Capacity Building

The New Cross Gate Trust offers a variety of capacity building support for local charities and voluntary groups in New Cross Gate. This can include:

– Fundraising support
– Fund holding for new organisations
– Signposting and initial development support
– Free or low cost venue hire
– Low cost capacity building training (such as Fire Warden Training, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene courses for example)

Other services can be offered depending on the needs of the organisation. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your organisation’s needs and how we may be able to help. email:

Our Community Investment Fund, opens once a year for local organisations to apply for small grants. The next grant round will open in spring/early summer 2023. More information coming soon.

Other sources of capacity building support:

Lewisham Based Support Organisations:

Voluntary Action Lewisham (VAL) – Support for local organisations, including training, communications and consultancy support. 

Community Training and Development Network (CTDN) – Tel: 020 8694 6272. email:
Provides a range of training relevant to small organisations including First Aid, Food Hygiene, Financial Management, Sage accounting, Managing Diversity, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Change Management. 

Deptford Challenge TrustFunding database and Funding Directory

Food and Health

Fareshare: – access to free healthy food for organisations to deliver to their clients (requires membership) / health / Be Inspired Lewisham – mapping of all health activities going on within Lewisham. 

Recruiting Volunteers:

Team London

Volunteer Action Lewisham

Free or Low Cost Consultancy Support:

Charity Days -is a group of trainers who have volunteered to give their time free of charge to registered charities to help you make a bigger difference by making your training budget go further. 

Cranfield Trust provides free/low cost training in leadership, strategy, HR, financial management and performance/impact. 

Benefacto  is a social enterprise on a mission to engage more professional people in meaningful volunteering. They can provide a range of pro-bono volunteers from a range of sectors, skills and professions to support your charity.  

IT Support

TT-Exchange  provides eligible UK charities access to major technology companies’ donation programmes, including Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec and Adobe.

IT Training Companies and Courses for Charities

CITA – Free IT support for Charities

Understanding the role of a Trustee:

TrusteElearning – this is an online training course covering all of the key roles of a trustee, including: leadership, roles and responsibilities, complying with the law, building an effective Board, good governance, business planning, effective Board meetings, Evaluation.  

On Board – this is a consultancy offering governance development, training and support to charities and social enterprises. 

Good Governance Code

Cheap or low cost utilities:

Charities Buying Group – support to charities to cut costs in the purchase of utilities and other services.  

Finance support