Dear colleague,

Welcome to our (slightly early) August 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.

There's lots going on this summer in London, and it's been great to see volunteers out in force for the World Para Athletics ​Championships, as well as getting involved in local projects from school holiday groups to engaging people in London's heritage - hopefully this high profile will help to encourage more people to get involved in volunteering, and reverse the worrying downwards trend we've seen in the latest Community Life survey results.

If you're not staying in London to take advantage of all the city has to offer then hopefully the many reports, consultations and updates below will be a welcome addition to your pool-side reading list - we'd particularly draw your attention to the Mayor's consultation on his draft diversity and inclusion vision (where we think volunteering has a key role to play, and hope you'll have some good examples to share), and to the call for contributions for the civil society review being led by Julia Unwin, both of which have a September deadline for submissions.

​Here at GLV ​​we're busy recruiting people to keep delivering GLV's core work, as well as our activities linked to the establishment of the London Hub for civil society​, ​as this is James' penultimate ebulletin before he moves on to his new role at London Funders​ in Septembe​r - details are below​ on the Hub role​, so do get in touch if you're interested (or pass the information on to colleagues) before the deadline of 3 August.​  We're also planning ahead for our autumn activities, and would ask you to "save the date" for our Trustee and leadership conference, to be held on 10th November at City Hall - more details to follow soon!

As always, we'll end with a stat on volunteering - and with the slightly dubious summer weather outside, and the less-than-cheery stats in the Community Life survey, something to remind you of the sunshine - 70% of young people say they are likely to take part in social action in the future, so the future's bright...

Whether you're staying in town or heading away on your holidays, we hope you have a great summer and, until next time, thank you for all you're doing to make volunteering happen in London,

David and James

THE WAY AHEAD

The Way Ahead - Opportunity to shape work on the London Hub

Greater London Volunteering are now looking for someone to help lead our work on the London Hub for civil society.

The details of this opportunity are now live on our website at https://greaterlondonvolunteering.org.uk/about/work-with-us/ - this explains what we're looking for in someone to work with us over the next six months, so if you're interested (or know someone who might be), please take a look and get your applications in by 9am on 3rd August for this role.

If you have any queries on anything please do get in touch with James.

Upcoming EVENT

Introduction to Trusteeship

4 September, 9.30am-1pm, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Are you thinking about becoming a Trustee?  Have you recently been appointed?

Our free 'Introduction to Trusteeship' training aims to explore the main roles and responsibilities of trustees and will include discussions on meeting legal obligations and how to provide great leadership.

Delivered by experts in the field and including a Q&A with experienced existing trustees, this training will cover all the key elements of a trustee role. It is particularly suited to new trustees, and those considering becoming a trustee.

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

 

Funding

Active ageing - new funding initiative

Comic Relief have opened a new funding initiative, with £1.5 million on offer to organisations which enable disadvantaged older people to design, deliver and take part in opportunities to contribute to their communities. Proposals are welcome for between £40,000 and £80,000 for up to three years for work in the UK.

Comic Relief are keen to receive proposals from organisations based in the community in which they are working and applications are welcome until midday 29 August 2017. For more information please see here.

Priorities for London

Trust for London have recently released their new priorities with the next deadline for applications being 5 October, 1pm. Their guidelines include some areas where funding is available to second-tier and specialist organisations to help other organisations improve their skills and practice. There is also a priority around ensuring 'connected communities'.

NEWS

 

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 trend...

 

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.

RESOURCes

 

Governance Code

 

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.