Please see below an invitation from National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) for VCSE organisations to be part of their new Community Coffee Club for the North West region:
We know the value of bringing people together to talk, learn and share, but we also know that it's hard for people to meet up and make new connections at the moment. That’s why we’re offering you, or your colleagues (please feel free to share this email with them), the chance to have a 30-minute virtual chat with a peer from another organisation in the North West. There’s no obligation to sign up, but we think it’s an exciting opportunity to meet someone different, who might be going through similar challenges or have valuable insights to share.
What is the Community Coffee Club?
You’ll be introduced, by email, to another National Lottery Community Fund grantholder and asked to find a convenient time to chat over the phone or via an online platform. You can chat about anything you like but if you want, we can give you some suggested ice breakers and prompts to help you get the best out of your conversation. Pairing is completely random, and you can be matched with anyone across our programmes. Chats generally last 30 minutes, but it's up to you how long you talk for, and coffee is optional!
Why are we doing this?
We’ve already run this kind of coffee club with grantholders in other regions and it was very well received. Many other organisations do this too, so we thought they could be useful for you as well.
Your chat will be easy to arrange and won’t take too much time. But it can bring lots of benefits! Here are just some of the reasons you should sign-up, including feedback from previous rounds. You’ll:
Make new contacts and build your network. “You’ve helped me feel connected to the sector again. Thank you.”
Get peer support and advice. “It was good to talk to someone from an organisation that has had similar challenges to ours, but has worked through them.”
Gain knowledge about what’s happening in other areas. "It has given me a great deal of food for thought and specific ways in which we can develop.”
Identify shared areas of interest and opportunities to collaborate. “Since 1pm this afternoon we have agreed to meet to talk about sharing local knowledge, advice, finding ways in which we can complement and/or work together. All beautifully collaborative and open. I'm absolutely thrilled. Thank you!”
You and your colleagues have until 11th May to sign-up. We’ll then email you with the contact details of your coffee club partner so you can arrange when you’ll get together. We’ll be back in touch at a later date with a quick survey to find out how it went, if you’d like to take part again, and if we could do anything better next time.