LVSC and GLV hosted their first joint conference on 29th
September 2015 at Ort House, Camden. The event was attened by over
70 guests who were there to discuss the challenges for civil
society in London in 2015.
Many thanks to Cameron Fitzwillian-Grey, chair of GLV who opened
Key Note speaker - Rosie Ferguson, London
Rosie's barn storming key note speech examined the challenges
for London, the impact on civil society organisations and what this
means for voluntary sector leadership in London.
London's population is projected to break the 10 million mark
within the next 15 years. Currently 48% of households live in
rented accommodation in a city where private rentals are twice the
national average and where households have been hit harder than the
rest of the country by changes to tax and benefits. How can civil
society support more need for our services in the next five years
on less money to deliver?
Masterclass workshops - Theory and Practice
From Commissioning to CoProduction
Sara Lyall from New Economics Foundation explored the
definitions and underlying principles involved in co production and
what differentiates 'transformative' co production from the
tokenistic. She will also look at the barriers to co production and
consider the practical implications for Civil Society organisations
when working in this way.
This masterclass looked at both the theory and practice of
effective campaigning in the current climate. John Knights from the
Sheila McKechnie Foundation offered tips on how to run an effective
campaign and Helen Wildbore from the British Institute of Human
Rights discussed their experience of the Human Rights NGO Alliance,
its aims and mobilisation and the impact it has had so far.
Governance Getting - it right
As recent events with Kids Company highlight good governance is
fundamental to the success of an organisation and with
organisations working in ever more challenging economic and
political environment we need to ensure we get it right. Kevin
Nunan from Voluntary Action Camden explored what the skills and
qualities that trustees need in this current environment to be able
to lead a successful and sustainable organisation. Ian Beever
(former interim CEO of Merton CVS) focused on the recent experience
of Merton CVS and Merton Volunteer Centre merger and the role of
With an increasing interest in measuring the impact of
volunteers, this session will explore a range of models available
for impact measurement in volunteering, and look at tools that have
been used in practice by organisations in London to measure their
impact. The session was led by James Banks from Greater
London Volunteering, with colleagues from other volunteering
organisations. Delegates were able to discuss how they could
apply such models to their own work, and what support they would
need to enable them to better measure the impact of volunteers and
volunteering in their own contexts.
Panel Discussion - The Challenges for Civil Society
Organisations in London
A unique event - where the voluntary sector were invited by LVSC
and Greater London Volunteering to question a selection of London's
funders on their view of what the upcoming challenges are for the
sector and the possible solutions to these issues.
Panel members Kathy Evans, Children England, David
Farnsworth, City Bridge Trust, Caroline Masundire, Rocket Science,
Dan Paskins, Big Lottery Fund. The question and answer session was
chaired by Paul Butler (LVSC Chair).