Compact For Havering

June 2020 - Havering Compact News

The Compact Agreement in Havering is promoted through the Compact Steering Group. The Compact Agreement is:

A voluntary agreement that aims to foster strong, effective partnerships between public bodies and voluntary organisations.
Its principles apply to all relationships between voluntary organisations and public bodies that are distributing funds on behalf of the government.


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This week is ‘Volunteers Week’ and is a great opportunity to say a big thank you to all our volunteers who have helped our communities in these challenging times. There are hundreds of volunteers who have worked on their own initiative and those who have worked through organisations to care and support neighbours, friends and the vulnerable.

I want to take this opportunity on behalf of all of us to say a big thank you to all our volunteers.

So much of the great work that the VCS is doing is going unseen. It would be great to be able to showcase the help that is being supplied. Please can you let us have the stories, information and data that tells us all about the work you are doing for the communities of Havering. We want to let everyone know about the fantastic work that is happening across the borough. Please can you send us your stories and information to

Paul Rose - Chair of the Havering Compact

Volunteers Week

This week is Volunteers Week. Whilst the celebrations may change this year, never have the efforts of our volunteers been more apparent than the way these Havering Heroes, across multiple community support and charity groups, have mobilised in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.

Please join in with the Havering Volunteer Centre’s ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ celebration at 8pm on Monday 1 June.

HVC are calling on Havering residents to say ‘thank you’ to all our volunteers. You can do this by decorating your windows with bunting (please go to HVCs website to down load the bunting) and standing on your doorstep along with your neighbours to raise a cuppa (or a glass of something stronger) at 8pm on Monday 1 June, and say ‘Cheers to the Volunteers’.

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help is here

Help is here!

Havering Mind is here to help cope with the thoughts, feelings, and issues that we are all facing at this exceptionally difficult time. Our team can help with stress, isolation, depression, loneliness, anxiety, low mood, worry and more. Telephone 01708 457040 or email – 7 days a week

Last week, Havering Mind received a wonderful email from a service user at Havering Mind, who had spoken to Claire Avey’s  - Peer Support and Live a Better Life Programme Worker.

Dear Claire, 

I want to thank you for your professional kindness, guidance and listening skills to myself since the start of the pandemic. 

Your guiding skills have given me the time and insight not to allow negative thoughts to alienate or hurt myself and importantly to use the skills MIND Peers have taught me, to breathe, reflect as able and see the morning after for its beauty and new start. 

 Also I am finding your online and phone Peers format invaluable to my mental health and lockdown socialisation.  It’s a success for me & I feel for many other Peers too. 

Kind wishes,

Bernie Mahoney 😊

Citizens Advice Havering

Citizens Advice Havering are a local charity for the local community. If you need free, confidential, independent, impartial advice during this pandemic Citizens Advice Havering are here and can now support you to access our advice service in the following ways:-

  • TELEPHONE ADVICE which can be accessed by calling 01708 629902.
  • This is available at the following times:- Monday, Wednesday and Friday = 10.00am to 12.30pm AND Tuesday and Thursday = 1pm to 3.30pm
  • EMAIL ADVICE – via (Please allow 5 working days for response)
  • For those needing support and advice to claim UNIVERSAL CREDIT Phone 0800 144 144 Monday to Friday—8am to 6pm
  • You can also find advice at

We would like to thank The London Borough of Havering, The Fore and The London Community Foundation for making it possible to provide the phone advice service to our community in Havering.

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Check In and Chat Care Call Service

Check In and Chat Care Call Service

Havering Volunteer Centre are offering a friendly check in and chat care call service, where we can provide you with a friendly voice at the end of a phone.

This service can be adapted to fit your needs, with length and regularity of calls being arranged between you and our volunteer.

This service is so much more than a voice at the end of the phone, we call because we care!

If you would like to register for this support care call please call us on 01708 922214 or email us at

Funding and Grants


This is updated on a weekly basis and contains a plethora or information on all the latest funds available to you. Feel free to click on the link to access the latest information



Elsewhere, we have spotted a variety of new funding programmes. Please spread the word to grantees: 

  • Supported by our members Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief, CAST's early stage digital funding and tailored support for UK charities and non-profits is now open.
  • Our member the Lloyds Bank Foundation's React Fund is open to existing grantees to cover any costs for adapting or developing services.
  • Youth Futures Foundation's infrastructure grants programme has opened today for organisations tackling youth employment. 
  • The government's £5 million Loneliness covid-19 Grant Fund is open for national organisations looking to build social connections.

And we'd like to remind our readers that our member the National Lottery Community Fund's DCMS-supported £200m emergency fund is open to small and medium charities across England. 


The LBH Corporate & Community Resilience Team are here to help you and will undertake grant searches for your organisation or group.

You will need to provide brief information on your project and the amount of funding you are looking for - We will provide information on any grants available.

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