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REBALANCING THE RELATIONSHIP - Information about the call for evidence

Source By: NCVO

Information about the call for evidence

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Respond to a call for evidence on the relationship between large and small organisations bidding to deliver public services (closes 24 July)

NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation are working in partnership on a project to explore the relationship between organisations bidding to deliver public services. ‘Rebalancing the Relationship’ aims to explore competition and collaboration between large and small organisations.

Have your say

A call for evidence will run until midday 24 July 2019. The purpose of the call for evidence is to get a broad understanding of how organisations across the sector are experiencing and responding to the competitive environment. This exercise will ensure the project builds on existing thinking and evidence. A survey and qualitative interviews will follow the call for evidence to ask more focused questions and build a more detailed picture.

Please follow this link to participate in the call for evidence, and read the guidelines. If you have any questions or require a form in a word document for accessibility reasons, please email

About the project

Due to commissioning and bidding practices, as well as a move towards fewer, larger contracts, larger voluntary organisations are more likely to receive government funding. This has affected the sustainability of local voluntary sectors and raises concerns as to how voluntary organisations compete, collaborate and coexist. We want a system that allows a range of voluntary organisations to deliver high quality services, enabling the distinctiveness of large and small voluntary organisations to flourish and play their part.

The project will look at the issues in the round and consider the wide range of factors that influence the way voluntary organisations behave, as well as the wider commissioning and funding environment affecting them. While the project will consider the wider commissioning environment, we will focus on how organisations themselves can take action. You can find information about the project on the webpage.

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Help @NCVO @ACEVO @LBFEW understand the relationships between large and small organisations bidding to deliver public services. Follow this link to have your say. Closes midday 24 July. #RebalancingTheRelationship

Centre for Better Health - news regarding referrals to our social enterprise trainee placements

Source By: Centre for Better Health

Click here for an overview for each of our social enterprise trainee placements as a reminder. Each placement, whether in the bakery, the bike shop or in the light industrial unit, is for 12 weeks, 1 day per week. We offer trainee placements Monday through to Friday, and the shift times are 10am to 4pm.

Please also note that we have an new application process which is now live!

For any new applications please visit the following link:


When completing the application, please ensure you have the following information to hand before starting the process – unfortunately there is no facility to save and return (at present), so the application must be completed in one sitting:

•         Applicant’s details (name, address, email, phone number…)

•         Details of applicant’s support (primary and emergency contact, GP’s details)

•         Psychiatric history (diagnosis, medication, hospitalisation(s), substance abuse…)

•         History of any risks as well as management plan in place

•         Applicant’s availability

City, University of London, School of Health Sciences, Disability and Social Inclusion seminar

Source By: City, University of London

Every Journey Matters: making London transport more accessible

Thursday, June 6th, 2019, 1pm–2.15pm

Venue: Room C316, Tait Building, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB (entrance through main Northampton Square University Building) 

To book a place please email Doria Pilling: (please give a contact no.)

Speakers: Anne McMeel, Non-Executive Director,TFL Board and Natasha Healey, TFL Head of Assisted Transport

TfL is committed to delivering the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. A major ambition of this is to ensure 80% of journeys are made by sustainable modes (public transport, walking and cycling) by 2041, compared to 64% today. Against this background, the presentation will consider the work being carried out by TfL to improve public transport for everyone, including disabled people.  The strategy includes developing a safe and healthy travelling environment, investment in step free access to public transport and a range of assisted travel services.

Anne McMeel Chairs the Audit and Assurance Committee of the TFL Board and serves on its Finance Committee and its Customer Services and Operational Performance Committee. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Crossrail Board and at the MoD. Anne is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has held posts at the former Greater London Council, Inner London Education Authority and the London Borough of Enfield before becoming the Director of Finance at the London Borough of Sutton. In 2001 she joined the newly created GLA as its first Director of Finance and Performance before moving to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2007 as its Director of Resources until 2012. Her current activities include non-executive positions on the Keech Hospice Care Board and the Arts Council Performance and Audit Committee. 

Natasha Healey is responsible at TFL for improving services for disabled and older customers. She has previously worked in TfL’s Innovation and Strategy team, looking at how to improve TfL’s services for customers across London. Natasha also has also worked with a diverse range of public sector organisations to improve customer experience whilst at KPMG.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements

Directions to the venue at:

A Brief History of Hackney (and a cup of tea!)

Source By: Hackney Museum

Hackney Museum shares the stories of people who have migrated to Hackney from all over the world. Discover some of these stories on an interactive tour, with opportunities to share your own memories. Open to all. 

Click below to book your free space:
Tuesday 2nd July, 10.30am-11.30am
Thursday 25th July, 5.30pm-6.30pm


Source By: Groundwork London

Groundwork London are administering Community Training Grants in areas of London North and East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), as funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. 

Third sector and small organisations can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000 to help fund projects which support participants who are over 16 years of age, eligible to work in the UK and either unemplyed or economically inactive. Applicants are expectde to help individuals into work, or closer to employment, by providing vocational training, advice, guidance and information. The ESFA Community Grant looks to support a wide range of acitivites across London North and East.

Applicants must be from either third sector organisations or small organisations (less than 49 employees, and have an annual turnover of less than €10 million Euro).

Value: Grants available between £5,000 and £20,000

Deadline for submission: 9am, 12 June 2019

For more information, please visit Groundwork London.

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