Latest news from London Plus

The aim of London Plus is to strengthen the position of civil society in London, show why it’s needed and explain the essential role local infrastructure plays in keeping smaller organisations operating at the frontline of austerity.

We will use our newsletters to support our aim by:

  • directing you to our latest resources to enable your organisation to harness data for greater effectiveness
  • informing you of the latest events, funding opportunities or news happening in civil society
  • shining a light on some of the innovative civil society organisations and projects that we have come across

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Volunteering at the heart of civil society

Volunteer Centre Croydon are hosting this exciting volunteer management conference in partnership with ourselves and NCVO. Book your spot and you will receive a volunteer development toolkit and free follow up session with your local volunteer centre.

Digital leadership for small charities

Superhighways are offering a range of free training sessions for charity CEOs and trustees so that you can become the digital leader of your organisation, understand cyber security or choose the right database system for your organisation.


London Datastore Guide

Make use of our new resource created in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA), designed to help charities and civil society groups make better use of the London Datastore. No technical expertise required.

Useful datasets sources

Do you know where to look for London based data? Download our practical datasets sources guide created in collaboration with the GLA for civil society organisations to use when gathering data.

London CVS and VCs directory

There are two main types of infrastructure support organisations which exist to support frontline voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors in London. They are councils for voluntary service (CVS) and volunteer centres (VCs). Take a look at our interactive directory so that you can find your local service.

King’s Civic Leadership Academy

King’s College London is launching a new flagship social mobility programme, the King’s Civic Leadership Academy, and are looking for London based charities to partner and benefit. Charities will be paired with teams of talented undergraduates, the majority from underrepresented backgrounds. These students will be funded by King’s to work on projects addressing strategic problems at each partner charity and supported with a powerful programme of leadership training and mentorship. To find out more, please register here!

Shining the light…

Discover and Share – Enfield Voluntary Action

Changes in the Children’s Centre structure and funding have brought uncertainty in the early years’ sector and many community venues have closed. Enfield Voluntary Action shares with us their innovative ‘discover and share’ project, which is making a positive impact on the lives of young parents in the borough

METROGAVS: surviving funding cuts

At their current rate of spend in 2017, Greenwich CVS would cease to exist by 2020. However, Greenwich CVS have survived funding cuts of over 50% due to merging with METRO. METROGAVs share their learning from the merging process with us.

Guest blog: Youth violence and the role that London’s local Infrastructure can play

Jake Ferguson, CEO of Hackney CVS tells us about the Violence Reduction Unit which has been set up by the London Mayor and MOPAC to reduce serious violence in London through a multi-agency approach. What role can London’s local infrastructure play to reduce youth violence in the capital? 

Guest blog: Open data in London

Manny Hothi, Director of Policy at Trust for London, and Rachel Rank, CEO of 360Giving, outline the work their organisations are doing to open up data about London, making it easier for civil society, researchers and policymakers to access information about poverty, inequality and funding flows.

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