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Welcome to LVSC News - May 2015
Last week LVSC co-hosted an debate on the recently published Change for Good report and the implications of the recommendations for voluntary sector infrastructure in London.
London Funders, GLV and LVSC invited their members to the event to hear from NAVCA Chief Executive Neil Cleeveley and Justin Davis Smith NCVO who sat on the independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure. Delegates heard how NCVO and NAVCA are planning road shows around the country to talk more to the sector. In the afternoon London Funders and City Bridge Trust pledged their commitment to continuing the dialogue with the sector to determine what London's infrastructure could look like.
LVSC and GLV are committed to championing members views with commissioners, independent funders and the business community. Members asked LVSC and GLV to undertake to share innovative models of good practice where the VCS is already working collaboratively and examples of infrastructure organisations in London who have already implemented change to better support their beneficiaries locally.
I'm delighted to announce that Gregory Donovan, LVSC/United Way London trustee has so far raised £1,920 for us by running the London Marathon last Sunday. Gregory's company RBC Capital has pledged to 100% match fund up to £2,000. We are very grateful to Gregory and indeed to all his supporters for pledging to give to LVSC. If you would like to join them, donate via Virgin MoneyGiving. We'd love your support.
Policy Pick of the Month
Lisa Greensill LVSC Head of Policy and Sector Support's pick of the month news items.
Grant-makers face 'Big Decisions' as a result of 'seismic shift' in commissioning
A new report from the New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) claims that charities and funders face difficult decisions due to the significant changes the VCSE sector has experienced in public service commissioning. 'Times of Change: Briefing on public sector commissioning', original prepared for the Henry Smith Charity, says commissioning contracts for charities have grown by £6.5bn in a decade while grant funding has shrunk by £2.2bn. Read the report.
Andy Ludlow Awards
The annual awards to celebrate and reward organisations that demonstrate innovative and creative solutions for tackling homelessness in the capital have been launched. They are sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, the London boroughs and Shelter and run by London Councils. Inside Housing magazine is the media partner. Guidance notes and application form.
Call for evidence into addressing complex needs
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the final report of a Ministerial Working Group which looked into the gaps in services for homeless individuals with complex, multiple needs. This group frequently rebound between a number of public services (physical and mental health, substance abuse, housing and offending) without receiving the holistic support they need to address all of their issues. The report contains a call for evidence this particular cohort and how services could be re-structured to better meet their needs and we encourage all organisations with an interest in this area to respond to the online survey by the deadline of 21st May.
Esmee Fairbairn announce new funding guidelines
The independent funder,The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, has announced new guidelines for funding. Its core priorities are the Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change and the Foundation aims to 'unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change'. Read the details.
LVSC News and Updates
June price increase for PEACe HR policy documents and guides
PEACe produces over 70 HR model policies, guidance documents,
and template contracts in partnership with Russell-Cooke
Solicitors. These documents are updated twice a year with changes
to employment law, so you can be confident that anything you
download will be up to date.
Update on the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) in London
London has been awarded around €750m of European Social Fund
(ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to invest in
boosting jobs and growth in London, with an additional €37m for the
Youth Employment Initiative in Inner London.
Getting ready for ESF: Nehal Depani's roundup of support from VSC Assist
If your organisation is intending to bid for ESF, you need to be thinking about partnerships and what skills are needed to deliver an ESF project successfully. As part of LVSC's ESF and Big Lottery funded programme of work, you can access the following:
Sub-regional road shows to introduce organisations to ESF
A Networking Partnership Event
Running a "Building Partnerships for ESF" event on 8 May with speakers and networking opportunities from across the private, public and voluntary sectors
Training in essential skills for bidding
The following training is confirmed (more dates to be added in the next couple of weeks). To keep-up-to-date, why not subscribe to regular updates from Employment and Skills bulletin and follow @nehal_lvsc on Twitter.
Collating/Publishing service online
Collating and publishing expressions of interest for organisations looking for partners for an ESF bid.
Community Voices for Health - event roundup
Over 80 people attended our Community Voices for Health/LVSC Whole Systems Change - co-producing new models in Health & Care event . We had presentations from:
Four workshops focused on VCS experiences and good practice with regard to co-production:
Report from Leaders' Summit, 14 April
LVSC hosted a Leaders' Summit on 14 April to bring together lead
organisations in VCSE. As forming partnerships will be crucial for
many VCSE organisations who want to bid for funds under the
forthcoming ESF programme, the aim of the event was to discuss what
lead and delivery partners need to do to prepare themselves for
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.
London for All - forging ahead
We are delighted that after 2 years successfully delivering this capacity building project, London Council's has extended the funding for a further year to the end of March 2016 (and in principle until 2017). Two other highlights include:
Changes to London for All booking procedures
London for All events are free to attend and book up fast - so fast that we always have a long waiting list. Now everyone knows that sometimes, something happens and you have change arrangements for an event you have booked onto. However, in the last six months large numbers of people who managed to secure a place on a London For All event have failed to turn up and/or let us know by cancelling their booking.This has meant that we have been unable to invited people on the waiting list. So in order to address this, we made two changes to our booking procedures as of 1st April.
Two-Stage Booking System
When you register for a London for All event, you'll receive an acknowledgement email from us with a link in it. Clicking on the link will take you an place to provide us with information about your organisation. Please look out for the email and complete the process as soon as you can. Your booking is not a confirmed place until we have received you information and a member of the team has got back to you to confirm your place. We aim to confirm your registration within a week of your original registration.
Upcoming London for all Events
LVSC Events & Training
Date: 7th May 2015, 9:30 - 1:00 PM
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LVSC Happy Training
How to Book: To book onto any of these courses through Happy Training please call 0207 375 7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to give more information and book you on.
Notices & Events
Chief Executive Officer - Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA)
Full-time, 36.25 hours per week
No Offence, Unlock Your Future project
Employment provides a significant opportunity to break the cycle
of reoffending. This project will focus on identifying and breaking
down the barriers to employment for people with convictions, to
bring employers and employees together.
Beyond 2015: shaping the future of equality, human rights and social justice portal is now live
The Beyond 2015 project is a conversation about improving equality, human rights and social justice in the UK by working together more effectively across sectors, disciplines and places. Join the conversation.
Briefing on the Care Act for the voluntary sector working with offenders
Clinks briefing on 'The Care Act (2014) and the voluntary sector working in criminal justice' written in partnership with ACEVO, explains the Care Act (2014) and its relevance to VCOs working with people in prison custody who are resettled back into local communities.
Friends of the Earth offering campaigning skills training
Climate Organisers is a yearlong training and practical action
project that allows individuals to gain skills necessary for
campaigning and facilitating community groups and supports them in
devising their own climate-related campaigns and implementing them
together with the local groups.
Human Rights - information to share
RightsInfo is a new organisation bringing human rights to life using infographics, stories and social media. Adam Wenger, founder of the charity believes "the public debate is based on misinformation and lack of understanding. Laws and judgments are aimed at specialists. This means that most people are ambivalent or negative towards human rights." Watch Everything you need to know about Human Rights
Women's Aid have produced 'Unpunished' - a powerful new film. The question it asks is, "in the UK where everyone has the human right to be protected from violence and abuse and to be heared when they reach out for help, why is it that two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner?". The film points out that we all have a role to play in ending domestic violence. Watch Unpunished