Organisational development during Covid-19

Hackney CVS Organisational Development offer during the pandemic

During these exceptional times, we will be doing everything we can to support our local voluntary and community sector and local communities.

We have re-arranged our organisational development offer to accommodate the needs highlighted from our recent survey and from conversations across different teams and Neighbourhoods. The main aim of this approach is to support organisations to adapt and react during the pandemic period with a long-term view to maintaining their future sustainability. Whilst also thinking longer term about what you need to remain sustainable.
Funding and Finance
Hackney CVS have set up a dedicated page with information about funding that is available for organisations responding to the crisis. You can find it here.

Fundraising Support:

The organisational development team at Hackney CVS continue to offer and provide support to organisations and community groups with fundraising; this support will vary to accommodate the needs of organisations (individually/partnership) during this pandemic period. In the form of a critical friend  – a member of our OD team will be able to:

  • Help you identify existing and/or emergency funding opportunities suitable for your organisation.
  • Support organisations coming together as a partnership to bid for funding.
  • Proof-read applications and their supporting documents;
  • Provide you with comments on how to make your applications meet the guidelines and criteria of funders.

Our partner, East London Business Alliance (ELBA) is offering Volunteer Support with Writing Grant Funding Applications; A large number of employee volunteers from across ELBA’s member companies have offered their time to assist charities to complete applications to these funds. They are able to assist you with writing the application and/or reviewing a completed application. In some cases, they may be able to write a grant funding application on your behalf.

Please Noteif you’re already registered with ELBA, feel free to contact them directly. If you’re not, please get in touch with us and we will do introductions to their partnership team to expedite the registration process. is offering 1,000 hours of free support from Blumers to help Charities deal with the consequences of Coronavirus.  Their volunteers are experienced Charity Accountants, HR professionals, Fundraisers, Copywriters, and Office Administrators are all on hand to support you with pressing tasks. For more details, visit their website or contact them by email on:

Advice and Support for organisations
Organisational Development Workshops: Every two weeks we are hosting organisational workshops to connect organisations together and to provide you advice and support on how to adapt and react during the pandemic. We’ll be covering the following subjects:
  • Safeguarding and online safety
  • Advice for small to medium charities
  • Volunteering
  • Working from home & using digital tools
  • Employee wellbeing
Or simply use this opportunity to connect with fellow colleagues.
Weekly peer-to-peer drop-ins: We are setting up a weekly video conference drop-in so that you can connect with other organisations to discuss common and emerging issues, best practice and your experiences responding to the crisis. The drop-ins will be taking place on Wednesdays, 2.00-3.30pm, starting Wednesday 15 April; please contact to register your interest.
Safeguarding resources
Service User Needs Assessment: we developed this tool to help you monitor and manage the high risk and usually forgotten medium risk service users during the period of the pandemic. Download the template here.
Safeguarding Awareness for Volunteers: 3-minute video produced by Waltham Forest Council to equip volunteers with the required safeguarding awareness during the pandemic. Watch the video here.
Digital Safeguarding awareness for Young people: Visit the INEQE Safeguarding Group resources hub.
NSPCC Introduction to child protection training: An online introductory course for anyone who works with children and young people, for more information go here.
Note: Organisations who need advice on safeguarding can contact us directly on
Technical Support resources
Hackney CVS offer: We will be providing some technical support to the VCS organisations on certain days; providing advice on the adoption of video conferencing and remote working. Charities needing urgent help to ensure business continuity – remote working, tools to support their communities and so on will be prioritised.
Winston Mullings is available on Mondays, email
Mark Drinkwater on Tuesday afternoons, email
Mohammed Mansour on Fridays, email
Organisations who need advice on other organisational issues can get in touch with us directly on and will then be connected with the right person/team.
External technical guides and resources
Tools for remoting working: London Catalyst, together with the Small Charities Coalition, have provided useful guides to online tools that’ll help you stay connected in these difficult times.
And here is a useful post on How to Facilitate online meetings. If you have not organised one before, you’ll find there’s more to it than sharing an agenda and getting everyone connected!
One-Hour Free expert digital advice: Digital Candle, a crowd-sourced advice platform for charities, is offering charities an hour’s free advice with a volunteer digital expert on all things digital.
Charities needing urgent help to ensure business continuity – remote working, tools to support their communities and so on will be prioritised. For more info visit Digital Candle.
Neighbourhood Conversations
Join a Neighbourhood Conversation.
Background to Neighbourhoods programme. > Read more
Background to Well Street Common Neighbourhood Partnership. > Read more
The Neighbourhoods team at Hackney CVS have been working in Well Street Common Neighbourhood to bring together Voluntary and Community groups, tenants’ organisations, active residents, councillors, volunteer groups, the Volunteer Centre with frontline staff from the Council and NHS including the local GPs. We have done a lot of groundwork to help a Neighbourhood Forum develop there, which is open to anyone living, working or providing services in the area. We held a zoom meeting with this Forum at the end of March to support their Covid-19 response; the feedback was that those who participated found it a really useful space to:
  • build connections between everyone, so they know what each other is doing in response to Covid-19 and opportunities to work better together
  • be kept up to date with current information and guidance to help organisations deliver support on the ‘front-line’
  • be offered an opportunity to escalate any ‘blockers’ or issues and build a sense of what is happening on the ground that can be shared with key at Hackney Council, NHS and HCVS.

We are fast-tracking a Neighbourhood conversation in other Neighbourhoods (we are using the NHS Neighbourhood map). In each Neighbourhood we are supporting a local voluntary organisation to host the conversation, and inviting, as before, local VCS organisations, the Council, NHS, volunteer centre, tenant’s leaders, volunteer groups and councillors to take part.

For organisations that deliver across Hackney we suggest that you choose one conversation to join. Dates will be circulated shortly.
Are you interested in taking part in a Neighbourhood Conversation? Please email to register interest or ask for more information.
PDF of Map > click here
The list of Neighbourhoods:
  • London Fields Neighbourhood
  • Hackney Marshes Neighbourhood
  • Well St Common Neighbourhood
  • Clissold Park Neighbourhood
  • Springfield Park Neighbourhood
  • Hackney Downs Neighbourhood
  • Shoreditch Park and city Neighbourhood
  • Woodberry Wetlands Neighbourhood​