Haringey Giving aims to create lasting change for people and communities in our borough. Since 2019, Haringey Giving has distributed almost one million pounds in grants and resources to over 130 local community projects, supporting tens of thousands of people. Our supporters are changing lives and tackling the root causes of inequality in Haringey by:

  • opening up opportunities for children and young people.
  • improving mental health, wellbeing and enabling people to thrive.
  • building confidence and skills for better jobs and successful enterprises.

We are an agile, responsive independent charity who are uniquely placed to support people and communities at a grassroots level in Haringey. We enable people to take action on the things that matter to them.

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What we do and how we do it

We raise funds and resources to invest in our borough and encourage others to volunteer their time. We are making a difference to the lives of residents and supporting our community organisations. We are passionate about people in Haringey and our highly diverse and vibrant and communities. We build on people's strengths to enable them to tackle issues at their roots, and we are informed by local insight, research, listening and learning.

Collaborative working

Haringey Giving works proactively and in partnership with businesses, large corporates and funders to increase resources available to communities in Haringey. We bring together stakeholders and partners alongside communities to develop joined up approaches to resource distribution in the borough.

Investing in our local communities

We create and deliver light-touch accessible grants against each of our priorities under two programmes:

Changing Lives - micro-grants up to £500 which enable an individual to take a step or make a change or transition that will improve their life. Find out more here.

Together We Can - small grants up to £10,000 for up to two years, enabling people to come together and take action on a shared issue or challenge. We prioritise in informal groups who may find it difficult to access mainstream funding. Find out more here.

In addition to our core grant programmes, we deliver funding to communities in Haringey on behalf of other funders, corporate partners and public bodies. We lead the Giving’s Together partnership, working with communities and partners in four London boroughs to develop and participatory approaches that enable access to grant funding for all. Find out more about Givings Together here.

“As a funder, Haringey Giving really makes the effort to understand what is needed by the Haringey community, then they empower us to empower our families. Haringey Giving is an amazing asset to the Haringey community, they take the time to identify what the local community need and seem to be able to seek out the right community group/partners that can offer support.” Breadline London, 2023 Together We Can grantee and Changing Lives partner.

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Meet the team

Haringey Giving is an independent partnership led by local residents, we work closely with community organisations, local businesses and funders across Haringey.

Our Board Members

We have a talented and dedicated Board who volunteer their time and share their knowledge and expertise to get Haringey Giving off to the best possible start:


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Helen Rayfield (Chair) Haringey Resident

Helen has lived in Haringey for most of her life and is passionate about improving the lives of Haringey residents and solving issues in our community. Helen is a freelance bid consultant and over the years, has worked across local and central government in a wide range of sectors. Her expertise includes grant funding, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, impact reporting and governance. As Chair of Haringey Rhinos rugby club, she has spent over 10 years working with local partners to develop grassroots sport in the borough. She is also a trustee of the Haringey Sports Development Trust.


Geoffrey Folkes

Geoffrey Folkes, Haringey Faith Leader

Geoffrey Folkes is the owner of GEF Associates which was created with the responsibility of helping people set up their business. He has worked with small and medium sized businesses, providing a broad range of specialist support including training and mentoring. Speciality areas include: Health care, Consultancy, Professional services, Food Industry, Social enterprises. Geoff is committed to customer service and satisfaction, and prides himself on the number of businesses he has supported over the years. Many have gone on to win awards like the Enterprise Enfield Start-up business, Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, and Social Enterprise. He has sat on various panels providing grant funding in local areas.


Joanna Keefe

Joanna Keefe, Global Corporate Responsibility Manager, Linklaters LLP

Joanna leads the global community investment and non-legal volunteer programmes at Linklaters LLP. Joanna is a corporate responsibility professional with over fifteen years’ experience in the financial services, hospitality, commercial and legal sector. Before this, she worked within the UK charity sector and her academic studies specialised in international public health. Joanna is passionate about corporate responsibility and community engagement and believes all organisations have a responsibility to help effect positive social and environmental change.


Mark Swinburne

Mark Swinburne, Senior Development Manager, Design Lead Tottenham Hale, Argent LLP

Mark joined Argent as a Development Manager in 2013. Over the past seven years he has led commercial developments at King’s Cross, and more recently he has worked as design lead on a new residential development at Tottenham Hale. Mark is passionate about the borough and the opportunities for community engagement.  Prior to joining Argent, Mark was a practising architect.


Paul Birtill

Paul Birtill, Trustee, The Bridge Renewal Trust

Paul is a Trustee and the Treasurer of Bridge Renewal Trust. He worked for many years in the public, voluntary and housing association sectors, mainly in business development roles and more recently heading up a Charitable Foundation supporting refugees and migrants. He now runs his own financial advice company and juggles that with family life (including three daughters and a dog called Cooper), Table Tennis, and trying to be Vegan.

Our Advisors

Geoffrey Ocen, Chief Executive, Bridge Renewal Trust

Geoffrey Ocen, Chief Executive, The Bridge Renewal Trust


Our staff

Colin Bowen

Colin Bowen, Director of Haringey Giving

Colin is employed full-time to lead the development of Haringey Giving, engage with our stakeholders and partners, and to recruit and manage our team of staff and volunteers.

Milica Milosevic, Head of Grants

Milica leads on the development and management of Haringey Giving's grants programmes, and the cross-borough Givings Together partnership.

Karolina Frackowska, Communications Assistant, Haringey Giving

Karolina Frąckowska, Communications Assistant

Karolina delivers Haringey Giving's communications programmes, including our online and social media channels, publicity and media.