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London Plus January 2020 Newsletter

Dear Partners,

Welcome to our new partners and networks newsletter. This is specifically focused on you so that we can highlight what we have been up to, relevant sector news and what’s coming up. We hope that this keeps you in the loop and fully aware of the exciting projects, research and events that we have planned.

We want to tailor this newsletter specifically for your needs, and we know we might not get this right the first time. So if you have any feedback of what you would like to see next time, we would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,

The London Plus Team

LATEST FROM LONDON PLUS   
Kickstarting ‘Qualitative Data Essentials’ with the Volunteer Centre Network

This month we kickstarted the new ‘Qualitative Data Essentials’ training series at the Volunteer Centre Network. The session saw the group use Microsoft Excel to code hilarious TripAdvisor reviews. Not only was the day enjoyable but the group also learned how qualitative data could be applied to challenges faced by their organisations. Read Lucy’s reflection on the day and find out how you can get involved.
Supporting the growth of social prescribing in London

Guest Blog: Jill Wiltshire, Health Team GLA
The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector are at the very heart of social prescribing. How will the ambitions in the Next Steps for Social Prescribing report support the growth of social prescribing in London?
   Events and Training: Supported or delivered by London Plus 
Volunteer Management Conference
23rd March, Jurys Inn Croydon
After such a great response last year Volunteer Centre Croydon are hosting their second low cost Volunteer Management Conference in partnership with Volunteer Centres Greenwich and Bromley. This will be a great opportunity to hear from sector leaders about the strategic position of volunteering as well as joining Volunteer Management experts for a variety of workshops.Data for Everyone: Using Data to Promote Equality
27th February, The East London Mosque
Statistical information matters to everyone. It can provide a snapshot of our society, highlighting how people live, informing decisions that affect us all and is vital for promoting equality. Join London Plus, the ONS, ROTA and HEAR for a workshop to discover how statistical information can benefit communities and civil society.Datawise
Datawise London is project we are really proud to be part of. It offers charities and community groups short, free and low cost training and one-to-one support to help you better use data. Head to the Superhighways website to find out more information. Some of the many training sessions coming up are:

Data science for social impact: small charity workshop
Excel for sorting and analysing your non-profit’s data
Putting your data on the map

SECTOR REPORTS   
Understanding Impact 
NPC have launched their Understanding Impact report. Applying the theory of change to a develop measurement and evaluation framework.A Love Letter to London 
In their letter to the future Mayor of London, Elizabeth Balgobin and Peter Lewis eloquently highlight the importance of London’s voluntary sector, setting out three priorities for the upcoming Mayor.
SECTOR NEWS   
£33m impact investing experiment
Six ambitious community partnerships, including Southwark, have been given the go-ahead to join a £33m experiment that aims to turn around their fortunes through a mix of grants, enterprise and investment. Of the £33m invested, £25m will be to enable local charities and social enterprises to access loans and other investment products to help grow their enterprise activity.Cultivation Local Inclusive Growth: In Practice
New Local Government Network has published a report on inclusive growth, illustrating how local authorities can pursue strategies which promote opportunities for all communities to prosper. This includes fostering relationships with the VCS.Youth Voice in Barnet – 1000’s of Young People want their voices heard!
Young Barnet Foundation are carrying out a very exciting piece of research with young people in Barnet. They have had nearly 7,000 responses to their survey aiming to collecting the voices of Young People and their thoughts and ideas on participation, shaping local services and influencing strategic thinking. They are looking for pro bono support in the following areas:

  • Assist with the report preparation/design/PR
  • Bringing the launch event to the attention of decision makers
  • Help with the Data sharing – experts particularly needed in Power Bi

Please contact info@youngbarnetfoundation.org.uk if you feel you have something to add, can support or would like to discuss this further.