Background to the Way Ahead
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 heady
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
Key proposals include a 'triage and connect' function to
diagnose the issues faced by frontline volunteers groups and
organisations to match them with the most appropriate support; the
sharing of data across sectors to co-produce a shared understanding
of need and information on policy developments and best practice;
support for campaigning; and a call to regional and local
public sector bodies and independent funders to ensure the sector
is built into strategic planning and decision making, and that
commissioning and funding of support is consistent. 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
The full report, executive summary, literature review and
briefing on pragmatic co-production can be found on The London Funders website.