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Community Builder

The local membership group, Clapton Commons Community Organisation Ltd (Clapton Commons) is looking to appoint an experienced community builder in order to further its work with the local community. As a diverse group of local residents, Clapton Commons is active in fostering closer community cohesion and improving things for everyone for the benefit of the ‘common good’.

The period of employment would be for two years, on a salary of £10,000 per year (for two days per week, including some evening and weekend work). The job description and person specification are available at

To apply: please provide a CV and a cover letter setting out your reasons for applying, and how you meet the skills, qualifications, and experience required. These should be emailed to William Campbell-Taylor:

Closing date for applications: 13 December 2017

Interviews: 20 December 2017


Volunteering grants of up to £10,000 to improve lives & mental health of young people

Source By: Mayor of London

In partnership with Thrive LDN and the #iWill Fund, we are offering grants of £5,000 - £10,000 to community groups, small charities and voluntary sector organisations to run projects which encourage young Londoners to volunteer or take part in social action.

The projects can focus on any area of volunteering or social action such as sports, arts, media, inter-generational, environment or music, but should also encourage good mental health and wellbeing. The majority of young participants will be new to volunteering and come from groups that are disproportionately affected by mental health, such as those within the criminal justice system or young refugees or asylum seekers.

Find out more and apply.

How does the budget affect the VCS

Key messages from the NCVO blog are:

  • Gov are setting up Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, but not investing in London
  • Floating Support funds are meant to come via Local Authorities existing budgets (which are still being cut dramatically)
  • New money for health but not social care -  £6.3bn of newfunding for the NHS over the next five years. 
    • £2.6bn for Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas, targeted at more integrated care for patients, more care out of hospital and reduced waiting times;
    • £700m of bailout for ‘trusts facing the biggest performance challenges’;
    • £200m for efficiency programmes.
    • £2.8bn of ‘resource funding’ (ie money for day-to-day spending),
    • £335m of which will be going immediately to the NHS this winter to help ease the usual spike in demand.
  • current VAT threshold of £85,000 for small charities will remain in place for the next two years
  •  Gift Aid Donor Benefits rreduction in the number of thresholds from three to two, increasing the generosity of the upper threshold, and legislating all extra-statutory concessions from April 2019.
  • £36 million of banking fines over the next three years to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes.

Full blog from NVCO here

Feedback from the Joint JCP & Advice sector meeting

The Joint JCP and advice sector meeting met yesterday. This is a forum that aims to improve partnership working and relationships between JCP and ensure that the implementation of changes to peoples benefits is managed so it has the least adverse impact on people as possible given the Central Government policies.

The good news is that the 6 week delay on universal credit has been removed and the claim will be backdated to the day the claim was made.

Universal Credit full roll out has also been put back and is likely to take place in October. This will give us more time to prepare.

We are planing a joint meeting with Tower Hamlets advice agencies , who had full roll out of universal credit last year to support us to prepare the right support for Hackney residents.

Keeping African Heritage children and young people safer – partnership event


9.30-13.00, 7th December 2017, Tomlinson Centre

The City and Hackney Children’s Safeguarding Board, Hackney Council and Hackney CVS invite you to a joint event to help us improve the way we all reach and engage with children, young people and families from the African heritage community. The event brings safeguarding professionals and organisations working with African heritage families together so that everyone has a better understanding of each other’s work and of ways they can work together.


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