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Advice and support for voluntary organisations

Voluntary Action Islington (VAI)

VAI has a range of services to support small and emerging organisations with their development needs, as well as individuals who want to set up a voluntary group.
They can help you with:

  • starting a new community organisation
  • developing your trustees (or management committee)
  • looking for funding for a specific service
  • managing people or premises

They can also give you information, guidance, training and one-to-one advice in person or on the phone.

Our VCS team

Our VCS development team offers advice and support to local voluntary organisations, whether or not they receive funding from us.

We can offer support in the areas of:

  • fundraising
  • governance
  • organisational strategy and development
  • business planning
  • managing volunteers
  • quality standards
  • monitoring and evaluation

For more information please contact us at partnerships@islington.gov.uk.

Local networks

Islington has an extensive range of organisations and networks that can support your work and ensure you are kept informed of key initiatives in the borough.

Children and Young People Forum

Brings together organisations working with children and young people. They aim to make life better for children and young people in Islington so that they are safe, happy and have fun.

Disability Action Islington

Assists and enables local disabled people to increase their access to services and entitlements and challenge exclusion and discrimination.

Islington and Camden LGBT Forum

Ensures that the rights and interests of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living or working in Islington and Camden are represented. They tackle discrimination and promote equality and diversity. 

Islington Faiths Forum

A community partnership of faith-based organisations and projects working together to assist the local community. They work to support inter faith and community initiatives and dialogue throughout Islington.

Islington Pensioners Forum

Champion the rights and dignity of pensioners locally with the aim of to reducing isolation and loneliness, and affiliated to the National Pensioners Convention which campaigns for the rights of older people nationally.

Islington Refugee Forum

Aims to improve the well-being of Islington’s refugee communities. They work with refugees and refugee community organisations to ensure integration by promoting dialogue, strong partnership, advocacy and empowerment.

Manor Gardens 

Works with organisations to support them to help people change their lives for the better. They promote mental and physical health and well-being services.

Octopus Community Network

A network that supports Islington's multi-use community centres or 'hubs' by offering support to improve quality and sustainability.

Race Equality Forum – Every Voice

Islington Race Equality Forum is a network, bringing together black and minority ethnic voluntary and community organisations to address social inequalities affecting the community and influence social change.


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