Dear colleague,

Welcome to our March ebulletin – aiming to put a Spring in your volunteering step as we head into the new season, with information about forthcoming events, updates on the Way Ahead, and news and resources to help you with your work developing volunteering in London.

We’re fresh from our GLV network day yesterday, which looked at the issues of volunteering and social integration and community cohesion. It was inspiring to hear of the work of the Jewish Volunteering Network, the health and wellbeing coproduction work being delivered by Exeter CVS and Volunteer Centre, and the local community action networks fostered by Community Southwark – if you’re a member you’ll find a link below to download the presentation pack from the day. We’ll be looking at how we can continue to take this work forward, especially given the importance of this agenda to the current Mayor and his team.

Recognising the excellent work undertaken by our members, we were invited to a roundtable meeting this week with Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement. Our Chair, Cam, attended the meeting to help ensure that the ambitions and plans of the team at City Hall are shaped by the experiences and needs of Londoners and the civil society groups supporting and enabling volunteering in the capital.

March is also a busy month for the Way Ahead – the new website for the programme is now live at, hosting the reports and updates on the work to date, with more resources being added all the time. This month also sees the theme groups looking at turning recommendations into reality conclude their work – there’s still time to contribute your experiences and ideas to this, and we’d encourage you to get in touch with the chairs of the groups with your thoughts if you haven’t already (details below, including survey links to capture your input on some key areas).

This month’s surprising stat comes from Civil Society’s review of Charity Commission data on volunteer numbers (see link to article below) – the top volunteering charity, according to the data, was not Girlguiding (with 100,000 volunteers), the Scout Association (with 116,438) or the Royal British Legion (with 119,000), it was Methodist Women in Britain (with 140,000 volunteers).

If you’ve got thoughts on data on volunteering, or any of the other themes of the Way Ahead, do chip them in to the theme group chairs…

Happy volunteering,

David and James

Upcoming EVENTS

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.

THE WAY AHEAD - Working Groups

To help turn 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 and encourage organisations you know to share their thoughts too.

Triage and Connect - Karen Chillman from Volunteer Centre Croydon (

Karen is running a survey to capture the experiences of small and medium sized groups in London, which is available here.  If you're a civil society support organisation it would be great if you could circulate this to your networks, or if you're from an organisation delivering to Londoners then please fill it in yourself to help Karen collate examples for her report on triage and connect.

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.



Volunteer Centre Camden's 50th Birthday Party

A big congratulations to VC Camden on reaching 50! GLV were pleased to join in with yesterday's celebrations at Camden Town Hall, which included VC Camden's AGM, a talk about volunteering in 2067 and plenty of cake. You can see pictures from the day here.

City Bridge Trust strategic review

The Trust are going through their five-year review of their priorities for funding, and have just launched their draft strategy - check out the review website and use the links to surveys to share your feedback on the draft strategy. Sufina from City Bridge Trust attended the GLV Governance Conference last year to capture feedback, and is keen to hear from volunteering groups about the priorities for the Trust, so please do take a moment to read the strategy and provide any feedback you think would be helpful.

Two Funds from Nesta

The Early Years Social Action Fund will scale proven social action programmes that help children to achieve developmental milestones by directly supporting parents, see more here.

The Savers Support Fund will scale proven social action programmes that improve money management skills and reduce debt for individuals and families in England, read more here.

Which Charity Has The Most Volunteers?

The list of largest charities by volunteer numbers is one of a number of pieces of information that Civil Society News has gathered from the Charity Commission's website recently. It shows that volunteer numbers are both huge and poorly recorded. To find out which charity has the most volunteers and to read David Ainsworth's take on the findings see here.

How Are We Going To Bring Londoners Together?

The short answer is: there is no short answer. However, there's definitely a role for volunteering, that's the view of Matthew Ryder, the deputy mayor of London with special responsibility for social integration, social mobility and community engagement. He - and long-standing friend Sadiq Khan - believe that volunteering is a great way to build stronger links between communities as it brings people of different ages and backgrounds together. Read more from the Londonist here.



GLV Network Day focusing on Social Integration

Our first network day of 2017 focussed on social integration and community engagement and there were talks from Leonie Lewis (Jewish Volunteering Network), Amanda Kilroy (Exeter CVS) and Truly Johnston (Community Southwark). Copies of the presentations are available on the members' section of our website. For a password reminder please email David.

Devolution: a Capital Idea

The London Finance Commission was reconvened in 2016 by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to review the fiscal powers – control over taxes and spending - London should have to invest in its infrastructure, deliver public services and to stay internationally competitive.

The commission has now published their report ‘Devolution: a Capital Idea’ that highlights the benefits of fiscal devolution to London and to Londoners. Read a summary and the full report here.

The Road Ahead: what will 2017 mean for charities?

Each year NCVO publishes 'The Road Ahead', a report that builds a picture of the challenges and opportunities coming up for the voluntary sector, and helps their members navigate the best way forward. Read a summary and access the full report here.

Enabling Social Action

The Office for Civil Society have produced a series of documents on social action – what it is, how to enable and commission it and why it matters?



Team London Enterprise Advisers - Volunteer Opportunity

Join Team London's Enterprise Adviser programme and be part of this national network of high-calibre business professionals signing up to be an Enterprise Adviser. This programme brings together business and education. For more details of the opportunity see here. Please feel free to advertise amongst your networks.

Chief Executive Officer - Bexley Voluntary Service Council

Full-time. Salary £42,837 - £44,711 (inc. OLW). Deadline for applications 6 March 2017.

Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) is an infrastructure charity (CVS) set up to ensure that Bexley has a strong resilient and creative voluntary sector. In the last few years they have been through a lot change and are now in a positive place and ready for the next stage in their development.

BVSC are seeking a visionary CEO to bring leadership to staff, volunteers, stakeholders and partners, for more information and to apply see here.

Community Accountant - Sutton CVS

28 hours per week. This post is funded for two years. Salary £33,500 pro rata.

Sutton CVS are seeking an experienced community accountant to provide financial management support, advice and training to local voluntary organisations; to carry out independent examinations and prepare end of year accounts; and to develop their community accountancy service. Read more here.