Dear colleagues,

Welcome to our March ebulletin - as temperatures plummet and the tail end winter does its worst we're here to warm your cockles and to remind you that Spring and daffodils will soon be with us... here's your update on what's happening at GLV, the new hub for London and news and resources to help you with your work developing civil society in London.

On the 6th of February we held a Network Event and extraordinary general meeting, where our members unanimously voted for GLV to adopt a new set of Articles of Association to broaden our charitable remit and enable us to transition into a new hub for civil society in London.

Our new purpose moving forwards will be to support a thriving civil society for the benefit of all Londoners and we will be focusing on three key areas of work: data, networks, and voice & influence. This is an exciting time for our organisation and over the coming months we'll be recruiting for a new CEO and additional staff members to lead each workstream. Once the applications packs have been finalised we'll be in touch so that you can take a look and circulate them onto your networks. Further details about our work in setting up the hub can be found in the next section below. 

In other news, this month also sees digital skills, data and smart cities in the spotlight.. the GLA will be hosting a data surgery in March and the Mayor and his team are starting a listening exercise for a new Smart London plan. We'll also be working with Superhighways and the GLA on VCSSCamp in April to support digital skills in infrastructure organisations.

If you’ve got thoughts on the role of data and digital in civil society, or any of the other workstreams of the hub, do get in touch… until next time, stay warm, happy St David's day, and thank you for all you do in supporting London's civil society.

With best wishes,
 
Cam, Sharon, Jonathan and David

 

A civil society hub for London

The Hub Advisory Group 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:

  1. Data
  2. Networks
  3. Voice and Influence

Here's an update on what we've been working on over the the last month:

  • Data – we have facilitated a data session with Superhighways and the GLA to take forward the recommendations from the Way Ahead task and finish work. The hub will also be working with the GLA and Superhighways on the VCSSCamp in London
  • Networks – we have worked with the GLA and London Funders to facilitate a session on the London Plan and have developed a joint submission about the social infrastructure element of the plan
  • Voice and influence – we will be working with various partners to agree a set of principles and plan of work around voice and influence
  • Recruitment of the CEO for the hub, we have appointed TPP to take forward this recruitment and when the advert is finalised we will circulate this widely for you to forward onto your networks
  • Governance – a review of the new governance arrangements is underway and we will share the findings via the bulletin and also networking events
  • Communications – we are working on a draft communications strategy for the hub and will be posting materials out via the GLV website

We're expecting to be particularly busy as we set up the new organisation and lay the foundations for new resources and services for London's civil society. Please bear with us whilst we're in transition and recruit a new staff team. 

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

Digital Skills: VCSSCamp Eight London

23 April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, City Hall, SE1 2AA

VCSSCamp is a space just for people from VCS Local Infrastructure Organisations (that's CVSs and Volunteer Centres etc) interested in using digital tools and technology.

It's for people interested in better service delivery and governance using technology to improve transparency, engagement, service delivery or collaboration (websites, social media, data, email, mobile, productivity tools etc)

So if you work in, lead, govern or volunteer for an local support or infrastructure organisation and you want to get together with like-minded people for a day, then VCSSCamp is for you!

This event is intended for staff, managers, trustees and volunteers primarily working for or with local support organisations. Whilst we won’t refuse a booking from others, due to capacity of the venue we may have to hold back bookings from other organisations.

For more information and to book please see the event page.

Data Surgery with the GLA

19 March, 1.30-4pm, Venue TBC

Get expert advice from a team of statisticians, data scientists and researchers working for the GLA. London's data experts will be available for a "data surgery" to help you get the most out of your data.

If you work for a charity, social enterprise or NGO and have a project idea that involves data analysis, or you just want to better understand what you can do with the data you hold, come and pick their brains.

All good data analysis projects start by defining the problem you want to solve. Please come with your data to discuss the challenges your organisation faces and GLA data scientists will help you think through possible solutions.

You'll work with one or two City Hall data experts for an afternoon. The aim is to have a hands-on session that gives you practical tips for what you can do next.

Please register your interest by completing this form, a GLA officer will follow up to confirm suitability.

NEWS

 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 smart@london.gov.uk. 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. 

Resources


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 rnorman@ageuklondon.org.uk.

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.

Opportunity

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.