Dear colleague,

Welcome to our February ebulletin - it's our Valentine's card to the volunteering sector, giving you the gift of information about forthcoming events, news on the Way Ahead, and updates to help you with developing volunteering in the capital. 

Work on taking forward The Way Ahead continues apace, with the working groups busy gathering evidence of good practice across the sector - if you've not already shared your ideas and experience then see below for details of some surveys and questions to focus your minds, and the details of upcoming events. Also keep an eye on our twitter feed @GLVolunteering as the dedicated website for all the resources for The Way Ahead will be launched soon.

Also heading your way in the coming days, if you're a GLV member, will be invitations to our next network event - we hope to see you there.

Looking further ahead, with all the tumult in the news and at the moment it's easy to forget that we're heading towards elections in London next year - there's a helpful briefing note about these from the London Communications Agency.

As it's Valentine's we thought we'd end with a stat you can use to get more people sharing the love through volunteering - when surveyed, 17% of volunteers aged 18-24 said that volunteering had improved their love lives...

Happy Valentine's, and happy volunteering,

David and James

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 soon.

Introduction to Trusteeship

15 May, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Please save the date for our free participatory workshop exploring the main roles and responsibilities of trustees. From meeting your legal obligations to providing great leadership:

  • What are the key challenges?

  • What works?

  • And where can you get support?

This workshop will be delivered by Reach with support from Team London. It will be particularly suited to new Trustees, and those considering becoming a Trustee.

FSI Skills Conference

9 March, Resource for London, N7 6PA

The Foundation for Social Improvement’s (FSI) annual Skills Conference will provide 200 small charity delegates the chance to access a range of expert speakers to build essential back office skills.

Small charities and community groups are encouraged to select their skills gaps and the FSI will match them to workshops taking place throughout the day. Delegates will take away relevant and practical skills from four out of 20 interactive workshops including: HR, Law, IT, Finance, Governance, Policy and Marketing. 

To find out what topics are on offer, and to book on to the conference click here.

London Sport Consultation

GLV will be working together with London Sport as they undertake a major research project to explore what future volunteer programmes for London’s sports clubs needs to look like, and how their growth and development can be best supported.

As part of this project, London Sport will be holding a consultation for a bigger and better workforce for sport in London on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at The KIA Oval, Kennington. Dean Nevill, Specialist Advisor for Workforce at London Sport will be sharing the recently launched research project that will underpin the future direction of London’s physical activity and sport workforce.

If you would like to know more about the development of London’s coaching, volunteering and wider workforce, click here to read Dean Nevill’s guest blog on sports coach UK.

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 ( You're invited to share your ideas and experiences of co-production via this survey. Knowing how things didn’t work is as important as knowing how things worked well so please share your thoughts.

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 (, Alison would be particularly grateful if you could have a look at the following questions and provide her with any examples, ideas or experiences that you may have..

  1. What are the things that helped you do a good campaign and  what are the things that have stopped you?
  2. Can you provide examples of good/successful campaigns, and can you share what you think made the campaigns good/successful – this can include local and sub regional campaigns?
  3. Can you describe the structures for ‘voice’ in your area with a particular focus on how communities of identity or deprived communities voices are heard?

Consistent commissioning and funding - Phillip Tulba from Locality (, the next meeting will be on 7 Mar at 2pm at Locality, 33 Corsham Street, London N1 6DR.



Mayor endorses new proposals for London devolution to protect capital from Brexit

A new report by the London Finance Commission, endorsed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, calls for further powers to be devolved to the capital including greater control over income tax, VAT and other tax revenues. Read more here.

London Fairness Commission

Last month saw the London Fairness Commission host a 'For a Fairer London' lecture at Queen Mary University. It was an evening of discussion and gave a real insight in how the Mayor intends to tackle poverty and fairness and what the role of Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement entails for Matthew Ryder QC. Read more on the members' section of our website here.



GLV's new websites


We have been busy creating a new set of webites to tailor our offering to different audiences.

  • The content at this page will soon be transferred over to our main website. This site will mainly be for voluntary sector professionals.

  • Our website has been designed to make it easy for members of the general public to find volunteering opportunities and their local Volunteer Centre.

  • Our website is our events and training platform. At the moment we use this for our own events but we are looking to expand the site so that we can advertise and take bookings for your events too. If you would be interested in being a pilot case for this then please get in touch with David.

Please take a look the websites and check that we have up to date information for your organisation. If you have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to get in touch.  


Code of Good Governance


The Code of Good Governance is just as it says, a code of governance written for voluntary and community organisations. It includes: six key principles to explain good governance; important points on legal requirements and it also gives suggestions on how to apply the principles in practice. Read more here.

Charity Digital Skills Report

How are other charities across the UK using digital? What are the skills gaps, and how do these effect the sustainability of the sector? How could digital help charities deal with the challenges it faces in 2017?

The following survey has been developed by the Skills Platform and Zoe Amar in a quest to help to create a true picture of the digital needs of the charity sector. The final report is intended to be a great resource to map where the sector is at with digital, help charities benchmark digital skills and make the business case for the support required.

The survey takes 5-10 minutes and you could be in with a chance of winning one of three Google Adword vouchers worth up to $100 (£80), courtesy of digital agency Search Star. Read more here.

Digital Boards

Has your charity considered the impact of digital technology on its services, communication and fundraising? Recent research shows that Boards see digital as a skills gap, yet many still don’t have the expertise they need to assess the benefits and risks of digital for their organisation.

The Reach Volunteering Building Boards for a Digital Age campaign has a range of resources to help boards navigate the issue and currently has some excellent potential ‘digital trustees’ registered and waiting to hear from you! Read more here.



Development Worker - Volunteer Centre Greenwich

21 hours per week. This post is currently funded until June 2018. Salary £24,939 plus 5% pension contribution pro rata.

This exciting role will involve recruiting new Volunteer Learning and Work Ambassadors as well as supporting and retaining an existing network of community based Volunteer Ambassadors who offer support and information to local people about learning opportunities and employment support available in the in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Read more here.