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LVSC News - January 2017

Dear Colleague,

Welcome back to 2017 and a belated Happy New Year!

Our New Year got off to a good start with the announcement of an OBE for one of our Trustees, Bob Green. Bob is CEO of Stonewall Housing and was awarded the honour for services to LGBT communities.

Our work on The Way Ahead is picking up again after the Christmas break with meetings of the five thematic sub-groups talking place. They are reviewing existing knowledge and learning, seeking out data, research, best practice, effective models and expertise. They will propose practical plans for moving to a new system, identifying barriers to new ways of working and opportunities to overcome them. You can find out more about the background to the groups in this short thematic groups summary.

Each group is being coordinated by a sector leader with a strong track record in their field, but we and they are keen that these groups include a diverse range of experience and ideas to help make change happen. If you're interested in being involved in a group please get in touch. We are continuing to work with Greater London Volunteering on what a London Hub could look like and what functions it might provide - again, if you have any views please let me know.

The Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew Ryder, gave the first London Fairness Commission lecture on 12 January, before a wide ranging audience. He outlined his thoughts on his role and what he hoped to achieve, who he would be looking to work with and announced that he would be launching an Equalities Framework - we look forward to developments and to working with Matthew in the future. More detailed notes of the speech can be found here.

Finally, as our London for All programme draws to a close, we are holding a celebratory event to look back on what we have learned and to look forward t what challenges the sector faces and how we might tackle them. It's on Wednesday 1 Match and details on how to book are below - we hope to see you there!

All best wishes

Lisa Redding, Acting Chief Executive

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European Social Fund - resources, funding and awards

European Regional Development Fund 2014-20 - calls for proposals launched

Calls have been launched in London for ERDF funding for:

  • Promoting Innovation & Research (£9.8 million ERDF)
  • Enhancing access to, and use and quality of, Information and Communications Technology (£900,000 ERDF)
  • Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors (£12.9 million ERDF)

The call specifications, application form and guidance can be accessed via here.

The closing date for the submission of Outline Applications to the Greater London Authority (GLA) via is 23:59 on Friday 17th February 2017.

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund: Integration of Third-Country Nationals Grant

The total budget for this call is estimated at €17 million. The grants awarded for individual projects will be between €450,000 and €750,000. The EU will cover 90% of the total eligible costs of the action. Deadline to apply is 4pm 28th February.

Supply Chain Opportunties

Interserve Learning & Employment are seeking quality Apprenticeship Providers to become part of their Preferred Apprenticeship Provider Network. They want to engage with providers who are able to work alongside them and deliver services to large employers they are engaged with, as well as assisting with Interserve's own levy commitment. If you want to work alongside them, please complete the expression of interest here.

Clarion is the UK's leading British Sign Language (BSL) specialist employability, interpreting and education support providers for Deaf and hard of hearing customers with a good track record on the Government's 3 key Welfare to Work programmes. They have pioneered effective ways of working with Deaf people and providing accessible services. If you would like to know more about their services for their deaf and hard of hearing customers and would like to include them in your tenders contact Bob Marsh UK, Business Development Manager - or 01763 209001.

Policy, News and Overviews

Fair Train is looking for your support

As the Group Training Association (GTA) for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), Fair Train is leading the Trailblazer process for the formation of the new apprenticeship standards for the sector.

Trailblazers are groups of employers (in this case charities and not for profits) committed to designing new and improved apprenticeship standards, with the aim of increasing UK productivity and offering young people brighter career prospects by providing a vocational entry route into the sector.

If you represent a charity or not for profit organisation and you would be interested in joining the Trailblazer group to help shape the future of apprenticeships in the VCS contact Fair Train

Consultations and Guidance

European Solidarity Corps

The European Commission has launched the European Solidarity Corps allowing young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to make an important contribution to society across the EU. Young people will also have the chance to gain invaluable skills and experience at the start of their career. For other information on opportunities for young people in the EU, read this article by Lucy Sandford from Partnership for Young London.

Commissioning in Crisis

A new report published by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales finds that central and local government are using shockingly complicated and inappropriate contracting and commissioning processes to secure vital public services.

EHRC - guidance of religion and belief in the workplace

The Equality and Human Rights Commission published its guidance on religion or belief in the workplace in December 2016. The guidance is part of a suite of final products from the Commission's three-year programme of work on religion or belief.


The Joint Committee on Human Rights published an interim report on the human rights implications of Brexit in December 2016. As the process of Brexit unfolds, NCVO research is exploring what the evidence tells us about relationships between the European Union, the voluntary sector and volunteering.

Brexit is the firing gun on a decade of disruption

As the UK negotiates its new place in the world, an accelerating wave of economic, social and technological change will reshape the country, in often quite radical ways. Read the IPPR report, setting out five powerful trends that will drive change in the 2020's.

DWP consultation into employment support for people with disablities and health conditions

Department for Work and Pensions has published its long-awaited Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, Improving Lives launching a wide-reaching consultation into employment support for people with disabilities and health conditions. Deadline to respond is 17th February.

Health News

The Who's Who guide for London has been updated

Each of the regional networks that comprise Regional Voices, including LVSC, have produced a "Who's Who" guide of key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant contacts from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units, Public Health directors, local Healthwatch, etc. As we have limited capacity to fully update the guide, we would very much appreciate it if you could inform Sandra van der Feen, Health Policy Officer, of any changes in your area(s). Email: Please note my working days are Tue and alternate Tue & Wed only.

Working with the Voluntary & Community Sector

UCLPartners has worked with LVSC to produce this guide to help people make sense of the current VCS landscape, and understand what it has to offer the NHS and social care, and potential future ways of working. It covers six key areas:

  1. The current state of the voluntary and community sector
  2. The evidence base around VCS engagement
  3. Stakeholders for the VCS in London and beyond
  4. Challenges to realising the potential of the VCS to contribute to health and care outcomes
  5. Principles of good practice
  6. Recommendations for the future of VCS engagement

UCLPartners will also be hosting a master class on working with the voluntary and community sector on Tuesday 14th March, 2.30-4.30pm. Further information and registration

A call for evidence from the London Assembly Health Committee

The committee is investigating mental health for Deaf and disabled people in London as part of its wider investigation into mental health inequalities. Further information, including the call for evidence in BSL, can be found on the website. Please respond to the The London Assembly Health Committee by 1 February 2017.

Safer Future Communities

Inside Peace - documentary screening

Date: 28th January, 3pm
Venue: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT

Inside Peace, documentary screening (60 minutes), follows a group of inmates doing hard time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society's roadblocks and dangers. The documentary features the Peace Education Program (PEP) , which teaches people to get in touch with themselves and their inner resources and has proved very effective in some of the toughest maximum security prisons in the US & South Africa. In the UK, the programme has been running at HMP Thameside for over a year with very positive feedback from attendees and prison staff. Several other UK prisons are in the early stages of providing the PEP and various community groups as well as organisations catering for veterans also use it.

Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse in Professional Practice

Date: 23rd March 2017 - 10am-5pm
Venue: St.Pancras Conference Centre, 4 St. Pancras Way London, NW1 0PE

Uomini is running this workshop for professionals from all services offering them the opportunity to learn more about the experience of male victims of all forms of domestic abuse from a professional and therapeutic perspective as well understand more about what can be done to address all types of abuse. To book a place on the workshop or find out more e-mail Free to attend.

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Governance and the Networked City

Date: 31st January 2017 9:30 am - 5:00pm
Venue: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, N7
LVSC is organising this event will consider how the opportunities and challenges of digital tech and networks can transform social action. We will also look at the structures (governance arrangements) to ensure sustainability and the steps we need to take together to deal with constant change whilst getting things done.

The event will include:

  • Presentations
  • Models of innovative practice
  • Live simulation exercises
  • Group work and discussions
  • Sharing stacks and other resources

This event will be facilitated by a leading international expert on networks and leadership (Harold Jarche) and is organised by LVSC and Mediablends as part of the Networked City initiative, launched on 10th January at Newspeak House.

Consulting London's VCSE on the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Date: 2nd February, 1:30pm - 5pm
Venue: London Voluntary Sector Council (LVSC), 2nd Floor, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

LVSC, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department for Health, will be holding a consultation event for the London voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector, on the Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The aim of the Green Paper is to help disabled people and people with long-term health conditions into employment.
The deadline to respond to the Green Paper is 17th February.

Information and Communications Networking Event

Date: 8th February, 4 - 7pm,
Venue: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9JP

As we all know VCSE organisations are dealing with an increasing demand for services, a more competitive funding environment while simultaneously working with limited resources. There is also an increasing need for better networking between organisations at local, sub regional and pan London levels in order to facilitate more collaborative working, the rapid dissemination of information and sharing of skills and expertise. In this challenging environment the effective use of digital technology, communication and marketing is essential to enabling better service delivery, successful fundraising and better use of scare resources.

This networking event is for communication and information staff in VCSE organisations, so that we can come together to discuss how we meet these challenges and to share digital tools/good practice.

Apprenticeship Levy

Date: 21st February, 1 - 5pm
Venue: London Voluntary Sector Council (LVSC), 2nd Floor, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

LVSC, Black Training Enterprise Group, and Fair Train, will be delivering a joint event on the up-coming Apprenticeship Levy that is coming into effect in April this year. Fair Train would also like to hear your views about the Government's Post-16 Skills Plan . For further information on how to respond, please click here .

Strategic Communications

Date: 23rd February 2017, 9am - 4pm
Venue: 21 Surrey Quays, Canada Water Library, London, SE16 7AR

In our fast-paced and information overloaded world, it's hard to be heard. Changing people's hearts and minds is a huge challenge when we have limited budgets and little capacity. This full day workshop will help you to think about how you communicate in a different way. Topics include:

  • Explore and understand the evidence of what works when talking about social issues, including brand new research carried out in London
  • Learn practical tools to help you communicate complex information, whatever your budget or experience
  • Apply your learning to your own work

A Space to Think - London for All Conference

Date: 1st March, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Venue: Ort House Conference Centre, 126 Albert Street London, NW1 7NE
LVSC, Women's Resource Centre, Lasa, the HEAR equalities Network and Race on the Agenda invite you to join us for our London for All annual conference. Using a mixture of case studies and discussion the event aims to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and learning from the London for All programme
  • Identify key challenges for Londoners and the organisations that support them over the coming years
  • Identify how we can use what we have learned to build effective support for Londoners and VCS organisations

This event will give participants a space to reflect on what we have learned over the past 4 years of the London for All programme: to consider what type of support has been most effective in enabling participants/organisations deal with the complex challenges that face them and how can we continue to offer appropriate support over the coming years. We will also discuss the future priorities and challenges for Londoners and the organisations (VCS, Statutory and private) that support them and identify how we can use past learning and experience to ensure a more equal, healthy and flourishing London.

Engaging and Working with Business

Date: 8th March, 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, London, SE11 6DN

Why work with businesses? This interactive workshop will support you to critically assess your motivation for working with businesses and to give you an understanding of what you can realistically expect of any relationship with the private sector. Topics include:

  • Skills, resources and time
  • How to engage businesses
  • Doing the deal
  • Developing the relationship
  • Q&A time at the end for attendees to ask any questions not covered during the above

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own organisation's situation and get feedback/input from other attendees as well as the trainer, Dominic Pinkney.

LVSC Management and Personal Development Courses

Happy People - the personal development division of Happy, delivers LVSC's management and personal development courses.
Cost: starts from £95 for charities with 15 staff or under. For larger charities, please visit the website for the correct rate.
Venue: 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London, E1 8DE

Grammar and Punctuation: getting it right - 10th Feb

This course will make your more capable and confident by showing you how to write grammatically, punctuate correctly, and effectively structure and layout letters and emails.

Effective Time Management - 20th February

This one-day time management workshop explores the need for planning, organising, setting goals and responding to day-to-day activities and demands. You will consider what methods of time management are possible in your situation and learn how to make time management a daily practice.

Managing for the First Time - 27/28 February (2 days)

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. We will cover recruitment, motivating your team and dealing with difficult issues.

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NCVO Annual Conference 2017: Leading with Purpose

Join us on 20 April to explore the key elements you need to consider when running your organisation. Hear Sir Stuart Etherington's State of the Sector address and further your professional development in our range of expert-led workshops on topics including fundraising and volunteering. Find out more and book your place today

Digital Maturity Assessment Survey and Workshops - working towards a digital care sector

London Workshop Date: 30th January, 11.00am - 3pm.

Lasa and Skills for Care have been commissioned to develop and pilot a Digital Maturity Assessment (DMA) too,l specifically for social care providers within the independent and voluntary sectors of adult social care. Digital working in social care is becoming imperative to deliver high quality care with maximum efficiency. The purpose of this work is to understand more about the barriers you face and what tools might help accelerate digital change in your organisation and the sector. Your insight is crucial to the success of this work.

If you have responsibility for digital working or the use of technology in your organisation there are two opportunities to take part - complete the Digital Maturity Survey - 5 quick questions or attend this London workshop. Travel expenses are available and workshop participants will receive a £75 high street voucher for attendance.

Uses of internal, external and open data for charities

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6-8.30pm
Venue: The Open Data Institute, 3rd Floor, 65 Clifton Street London

Speakers will cover the best ways to use data to achieve your charity's mission, and also present some amazing open data tools being used effectively by charities. Confirmed speakers include Emma Prest - DataKind who will give a whistle stop tour of how DataKind UK has helped charities make the most of their data; Beehive Giving and the Open Data Institute. This is a free meet up organised by Netsquared London.

Circle: the free London safety app

Circle is the free, must-have safety app for Londoners. It's an easy way to stay safe and connected to your nearest and dearest in and around the city. Simply check-in with friends at the touch of a button, letting them know you're okay or that you need a little help. It has other useful resources too, like emergency contact numbers and directions to your closest Safety Spot. Available for Android and iPhone.

The Bike Project - gets refugees cycling across London

The Bike Project repairs unwanted bikes and donates them to refugees. Run by a community of refugees, mechanics and volunteers the project receives donations of second- hand bikes, fixes them together at its workshop, and then donates them to asylum seeking refugees.

Could you support this project by becoming a bike hub, providing a drop off point for donated bikes? These 'bike hubs' can be places of worship, community centres, offices, schools, garages or gardens; all the project needs is secure space for 10 bikes and somebody to contact them about the donations. Read more about what is involved in becoming a bike hub and contact Caz.

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