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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 25th May 2017

 Training and Events
  • Our next Hackney Giving Live event will be taking place on Thursday 22nd June in Great Eastern St, London, EC2A. The three local grassroots charities have been chosen. Come and support them as they pitch for funding. Book your ticket here. 
  • 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 
  • You are cordially invited to join Voyage and the the launch of their expanded (10 week) Horizons Plus Programme. The programme will include weekly (one to one and group) mentoring for BAME young people between 15 – 19 years and it has been expanded to include accredited training in partnership with Hackney Community College. > Read more

  • City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board, Safeguarding Adult Reviews Learning event. The half day event is designed to share learning from the Safeguarding Adults Reviews undertaken by the City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board.> Read more
  • Mental Capacity Act Awareness. This course is for staff who need to assess people who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and safety. > Read more
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. This course assists participants to identify when someone’s liberty may be restricted or deprived. > Read more
  • Hackney Marsh Partnership are delivering Activate Your Career – a holistic employability course for unemployed Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Women wanting to go back to work. Come along on Thursday 8th June 2017 to find out more and register. The course runs from 10am to 2.30 pm at Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, Hackney E9 6SJ. For more information and to book your place call 020 8525 6960 or email
  • Do you want to raise awareness about how to help keep vulnerable adults safe from harm using the London Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure? If so, then this Teach The Trainer course is for you. > Read more

  • Islington BAMER Women’s Network cordially invites you to the 2nd BAMER Women’s Conference:Challenging inequalities, bridging gaps and ensuring fairness (2) at Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall, on 13 June 2017. > Read more

  • Social Return on Investment. The course is useful for community practitioners who need to measure and demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of their work. > Read more 

Community News
  • The Charity Commission has announced the appointment of Helen Stephenson as its next chief executive. > Read more
  • Online welfare benefits casework support. If you provide advice on welfare benefits, check the online casework support available via Lasa’s rightsnet website. Rightsnet is one of a range of services delivered by Lasa, an advice and technology charity that has been delivering support to the sector for more than 30 years. The online adviser forums are a great way for advisers to keep up to date and share their experience and expertise for the benefit of their clients for free!

Jobs and Funding

  • IARS are currently looking for an energetic Youth Worker/Trainer to work on various community engagement projects targeted to young people aged 13-25 years old from diverse backgrounds in the Southwark area. (not exclusively). In this role you will be responsible for the successful delivery of the IARS Youth empowerment skills development youth training programmes. > Read more
  • N16bolier House are recruiting for a Community Animator (Community Builder) post to help them deliver a 6 month project within the Cazenove ward and surrounding Hackney Area. > 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
  • 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
  • Heritage Lottery Fund. Apply for a grant of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture. > Read more
  • For more funding opportunities please click here.

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Jake Ferguson, CEO of Hackney CVS

20 years of Hackney CVS and support of the local voluntary and community sector

The month of May marks Hackney CVS’ 20th anniversary.  This week we caught up with Hackney CVS CEO Jake Ferguson and talked about Hackney CVS’ origins, anniversary celebrations and plans for the coming years.

Q. What’s the role of Hackney CVS?

JF. Hackney CVS is the organization where people go when they want to engage in local communities and particularly the local voluntary and community sector. Our role is to be a catalyst for change focused around tackling the inequalities that Hackney still has. Hackney is the borough where difference between the rich and the poor is increasing. Our job is to support lots of community groups, charities and voluntary organisations to help residents. We do that in many different ways; we provide advice and we provide training and we also act as a bridge between the public sector and local community groups - that allows them to influence how the public sector does its work.

Q. Can you give me a short overview on the history of Hackney CVS?

JF. Hackney CVS was formally created in May 1997 - therefore 2017 marks our 20th year of operation. Later this year we will be marking our anniversary with a special sector awards event at The Ace Hotel and with an exhibition in our Dalston Lane office - looking back at 20 years of Hackney CVS and our support of the local voluntary and community sector.

We were set up as a result of a survey that the council did to ask local communities about what sort of organisation they needed. I started in 2001 and there were just 3 members of staff at that point. Now our turnover is around 3.2 million pounds every year and most of that money goes through Hackney CVS to local charities and community groups. We employ over 30 staff and have about 50 volunteers every year, so we’ve grown very much since our humble beginning.

Q. What are the plans for the next 2 years?

JF. We’ve got a number of projects which will still be running over the next 2 years such as Connect Hackney which provides social and learning activities for residents aged 50 plus. However, we also need to be looking for new funding opportunities as the amount of money that comes from the council and NHS is shrinking .We need to get better in attracting resources for local community groups who are going to be, in some cases, struggling to survive.

We want to look at how we can work with local residents and businesses who might be interested in giving back to the community. We are going to do a number of events where people can donate their time, expertise or money to local charities and community groups.

As CEO I’m really excited about plans to redevelop parts of Dalston because that includes the building we are based in. It would be great to redevelop it into a building that can offer modern facilities for local communities.

Q. What difference does Hackney CVS make?

JF. For instance, through our young people’s projects we’ve helped around 170 young people into work. Through our Families First education programme we have supported 725 children and families from BAMER families to achieve better education outcomes. We’ve been doing a lot of work to help really marginalized people navigate NHS better and get better health outcomes. The work we do with Community Support Navigators is really important in terms of supporting and enabling people with complex health and social care needs to access the correct support and services they need.

In our whole history we’ve channelled millions of pounds, about 15 million, into local community projects. If you asked the Council they would probably say we had made a big difference to their understanding of local communities.

I’d like to think that anyone can come through our doors with a problem and we will help them solve it or help them find somebody who can help. Because we champion equality and diversity we are able to help people influence what services are provided to them and their peers. No service can be a one size fits all service in Hackney - it doesn’t work because we have so many different communities. How you support a Turkish community is different to how you support a Vietnamese community. I like the idea of Hackney CVS being everyone’s friend and advocate because so many people haven’t got anyone they can turn to for support.




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