Recognise Empower Nurture Artists – RENA

RENA was created to contribute to global culture by diminishing barriers and creating opportunities for self-taught visual artists from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Through mentoring, extraordinary self-taught artists will be empowered to create masterpieces for their debut exhibition and given opportunities to showcase their visual self-expressions to the world. The selected artists will then act as mentors for the newly discovered artists, thus paying it forward and creating a culture of community, collaboration and empowerment.

RENA aims to discover the undiscovered and create a world where a successful career as an artist is a possibility for all.

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National Conversation on Immigration final report

The National Conversation on Immigration visited Hammersmith and Fulham.

British Future and Hope Not Hate have conducted the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration, holding over 130 meetings with local citizens and stakeholders in 60 locations across every nation and region of the UK, together with an online survey completed by more than 9,000 people and a nationally representative survey. The final report sets out a comprehensive evidence base of public views of immigration, and concludes with recommendations to national and local government, business and civic society, setting out the steps which we think are necessary to build consensus on future immigration.

We found a much public support for high-skilled migration and pragmatic view about medium- and low-skilled migration. Most people support the principle of refugee protection. At the same time, there was public concern about some of the local impacts of immigration, with people that we met wanting tighter immigration controls after Brexit. There is a short report about Hammersmith on page 200.

We make a series of recommendations which we believe will help put in place an immigration system that works for the economy, is fair to migrants and refugees and has public support. Our recommendations also focus on local integration. Over the next six months, we will have speaking engagements in all parts of the UK, where we will be talking about our findings and recommendations.

Useful Links
Download the full report here
Download the Executive summary here

Tampon Tax Community Fund Open for Applications

Lauren Palmer is Programme Manager at the London Community Foundation, a funder, ‘I just wanted to get in touch to bring your attention to a new fund which opened today and which might be of interest to your members or partners’.

It is called the Tampon Tax Community Fund and it is a national fund set up to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

Grants of £5,000 – £10,000 are available to projects working in all London boroughs with the exception of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, City of London and Newham. This is because these four boroughs are covered by East End Community Foundation and so if your project is based there, please go to their website for more information.

Funding is available to support groups working predominantly with women and girls, and the main themes are:

  • Building skills and confidence
  • Improving health and well-being
  • Building social networks

The closing date is midday on Friday 26th October.

More information, including the full fund guidelines, eligibility criteria and application form, can be found on our website. Interested in making an Appliction? Please read through those thoroughly before making their application.

From the FSI Small Charity Skills Survey 18/19 and other News

The FSI Small Charity Skills Survey 18/19

Every two years, the FSI produces their Small Charity Skills Survey report, examining the areas within the charity sector that are highly skilled, and those which are trailing behind. We use this to direct our programming and influence sector-wide conversations, ensuring that we continue to address the most pressing challenges facing small charities.

The report is only possible thanks to input from our Members. Our next Small Charity Sector Skills Survey 2018/19 is open now and we want as many small charities as possible to complete it.

Between September and February, we will be releasing a seven short surveys to examine what skills gaps present barriers to small charities and how these can be overcome, kicking off with our Skills Gaps Causes/Impacts survey.  You can complete the surveys as they are featured over the coming months, or if you’d prefer you can access all seven now.

As a thank you for taking part, we will be offering individual cash prize draws for each survey you complete, with a bigger cash prize draw for those who complete all seven. Find out more about the draws and eligibility criteria here, or read our blog.

Take this month’s survey here.

Reminder: Index Quarter 1 open now

The Small Charity Index is the FSI’s quarterly ‘Pulse of the Sector’ report and has been collecting data from our small charity members about income, workforce and more every three months since June 2013.

This year we have announced exciting new prize videos for those who complete two surveys or more.

To enter the competition and have your voice heard, complete the survey now.

#LondonGiving Report out now

Last week independent think tank Centre for London launched #LondonGiving – a new ‘strategic review of giving in London’, a comprehensive look at giving in all its forms in the capital. While the report identified London as a global philanthropy centre, with 11 of the UK’s 20 largest charities and 47% of all English charitable income, some of the most interesting insights came in looking at the city’s small charities.

It’s an increasingly difficult time to be a small charity in London and beyond, and it’s the FSI’s mission to support the sector to become more sustainable and continue delivering their vital services.

Check out our blog from Senior Project Manager Lindsay Harrod to find out how the report relates to small charities.

National Cyber Security Centre guide

The FSI and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have partnered to release guidance to help small charities improve their cyber security. The guide contains 5 simple, free or low cost steps you should take to help prevent your charity from falling victim to the most common types of cyber crime and other types of attack which charities are falling victim to across the UK.

The NCSC will be running training sessions at FSI training events until early 2019 to help charities adopt the guidance.

Draft Code of Fundraising Practice released

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK, maintaining public trust in the sector. It also reassures the public that charities are accountable and will handle complaints appropriately.

Following their consultation in 2017, the Fundraising Regulator have published a draft Code of Fundraising Practice. This is the first time the whole code has been reviewed since 2005.

The draft is open for a 10-week consultation period, with the new code due out in Spring 2019.

DFID pilot model to fund core costs

Since October 2017, Bond, Humentum and a small group of UK-based international development organisations have been working with the Department for International Development (DFID) to co-create a model for cost transparency and cost recovery that provides a better delivery of UK government grants.

After a series of meetings, it has been agreed that DFID will pilot a model with guidelines which ensure that charities receive a full cost recovery for their work. New templates and guidance will be included for all grants made after October 2018, before becoming mandatory for all DFID funding, including contracts, from spring 2019.

ACEVO programme for women CEOs and aspiring CEOs

ACEVO have launched their Jane Slowey memorial membership programme to provide expert support, guidance, advice and mentoring for women who are aspiring CEOs, or are in their first two years as a CEO for a charity. Priority will be given to those under 45, from BAME backgrounds and/or who have a disability.

To apply for membership, submit a complete application form along with your CV and a cover letter. Applications are open now until 30 September.

A Quiet Crisis: new Lloyds Bank Foundation research

Lloyds Bank Foundation released a new research report yesterday looking at government spending on disadvantage over the last 5 years.

Its findings mirrored our Small Charity Index, showing that spending by government has fallen, with councils struggling to provide services in the face of rising demand. The report also found that the most deprived areas are those that are hit hardest, with councils shifting from preventative spending to crisis spending.

The full report and findings can be found here.

Calls for a Community Wealth Fund

An alliance of funders including NCVO, City of London, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Lloyds Bank Foundation are calling for the new wave of unclaimed assets to form a Community Wealth Fund, delivering transformative social, economic and financial impact for communities who need it most.

The fund would come from bonds, shares, pension funds and insurance policies, as well as dormant assets including those trapped in charitable trusts who are no longer feasible. If these assets were used, the fund may value £4-5 billion.

Read the case for a Community Wealth Fund here.

Cost benefit analysis of Brexit for charities report

Charity Finance Group have released their cost benefit analysis of what the impact of Brexit will be on charities. They found that, based on current policy statements, “there is high risk that the government will not use Brexit to support the charity sector. This means that charities will be left with all of the costs of Brexit and none of the opportunities that could be created”.

Check out their 6 recommendations for how a good Brexit would look for charities.

Dates for your diary

About The FSI

Our aim is to support charities to become more efficient, effective, accountable and self sustaining. We do this by delivering expert knowledge, strategy and support to charities so their futures are secure and their users protected.

Grants of Up to £5,000 Available to Repair Small Theatres

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Small Theatres in London can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements and enhance physical accessibility. Applications can be made by small independent, commercial, subsidised and amateur theatres, and open-air venues.

To be eligible the applicant:

  • Must own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in London that are under 300-seats in Zones 1 and 2 and under 500-seats in outer London;
  • Demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year.
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

The closing date for applications is noon on the 15th October 2018.

Previous Theatres supported include:

  • Battersea Arts Centre, Wandsworth which received a £5,000 grant to replace their temporary wheelchair ramp leading to the café bar and first floor performance space,
  • Bush Theatre, Hammersmith and Fulham which received a grant of £5,000 to repair their pitched roofs and dormer windows to maintain the condition of the locally listed theatre’s façade.

Useful Links:

Application Form
Terms and Conditions
Click Here for more information

Funding for Deaf and Disabled Peoples Organisations

Strengthening Voices, Realising Rights is a new initiative to bolster the capacity of Deaf & Disabled People’s organisations (DPPOs) to protect and promote equal rights for Deaf and Disabled Londoners. The programme is funded by Trust for London and City Bridge Trust.

The specific objectives of the fund are to:

  • Provide funds to increase the availability of accessible, high quality, user-led services and activities to tackle poverty, challenge discrimination, and enable community inclusion across London
  • Invest in the sector’s capacity by supporting DDPOs to become more connected, impactful, resilient and sustainable
  • Share learning within the UK funding community to contribute to disability-inclusive funding practices and strategic approaches to supporting the issues championed by DDPOs
  • Pilot the involvement of people who identify as Disabled to provide expertise stemming from lived experiences, to inform and shape decision-making

The initiative will provide funding to DDPOs in need of extra capacity to deliver free, independent information, advice, casework, and advocacy services in social welfare to support Deaf and Disabled people.

DDPO’s accredited with a quality mark can apply. Non- accredited DDPO’s can also apply and will be offered support to accreditation if required.

Organisations funded must be controlled by Deaf and/or Disabled people, with Deaf/Disabled people making up at least 75% of the people on their managing body and at least 50% of their paid staff.

Grants of up to £60,000 per year for each of three years (i.e. up to £180,000 over three years) are available.  At the current levels of funds available, between 5 and 7 organisations will be supported.

The funding programme is now open and closes on October 17th, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Useful Links:

Funding Guidelines
Application Form
Click Here for more information

Government Launches New Integrated Communities English Language Programme logo

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a new Integrated Communities English language programme.  A total of £6 million is available between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are looking to support a small number of projects led by organisations, consortiums or partnerships that are capable of delivering at scale.

Projects should be targeted in areas with large concentrations of people who speak little or no English.  The Ministry is seeking providers to support communities with a high proportion of non-English speakers to help them integrate into British society by building their confidence to engage outside their immediate community and mix with people from different backgrounds alongside improving proficiency in English.

The is no minimum or maximum funding level indicated for projects.  Applicants are invited to state the total amount of funding they are requesting in 2019/20 to implement their project.

The funding will be targeted in areas identified as having a high proportion of non-english speakers.  A list of these can be found in Annex A of the funding prospectus.

The closing date for applications is 11.45pm on the 31st October 2018.

Useful Links:

Funding Prospectus
Application Form
Click Here for more information

The H&F Brilliant Business Awards 2018 are open for entries

Enter the H&F Brilliant Business Awards

Simple and free to enter, the prestigious Brilliant Business Awards are the highlight of the business year in Hammersmith & Fulham. They not only acknowledge business success and achievement – shortlisted and winning businesses also say they help attract customers and help you grow your business.

They’ve been described by past winners as ‘an inspiration to other parts of London to recognise hard work and entrepreneurship’.

The awards are open to all businesses and organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham and we’re looking for potential Oscar-winning businesses, organisations, entrepreneurs and social enterprises – and that could be you.

The benefits

Last year, Fort 4 Fun was named the Best New Business at the H&F Brilliant Business Awards.

“It was great to get the recognition from the council for all the hard work we are doing,” said Fort 4 Fun founder, Stella Linares (pictured above, centre).

“The stamp of approval from the H&F Brilliant Business awards gives you an edge on your competitors while also doing wonders for your team.

“There was such a buzz around my team after we won the award. It really did lift the spirits and made them feel proud about the work they are doing every day.”

The affordable after-school childcare service in Melcombe Primary School in Fulham Palace Road went from having 200 families on their books, to 500, in the space of just one year.

Judges’ Prize

Enter your business into up to two of the categories here and increase your chances of winning an award.

Best Creative Business
Best Creative/Media Start-Up – NEW
Best Cultural or Arts Business
Best Customer Service
The Green Business Award – NEW
Best Independent High Street Business – NEW
Best New Business
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year – NEW
Best Place to Drink
Best Place to Eat
Best Small Business (employing 10 people or less)
Best Social Enterprise
Best Technology Start-Up – NEW
An expert panel of judges will then draw up a shortlist and decide who earns the glittering gong at the awards ceremony on 7 November.

Entries close on Thursday 4 October.

Click Here to enter the Judges’ Prize

Public Vote

Get residents, shoppers and workers in the borough to nominate you as their favourite business in Fulham, Hammersmith, West Kensington and Shepherds Bush.

There is no application process – just encourage your customers to say you’re the best! Promote the awards in store and online and ask people to nominate you at the awards website. Each nomination counts as a vote.

Closing date for public nominations is Sunday 21 October.

  • Best Fulham Business
  • Best Hammersmith Business
  • Best Shepherds Bush Business

The five businesses with the most votes in each category are invited to the ceremony on 7 November, with the winner being the one who gets the most – it’s that simple.

Click here to enter the Public Vote

Save the date and encourage people to vote!

Shortlisted businesses and those with the most public votes will be invited to the awards night at Hammersmith Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November.

Help encourage people to nominate their favourite business and get some free publicity for your business.

We will be encouraging people to nominate their favourite business by giving them a chance to win a prize draw.

To get people voting, please consider offering a prize for the draw.

A bottle of wine, lunch, an item from your shop or a free service from a haircut to a dry cleaning voucher… Please offer anything that you think will help us promote the awards.

We will publicise all prize contributors and their business on the awards website.

To offer a prize, please email or call 020 8753 5695.

Any questions?
Email or call 020 8753 5695. Good luck!

H&F Brilliant Business Awards website »

September newsletter – Fundraising Regulator

We’ve got some exciting news to share with you this month – and we want to hear back from you!

We’ve just launched a major consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice. The aim is to make it easier to use for people who aren’t familiar with fundraising standards. That could be a local fundraising group, a rookie fundraiser or a member of the public using an online giving platform.

To help us understand what changes need to be made, we’ve spoken to organisations we work closely with, and to charities who use the Code a lot. We’d like to know what you think about the changes – find out below how you can respond to the consultation.

Gerald Oppenheim
Chief Executive

Consultation on the Fundraising Code

We have recently launched a new consultation on changes to the Fundraising Code. We want to make it much more accessible, so we’ve used plain English as much as possible and we’ve included a glossary of terms. Other changes include a new introduction and the incorporation of the fundraising rulebooks into the Code.

But we’ll only know if the changes work when we get feedback from fundraisers, charity workers and sector representatives. Do you know fundraisers who aren’t aware of the standards in the Code? Or someone who struggles to use the Code, fundraising rulebooks or legal appendices? Please send them our way, or encourage them to take a look and respond. The consultation closes on 16 November, so you’ve got plenty of time to share your thoughts with us.

Code consultation: why your feedback matters

The Code of Fundraising Practice is like a patchwork quilt sewn together using charity sector expertise over the past 13 years. But like a patchwork quilt, you can see the joins. The Code repeats itself in different sections, contains rules that don’t relate to fundraising and has language that’s difficult to understand. This is why we want to make the changes set out in the latest consultation. Stephen Service, our Policy Manager, explains how important it is that you have your say. Read his blog on our website.

Charity bag collections 

We get a lot of phone calls from people upset that they’re receiving bags for charity clothing collections. They usually already have signs on their front doors saying that they don’t want to receive them. It can be particularly distressing for vulnerable people to find bags on their property.

The Code states that charities must closely monitor the actions of companies working on their behalf, including clothing collection companies. If you work with an agency that posts and collects clothing bags, please make sure they respect any signs saying that homeowners don’t want to receive charity bags.

Spotlight: how we handle complaints about fundraising

We’re sometimes asked what’s the best way to deal with complaints.You’ll find useful guidance on our website for charities and third party organisations who want to know how to handle complaints effectively. You can also find out more about how we investigate complaints ourselves.

FREE Parenting Programme – Edith Durham Community

Children Growth Development

In this topic we will be teaching what parents and carers need to know about the four key stages of development: physical, cognitive, emotional and sexual development. This will ensure they are informed about the specific changes kids will go through and how to cater to their progression.


Children’s Behaviour

Here, the developmental changes to children’s temperament will be taught and the different ways a parent or carer can go about dealing with the child’s behaviour. We will also advise upon the qualities a parent should possess in keeping a parenting method that allows for a healthy household where the child can feel consistency which improves bad behaviour.


Parenting Stress

This topic builds upon the previous topic in the way of coping with the stresses of tending to children and the ways to cope with these issues. The qualities mentioned previously will be developed with more clarity and we will explain the pros and cons between them.


Health and Safety

In this topic, we will be teaching the fundamentals of health and safety around children. Areas such as food preparation, danger-free environments and hygiene will be taught. Also, a demonstration about how to effectively go about these practical subjects will be performed also to further develop the understanding of parents.

St. Mary’s Church, 2 Edith Road, West Kensington, W14 9BA (Click Here for a map)

Dates and Times
Session 1: 26th October 2018 11am-1pm
Session 2: 23rd November 2018 11am-1pm
Session 3: 14th December 2018 11am-1pm
Session 4: 18th January 2019 11am-1pm
Graduation ceremony: 15th February 2019 11am-1pm

Mirjeta Palaj
Edith Durham Community
Tel: 07882855377