Founder and Director
Carly brings a wealth of expertise in the design, development and growth of community-led and volunteering programmes throughout East London and beyond. She set up a community day programme for adults with learning disabilities, and a local befriending service with Outward, a support and care charity, as well as the first Hackney FoodCycle Hub, a community meal rescuing food that was edible but would otherwise normally go to waste.
With the start of her career in the private sector, managing large locum doctor contracts in the NHS, combined with her success in the Third Sector, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to this work.
She also spent six years in the hospice sector, developing an award winning End of Life and social isolation programme and now loves leading The Loss Project, coaching and mentoring and freelancing for special community projects.
Carly completed an MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University College London in 2020. Her research considered how to grow community approaches in a social enterprise context, and the conditions that might make this successful. She is a lover of pineapples, speaking Spanish, boxing, trying her hand at many creative pursuits, and all things community.
Claire Henry MBE RGN BSc(hons) PGDip
With over 30 years working in clinical, managerial and quality improvement within the NHS and 3rd sector, Claire has an abundance of experience in palliative and end of life care
Claire brings flexibility, energy, humour, creativity and curiosity to all she does focusing on what makes the difference to people in relation to end of life care.
Claire has led national programmes and independent reviews including the NHS End of Life Care Programme which supported the implementation of the National End of Life Care Strategy for England and National Choice offer for end of life care “What’s important to me”.
Claire has been actively involved in community engagement and developments nationally including Dying Matters which she led for 3 years. She was also co- founder of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses.
In 2013 Claire was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to improving end-of-life care and in the same year received a lifetime achievement award from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.
More recently Claire has been working independently supporting health and social care organisations in a variety of aspects relating to palliative and end of life care.
During any free time, Claire has she loves watching rugby and taking long walks with her very lively springer spaniel.
I am a community development practitioner who relishes life, successful in encouraging people to trust that society really does exist, that life in community can be richer, deeper, wider, more meaningful if we learn to be more alert in the moments of our life.
I have worked with communities and with organisations and between them, facilitating dialogue and encouraging collaborative decision-making.
I work appreciatively with groups - large and small - on the group dynamics to generate commitment to desired change.