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IVAR May event announced

Thinking about merger: lessons from the field
10:00-12:30 (Kings Cross, London)

Thinking about merger? Join us on Thursday 24 May (10:00-12:30) for a free workshop looking at the drivers for merger in voluntary organisations; success factors; legal and formal requirements; and the ‘lived’ experience.

The session is aimed at CEOs and trustees of voluntary organisations at any stage of thinking about merger – from those curious about merger to those currently engaged in the merger process.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Kings Place
90 York Way
Kings Cross
London N1 9AG

To book your free place, please email by Monday 30 April.

How involved are you in your local community?

From LB Hackney website


This very brief consultation aims to measure your level of involvement in your local community. Do you provide unpaid help, for example, by helping an elderly neighbour? Or maybe you volunteer for a local school, or help out at a local charity? Or do you find it difficult because you are working? This short survey also looks at what would help you be more involved.

Why We Are Consulting
We would like to know what the appetite is in Hackney for residents to be more involved in their local community, through for example volunteering for local charities and community groups.

020 8356 5563

Give your views in Online Survey



LB Hackney - Community Grants - Strategic Investment Manager

Strategic Investment Manager (Community Grants)

PO5, Salary £43,530 - £45,438 pro rata

Permanent - Job Share (Two days per week - 14.4 hrs)

Hackney is London's most diverse and dynamic borough. Stretching from the edge of the City, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in the tech, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green space than any other inner London borough, some of the capital's best schools, and first class transport connections, which combined with excellent local public services and a thriving arts, cultural and retail sector, are fast making it one of London's most popular areas to live, work and visit. Our challenge is to make sure that our borough's economic growth provides benefits for everyone who lives here, and to create opportunities that will transform the lives of local people.

We know that staff are key to our success and we are seeking people with ambition, creativity and commitment to our values to help us achieve the best for the people of Hackney.

The role is in the Voluntary Sector Team which leads on strategic support and relationship management with the sector and manages a £3m+ grant programme. The team is based in Chief Executive’s Directorate, which offer strategic support and delivery to the whole Council.

We are looking for a Strategic Investment Manager to join our team as part of a job share for two days a week (14.4 hours). A post holder is already in place working three days a week in the role. This is an exciting opportunity to lead on all aspects of managing the Grants Programme, working closely with senior managers to achieve the best outcomes from our strategic investment. You will oversee the assessment and award processes, contract management and evaluation and overall performance and financial management. You will also help shape future investment programmes and work with the sector on strategies to attract new funding into the borough.

This role requires a strategic thinker with robust programme and financial management skills and sound experience of grant management or strategic commissioning in order to meet rigorous audit requirements. You will need an eye for detail, political sensitivity and to be an excellent communicator and negotiator. You must be able to work in a very live and dynamic environment, managing an ongoing programme as well as dealing with incoming queries and requests for information and supporting strategic development.

Closing date: Monday 7th May 2018

London's Poverty Profile

Poverty Profile

The proportion of Londoners living in poverty after housing costs are taken into account has fallen from 29% to 27% over the last six years. In the rest of England, the latest figure is 21%. The cost of housing is the main factor explaining London’s higher poverty rate.
The majority of people living in poverty (58%) are living in a working family. Partly due to rising employment, the number has risen to 1.3 million over the last decade, an increase of around 50%.
More people in poverty live in the private rented sector than any other housing tenure, nearly 1 million. This marks a large shift from 2009/10, when it was the tenure with the fewest people in poverty. The number of children living in poverty in this sector has tripled over the last decade.



Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme - round 2 opens this week

Large Grants

Round 2 will be open from 26 April 2018, for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.

For this round, there will be two application forms, one for projects £2,000 - £20,000 and another for projects £20,001 - £65,000. Updated guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be available from this date.

Please do use the updated guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to plan your activity. There will also be model application forms so you can find out what information you need in order to apply. Please use these forms for guidance only.

Please read the guidance when it is available from 26 April 2018 carefully before you apply to make sure that you and your project idea are eligible for the fund.

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