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'Movies with Mind' Outdoor Cinema Event

Source By: Mind in Hackney

Exclusively for two nights only, 'Movies with Mind' brings an outdoor cinema experience and street food extravaganza to London Fields this July. Come together with friends, family and loved ones to enjoy quality time over mouth-watering food and heart-warming comedies.

Wednesday 18th July - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Thursday 19th July - Little Miss Sunshine

London Fields West Side (Lido end)
Gates open at 6pm. Film starts at approx. 8pm.

More information available here-

Introduction to PQASSO - 18th September 2018
Date: 18th September 2018  Time: 1:00 PM -2.30PM
PQASSO or Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations is a performance evaluation system and quality mark for charitable organizations in the UK. This nationally recognised award offers both users and funders/commissioners external verification of the quality and credibility of an organisation. Attend this workshop to find out more about PQASSO and how it could help your organisation.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge on how to apply for external assessments against the PQASSO standards. Successful organisations will then be awarded the PQASSO Quality Mark.
PQASSO is the leading quality standard for the third sector and is used by over 17,000 organisations.

Volunteer Walk Leader Training in Hackney

Source By: Leisure & Physical Activity Team, LBH

Volunteer Walk Leader training in Hackney

Walking for Health wouldn't exist without our fantastic volunteer walk leaders, who lead health walks taking place around the country.

As a volunteer walk leader, you would be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.  As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, walk leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, their scheme and Walking for Health - showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

Role responsibilities

As a walk leader, you would be responsible for:

  • Walking health walk routes beforehand (“recce-ing”) to make sure you know them.
  • Welcoming walkers to the walks, particularly new walkers.
  • Giving a brief talk before the walk to make sure everyone is prepared.
  • Making sure paperwork like registration forms and registers are completed.
  • Leading and managing walks, usually jointly with other walk leaders (including “back marking or “middle marking” as well as leading at the front).
  • Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe, following our best practice guidelines and the requirements of your scheme.
  • Trouble shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator.
  • Providing information about other walks offered by the scheme and basic information about how to keep active.
  • Attending occasional walk leaders’ meetings and refresher training.
  • Staying in touch with the latest news and guidance from your scheme and Walking for Health.

In addition, depending on how your scheme is run, you could also be asked to help your scheme co-ordinator develop and risk assess new walking routes.

Skills needed

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is clearly demonstrated enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!  In addition, we love our leaders to be: 

  • Friendly, welcoming and empowering with good communication skills
  • Observant and sensitive to the needs of others
  • Knowledgeable about the basics of the benefits of walking and physical activity
  • Reliable, punctual, honest and well-organised
  • Able to work independently but with guidance and support
  • Confident at speaking in front of small groups
  • Able to take control and be assertive when needed

The benefits

Our walk leaders like their roles and tell us fantastic stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking.  But in case that doesn't convince you, here are some of the other great benefits:

  • Full training with a nationally recognised and well respected scheme.
  • Ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator and Walking for Health.
  • Access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role.
  • Opportunity to develop your leadership, people management and other skills.
  • Opportunity to meet new people including like-minded volunteers.
  • Opportunity to discover more of your local area and spend time in the outdoors.
  • Opportunity to be more physically active yourself.

What is the time commitment required

Most walks are short (around an hour or less) so including travelling, preparation and paperwork leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2.5-3 hours, plus recces and occasional meetings and refresher training. Typical schemes expect their leaders to attend at least one walk a month, depending on the programme and the numbers of leaders they have.

Get the feel good factor - become a walk leader

Walk leader training is aimed primarily at volunteers who wish to lead community walks. It is full of practical advice and run locally where there is an existing Walk For Health scheme.

The walk leader training day covers:

·         The benefits of physical activity

·         Identifying barriers to physical activity

·         Motivating people to walk

·         A demonstration of a health walk

·         Monitoring safety

·         How to lead a walk.

Training is free of charge; however as part of the course you are asked to give a minimum of 2 voluntary hours on completion of course. This can be as a walk leader/assistant leader with in your own community walk or as part of the Councils Walkingtogether scheme. This must be verified by the scheme co-ordinator.

The one day training will be held at Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square E8 3BQ,  from 09.45 – 17.00 on:

  • Thursday 23rd August 2018
  • Wednesday 27th February 2019

To book a course place, please complete the attached form and return as stated on the form or visit

Course booking code is 00

Should you require further information, contact Hackney Walks Co-ordinator or 0208 356 7459/4897


Evaluation of Peer Support Grant

Source By: Hackney CVS

Hackney CVS is looking to engage an external evaluator for an innovative Health & Social care project

funded by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group

Interested consultants are required to:

1. Set out their approach to this evaluation on up to 4 pages of A4

2. Explain their costs – day rate, no of days and any additional costs such as travel

3. Explain their track record in undertaking evaluations of a similar nature

4. Explain their commitment to equalities and fairness in line with our core values as an organisation

Peer Support Programme for people with Long Term Conditions

The Peer Support programme aims to test the theory that people can be supported to manage their long

term health conditions and make healthy lifestyle changes, through group support facilitated by nonmedical

peers who share their cultural background and where appropriate deliver sessions in participant’s

first language.

The programme is delivered through local voluntary and community organisation who will go through a

grant application process and receive training and support from Hackney CVS to deliver the courses.

The courses are 12 weeks long and aim to:

- support people to understand their condition better, better manage their own health and motivate

people to make long-term lifestyle and behaviour changes to their diet and/or levels of exercise

- support people to be proactively involved in drawing up their own care plans

- support people to get the best from the healthcare system

- help people to develop ongoing support networks.

In 2018 we intend to award funding for 15 courses that will reach 150 people. The programme lasts until

March 2019 but the evaluation can continue beyond that if that is the model agreed.

Evaluation Approach

We want evaluators to set out the approach that they would take to evaluating this project across

conditions and communities.

1. We would like evaluators to recommended a validated tool for this programme for instance :



• EQ5D

And explain the reasons for their choice.

2. We would like the evaluator to set out the approach they would take to measure the impact of

the peer support groups on people’s behaviour and confidence in managing their own wellbeing

Including behavior change re:

o healthy eating

o using medical appointments effectively

o engaging with services appropriately

o smoking usage

o alcohol usage

o medication adherence

o Being more active

• Clinical outcomes such as

o Blood pressure

o Waist circumference


3. We would like the evaluator to support us in evaluating the training and support offered to

organisations running the courses to understand if this is at the right level / intensity and

imparting the right skills.

Once an evaluation framework is agreed Hackney CVS will collect the evidence in line with the agreed

model and the evaluator will analysis this providing an interim report 6 months after programme start and

a final report following the completion of the programme. Hackney CVS has requested that organisations

getting grants build in a follow up 6 weeks after their 12 week programme ends, the first 12 week

programme will start 13th August and the final courses will end 31st March 2019. We would also like you to

present the report (or interim report) at a learning event with commissioners, VCS organisations and

service users

The amount available for this work is £1500.

Please email your submissions to Maxine Collins by 5pm 16th July 2018

Should you have any questions about this opportunity then please contact the project sponsor: Jackie Brett,

Director of Programmes and VCS Strategy or 020 7923 1962.


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