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Hello, welcome to our February 2024 newsletter.

March brings plenty of opportunities for charities and community groups across London to grow and flourish.

In this newsletter you can find some of the latest news, as well as the usual insights into funding opportunities, events, training and more!

Hopefully you find this newsletter useful. As always, if you have any suggestions for the next one, feel free to contact Henry at info@londonplus.org.

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Staff Profiles
We have started a series called Staff Profiles, where we introduce members of the team and give the opportunity for charities and community groups to look behind the professional curtain. So far we have interviewed Laura, our Communications and Engagement Manager, Hannah, our Networks Manager, and Emily, our London Communities Emergencies Partnership Manager. Stay tuned for more!

Members’ Assembly
Wednesday 27th March, 9:30am
Join The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, alongside London Plus and Kensington & Chelsea Social Council, for a free online members’ assembly this March! The assembly will give the opportunity to network, share best practice & talk with NCVO staff.

Cost of living documents
Check out our cost of living resource page for all our cost of living documents, all of which serve different purposes:
1. Help & resources
2. Good practice
3. Data
4. Evidence and insights toolkit

Job Board
We have a few new jobs on our job board this month. We’re always adding new ones, too. If you’re looking to take your next steps in the voluntary and community sector in London, keep our job board in mind!

News

News: Glasses on Newspapers

Third Sector Awards
Enter into the Third Sector Awards by 2nd May (Early bird deadline) to join in on celebrating the achievements of charities. There are many categories to choose from!

London Challenges
Find out about some of the key challenges for London in 2024 from Trust for London, and how we can go about tackling them.

Non-profits & Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft has launched an online community space for non-profits to talk about Artificial Intelligence and tech.

Events & training

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Social Media
Tuesday 20th February, 9:30am
Social Media is an important part of charity work. In this event from Westminster Insight, you’ll learn how to harness the power of social media to raise awareness, funds, and support for your charity.

The Road Ahead
Thursday 22nd February, 11am
This online event from The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) will discuss the forces and trends that will shape the impact of the voluntary sector in the coming year.

Harm to Hope
Friday 1st March, 9am
This conference will discuss self-harm and suicide prevention, with talks from experts and academics, and offers the opportunity to network and share experiences.

Strategic Marketing
Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st March
CharityComms will soon be hosting their annual Strategic Marketing Conference specifically for charity communicators.

Resources

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Systematic Thinking
New Philanthropy Capital have released a new toolkit that allows charities to think more systematically about the problems faced in the sector. They are also running an event about the toolkit on April 24th.

32 Steps to Togetherness
The 32 Steps to Togetherness from Civil Society Consulting is a guide to combatting loneliness and social isolation by building community connections.

Artificial Intelligence Hub
The new Artificial Intelligence Hub from CharityComms is designed to help charity communications teams navigate the world of Artificial Intelligence.

AI Grant Applications
Plinth have released an AI tool to help charities write grant applications, find grants and check their eligibility before they apply. They are hosting a webinar on how infrastructure organisations can use this to support fundraising capacity in local groups on the 7th March.

Funding

Latest funds for your organisation

Disability justice
This fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Foundation aims for a strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable disability justice movement.
Deadline: Monday 4th March, 5pm

Young People’s Mental Health
The Prudence Trust is offering funding to charities and CIC that support young people’s mental health.
Deadline: Friday 8th March, 4pm

Defibrillator funding
The British Heart Foundation are offering free defibrillators for communities.
Deadline: Friday 15th March

Community Ownership
The Community Ownership Fund supports community groups to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community.
Deadline: Monday 31st March, 2025

City Bridge Foundation
Check out the range of grants available from City Bridge Foundation.

Recovery Loan
The Recovery Loan Fund is for charities and social enterprises that improve people’s lives or the environment they live in.
Deadline: rolling

Reports

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Health & Care
Age UK’s new report looks at the state of health and care for people aged 50 and over.

Understanding Poverty
Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a report all about understanding poverty in the UK in 2024.

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