Smart London Consultation
At London Tech Week in June 2017 the Mayor set out an ambition for London to become the smartest city in the world. He has asked London’s new Chief Digital Officer and the Smart London Board to secure London’s position at the forefront of innovation in smart cities and what is known as advanced urban services. Together they are starting a Listening Exercise for a new Smart London plan.
It is really important that civil society feeds in to these plans, and that your needs are factored in. You can respond on via the above link or you can email a submission to email@example.com. The deadline for response is the end of March 2018. They are encouraging of responses in the form of projects or case studies.
For a grassroots civil society viewpoint on this issue please see networkedcity.london.
Survey: Changing Faces and HEAR partnership on Hate Crime campaign
Changing Faces has recently secured some funding from the Home Office to develop a campaign for the disfigurement or visible difference community to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it if they or a friend or family member are affected. A really important piece of work on an issue that needs much more focus.
The charity has extended an online survey asking people who 'look different' for their experiences of hate crime. Take part in and share this survey to help Changing Faces get an idea of the problem and what to do next.
Bite-sized GDPR guidance
The Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator have recently published joint guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ahead of its enforcement on 25 May 2018. The guidance, which has been “reviewed and co-badged” by the Information Commissioner’s Office, has been broken down into six four-page reports intended for easy consumption.
The “spotlight series” includes an introduction to GDPR, and area specific reports on fundraising, community fundraising, corporate fundraising, legacies and trust fundraising. Read more on the civil society website here.
Age Allies awareness workshops
Age Allies is a new Programme, funded by the City Bridge Trust, that provides free age awareness workshops to organisations and businesses across London. The three hour workshops have been developed in collaboration with older Londoners and are designed to help participants identify their own unconscious attitudes and assumptions about older people. They use a series of interactive exercises which are co-facilitated by older volunteers.
If you would like to find out more about the workshops and discuss the benefits for your organisation, please get with Richard Norman, Age Allies Programme Officer, Age UK London firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refugee Council Advocacy Network
The Refugee Council has a long history of supporting Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) and working with other organisations on projects and campaigns. Their Advocacy Network follows this tradition and they are inviting organisations and individuals working with refugees and people seeking asylum to join them and work together to achieve positive policy change.
For more information and to join the network please see here.
Work placements and diversity in the grant giving sector
2027 is a new, paid training programme that prepares brilliant professionals from working class backgrounds for decision making roles in the grant-giving sector.
The programme, which kicks off in 2018, will take on 15 associates each year over the course of 10 years. These individuals will start a movement that fundamentally changes the skillset, approach and class makeup of senior teams at foundations and trusts.
Report: Employee Volunteering Research
The launch of new research into employee volunteering shows that whilst the demand for business support is increasing, charities often aren’t getting the kind of help that they need.
Employee volunteering is a well established way for businesses to help tackle social issues using their workforce and is proven to help engage and retain staff and increase employee morale.
But are businesses getting it right? Can hosting employee volunteers cost a charity more than they receive in return? And ultimately, how can businesses bridge these gaps to make sure that their volunteering programmes are as impactful as they can be?
For an overview please see the Three Hands website and for the full report see here.
Report: The Road Ahead
NCVO's latest annual report identifies the political, economic, social and technological trends likely to affect your charity in 2018 and beyond – includes valuable information to help you plan. Read the report here.
Health and wellbeing support officer - One Westminster
Full-time, £28,000 per annum, deadline for applications 12 March 2018
One Westminster is at the heart of supporting local charities to have their voices heard to influence the debate and improve service provision for those most in need in our city. They are seeking a passionate individual who wants to make a difference. For further details and an application pack please see here.