Waltham Forest Giving is an independent initiative, hosted by Groundwork London, that aims to provide a straightforward, connected, and organised approach for individuals and businesses to contribute funds, time, knowledge, or skills to support local community projects. 

WFG will respond to local needs in an agile way with the aim to plug gaps, add value, avoid duplication, and collaborate with others and will not replace existing services or funds. 

Make a difference in your community and help steer Waltham Forest Giving!

Are you passionate about making a difference in your local community? Are you a ‘Do-er’? Join our advisory group for a new giving scheme in Waltham Forest! 

Do you have a strong desire to empower and uplift residents in the borough? We are seeking dedicated individuals like you, who live in the borough or represent a local organisation, business, or public sector body. 

As a member of the advisory group, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of our community by co-designing the scheme with us. Your expertise and insights will help us to bring additional resources to Waltham Forest and help the communities here to thrive in the longer term.  

We are actively seeking a range of people/organisations which reflect the diverse community in Waltham Forest. We want to invest in people who are seldom seen/heard and a keep relentless focus on our borough.  

What will the advisory group do?

The group will guide and oversee WFG to ensure it effectively meets community needs, is sustainable, and will thrive in the longer term.  

The group will support the WFG manager to accelerate local giving in Waltham Forest by developing an overarching strategy for WFG, annual action plans and improving mechanisms to make Waltham Forest a more resilient, equitable and fairer place to live. Waltham Forest Giving aims to ensure that everyone can give – whether that might be their time, talent or resources. 

Members of the advisory group will: 

  • Help strengthen relationships with local businesses, individuals, public bodies, corporate and strategic partners and local funders to lead to increased local giving. 
  • Raise WFG’s brand visibility to sustain and develop programmes.
  • Guide setting up WFG’s grant scheme to effectively meet local need. They will help to ensure the grant scheme is accessible and transparent.  
  • Create the foundation for WFG to become sustainable and financially viable – in the longer term.
  • Explore a variety of ways to give and complement other initiatives, organisations and grant schemes in the borough.  

Members are expected to be mutually supportive and to work collaboratively to promote local giving and act at all times for the benefit of the residents of the borough of Waltham Forest. 

Trust, openness and honesty will inform the participation of each member and the conduct of their representatives in its meetings and activities in the interests of Waltham Forest residents. 

Interested? Got questions? Speak to Charlie!

Meet Charlie, Waltham Forest Giving’s Project Manager. Find out more about WFG and ask your questions.

Contact: charlie.blair@groundwork.org.uk or 07548 315 149

Application Information

Requirements/ Person Spec:

  • Live, work or study in Waltham Forest
  • Local love – passionate about Waltham Forest
  • Knowledge of your local community, services, gaps in current provision and needs identified by residents
  • Vision, creativity, integrity, passion and commitment 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A good listener 
  • Ability to see the value of different perspectives and committed to consensus building
  • Critical thinker
  • Ability to reach out and build relationships with local leaders and residents
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to understand and/or represent the challenges faced by communities in Waltham Forest, including what it’s like, or what it means, to experience inequality
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Time / resource commitment  

It is expected that group members can commit 1-2 days per month attending meetings or events and inputting on specific issues to raise the profile of Waltham Forest Giving and champion the work that we do. 

We anticipate that there will be more frequent meetings initially to prepare for the launch of WFG. Once the scheme has launched, we’ll likely meet every 4-6 weeks.  


The role of a Waltham Forest Giving advisory group member is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses can be claimed. All new members will receive an induction. Training will be provided as appropriate to support group members in their roles and future development. Members can join any training and development sessions organised by Waltham Forest Giving.   

Application deadline: Wednesday 20 March

For more information please contact Charlie Blair, Project Manager: charlie.blair@groundwork.org.uk or 07548 315 149