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    The Echo
    Community Fund

    Crowdsourcing skills, talents and expertise from the Echo network to support local community projects and people

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About the Community Fund

The Echo Community Fund crowdsources the skills, talents and expertise of our brilliant network to support grassroots community initiatives.

By donating Echoes or skills, you can help provide critical support to the people and projects having a big impact on their local communities here in east London.

We work with each person over a six month period to grow their confidence, capacity and networks and build successful, sustainable projects.

How It Works

With 5 grants of 20 Echoes to give away to access skills and training, this is how we make sure we reach the right local people and projects

Apply or nominate

Nominate people or projects, or apply yourself

5 projects selected

5 people or projects receive a grant

5 grants of 20 Echoes

Each project receives 20 Echoes to spend

Crowdsource support

Projects buy in skills and expertise from the community

Celebrate success

Our people and projects thrive with new skills, resources and support networks

People & Projects

This year’s people and projects who are successfully receiving support from the Echo Community. Scroll down to find out more about each one and to discover ways you can help and earn Echoes

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Qavi Reyez

Offer Support

  • Mentor
  • Freelancer Advice
  • Portfolio Website
  • Photographers
  • Career Coach

Photographer

Qavi was nominated by a local community champion, who worked with him on the London 2012 – Legacy Youth Panel and admired his spirit and ambition.

Alongside his love of community youth work, he now has big ambitions to become a freelance photographer.

At 21 years old, Qavi has buckets of drive and a great eye for photography. The portraits you see on this page his own work and it’s worth checking out his Instagram feed (left).

Keen to make inroads in the industry, he now needs help from the Echo community to help him set up as a freelancer and kit him out with a new business card and portfolio website, so he can make a great first impression.

He’s also keen to meet photographers from a range of disciplines to help him explore the direction of his future career.

He’s also keen to meet photographers from a range of disciplines to help him explore his options, and is keen to shadow photographers wherever possible.

If you’d like to lend your skills and expertise to support Qavi whilst earning Echoes, please email stuart[at]economyofhours.com

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Gordon Fryer

Offer Support

  • Digital Volunteers
  • Flyer Drop

Trowbridge Silver Surfers

Trowbridge Pensioners Club has been serving older people in the Hackney Wick area for the last 30 years.

Chairman, Gordon Fryer believes you’re never too old to learn something new, and decided he wanted to organise a series of digital training classes for the club members to help them gain the skills they need to get online in order to keep in touch with friends and family, access local services and learn new skills.

With a grant from Hackney Council, the club has been able to purchase laptops for the group. Now they need the help of digitally-savvy Echo members to deliver the training.

We aim to bring Hackney Wick’s creative community together with the older generations for some sizzling intergenerational learning. We’ll probably have lunch too!

Gordon also hopes it’ll raise awareness of the group and attract new members, benefitting more pensioners living in East London.

If you’d like to lend your skills and expertise to support Gordon whilst earning Echoes, please email stuart[at]economyofhours.com

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Lisa Bari

Offer Support

  • Financial Advisor
  • Administration
  • Career Coach

EV Playgroup

The EV playgroup operates in Timber Lodge in East Village near Stratford. They run twice-weekly sessions for under 5’s, where founder and mum Lisa Bari provides a much-needed service for parents with toddlers.

The sessions provide an opportunity for parents to leave the house, meet one another and share advice, reducing social isolation. The toddlers get to play with other kids in a safe environment, learning skills that contribute to their healthy development.

Lisa would like to grow the group and provide short classes for parents and toddlers which will attract more parents to the area and build a strong network of parents who can support one another.

Now Lisa needs the help of the Echo community to develop her own skills to turn the playgroup into a sustainable organisation, let more parents know that her service exists, and find childcare professionals to run short classes to improve the wellbeing of more parents and toddlers in her community.

If you’d like to lend your skills and expertise to support Lisa whilst earning Echoes, please email stuart[at]economyofhours.com

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Joshua Wehner

Offer Support

  • Career Plan
  • Business Mentor
  • Copywriter
  • Fundraising

Flames Basketball

Nominated for the Echo Community Fund by an Echo member, Flames Basketball is the creation of Joshua Wehner, whose passion for community development through sport is as infectious as his smile.

Joshua’s passion is making basketball accessible to everyone regardless gender, age or socio-economic background. He uses team sport to help young people in his Under 19’s team to learn valuable life skills and ultimately gain employment by connecting them with potential employers.

Through his women’s sessions, he wants to increase female participation in basketball and team sport, and his kids sessions bring children together from diverse backgrounds whilst teaching them valuable skills in team-building, focus and discipline.

Now Joshua wants to scale his passion into a profession and needs the help of the Echo community to build an organisation so he can support even more young men, women and children in his local area.

If you’d like to lend your skills and expertise to support Joshua whilst earning Echoes, please email stuart[at]economyofhours.com

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Kiran Patel

Offer Support

  • Brand Audit
  • Copywriter
  • CIC Advisor

Tech Tribe

Tech Tribe brings together young children from across east London and connects them with passionate local volunteers and University students starting teaching careers, to learn about digital technology.

Tech Tribe events take place during the school holidays when parents from lower income backgrounds can often struggle to juggle their jobs and childcare. Tech Tribe provides an opportunity for young children from all backgrounds and cultures to work together on creative projects, in a safe environment, whilst helping build their self-esteem through imaginative learning.

Tech Tribe has received glowing feedback from the children involved and their parents. They now need the help of the Echo community to turn their community project into a structured Community Interest Company (CIC) so they can access funding, provide more volunteering opportunities and successfully grow the next generation of east London tech entrepreneurs.

If you’d like to lend your skills and expertise to support Kiran whilst earning Echoes, please email stuart[at]economyofhours.com

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Made possible with generous support from:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park