Dear colleague,
 
Welcome to our June ebulletin – sent a day early to sneak into your inboxes before the excitement of Volunteers’ Week begins, and to give you details of upcoming events, news and resources that we hope will help you with your work developing volunteering in London.
 
We know you’ll be busy with Volunteers’ Week, kicking off tomorrow and running until 7 June, helping to celebrate the contribution of millions of volunteers here in London and across the UK – you can still access the resource pack to help with promoting the week on the NCVO website and we’ve been working with our members and Team London at the Mayor’s Office to promote volunteering across the capital this week – you can find local events and information on our London listings. We’ll be busy all week on social media, so do mention us (@GLVolunteering) if you’d like us to retweet your news and photos to our networks.
 
Once you’ve recovered from Volunteers’ Week (and the election), there’s still plenty to look forward to before the summer holiday season – we’ve got events to engage you in shaping the change plan for the Way Ahead work that will transform civil society support in London, details of events and training being run by some of our members, as well as guidance on how you can nominate some of your volunteers for an Award from the Mayor of London.  If you’re looking for some quiet reading time, we’ve also got resources linked below from our European volunteering conference with CEV, from NCVO’s almanac, and from research on the impact of poor practice on Trustee recruitment. Plenty to keep you busy!
 
With so much going on we’ll quickly leave you with a stat to help get people interested in talking more about volunteering with you – the latest figures from the Community Life survey show that 17% of non-volunteers weren’t involved because they hadn’t heard about opportunities to help, and 14% didn’t know any groups that needed help. Volunteers’ Week is a great way to get the message out there about what people can do, so we look forward to hearing of your successes!
 
Until next time, happy Volunteers’ Week, and happy volunteering,
 
David and James

 

THE WAY AHEAD

The Way Ahead - Stakeholder Conference

22 June, 9.30am-2pm, Wash Houses, 25 Old Castle St, E1 7NT

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the progress of The Way Ahead- Civil Society at the Heart of London thus far. The Way Ahead sets out a vision for London that puts London’s communities at the heart of the way we all work.  It begins with co-producing an understanding of need and how to tackle it with our communities, through to better sharing of intelligence and data across all sectors, and making sure that civil society’s voice is heard in decision-making at a strategic level.

You're invited to an event for all stakeholders to come together and look at how we can practically move our vision forward. The ambitious Way Ahead report was launched in April 2016, and stakeholders from all parts of the system have been busy since then understanding what the Way Ahead means for their work.  At the event, you can catch up on progress we’ve made together and hear more about the recommendations of the Task and Finish Groups established at the event last November.  We’ll be sharing the Way Ahead Change Plan which sets out practical actions for the coming year and beyond and want to hear from you what you think and how you want to be involved going forward.

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. If you would like to attend this event, please email to RSVP to geraldine@londonfunders.org.uk.

The Way Ahead for Everyone: No Missing Pieces - Equality, Rights and Inclusion for the Whole Person

6 June, 12.45-5pm, The Camden Centre, Kings Cross (including networking lunch)

As part of its work to support the development of The Way Ahead, HEAR invites you to an exciting event looking at the specific issues faced by community groups, voluntary organisations, individual activists and campaigners, public sector partners and funders when seeking to support Londoners whose identities and/or experiences don’t fit neatly into ‘boxes’ and cross boundaries of specialism and expertise.

How can we work better at a time of challenge for civil society infrastructure to make sure that nobody is missed out, and that intersectionality is not merely a word that some  of us sometimes use, but something real that we build into our practice.

To register your interest in attending please email the HEAR Coordinator hear@reap.org.uk
or call 0207 832 5817/07466 119268

Upcoming EVENTS

Volunteering: A Win-Win Relationship

6 June, 11am-3pm, JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

Join the Jewish Volunteering Network and JW3 for lunch and workshops with inspiring speakers and experts on the theme of volunteering and positive ageing. 

Lady Susan Chinn CBE (The Silver Line), Dame Esther Rantzen DBE (ChildLine, The Silver Line) , Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock CBE (Second Half Foundation ) and broadcaster and chair of Awards Committee of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, will explore the benefits of volunteering and paths to successful ageing.

Volunteering as an empowering relationship is considered in a panel discussion; workshops on befriending, relationships and volunteering will be led by psychoanalysts and counsellors. Read more and book your place here.

Great Get Together 2017

16-18 June, across the UK

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year. This summer the Jo Cox Foundation is organising the biggest neighbourhood celebrations since the Jubilee street parties. It’s called The Great Get Together and they’d love you to be a part of it.

They're inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.

Introduction to Strategic Planning

19 June, 1.30-4.30pm, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9AH

Age UK have also been running some workshops as part of “The Way Ahead”. This session is for small and medium sized organisations working with older people.

For more information and to register you can either email to Zara Ghods at zghods@ageuklondon.org.uk or alternatively you can call Zara on 0207 8206781 and leave your name, organisation name and contact details.

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.

Embracing Digital Communication for Volunteer Management

29 June, 1.30-5pm at VAI, 200 A Pentonville Rd, N1 9JP

This event by the Association of Volunteer Managers aims to consider some of the digital communication and engagement options that are currently available for volunteer managers. Hearing both theory and practical examples, the session aims to build up a coherent picture of how organisations can benefit from readily available and affordable technology. By enabling volunteer managers to communicate more effectively, digital tools have the potential to engage volunteers more productively, but it is vital to use the right tool for the job. To read more and book your place see the event page here.

NEWS

 

Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2017 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 21 July 2017.

Volunteers can be nominated across a broad range of categories that seek to capture the full diversity of London’s volunteering community, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team. The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in the autumn.

The judges will be looking for volunteers who’ve shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who’ve given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering.

If you’ve got volunteers you’d like to recognise then follow this link https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/effective-community-engagement/team-london-awards-2017 for the online nomination form and more details about the awards.  Good luck!

Charity Governance Awards 2017 - winners announced

You can read about the 2017 winners of the Charity Governance Awards, together with the shortlisted entries on the winners page here. There is also an e-book, where the Judges have reflected on the 21 shortlisted entries and offer some lessons for other charities looking to enhance their governance.

Greenwich Bus Tours

Kicking off Volunteers Week on 1 June, Volunteer Centre Greenwich will be launching their new social enterprise 'Greenwich Bus Tours'.

This is a new and unique experience for visitors and locals alike to step off the usual tourist trail and visit some of the Royal Borough’s hidden gems. The on board tour guides will be local volunteers who will benefit from a comprehensive range of training and the experience they gain will enable them to develop skills for a career in tourism in addition to learning a huge amount about the area in which they live.

Movers and shakers

GLV would like to say a fond farewell to Liz Walker who after many years will be leaving Volunteer Centre Redbridge at the end of this week. She's not going far though, and we look forward to working with her when she takes up her new post at NCVO to work on quality standards.

 

RESOURCes 

 

Manifesto Hub

 

In the run-up to the 2017 general election, the political parties have put together their manifestos. So have many expert organisations, who are putting on record their policy priorities for the next parliament.

The PoliticsHome Manifesto Hub is a unique resource. It brings together these ‘key asks’ across all sectors in one easy-to-use guide.

The Impact of Poor Practice in Trustee Recruitment

The charity, Getting on Board has produced a report on how trustees are recruited by charities. Their research finds that outdated and unprofessional trustee recruitment practices are seriously threatening the effectiveness of UK charities, but the report also puts forward solutions to some of the challenges.

UK Civil Society Almanac

This year's almanac has recently been published NCVO. It is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in the voluntary sector, and its role in civil society. Widely cited by the media, it is used extensively by policy makers and sector leaders.

Developing European Volunteering Strategies

The European Volunteer Centre's (CEV) Capacity Building Conference took place on 6-7 April 2017 in London at the City Hall.

Representatives from CEV member organisations from across Europe gathered together with interested UK based stakeholders in April 2017 in order to consider the volunteering strategies that are needed in Europe at local, regional and national administration levels and how to design and implement them with input from all sectors and stakeholders. Resources from the day are now available here.

Constructive Voices

Constructive Voices links up journalists with charities, social entrepreneurs and other initiatives, helping them work together on constructive news articles covering pressing social issues. It works to ensure important cases of positive social impact are publicly heard so they can contribute to improving society. It is also champions constructive journalism, a more solutions-focused approach to news. Read more here.