partners in the global south. > Read more
  • Peter Bedford Housing Association (PHBA) is looking for a skilled and experienced Marketing Officer to join their New Business Team. Are you a skilled marketer who is keen to create positive changes in people’s lives? At PHBA, you can use your talents to help people find new homes, gain new skills and discover their creative talents. > Read more
  • Hackney Women's Haven Partnership is looking for kind, motivated, professional women to join their team. > Read more
  • Want to build your own business? Got a great idea, but need a boost to get started? If you’re aged 16–25, living in Hackney and looking to start up your own business, you could get the break you need through the Youth Opportunity Enterprise Fund. > Read more
  • For more funding opportunities please click here.

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 Sandra Edwards has learnt a lot about herself and her skillset whilst being on the Create Your Future Programme
Create Your Future - helping to improve the confidence of BAME women

This week we hear from Sandra who has been a participant in the Create Your Future programme, and has attended a course delivered by one of the project partners; Hackney Marsh Partnership. Create Your Future is a pre-employment project for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women who are not working and not studying.

How have you found this course so far?

This course has been interesting so far. I was going through a rough patch, so it helped me come out of the house and focus on looking for work and sorting out my personal issues. The beginning of the course was very good because it made me look for a job based on my skillset and passions, rather than just any job. It’s been a really good course to be on.

What have you learned about yourself?

So much! I’ve always been in long-term employment but low paid jobs and I seem to go back to jobs that are low paid. However this course has encouraged me to think more ambitiously than I normally would.

What are your personal aspirations?

The main thing is to actually find work that is secure, well-paid and that I'm passionate about.  I've also been interested in Art therapy but I’ve never had the confidence to go and train in it. This will help my self-development and help me progress.

Would you recommend the course to your friends?

Yes, I would definitely recommend it to any women like me. I think it’s a good course to help disadvantaged ethnic and black community women to start doing something for themselves.

> Read more about Create Your Future here.

This project is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund who support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.




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