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Grant Making Forum - 2nd September 2021

You can view a recording from this Grant Making Forum and download presentations below.

Thank you to those that attended our Grant Making Forum. Resources highlighted by our speakers for follow up are listed below:

Charis Shop

For anyone interested in finding out more about Charis’ platform, you can register for the platform here:

If anyone has any questions about the Charis Shop or Charis’ Grants services, please get in touch with Anna:

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - #KeeptheLifeline

For further information on JRF’s campaign against the £20 cut to Universal Credit, please read this article:

For charities that wish to get involved with the campaign and share your support on social media, you can view JRF’s campaign pack Here.

For further materials, questions about the campaign or to join JRF’s comms list for the campaign, please contact Lucy Bannister:

Home visits and Safeguarding

 Thank you to those that contributed to this discussion around home visits and safeguarding. Several members flagged interesting work they have recently been doing around safeguarding and how they have managed to re-start home visits.

If anyone has any resources around safeguarding or risk assessments for home visits that you would be happy to share with others in the group, please let me know as we can collate these to distribute to attendees.


Details about the speakers at this Forum are below:

Anna Bentley - Head of Charis Shop, Housing and Local Government (Charis Grants)
Anna is the go-to person for Charis' partnerships with housing associations and the public sector – in particular supporting them with access to critical services delivered through the Charis Shop. Before joining Charis in 2018, she has had extensive experience in developing commercial relationships in various business sectors. 

Anna will be discussing Charis Grants' new Charis Shop and how it can support charities. The Charis Grants Shop is a platform that provides tools to Charities, Housing Associations and Public Bodies to offer support to their customers, residents and communities who are facing challenging or vulnerable circumstances.

Lucy Bannister - Policy Campaigns Manager (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

Lucy Bannister is Policy Campaigns Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, focusing on their social security policy recommendations. Working collaboratively with decision-makers and organisations in the sector, she leads on JRF’s campaigns for a welfare system that loosens the grip of poverty. Following a varied campaigning background, Lucy previously worked for the Living Wage Foundation as a Programme Manager, persuading and supporting more employers to pay their staff the real Living Wage.

A cut of £20 a week to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit, this October, will impose the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the modern welfare state began. Many organisations from across the charity sector and beyond are joining together to warn the government against going ahead with this cut to the incomes of around 6 million families. Lucy will share the latest updates from the campaign and how you can support.

Discussion: Home visits and safeguarding  We want to open the floor to members to discuss issues relating to re-opening after Covid, including queries raised recently by our members such as how charities are planning to approach home visits, vaccinations for staff/volunteers and safeguarding post-Covid.


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Presentation delivered by Charis Grants at ACO's Grant Making Forum on 2nd September.

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