LVSC News May 2017

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LVSC News - May 2017

Hi everyone,

Well, to paraphrase Monty Python 'nobody expects a snap General Election' - I think it came as a surprise to most of us, and many charities will be worrying about what they can and can't say during the run up to the election. As an ex-civil servant I am acutely aware of the do's and don'ts in this time, but fortunately NCVO has come to the rescue with a handy guide to support us through this interesting time.

Meanwhile our Mayor is continuing to make his mark. This week he launched a new citizenship initiative, the first of its kind in the UK, to help Londoners become more engaged in the life of the capital. The programme hopes to tackle social integration, including helping new migrants find a path to citizenship and getting existing London citizens more involved in democracy. Funded by Trust for London and Unbound Philanthropy it aims to tackle some of the main barriers preventing all Londoners from getting fully involved in their communities, and it is hoped this will help people to access their citizenship and residency rights, increase civic engagement and celebrate diversity and shared identities across the capital. Our sector can make a huge contribution to this, particularly those organisations working at the grass roots with our many communities - I hope some of this funding makes it way to them.

Finally we mustn't forget that at least 80% of our sector is made up of volunteer led organisations with no paid employees. June will see Small Charity Week and now is a good time to start thinking about what we can do to mark the occasion. The website has a lot of ideas - start getting ready!

Have a great May
Lisa Redding, Chief Executive

The Way Ahead - updates

The Way Ahead continues to gather momentum - last Monday saw the Systems Change Group, the steering group for the implementation of the report, get together for a day to look at the recommendations coming out of the theme groups, the CVS directors and LVSC's report with GLV on what a London Hub could look like.

We are well on the way to coming up with concrete actions from all partners across the system and we are looking forward to our next stakeholder day on 22 June - make sure it's in your diary.

LVSC - updates

Matt Scott Takes Up Hub Development Officer Role this Month

The Way Ahead report calls for the establishment of a new 'hub' to support community action though the precise details are being worked out over the next few months. The Systems Change Group for The Way Ahead had an away day on April 24th and building on a report completed by Steve Wyler on the hub, these details are becoming clearer and a stakeholder day on TWA is scheduled for June 13th.

Matt's new role is a 6 month post with key areas of work around developing and trial potential functions for the London Hub including designing project delivery, maintaining and developing existing networks and working with stakeholders to ensure understanding of the London Hub, across all sectors. If you are interested in working with Matt and/or finding out more about the hub, as always, please get in contact tel 020 7832 5806 or email or twitter @Matt_LVSC.

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Safer Future Communities​​ Photo from the Way Ahead event 30th November Support for Employment and Skills VCOs
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Visit TheWayAhead.London for progress, latest updates and background information
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VCS Assist - Employment and Skills News

VCS Assist 2.0 - upcoming training

Evelyn Oldfield Unit has published a calendar of workshops that will help you access ESF. If your organisation intends to apply for/already has ESF funding, you can also book a one-to-one surgery and receive quality technical assistance in the following:

  • Writing and submitting applications
  • Complying with ESF requirements
  • ESF project management

Register for a one-to-one technical assistance surgery

Funding opportunities

Brent Council Invites Bids to Deliver New Single PASS Scheme to Prevent and Relieve Homelessness

The bidding documentation for the Brent Single PASS scheme outcomes based grant is now live on Brent Council's website. The £1.8m PASS scheme is jointly funded by the DCLG Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer programme and Brent Council, and is an exciting and ground breaking project to assist single households and other non-priority need households facing homelessness within the borough, over a three year period. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 2nd June.

£3.3million Programme Announced Supporting Young Disabled Londoners Into Employment

The City Bridge Trust has pledged its commitment to narrowing the employment gap for young disabled people in the capital with a new £3.3million fund for organisations tackling the issue. The Programme will provide money for projects that offer employability support for young disabled people, and strengthen links between employers and the disabled community. The organisations invited to take part include Action on Disability, Inclusion London, Action for Kids, National Autistic Society, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Whizz-Kidz.

Policy, News and Overviews

New research from Loughborough University, funded by Trust for London, shows that 41% of Londoners have less income than they need for what the public regard as a decent standard of living - that is one that allows them to meet their basic needs and participate in society at a minimum level. Download the full report, funded by Trust for London, here.

The Public Accounts Committee published a highly critical report into the National Citizen Service, and its chair has called on government to carry out a fundamental review before spending any money on the programme.

London Youth: Young People's capital of the world? The report is designed to give organisations and policy makers some clear pointers on how London can be a better place for young people, and hope that it will act as a catalyst for action. With London's youth population growing at an almost unprecedented rate and there is an increased ethnic diversity amongst the youth population. Young Londoners see the need for providers of services and opportunities for young people to respond effectively.

London Child Poverty Alliance have published a report entitled 'At what cost? The 'free' 30 hours childcare promise in London', that draws together the challenges the early years sector is facing in the capital, in particular focusing on the impact of the proposed roll out of additional 'free' childcare for three and four year olds. To view the report's findings and recommendations.

From last month a new single funding agency was setup to sit within the Department for Education and Skills. The Education and Skills Funding Agency is to provide joined-up education and skills funding. The new body will continue to carry out the roles of the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency.

Safer Future Communities

Ensuring the voice of the VCSE sector is engaged with in criminal justice issues and strategic policy work in London continues to be the key aim of the SFC network. The Safer Future Communities network has been involved in various forums and meetings in the past month, including the London Children and Policing Forum, The Mayor's Youth Justice Reducing Reoffending Group and the Human Rights Alliance meetings.

Over the next few weeks, the network is kicking off with the first series of its sub-group meetings; the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sub-group, the Victims Services Alliance and the Gangs & Serious Youth Violence sub-group. If you have not been involved in these groups, and would like to find out more, please contact Ade Fashade (

Mayor launches New Police Unit to Tackle Online Hate Crime.

Five dedicated Met police officers, led by a Detective Inspector, make up the new Online Hate Crime Hub. The Hub aims to improve the police response to online hate by gathering intelligence, improving understanding and testing new investigation methods.

Officers will work with community groups, social media organisations, academic hate crime specialists and criminal justice partners, to help to identify, prevent and investigate these crimes, including abuse on Twitter and Facebook.

New Guide for Community Organisations from UK Race Equality Network (UKREN)

'Dealing with Hate Crimes' is a guide for victims and the Non Governmental Organisations that work with them, helping them to understand their rights to justice, and the obligations of police and criminal justice agencies to take action. It is there to share NGO good practice in helping victims and also covers how to deal with online hate speech on the main social media platforms.

Sector Support

The London Mayor - one year on

In the run up to the Mayoral election, LVSC prepared a manifesto calling for 6 'asks'. A year on, it is timely to see how far the Mayor, having agreed in principle with them all, has got.

  • Our first ask was to ensure the VCSE sector is recognised and included in GLA policy and delivery
    Verdict: promising roundtable discussions after several months of inactivity, but little sign of sustained outreach beyond City Hall to smaller groups
  • Second ask: co-produce a VCSE sector strategy
    Verdict: engagement with 'The Way Ahead' framework, several emerging strategies and consultation but no coherent GLA plan emerging
  • Third ask: collaborate on the implementation of equalities practice
    Verdict: strong commitment but very fragmented approach taken
  • Fourth ask: Innovate GLA commissioning
    Verdict: No obvious changes; little sign of willingness to ensure a level playing field
  • Fifth ask: facilitate private sector donations to VCSE groups
    Verdict: no obvious progress made on this agenda
  • Sixth ask: embed the benefits of digital technology
    Verdict: strong commitment to sharing and using data more effectively; no clear strategic approach developed as yet

Get Up to Speed with the Networked City (NWC)

Over the past six months LVSC has led the Networked City exploration into how we can use digital technology, network building and self-organising approaches to develop better connections between citizens, groups and organisations. We've built on the work of London for All, and events like Keeping IT Human in a Digital Age.

During that time we have held three substantial events: developing a Living Lab simulation on January 10; hearing from an international expert in network thinking on January 31; developing our ideas further and presenting to Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC at City Hall on February 22.

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, with work on two fronts:

  • Locally: we have groups working on geographic and network mapping; networking thinking and peer-to-peer learning; local communication systems; games and simulations to develop local initiatives.
  • Strategically: we are developing ideas for a network of networks, and building relationships and partnerships with RSA, London Futurists, Coops UK, London Met, Newspeak House, TSIP and others.

If you want to be involved in future work contact Matt Scott tel 020 7832 5806 or email or twitter @Matt_LVSC.
We welcome any ideas and input.

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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), which 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 is 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 correct rate.
Venue: 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London, E1 8DE

Download the programme for 2017

  • 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.
  • Effective Minute Taking - 15th May
    This course will examine the preparations needed before a meeting; clarify the purpose of minutes; explore the role during meetings; and planning after the meeting. It will look at ways to save time when note taking and how to reduce the stress which people experience when taking minutes.
  • Effective Time management - 5th June
    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.
  • Chairing Meetings - 8th June
    This course will explore the role of the chair in getting the best out of meetings. The day will provide information on carrying through the role of chair and will consider some of the difficulties that can confront "the person in the chair".
  • Training the non-trainer - 8th - 9th June
    During this two-day course, you will consider the learning process, explore training needs, plan a training programme and try different training methods. There will also be space for discussion about problems that arise and difficult situations experienced by trainers.
  • Grammar and Punctuation - getting it right - 13th June
    This course will make people more capable and confident by showing them how to write grammatically, punctuate correctly, and effectively structure and layout letters and emails

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Notices and Events

Programme Director - Connect Hackney

Salary: £50,000 per annum (salary negotiable for exceptional candidates)
Full Time. Permanent contract (March 2017 - March 2021) Programme ends March 2021 and staff budget runs up till then

We are looking for a Programme Director to lead and manage all aspects of Connect Hackney - a £5.8M programme, aimed at reducing social isolation among older people.

Connect Hackney is managed by Hackney CVS and is one of the fourteen programme areas in England, that has been funded through the six year Big Lottery Fund, Ageing Better programme. Ageing Better aims to disseminate evidence and learning throughout the life of the programme, and ensure it is relevant to both practitioners and policy makers at a local and national level. It is hoped that the evidence will demonstrate how and why work delivered by the fourteen programme areas can be of benefit, be sustainable, and have a strategic impact on the way future interventions are shaped at a local and national level.

The deadline for completed applications is 10am 8th May 2017.

Advance Appoints new CEO and Chair

Advance have announced the appointment of Niki Scordi as CEO and Christine Losecaat MBE as Chair. Niki succeeds Anna Smith, who has stepped down to progress her career nearer her hometown of Bath and Christine succeeds Ruth Fuller-Sessions whose 3-year term has come to an end. Ruth will continue to support Advance as a trustee.

Advance is a nationally recognised women's charity based in West London, formed in 2000. Advance works to save and change the lives of women across London by offering frontline domestic violence services to women experiencing high-risk violence and who are at risk of death and by providing female offenders with comprehensive support to break the stigmatic cycle of re-offending.

City Business Trainee Programme Benefits Year 13 Students in 7 London Boroughs

The Brokerage CityLink is delivering a programme for year 13 students, currently living and studying in City fringe boroughs. These are Lambeth, Southwark, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Camden and Hackney. Read more about the City Business Trainee programme:

Localism and VCSE Learning & Skills

Date: 16th June
Venue: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

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. For information, including to book, email

Apprenticeship Reforms: how can you benefit?

Date 4th May, 5 - 7pm
Venue: Elizabeth House, York Rd, Waterloo, SE1 7NQ
This event will present detail around the apprenticeship reforms, look at how they can provide your business with opportunities and answer questions you may have. The event is organised by LondonExcellence Network and is free of charge to members and new contacts.

Charities 'Missing Vital Opportunity' to Show How They Benefit the Public

The Charity Commission has published the findings of its work to scrutinise charity accounts, finding that 54% of those reviewed did not meet the 'public benefit' reporting requirement. The regulator says these charities are missing a vital opportunity to tell their story and explain their impact.

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