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Estates Plan

Source By: HSCF

Colocation of services is a way to improve joint working and could support VCSE organisations struggling for accommodation. The North East London Partnership has developed a ‘ Strategic Estates Plan that  includes ideas for St Leonard’s Hospital and Homerton Hospital. The CCG, Homerton Hospital and ELFT each also have their own separate local estates plansBefore any decisions are made, a plan from City and Hackney CCG will look at what healthcare services should be made available at St Leonard’s to support local residents and there will be a full patient and public consultation.

Please see here for more details.Estates webpage


The VCSE representative (via Health & Social Care Forum) on the local Estates group is Paul Monks - please contact Paul on if you need more information

Neighbourhoods update

Integrated Commissioning Staff Update – February

In this second monthly video update, Stephanie Coughlin, GP Principle and Clinical Lead for Neighbourhoods, speaks about the City and Hackney Neighbourhoods programme.

GP practices have joined with residents, Homerton Hospital, community groups, mental health providers, social care, and voluntary sector organisations to create eight ‘Neighbourhood’ areas.

Each Neighbourhood includes four to seven GP practices who will work as part of a team of local services to coordinate health and social care in the community to help improve the lives of around 30,000 – 50,000 who live in that neighbourhood area. These teams will also support residents to use support for other areas which affect their health and wellbeing, such as advice on healthy living, activities to help reduce social isolation, local exercise facilities, advice and guidance for debt and links to housing.

The aim of Neighbourhoods is to bring different services together to provide care closer to home which is better suited the unique needs of local communities, prevent ill health and help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

For more information about Neighbourhoods, please visit the Neighbourhoods website:
You can also watch the Neighbourhoods video here

New Grants for small employment and skills organisations

Source By: European Union - Education & Skills Funding Agency

New grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for third sector organisations doing employment and skills work. They have been awarded by the ESFA under their Community Grants Scheme.

In Central and West London* the allocation of grants is being managed by Paddington Development Trust (PDT). The money is for third sector organisations that help unemployed people, be they on JSA or economically inactive, to get into, or to move towards, employment. This may be through good advice and guidance; outreach work; improving basic and digital skills; removing barriers; supporting work placements; improving confidence and motivation; skills training and jobs brokerage.

The work is particularly targeted towards organisations that can help those groups furthest from the labour market including older people, carers, parents, some BAME groups, the homeless, refugees, young people and ex-offenders. The grant programme in West and Central London will be called EQUIP since its goal is to equip small organisations (those with under 49 staff) which often struggle to find funds to build capacity and to thereby equip local disadvantaged people with new skills and job opportunities.

If you would like to add the name of your organisation to a list of people to be contacted when full guidance on how to apply becomes available, please fill in the simple form at:

The first applications will be considered in April.

*Central and West London comprise the boroughs of: Camden, City, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and Brent, Barnet, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

BuddyHub- Looking for 'Buddy' Volunteer!

Source By: Volunteer Centre Hackney

Become a Buddy to a lovely, but lonely Indian lady who has quite limited English.

In her early 70s. Her interests include: cooking, parks, TV & cinema, knitting and shopping.

She's always smiling and would love to have a nice chat with you.

Requirements: Gujarati or Hindi speaker.

Find out more

FoodCycle Dalston

Source By: FoodCycle Dalston


Looking for local community members who love food, hate food waste and want to give back!


FoodCycle is a charity that collects food destined for the landfill and turns this into a three course meal for the local community, completely for free.

FoodCycle Dalston is currently on the hunt for more people who can help lead its sessions, and so needs your help! What they'd need from you:
- Able to volunteer once a month on Monday between 11am-3pm
- Able to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months
- No experience needed, but bags of enthusiasm helpful!

If interested please email

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