Tower Hamlets CVS

THCVS Something Extra Bulletin - 23rd October

Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, and all of us at THCVS want to show our support for the wonderfull activities our members and others are putting on to mark Black History Month 2020. Find out more here

Our bulletin thisweek has information about the Tower Hamlets Council Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequality Commission's 'Call to Evidence on Health Inequalities'. We do recommend you take a moment to contribute to this important piece of work. Plus, some unpdated funding opportunities.


COVID-19  Updates

Another Covid-19 test centre opens in Tower Hamlets on Isle of Dogs

A third government run Covid-19 local test centre is open in Tower Hamlets, helping to increase testing capacity for residents.

The local testing centre is located at Jack Dash House in the Isle of Dogs. Its location makes it much more accessible for residents living on the Isle of Dogs, Poplar and Blackwall to get a test. Residents are advised to book before attending.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 which include a high temperature, a new or continuous cough or a loss or change to their normal sense of smell or taste, should book an appointment online or by calling 119. 

Support for Residents - If you know of residents who are told to self-isolate, and they are on low incomes, they may be able to apply for Test and Trace support payment


Tower Hamlets Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission - Call for Evidence

The Commission is requesting help with evidence on health inequalities for their next meeting on 3rd November.

Tower Hamlets is a place that has for generations welcomed people from all over the world, and at times has come together in solidarity to stand up to racist attacks from those who wish to divide local people. However, we understand that for all our of success and progress there remains much room for improvement to achieve greater equality in the borough. We know that racial discrimination means some people have neither had equal access to public services or employment, nor fair treatment and life chances.
In addition to the Black Lives Matter movement, the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic population has served to expose the severe consequences of the structural disadvantages and discrimination faced by these communities. Public Health England’s review of disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19 found that embedded inequality means that the likelihood of testing positive and dying with Covid-19 is higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups.
In recognition of the high level of concern raised about the longstanding levels of racial inequality in the borough, Mayor John Biggs announced the establishment of a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequality Commission. The commission is tasked to deliver tangible and practical actions which will deliver real change to the lives of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and allow the council and its partners to champion the enormous impact these communities can contribute to the borough.

You can find out more about the Commission here

The Commission’s second meeting is focusing on health inequalities and asking the following key questions:

  1. What challenges do Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people encounter when accessing healthcare services?
  2. What communication barriers do Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people encounter when engaging with healthcare services?  To what extent is information provided and communicated to meet the cultural needs of our diverse communities?
  3. To what extent do you think racial bias impacts access to healthcare provision and can you provide examples of where this has happened?
  4. What  practical ideas do you have for improving health outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people?

Your views will be used as evidence to inform the findings of the Commission.

You can give your views here

Alternatively you can write to:  


Funding Opportunities

Tower Hamlets Test and Trace Grants Workshop - Wednesday 4th November from 2pm to 3.30pm

THCVS is runding a short grant workshop for the Tower Hamlets Test and Trace grants on Wednesday 4th November from 2pm to 3.3opm. Sign up here

Tower Hamlets Test and Trace Grants – Outreach and Engagement – Deadline – Ongoing

The Small Grants Fund - Covid-19 Test and Trace Outreach and Engagement Theme is offering #grants of up to £3k to local organisations supporting the delivery of key messages relating to NHS Test and Trace. For details on how to apply:

Charities Aid Foundation Resiliance Fund - Deadline 10th November

Registered and unregistered charitable organisations with an income of between £50,000 and £10 million can apply for flexible grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to help with the essential costs of delivering relevant services. This includes staff salaries, running costs and overheads, project running costs and organisational development. Find out more here:

Voice4Change England - COVID-19 Grants Programme - Deadline 3rd November, 5pm

This is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver COVID 19 services in England. This grants programme is designed to help tackle the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on BAME communities. Three programme areas, delivering covid-19 services, delivering mental health and wellbeing services, and delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities. Find out more here:

The Comic Relief Community Fund – check guidance for funding amounts (between 1K and 4K) and deadlines

There are four strategic funding themes, with one in particular:

Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life. Please note: as of Friday 2 October we will now be accepting applications for projects that benefit children up to the age of 11. More information here

BAME Health Communities Surviving Covid-19 Grants - Resilience and Rebuilding from the Grass Roots

A range of grants - £5K, £10K and Micro grants to support BAME-led organisations and groups working with BAME communities. Aimed at groups with less than £150K. Deadline 30th October (midnight) Find out more here:

Westfield Eastbank Creative Futures – Medium and Large Grants – Deadline 30th November 2020

The Medium Grant Scheme will fund work that will break down barriers and tackle inequality by supporting residents to access education, skills development and employment opportunities. We seek projects that aim to use arts and culture, communities and heritage, research and innovation and/or health and wellbeing as the catalyst to create lifelong learning, skills development, training and employment opportunities. Up to 15K. Guidelines here:

The Large Grant Scheme is designed to fund projects that will support residents across Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest to access education, skills and training development, lifelong learning and employment opportunities. We seek projects that aim to use arts and culture, heritage and communities, research and innovation, technology, education and/or creative placemaking as the facilitator to bring about access to education, skills and training development, lifelong learning and employment opportunities. Up to 50K. Guidelines here:

Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project – Deadline 13th November

Promoting young people’s engagement with care homes, by linking together schools and youth organisations with older people living in care homes across England. Bringingtogetheryoungpeopleaged5-14fromschoolsandyouthorganisationsandolderpeoplelivingincarehomes. More information here:

Youth Futures Fund – Deadline 7th November

Funding for organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. We are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people. More information here:


External events

Aberfeldy Live! Talkaoke on 29th Oct from 7PM

As every last Thursday of the month, our pop-up talkshow we will be going out live [in a socially distant way] from the street outside of our Studio at 27 Aberfeldy Street, and of course online. 

We hope you can come along and get involved bring your views and subjects that are important to you to the table, and share in an informal and supportive atmosphere. 

Book here and please share. 

Professional development opportunity 

The monthly sessions are also an opportunity for us to pass on 20 years of facilitation experience to the local residents and train them to be future Talkaoke hosts. Over the years we have seen our Hosts using their communication and critical thinking skills in a number of professional settings. We’d love to spread this professional development opportunity out to the local residents thanks to support from Foundation From Future London, so please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of it and indeed feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested. 

Read about the training here


Tower Hamlets CVS

The Green House
244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
London, E2 9DA
| T: 020 8980 8427 | E: | W:
Tower Hamlets CVS is a Registered Charity No. 1137143 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 07251141

View this mailing as a web page | Click to unsubscribe from this mailing list | Click to opt out of all THCVS mailings