In October 2019, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Cabinet agreed a report, “Developing Our Relationship With the Voluntary & Community Sector”. The report set out an emerging new relationship between LBHF and the local voluntary sector. Find the full report here.
Sobus convened a CEO forum on 15th October, and were delighted that over 40 local groups and organisations came along to talk to Ruth Redfern, the senior council staff member who authored the report. It was reassuring to hear from Ruth that the council plans to maintain the current grants budget for the voluntary sector – but without a doubt, will need to rethink how this is allocated in order to gain maximum benefit for local residents – whilst continuing to support the sector as a whole. You can find a write up of the meeting here.
It will be important to keep the momentum going on this – as in order to inform and influence how our relationship with Hammersmith & Fulham council develops. We will set up a follow up meeting for mid-February – please look out for the invitation in your inbox.