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The Way Ahead – Working Groups

Following on from the event on 30 November to look at turning the recommendations of The Way Ahead into reality, we’ve now established five task-and-finish groups who will be reviewing existing knowledge and learning, seeking out data, research, best practice, effective models and expertise.  They will propose practical plans for moving to a new system, identifying barriers to new ways of working and opportunities to overcome them.  You can find out more about the background to the groups in the short thematic groups summary.

Each group is being coordinated by a sector leader with a strong track record in their field, but we and they are keen that these groups include a diverse range of experience and ideas to help make change happen.

If you’re interested in being involved in a group, or finding out more about what’s involved, you can get in touch with the thematic leads using their details below:

Pragmatic co-productionJake Ferguson from Hackney CVS – first meeting of the group on Monday 19 December at 9.30am

Triage and ConnectKaren Chillman from Volunteer Centre Croydon – first meeting of the working group on Thursday 15 December at 10.30am

Data sharingKate White from Superhighways and Lea Gorgulu Webb – first meeting of the group on Tuesday 13th December at 10am

Voice and campaigningAlison Navarro from Sutton CVS

Consistent commissioning and fundingPhillip Tulba from Locality

Bold Leadership in Uncertain Times

London City Hall and Tower Bridge, photo: Martin Soler

18 November 2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
City Hall, SE1 2AA

‘Bold leadership in uncertain times’ was our free event for Trustees, Chief Executives and community leaders across the capital.

The conference started with a plenary session looking at leading through challenging times, with Geraldine Blake (former Chief Executive of Community Links) and Steve Wyler (former Chief Executive of Locality) sharing their experiences, then discussing lessons learned with LVSC’s Chief Executive, Lisa Redding.

We then moved on to a panel discussion, exploring current leadership challenges in uncertain times. The panellists were Seb Elsworth (Chief Executive of the Access Foundation), Nancy Kelley (Director of Policy Research Centre at NatCen Social Research), Srabani Sen OBE (Programme Director for “The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London”) and Neal Green (Senior Policy Advisor, Charity Commission).

After the conference sessions there was a free networking lunch with a marketplace of organisations, and this led into an afternoon of optional workshops which looked at good governance, the changing funding landscape, and legal updates.

Team London Volunteering Awards 2016

Emma Martin of VC Hackney receives the Volunteer Centre Award, with GB sprint athlete Lesley Owusu (left) and Team London director Laura Brown (right).

The Mayor Sadiq Khan, thanked London’s most generous volunteering stars who are helping help to make the city’s communities stronger and more cohesive, as he recognised outstanding individuals, young people and organisations at the annual Team London Awards.

Actress Dame Barbara Windsor, designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, Team GB Sprint Athlete Lesley Owusu and footballer Ledley King, joined the Mayor at the celebration and presented awards to the winners.

The awards recognise Londoners who give up their own time to make the city a better place and to help improve the life of those around them.