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Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2016 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 31 July 2016.

Volunteers can be nominated in one of five categories, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team.  The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in the autumn.

The judges will be looking for volunteers who’ve shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who’ve given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering.

If you’ve got volunteers you’d like to recognise then follow this link https://www.london.gov.uk/WHAT-WE-DO/volunteering/working-third-sector/team-london-awards  for the online nomination form and more details about the awards.  Good luck!

Message from GLV’s Chair about Ben Richardson

Dear all,

I’m writing with the sad news that our friend and colleague Ben Richardson has passed away, after a short illness.

Ben had been involved with the London volunteering network for ten years, starting at the Volunteer Centre in Wandsworth, before becoming part of the team at Groundwork London and running their volunteering services across several London boroughs.  Since last year Ben had also been a Trustee of GLV, bringing his extensive knowledge and experience to help shape our work across the capital. Outside of London, Ben was active in the scouting movement, serving as County Commissioner for East Sussex, and was also involved in his local church and community around Hastings.

We all knew Ben as a passionate advocate of volunteering, always giving of his energy, time and ideas to make things happen, with a friendliness and warmth that brought people together.  His wisdom, thoughts and good humour will be sadly missed by us all.

I know you will wish to join me in sending our thoughts to Ben’s wife, Jo, and to his family and friends at this sad time.

The family would like to encourage anyone who wishes to support the work Ben started to make a donation to his charity, Timu Rafiki, in his memory.  More information on their work and how you can support them can be found at http://www.timurafiki.org/

With very best wishes,

Cameron FitzwilliamGrey

Review of London’s Civil Society Support

GLV are delighted to share the report from the review of civil society support in London, which was co-commissed with London Funders and LVSC, funded by the City Bridge Trust, and conducted by independent sector consultants Srabani Sen OBE & Associates.

You can view The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London here.

The report shares a strong vision for the future of civil society support in the capital, and we will be working with our members and colleagues across civil society to make change happen.

You can read more about the review on the London Funders website.

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