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Firm Foundations

John Lyon’s Charity is supporting children and youth providers to become financially sustainable through its Firm Foundations’ Programme led by Clear Thinking Consultancy working in partnership with CVS Brent and with the support of Brent Play Association. In 2014, it supported over twenty organisations – addressing common training needs, supporting them to identify and respond to barriers to sustainability, sharing good practice and keeping them up to date with the latest local changes and policy development.

Support includes:

  • A FREE audit of your governance, infrastructure, services and the extent to which you are meeting local need. The audits require minimal preparation, take place over just one day and are followed up with a comprehensive report and face-to-face meeting to discuss the recommendations. This will give you a clear understanding of what you need to do to make your organisation more financially sustainable and to help you secure funding
  • Consultancy support to address any support needs for those organisations that have strong potential to develop and are best placed to benefit from further support
  • Invitation to three forum meetings per year that bring together all providers that have a strong focus on children and young people. You will share good practice with other providers, hear from decision makers about local and national agendas and policies that affect your work, meet funders that have a strong interest in supporting Brent providers and participate in mini-training sessions on key organisation development areas.

If you would like to find out more about how your organisation can take part in this project Firm Foundations, contact Kita Jiwani-Ikoku at

If you run or want to run a supplementary school in the borough, then please get in contact with the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education. They will be able to provide training, capacity building and support to supplementary schools.

Akhita Benhamin is the Supplementary School mentor in Brent. She can be contacted on

If you run or want to run a Youth Club or organisation in the borough, then please get in contact with Beth Williams at London Youth, who will be able to signpost to support and training and also start you on your Quality Mark journey. Have a look at