Call for Applications: Become a Golden Grant Maker!

Aged 55 or above? Live in Islington? Want to take an active role in providing more opportunities for older residents?

Islington Giving is looking for eight local older residents to come together and make decisions about which local projects and services to fund. In doing so, you will be helping us provide more opportunities for older people to connect, have fun, improve wellbeing and tackle isolation.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 23rd September. 

Why resident grant making panels?

In recent years, we have asked groups of residents to help us make decisions about how we spend our money. Residents know what makes a good service. Your life-experiences complement the expertise of our programme team, so help us make better decisions.

Building on the success of Islington Giving’s Young Grant Makers and Supporting Families Panels, Islington Giving is now asking local older people to join us in giving away £110,000 to local groups.

Who can be involved?

No previous experience is necessary – we don’t expect you to have done anything like this before. We want to meet residents who have ideas about what they would like to see and participate in and who want to get involved.

We are looking for people who :

  • live in Islington
  • are over 55 (with priority likely given to those who are over 65)
  • have a desire / enthusiasm to effect change in their local community
  • have some experience of the issues being addressed i.e. social or financial isolation, mental and/or physical ill-health, lacking access to quality services and activities at times and places that suit them.
  • can commit to participating in the whole programme
  • are interested in how funding decisions are made and willing to engage in detailed discussions
  • are willing to work as part of a team to share ideas and reach a common goal.

How to apply 

If you are interested in being a Panel member:

Before applying to this role, please read the information pack using one of the links below.

1. Complete the expression of interest form by 23 September 2022 and send or email it to Patrick Jones – 13 Elliott’s Place, London N1 8HX – patrick.jones@cripplegate.org.uk.  You can complete the form either online or download a copy below.

2. The next step would be for us to have a phone conversation with you about your application – to find out a little bit more about you and answer any questions. This will give you and us the chance to see whether the programme is right for you.

If we have more applicants than our 8 places we will use the information gleaned from your form and phone conversation against the criteria outlined above to select the Panel. Please note that we are likely to to prioritise people over 65 but any resident over the age of 55 can apply.

If completing the form might be difficult, please feel free to contact Anne Shewring or Patrick Jones on 020 7288 6940 to discuss your interest.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd September. 

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