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Last updated May 2021

Grant Making Forum - 16 June 2021

We're looking forward to welcoming members to our next Grant Making Forum - an opportunity for members to come together to discuss and collaborate on a range of topical issues relevant to our sector.

This virtual event is open to all staff at ACO member charities. Running 11am - 12:45pm on Wednesday 16 June. 

Please register here on Eventbrite to attend and receive Zoom access details for this event. 

The ACO will also be using this session to report back a summary of the results from the grant-making benchmarking survey conducted with members. 

Our speakers for this session include:

Dr Evgenia Stefanopoulou MSc, PhD, DClinPsy and Claire Wornham-Fellows - Business Development Manager, Rightsteps

Presentation: This Gambling Support webinar delivered by mental health and wellbeing support experts Rightsteps will provide some introductory information about gambling, its prevalence in the workplace, the impact for individuals and the factors that might be involved, as well as providing insight as to the kinds of support that are important when an individual is struggling with their gambling-related behaviour

Dr Stefanopoulou is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in adult mental health. She finished her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, where she focused on the psychophysiology and neurobiology underlying emotional dysregulation and Bipolar Disorder. She then moved on to complete her doctorate training in clinical psychology (DClinPsy), where she investigated attentional control and working memory functioning in generalised anxiety. She has worked in a number of NHS primary and secondary care settings and has a special interest in neuropsychology and the treatment of common mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She has been involved in the development and evaluation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions for a number of emotional (e.g. anxiety, depression), physical health (e.g. in oncology) and other health-related difficulties (e.g. sleep) and has published a number of scientific papers in these areas.

Claire is the new business development lead for Rightsteps and she also has the responsibility of looking after Rightsteps customers. Claire has worked in wellbeing for eight years and has supported many organisations seeking to make a real impact in this space.

Abby Meadows, Co-production Officer at Turn2us,  and Filipa do Carmo - Co-production partner

Presentation: Our co-production and involvement journey, from paternalism to coalition. Covering who we are, an overview of 2020/21, challenges and the future.

Abby is currently the Co-production and Participation Officer at anti-poverty charity Turn2us. This means she leads on co-producing all aspects of our work with those with a lived experience of financial hardship. This was a new concept for Turn2us, and so Abby has created a wide range of processes and undertaken some deep strategic thinking to build a system where staff can involve those with lived expertise in their work.

Filipa is a single mother living in London with her 5-year-old daughter. She has received support from Turn2us in the past and has participated in co-production projects since November 2019. In her spare time, she makes amigurumi toys for her daughter and friends. Pre-covid, she really enjoyed going to gigs, live performances and exhibitions. Now she relies on Netflix.

Stephen Hart - Business Development Europe, Pin4

Presentation: Delivering a cash first approach to aid securely, conveniently and quickly.

Pin4 will share a number of case studies where their services has integrated with digital solutions to provide recipients with immediate support whilst a longer term plan is put in place.

Pin4 enable organisations to send cash directly to recipients via their mobile phone which they collect instantly at one of 15,000 ATMs nationwide, without needing a bank account or card. Stephen launched the UK business for Pin4 in June 2020 and has supported a number of local authorities, charities and credit unions in delivering cash to beneficiaries, enabling the recipient to take control of their finances with dignity.