Team London and Thrive LDN Grants
In partnership with Thrive LDN and the #iWill Fund, Team London are offering grants of £5,000 - £10,000 to community groups, small charities and voluntary sector organisations to run projects which encourage young Londoners to volunteer or take part in social action.
The projects can focus on any area of volunteering or social action such as sports, arts, media, environment, inter-generational, music, etc, but should also encourage good mental health and wellbeing. The majority of young participants will be new to volunteering and will come from groups that are disproportionately affected by mental health, such as those within the criminal justice system or young refugees or asylum seekers.
The closing date for applications is 5 January 2018, for more details and to apply please see here.
Mayor's skills strategy consultation
The Mayor, Sadiq Khan has now published his draft strategy for skills and adult education in London for consultation. The Mayor’s vision is to make sure Londoners and London businesses get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive and thriving economy.
This can only be achieved through the collective effort and actions of a range of stakeholders across London. The Mayor welcomes hearing your views on the draft strategy and how key challenges relating to skills in London could be addressed. The deadline for responses is 2 January 2018.
Volunteering in later life: a call for evidence
The Centre for Ageing Better is launching a call for evidence and experience as part of a review of volunteering and community activity in later life, in partnership the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and supported by the Big Lottery Fund. The review will produce practical recommendations for public, private and voluntary sectors to support more people aged 50 and over to enjoy the benefits of volunteering and making a contribution to their community.
For more information and to provide your feedback, please click here.
Call for legal status for full-time volunteering
A group of 11 charities have called for a legal definition of full-time volunteering in a written submission to the House of Lords.
The charities have recommended the creation of a legal status for full-time volunteers. They said: "Full-time volunteers are in 'legal limbo' and have no legal status other than NEET [Not in Education, Employment or Training]. Full-time volunteers have an important role to play and can have a significant return on funding with participants improving their employability skills. They should be legally recognised."
Read more on the Civil Society website here.
Diversity a big challenge for participation
People in the UK remain willing to become involved in society but attracting people from more diverse backgrounds remains a challenge, says a new report from NCVO.
The report, Getting Involved: How people make a difference (pdf, 3.4MB), gives an overview of the different ways and activities in which people participate in society, drawing together statistics from a variety of sources.
The press release announcing the publishing of the report is available on NCVO's website here.
Team London Awards 2017
London’s volunteering stars were rewarded for their hard work at the Team London Awards on Monday 6 November 2017.
Now in their sixth year, these awards congratulate Londoners who are active citizens in their communities, making London a better place to be and improving the lives of those around them.
Read all about the event including a link to the winners and a picture gallery on this blog.
Infrastructure mapping report
City Bridge Trust is working with a reference group, with representatives from the voluntary, public and private sectors, to help it shape its new Cornerstone Fund - a sum of £1.5m a year for two years to help support the infrastructure underpinning London's civil society
In order to inform the design and focus of the Fund, they've commissioned Rocket Science to map what infrastructure and support services are already in place and who is funding what in this area. To read more and download the report please see here.
GLV charity leadership conference 2017
GLV's annual conference took place at City Hall on Friday 10 November 2017, and included morning workshops, a lunch and networking marketplace and a plenary conference session. Resources including the slides for the day are available on our website here.
Health Inequalities Strategy and pledge board
Our October GLV network event featured a talk from Alison Pearce about the Mayor's London Health Inequalities Strategy. The following page includes resources together with a pledge board where you and your organisation can promote the great work you are doing or will seek to undertake to reduce health inequalities in London. All pledges will be seen and celebrated by the London Prevention Partnership Board throughout the year.
Equality and human rights framework
This framework has been designed by and for the voluntary sector to help us use equality and human rights more effectively – to improve outcomes for the people we support. You can set priorities, plan next steps, and track progress. You can also use it to spark discussion on equality and human rights issues, keeping them front-of-mind in your organisation.
Trustee induction pack and GDPR guide
If you're onboarding new Trustees, NCVO have put together a checklist in what to include in an induction pack. In addition here's their handy guide on how to prepare for the upcoming general data protection regulation (GDPR).
With 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, email@example.com - David's the man to speak to about our networks, events, mailings, finances and all things operational.
Sharon Long, Hub Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
Jonathan Slater, Employment and Skills Policy & Project Manager, email@example.com - Jonathan has recently joined us from LVSC and will continue to deliver the Trust for London funded Employment and Skills project.
Cam Fitzwilliam-Grey, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.