London’s Civil Society

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The Future of Civil Society Support in London

London Funders, working with London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) andGreater London Volunteering (GLV) and others, has commissioned research to look into the future of civil society infrastructure in London with funding from City Bridge Trust.

This work is being overseen by a Project Reference Group made up of colleagues from civil society, local and regional government in London and the private sector. Details of the members of the Reference Group are available here.

A dedicated webpage has been established for this review which will be updated regularly with information, documents and other materials relating to this project and its progress.

We are building on our conversations which started at the LVSC/GLV Future of Voluntary Sector Infrastructure in London conference in April, and other discussions that have taken place over the summer, and we are keen to ensure that we continue to engage with as many stakeholders and interested parties as possible as the work emerges. Emerging findings will be produced towards the end of October / beginning of November with the final report due to be completed by December, and over the next few weeks a number of engagement and consultation activities are being planned, including a range of focus groups targeted at particular stakeholder groups, one-to-one interviews and an online survey. We encourage you to respond to these as promptly as possible to ensure that your views are heard. The focus groups and details of how to book can be found here.

We have also set up a dedicated email account consult@londonfunders.org.uk and are very keen to encourage people to submit their views and ideas on how civil society in London can best be supported in order to make the biggest difference for Londoners. Additionally if you have strong views or opinions about the future of civil society support in London and would be willing to write a blog for the website then please contact the project team at consult@londonfunders.org.uk .

Information currently available on the website includes:

The original call for submissions;

Details of the project team appointed to undertake this work;

Membership of the Reference Group overseeing the work;

A blog from John Griffiths (Director of Rocket Science, London Funder Trustee and Reference Group member) on the increasing role of the private sector in supporting civil society in London;

Details of how to register on each of the focus groups;

A summary of the Project Plan and also a copy of the original project proposal.

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