Supporting our Voluntary and Community Sector

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It is important to tackle the structural inequalities in our borough, identified in the State of the Borough report.

We are committed to understanding the experiences of people who face discrimination and disadvantage in Waltham Forest and will be working directly with local communities to design and deliver solutions. This will involve building and enhancing community networks and creating different ways to contribute so that the full diversity of Waltham Forest’s communities can be involved.

The learnings from this community engagement will be formed into a clear action plan with key priorities and recommendations and set out in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Action will be immediate, with resources set aside to reduce structural inequalities by acting upon the recommendations of the strategy.

To be involved in engagement work around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Waltham Forest, please get in touch with our team.

Volunteering is a great way for residents to contribute to their local community in Waltham Forest, and there are lots of different opportunities for residents to get involved as a volunteering, whether it is a one off or more regularly.

Register your interest in becoming a volunteer

We also support community organisations with accessing volunteers - there are currently volunteers who are supporting local community groups with admin support, manual labour, one off events and much more.

If you represent a community group that could benefit from support in any way, please do let us know.

The Waltham Forest English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Advice Service offers free sessions for residents who want to learn or improve their English.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, residents can still register for and participate in English language courses online. To book an appointment and find a free online language course, text or WhatsApp your NAME + ‘ESOL advice’ to 07770 054 167.

The Communities and Participation team work hard to support our voluntary and community sector in Waltham Forest.

Our monthly Community Participation Network meetings are open to any community or voluntary sector representative in the borough, and provide an opportunity to for different communities to network, share ideas and plan partnership working.

There are also monthly network meetings for Youth Service Providers in the borough, specifically to look at issues impacting young people in Waltham Forest.

If you would like to attend an upcoming network meeting, please get in in touch.

Any voluntary and community sector organisation in Waltham Forest can also sign up to be a part of our Community Database Tool. Register your details for this database.

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If you need any support regarding the voluntary and community sector in Waltham Forest, you can always get in touch with the Communities and Participation team. Email

You can also follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with community activities in Waltham Forest.