Third Sector Leaders Share Their Personal Experiences of Overhauling Charities

The well-known saying ‘it’s tough at the top’ rings true for charity chief executives whose organisations face financial deficits, low morale and overstretched services. The CEOs responsible for giving a new lease of life to The Brain CharitySt John’s Hospice and Autism Together offer their top tips for getting the job done effectively

1. Be Brave
You need to be prepared to be unpopular to get things done, says the CEO of The Brain Charity, Nanette Mellor, who was appointed to plug the organisation’s financial hole. “The last thing you need to think about is being liked by anybody. If you start to worry about trying to please everybody, then you’re going to start to make the wrong decisions.”

Read the full article here

Proposal Writing Courses

Ensure your pitches to grant makers are engaging, persuasive and powerful.

4th February   Proposal Writing for Beginners

Improve your skills to attract the attention needed to guarantee a ‘yes’.

12th February  Proposal Writing – Developing your Skills


Recruitment to Disability Forum Planning Group (DFPG)

Are you a Disabled person and have experienced facing barriers when accessing housing, public buildings and open space?

Do you live, study, work or volunteer in Hammersmith & Fulham and would like to make a difference locally?

Would you like to give advice to the council’s planning department on planning applications?

We would like to invite you to join the H&F Disability Forum Planning Group

The DFPG provides advice to Hammersmith & Fulham Council on making sure that planning applications1 create new buildings are accessible and inclusive that work for everyone. The group will use the Social Model of Disability2 and a human rights way3 of working in all its work.

We would provide:

  • Training to new members on access and inclusion
  • Empower new members to take an active part
  • Access to technical expertise

For more information contact Kevin Caulfield on or 0777 667 2367

Closing date for applications: Friday 28 February 2020 at midday

Invitation to join

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Family & Volunteer Co-ordinator Job

Are you warm, efficient and a great listener? Do you have experience of home visiting families? Family Friends is a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winning charity based in North Kensington which specialises in befriending and mentoring. We are recruiting a full-time Family & Volunteer Co-ordinator to join our team. The charity provides long-term practical and emotional help to disadvantaged families living in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and South-East Brent through a network of 40-50 volunteers. Each volunteer supports either the parent or child in a family. We have a great record for ‘helping families to help themselves’. In this varied and exciting role, the Family & Volunteer Co-ordinator’s work includes:

  • Recruitment and training of volunteers
  • Introduction, supervision and support of volunteers
  • Assessment of children and parents needs via home visits
  • Monitoring and evaluating the services
  • Some evening and weekend work is required.

Closing date: Thursday 30 January 2020, 5pm


Elgin Close Resource Centre Timetable

Please click below for the latest monthly and quarterly timetables for Elgin Close Resource Centre.

Please be aware of our new opening times as from January 2020: Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm .We are no longer open at weekends.

Activity timetable 
Elgin’s timetable

Hammersmith & Fulham Hive is back!

Learn how to get the funding your community project needs at the upcoming workshop!

Wednesday 12th February, Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Rd, Hammersmith, W6 9DT, 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Get your FREE ticket here!

Hammersmith & Fulham Hive is the place to go for local change makers and community champions who want to make the borough an even better place to live. LBHF is pledging up to £20k towards community-led projects that bring local places to life! Join programme partners Spacehive for an interactive workshop  for people interested in becoming project creators! You will:

  • Learn more about H&F Hive funds and the Spring Funding Round
  • Discover additional funds available for your project
  • Get advice on creating your campaign plan

Explore how to promote your project successfully!

Fundraising Spotlight: The Complete Fundraising Handbook

The Complete Fundraising Handbook has never been out of print since it was published in 1992, this trusty guide encompasses all of the main fundraising sources and techniques.

“Since the very first edition, it’s been providing wise counsel and practical guidance for all fundraisers and this edition brilliantly continues this tradition at a time when it’s very much needed.” Paul Amadi, Chief Supporter Officer, British Red Cross

Funding to Tackle Poverty and Improve Health (London)

Registered London charities that are working with people with long term health conditions, mental ill-health or addictions can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to support their work. The next grant scrutiny meeting for independent grant-making trust London Catalyst is on the 4th May 2020. Applicants are advised to submit bids at least four weeks prior to the meeting. To be eligible to apply, charities must be working with an expert health agency/provider and priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £250,000. Click here

Grants for Families Facing Financial Hardship Whilst Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness (UK)

Families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per child to fund a variety of essential items and services. This can include (but is not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships. Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf of the family and are considered at monthly meetings. The funding is being made available through the Roald Dahl Marvellous Family Grants scheme and the next application deadline is 12pm on the 31st January 2020. Click here

Upcoming Personal Development Training from DSC

For many, there has never been a better time for reflection and thinking about how we can improve on the year before. Personal development is important and you reap the benefits both inside and outside the workplace. Where do you want to be this time next year?

Click on Upcoming Personal Development Training, and scroll down for our best personal development bits.

Writing Skills: Minute Taking Skills (14 Feb)
All too often, a minute-taker struggles to make sense of a chaotic meeting. Explore practical tips on how to make the task more manageable before, during and after. Read more

Resilience (27 Feb)
Take a holistic approach to finding the inner-strength and will-power to face the many challenges of your life on a day-to-day basis. Read more or see the trainer’s top tips ahead of his session

Personal Development Top Tips