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We know that the role of the chair of the board or a committee is demanding and can often be more complex than most people realise, especially during challenging circumstances.

Our upcoming online training course, The Art of Being an Effective Chair, has been designed to give chairs the support needed to run high-performing boards and provide a comprehensive introduction to anyone aspiring to the role. Taking place on the mornings of 21-22 February 2023, this course covers all aspects of chairing from the fundamental responsibilities, to running an effective meeting, to managing relationships on the board.

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The National Lottery has announced that this year, funding will also be available through the Awards for All England scheme to help communities celebrate important national events such as the Coronation of His Majesty the King, the Eurovision Song Contest and the 75th anniversary of Windrush. Awards for All will also continue to make grants of between £300 and £10,000 for up to one year to local community and voluntary organisations for existing or new projects, events, and activities that aim to build strong relationships, improve community spaces, support personal potential, and assist with challenges caused by the cost-of-living crisis and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications can be submitted at any time. Grants Available to Celebrate Important National Events (England)

Black-Led groups and individuals can apply for grants of up to £4,000 from the Reclaim Black Heritage Fund. Created by the Ubele Initiative, the fund’s priorities are to support projects that commemorate 81 acts of rebellion against inequality; and benefit the Black community in the specified location. Applications must be submitted before March 2, 2023, and must align with the 81 Acts Humanifesto and be completed by July 15, 2023. Awards will be announced between April 10-12, 2023, and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by April 12, 2023. The deadline for submitting full applications is on March 2, 2023, which is also Black People’s Day of Action, at 5 pm. Ubele Initiative Launches Reclaim Black Heritage Fund to Support Black-Led Projects Commemorating 81 Acts of Rebellion (UK)

Join 95+ delegates including senior speakers from the National Crime Agency, West Midlands Police, Northumbria Police, Merseyside Police and more.

Only a few places remain for Westminster Insight’s timely, biannual County Lines Conference on 30th January 2023. Don’t miss the opportunity to join colleagues across Police, education, youth services, health, housing and social services.

The rising cost of living crisis is being used by organised criminals to exploit those struggling to make ends meet and expand recruitment for County Lines. Understand the latest research into how criminals are adapting their strategies to avoid detection. Gain an insider’s insight into the mechanisms of drug lines and how to provide effective exit strategies.

County Lines Police Force Leads from three different areas will share the latest tactics to effectively detect and dismantle county drug lines and prevent drug transportation.  Develop robust information-sharing practices to improve prevention and bring offenders to justice. Hear from frontline services working with young people about how to identify exploitation and intervene at an early opportunity to divert young people away from gangs and prevent cuckooing.

A spotlight session will focus on safeguarding looked after children who are disproportionately targeted by County Lines gangs. Explore the realities and consequences of County Lines drug smuggling, gang involvement, criminal exploitation and serious youth violence through previous perpetrators and runners/transporters perspectives. Take away ideas from a case study of collaboration between health services, local authorities and police to reduce the supply and demand of drugs to disrupt County Lines.

Key speakers:

  • Chaired by: Tony Saggers, Delivery Partner, Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme, Children’s Society and Former Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence, National Crime Agency
  • Detective Superintendent Syed Hussain, County Lines Operation Lead, West Midlands Police
  • Stuart Liddell, Detective Chief Inspector Intelligence, Force Coordination and Operations, Northumbria Police
  • Darren Wallace, County Lines Taskforce Lead, Merseyside Police
  • John Pitts, University of Bedfordshire, and Adviser on violent youth gangs to Central Government, local authorities and police forces
  • Andrew Poole, Head Teacher, Everton Free School
  • Kendra Houseman, Service Manager- Exploitation Team, Safer London
  • Nsang Cristia Esimi Cruz, Team Manager, REACH, London Borough of Barnet
  • Confirmed Representative, CELLS Project
  • Andrew Walker, Young Adder Partner Lead and Manager, Streetlives
  • Emily Aklan, Founder and CEO, Serenity Welfare

Key Points:

  • An update on current perpetrator models and the changing patterns of County Line activity
  • Lessons learnt from nationwide crackdowns on County Lines
  • Disrupting County Line networks through intelligence-led policing and inter-agency collaboration
  • Understanding the engagement factors that attract children and young people into gang culture
  • Exploring the methods used to groom, recruit and exploit young people
  • Identifying children at risk of exploitation and training all staff to recognise the early warning signs
  • Preventing and intervening with residents at risk of cuckooing
  • Safeguarding looked after children from County Lines involvement
  • Working in partnership with health services to reduce the demand for drugs to impact County Lines

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Join Liberty’s campaign to save the Human Rights Acts (HRA). Rishi Sunak and Dominic Raab say they are replacing the HRA with a bill of rights, but their proposal will give them more power, and leave us with fewer rights. Get involved here.

The former Earls Court 2 exhibition centre site will soon be home to the new BBC Earth Experience ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’, launching in March 2023.

At London’s newest visitor experience you will experience an unforgettable journey through the natural world and explore the extraordinary diversity of our seven unique continents on the most epic scale.

This world-first immersive journey, with bespoke narration from Sir David Attenborough, features breath-taking footage from Seven Worlds, One Planet, projected on multiple multi-angle screens using the very latest digital screen technology. The experience allows audiences of every age to observe, immerse themselves in, interact with and celebrate planet earth’s biodiversity, whilst also considering the challenges that our shared existence brings.

The event organisers are now building a team to become an integral part of the BBC Earth Experience and play a key part in bringing the wonder back to Earls Court.

Roles now being recruited for include Front of House Operatives, Front of House Supervisors, Venue Service Engineers, Security Hosts, Security Supervisors, Cleaning Operatives and a Core Cleaning Team Leader, and more roles will be added in the coming period. More information on these roles is available at this link

The Earls Court Development Company is holding an informal drop-in jobs information session at our office at 16-18 Empress Place between 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday 8th February 2023. Anyone interested in a role at the experience is encouraged to come along during that time and meet the event’s management and recruitment team directly. Please RSVP to attend this event to

Please let Jamie Hodge at ECDC know if you would like to be provided with a printed poster to display. We are very keen to let local residents know about this exciting opportunity to be part of the team and apply so please do forward on to anyone who might be interested.