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News, events, jobs and funding for community organisations in Waltham Forest

If you would like to submit news, events, jobs or funding opportunities for the next edition. Please send to before Tuesday 29th September

Our news & events

Our Survey has now closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual User Survey. A total 153 individuals responded (a handful even tried to do it twice) from a range of organisations that operate in our Borough. I am currently writing a report as a means to process what you’ve told us, as individuals and as a group, and to share this information amongst our staff. If you indicated in the survey you would like more support with volunteers and left contact details, you will be hearing from us shortly.

Support for Syrians

Over the past weeks we have had inquiries from various organisations and individuals across the Borough as to how to support Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their home country. If your organisation are fundraising aid for refugees or organising to assist refugees, please get in touch so we can pass on your details to people enquiring who wish to help. The Council has announced their formal plans to house 10 families (see Consultation News below for full details), and is appealing to organisations taking action to help refugees to let the council know about their activity. Locally Convoy to Calais has collected donations from the Hornbeam Cafe and Old St. Matthias Church in Poplar to take material aid to migrants camped at Calais. Their next pick up in East London will be at Queen Mary University in late September, and in Hackney on 10th October.

Our training

Basic Safeguarding Awareness – Wednesday 7 October

A Level 1 course aimed at anyone working with children and young people, looking at the basics of safeguarding and child protection, recognising signs of abuse, risk situations and how raise safeguarding issues.

Looking to the Future – Developing Your Business PlanThursday, October 15

A free training course delivered by Children England, helping you to review delivery for your organisation and help you develop a planning framework

Health and Safety Training (accredited) – Wednesday, October 21

The CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace is suitable as an introduction to employees who are formally studying Health and Safety for the first time. The qualification can be tailored to business and individual needs to make the the learning experience relevant and fit for purpose.

Planning Great Taster Sessions: getting things done with short term tasks – Thursday, October 22

A free 2 hr session for those who have responsibility for coordinating volunteers, run by Significant Seams and Team London.

Free Business Planning Surgery – Tuesday, October 27

Experts from the corporate sector are delivering a free workshop to help your small charity or social enterprise develop its existing business plan, create a new business plan, or work through your new project proposals.

Sector training

Working With Older People: Safeguarding IssuesMonday, September 21

*Free* The Advice Waltham Forest Partnership Project is offering free training to frontline workers in Waltham Forest.

Age UK Waltham Forest trainer (Chris Bateson) will deliver a two hour session on elder abuse, consisting of a short talk about elder abuse in all its forms, a film from Age UK HQ, and then a Q&A.

Building Engagement with Your Audience Through Email Newsletters – Thursday, September 24th

An email newsletter is an effective and low-cost way for small charities to build and maintain a relationship with beneficiaries, service users, donors, volunteers and the public.

This training will focus on how to plan, produce and develop your charity’s email newsletter and help you to constantly improve your results. It will include a practical demonstration using Mailchimp to show you how to use the system step by step.

Fundraising for Trustees WorkshopWednesday, September 23


This fundraising workshop is aimed specifically at trustees. It will provide trustees with an overview of fundraising and help you to understand how it works.

Learn how to plan, manage and prioritise to optimise your fundraising efforts.

Invitation to our new ‘Writing Effective Fundraising Copy Workshop’Wednesday, October 7

This new workshop delivered by experienced copywriter James Barry is aimed at fundraising and communications staff of smaller charities that want to improve their copy skills around fundraising and marketing.

Book a space and you will learn why good copy and tone-of-voice are key, as well as how to make your appeal letters and fundraising material more personal, effective and profitable.


Equality Support Training Programme – Wednesday, 23rd October

This programme introduces local voluntary and community organisations in London to the Engage London Equality Act Toolkit. This course will be very helpful for individuals in these organisations with a policy, engagement or equalities remit or those with an interest in helping organisations improve equal opportunities in service-delivery.


Contact Tracey Bignall for further information

Local & sector news 

Wood Street Walls nears funding target for new artist space

Wood Street Walls a creative initiative aiming to teach artistic skills to people in Walthamstow, is close to it’s funding goal for an artists’ studio. The group teach artistic skills through work on outdoor arts projects.

They are £3,300 away from their target goal of £38, 603 to revive the Manual Instruction Centre (Brooke Road), and are offering various incentives for helping crowd-fund the project at:

Register now for London County Youth Football

London County Youth Football Sunday League are looking to recruit new u17 and u21 teams for the league starting in October.

This could be an exciting opportunity for an existing team or for a new team to get a regular chance to play. You can contact the league secretary Tony Pretty at

Opportunity for Young Curators at the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum are recuiting Young Curators via their Open Day. The roles are open to any people aged 16-22 who are interested in Art. The Young Curators Group ‘volunteer in their spare time at the William
Morris Gallery. Together they design and deliver events for other young people,
encouraging them to visit and take part in activities. The group curate the young
people’s exhibition annually and advise the Gallery on making it more relevant and
appealing to young people.’ The Open Days are Fri 9th Oct and Sat 10th Oct.

Consultation news

Waltham Forest Council are looking for partners to assist with housing 10 refugee families from Syria

Waltham Forest council has agreed to accept 10 Syrian refugee families as part of the government’s plan to accommodate 20,000 Syrian refugees over 5 years. If your organisation are co-ordinating aid, or you know any organisations who do, please send the information to so that the council can co-ordinate an appropriate response.

The council are also looking to foster vulnerable refugee children. If you are considering fostering, or would consider opening a spare room to a young person more information can be found at:

London Borough Grants Scheme – Consultation on its future

London Councils review of The London Borough Grants Scheme, the programme through which it commissions the London for All capacity building project and 34 other pan-London initiatives is closing in two weeks. For the first time London Councils are asking whether or not the scheme should continue. If your organisation or other partners consider this Grants Scheme useful, please do not miss your chance to submit an opinion

Local events

Networking brunch for community leaders – Wednesday 30 September

TSP Youth Space Charity in Wood Street hosts regular networking brunches for leaders working in community contexts.

Ceilidh Night by Walthamstow Toy Library – Saturday 3 October

Walthamstow Toy Library are hosting a Ceilidh (Kay-lee) night, featuring Barney Ceilidh Band at Orford Social Club. Tickets are £10 in advance and proceeds go to Walthamstow Toy Library.
If you would like to go – please book in advance!

William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum – Fri 9 Oct & Sat 10 Oct

Learn new skills and get involved in your community by becoming a volunteer at the William Morris Gallery or Vestry House Museum. Meet staff and volunteers and find out how to apply.


London Regeneration Fund – Deadline: 2 October

Pot size: £20,000,000

The London Regeneration Fund aims to help places throughout London take advantage of the opportunities presented by economic and demographic change and of new technology, and help secure the future of the capital’s mixed economy. Projects can be undertaken by London boroughs, as well as sub regional partnerships, town teams and business improvement districts, workspace providers, community groups and charities within London.

The Fund aims to support ways to make London’s high streets attractive places to be and easy places to use, and help high street mainstays, like street and covered markets, anticipate and take advantage of changes.

Comic Relief Grants for the UK Voluntary Sector – Main fund Deadline: 1 October Small amounts fund (under £10,000): ongoing

In response to the worsening situation for grants in the voluntary sector, Comic Relief has launched a UK Grant Fund. They will fund organisation who can effect positive social change in one of their 5 key areas; Better Futures, Healthier Finances, Safer Lives, Stronger Communities and Fairer Society.


Casual Pre-school Practitioner (Parkside Pre-school)

Deadline: Tue, 22/09/2015 (All day)

The Chingford Pre-school, ‘with an “outstanding” Ofsted rating has vacancies for part-time practitioners to join our casual pool providing cover for Pre-school Practitioners/Key Persons when needed.

You must have a Level 3 qualification, PSLA Diploma, NVQ 3, NNEB or equivalent.’

The Mill is recruiting Trustees

Deadline: Unspecified

The Mill opened its doors in 2011 and is at an exciting point in its journey: we are well established and well known throughout the area, and we are also looking to the future, to strengthen and diversify our income and activities.

Being a Trustee at the Mill is a varied, interesting and challenging role. It provides the opportunity to help lead and grow a great community space, get involved in a range of issues, and make new friends in the local area.

We are looking for energetic, committed and skilled individuals to join our Board on a voluntary basis.


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