LVSC News September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of the LVSC Bulletin, and my first as Acting Chief Executive, a position I am very happy to take up. It used to be that August was a quiet month but things do not appear to have slowed down much over the last month.

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LVSC News - September 2016

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the September edition of the LVSC Bulletin, and my first as Acting Chief Executive, a position I am very happy to take up.

It used to be that August was a quiet month but things do not appear to have slowed down much over the last month.  The combination of Brexit and a new Mayor means there are still as many questions unanswered as there were at the beginning of the summer.  There have been some assurances around European Funding, a great source of income to many charities in London, including LVSC, but the impact of Brexit on investment funds and in turn the Trusts and Foundations that rely on these fund to provide income for grants, is yet to be seen.

As an infrastructure organisation we are very aware of the state of the sector as a whole and the pressures our members are under, including other support bodies, so it was hardly surprising to see the report that demonstrates how the income of organisations such as ours has fallen whilst our membership has gone up.

In London we have seen the publication of The Way Ahead report into the future of support for 'civil society' in London and at LVSC we are now looking for a consultant to help us and the larger sector in London 'make the change' towards some of the recommendations in the report, including the development of a London Hub.

These are challenging times for the sector but we need to be part of the change - I think the next six months could very interesting!

Best Wishes


Lisa Redding, Acting Chief Executive


Hold the date for the LVSC AGM - 18 October 4.30 - 6pm

Hold the date for our AGM  on Tuesday 18th October, from 4.30 - 6 pm followed by networking and drinks reception. The venue is booked at Voluntary Action Islington, 200A Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JP. More details to follow.

LVSC is seeking to commission a Change Manager Consultant for 6 months (part-time)

LVSC, Greater London Volunteering and a number of other key voluntary organisations, London Funders and other stakeholders recently launched The Way Ahead Report (TWA), which made a number of recommendations for the future of civil society support in London. These recommendations include the establishment of a Hub of support that could bring together a number of existing agencies in a new configuration, to better meet the needs of London's voluntary sector and ultimately to improve the lives of London's population.

We are looking to recruit a Change Manager consultant for 6 months (part time) to lead on developing LVSC's response to the recommendations of TWA. Apply via our website.

The LVSC manifesto for London builds momentum

Last week LVSC held an event in the House of Commons on Community Action and how it can be more effectively supported and championed across London.  The event followed on from our recent Manifesto and Hustings events in the earlier half of the year, which focused on the London Mayoral elections.  The room was kindly booked by Caroline Borwick MP, and the event jointly hosted with Globalnet 21.

As a London MP and former Assembly member, Caroline spoke of the vital role of the sector and the role it had played in a number of policies and programmes.  Armine Ishkarnian from the London School of Economics spoke of her work with community activists in London and the need to connect with grassroots campaigning.  Matt Scott (LVSC) reprised the recent manifesto 'asks' and underlined the point that London was currently a long way from harnessing the full potential of its voluntary and community sector and the social action undertaken by Londoners.

The new Mayor has taken considerable time to appoint an advisor to develop work with the voluntary sector. And with the good news of Matthew Ryder's appointment as Deputy Mayor to lead on social integration a few days away, there was little detail to give to the meeting on this point.  Below are the key points from the discussion, which we will follow up shortly in greater detail.

  • The lack of a 'clear plan' could easily be remedied by inviting local groups to co-produce one
  • The need for a clear commitment to equalities and a means to ensure those experiencing discrimination were well placed to advise on impacts and solutions
  • The failure of most commissioning and procurement processes to adequately connect with the sector
  • The need to reach out to smaller community groups who were frequently missed out
  • The need for new models and narratives to describe social action
  • The importance of engaging more fully with the private sector and building long term relationships that are mutually beneficial

The Big Squeeze 2016

Following  research by LVSC beginning in the previous decade, we are once again seeking to measure the effect of austerity on voluntary groups and funding.  If you would like to take part in interviews to share your experiences in recent years please contact Matt Scott on 020 7832 5806 or email

Whatever happened to Community Development?

In 2006, it was estimated by the Department for Communities and Local Government that there were over 20,000 community development workers.  Ten years on community development has slipped down the agenda for policy makers and yet its values around equality, social justice and collective action are needed as never before.  LVSC is planning an event  on community development and how it might contribute to the lives of Londoners.  If you would like to take part and help organise it, please contact Matt Scott on 020 7832 5806 or email

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Employment & Skills  - the challenges for VCSE organisations. Read the report.
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Supply Chain Opportunities

  • Please sign up to VCS assist that contains a leads list and partnership directory, if you haven't joined already.
  • G4S will be bidding for the new Work and Health Programme 2017 - 2020/21, and are looking for supply chain partners. If you are interested please complete their Expression of Interest by 5pm on Friday 9th September.

Policy, News and Overviews

Health News

Who's Who guide for London - your help needed for the annual update

You may remember that each of the regional networks that comprise Regional Voices (including LVSC) have produced a "Who's Who" guide to key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, CQC, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch.

The annual update is due by the end of September. It would be really helpful for us if you could check relevant sections in your areas / boroughs to see if the contacts listed are still accurate. If there are any changes please notify Sandra van der Feen,

Health Devolution in London

LVSC recently produced a short publication on health devolution in London, which was largely replicated from the London Health & Care Devolution Programme team newsletter. More insight about VCSE engagement with the 5 London pilots will be coming soon. In the meantime, if you want to sign up to London Devo programme newsletter, please email

Improving London's health

Mayor of  London, Sadiq Khan declared in his manifesto that he wanted to lead on health in the city. He pledged to become the champion for London's NHS; campaign for extra powers to coordinate health services; and champion the need for additional funding to plug the social care gap. This sounds promising and LVSC will look at ways of working with the mayoral team to explore how London's diverse voluntary & community sector can become more effectively involved in the planning, shaping and co-delivery of health and social care in London in the future.

London's Response to Deaths in Prison Custody: the healthcare perspective

Date: Friday 30th September, 9.30 - 4pm 
Venue:  BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

This is the first conference from the Health in Justice and Other Vulnerable Adults London Clinical Network. The free event is aimed at clinicians, academics, policy makers, commissioners and staff working within criminal justice settings. There are some exciting, innovative speakers with over a hundred attendees booked on to date. Please share with your colleagues. If you would like to book a place at the conference please contact Karen Hicks via email

Safer Future Communities

Police and Crime Consultation Plan for London

MOPAC will begin engagement process on the Draft Police and Crime Plan from September right through to October before the formal consultation process kicks off in November. The Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime, Sophie Linden, will be attending some of the Safer Future Communities (SFC) network meetings to hear from VCS practitioners and service providers on what the Plan should look like and how it will work best for all Londoners.  There will also be various public events scheduled by MOPAC to allow a diverse range of key stakeholders to feed into the Draft Plan. For more information and enquiries about engagement events and  meetings contact Ade (

Upcoming Safer Future Communities Group Meetings - September

  • Victims Alliance Group: Tuesday 13th September, 10-12pm

For more information and enquiries, and how you can be involved more with the Safer Future Communities Network, please contact Ade. (

Feature SFC Organisations of the month

Women in Prison provides gender-specialist support in all women's prisons in England. Read about the inspirational life story of its Founder, Chris Tchaikovsky, who was  one of this country's most effective and influential campaigners for penal reform for women.

Another of our SFC Members, Lorraine Jones of Dwaynamics will be speaking at a one-off event 'celebrating the power of thought-provoking storytelling' . Hear the stories of inspirational people with lived experiences of social transformation in their communities.  Read more about the 'Being the Story' event in our Notices & Events Section. You can follow the Dwaynamics story on Twitter @dwaynamics.

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LVSC Events & Training

Managing Difficult Conversations at Work

Date: Thursday 22nd September, 10am  - 1pm
Venue: Training Room, 2nd floor, London Voluntary Service Council/Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, N1 9JP

This practical, participative workshop will allow you to discuss those issues in a confidential and safe environment, where you will have opportunity to try out different approaches and techniques with your colleagues to get the best outcome.

London for All Training

Change Management in the Voluntary Sector Workshop

Date: Monday 19th September 2016, 10am - 1pm (arrivals from 9.30am)
Venue: Training Room, 2nd floor, London Voluntary Service Council/Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, N1 9JP

Perhaps never before has the voluntary sector in London been in such a state of change. Dealing with this change can be overwhelming and de-motivating. However with the right tools and planning change can be an opportunity  for development and creativity.  To book your free place please email, stating your name, organisation name and postcode, and whether or not you have any access or dietary needs.

Improving Mental Health Support for LGBT+ Londoners

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016, 10am-4pm (arrivals from 9.30am)
Venue: Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International, 17 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Are you a provider of mental health support and want to know more about issues facing LGBT+ people? Do you support LGBT+ people and want to understand more about issues related to mental health and wellbeing? Explore how issues related to LGBT+ mental health affect the support you provide

Trans Awareness-Improving Inclusion and Access for Trans People

Date: Monday 3rd October 2016, 10am-1pm (arrivals from 9.30am)
Venue: Human Rights Action Centre (Amnesty International), 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

No matter what type of service you deliver, all voluntary and community organisations will at some time have trans people using or needing their services. This workshop will be an interactive session that will increase your understanding of identities and language used in trans communities, increase your confidence when working with and supporting trans people, and create greater awareness of trans people's experiences.

Gender Recognition Act Workshop

Date: Monday 3rd October 2016, 1.40pm-4pm
Venue: Human Rights Action Centre (Amnesty International), 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Do you know what the Gender Recognition Act is? Do you know how to comply? Do you know what rights it provides for trans people? This session for London voluntary and community organisations and groups aims to give a brief introduction to the current European situation for legal recognition of trans people, what the GRA covers and who it protects, and how to make sure that you and your organisation comply with the law.

Google Ad Grants - webinar

Date: Thursday 6 October 2016, 1-2pm 
Venue: online webinar

With a Google Ad Grant your charity's website could use £7,000 worth of free advertising per month from Google AdWords to get a wider audience for your message. The more frequently your ads appear next to Google search results, the more people will be aware of your message. In this webinar you'll learn how to make an application, ways to write adverts and choose keywords that work, and how to measure and improve your advertising campaigns.

​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 14th September. In this one day course, you will learn how to write more effectively and confidently by using correct grammar, punctuation, and effective sentence structure. You will also be given a strategy to improve your spelling.


  • Assertiveness for Women 19th September. In this one day course will help you to analyse your current behaviour patterns and situations where you are experiencing difficulty. You will learn and practice skills and techniques of assertive communication.


  • Project Management in a Day23rd September. In this one day programme you will learn best practice for Project Management, including scheduling, reporting and budgeting, and all the areas you need to consider before taking on a project.


  • Agile Project Management in a Day20th September. In this intensive one day programme, you will learn the principles of Agile and its benefits, and will develop a project plan to use in your workplace that you can put into action straight away.


  • Chairing Meetings 26th September. This two day course explores the role of the Chair and how to get the best out of meetings. You will consider some of the difficulties that can confront the Chair, and how to resolve them.

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Notices and Events

Sadiq Khan appoints Deputy Mayor for Social Integration

The Mayor of London has just announced that Matthew Ryder QC will become his Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement.

Widely recognised as one of the country's leading lawyers, Matthew was born in north London, currently lives in Brixton and began his career working for a legal aid firm in Harlesden. He has spent the last 16 years practicing law at Matrix Chambers, during which time he has become one of the UK's leading barristers specialising in crime, human rights, media and privacy. 

Sadiq has asked Matthew to help him address ethnic and social segregation in London to ensure Londoners of every gender, ethnicity, faith, culture, age, sexuality and socio-economic background don't just live side by side, but live truly interconnected lives.

His role will  involve ensuring that social mobility is central to the programmes led by the Mayor of London's office and he will lead on the promotion of active citizenship across the capital, which includes volunteering, mentoring and the integration of new Londoners to the city.

NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference 2016

Get practical tools and guidance to help you be a better trustee at the NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference 2016. Join us on 7 November for essential updates on governance regulation and to develop your skills in expert-led workshops on topics including charity law, fundraising and impact.

Find out more and book your place today.

- 16th September

How do charity staff, funders and people with extraordinary lives, share stories authentically and powerfully? Well, that's the question speakers  will be considering on Friday 16 September 2016.  The one day Being the Story event at London's Conway Hall is for charity sector staff and changemakers and will feature the powerful stories of 12 inspirational individuals.

They'll consider what "Being the Story" means through talks, digital content and performance that will spark conversations, challenge perceptions and provoke ideas. Become part of Being the Story to better understand the importance of storytelling and its impact; feel inspired to gather stories and find new ways to communicate them to the public.

Superhighways Impact Aloud 2016 Conference - 26th September

Impact Aloud 2016 is Superhighways' third annual event to celebrate the power of digital to transform the way charities and community organisations can collect and measure data and share their incredible stories of change. Join us to find out how to boost your data collection, better evaluate what works in your charity or community group and tell your amazing stories using the best in digital technology.

You'll come away with fresh ideas, pick up lots of practical tips and discover new tools to help you in your work with our hands-on masterclasses and talks - all led by data and media experts. Impact Aloud 2015 sold out - so if you want to snap up a place, book now.

London Charities Need to Help Highlight Food Waste in Documentary

Wiretap Productions and Raw Cut TV are making a BBC One Daytime series, 5 x 45-mins, looking at food waste by filming with the charities Oxford Food Bank and The Felix Project (London). OFB and TFP take the fresh food that supermarkets can't sell and deliver it to charities that make community meals, run cookery classes and use the ingredients in their cafes. TFP is based on the OFB model, can it succeed in London - a city 60 times the size?

We will tell the stories of OFB and TFP, by filming with their trustees, paid workers, volunteers, supermarket suppliers and charity recipients. We will also cover other organisations tackling food waste and food poverty around the UK. If you run, or have links with, a charitable organisation combatting food waste or food poverty we'd like to hear from you. We'd also like to hear from any suppliers of food that are getting involved in tackling food waste or food poverty. Please email or call 07921693597. Thank you for your time.

BA Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work

Do you have some experience of community work or youth work? Have you ever thought about getting a professional qualification or a degree?   It's not too late to apply for 2016 - there are still places going via clearing.

The BA Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work at Goldsmiths in New Cross, is a three year degree and is a combined academic and professional programme that equips students both for further academic study and professional practice. Students on the programme explore community and youth work practice from a multi-disciplinary perspective. They also complete a block placement in the field each year and the degree is endorsed by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community workers (JNC).  To apply, visit Goldsmith's website and select Community Studies.

How are small charities making big funds?

Date:  Friday 16th September
Venue: 6 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3DA
Cost: £15 per person + booking fee

GloablGiving UK have put together specially tailored workshops to teach you the techniques and tricks needed to successfully run your own crowdfunding campaign. Last year alone more than 380 charity representatives attended the workshops and 82% subsequently saw an increase in their fundraising performance.

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Hackney CVS have three vacancies

  • Fundraiser, 35 hours per week, £35,000 - £39,000 Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Monitoring and Compliance Officer, 21 hours per week, £28,000-32,000 per annum (pro rata)
  • One Hackney and City Programme Manager, 28 hours per week, £36,000-£40,000 per annum

Communications and Admin Officer, Richmond CVS

Hours: 21 hours per week
Closing date: 09.00 Monday 19th September
Interview date: Tuesday 27th September
RCVS is looking for a confident Comms and Admin Officer with experience and skills to support the team across a broad range of activities.  This is a great role for a proactive and dynamic person who enjoys working in a busy and varied environment.

Organisational Advisor/ Development Manager, Tower Hamlets CVS

Full time (35 hrs/wk), £36,545,  Job share/secondment possible.

Community Investment Manager, Community Links Bromley

Salary:  £30,131 - £33,679 plus 5% pension contribution
Fixed Term (initially for one year). Hours: 35 per week

The Maya Centre is seeking new Trustees to join the Board

The Maya Centre provides free expert counselling to women who do not have access to other options. Eligible clients are over 18 and on low or benefit level income

For 31 years we have supported women in North London to overcome the impact of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression which may stem from trauma including domestic violence, physical abuse or sexual abuse in childhood. Women may have experienced trauma in war or conflict overseas, or through practices such as FGM and forced marriage. Closing date: 30 September 2016. For more information follow this link

The British Red Cross is recruiting to several of its committees

Do you have the passion and commitment to help people in crisis? Then join one of our board committees to assist the board of trustees in governance matters. You could be part of the decision-making process to help achieve our strategy of refusing to ignore people in crisis.

The British Red Cross is  eager to source a variety of candidates for these positions -  and is particularly looking for greater representation from the Black community, more information can be found here.

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