The Charity Governance Awards 2017
After a successful inaugural year, the Charity Governance Awards returns with a call for entries, a larger prize pot and a new additional prize category. Entry is now open to charities of all sizes in seven categories recognising outstanding governance, including this year’s new category of ‘Embracing Digital’.
The awards are easy to enter online and are totally free, and charities from all sectors can be in with a chance of winning one of seven £5,000 prizes of an unrestricted grant.
The deadline for applications is midnight Monday 23 January 2017. For full details, including an entry form, details of the judging panel and stories from the 2016 award winners, click here.
Team London Small Grants
Team London is offering grants of up to £10,000 to small charities and not-for-profits in London. This funding will help you to increase volunteering amongst 59-69-year-olds or increase the number of volunteers who support older people. Read more here.
Office for Civil Society launch review of youth social action and new measures for small charities
Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, has launched an independent review to look at the challenges and benefits of young people committing to full-time social action (more than 16 hours a week).
The review will look at how to increase participation in full-time social action by reviewing the opportunities and barriers faced by organisations supporting young people. The advisory panel will include experts from the private and voluntary sectors and is expected to make recommendations to the Minister for Civil Society by October 2017. For more information about the review please see here.
The Office for Civil Society is also introducing new measures to help tackle the challenges of getting small charities into the public service supply chain. These include a public service incubator, a commissioning kitemark and a VCSE crown representative. You can read more about these developments here.
International Volunteering Conference
The International Volunteer Conference was held on 5 December to coincide with International Volunteer Day and to mark the end of London's year as European Volunteering Capital. The event celebrated the passing of the European Volunteering Capital title to Sligo, and congratulations also go to Aarhus who were announced as winners of the 2018 capital city. For resources from the day including a short video of the highlights please see here.
Realising the Potential: Employer Supported Volunteering Regional Report
Research from the London region workshop on Employer Supported Volunteering has now been published by Dr. Jon Burchell (University of Sheffield) and Dr Joanne Cook (University of Hull). The report is available on the members' section of our website here. If you would like a password reminder please get in touch with David.
GLA ethnic group population projections
The GLA is now producing projections that breaks down populations at a local authority level into different ethnic communities. The latest release came out at the end of last year and may be helpful for service planning, the data can be accessed from here.
Opportunity - Volunteer Interviewers