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A few resources I’d recommend this week about anti-racist work, readings etc.

This is excellent in terms of detailing how white supremacy culture is upheld in a work place.

And this is an immense resource in terms of reading — a Black History Month library.

What I’ve been doing

  • I continue to steward different funding papers and assessments, and next week I’m back on one of the decision-making panels so that has meant needing to read over 100 assessment papers the last few days. Since 1 April, we have received 14,700 applications, which is 2.5 times more than at this point last year. This includes 990 new grantees, 62% of which are micro and small organisations.

What’s been important this week

I found out on Friday that Paul Hamlyn Foundation have given the Stewarding Loss work some additional funding. I am really glad for this because the work is needed so much. I also should say that the process — two pages of A4 submitted, and a week to hear back about the funding decision is a brilliant example of how funding should work.

What I’ve learned this week

I wanted to share what some of my colleagues across The National Lottery Fund fed back this week when we checked in on how the Scanning + Sensing Network was going.

“It’s been great to have the space to think about things in a different way.”

“It’s been a really different way of thinking and framing questions.”

“We do so little that is Fund wide, so breaking down the silos has been great.”

“I have connected more with colleagues outside of Wales and it’s been good to feel my voice has been heard.”

“There isn’t another space like this in the Fund, where you get a view of another form of analysis and get to use new tools. “

“It’s been a space where we can be honest and say what we are feeling. We can share and are not being judged.”

“I’ve valued that our ideas and experience is being valued. We often outsource this kind of work too expensive consultants but it’s been really empowering to do interviews with grant holders ourselves.”

I’ve found the last few weeks particularly hard and realised this weekend, after some helpful conversations with friends, that I need to reconnect to what my purpose is in the long run. I’ve always believed that your life’s work and purpose should be much bigger than any one organisation’s purpose, and these Solidarity Is provocations have been helpful to revisit this week.

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Senior Head, UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund & Co-founder of the Point People. Previously Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone.

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