Compact News for Havering - February 2019

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News from the Compact January 2019

Paul Rose

The Compact Steering Group is committed to expanding the activities offered to the Voluntary Sector and details of the latest events from the Steering Groups action plan are detailed below.

The annual Funding Fayre which was very successful last year and had presentations from The Big Lottery Fund, Spacehive and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Don’t miss out on hearing about key issues at the Compact Forums on Tuesday 12 February at 10am at the Hornchurch Fire Station and on 4 June, venue to be confirmed.

Also, Local Charities Day was celebrated again year just before Christmas. This was very successful and well attended, so look out for this event again this year.

If there are any matters or topics you wish the Compact Steering Group to consider then please do email.

To support the VCS Care Network Havering has emailed its latest updates. If you have not seen this or have not registered, it details training opportunities and the latest updates on grant funding. Take a look.

Also, don’t forget to get other VCS organisations to sign up for the monthly Compact Newsletter by emailing:

Paul Rose

Chair of the Havering Compact

network meeting

Upcoming Dates for Compact Forum

  • 12 February 2019 - 10am – 12 noon
  • 4 June 2019 10am – 12 noon


Both will be held at the Conference Room, Hornchurch Fire Station, Hornchurch RM11 1SH.

Main discussion will be consultation on the Romford Master Plan.

If anyone would like a three minute pitch to promote their service at this meeting, email Jerry at

Big Lottery Consultation

Lottery Logo

If you would like a free one hour consultation with Lara Rufus from Big Lottery she will be in the Council office once a month, on 8th Floor Mercury House. Dates available are as follows:

 22 February / 29 March / 26 April / 31 May / 28 June.

Please book your hourly slot by emailing

Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy 2019-2022


The Compact and the Council are currently preparing a new voluntary and community sector strategy 2019 – 2022 around the following themes:

  • Building Communities
  • Building Partnerships
  • Building Resilience

A workshop to discuss this in more detail is planned  for February / March.  If you would like to attend email Jerry at

Volunteers Required


Citizens Advice Havering are always looking for volunteers to help with the service they provide. 

If you are interested in finding out more, come along to an information session on Wednesday 20 February 2019.  Register your interest and get more details of the time and venue by emailing

Learn, Laugh and Live

Havering U3A meets at 2:30pm on the second Wednesday of the month at St. Michael’s Church Hall, Main Road, Gidea Park.

Feb 13: A walk across Africa by Fran Sandham

March 13: Myths and Legends in Art by Colin Lomas

Interest groups run throughout the month.

Doors open 2:15pm. For more information come along or see our website.


Fundraising for Citizens Advice Havering


Monday 11 March 2019.

Quiz Night at The Crumpled Horn in Upminster

Arrive 7pm to start at 7.30pm sharp. Usually ends 9.45/10pm.

Tables up to 8 people.

We will also be holding a raffle to help raise additional funds.

Please contact Lynn Warnett for further information.

Your Romford, your say: join the conversation on the future of Romford Town Centre

Havering Council is committed to protecting and strengthening Romford Town Centre and the surrounding area, to make sure it continues to be a place that people live, visit and enjoy. 

We are keen to engage local voluntary, community and statutory organisations to hear your priorities, ideas and aspirations.  We will be holding a number of workshops and meetings in the coming months.

To find out more, please email Kristel at or visit

CCGs’ twitter accounts for local health messages

The three local CCG Twitter accounts have now become one @BHR_CCGs and at time of writing are just short of the magic 6,000 followers mark.

This Twitter account is an invaluable way of quickly getting health and care messages out to the public and partners in real time and also enable local GP groups to share information from other organisations as appropriate.

If you don’t already follow the CCGs, please do so today. You can search for us or access our home page.

Click here

Winter back to school advice - prevent illness and know where to get treatment

Going back to school or nursery after the Christmas break should be an exciting time, but a new term can also mean back-to-school sniffles and other health issues, particularly in the colder months, that mean parents need help and advice from the NHS.

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Vacancy: Chair of Safer Neighbourhood Board

The Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) are seeking a Chair to direct their work ensuring this reflects the objectives set out by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).  The key responsibilities are to chair and direct quarterly SNB meetings and attend other meetings to advance the work of the Safer Neighbourhood Board as required.

If you believe you have what it takes for this this role, we want to hear from you.  

Click Here  

Havering Volunteer Centre

Havering Volunteer Centre have teamed up with Skills Network and Wates Foundation to be able to run Lunch & Learn Stepping Stones programme to undertake free skills training in a range of subjects. 

If you or anyone you know would like to gain a recognised qualification please contact and we will do the rest. 

Do you Chair meetings or minute take a them? Lack confidence in undertaking this – we have bespoke training at knockdown prices especially for Havering organisations and residents on 11 February 2019 in Romford. 

Contact Epitome Consultancy and Training, 07581 295706

Havering Volunteer Centre Big Hero Quiz for our volunteer heroes in Havering.  16 March 2019 at Ardleigh House Community Association – RM11 2LG – Tickets @ £7 each, tables of 8 please and booked via by 11 March 2019 please, or call 01708 922214 for a ticket.