Congratulations to the first 25 voluntary sector infrastructure organisations that have received awards from BigAssist! ICA:UK is proud to be an approved supplier for the programme, offering our expertise to help strengthen the voluntary sector.

Big Assist is a programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The programme works to support infrastructure organisations based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment. For more information on the BIG Assist programme visit the BIG Assist website:

ICA:UK have been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations. We can be found in the BIG Assist ‘marketplace’

The latest issue of the ICA:UK network newsletter is online today, with 12 pages of news, reports & features from ICA:UK and our members, partners & Associates in the UK and worldwide.

Click here to download the pdf

We are pleased to have been selected as an expert supplier in the Big Lottery funded BIG Assist programme providing support to voluntary sector infrastructure organisations.

The 8th Global Conference on Human Development started in Kathmandu today. Follow on and on Twitter @ICAConference and #ICANepal

Martin Gilbraith and Amelia Lee facilitated the Millenials workshop for the Royal Society of Arts- see a video record of the outcomes on


Annual Review 2011-12I am pleased to publish ICA:UK’s full statutory Annual Report & Accounts for the year 2011-12, signed today on behalf of the Board of Trustees, and also our second Annual Review.

The Annual Review is designed to present an attractive overview of ICA:UK and how we pursue our mission and embody our values, in terms of our strategy, our achievements and our finances for the year.  We also hope it may whet your appetite to find out more, to support our work, or to get involved yourself – you will find hyperlinks throughout the document to web pages for further information, and a number of ways to support or get involved in our work. To support our work please join us or make a donation now.

This is almost my last act as ICA:UK Chief Executive before I step down at the end of this month, as we announced in July in "a new transition for ICA:UK".  I am grateful to all those who have participated and contributed in so many ways to make ICA:UK what it is today, and I urge you all to offer your support the Trustees and staff team as they lead ICA:UK forward now on the next stage of it's journey.

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Read about a recent workshop organised by our partners SCR in Coast province, Kenya. Funded by donations from individuals through Globalgiving, the workshop focused on addressing the issue of stigma faced by people living with AIDS

ICA International is delighted to present the third edition of our new global magazine: 'Winds and Waves.'

We are still receiving a favourable response from readers for our earlier issues. You will find that this month's magazine is equally as informative and stimulating; again being filled with reports and stories from the many ICAs around the world. In addition this issue has links to the new Virtual site and the Registration site for the ICA 8th. Global Conference on Human Development, to be held in Nepal in October this year.

Winds and Waves is available through the ICA International website in several formats to download or to read on line, also a high resolution PDF to download for printing

Please follow this link:   WINDS AND WAVES, July 2012

The latest issue of the ICA:UK network newsletter is online today, with 14 pages of news, reports & features from ICA:UK and our members, partners & Associates in the UK and worldwide.

Click on the image (right) to download the pdf, or visit our ICA:UK Network News page.

From the Chair:

 On behalf of the Board, thank you for your support and involvement with ICA:UK this year. We are now entering a new time of change for the charity, and the Board is excited about the opportunities ahead and how we will develop over the next year.

We have accepted Martin Gilbraith's notice to step down as Chief Executive from the end of September, and look forward to celebrating his time with ICA:UK and the incredible commitment, enthusiasm and passion he has brought to his roles over the last 16 years.

With this change to our Chief Executive role we are entering a transition period toward a new strategy and staff structure, which will be finalised by December and launched at our January AGM. Discussions are already underway within the Board and staff, and we look forward to engaging members, volunteers and associates in the process as well.

I am pleased to announce that Jonathan Dudding, Director of International Programmes, has accepted the Board's appointment to serve as interim Chief Executive from October to December, until the new structure is launched.

The Board is committed to working across our network of supporters and partners to develop the next phase of our strategy, in order to maximise the opportunities of this transition for positive change.  I would be pleased to hear your questions, comments and suggestions, either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or please do ring me on 0117 317 8751.  Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at our January AGM if not before.

Savita Custead, ICA:UK Chair


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From the Chief Executive:

After 16 years with ICA:UK, it is a curious feeling to have given notice to leave my role as Chief Executive at the end of September!  I am excited by the prospects for both me and for ICA:UK, although I do feel some sense of loss already after so many years of close identification with ICA:UK.  Nevertheless it seems to me for a number of reasons to be the right time for me to move on, both for ICA:UK and for me.

For ICA:UK, we have been clear that we need to reorient our strategy and restructure our roles in response to the radically changed operating environment that we now find ourselves in now.  Since I began my role as Development Officer in 1996, ICA:UK has grown and developed almost beyond recognition.  My departure will both require and facilitate further organisational change, and I think more effectively than I could lead it myself.  With the addition of this year’s newly appointed Trustees and Savita as Board Chair, with the passion, expertise and capacity of our network of members, volunteers and associates, and with our strong and experienced team of core staff, I have no doubt that ICA:UK will meet that challenge.  I hope that all those who care for ICA:UK and it’s mission and values will join together over the coming months and years to continue ‘to enable people to bring about change, toward a just and sustainable future for all’ in line with those values.

For me, I embarked upon this journey with ICA:UK in 1996 with the aim of working with other members to rebuild and grow a sustainable ICA organisation in Britain, at a time when we had no office or staff and close to zero annual turnover.  I think that I supposed then that that might take 10-15 years.  I feel that it is now high time that I allow ICA:UK the opportunity to sustain itself without me, and to reinvent itself without me for the next 10-15 years.  Also I feel that it is time that I allow myself the opportunity to embark on some new challenges of my own.

I look forward to working initially at least on a freelance basis, based in London after two long years dividing my time between London and Manchester. I shall be available to work with ICA:UK as an Associate, if called upon for a particular project or to serve existing or new ICA:UK clients, and I plan to offer ICA:UK’s ToP facilitation training courses independently as a licensed Associate as well.  I am pleased to have accepted a nomination for election to the Board of ICA International from next year, after completing my present two year term as Chair of IAF.  Also I hope to find more time to read, to reflect and to write, and to explore whatever other new opportunities emerge.

Please do contact Savita or me with any queries or feedback about what this transition might mean for ICA:UK, and if you might like to offer your support, and please also feel free to contact me about my own future. Until 30 September I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and I can also be reached from now at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Martin Gilbraith, ICA:UK Chief Executive

ICA:UK is running a new course! We have confirmed grant funding from Grundtvig for a 5-day residential course, which will be run at a retreat centre in Cumbria, August 25-31. The intensive course will focus on using facilitation in a leadership role as a force for positive change in a community.

Fully funded places, including travel, food, lodging and materials are available to people working in community leadership roles in Europe who will be traveling from outside the UK. Participants from inside the UK or from outside of Europe may also attend for a cost of £1270, which includes transport to and from Manchester, six nights at the retreat centre, and all food.

To apply for a place, please fill in this application form.

More information about the course and the curriculum is available on the course page, here. You may also reach the Training Programme Manager, Alan Heckman, in the office on 0161 232 8444 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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