LVSC News November 2015

LVSC news bulletin published for November 2015 - a round up of London's voluntary sector news and views with updates our Health, Employment and Skills, Safer Future Communities, and London for All projects. Plus training. events and job vacancies.

Welcome to LVSC News - November 2015

Dear Colleague,

This month's LVSC news brings you a round up of statistical data recently published about life in London for the poorest of our communities; the latest IMD figures; trends in Crime and Justice; and the latest national figures for the indices of multiple deprivation.  All are vital sources of useful data for charities to make the case to funders and government on behalf of the causes they work for.

In addition, the national survey of charities and voluntary organisations is now open. By adding your voice you will help build the picture of the support our sector needs to inform and lobby key decision-makers and funders about how they can help you.

Don't forget, there is still time to add your views to the research piece on the future of civil society infrastructure support in London, which is being carried out by London Funders, LVSC and GLV (see next article).

LVSC will shortly be canvassing your views on mayoral priorities for 2016 onwards. We are in the process of drafting a manifesto for Mayoral candidates and are keen to have your input.

And last, but not least in this online roundup, I am very pleased draw your attention to LVSC's launch of our online partnership directory to support organisations to find potential partners for ESF applications and delivery.  Well done to Nehal our VCS Assist Policy and Project Manager for overseeing the development of this latest addition to our support for London's VCSE employment and skills sector.

Warm regards,


Eithne Rynne

Future of Civil Society Infrastructure in London

As you may know, London Funders, working with London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC), Greater London Volunteering (GLV) and others, has commissioned research to look into the future of civil society infrastructure in London. Full details here.

The research seeks to understand how civil society in the capital can best be supported in order to make the biggest difference for Londoners. Building on existing research, this new project will result in a practical plan for the future of infrastructure in London.

As part of this research, there is a survey for front line voluntary organisations. It would be great if you could either fill it out if you are a front line organisation or forward this on to your networks, so that we can  feed as many views as possible into the consultation.

Policy Viewpoint - November 2015

Lisa Greensill LVSC Head of Policy and Sector Support's shares her pick of VCS news this month.

Infrastructure is changing…

NAVCA has published the findings of their 2015 survey of Chief Officers, reflecting the views of 40% of their members. At a time when demand for services is increasing key findings include:

  • Local infrastructure is leading on developing new ways to support local communities and groups.
  • NAVCA members feel local authorities and local health bodies listen to the local voluntary sector, but feel ignored by LEPs.
  • Demand for local infrastructure support is increasing.
  • Relationships with health bodies are improving for most.

The survey also demonstrates new areas of work including social prescribing, local business giving, asset transfer and social investment, all supporting local social action. It will be interesting to see the recommendations coming out from London Funder's work on how best to support civil society in London and what this means for our local infrastructure organisations.

#Giving Tuesday - I December 2015

Conceived as a backlash against the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday #Giving Tuesday arrived in the UK last year, supported by the Charities Aid Foundation and Blackbaud. A global movement that brings all sectors together to give - time, money, voice - whatever can be done to support causes that people care about. LVSC will be promoting the day and would love to hear if you have any plans to make this year's #Giving Tuesday a day to remember.

London Fairness Commission - have your say

London Fairness Commission is holding two open space events on 9 November at The Museum of London to garner the opinions of voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals and grassroots activists so please register and have your say about what needs to be done to make London a fairer city. It is also holding an event in conjunction with ROTA to gauge the thoughts of our BAME communities on whether London is fair and what we can do to make it fairer on 21 November at Coin Street Community Builders. More information on all of these events can be found on the Commission's website.

Living Wage Week 1 - 7 November

Over 6 million working people are still earning less than the Living Wage in the UK today. That's why we're supporting the fourth annual Living Wage Week this November 1st - 7th. As an accredited Living Wage Employer ourselves, we believe it's time to end this in-work poverty. We're one of a growing movement of employers who've committed to responsible pay, ensuring our workforce earns enough to cover the basic essentials of living.

The Living Wage is a voluntary rate calculated according to the cost of living and higher than government minimums. The 2016 rates are £8.25 (UK rate) and £9.40 (London). They mean the difference between a decent standard of living and a daily struggle for the bare essentials of life. Find out more and join the Living Wage Movement here:

And for the first time ever - the Employer Map. The Living Wage Foundation has just released its brand new map of accredited Living Wage Employers. Searchable by place, employer name or by the product or service you need, you can finally find out exactly where to go if you like value with your values. It's even mobile-friendly, so you can check your local high street's credentials when you're out and about. Check it out here:

Take part in this year's BIGGEST Charity Survey

A coalition of charities has launched a survey of voluntary and community sector organisations to gather evidence about the support we need. By being the biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations to date the results will be a powerful tool in getting the voice of the sector heard by decision makers, funders and policy setters. Please take part so we get as wide a cross-section of views as possible.

Return to top

Video - fairness, risk and Leadership in London Join LVSC London Funders video
Watch Rosie Furguson's talk about Fairness, Risk and Leadership in London  Watch now
Join London Voluntary Service Council today - read more about LVSC's free membership offer
London Funders panel discussion plus Q&A  Squaring the Circle - the challenge for Civil Society in London 2015. Watch now

LVSC News and Updates

VSC Assist - Employment and Skills News

Update on the European Social Fund in London

Big Lottery Fund has launched the second tranche of its Building Better Opportunities programme

There are  eleven projects in London covering common mental health, complex needs and refugees. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2015. The SFA Register, which you must be on to bid as a lead or substantial sub-contractor for SFA projects, is open for new applications until 13 November. There is still no clear timetable for the launch of the SFA or DWP programmes: the message to providers is to be prepared and ensure that you are building your partnerships.

LVSC support for VCS Assist

LVSC has launched its ESF Partnership Directory, which supersedes its old Expression of Interest form. The Directory allows you to search for potential partners for ESF and to manage your own listing. We also have a list of organisations who wish to act as ESF leads on our website: if you would like to be added to this list, please contact directly. We will soon be embarking on a new programme of support for VCS organisations applying for or delivering ESF: watch this space.

London Poverty Profile

The fifth annual report in London's Poverty Profile series, which looks at the extent and depth of poverty in London, has been published. Among the key findings are that 27% of Londoners live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account (compared with 20% in the rest of the UK); and that the majority of people in poverty in London are now in working households. VCS organisations may find the breakdowns by group and borough available online particularly useful in informing their own services and for use in funding bids.

London Food Poverty Profile

Sustain has also released its London Food Poverty Profile], the first in an annual series. The report exposes significant gaps in the safety net which contribute to high rates of food poverty among vulnerable Londoners. It makes a number of practical recommendations around what local authorities can do (and in some cases, are already doing) to ensure that good food is available to all.

Health News

Health Inequalities in London

This report by Public Health England summarises the importance of health inequality, the economic case for investment and descriptive analysis of health inequalities in London. Its purpose is to describe the importance of health inequalities; describe the economic case for investing in health inequalities and provide a descriptive analysis of health inequalities in London.

Better health for London: one year on

The partners of the London Health Board have just published, Better Health for London: One Year On.. The report shows the progress being made by the partners and other organisations across London that are working together to improve health and health care across London. It describes what has been achieved against the ten ambitions for London's health set out by the London Health Commission.

The VCSE Review engagement and consultation  - last chance to have your say

In November 2014, the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England initiated a review of their investment in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. The group overseeing the review has representatives from the VCSE and public sector including Regional Voices. Their purpose is to gather views and evidence to make recommendations about two key elements:

  1. Investment and partnerships between health and care agencies and the VCSE sector across England.
  2. Central government grant funding of the VCSE sector contributing to health and care.

LVSC has produced a response to the review and from the 4th November, it will be available on the VCSE Review website. LVSC will also be responding to the consultations.

The consultations closes on 6th November.

Safer Future Communities - update

Safer Future Communities are continuing to meet members and hear their news, successes and concerns. On 11th November, Sara Hyde is chairing a one day conference on Reducing Women's Imprisonment: addressing the needs of female offenders in the local community

Gangs Prevention Programme - preliminary phase

MOPAC have announced the preliminary phase of a new Gangs Prevention Programme tender, which is part of the European Social Fund 2014-2020 and will be commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency. To be eligible to bid when the tender opens, you need to register your interest by 13 November, guidance is available from this link.

Numbers, numbers everywhere

Latest figures for the Crime survey in England and Wales announced, latest IMD figures and Trends in Crime and Justice. The Crime Survey for England and Wales was in the news recently for a variety of reasons, not least the inclusion of certain online crime and the 41% rise in sexual offences -  read Office of National Statistics briefing

Last month also saw the latest figures for the Indices of Multiple Deprivation released, looking at relative levels of deprivation across constituencies in England. There is an interactive map here and more information here. In late September a report from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology was published on Trends in Crime and Criminal Justice.

Return to top

Case Study Peace Services 999 Club case study
Pathways to professionalism - how PEACe HR service helped Learn English at Home develop HR Expertise.
PEACe Services. Does your organisation's Staff Handbook need updating? Find out more about this PEACe service.
Pathways to modernisation - the impact a London for All training course had on a Lewisham homeless charity.

Other LVSC News - round up

Members' Networking Day - December 10th

Advanced notice for you of LVSC's pre-Christmas networking event, from 4 - 6pm at our offices c\o VAI, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP.

The event will give you an opportunity to find out more about LVSC, meet the staff, trustees and our training providers and suppliers. We are also inviting a number of London Funders; an expert from our sector to talk about the  up-coming priorities for London; and enjoy a pre-Christmas networking drink.

So to our members old and new - please put the date in your diary (10th December 4 - 6pm). Further information on how to book on to the event will follow soon.

LVSC Case Studies - online and in audio

We thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the impact LVSC's projects and networks have had on shaping and supporting the service delivery of our members.  So we proudly present our Pathways Series - five case studies written with five London organisations for you to read online or listen to the recorded interviews. With our grateful thanks for their patience and encouragement to:

  • Dr Kate Brown, Director Learn, English at Home
  • Jeff Arnold, Partnerships Officer, TellMAMA
  • Bob Green , CEO , Stonewall Housing
  • Clarissa Stoneham, Chair, Central West London Training & Employment Network
  • Peter Wood, CEO, The 999 Club

And also a big thanks to Deirdre McGrath, Network Development & Partnership Support Officer and our former volunteer Tom Owen for their great interviewing skills.

Volunteer with LVSC

LVSC is looking for a volunteer to provide a wide range of support to our busy team.  Who will you be supporting? What will you be doing? Well - we asked Tom Owen to write up some of the things he's been involved in over the last 9 months to give you an idea.   Read more on our website.

Return to top

Matt Scott Central and West London Training and Employment Network Case Study Stonewall housing case study
Matt Scott - London for All Policy and Project Manager for sector support -
"LVSC is a standing item on our network agenda, which is a reflection of the real structural value they offer." Read more
"LVSC project events have been life changing for our organisation and the LGBGT community we work with." More

London For All

London for All is a London Councils' funded project designed to build the capacity of London's voluntary and community sector. As a partnership project, led by LVSC, it offers: insight and learning from a collective 200 years' experience: and the practical applications of that knowledge.  London for All can strengthen your organisation's knowledge and skills, work more effectively and efficiently, deliver more accessible services to support service users better.

November Update from Matt Scott

Accessibility Awards Invitation

London Voluntary Service Council, HEAR Network, Race on the Agenda, LASA and Women's Resource Centre are delighted to invite you to our 3rd Annual Conference and the HEAR Networks Accessibility Awards which will take place at the end of our conference on digital inclusion on 25 November 2015 at Ort House, 126 Albert Street, London NW1 7NE

London For All Conference: Keeping it Human in a Digital Age?

Date: 25th November,10am - 4.30pm 2015 
Venue: Ort House, 126 Albert Street, London NW1 7NE

This free conference will include discussions with funders, VCS and public sector worlds with workshops and IT surgeries to support organisations make the best use of digital technology to improve their impact and reach.

Go ON UK launched two new digital products

Go ON UK launched two new digital products: the Digital Exclusion Heatmap and Go ON Local. Both resources are developed to support people and organisations to address the lack of basic digital skills. You can take a look at your local area on the Digital Exclusion Heatmap.

London for All Events

London for All - more opportunities

Return to top

LVSC Events & Training

Gender Recognition Act Training

Date: Wednesday 4th November,10am - 1pm
Venue: Fitzrovia Community Centre 6 Foley Street London, W1W 6DL
Whatever your type of service or beneficiary group you will at some point find that trans people are included amongst those who need your service or support. As well as a broader awareness of trans issues, it is important to be aware of the relevant equalities legislation.

VCSSCamp UnConference asks 'does your organisation make best use of digital tools?'

Date: Tuesday10th November,10am - 4pm
Venue:Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP

VCSSCamp is a space just for people from VCS Local Infrastructure Organisations (that's CVSs and Volunteer Centres etc) to meet and talk about the ways they use (or don't use!) digital tools and technology in their work. So if you work in, lead, govern or volunteer for an local support or infrastructure organisation and you want to get together with like-minded people for a day to discuss the important issues your organisation faces, then VCSSCamp is for you. LVSC is very pleased to support the VCSS Camp Unconference event through our London for All project.

London For All Conference: Keeping it Human in a Digital Age

Date: Wednesday 25th November,10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Ort House, 126 Albert Street, London NW1 7NE

This conference will consider what the challenges and opportunities for VCSE organisations arising from the rapid growth of the use of digital technology.
The day will include:

  • Panel discussions with leaders from the funding, VCS and public sector worlds
  • Workshops and IT surgeries to support organisations make the best use of digital technology to improve their impact and reach

We will consider questions such as:

  • How can the use of digital technology support VCSE organisations to be able to communicate more clearly and effectively to funders, statutory, private sector and broader society?
  • How can VCSE organisations use technology to design and deliver services which meet the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised people they work with?
  • What are the capacity building needs of the sector and how can funders meet those needs?

The conference will be followed by the HEAR Network's Accessibility Awards.

Building Relationships with Business Masterclass

Date: Wednesday 2nd December,10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Voluntary Action Islington 200a Pentonville Road London, N1 9JP
Do you want to build meaningful partnerships with the private sector? This is an exclusive opportunity to improve your confidence in developing strategic partnerships with businesses. During the session, you will develop and road test your partnership proposition with the support of experts and business representatives.

LVSC Happy Training

November Courses

Here's what's coming up on our LVSC Course Programme over the next month. From time management to minute taking there's something for everyone.

How to Book:to book any of these courses, please click on the name of the course and this will direct you to the booking page. Or you can call us on 020 7375 7300 and we will be able to book you over the phone.

London for All Keegan and Pennykid logo Tell MAMA case study
LVSC was recently reaccredited by UKIED and retains silver status as a UK Investor in Equality and Diversity
For information and advice about Charity Insurance contact Keegan & Pennykid
"The Victims and Witness Alliance meeting structured specifically around race and faith hate crime was a turning point. " Read more

Notices & Events

Inspiring Trusteeship - GLV Governance Conference 2015

Date: Monday16 November 2015, 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: City Hall, SE1 2AA
Greater London Volunteering is hosting a free event for trustees of London's voluntary and community sector. Join over 200 delegates for plenary sessions with Dr Alice Maynard, the Association of Chairs and other speakers looking at new perspectives on governance, and looking at what makes an effective Chair/CEO relationship. There will be workshops on legal issues affecting Trustees; and tips on recruiting Trustees; and a networking lunch to meet with people involved in charity governance from across London, in a marketplace of organisations able to provide you with information and support on charity governance.

Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2015

The IARS International Institute in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to announce its 4th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2015 that will be taking place on the 18th November at 15:00 at Canada Water Culture Space.

National AIDS Trust looking for volunteers

Join other NAT volunteers this World AIDS Day as a street collector, raising crucial funds for our work and handing out red ribbons - the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.

IARS International Annual Conference - Community- led Solutions to Gender Inequality, Victimisation & Offending

Date: Tuesday 15th December 2015, 9am - 5pm
Venue: The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London.

IARS fourth International Annual Conference will bring together affected women, policy-makers, researchers, funders and practitioners to debate and publish cutting-edge research covering the following topics; Violence against women, Migration, Asylum & Gender, Female Offenders, Women-led, best practice models, Understanding and addressing inequality, crime and victimisation through gender.

User Voice  - 2 vacancies

London Engagement Team Member - ultimately responsible for using their personal experience to motivate and inspire people currently in the system to get involved and use their voice.

Head of Operations -  an internally focussed manager, leading and managing a comprehensive array of services and programmes.

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence  - Finance and HR Officer Vacancy

An opportunity has arisen for a Finance & HR Officer who will provide financial and human resources support to the CEO, managers and project coordinators.

Research and Development Officer at the Council of Somali Organisations

The Research for Development Officer will lead on research activities, provide information sessions on policy issues, and facilitate thematic group advisory meetings with the Somali voluntary sector, statutory authorities and other key stakeholders. 2 days - 16 hours per week. More information

Return to top