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'Progress and Review'


Big Society Funding CIC

Big Society Funding CIC aims to build organisational capacity and encourage people and members of community groups from all backgrounds to become ‘Big Society’ activists and fundraisers – and helps them in finding a voice in shaping local services and increasing their ability to meet the needs of the disadvantaged communities they care about.


We started working with the Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association (BDSWA) in late 2015, and we are still developing this relationship.


This is what we have done so far:


Involvement with BDSWA during 2016, on an unpaid ‘pro-bono’ basis:

  • Advised, guided and supported on the production of funding bids, including the submission of a Stage 1 Reaching Communities outline application (which was then shortlisted for funding by the Big Lottery Fund)
  • Organised consultation events, and delivered workshops designed to refine their Big Lottery Fund bid
  • Designed a new organisation logo, creation of fresh website and social media presence e.g. Twitter
  • Production of progress and review report by 2nd year student intern (University College London) as attached.


Involvement with BDSWA during 2016, funded by small ‘Communities Can’ grant

  • Undertook Trustee skills development, and two workshop sessions to improve budgeting and fundraising skills
  • Produced forward strategies including organisational Business Plan.


Involvement with BDSWA in 2017 and on-wards, funded by the Big Lottery’s ‘Building Capabilities’ programme

  • Celebrated with BDSWA the news (in January 2017) of a three year ‘Reaching Communities’ Lottery grant: EAST LONDON ETHNIC MINORITY WOMEN'S HEALTH & WELLBEING PROJECT
  • Production of an Organisational Strengths Review and providing capacity-building training to Trustees, volunteers and staff
  • Continuing to provide guidance, ‘hands on’ support and advice on diversifying income, improving marketing and developing monitoring and evaluation systems




As a passionate social enterprise we aim to build community cohesion, individual skills and talents, particularly with those working in some of our most socially deprived and diverse neighbourhoods and looking to better the lives of people facing, what can seem often, like intractable problems.

- Big Society Funding