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Call for Volunteers -Hate Crime Awareness Week and other events

Source By: HEAR

HEAR is pleased to say that we have been invited to take part in the Corporate Social Responsibility Charity Scheme run by Lush, the cosmetics and toiletries company, who particularly support small organisations working in the field of human rights.

The profits from specific products sold on the HEAR days will be donated by the company to further HEAR's work. Plus we will be able to be present in one of their most prestigious locations in the West End to tell people about what we and our members do to further equality and rights in London. This is an unusual chance to connect with members of the public.

At the recent Pan Equality Hate Crime Network jointly organised by HEAR and Inclusion London, members of that network were keen to take up this opportunity during National Hate Crime Awareness Week, seeing it as an opportunity to contribute to awareness during this important week.

We plan to be in the store in South Moulton Street, W1, just round the corner from Bond Street station, during part of Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October. If you would like to volunteer to spend a short time with us in the store please get in touch by emailing:

We are also holding a full day conference on Intersectionality and Immigration at the Lift, Angel Islington, on 13th September. If you would be interested in helping us on the day or preparing materials at our offices near Kings Cross, or in helping at future events, we would also be very grateful to hear from you.

Reading Voluntary Action tackles loneliness and social isolation

Source By: Reading Voluntary Action

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in partnership with Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) has launched a new toolkit to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness in their street, community and with friends and family.


The toolkit – an 8-page booklet plus a more in-depth online version - is packed with ideas, tips, information and downloadable resources to help people take action. RVA and RNN help local people to set up groups and run events in their neighbourhood or across Reading, to make a difference to the lives of people in the town.


The new toolkit provides help and information across a range of topics including finding out what’s on nearby, how to get there, local befriending and buddying services and how to start something in your neighbourhood. The online toolkit delves much deeper into the detail of demonstrating impact, quality awards and research, and it is likely to be of interest to existing community groups wanting to develop their services.

£5 million fund to develop support for unpaid carers

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The £5 million Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.


This funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities. Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.


The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to prove their concept, with the aim of securing longer term funding from other sources.


The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next 2 years. Initially the fund was worth half a million pounds. However, funding was later increased to £5 million. Read more here.

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards

Source By: The Kings Fund

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Deadline 23 September 2019.


Click here to apply-

Rainbow Mind 8 week Radical Self-Care courses tailored to address the mental health needs and experiences of LGBTQI+ individuals

Source By: Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The training is an 8-week course delivered by experienced LGBTQ+ practitioners and tailored to address the mental health needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. The course meets once per week (2hr sessions) for 8 weeks, with suggested exercises available in-between sessions. The course involves self-care practices and reflections drawn from evidence based mindfulness and compassion approaches. The training is contextualised to reflect the social and cultural environments that significantly influence LGBTQ+ individuals lived experience and ways that they think about themselves.

Training Dates & Location:

The course location will depend on whether you are based in London or Greater Manchester.

The research trial course dates:

  • Tue, 8th Oct 2019 to Tue 26th Nov 2019 (6-8pm)
  • Wed, 9th Oct 2019 to Wed 27th Nov 2019 (6-8pm)

Other course dates:

  • Tue,  21st Jan 2020 to Tue 10th Mar 2020 (6-8pm)
  • Wed, 22nd Jan 2020 to Wed 11th Mar 2020 (6-8pm)

Course Details:

This training was developed by practitioners at Mind in the City, Hackney, & Waltham Forest and Mind in Salford in partnership with City, University of London and is a "randomised controlled trial" (RCT). An RCT is a research study, where we will ask participants to answer some questions about themselves as they progress through the course. This will help us to measure the impact that the training might have on individuals who complete the course.

What does this mean for participants?

Those who participate in the course will be randomly assigned to attend one of the course dates. In other words, participants will not get to choose which course dates they attend. Also, they will be asked to complete questionnaires about themselves up to 10 times during the course: One time before starting, once per week for the 8-week course, and one time up to 6 months after the course has finished. The information collected in the surveys will be entirely anonymous.

Next Steps:

Those who wish to take part in the training and the accompanying RCT need to email

At that time, they will asked for their availability to set up a brief phone call with one of the practitioners who will be delivering the training. They will introduce themselves, ask some questions to understand participants suitability to participate in the approach and answer any questions that they may have about the training.

To express interest and find out more, please email


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