Newham Voluntary Community and Faith Sector Infrastructure Services

Compost London is delighted to announce that we have been commissioned by Newham Council to supply infrastructure services to the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector in Newham for the next 2 years.  

We are excited to have this opportunity to work with you to develop our vibrant and active sector: ensuring it continues to contribute to making Newham a solution-focussed borough of which we can all be proud. Our bid was centred on providing development support through capacity building and supporting an agenda of activities that we hope you will join with us to coproduce, so that anyone who wants to can take an active and vital role in their field and successfully pursue their own vision and mission. 

We will work closely with the council and other bodies to enable our sector’s voices to be heard across local decision making and service delivery.  

Compost has a strong foundation in these activities. We shall build on this foundation and together with a steering group from local Voluntary, Community & Faith groups – and our ethos of coproduction – will ensure we remain grounded in the sector. 

We will continue to offer and develop our existing services including Newham ESOL Exchange, the Evaluation Exchange, consultancy, mentoring and training, including through our Nourish Fund

We will also continue to contact our database of organisations fortnightly with news from and for the sector and shall begin a programme of meeting and sharing our plans with you in the coming weeks and months.    

As one of the first steps, we shall be recruiting three new members of staff over the next few weeks to help us deliver the contract. Details of these roles will be promoted in the next few weeks so please pass this information on to anybody who you think may be interested and ask them to keep an eye on both our newsletter and website. 

If you have any questions or want to stay up to date with what’s going on you can find out more on our website@compostlondon on twitter or sign up to our regular newsletter. We look forward to working with you over the next two years and seeing what we can build together,   

Anne, Caroline, Briony, Nafisa & Chelle 

The directors of Compost London CIC 

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2 thoughts on “Newham Voluntary Community and Faith Sector Infrastructure Services”

  1. If the contract is centred on providing development support through capacity building and supporting an agenda of activities that we hope you will join with us to coproduce, so that anyone who wants to can take an active and vital role in their field and successfully pursue their own vision and mission. May I ask how you intend if that is possible as a grant or contract recipient to hold LB Newham to account.

    Secondly there was at least one other applicant which was not successful, have you reached out to them and would you consider a memorandum of undertstanding so there is no duplication of effort.

    I am also concerned that certain groups of interest – such as disability or cultural and or religious background may not understand what a CIC is, how it is accountable and to who.

    1. Hi Gareth, thanks for getting in touch and for your thoughtful comments. To your first point. We were absolutely clear in both our application and ongoing conversation that the independence of the sector is vital, and that regardless of contract our responsibility is first and foremost to the sector. We know however that that accountability is not a static statement but rather a commitment to ongoing action. One of the key ways we will do this is through our steering group and through a network of representatives from the sector who will help us to play that role. The contract was signed in August and we’ve been busy recruiting staff so this is still a work in progress but if you’d like to work with us on this please do drop us a line, we’d love to learn from your expertise in this matter!

      Where we’ve been made aware of other applicants we have been in conversation. We agree we wouldn’t like to see a duplication of efforts (especially when there’s certainly enough work for everyone!) and we’re in the process of working out what that looks like (we’re certainly open to an MOU).

      to your final point – that’s really helpful advice – we’ll take that on board and think about how we can be clearer. Thanks for your time to make such a considered response! you can reach us on info@compostlondon.org.uk if you’re interested in setting up a meeting to chat about this further?
      best
      Briony

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