Many Hands: Londoners, work and the voluntary and community sector

Supporting Londoners in into quality work is one of the great challenges facing our city today. LVSC’s latest report, Many Hands: Londoners, work and the voluntary and community sector, examines the employment and skills challenges facing individuals, existing employability support, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations active in this area. Employment and [Read more]

London Communities Commission – call for evidence

The London Communities Commission has issued a call for evidence. Coming out of the June Summit – Sustaining Vibrant Communities in London, the London Communities Commission has been formed to hear evidence from citizen and community groups, socially minded businesses the voluntary and public sectors. The Commission will look at the needs of poorer Londoners [Read more]

Key themes from NAVCA’s analysis of TLI programme: cross sector partnerships, sustainable funding, voice, and impact

NAVCA, Analysis of Transforming Local Infrastructure (PDF)  From NAVCA: Analysis of Transforming Local Infrastructure highlights the ways that TLI made a difference. It has a strong focus on ideas and actions that other infrastructure organisations can borrow or learn from. The report highlights the many successes but does not shy away from looking at what [Read more]

Community Food Enterprise are mapping Community Food Projects across London: can you help?

From Community Food Enterprise: Community Food Project Mapping We are seeking to identify all the community food projects in London’s 32 boroughs that are delivering healthy eating food project such as box schemes, food co-ops, mobile food shops, buying clubs etc. Community Food Enterprise is a social enterprise food business committed to enhancing the distribution of [Read more]

LVSC/PBE Impact Project to link VCS providers with expert economists to improve impact measurement

Link: Expression of Interest Form Pro Bono Economics Impact project (MS Word doc) Background It has never been more important for charities and social enterprises to demonstrate the impact of the services they provide to commissioners, funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Improving your understanding of the economic impact of your projects helps you to refine [Read more]

How did you do in the 2012/13 Employability Performance Ratings for London?

LINK: 2012/2013 London Employability Performance Ratings have now been published on the London Datastore website. There are fewer VCS providers with high ratings this year, in fact over all there are more 0, 1, and 2 star ratings that 3s and 4s. This may reflect the fact that the period covers the start up phase [Read more]

IoG calls for greater govt stewardship of public service markets to address creaming and parking and level the provider playing field

Making public service markets work: Professionalising government’s approach to commissioning and market stewardship (PDF) This report explores government’s design and oversight of public service markets in: employment services (the Work Programme) secondary education care for older people probation services. The report examines the underlying reasons for varying levels of effectiveness, identifies opportunities for improvement and [Read more]

SFA/NIACE Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund: up to £25K for training orgs to enhance equality and diversity outcomes

LINK: The Skills Funding Agency and NIACE are pleased to invite bids from Skills Funding Agency-funded providers to deliver projects which advance equality, diversity and inclusion. This is a flexible project fund, designed to enable colleges, training organisations and other providers to design and deliver the projects that will have the greatest impact for learners [Read more]

Free capacity buidling support for older people’s employment projects

Wise Owls – Invitation to join ROPES 2013 (Word doc) From Wise Owls: Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support (ROPES) Do you work with people aged 50+? OR Do you offer support with employment /training issues? We have developed a best practice training programme to pass on our expertise as the leading UK  older working age [Read more]

Offer of free skills training for employees and volunteers with low skills

Westminster Kingsway College – Skills Support for the Workforce Project flyer (Word doc) Skills Support for the Workforce Project Background The Skills Support for the Workforce initiative is a £16 million project funded through the European Social Fund and awarded by the Skills Funding Agency. The project is being delivered by the colleges in the [Read more]