The report, 'The Way Ahead - Civil Society at the Heart of
London', funded by City Bridge Trust and produced in partnership
with ourselves and Greater London Volunteering, is the first to
look at civil society support - or infrastructure - since the days
of ChangeUp and the London Infrastructure Development Plan.
It contains a number of key recommendations.
At the heart of the report is the idea of pragmatic
co-production - putting London's communities and their needs at the
heart of all services provided by the voluntary and community
sector, with all partners - be they from the public, private or
VCSE sectors, and beyond - working together to develop the support
the providers of these services need, from an older people's
organisation providing befriending volunteers to an organisation
campaigning and lobbying on the rights of newly arrived refugees.
This support can be delivered at a hyper-local, borough,
sub-regional or regional level, dependant on what makes the best
The full report, executive summary, literature review and
briefing on pragmatic co-production can be found on The London Funders website.
Five key areas are now being worked on: data collection and
sharing; triage and connect; co-production; consistent
commissioning and funding; and voice and campaigning. It is
also recommended that a London Hub be established to work with
specialist support to drive up quality across the sector and
produce standard resources, which can be customized for local
In September 2016 LVSC commissioned Steve Wyler to look at
options for a London Hub and his report was published on 2
April 2017. LVSC and GLV are now working together on the
recommendations for a London Hub.
The Way Ahead - Establishing a London Hub