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Welcome to LVSC News - November 2015
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.
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.
Lisa Greensill LVSC Head of Policy and Sector Support's shares her pick of VCS news this month.
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:
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.
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 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.
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: www.livingwagemovement.org
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: www.livingwagemovement.org/map
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.
VSC Assist - Employment and Skills News
Update on the European Social Fund in London
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 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 Nehal@lvsc.org.uk directly. We will soon be embarking on a new programme of support for VCS organisations applying for or delivering ESF: watch this space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
And also a big thanks to Deirdre McGrath, Network Development & Partnership Support Officer and our former volunteer Tom Owen for their great interviewing skills.
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.
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
Date: 25th November,10am -
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 - more opportunities
Date: Wednesday 4th November,10am -
Date: Tuesday10th November,10am - 4pm
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.
Date: Wednesday 25th November,10am
This conference will consider what the challenges and
opportunities for VCSE organisations arising from the rapid growth
of the use of digital technology.
We will consider questions such as:
The conference will be followed by the HEAR Network's Accessibility Awards.
Date: Wednesday 2nd December,10am -
LVSC Happy Training
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.
Date: Monday16 November 2015, 9.30am -
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.
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 -
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 www.councilofsomaliorgs.com