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B.I.Y Creative Arts Summer School 2018 Invitation

B.I.Y Creative Arts Summer School 2018 Invitation


We’d like to invite you to the B.I.Y Creative Arts Summer School, which will take place from 21st July till the 25th. During these 5 days, you will be participating in creative art classes for free and then taking part in the showcase on the last day. This summer programme is open to 13-30-year-olds, so we cater to a large demographic.


Listed Below is the link that will be taking place:



Connect Hackney - new commissioning opportunities

Connect Hackney - new commissioning opportunities


Commissioning: digital inclusion, community spaces




Connect Hackney is now in the second phase of our £5.8m programme to reduce solcial isolation among older people, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.


We are now issuing invitations to tender for two areas of work identified as priorities for our work in 2018-21.




1) Invitation to tender for projects aimed at building the confidence of people aged over 60 to engage with different types of digital technology




Feedback from older people and research into digital inclusion has highlighted the concerns that some older people have about using digital technology. We are inviting organisations that have a track record of delivering IT projects (ideally to older people) to bid to deliver projects that support people aged 60-plus to improve their confidence in using different types of digital technology. We want to learn from projects that have the most success in helping older people to stay connected and access services on-line.


A total of £100,000 is available for this strand of work, with each tender submission capped at £25,000. The initial contract period is for 12 months but there is the potential for projects to be extended for a further period as we gather further learning and evidence on digital inclusion.

2) Invitation to tender to deliver community activities that bring older people and other age groups together to enjoy community spaces


 In our "community conversation" focus groups with older people, they told us they would like more access to local spaces where people are able to meet and socialise. There was particular interest in structured activities that take place in comfortable and accessible spaces, and involve arts, crafts, music, and/or food, as well as opportunities to enjoy informal time with others.


A total of £100,000 is available to deliver this work and projects will be funded over two years. Bids will be capped at £20,000 per project and we will be prioritising activities based in the Woodberry Down, Clapton, Hackney Wick and Kings Park areas of the borough. This is because our evidence base suggests that there are geographic "cold spots" in Hackney, with limited activities for older people.




The deadline for responses to both tenders is 12pm on Friday 24 August 2018 and projects will need to begin delivery from October 2018


 Please contact Lola Akindoyin, Connect Hackney Programme Director at if you have any questions about either tender.




Click here for more information and to download the tender documents.










Full time Community Projects Worker

Full time Community Projects Worker

Detailed information about this job can be found on website

Grassroots Giving applications for 2018 now open - closing date 31st July 2018

Applications for Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving community funding scheme 2018 are now open – this year we have a total fund of £82,500 to help small groups and organisations make a difference in their neighbourhood.

Applications can be made online on this website and will close on 31 July. 

Last year 164 groups received funding pots of £500 to help them build a brighter future in their local communities.

Grassroots Giving was launched in 2013 to celebrate the Society’s 160th anniversary and proved an immediate success. It was designed to reflect our mutual roots and established to help people and communities to help themselves.

Higher Level Theatre event - 15th October 2018

HLT is a non profit charity organisation which seeks to empower children, young people and adults though drama, in order to become positive role models and aims to reduce crime amongst our young people, eliminating social exclusion in our society. We bring together people to share skills, creativity, learning and helping to build a fairer environment. We have Volunteers from a wide range of professional backgrounds that live and work in the community. We maintain an outstanding track record that promotes positive life changes and is highly beneficial to those involved, and those who have experienced the works of Higher Level Theatre.

We are currently seeking funding to help us with our production U CAN'T RUN 2. Hackney Marsh Partnership have generously provided their space in kind for rehearsal and we are in need of sponsors to help put “U Can’t Run” on and to cover costs at Hackney Empire.

This event will take place on the 15th October 2018 at the Hackney Empire, Hackney London E8 1EJ at 7.30pm

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