Dear colleagues,

Welcome to our May ebulletin - as the weather warms, flowers bloom and leaves appear on the trees, we've been busy as bees - cross-pollinating London's civil society and setting up a new hub for London.. here's your update on the latest happenings as well as the usual assortment of news and resources to help you in your varied and valuable work.

Over the last month, we've been putting potential new hub CEO's through their paces - we had 44 applicants in total with six candidates making it through to interview and we'll make an announcement as soon an appointment has been confirmed. We're now ready to recruit for the rest of the staff team - below you will find an overview of the five roles, as you will see, there's wide range of opportunities available; if you're ready to help us to supercharge London's civil society then we'd love to hear from you...  

As well as staff recruitment, we've also been developing a communications strategy, reviewing governance arrangements and viewing new office spaces. Alongside this we've been conducting our own data audit in readiness for the upcoming GDPR regulations and have been supporting the VCCS data camp with Superhighways and the GLA. 

With less than a month to go Volunteers' Week, we expect that many of you will be busy setting up events and campaigns - best of luck with all your plans and if you're not already booked up for the 1 June, then Shelley and the team at Havering Volunteer Centre will be delighted to welcome you at their Bee Inspired Volunteering Conference - the details for which are below.

With Spring in the air and changes afoot we expect that there'll also be much to update you over the coming months... until next time, stay connected, enjoy the bank holidays, and thank you for all you do in supporting London's civil society. 

With best wishes, 

Cam, Sharon and David

A civil society hub for London

Work with us to supercharge London's civil society

The Hub for London is a new infrastructure support organisation for the region’s civil society. This new organisation will offer a range of support for charities, social action groups and community organisations among others. The hub aims to offer three key functions: information (data and intelligence on civil society across London), networking (supporting civil society engagement and collaboration) as well as a voice and influence (increasing the influence and representation of civil society in policy and regional planning). As part of this we are recruiting five new posts for the organisation. The posts are as follows:

  • Programme Manager – £45,000, full-time
  • Intelligence Coordinator – £36,000, full-time
  • Networks Partner – £36,000, full-time
  • Employment and Skills Policy Lead – £35,000, pro rata 4 days a week
  • Hub Coordinator – £28,000, full-time

The closing date for applications will be 5pm on 25 May 2018.

For more information on all the roles on offer and to apply, please see our jobs webpage here. Please also help us to spread the word by promoting these opportunities amongst your networks.

Hub update

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

Over the last month the following work has been underway:

  • Setting up recruitment processes for:
    • Chief Executive
    • And establishing the format for the recruitment of the rest of the staff team
  • Developing our communications strategy for the hub
  • Supporting the VCCS data camp with Superhighways and the GLA
  • Reviewing the venue options for the hub
  • Completing the review for the new governance arrangements, a set of recommendations will be reviewed by the GLV trustee board
  • Undertaking our GDPR audit and compliance checks

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

Upcoming EVENTS

Bee Inspired Volunteering Conference

1 June, 9.30am-2.30pm, Havering Town Hall, RM1 1BD

Havering Volunteer Centre presents a first of it's kind in Havering an inspire, invigorate and ignite Volunteering Conference.

This free conference is aimed at any organisation who involve volunteers and is ideal for CEO's, Volunteer Managers, Trustees and anyone who wants to Bee Inspired within their organisation.

Speakers include: James Banks (London Funders), Rob Jackson and Christoper Stacey (Unlock) and more.

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

In their own words – using the power of audio storytelling

23 May, 10am-2.30pm, Richmond

This short, interactive session brought to you by Superhighways is for anyone working in a voluntary or community organisation that is responsible for capturing client or beneficiary testimonials and stories. 

If you are ready to move beyond the written word, audio storytelling can be a personal and powerful way to capture and share the voices of the people you work with.

An intimate experience, audio encourages the listener to focus on what’s being said and imagine themselves in the storyteller’s shoes.

Read more and book your place here.

Small Charities Week - Policy Day

20 June, 2-4pm for Roundtable, 6-8pm for Reception, Westminster

Policy Day is a chance for small charities to engage with policy makers and influencers and includes two events in London plus others around the country.

The International Development Roundtable will be at the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Pitkeathley. This is an opportunity to bring together MPs, academics, small charities and those working in international development to discuss the key issues affecting them.

An evening policy reception will be hosted by the Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP in the exclusive Churchill Room in Westminster. This reception will focus on collaboration between small charities, especially in the context of meeting increasing demand.

For more information and to book please see here.


Volunteers' Week 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a chance for us all to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity - this year's theme is volunteering for all.

NCVO's brand-new website for Volunteers' Week 2018 is now live.

You'll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved and lots of downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

Volunteering is social integration's silver bullet

In case you missed it first time round here an article by Matthew Ryder (Deputy Mayor for Social Integration) on the benefits to social integration that are fostered through volunteering. 


HEAR Solidarity

HEAR Solidarity is a new space where you can share your campaigns, tell people what you want help or support with, ask others to get behind what your doing, so we can all build solidarity and work better together across London.

Campaigns on mental health inequality and ending visible hate are currently being presented. Find out more and add your voice here.

Thrive LDN

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

The project is supported by the Mayor of London and aims to increase understanding on how discrimination Londoners face due to their identity affects their mental health and wellbeing.

They're inviting Londoners from all walks of life to share their stories and hope to receive hundreds of stories covering wellbeing, physical and mental health and individuality.

To read more about the project and to share your story please see here.

Data Protection and GDPR

There's now not long to go until the new data protection reform (GDPR) kicks in on 25 May 2018. For information and guidance on GDPR, NCVO have put together lots of useful information.

Compliance checklist

NCVO have also put together a legal compliance checklist for trustee boards, which covers the most common requirements and suggested ways to monitor them. Get started on their website.