Strengthening Voices Realising Rights: advisory panel recruitment

Trust for London is recruiting additional members to the Grants Advisory Panel set up to advise the Strengthening Voices Realising Rights (SVRR) initiative. This document provides information about the initiative, the role, the skills and experience required from members of the Grants Advisory Panel, as well as the terms of engagement and the recruitment process.

Strengthening Voices Realising Rights

Strengthening Voices Realising Rights (SVRR) is a Trust for London special initiative set up in 2018 to spur a renewed emphasis on the realisation of disabled people’s rights through bolstering the capacity of Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations (DDPOs) to protect, promote and advance rights and inclusion for Deaf and Disabled people. The initiative responds to alarming levels of poverty and inequality faced by Deaf and Disabled Londoners as the result of austerity cuts and welfare reform.

We're recruiting two members of the Initiative's Grants Advisory Panel to help shape the programme's strategy and approach. Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 22 August.

The Grants Advisory Panel (GAP)

Trust for London embraces the notion that people with lived experience of the issues in the fields we fund are uniquely equipped to recognise promising practice and approaches. We believe that insights, skills, and perspectives gained from first-hand experience are especially important to ensure that our work is responsive and relevant to the causes we support.

Since its creation in August 2018, the Grants Advisory Panel (GAP) has helped in shaping the strategy, approach and giving criteria of the SVRR initiative. The panel advised funding decisions of Phase 1 and their views informed the capacity building and evaluation tenders. Some members engaged in the process of selecting the team of evaluators.

The GAP is chaired by a Trust of London Trustee who is Disabled, and currently comprises another two Disabled women as well as representatives of each of the funders.

As it embarks in the process of designing Phase 2 of the initiative, and to ensure this is informed by different perspectives, TFL is seeking to add greater diversity to the GAP. The Trust is therefore recruiting two additional members who identify as Disabled with experience of involvement in social justice activism to join the Panel.

Purpose, key functions and expectations

The key functions of GAP include:

  • Revising, refining and agreeing grant-giving guidelines, processes and criteria of Phase Two (Voice) programme prior to its launch;
  • Appraising the merits of Phase Two grant applications and making recommendations regarding funding to the Trustees of TFL;
  • Advising on terms of reference for work to strengthen the capacity of funded DDPOs and incorporating Phase 2 to the current evaluation of the initiative
  • Supporting events and activities to promote inclusive grant-making practice and greater flow of funding to DDPOs within the funding community.

What are we looking for?


  • Commitment to the rights-based social model of disability
  • Experience of advocating along with peers/on behalf of groups of Deaf and Disabled people to policy makers and/or commissioners and/or providers of services at local, regional or national level.
  • Significant knowledge of social policy and developments relevant to, and impinging on Deaf and Disabled people.
  • Excellent understanding of the challenges facing London’s DDPOs.
  • Ability to integrate equal opportunities to analyses within an approach that recognises the impacts of intersectional discrimination.
  • Good analytical, problem solving, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to act without bias, and in objective and impartial ways.
  • Willingness to commit time to review documents, and attend meetings, planning sessions and events relating to the Initiative.


  • Understanding of the issues involved in grants distribution either as staff or as member of a committee or similar.
  • Practical experience of planning, running, monitoring and evaluating projects/programmes.
  • Experience of participation in campaigns led by Deaf and Disabled people

Time commitment

Meetings of the Grants Advisory Panel or events forming part of this initiative are unlikely to last more than half a day each. We estimate that this role may require a maximum commitment of 6-7 full days per year.


A fee of £150 will be payable for up to half a day’s involvement in:

(a) Preparing for, and attending Advisory Panel meetings;

(b) Preparing for, attending, and participating in meetings to with grantees, advisory panel and funders;

(a) Participating in events such as presentations of the work of the collaborative to third parties or at conferences.

The Trust will also reimburse out of pocket expenses.


To apply, please send a CV plus a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4 outlining your suitability for the position, plus names and contact details of two referees.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 22 August.

Full details of the Grants Advisory Panel and the position can be downloaded below.

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