Consultation: the Mayor's vision for a diverse and inclusive city
The Mayor Sadiq Khan has now published his draft Diversity and Inclusion Vision for consultation. The Mayor wants to hear from individuals and organisations that can help him and the GLA make London a more inclusive city.
Your feedback will help the GLA understand their main objectives and develop the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. For access to the Mayor's vision and to have your say please visit the consultation page here.
New civil society minister and Lords select committee
NCVO's volunteering round-up highlights the announcement of Tracey Crouch MP as the new minister for civil society, alongside her previous role as sports minister.
The round-up also reports on the setting up of a new Lords Select Committee for civic engagement and citizenship. The Committee is currently accepting written evidence with a deadline for submissions of 8 September 2017.
Community Life survey results
The Community Life Survey is held annually to track trends and developments in areas that encourage social action and empower communities. The latest results are now available and show a reduction in volunteering levels - down to 39% of people volunteering at least once a month, and 63% once a year. Underneath the headline are some interesting variations between formal and informal volunteering, and between age groups and other factors. Do have a look and let us know if your experience bucks the
London Sport's review
London Sport have released their annual review 'Building on Solid Foundations - 2016/17' which outlines successful progress made in London Sport's second year of operations.
James of GLV contributed to the report; highlighting the work done by Volunteer Centres on bringing more volunteers in sport, and providing encouragement for more engagement with the voluntary sector to enable Londoners to become more active.
Crowdfunding in to volunteering
Our friends at Voluntary Action Harrow are running a crowdfunding campaign for a new venture that will enable them to train volunteers to be fundraisers for local VCS organisations. Check them out, pledge if you like, and think about how crowdfunding could work for you.
Call for contributions for Civil Society review
Civil Society Futures is an independent inquiry into how civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. In order to answer this question, the Inquiry is inviting submissions that can help them gather existing knowledge and insights into the future of civil society in England.
The new Charity Governance Code – collectively revised by the sector – is both a clear set of standards and a highly practical tool that will help you strengthen your own.
The code covers seven key principles and lists recommended practices for each, tailored both to larger and smaller organisations.
GLV Summer Network Day
Our Summer network event focused on learnings from Grenfell, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and IT updates from Volunteer Connect and the Charity IT Association. For a write up of the day and associated resources please see our members' page. For a password reminder please get in touch with David.
Queen's Award nominations
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. Maybe you could follow in the footsteps of previous Award winners, including GLV members Volunteer Centre Croydon, Jewish Volunteering Network and Volunteer Centre Sutton. Nominations for the 2018 awards will be open until midnight on 15 September 2017. See the Queen's Award website for more details.
Mobilising the yet to be mobilised
A new Fabian policy report 'Powerful People Powerful Places' aims to explore the practical ways that people’s attachments to their own local areas can be galvanised to create a meaningful community led environmentalism.
The report includes some learning points about how to enable environmentally-aware people to volunteer or give time to consultations.
Volunteering among the over 75s
Rates of volunteering fall sharply in the over-75s, yet evidence shows that older volunteers may benefit the most from it. Matt Hill in his blog post draws on findings from IVR’s evaluation of the first year of Abbeyfield’s Residents as Volunteers project, which specifically aims to recruit over-75s from their residential homes to volunteer both inside and outside the home.