My Week: Sandra Davidson wakes up feeling slightly anxious

The grants officer at the City Bridge Trust recounts her week

Sandra Davidson
Sandra Davidson

Monday: I visit the Garden Classroom in Islington, which runs imaginative educational sessions and events. A large part of my job is visiting charities, assessing whether they are suitable for a grant and helping them with the application process. I spend much of my week meeting interesting, hard-working people who are making a difference.

Tuesday: I spend the morning going through grant requests. Last year we distributed almost £19m. In the afternoon I attend a board meeting of Islington Giving, a collaboration between funders, local authority representatives and local businesses to raise the profile of Islington's poorest communities. It was a great chance to swap some ideas and information.

Wednesday: I always wake up slightly anxious on the day of our monthly committee meeting, when decisions are made about who to award grants to. Our meetings are held in public and we have to provide evidence for the recommendations we make. Today, five organisations turn up. Happily, all of the charities recommended for funding are successful this month, including Hackney Bereavement Service, the London Orchard Project and London Zoo.

Thursday: I visit the Myatt's Field Park project in south London for an initial assessment. It is a good example of local people working together to revive a historic landscape and improve play and sports facilities for residents. I talk to members of the retired people's club. In the afternoon, I visit Spitalfields City Farm to see the Grow With Us project, which is working with the local community, schools and young people to grow food.

Friday: I spend today working on our Growing Localities awards ceremony, our one-off grants programme to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It aims to enhance green spaces, improve community cohesion and reduce London's carbon footprint. We hope this £2m project will really make a difference.

The City Bridge Trust provides grants to charities in Greater London.

Sandra Davidson is grants officer at the City Bridge Trust

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