Dear colleague,

Welcome to our September ebulletin, giving you an update on what's happening at GLV, as well as letting you know about upcoming events, and news and resources to help you in your work developing volunteering in London.

This is James' last ebulletin after five-and-a-bit years as our Chief Executive, so it's been an exciting time recruiting to the team to continue to build on our track record of success.  We're delighted that two sector leaders are joining David at GLV Towers for the coming months as we deliver our core work programme and also establish the London Hub for civil society - Sharon Long will be on secondment to us part-time from Partnership for Young London, working with you and colleagues across the sector to shape the London Hub; and Marcus Ward will be joining us from Peach Consultancy part-time to provide interim management support to GLV so that the work you know and love can continue to be delivered. Cam and the Board are delighted with both appointments, and Sharon and Marcus both look forward to working with you all in the months ahead.

We've also been beavering away since last month's newsletter on a range of projects, and you'll see below that we're asking you to save the date for our Trustee and Leadership Conference in November, join us for a consultation event on the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy next week, and check out the resources and news from the world of volunteering that we've curated for you.

Another key date for your diaries is James' departure from GLV Towers - if you'd like to pop along to bid him farewell then please do join us at the Bridge Lounge on Tooley Street from 5pm on Thursday 7 September - do get in touch with David to RSVP if you're able to join us before James heads off to become Director at London Funders.

As always, we'll end with a stat - and as it's James' last bulletin we'll focus on a GLV success this time... Since our Board approved our new strategic direction back in 2012 we've been able to distribute over £1,000,000 to volunteering groups across London - we're immensely proud of securing this investment for London, and of the great work our members have done at a local level with this money, making volunteering happen across our communities.

Do get in touch with us to ask for help, share your successes, or find out more about what we're doing (details below on who's who in the team, we're a friendly bunch) - but for now, thanks for all you do to make London such a great volunteering city.

Very best wishes,

Cam, David, James, Marcus and Sharon


With James leaving and new people joining the team, here's a quick handy guide to who's who and how to get in touch with us at GLV...

David Rodrigues, Networks & Operations Manager, - David's still the man to speak to about our networks, events, mailings, finances and all things operational.

Marcus Ward, Interim Manager, - Marcus will be leading on GLV's core work programme, including representing the network, developing our member events, managing our projects and supporting the governance of the charity.

Sharon Long, Hub Lead, - Sharon will be continuing our work on developing the London Hub for civil society, as discussed at member meetings and featured in The Way Ahead report.

Cam Fitzwilliam-Grey, Chair, - Cam's still leading the organisation as we continue to champion volunteering and ensure there's a strong voice for civil society at the regional level.

Upcoming EVENTS

The Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

8 September, 2-5pm, United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Pl, Kings Cross 

The GLA are currently holding a consultation to engage with individuals and community groups on the development of the Mayor’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy. We're working with LVSC, Just Space and representatives from the GLA to hold an event which will feed into the consultation. The event will include an introduction to the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and how this relates to the Mayor's other statutory strategies. Case studies will also be highlighted and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. For a full agenda and to book your place, please get in touch with Matthew Scott at LVSC on In addition, if you are interested in providing one of the case studies then do let Matt know. 

Equality and Human Rights Framework: Learning Programme

16 October and 11 December 2017
NCVO, 8 All Saints St, N1 9RL

The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) have launched their Equality and Human Rights Framework (pdf) – a free digital toolkit for voluntary and community sector organisations. It’s designed to help you use equality and human rights to achieve your organisation’s core purpose.

They're looking for organisations in Greater London to register for their Framework learning programme. This free series of workshops will explore how to use the Framework to integrate equality and human rights into your work.

The deadline for registration is 2 October 2017.

Trustee and Leadership Conference

10 November, 10am-4pm, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Join us for our charity leadership conference for London - for Trustees, Chief Executives and community leaders across the capital.
This free event is at City Hall on 10 November 2017, with morning workshops 10am-12.30pm, a lunch and networking marketplace 12.30-1.30pm, and then a plenary conference session 1.30-3.30pm. We're grateful to Team London and Reach for working with us to make this event free for you to attend.

More details and an event page will become available in the coming weeks, for now please save the date in your diaries.

Winning in Volunteer Management: How Sports & Non-Profits can Learn Together

21 September, 10.30am-4pm, The Crypt, Christ Church Spitalfields, E1 6LY

Volunteers in sport make up the highest percentage in the UK (22%), and volunteer management is a focus for many sporting organisations looking to expand the capacity of their sport, yet there is relatively little collaboration between sports and non-sports volunteer managers.

Many charities organise sports-style fundraising events, such as sponsored walks, runs or cycle rides: is there a potential advantage to collaborating with sports organisations on these activities?

Join the Association of Volunteer Managers for this learning and development day to discover if volunteer management in sporting organisations is any different to other non profits. For more information on the day and to book please click here.



Have your say - better health for all Londoners

The Mayor has launched his draft London Health Inequalities Strategy – Better Health for all Londoners for consultation. The consultation period will run from 23 August until 30 November 2017.
Despite having made a great deal of progress in recent years, health inequalities in London remain high. This reduces productivity and impacts on people’s quality of life. Healthy life expectancy varies both between and within boroughs. The strategy sets out the Mayor’s ambitions and proposals that will help create a healthier and fairer city.
The GLA want to work with Londoners themselves as well as the public and private sectors to help achieve these ambitions and would welcome your feedback to finalise this strategy. They don’t just want to know what you think, but how you can help, what you are already doing, and what the Mayor could do to help you do even more. Find our more and have your say here.

NHS volunteering consultation

Health Education England (HEE) has launched a consultation document to inform the NHS's volunteering strategy. The consultation document sets out what volunteering takes place within the NHS currently and brings together for the first time many pieces of guidance and information to inform thinking on what volunteering could look like in the NHS and how it can contribute to patient care and experience. Find out more and have your say on the future of volunteering in the NHS by completing the online survey on the consultation page.

Building on the volunteer legacy from the World Athletics Championships


Dean Nevill of London Sport discusses the volunteers helping London host another major championships and how this could feed into the future for sports volunteering in the capital. Read more here.

Lords Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

The Lords Select Committee for citizenship and civic engagement is currently accepting written evidence with a deadline for submissions of 8 September 2017. For more information and to have your say please see here.

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.


Opportunity to appear on the BBC


Thanks to GLV member Merton Voluntary Service Council for spotting this opportunity - a new BBC programme is looking for examples of community groups delivering extraordinary projects on limited resources.

This is an opportunity to get high profile recognition of the brilliant work of charities and volunteers and spread some positive stories from our sector. For more information email

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. 


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.