FunPact: Bridging The Gap Course

Why: To support parents/carers and pre/teens to navigate the journey to independence so that they can build a firm foundation of learning for further discussion at home

What: 6 workshops exploring the social, emotional, financial and practical aspects of becoming independent

When: Thursday evenings 5:45 – 7:55pm, 20th April – 25th May

Where: Parkview Centre for Health and Wellbeing

How: Fun, interactive, informative,  with specialist facilitators, win prizes, building relationships   07736302494

Keep up to date with the constantly evolving nature of County Lines at our upcoming half-day digital conference taking place on Tuesday 18th July.

Join us online at this well-established biannual event to hear the latest best practice and strategies from leading experts across the country. Find out how your organisation can help prevent county lines activity and provide appropriate support to victims and those at risk of criminal exploitation. Learn about disrupting County Line networks through intelligence-led policing and inter-agency collaboration.

With the rising cost of living, criminals are increasingly exploiting children from families who are struggling to make ends meet.  Over the last six months there has been an increase in the use of social media by county lines gangs. Content resembling professionally produced job adverts have been appearing on Instagram and Snapchat to entice young people into county lines activity.

Gain key insights into the latest models used by perpetators to groom children and young people, and the changing profile of those being targeted.  Hear directly from young people  with  lived experience of County Lines drug smuggling and gang involvement.

With inspiring presentations from  frontline services working with vulnerable young people and adults including schools, youth services, social services and housing, you will learn how to identify exploitation and intervene at an early opportunity to divert young people away from gangs.

Further information & booking


Wednesday 3rd May 2023, IStructE, London and Online, 09:00 – 14:00

The UK has seen a significant shift in the number of organisations voluntarily capturing ethnicity pay gap data and appointing executive sponsors on race. Data also suggests Black, Asian, Mixed Race and other ethnically diverse staff are reporting higher levels of inclusion at work.*

However, challenges still remain around increasing access to career development and stretch opportunities. This has led to difficulties in mobilising multi-ethnic talent at the top tables across public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Now is the time to re-think your organisation’s recruitment strategies, re-examine career progression and re-imagine how we hold each other and ourselves to account for racial equality at work.

Hear from a broad range of speakers over the course of the day including:

  • Jiten Patel, Director and Equality & Diversity Expert, Diversync
  • Dr. Doyin Atewologun, CEO and Founder, Delta Alpha Psi
  • Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
  • Ewan Bennie, Director of Communications and Influence, EY Foundation
  • Sally Bucknell, Director of Future of Work Programme, EY UK
  • Lily Kitchen, Diversity and Inclusion Project Specialist, Network Rail 
  • Sobia Afridi, Equality Diversity Specialist, Oxford City Council
  • Sarah Guerra , Head of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Bank of England

Further information & booking

The course is free from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th April 9am to 4pm for pupils in Years 9 to 13 who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium and includes Rowing, kayaking and games plus breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.  We have 24 places available and want to fill them with underserved less active young people who can really benefit and need this experience the most.

This course has run since 2019 and helps to address food insecurity and learning loss over the holidays and support those at risk of crime, whilst boosting physical mental and social health.  Each day we also have educational talks after lunch which this year include; a talk on water safety and awareness by the RNLI, inspirational stories: finding rowing to World Champion to the rehabilitation of prisoners and GB Athletics Athlete to Nutritionist and the importance of food. See feedback from previous years:

“It’s great they are thoroughly enjoying outdoors and not hooked on Phones, PC or TV, moreover safely enjoying time in the summer holidays” Parent feedback

“I really enjoyed this week as I found a new sport that I love and will continue rowing after this week” Participant feedback

“Enjoyed all the sessions I attended that I was keen to come back again.  I feel like my confidence has definitely improved as well as in my ability to row in general.  I made a couple of friends and my mental health is much better.  The erg sessions were surprisingly fun” Participant feedback

“I really like this place because it is really fun and I would love to come back here.  I really enjoyed the activities, and the people were really nice but yeah it was really fun and I would come back”  

Video asset from last year here

Information which includes the booking link Free Easter rowing Course (

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations in the UK can apply for funding for equipment that helps mentally, physical and socially disadvantaged children. The funding is made available through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Grants programme and has in the past provided funding for sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and outdoor spaces; specialist equipment and facilities; and projects that promote health and wellbeing. The funding available is for capital items only and will not support revenue costs such as staffing and other ongoing costs. There is no maximum grant limit but projects under £5,000 are unlikely to be considered. Applications can be submitted at any time. Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

The Age UK H&F annual Spring BBQ is back! Please join us on Sunday 30th April from 10am to 3pm at 105 Greyhound Road to raise much needed funds for local older people. The event is open to anyone, young or old, and we hope to see you for a day of fun activities and delicious food. You can pop in for a short visit or stay for the whole thing, but please make sure you register your attendance here so we know you’ll be swinging by!

We’ll have a tasty BBQ with food available to purchase at a small cost, and lots of stalls and games for you to try your hand at. To find out more and to register your attendance, please go to We hope to see you there!

Join us on 15th April 1-5pm for fun activities to celebrate FFY’s 1st anniversary. For further information, click here



Homeless charities can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help homeless people return to the community and enable them to rebuild their lives.  Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have an annual turnover of under £1million and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months.  Previously funded projects include the Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, which received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration; and a grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.  The closing date for applications is the 15th June 2023. Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Projects that Help the Homeless (UK)

The Matthew Good Foundation has opened the next round of its Grants for Good Fund. The aim is to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. The Fund will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects every three months, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £5,000, second place £3,500, third place £2,500 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £2,000. As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation wants to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running. To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months. The next deadline for applications is the 15th June 2023. Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment (UK)

Small-to-mid-size registered charities helping to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is being made available through the Hedley Foundation. Each year the Foundation makes around 250 grants for initiatives which benefit the lives of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers. Occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Applications should be received at least 6 weeks before the next review meeting on the 14th June 2023. Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People (UK)