Dear colleagues,

Welcome to our December ebulletin for everyone involved in volunteering and civil society support in London - giving you an update on what's happening at GLV, the new hub for London, as well as letting you know about upcoming events, news and resources to help you in your work.

As mentioned in our last ebulletin we have now completed the transfer of LVSC’s London Employment & Skills programme into GLV/Hub and have welcomed Jonathan Slater into our small but perfectly formed team. Jonathan has been quick off the blocks and last week we held the first joint consultation event with the GLA to enable VCSE sector representatives to feed into the drafting of the Mayor of London’s Skills Strategy proposals. Pictures from the day can be found on our twitter feed @GLVolunteering and more about our new employment and skills project and how to get involved can be found on our website here.

Work also continues apace to make the new hub for London a reality.. we have established a cross-sector hub advisory group, whose membership has been elected from a range of different civil society networks from across London. Our Hub Lead, Sharon Long and our Chair, Cameron Fitzwilliam-Grey are working closely with both the advisory group and the GLV Board to set the hub functions and strategic aims - an overview can now be found on our hub for London webpage. Exciting times are ahead, and we look forward to working with you and colleagues across civil society to shape our future and deliver positive outcomes for Londoners. 

It's been a busy time all round, and it was great to see so many of you at our 'Charity Leadership Conference' on 18th November (if you missed it you can pick up the conversation on twitter through the hashtag #GLVLeadership and link to resources from the day can be found below), and in case you didn't already know today (5 December) is the International Day of Volunteering! This year's theme is #VolunteersActFirst - Here - Everywhere and it recognises the contributions of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis. 

Do get in touch with us to ask for help, share your successes, or find out more about what we're doing (a link to subscribe to our various newsletters is available here) - but for now, thanks for all you do to put civil society at the heart of London.

With best wishes,
 
Cam, Sharon, Jonathan and David

 

A civil society hub for London

There is now an advisory group in place to support the development of the new hub and this group has representation from various key partners including: local infrastructure, social action networks, regional specialist groups, equalities networks, independent funders, London Councils and the GLA. This group is reviewing the key functions that the hub will assume and developing a framework for future delivery. Three key areas of work moving forward are:

  • Data – there will be detailed discussions on the use of data with the GLA and other partners
  • Networks – we will be bringing key stakeholders together to assess what networks the hub will need to support moving forward
  • Voice and influence – we will be working with various partners to agree a set of principles and plan of work around voice and influence

More information can be viewed here.

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 sharon@glv.org.uk

The wider Systems Change Group for the Way Ahead is also being 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 we will keep this profiled on the agenda at all times.

 

Upcoming EVENTS

GLV Network Event

Late February 2017, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Coming soon - our next network event will focus on GLV's transition to become a new hub for London.

This event is free for our members, more information and a link to register will be sent out in the New Year.

Refugees – Home, homelessness, destitution and survival

24 January 2018 - Morning
Hayashen, Centre for Armenian Information and Advice
Acton, W3 8JF

For all West London / London Voluntary, community and statutory sector with an interest in making contacts and networking; to help us all respond effectively to refugees and asylum seekers (and refused asylum seekers) who are struggling with homelessness and destitution.

For more information please see here.

Funding

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.

 

NEWS

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.

Resources

 

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).

GLV CONTACTS

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, david@glv.org.uk - David's the man to speak to about our networks, events, mailings, finances and all things operational.

Sharon Long, Hub Lead, sharon@glv.org.uk - 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, jonathan@glv.org.uk - 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, chair@glv.org.uk - 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.