Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year from all of us here at GLV and welcome to our January 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.

Along with a fresh start and a sense of rejuvenation, a new year also brings a new European Capital of Volunteering. This year we congratulate Aarhus, Denmark and wish them all the best in delivering their programme of events for 2018. Their bid highlighted the integration that takes place between the local authority, the culture and the social welfare areas; if you'd like to learn more, or just fancy a weekend break, then more details about their 21 January opening ceremony can be found in the news section below.

Here at GLV towers, we're continuing our work to create a new regional hub for civil society. We've been regularly meeting with the Hub Advisory Group and together we are developing a communications strategy, governance arrangements and the proposed functions for the new organisation. Our Network Event on the 6th February will be the perfect opportunity for you to hear about these plans, and if your organisation is a GLV member, you'll also be encouraged to vote on a special resolution to enable GLV to update its articles of association so that we can start to implement the new hub.

In other news, the Mayor and his team have been particularly busy, recently publishing the Draft London Plan and Draft Economic Strategy. These strategic plans will help shape how London evolves and develops. We'll be co-facilitating a consultation event in February so that your views can be heard in these discussions, more details on this will follow in the coming weeks.

As ever, 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

The Hub Advisory Group is now in place and continues to support the development of the new hub for civil society. The advisory 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, more information can be viewed here

Three key areas of work for the hub moving forward will be:

  • 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

In the coming months our David will also be putting together options papers for the new hub website and for new office locations. If you can help with this, including any recommendations for web design agencies or potential office space then please do get in touch on david@glv.org.uk.

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, GLV Hub Lead on sharon@glv.org.uk.

Upcoming EVENTS

GLV Network Event and EGM

6 February 2018, 3-5pm, Artworks Classrooms, London Bridge, SE1 2QJ

Our first Network Event of 2018 will provide an update on developments in relation to GLV, the London Hub and 'The Way Ahead'. A key step in this journey is for GLV to prepare to widen out its role in better supporting volunteering and civil society. The event will include a short extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to adopt a new set of Articles of Association to allow us to continue this journey.

The event will start with James Banks, Director of London Funders providing some background to 'The Way Ahead' report and its recommendation for the establishment of a new Hub for London's civil society. Sharon Long, GLV's Hub Lead, will then talk through the latest developments on the hub for London and the proposed work plan moving forwards.

The session will continue with Helen Price from VC Enfield talking about her role on the Hub Advisory group and how local, specialist and regional infrasructure work together. The network event will conclude with our EGM including a special resolution to update GLVs articles of association.

This event is free for our members, for more information and a link to register please see here.

Consultation on the Cornerstone Fund

5 February 2018, 2-4pm, venue TBC

City Bridge Trust (CBT) and London Funders would like to invite you to an update and consultation event on the Cornerstone Fund (the additional money that CBT has earmarked for the strategic development of civil society ultastructure support in London) and CBT’s new five-year strategy, Bridging Divides, due to launch in April 2018.

For more information please RSVP to Carolyne.Worman@cityoflondon.gov.uk by Friday 19th January 2018.

NEWS

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.

Resources

 

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.