The Way Ahead- Civil Society at the Heart of London
Update: October 2016
We have long known that social action by volunteers and the
wider voluntary and community sector has made a life changing
difference to Londoners. But we have not had the kind of cross
sector vision and strategy to join up this amazing resource. This
is about to change. Notwithstanding the unknowns of Brexit and the
on-going challenges on public funding, the final Deputy Mayor to be
appointed has an explicit brief on social integration and community
engagement, London Giving schemes are taking off across the
capital, and there is a move to make London the foremost global
city for philanthropy. With an estimated 120,000 civil society
organisations and millions of volunteers already active in the
capital, exciting opportunities lie ahead.
The Way Ahead is a pro-active, collaborative and cross sector
approach to putting civil society at the heart of London, meeting
the needs of Londoners by ensuring civil society has both support
and voice. London Funders, LVSC and GLV have all committed
additional capacity to take this forward, and after a quiet summer,
the autumn is hotting up.
Stakeholder Event - 30 November 2016
Save the Date: there will be an all day event on 30th November
for all stakeholders to come together to begin the practical
implementation of the ambitious recommendations set out in the
Way Ahead report around Co-production; Data Management &
Sharing; Triage and Connecting; Campaigning and Influencing; and
Consistent Commissioning, all of which will flow both into and out
of the new London Hub.
Planning meeting - 17th October
In the spirit of co-production, we are holding a planning
meeting from 3-4.30pm on 17th October where stakeholders from all
sectors can shape the November event.Places are limited, please
contact email@example.com if you'd like be involved. It's first come
first served, with the caveat some may be bumped up the list to
ensure we have cross-sector representation.
We're also expanding the membership of the Systems Change Group
to include representatives of local infrastructure and civil
society and also bring in digital expertise. We are also seeking to
establish five working groups who will lead on the five themes
above: these will be cross sector, time-limited groups and the
Chairs will join the Systems Change Group. Look out for more
information on how you can join these groups.
In the run up to the 30th November event, the GLA are meeting
with the Systems Change
Group to co-produce their response to the Way Ahead, and
consider how they will support and engage more actively with civil
society, London Councils are considering how they will continue to
engage despite the withdrawal of Priority 4 funding for
infrastructure, and City Bridge Trust are working on the details of
their new regional infrastructure fund.
We hope to be able to announce significant progress at the 30th
November event as the foundation for further thinking. London
Funders, LVSC and GLV commit to keeping you updated on new
developments, and please let us know how you are taking forward the
Way Ahead, what you are learning, and how we can help.
Funded by the City Bridge Trust, the work is being carried out
by Srabani Sen OBE & Associates. 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.
This work is being overseen by a Project Reference Group made up
of colleagues from civil society,local and regional government in
London and the private sector, details of the members of the
Reference Group are available here.
A dedicated webpage has been established for this
review which will be updated on a regular basis
with information, documents and other materials relating to
this project and its progress.