Volunteering and sector news


GLV members win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are proud to extend a well deserved congratulations to two of our members, The Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) and Volunteer Centre Croydon, who have both been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is seen as the equivalent of an MBE for the voluntary sector and represents the highest accolade for any UK charity.

JVN has been connecting potential and existing volunteers to volunteering opportunities with Jewish and non-Jewish charities for the past 10 years. The Award reflects its achievements over the decade and is especially resonant as they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Read more about JVN’s award on their website here.

Volunteer Centre Croydon is an accredited Volunteer Centre and is part of Croydon Voluntary Action, the umbrella body for Croydon’s voluntary sector. The Volunteer Centre, based in Centrale Shopping Centre, promotes volunteering across Croydon, supporting various events including local community festivals, as well as running and hosting talks and presentations to various interested groups. You can read more about Volunteer Centre Croydon’s award on their website and you can see a video of the celebrations here.

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 2017 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 21 July 2017.

Volunteers can be nominated across a broad range of categories that seek to capture the full diversity of London’s volunteering community, 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/effective-community-engagement/team-london-awards-2017 for the online nomination form and more details about the awards.  Good luck!

London Hub for Civil Society

At GLV we’ve been busy working with LVSC and others to explore what the proposed London Hub for civil society should look like, and are excited to be sharing the report produced by Steve Wyler (an experienced sector leader who has taken a fresh look at what’s needed, including feedback from GLV members and other stakeholders).  We’re keen to get your input in the coming months as we go on this journey towards a new way of working at a regional level, to provide the support that volunteering and civil society needs, and we will have a session before our AGM to capture your thoughts on the report.

The London Sport Awards

The second annual London Sport Awards will take place on Thursday 19 January 2017 at Indigo at The O2.

The London Sport Awards celebrate and showcase the best of London’s fantastic work in grassroots physical activity and sport. Building on the success of the 2016 Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the 2017 Awards will be bigger and better than ever before, with an exciting new location, more guests, greater visibility and a prestigious award for ‘Volunteer of the Year’.

London Sport will also be undertaking a major research project to explore what future volunteer programmes for London’s sports clubs needs to look like, and how their growth and development can be best supported. Read more here.

Looking Ahead to 2017

Happy new year from everyone here at Greater London Volunteering – we hope you’ve had a great start to 2017, and are looking forward to an exciting year of developing volunteering in London in the year ahead.

Please take the time to have a look at these links to videos that celebrate London’s year as European Capital of Volunteering 2016 and the International Volunteering Conference where the title for 2017 was handed over to Sligo.

We are looking forward to working with our members and partners to build on the success of last year, and to promote more good quality volunteering across London in 2017.

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

Triage and ConnectKaren Chillman from Volunteer Centre Croydon

Data sharingKate White from Superhighways and Lea Gorgulu Webb

Voice and campaigningAlison Navarro from Sutton CVS

Consistent commissioning and fundingPhillip Tulba from Locality