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Keeping the promise to east London
As we launch Community Links’ new Three-year Strategy the timing is crucial - it is soon after the Olympic anniversary and in the midst of huge change in public funding for services, welfare reform and cuts to legal aid. We are a charity that knows what works and we want to make key opinion formers aware of our agenda in east London, one of the UK’s most socially and economically deprived areas.
Between 2010 and 2016, Newham Council’s budget will have been reduced by 43%. Services provided by Community Links which were 68% funded by the local authority two years ago are now 15% funded.
Our experience of rolling-out our new strategy over this year has proved that we are taking the right and most effective approach. The current funding climate, cuts to public services and a national downturn in voluntary fundraising, means that now, more than ever, we need to find a range of partners, supporters and donors to help us deliver our ambitious programme of work.
We have ambitious plans for 2013 to 2016 to meet our new strategic priorities:
- Skilled and Enterprising People
- Ready and Resourceful Neighbourhoods
- Connected and Influential Communities
We know what needs to be done – and we know the huge gap in funding and services that we need to bridge to ensure that east London can grasp all the opportunities the Olympic Legacy promised.
To accompany our strategy launch we produced an exhibition of 15 photographs and stories of the people we work with; download East london Unlimited