Dear colleague,

Welcome to our July ebulletin, giving you an update on recent and upcoming events, news and resources that we hope will help you in your work developing volunteering in London.

Since our last bulletin we've seen the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Finsbury Park, and our thoughts go out to everyone across London and beyond who has been affected by these awful events.  In the midst of such misery the resilience of our communities has been thrown into the spotlight - it has been moving to see how volunteers and community groups have stepped in to support their fellow Londoners, and we want to record our thanks here for the outstanding commitment those people (including our friends and members in the local Volunteer Centres and frontline groups) have shown.  We've got time at our next member network event to look at some of the experiences of people involved in the response, so that the volunteering community can learn together and support each other in our work with Londoners through such difficult times. 

The important work of London's volunteering network has clearly been shown through the events of the last month, but in brighter news has also been in the spotlight as the success of work over many years has been celebrated - we're delighted to be congratulating two of our members, Volunteer Centre Croydon and the Jewish Volunteering Network, for their achievement of the Queen's Award, and to our member Volunteer Centre Havering for being chosen as one of their Mayor's charities for the year ahead.  You can read more about these successes below, but well done to all involved, it's great to see this work recognised.

It was also, of course, a busy month for volunteering with all the events of Volunteers' Week, and you can see links below to some of the resources and ideas that emerged over that week.  We also had our Way Ahead stakeholder conference, with links below to the draft plans that have emerged in relation to the change plan for London and the future of regional support for civil society - do get in touch with us if you'd like to chat about any of this.

As always, we'll end with a stat - 68% of people who volunteered said they enjoyed living in their neighbourhoods - perhaps showing the benefits of meeting new people locally, and helping to build the sense of community that we've seen so vividly in the last month.

Until next time, thank you for all you're doing to make volunteering happen in London, and keep up the great work,

David and James 

THE WAY AHEAD

The Way Ahead - Stakeholder Conference

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. Last week's stakeholder event provided an opportunity to catch up on progress that we’ve made together and to hear more about the recommendations of the Task and Finish Groups established at the event last November.

The Way Ahead Change Plan was shared which sets out practical actions for the coming year and beyond. Following conversations at the stakeholder conference, the change plan will be amended and revised.

Delegates also discussed the Shaping the London Hub for civil society paper and their feedback will be taken on board as we look to have the basis of the London Hub in place by October 2017.

Upcoming EVENTS

GLV Summer Network Day

12 July, 12.30-4.30pm, Artworks London Bridge, SE1 3QJ

Join us for our Summer network event. Speakers will include some of the people who have been working with volunteers and community groups on the ground at Grenfell; Karen Chillman will be sharing thoughts following VC Croydon's award of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service; and Tracey from the Charity IT Association will be talking about their work and their "Tech Surgery" offer. 

Over lunch there will be an opportunity to look at the VC Connect system with colleagues from Voluntary Action Sheffield. There'll also be time to discuss the latest volunteering developments with colleagues, and to hear news from GLV on developments in relation to the London Hub.

Find out more, and book your place, by clicking here to go to the event page.

Fundraising Focus 2017

13 July, 9am-2.30pm, Tavis House, Richmond Adult Community College, TW9 2RE

Funding Focus is the Richmond CVS conference designed to introduce smaller voluntary sector organisations to new ways of funding their activities and develop their income streams.

If you're a Chief Executive, senior manager, fundraiser or trustee, join us to hear from a leading funder and a range of sector experts, plus you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, share knowledge and network with your peers. Read more and book your place here.

NEWS

 

GLV members win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


We are proud to extend a well deserved congratulations to two of our members, The Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) and Volunteer Centre Croydon, who have both been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is seen as the equivalent of an MBE for the voluntary sector and represents the highest accolade for any UK charity.

JVN has been connecting potential and existing volunteers to volunteering opportunities with Jewish and non-Jewish charities for the past 10 years. The Award reflects its achievements over the decade and is especially resonant as they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Read more about JVN’s award on their website here.

Volunteer Centre Croydon is an accredited Volunteer Centre and is part of Croydon Voluntary Action, the umbrella body for Croydon’s voluntary sector. The Volunteer Centre, based in Centrale Shopping Centre, promotes volunteering across Croydon, supporting various events including local community festivals, as well as running and hosting talks and presentations to various interested groups. Read more about Volunteer Centre Croydon’s award on their website here.

Grenfell Tower Update

 

Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea have been receiving hundreds of enquiries from people who want to offer their skills and time to help the families affected, as well as working with volunteers on the ground who have been filling all the emergency centres with donations that they can't take anymore as there’s no physical room. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Read the full statement from VC Kensington & Chelsea here.

 

The Future of Do-it

You may have already seen in the news that the Do-it Trust has announced a change to their structure, with the platform moving into an organisation called Vivo (here are the details from the team and there's also been media coverage).

Some of our members have been in touch to express some concerns about this move, and we're happy to collate any queries or thoughts on behalf of the membership and get in touch with the Do-it team to discuss if this would be helpful - do email James or speak to us at the next network event if you've got any points you'd like us to raise on your behalf.

Havering Volunteer Centre supported by their Mayor

Havering Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce that the new Mayor of Havering Cllr Linda Van Den Hende has announced Havering Volunteer Centre as one of her supported charities alongside First Step and Dementia UK. The volunteer centre sees this as a massive achievement and testimonial to the hard work and dedication the centre has given to volunteer involving organisations, community groups and the community since opening its doors in January 2016. They look forward to working with the Mayor of Havering and her chosen charities throughout 2017/18.

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!

Volunteers' Week 2017 - Thank you

Thank you to all those who joined Volunteers’ Week to tell volunteers everywhere – ‘you make the difference’. NCVO have collected some of their favourite pictures of the week on their Pinterest board.
At over 700 events across the UK, volunteers were thanked for their contribution to people, organisations and communities.

 

RESOURCes & OPPORTUNITIES

 

Volunteering Podcast

 

NCVO have produced their first volunteering podcast. From trends in volunteering data to championing the importance of investing in existing infrastructure the podcast aims to shed light on the changes in how people want to volunteer, and what this mean for us.

 

Investing in Volunteers Assessor Training


7 September, 10am-5pm, NCVO, N1 9RL 

The Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Team at NCVO is organising an Assessor Training. The cost for the training course is £250+VAT. During the course, you will be trained as IiV Assessor as well as IiV Advisor. By the end of the day, you will: be familiar with the stages in the IiV Assessment process; have increased knowledge and understanding in how to implement each stage in the process; have had an opportunity to practice the skills; and know where to go for resources. If you’re interested, please send your CV to the IiV Team at iiv@ncvo.org.uk.