Dear colleague,

Welcome to our May ebulletin - with details of upcoming events, news and resources that we hope will help you with your work developing volunteering in London.

It was great to see so many of you at our AGM last week, to celebrate some of the impact we've been able to achieve together - it marked five years since we launched our new strategy to resource, inform, network and represent volunteering in London, and we were pleased to report that we've given out £1million to our network during that time through joint projects and regional contracts delivered locally. We're looking at how we build on these successes as we develop thinking about the London Hub for civil society, and you'll see a 'save the date' below for our next stakeholder event on 22nd June as we continue work on turning 'The Way Ahead' recommendations into reality.

Before then, we know you'll all be looking forward to 8th June - a day of rest after all the excitement of Volunteers' Week, when all you have to do is go and vote (and we've got a link below to some details of what you can and can't say between now and election time). If you've not told us yet what you're doing for Volunteers' Week then do get in touch, so we can help promote your work (and you'll find the link to download the resource pack for the week below). As we head towards June we're also heading into volunteer awards season - tonight we're off to the Southwark Stars ceremony at the Tate Modern, and this month we'll be working with Team London to launch the Mayor of London's volunteer achievement awards, and we'll send more information to our members soon.

As always, we'll end with a stat that we hope can help get a conversation started about volunteering. In April we helped deliver the European Volunteering Conference at City Hall, running a workshop on volunteering and ageing communities - looking at the research on this area, we can see that in the UK alone it is estimated that the economic value of the formal volunteering provided by older people is currently around £10bn per annum (with a further £34bn from undertaking caring responsibilities). If you're a GLV member you can find the slides from our workshop in the members area of the GLV website for more info.

Until next time, happy volunteering.

David and James

Upcoming EVENTS

Trustee Masterclass - Recruitment

9.30-11.30am, 5 June, City Hall, SE1 2AA

A good Board of Trustees is vital for the sustainability of every charity or not for profit organisation. Each trustee has the opportunity to bring a wealth of experience and skills to their organisation and to contribute to its impact and overall success. However, the role of a trustee can also be particularly challenging, especially in this fast changing environment. Our free 'Trustee Masterclass' focuses on trustee recruitment and aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to go out and recruit top talent to your Board.

Delivered by experts in the field and including a range of ideas, experiences and practical resources to help you, this training will cover all the key elements of trustee recruitment. It is particularly suited to anyone in an organisation who has responsibility for recruiting new Board members. Read more and book your place here.

Training in London from the FSI

9-11 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, Amnesty International UK, EC2A 3EA

The FSI are offering 300 delegate training places so that all small charities,wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self sustaining. Training sessions cover a wide range of fundraising techniques, as well as back office skills, governance, strategy and impact, delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers. Each course has a market value of £300, course places are heavily subsidised and donated to small charities by the sponsors, donors, funders and Trustees of the FSI. For more information and to book you place plase see here.

The Way Ahead - Stakeholder conference

22 June, Venue to be confirmed

Please save the date for our conference on implementing the vision of ‘The Way Ahead - Civil Society at the Heart of London’. Working together with London Funders and LVSC we will be holding a highly participative event for all stakeholders to come together and move our vision forward. Over the course of the day you will: catch up on progress made across all sectors since the formation of the working groups in November; hear from stakeholders on what 'The Way Ahead' means for them; explore the opportunities and challenges for your organisation, area of interest or stakeholders; contribute to how recommendations are taken forward as practical action; and get involved in future activities.

This is your opportunity to be involved in making sure 'The Way Ahead' achieves its aim of making sure civil society is supported into the future, for the benefit of all Londoners, and by all sectors. Everyone has a role to play in this – we can only make it work by working together.

Volunteers' Week 2017

1-7 June, Across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action and the official resource pack is available here.

We will be working with our members, Team London and the Mayor's Office to promote volunteering across the captial during this week. If you haven't done so already please get in touch with David to let us know of your Volunteers' Week plans.

Small Charity Week 2017

19-24 June, Across the UK

Small Charity Week is the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisation with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. Each day has a different focus and these include advice, policy and fundraising. For more information please see here.



London Hub and The Way Ahead


It was great to see so many GLV members at our AGM and Way Ahead workshop last week, where we looked at work that's underway to develop the 'London Hub' for civil society, and take forward the recommendations of the Way Ahead report.  This links to wider work that many of you have been involved in through the task and finish groups that looked at turning recommendations into reality - these have now reported, and the Systems Change Group has met to review the reports and start to develop an action plan.  This will be developed further in the coming weeks ready for the all-stakeholder event on 22nd June (details in the 'upcoming events' section above) - we look forward to seeing you there, but if you have any queries on 'The Way Ahead' in the meantime please do drop James a line.


Mayor of London's new citizenship programme


Trust for London and Unbound Philanthropy are hoping to raise and distributing £1m from independent funders by 2020 to support a new integration programme, with support from charities working in the area. The programme was launched today by mayor of London Sadiq Khan and sees charitable funders Trust for London and Unbound Philanthropy set up the Citizenship and Integration Initiative, in partnership with City Hall pledging to match their investment. Read more here.


Civil Society Futures

An independent inquiry into the future of civil society, which is being chaired by Julia Unwin, and aims to give the sector the tools it needs to address and find solutions to challenges facing society, was launched last month at NCVO's annual conference. Over two years the inquiry will explore how the sector can adapt to the changing political and economic landscape, as well as how it can shape the future. Read more here.




General Election - what charities can and can't do 

With a general election now scheduled for 8 June, many charities will be wondering how they can engage with the public and politicians to raise awareness of their work and the issues that matter to them. Charities can play an important role during elections, helping to facilitate and inform public debates, and they should feel confident in doing this, as long as they heed relevant guidance. Read Charlotte Ravenscroft's blog post for Civil Society here.

Charity press realeases

Newsmakers is a news and PR distribution platform that combines the power of traditional media with online PR to create a unique publishing platform that can help you to communicate your story effectively, at low cost. For more details please see here.



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.