London Plus July 2020 Newsletter

Dear All,

We hope you are keeping safe and well.

Please read below for our latest updates, sector funding, events and training and much more.

Best wishes,

The London Plus Team

London Plus Updates

London Plus news updates

London Plus updates civil society organisations on the latest news, events and funding

London Plus submission to Danny Kruger MP’s review
Read our submission to Danny Kruger MP based on experiences in London during the pandemic. The lessons, though, are most likely to apply across the whole of the UK.

Social Prescribing during Covid-19: What can we learn?
We asked James Moore from Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) to talk to about social prescribing during Covid-19, and what we can learn from the pandemic.

Harnessing the power of words: London Plus and partners kickstart new “Qualitative Data 101” training programme for free!
London Plus with our colleagues at Datawise are delivering the qualitative data 101 training programme to help organisations use their existing qualitative data. Read about what’s on offer in our latest blog.

New Datawise London Help Initiative

Datawise London have also just launched this 1-2-1 help initiative. If you have a data challenge in your small charity you can get in touch with the team via the Datawise London website.

Briefing sessions
In partnership with the GLA and colleagues from the London Strategic Coordination Group we have now hosted two briefing sessions to help charities and wider civil society in London to plan how to deliver services safely under Covid19. Catch up on the webinar and download the presentations:

How to deliver under Covid19
Recovery planning for London’s civil society

London Plus resources 
We have been updating our website with resources and guides, for civil society organisations in London during Covid-19. Keep an eye on our Covid-19 resource page containing tips about working from home, funding opportunities and guidance on governance.


London Plus using voice and influence to promote funding opporutnities

London Plus promotes funding opportunities for civil society organisations

Inspiring Futures
Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in need are offering grants of up to £80,000 for not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people experiencing discrimination or disadvantage which creates barriers to employment. Closing date Friday 31st July.

Barrow Cadbury Trust/National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 emergency funding
The Barrow Cadbury Trust have partnered with the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. You can apply up to £50,000. Applications close 2nd August.

Events and Training 

London Plus Events

Future Learn
This Free COVID-19: Psychological First Aid training course is delivered as 1 hour weekly study sessions over three weeks. This course is aimed at frontline or essential workers and volunteers dealing with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Talks: Journey Makers and Pledjar
The Small Charities Coalition are hosting their next free talk this time with two funders next Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Find out more and book a spot here.

HEAR and Equally Ours: Communicating Covid Strategic Communications
This free training will provide you with an overview of strategic communications theory and practice, helping you communicate to change hearts and minds on the issues that matter for our communities. 4th August 10am-12pm via Zoom. To take part please email:

Resources and Support

TV Licence
As of 1 August, anyone 75 and over who is not in receipt of Pension Credit will cease to receive their TV licence. There are between 150,000 and 200,000 Londoners of state pension age eligible for Pension Credit who are not claiming it. This letter [PDF] from the Mayor, Age UK London and Positive Ageing in London aims to encourage older Londoners entitled to claim Pension Credit and in time for them to continue to receive their free TV licence. It sets out how they can claim it.

Learning and Work Resources 
The resources are designed to support the delivery of conversation clubs and other volunteer-led language practice for adult English language learners. They will also be useful to anyone engaged in delivering conversation-based English language practice.

Track and trace
Time to Spare track and trace is a free, GDPR compliant, paperless system which helps you to keep track of who has visited your space and when, as required under government guidelines.

Reports and Blogs

Trust for London – London’s Poverty Profile
Interested in seeing how life in your borough compares to others in London? The London Poverty Profile is a resource which explores poverty and inequality across our capital. To make things quicker and easier, Trust for London have also developed a range of online tools where you can view highlights from your borough and explore issues affecting various populations. Not sure how to get started or simply want to learn more about the data? Click here for a free tutorial by Datawise London.Trust for London have also recently released their annual review (2019) which explores core issues affecting Londoners.London Community Response Survey
During the pandemic the GLA have been circulating a weekly survey to civil society organisations who work in London to understand the impact of COVID-19 and associated policy measures, such as social distancing, on their beneficiaries. Read the findings here.