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Spring is traditionally a time of change, and we have seen
significant changes here at LVSC over the last month. Funding for
LVSC has become very difficult in recent years, with many of the
previous sources of support disappearing, and a general
disinclination to fund infrastructure from a number of Trusts and
Foundations. We have tried to find alternative ways of supporting
our work but without any real success and the loss of funding from
London Councils has been a material blow to us. We have had to
reduce our team and have now said goodbye to Debbi, Deirdre,
Michelle and Sandra. We wish them every success in the future.
However, we need to keep looking forward and it's been a busy
month for reports linked to the Way Ahead - the theme groups have
been producing their draft recommendations (and huge thanks to LVSC
members and colleagues across the volunteering community who have
contributed to this process), the equalities group has been meeting
to ensure the impact of proposals is considered, the CVS Directors
network has produced a series of commitments they're making to
implementing the Way Ahead recommendations, and even the House of
Lords report on charities included references to the Way Ahead - so
work has really started progressing with turning the
recommendations into reality, and you'll see more information in
the next newsletter about an event in June that will produce an
action plan to take things forward.
At LVSC we've been busy working with GLV and others to explore
what the proposed London Hub for civil society should look like,
and are excited to be sharing the report produced by Steve Wyler, an
experienced sector leader who has taken a fresh look at what's
needed, including feedback from LVSC members and other
stakeholders. We're keen to get your input as we go on this journey
towards a new way of working at a regional level, to provide the
support that civil society - and Londoners - need, and will be
holding a number of forums over the coming months.
Meanwhile the House of Lords select committee on charities has now
published its report, entitled Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society. The
report is wide ranging: there are 100 conclusions including 42
recommendations covering governance, finance and funding (including
grant funding and core costs), public service delivery and
contracting, digital, volunteering, campaigning and advocacy, and
regulation, with the latter including comments on the Charity
Commission charging charities for regulation. It is actually a good
all round look at our sector and the issues surrounding it. NCVO
have brought together an
edited list of the recommendations for easy digestion. And it
even mentions The Way Ahead!
Another report, from the Lloyds Bank Foundation '
Facing Forward, How small charities can adapt to survive'
points out that small charities face a "hurricane of change" in the
economic, political and technological environment they operate in,
and government and funders must change the way they operate to
help. It calls for government, funders and larger charities to take
action to help small charities in challenging times, but also says
that small charities need to adapt by looking for alternative
funding streams and working in different ways. Following as it does
on their report on commissioning, which showed that this model does
not work for small charities, it is difficult to see which
alternative sources of funding these might be…
Have a good April.
Lisa Redding, Chief Executive
Update from The Way Ahead Working Groups
The reports from the working groups are to be finalised around
7th April - and we will be sending out a full report in the next
bulletin. In the meantime LVSC, London Funders and Greater London
Volunteering are setting up a standalone website TheWayAhead.London as a central source of
LVSC Project Updates
VCS Assist - Employment and Skills News
European Social Fund - resources, funding and
London Councils announces the launch of the ESF Borough
Employment Programme and is inviting organisations to apply for
funding in the London Borough of Hounslow. The deadline has been
extended from the 22nd March to the 7th April 2017.
Blue Sky is an award-winning social enterprise
working with ex-offenders. It employs over 200 ex-offenders a year
providing real work opportunities. They are seeking supply chain or
consortia opportunities in London for the Work and Health
Expression of Interest - Stage 2 Work & Health
PeoplePlus are looking to partner with local organisations with
the expertise in delivering a personalised programme of support for
people with health condition or disabilities, the long-term
unemployed and marginalised groups who are disadvantaged in the
labour market to help them into sustainable employment. PeoplePlus
is looking for partners who share their commitment to delivering
high performing services that transform people's lives and provide
a positive impact to their local communities in London.
Policy, News and Overviews
The Government has published a green paper setting out its
vision for a modern industrial strategy.
Government is investing an additional £90m in careers advice
over this parliament, and will devise a comprehensive careers
advice strategy later this year.
The Skills Plan will implement a 'transition year' for 16
year-olds with serious basic skills gaps who are not in work or
training to develop a career plan.
Government will expand on lifelong learning by trialling
'contact moments' as a way to promote retraining of older
The government will work with local areas to trial new ways of
closing the skills gap. The consultation is open until 17th April,
give your views here
This report from the Work Foundation is an analysis of the
current and potential role of social prescription in supporting
work opportunities for those, who are either unable or do not have
the confidence or motivation to work.
The Resolution Foundation has published a fifth report for the
Intergenerational Commission . How and why pay and progression
outcomes have differed across cohorts', which was launched in the
summer of 2016 to explore questions of intergenerational fairness
that are currently rising up the agenda and make recommendations
for repairing the intergenerational social contract.
The Public Accounts Committee published its report into the use
of benefit sanctions by the DWP. It argues that the Department uses
sanctions carefully and protects vulnerable people from unnecessary
hardship. There is an unacceptable amount of unexplained variation
in the Department's use of sanctions, so claimants are being
treated differently depending on where they live.
NCVO's publications reveals that very few charities have been
involved so far and calls for a halt devolution deals until it can
be shown how the voluntary sector has been consulted in developing
NCVO is calling for greater transparency in how devolution deals
are agreed and said that the government should publish minimum
criteria for engaging with the charity sector.
The Greater London Authority has announced the release of the
second of its Team London funding opportunities which form part of
the GLA ESF 2014-2020 Co-Financing Programme.
The Forces for Good project will give Veterans and Early Service
Leavers access to a wide variety of volunteering opportunities,
support with transitioning into civilian life, mentoring to
identify a career path and map skills across civilian job roles and
support with gaining the skills to move into, and sustain
employment, education and/or training.
The project has a grant value of £0.3m, and will deliver between
June 2017 and December 2019, with final results reported and claims
completed by March 2020. The submission deadline for project
applications is 5pm, 28 April 2017.
A new Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network was launched by
Skills Minister Robert Halfon. It will work towards achieving the
government's commitment to increase the proportion of
apprenticeship starts by people from black, Asian and minority
ethnic backgrounds by 20 per cent by 2020.
Funding to support our current health policy work ends on
31/3/17. LVSC received this funding via the Department of Health
Strategic Partner programme and we are therefore unable to continue
to provide these services in the future. Our latest social
prescribing map can be found on the LVSC website.
We have produced a briefing outlining the rationale and benefits
of our social prescribing work. It also includes a section on
funding levels & sources, staffing and sustainability. You can
download a copy from our website
Safer Future Communities
A key feature of the plan is the Neighbourhood Policing
initiative which promises to set local priorities based on local
need. It also focuses on key priorities such as protecting children
and young people, tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG),
and providing a better Criminal Justice Service in London.
In the coming weeks and months, I will be keeping you updated on
the way forward in how the Safer Future Communities network (SFC),
and the wider Voluntary and Community Sector as a whole, can
provide input and be involved in the implementation of the Plan. In
the meantime, you can also read the joint LVSC/Clinks response to the draft Police
and Crime Plan (sent just before the publication of the new plan).
It reflects mainly on feedback and ideas for action from the SFC
meetings over the last few months which some of you may have
This report has been produced by the British Institute of Human
Rights (BIHR) as part of the Human Rights Check UK project. It
follows eight consultation events and a call for evidence across
Great Britain, engaging over 175 Civil Society Organisations
(CSOs). LVSC is one of the 75 national organisations jointly signed
up to the findings of the report.
Over 60 people attended a 'call for action' event on 17th March
2017 organised by the Community Development Network London (CDNL,
with support from LVSC). The first half of the day saw talks from
the GLA (Greater London Authority), IVAR (Institute for Voluntary
Action Research), Sutton CVS and the Just Space Network and case
studies on local work across London. The afternoon 'open space'
session drew up a number of actions for a future task and finish
group to take forward including protecting community buildings,
networking networks, using tech and mapping, influencing local,
regional and central government, building a federated democratic
structure for Community Development in London.
If you want to be involved in future work contact Matt Scott tel
020 7832 5806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @Matt_LVSC
All the presentations and videos are now online.
NWC is an initiative to blend community action with digital
tech. It has been developed under the London for All programme that
held events at the GLA, Newspeak House and Resource for London this
year. The aim was to be both an exploration and something that was
democratically owned and shared.
There is now an opportunity for NWC to seed a number of spin-off
projects covering mapping, stacks, electronic notice boards and
peer to peer learning alongside a core function of supporting the
bringing of new networks into being. Discussions with a number of
interested partners are under way to move from being an informal
network to a constituted organisation with a central coordinating
group to hold and develop the vision and purpose. If you want to be
involved in future work contact Matt Scott tel 020 7832 5806 or
email email@example.com or twitter @Matt_LVSC
LVSC Events & Training
LVSC Employment and Skills Network Meeting - 30th May
There will be an LVSC Employment and Skills Network meeting on
Tuesday 30th May (part of VCS Assist programme), that will provide
an opportunity to hear about "Love London Working", an ESF funded pan-London
training and employment initiative being delivered by 15 Housing
Associations, led by Clarion Housing Group. The housing sector are
keen to work with VCSE employment and skills providers in the
capital to engage 21,000 unemployed and economically inactive
residents and help 6,300 people into work. Further details on the
event will be sent out in due course.
LVSC Management and Personal Development Courses
Happy People - the personal development division of Happy,
delivers LVSC's management and personal development courses.
Costs: starts from £95 for charities with 15 staff or
under. For larger charities, please visit the website for the
Venue: 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London, E1 8DE
Enjoy Parenthood, Enjoy Work - 24th
Ever wonder as a parent if you're doing it right? This one day
programme will enable you to feel more confident in your parenting
skills and help you take a positive approach to relationships both
at home and in the workplace.
Managing Poor performance - 28th April
This comprehensive one day programme will provide a depth of
personal insight and enhance your ability to effectively and
positively manage your team's performance in order to develop the
skills and strengths of each individual.
Managing for the first time - 4th May
This two-day course is an introduction to the main aspects of
management. It will look at different management styles and how to
manage yourself, your organisation and your staff. It covers
recruitment, motivating your team and dealing with difficult
- Effective Presentation Skills - 8th May
This two-day presentation skills workshop considers the importance
of preparation before giving a presentation, speech or talk - being
sure you know what you want to say and organising your material.
You will discuss and examine the use of audio-visual aids (such as
PowerPoint slides), effective self-presentation and will have an
opportunity to deliver a short presentation to your group.
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This is a new post which will work as part of a small housing
team at Standing Together. The primary aim will be to develop a
model for Housing First for women experiencing violence against
women and girls (VAWG). There will also be additional
responsibilities in-line with supporting the homelessness response
to VAWG. The role is funded to work across the tri-borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
Closing Date 18th April.
Localism and VCSE Learning and Skills
Third Sector National Alliance is holding a workshop on Localism
and VCSE learning and Skills, to support VCSE providers of learning
and skills to engage with the new adult funding arrangements
emerging through local enterprise partnerships and other localised
funding arrangements. It's taking place at Voluntary Action
Islington, on Friday 16th June.
For information, including to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Learning Consortium has partnered with the Media Society
to run a journalism and media competition in 2017 to support
aspiring journalists (whether you want to be a professional, or
contribute to citizen papers, online debate or something else).
The aim is to support and promote emerging journalism and media
talent across London, and generate some fresh, new and
inspirational perspectives of our city. We want to help encourage
new voices for London which reflect personal experiences of living
and working in one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the
Date: 3 May 2017 at 6 for 6.30pm
Venue: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London,
After the many criticisms of charity fundraising, how have
charities responded to the increased formal and informal regulatory
environment? How have they maintained and hopefully increased
Lynda Thomas, a fundraiser before being appointed Chief
Executive at Macmillan's and someone with influential evidence and
opinions to the critical debate, will address this from Macmillan's
very successful perspective. Professor Stephen Lee, Professor of
Voluntary Sector Management, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass
Business School, City University London, will respond giving more
broadly based advice from his extensive practical and academic
Although Macmillan is a large charity many of the lessons apply
across all sizes of organisation. There will be a plenary
discussion for sharing views and experiences followed by a
networking reception for networking. For more information or to
request an invoice booking, contact email@example.com or call
020 7040 0901.
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