Dear colleague,

Welcome to our October ebulletin, giving you an update on what's happening at GLV, as well as letting you know about upcoming events, and news and resources to help you in your work developing volunteering in London.

As we move (rather too quickly it seems) into Autumn there are some key and exciting developments at GLV, including confirmation of initial funding for the London Hub. Work continues on defining a new Constitution and refining the proposed structure, and as per below there are opportunities for you to be more closely and immediately involved in this development.

We have also had Trust for London’s approval for the transfer of LVSC’s London Employment & Skills programme into GLV/Hub – and so from 1st October we have welcomed Jonathan Slater into our small but perfectly formed team. We will be sharing more information about this programme in our next ebulletin.

David and I continue to work on putting together what I think will be very interesting programmes for both the next Network meeting on 18th October and for the Leadership Conference on 10th November (see below). For the latter we’re very fortunate to have charity doyennes Ruth Lesirge and Rosie Chapman, as well as Comic Relief’s UK Grants Manager, Gilly Green.

On a personal note, I’ve met or spoken with many of you already, and look forward to speaking with others in due course, but please do get in touch on if you have information to share, need support, or just want to shoot the breeze.

With best wishes,



As part of the on-going work on the Way Ahead, we have successfully secured funding for the London Hub from City Bridge Trust. This funding will enable us to set up a new charity for the region and we have been working with LVSC, London Funders and City Bridge Trust to take this work forward. A shadow board is in place currently looking at governance and with regards to the operational aspects, an advisory group on the London Hub will be established in October 2017, with cross-sector representation from the GLA, London Councils, local, regional and specialist infrastructure and civil society groups.

We will keep you updated on progress about the Hub through these ebulletins, though if you would like to discuss further please contact Sharon Long

The wider Systems Change Group for the Way Ahead is also be reviewed and refreshed and there is a work plan in place to ensure that we carry on driving forward this agenda with all key partners. This work is being led on by London Funders. The role of volunteering within this will be a crucial aspect of the work and representation from GLV and we will keep this profiled on the agenda at all times.


Upcoming EVENTS

GLV Autumn Network Event

18 October, 9.30am-1.30pm, Artworks London Bridge, 60 Weston St, SE1 3QJ 

Join us for our Autumn network event for GLV members. This session will focus on Sports, Health and Well-being. There'll also be an update on developments in relation to GLV and the London Hub.

Speakers will include Sharon Long, Hub Lead for GLV, who will talk through the latest developments on what the London Hub for civil society will look like. Jill Wiltshire from the GLA's Healthy Communities Programme who will discuss the London Health Inequalities Strategy and James Quinlan, volunteer programme manager at London Marathon Events who will talk about recruitment and deployment of volunteers for 'The Big Half' in March 2018.

For more information and to book please see here.

GLV Trustee and Charity Leadership Conference 2017

10 November, 11am-3.30pm, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, SE1 2AA

Join us for our charity leadership conference for London - for Trustees, Chief Executives and community leaders across the capital.

This free event will be at City Hall on Friday 10 November 2017, with optional morning workshops 11am-12.30pm, a lunch and networking marketplace 12.30-1.30pm and a conference session 1.30-3.30pm. We're grateful to Team London and Reach for working with us to make this event free for you to attend.

The conference starts with optional morning workshops looking at support for civil society, charity finance and legal updates. After the workshop sessions there'll be a free networking lunch with a marketplace of organisations able to help you in your role in leading charities and community groups in London. In the afternoon we'll have a plenary session with speakers including Ruth Lesirge, Chair of the Association of Chairs and Rosie Chapman, formerly of the Charity Commission and now Chair of the Charity Governance Code Steering Group. There will also be panel discussions on the latest issues in charity leadership and you'll be able to ask questions and join the debate. For more details about our presenters please see our speaker biographies page.

We hope you'll be able to join us and over 200 other delegates from organisations across London, helping to give you the ideas, inspiration and knowledge to make a real difference for our communities.

For more information and to book please see here.

Conference for CEO's and Volunteer Managers

8 November 2017, 9.30am-3pm, Engine Group, 60 Great Portland Street W1.

This year is the Jewish Volunteering Network's 10th anniversary and they will be running a special ‘conference’ for CEO’s and their Volunteer Managers. Keynote speakers will be Karl Wilding and Joe Saxton and there will be a Q&A CEO panel. The session will be discussing important questions about how charities view volunteering within their charity's mission.

For more information and to book see here.


Consultation on full-time social action for young people

The government has launched a review to find out what barriers exist to prevent young people from participating in full-time volunteering.

The review has been commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is being chaired by Steve Holliday, former chief executive of the National Grid. The consultation is asking what could be done to enable more full-time volunteering and social action.

You can read a Third Sector article describing the review here and the government consultation page is available here.

NHS volunteering consultation

Health Education England (HEE) has launched a consultation document to inform the NHS's volunteering strategy. The consultation document sets out what volunteering takes place within the NHS currently and brings together for the first time many pieces of guidance and information to inform thinking on what volunteering could look like in the NHS and how it can contribute to patient care and experience. Find out more and have your say on the future of volunteering in the NHS by completing the online survey on the consultation page.




Request for proposals: Young Ambassadors

Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s volunteering programme for primary and secondary schools. The programme encourages young Londoners to develop social action projects through volunteering. In January 2018, as the current funding arrangements come to an end, the programme will enter a new phase which will run until September 2020.

Phase two of Young Ambassadors will enhance and build on the existing volunteering and social action infrastructure already created in London schools. The programme will become a key part of Team London's new ‘Young London Inspired’ programme. This will create a London-wide environment where all young people are supported and encouraged to take part in volunteering and social action.

Team London's Request For Proposals to deliver the new phase of the programme is open until Wednesday 8 November 2017. For more information, and full details on how to apply, please use the links below.

Request For Proposals

Team London Young Ambassadors Blueprint

2018 Funding Agreement Template 


Health and Wellbeing Fund

Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are invited to apply for the Health and Wellbeing Fund on social prescribing.

Through this programme, the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England are working with voluntary organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities. The application form and supporting documents can be found here and the deadline for completed applications is noon on 21 November 2017.

Fund to widen volunteering opportunities for the over 50s

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is launching a new fund with Nesta that will support volunteering in public services and new ways for over-50s to engage in digital social action. There is £4m in grants from DCMS and £750,000 in non-financial support from Nesta available through the Connected Communities Innovation Fund.

Funding will be provided to test new concepts and support proven innovation to scale up their work. The fund is open to applications from projects which encourage people to volunteer alongside public services, those which encourage new people to get involved in volunteering and those which create new forms of digital volunteering. A Civil Society article describing the review is available here and more information about the fund is available here.



Equipping charities and senior volunteers to transform fundraising

Senior volunteers have been critical to the success of major fundraising campaigns in recent years, but their impact is not sufficiently understood. The Perfect Fundraising Partnership report - launched by the Institute of Fundraising's Volunteer Board Special Interest Group, Solid Management and Consultancy, and the Pears Foundation - showcases new research on the opinions and experiences of both charities and senior volunteers working to raise major donations for the causes they support, as well as a series of detailed case studies. 

A Civil Society article reviewing the report is available here and the report on the Institute of Fundraising's website can be found here.

The relationship between state funding and levels of volunteering

Charities which take on government contracts attract fewer volunteers than the sector as a whole, according to research produced by Chris Damm of the Third Sector Research Centre. The research suggests that the most likely explanation for reduced volunteering at contracting charities is that it is difficult to deliver government contracts with a volunteer workforce, because of the way government contracts are structured. It recommends that more work is done to make volunteer participation and contracting more compatible.

Read more on the Civil Society website or read the full report here.

Volunteering data trends report

A new report by nfpSynergy has been released showing the proportion of the UK public that volunteer. The report gives an overview of volunteering over time from as far back as 2003 up until August 2017. Their findings show that 16-34 year old men are now one of the most likely groups to volunteer closely followed by women in the same age group. Read more here.


With James leaving and new people joining the team, here's a quick handy guide to who's who and how to get in touch with us at GLV...

David Rodrigues, Networks & Operations Manager, - David's still the man to speak to about our networks, events, mailings, finances and all things operational.

Marcus Ward, Interim Operations Lead, - Marcus will be leading on GLV's core work programme, including representing the network, developing our member events, managing projects and the staff team, and supporting the governance of the charity.

Sharon Long, Hub Lead, - Sharon will be continuing our work on developing the London Hub for civil society, as discussed at member meetings and featured in The Way Ahead report.

Cam Fitzwilliam-Grey, Chair, - Cam's still leading the organisation as we continue to champion volunteering and ensure there's a strong voice for civil society at the regional level.