The Small Groups Network meeting brings together people from community groups that are either completely run by volunteers, or have fewer than 2 paid members of staff. It is an opportunity to think about grassroots activity in the borough, network and meet others, and get support and information that is tailored to your needs.
Recent Meetings / Themes
Over the last few meetings, the focus of our discussions has been on fundraising and the elements of putting together a strong grant application.
In our last two meetings, we have had the opportunity to have with us and listen to the contributions of two notable London grant funders speak on the topic of Needs & Researching Evidence, a fundamental aspect of any funding application and organisational purpose and Core Funding which is equally important for an organisation's development & sustainability. .
So, what's on the Agenda for our next Meeting in April 2018?
‘From needs to outcomes…’ At our meetings in October 2017 and January 2018, we welcomed Elaine Crush from the Wakefield & Tetley Trust and Donna Yay from London Community Foundation to give us their wisdom on making a case for funding and what they look for in grant applications.
Building on these meetings and learning, Mariana Meirelles, Impact & Evaluation Officer at Community Southwark, will join us and help the group make sense of the key headline items that came out of the presentations and exercises. Her presentation and discussions will be looking at how to articulate your ideas and design your project in order to clearly demonstrate how and why you will be tackling a local need and making a difference in your community, touching on the value for money framework.
The second part of our meeting will try and help you understand the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018. What will change with this new legislation? What should you be doing?
It is also worth emphasising that the quarterly meetings is also about networking and connecting with other projects / organisations. Important to start the conversations early and think of the added strength and value to be gained from collaborating to achieve your organisational mission!
Book to attend the next Meeting and watch this space for more information!