European Volunteering Capital - Aarhus 2018
Congratulations and best wishes go to Aarhus, Denmark for their year as the European Volunteering Capital. London, Lisbon and Barcelona have previously held this title and in 2017 it was Sligo, in Ireland.
The title is given each year to a European municipality which has been particularly notable in terms of volunteering. In Aarhus’s case, the jury emphasizes that Aarhus City Council has adopted a citizenship policy. It also highlights the integration that takes place between the municipality, the culture and the social welfare areas, where volunteers help to set the agenda on how municipalities and civil society can cooperate.
More information can be found on the Aarhus 2018 webpage here, and an invitation to the opening ceremony on the 21 January can be found here.
Mayor's new Draft London Plan
The London Plan is one of the most important documents for this city.
It's a strategic plan which shapes how London evolves and develops. All planning decisions should follow London Plan policies, and it sets a policy framework for local plans across London.
The new Draft London Plan is currently undergoing consultation. GLV will be co-facilitating an event with the GLA in February where you'll be able to share your views; details of this will be announced in the coming weeks. A listing of public consultation events (including two community focused events) is available here.
Mayor's Draft Economic Strategy
As well as the London Plan, the Mayor has launched his draft Economic Development strategy. It sets out his plans to grow London’s economy, support businesses, boost innovation and create a city that works for all.
The excutive summary states that 'The Mayor will be creative in his approach to working with communities to ensure they also feed into policy development and delivery, including the voluntary sector and civil society groups.' To read the strategy and provide your feedback please see here.
Sport England, Big Half
We are pleased to announce that Sport England have accepted our partnership bid to recruit and train 500 volunteers over three three years from four boroughs of London which have been identified as having high levels of economic deprivation and social disadvantage. The targeted boroughs will include Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.
Volunteers will be recruited through GLV’s local volunteer centres, and working with Sported and Team London, trained, supported and enabled to become active volunteers with local sports clubs and to volunteer at “The Big Half”, London’s half marathon event. Volunteers will be matched to one of two different strands of opportunity – a role with a sports club that has been developed in response to their needs and the requirements of the community, or an events-based role at “The Big Half”.
For more information about Sport England's Opportunity Fund, together with a full list of the 32 funded projects, please see here.
Jewish Volunteering Network App
Find current volunteering opportunities near you via the Jewish Volunteering Network. The app allows you to search their extensive database of opportunities based on your location, availability, and the type of charity. Once prospective volunteers have found an opportunity they're interested in, they can apply with just one tap. Read more here.
Volunteer pledge 2018
Charities and members of the public are being invited to take part in a campaign which aims to encourage volunteering in 2018.
The Volunteer Pledge campaign is being run by the International Voluntary Service, which places people abroad for volunteering opportunities. In exchange for some shares of the campaign on social media they will promote the opportunities of local and regional partner organisations. Read more here.
Be My Eyes App
For an interesting application of micro-volunteering see Be My Eyes; an app that has been developed to connect blind and visually impaired people with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video call.
Report - Getting Involved
Drawing upon trends, facts and statistics from a range of sources, NCVO have gathered up the data to map how people take part in society for their Getting Involved report. It’s full of interesting charts and graphs, and looks volunteer demographics, motivations and whether participation has changed over time.