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Spirit of 2012 today launches a new Sport Challenge Fund, offering a grant opportunity for a project that opens up sport or physical activity to an under-represented group. Applications are invited from organisations whose work is also focused on improving wellbeing, challenging perceptions towards disability and impairment, and decreasing social isolation.

The Spirit of 2012 Sport Challenge Fund will award £200,000 to a single project in Wales or England that brings new people together to enjoy being physically active. An essential element of this will be including time for social contact, in order that the project increases the mental as well as physical wellbeing of participants.

Our preference will be for applications that focus on a beneficiary group not usually targeted with sports and physical activity provision – including but not limited to disabled people, those with long-term health conditions or an under-represented ethnic group or gender. We seek to change perceptions and attitudes so that the legacy of the fund is happier and healthier individuals and communities.

Interested organisations should submit an expression of interest before 9am on 19 February, 2018.

Full details including a downloadable Information Pack are available on website

Applicants who wish to discuss their project ideas and fit with the opportunity please contact Helen by email

International Zero Telorance to FGM Day 2018 Flyer
Rise Community Action
International Zero Tolerance to FGM Day 2018
When: 10 February 2018 2pm - 5.30pm
Venue: HCVS, The Adiaha Antigha Centre
24-30 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AZ
Join us in marking this day and celebrating working in partnership to achieve zero tolerance to FGM.
The day will feature:
 FGM Awareness workshop
 A Community Conversation towards achieving zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
 Personal Testimony by FGM survivors
To book your place contact Rita or Janet on email:
Tel: 07528793863/07984798212  or just turn up on the day.
Free refreshments and a Hot Meal will be served.

Dual Diagnosis: Autism & Learning Disabilities - A 1-day course.

Source By: London Borough of Hackney

Autism & Learning Disabilities

A 1-day Dual Diagnosis Course

‘Autism’ and ‘Learning disability’ are labels and a label only ever describes one aspect of a person; a person with autism or a learning disability is always a person first. This course will give learners a wider understanding of the effects of autism with a concurrent learning disability. 

This course is the second in a suite of Dual Diagnosis courses. It has been specifically commissioned to aid staff who may find themselves working with clients with a diagnosis of both Autism and a Learning Disability.

It is open to all staff who:

  • Have attended an autism course within the past three years and,
  • Work with clients who are on the Autistic Spectrum and/or have a Learning Disability.

Click here for Application form (partners) and here for course information.

Date and Time: 03 May 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Venue: Hackney Service Centre, Room 2.01

Application Forms to:

Further information:

Reminder: City, University of London February Disability and Social Inclusion seminar: UK Government's Disability Rights record

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

We invite you to our February seminar 

 UK: still a world leader in disability equality?

Date:  Thursday, February 15th 2018, 1pm-2.15pm

 Venue: Room AG24a, College Building St John Street, EC1V 4PB 

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

 Speaker: Tracey Lazard, CEO, Inclusion London 

The UK was commonly acknowledged as a world leader in promoting and advancing disability equality but Disabled people’s lived experience, reflected in a growing body of evidence including most recently the UN Disability Committee Concluding Observations, reveal a very different picture of retrogression of our rights and increasing discrimination and exclusion. 

Tracey Lazard, will give an overview of how historic exclusion and discrimination coupled with the impact of austerity and welfare reform are impacting on Disabled people’s equality and inclusion and how the Disabled people’s rights movement, a movement that created the social model of disability and the concept and practice of independent living, is fighting back. 

Tracey is a Disabled person who has been active in the Disabled people’s rights movement for 25 years including most recently giving evidence to the UN Disability Committee . She also has 18 years’ experience running Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations. 

Please let us know if you have any special requirements 

Directions to the venue at:

Hackney CVS user survey

The Hackney CVS user survey is open until the end of the month. The responses so far are really helpful, but we could do with more to give us more feedback from the sector on how we are doing.

Please forward/tweet/publicise to your contacts: 

There is a £250 prize draw to help incentivise responses. 


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