Supporting BAMER organisations

Developing a strategic approach

Our approach to supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee and Migrant (BAMER) organisations in Hackney and some exciting future plans.

A huge amount of work has been done by BAMER organisations in Hackney over the last few years to improve services for their communities, demonstrate the important role that VCS groups play in improving health and social care, and build local capacity.

To build on this, Hackney CVS is developing a strategic approach to ensure BAMER voices are heard in local policy and decision making and to continue to improve the services that BAMER groups can provide to their communities. 

Our past projects  

Information and Signposting

This project ran for 3 years involving 6 community partners, to improve signposting support provided to refugees and migrants at frontline advice centres.

Integrated Communities Programme

With funding from Hackney council, this programme provided organisational development support and fundraising to 8 Hackney organisations.

Peer Support Grants

This programme ran for 3 years and gave grants to 15 organisations to run peer support activities for Hackney residents with long term health conditions.

Data Management training Support

With funding from the Integrated Commission Board, this programme provided laptops and training on data management and usage of databases for monitoring and evaluation to 7 Hackney organisations.

Specialist Organisation Support (Community African Network – CAN)

The Community African Network (CAN) through Hackney CVS received a grant from the Healthier City and Hackney Fund to pilot a new approach to increasing the awareness of bowel cancer and the uptake of bowel cancer screening in the older Black African community through targeted outreach and working with GP surgeries in low uptake areas in Hackney. Following this successful project, CAN has now become an independent network.

Our current offer

Generic Organisational Development Support

Over the past two years we have been working hard on refreshing our generic organisational support offer which is open to any Hackney CVS member. Among the many benefits of membership are one to one support sessions. If you aren’t yet a member –  join us here.

Hackney CVS organisational development team can provide you with support on fundraising, governance, policies and procedures, safeguarding, DBS checks, monitoring and evaluation, marketing and setting up new community groups. You can request this support by filling in the online form here.

We also have a programme of weekend training aimed at trustees and small groups.

Additionally, we have developed a partnership with other East London CVS’ so that Hackney Organisations can access training in neighbouring boroughs. All our training is listed here and more details are available from

Specialist Organisation Support (Migrant Support Network) 

We have a dedicated development officer who is building a consortium of local organisations supporting refugees and migrants living in Hackney. The consortium will work together to build capacity of members and develop funding bids to strengthen health and wellbeing services for refugees and migrants. For more information email:

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision 

We are partnering with the Workers Educational Association (WEA) to deliver entry level English classes for refugees and migrants in Hackney, to help improve integration, confidence and employment potential.

Hackney CVS will be working with local partners to identify relevant students and coordinate lessons in locations that will be accessible to them such as community centres. Tutors from WEA will deliver the classes, which are designed to be the first step to learning English. To find out about hosting ESOL classes please email: 

Click here to read about our future offer