Some news about Community Waltham Forest

Some news about Community Waltham Forest

We are pleased to announce that as of Monday 4 March 2019 the services currently delivered by Community Waltham Forest (CWF) will be delivered by the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) Connecting Communities team.

This decision has been jointly agreed by both Community Southwark, who have delivered the service in Waltham Forest since November 2016, and LBWF.

Over the past two and a half years Community Southwark have brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the delivery of CWF services supporting numerous individuals and organisations to develop, grow and make a real impact in their communities and on the lives of residents in Waltham Forest. Staff currently working predominantly on the Community Waltham Forest contract will transfer into the Council.

The Council’s Creating Futures corporate strategy set out our aspirations to create a new relationship with communities, and our Connecting Communities programme will bring people together and develop stronger communities. We have been awarded substantial funds by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support this programme, and have been developing new ways to work with and support communities, including the establishment of our local networks which met for the first time at the end of last year.

We believe it is the right time to bring the Community Waltham Forest service together with our emerging Connecting Communities programme in the Council so we can embed the skills, experience and knowledge  within this new team, establish a coherent approach and increase our capacity to work closely with communities, including the local VCS.

The council and Community Southwark and the staff of Community Waltham Forest are determined that this change will be as seamless as possible, with no negative impact on the level of service currently delivered. By locating this service within the Council at the current time, in our newly established Communities directorate, we believe that both residents and the sector as a whole will benefit as we look to build the Waltham Forest offer.

We would like to thank Community Southwark for the work they have done and for supporting us with this transfer.
If you have any questions about this change please contact connectingcommunities@walthamforest.gov.uk