Dear colleagues,

Happy new year from GLV Towers – we hope you’ve had a great start to 2017, and are looking forward to an exciting year of developing volunteering in London in the year ahead. This update gives you some key dates for upcoming events, a little bit of funding news, and other snippets that we hope will be of interest to you.

Work linked to The Way Ahead is picking up apace, with the working groups looking at best practice and how we can make the recommendations come to life meeting in the coming weeks and months – if you’ve got ideas for how to make the system work for volunteering we’d encourage you to get in touch with the working group leads (contact details below), even if you can’t attend the meetings they’d love to hear from you with ideas and examples.

With social integration and community cohesion hot topics for the team at City Hall, we’re looking forward to the Deputy Mayor for this area, Matthew Ryder, outlining some of his thoughts at the first London Fairness Commission lecture this week – we’ll tweet from the event, so do make sure you’re following us @GLVolunteering. For GLV members our first network day of 2017 is listed in the events box below, and will focus on how volunteering contributes to social integration – we hope to see you there.

We all know that the new year brings fresh interest in volunteering, and that many more people are looking to get involved in their communities – we were pleased to see Volunteer Centres highlighted as a route to volunteering in the Guardian’s article on ideas for a “new year, new you”, and if you’re looking to build on this interest you might like to use our stat of the month about how volunteering can combine new year resolutions: nearly half (47%) of all volunteers say volunteering had improved their health and physical fitness, rising to 60% of 18-24 year-olds involved in social action.  Get fit without the lycra – volunteer!

Best wishes,

James and David


Upcoming EVENTS

GLV Network Day focusing on Social Integration

2 March, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Please save the date for our first network event of 2017. The day will focus on social integration and community engagement and there will also be time for networking and updates from across the sector. This event is free for our members, more information and a link to register will be sent out later this month.

Engaging and Working with Business - London for All

18 January, 9.30am-1pm, Roots and Shoots, SE11 6DN

Why work with businesses? This interactive workshop will support you to critically assess your motivation for working with businesses and to give you an understanding of what you can realistically expect of any relationship with the private sector.

The session will be delivered by Dominic Pinkney, Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham and Camden Volunteer Centres and not-for-profit social enterprise Works4U.

For more information on what the session will cover and to register, see here.

Microsoft Skill-UP Training

Microsoft will deliver the next Team London Skill-UP session on 2 February 2017. This free training workshop will help you to improve your basic digital knowledge. It will also help you to understand the positive impact that technology can have on your organisation. To apply please see here.

Charity Law Seminars - Russell Cooke

18 January 5-6pm - The chair and chief executive - the core of effective charity governance.
James Sinclair Taylor will look at the key elements in developing effective governance at the top of an organisation, focusing on the roles of the chair and chief executive. Read more and register here.

1 February 5-6pm - Is your charity governing document fit for purpose?
Sukanya Ransford will explain the charitable structure. This is essential for all charities thinking of incorporation and for trustees and those involved in the administration of a charitable company.
For more details please see here.
Both seminars will take place at Russell Cooke's offices at 7 Bedford Row, WC1R 4BS.

THE WAY AHEAD - Working Groups

Following on from last November's event to look at turning the recommendations of The Way Ahead into reality, we've established five task-and-finish groups who will be reviewing existing knowledge and learning, seeking out data, research, best practice, effective models and expertise. They will propose practical plans for moving to a new system, identifying barriers to new ways of working and opportunities to overcome them.  You can find out more about the background to the groups in the short thematic groups summary.
Each group is being coordinated by a sector leader with a strong track record in their field, but we and they are keen that these groups include a diverse range of experience and ideas to help make change happen.
If you're interested in being involved in a group, or finding out more about what's involved, you can get in touch with the thematic leads using their details below:
Pragmatic co-production - Jake Ferguson from Hackney CVS (
Triage and Connect - Karen Chillman from Volunteer Centre Croydon (
Data sharing - Kate White from Superhighways ( and Lea Gorgulu Webb (
Voice and campaigning - Alison Navarro from Sutton CVS (
Consistent commissioning and funding - Phillip Tulba from Locality (



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.

Volunteer Roles


Opportunity - Volunteer Interviewers

In 2017 London will host the World ParaAthletic Championships and IAAF World Championships and Team London are responsible for finding the volunteers for this. They’ve received over 15,000 applications to volunteer over the summer and will need some help to find the best of the bunch to fill the 4000 available roles.

From Friday 9 December to Sunday 5 March Team London will be hosting Selection Event Days in East London and there is an opportunity to support these by enrolling as a volunteer interviewer. To find out more about the role and to apply please see here.

Please also feel free to share this opportunity with volunteer managers and co-ordinators in your network. If you have any questions please contact