Safer Future Communities May 2015

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Welcome to our latest newsletter. As many of you will recollect Andrea Farley-Moore, our previous SFC manager, has departed for pastures new and whilst we are recruiting I am holding the fort, so bear with me!  We are now the other side of the General Election with a new Government and a new Secretary of State in Michael Gove and can only wait to see if this brings about any major changes in policy. In London thoughts are also turning to the Mayoral election next year which comes at a time when there is a push from Government for more devolution for England's cities.  What might this mean for London?

Lisa Greensill
Head of Policy and Sector Support

London Voluntary Service Council

The next Victims Alliance meeting will be held at 10.00 on Thursday 17 June at Voluntary Action Islington, 200A Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP.  The meeting will be themed around faith and race hate crime and speakers from the Ministry of Justice and Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) have been confirmed.  Future dates of the Alliance have been confirmed as 26 August and 19 November.

Clinks and NCVO have launched a new project to monitor voluntary sector involvement in Transforming Rehabilitation contracts, following concerns that charities have missed out in previous large-scale government contracts. Clinks and NCVO are calling for the voluntary sector to share their experiences on this large scale reform of offender rehabilitation services.  The project will highlight emerging good practice, as well as areas that need improvement, leading to clear recommendations for Government and other stakeholders.   Charities are being asked to share their experiences; the initial survey has been launched here:
An inbox has been set up for charities to provide instant feedback on the impact of Transforming Rehabilitation:

Clinks has regularly surveyed voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families over the last four years to collect information about how healthy the sector is, the role it is playing, and the wellbeing of service users. The most recent report has now been published and the main findings include: the sector continues to be diverse; the needs of service users are increasing and becoming more complex; volunteering remains vital for the sector; and volunteer recruitment is increasing. Many organisations are relying on their reserves putting them at risk of closure and the majority of organisations only sometimes or never receive full cost recovery on the contracts they deliver.

LVSC has a comprehensive range of training and events coming up in May and June.  The new ESF programmes in London will be launched in June and July and LVSC are running a series of workshops and roadshows to 'Get London Ready', with funding from the Big Lottery Fund who are themselves running a £35m programme of funding in the capital. We are also running more generic training through our 'London for All' programme, funded by London Councils, with sessions on managing misconduct, writing winning tenders, building partnerships and training on the Gender Recognition Act, amongst much more. Details can be found on our website . /training-events.aspx

LVSC are seeking an experienced Policy and Project Manager to take forward our work on crime and justice. The post is part-time, 28 hours per week, initially until 31 March 2016 dependant on funding, £30,311 plus London Weighting per annum (pro-rata). Main duties include supporting partners in the development of local and pan-London commissioning programmes, building the capacity of VCS organisations in London in addressing crime and community safety issues, improving co-ordination and partnership working around crime related issues and needs and building a voice for victims and witnesses in London.  Partnership working experience is essential as the postholder will develop and maintain relationships with all our stakeholders.  Closing date:  Wednesday 10 June 2015 by 12 noon, interviews:  Tuesday 23 June 2015.  To request an application pack please e-mail