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Renaisi are Hiring

Renaisi are hiring for a number of roles at the moment

Programme Manager - £30-35k

Employment Team Leader - £28-29.5k -

Employment Advisor (multiple vacancies) - £24-28k  -

Out of Contract: Time to move on from the ‘love in’ with outsourcing and PFI

The pressure on government departments, public bodies and local government to outsource public services has intensified since the 2010 election. This growing trend towards contracting out is largely being driven by fiscal austerity and the relentless search for budget savings. But also by the Conservative Party’s deep-rooted belief in marketisation, privatisation and desire for a smaller state.

Contracting out has become part of the DNA of government. But, how effective has it been for the public sector and the companies concerned; has it really delivered the promised savings and improvements in service delivery; and what have been the social and human costs?  It is these questions that David Walker and John Tizard address in this timely and insightful policy discussion paper, the first in our 2018 series of “what needs to change” talking points. 

Run the Virgin Sport Hackney Half marathon for local Mind

Run the Hackney Half marathon

Run the Virgin Sport Hackney Half marathon for Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest! Sign up for one of our free charity places, and support better mental health in Hackney while getting fit and having fun. We’ll support you from sign up right through to the finish line with fundraising advice, example training plans, and info and cheering on the day. If you’d like to run for us, we ask you to raise a minimum of £300. Find out more and sign up here:

Speak out about Housing & Health - Impact on Parents and Young People session

Speak out about Housing & Health - 

Impact on Parents and Young People session


Thu 08/02/2018 12:30-15:30

Pembury Community Centre
Atkins Square,
Dalston Lane,
E8 1HL

(Station: Hackney Downs)

Weston Anniversary Fund - Garfield Weston Foundation

Weston Anniversary Fund - Garfield Weston Foundation

Application Deadline: 30 June 2018


One-off grants are available to registered charities, places of worship and state schools for capital projects that benefit local communities in the UK.


Maximum Turnover:

£ 3,000,000

Maximum Value:

£ 150,000

Minimum Value:

£ 30,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 are available.

Grants must be spent and projects completed by 31 December 2020.

Total project costs must be at least £30,000 and not exceed £300,000.

Extended Description

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK since it was established in 1958.

Throughout its history, the Garfield Weston Foundation has supported local charities across the UK and the essential work they do to keep communities connected. In celebration of the Foundation’s 60th anniversary and the vital role of community charities, this one-off grants scheme will run exclusively in 2018.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018. Decisions will be made in October 2018.

Key Criteria

The following organisations can apply:

  • UK registered charities working in the UK.
  • CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations).
  • State schools, where the project has a clear benefit to the community.
  • Places of worship that are used for wider community activity.

Organisations must be based and operate within the UK and have a total annual income of less than £3 million.

Groups can still apply to the Fund even if they are currently in receipt of a grant from, or has been rejected by the Garfield Weston Foundation within the past 12 months.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for capital projects that will make a significant difference to local communities in the UK.

The following costs will be considered:

  • New community facilities.
  • Improvement of community facilities.
  • Items that require a sizeable investment eg purchase of minibus.
  • Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use.
  • New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use eg new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
  • Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
  • New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
  • Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people eg minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
  • Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.

Grants will need to be spent and projects fully completed by the end of 2020.


The following are not eligible for support:

  • Organisations with a total annual income over £3 million.
  • Hospitals.
  • Hospices.
  • Umbrella bodies.
  • Animal charities.
  • Sporting associations that are not registered as charities.
  • Social enterprises/not for profit organisations.
  • Individuals.
  • Running costs.
  • Individual pieces of equipment, unless they form part of a larger project.
  • Projects costing less than £30,000.

Payment Procedure

Grants are usually made in a single payment.

Application Procedure

Application guidelines can be found on the Foundation's website and applicants are encouraged to read through them before starting their online application.

Contact the Garfield Weston Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

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