London Plus October Newsletter 2023

Hello, welcome to our October newsletter.

The cold weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t stop London from being as busy as ever. October is Black History month, and below you can find a range of information on news and events throughout the month.

It’s also London Challenge Poverty Week and Hate Crime Awareness Week, which you can find out more about in this newsletter.

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

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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. Resource document – contains information on how people can get support.
2. Good practice document – has examples of good organisational practice and innovation aimed at mitigating the impacts of the crisis.
3. Data document – an ever-growing list of the available data relating to the crisis.
4. Evidence and insights toolkit – aims to help small organisations and community groups to build an evidence base for funding applications, with some key external data sources and tips around gathering data from the communities they work with.

Primary Care Volunteering
Our newest case study looks at Together Better, a fascinating new volunteering initiative from Hackney Volunteer Centre which enables patients to volunteer in their local GP surgeries. People also run and attend peer-led activities and events, turning their GP surgeries into something resembling hybrid community centres.

London’s Lifelines & Christmas Food Aid
Christmas is crucial for food aid organisations – they need people to help provide for hungry Londoners and prevent surplus food going to waste. In the coming months, London’s Lifelines will be promoting food aid volunteering in London to help get enough volunteers for the busy festive period, and are looking for content to share. See this thread for more details, and follow them on X for updates.


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Challenge Poverty
This week is London Challenge Poverty Week, where organisations around London come together to spread awareness of inequalities and discuss how to end poverty. Check out #LDNChallengePoverty on social media for more information.

Black History Month
October is Black History Month – check out the latest news and events. Also take a look at this events page from London Councils to find out what’s going on in each borough across London.

Hate Crime Awareness
It’s Hate Crime Awareness Week. Check out here what this week is about, as well as this related press release from the Mayor of London where he pledges to keep places of worship safe following the devastating events in Israel and Gaza.

Events & Training

Upcoming events to enhance your skills

Digital Fundraising
Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd November, 9:30am
This free Digital Fundraising Summit from Charity Digital is comprised of eight sessions across two days, and will help your organisation with digital fundraising.

Website Building
Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd November, 9:30am
Build a website in two days with this free webinar from Superhighways.

Trustee Events
Monday 6th November – Friday 10th November
The Festival of Trusteeship has a number of events for charity trustees, hosted by Getting on Board.

Smartphone Photography
Wednesday 8th November, 12pm
If you want to start using more photography in your organisation but are unsure where to start, attend this free event on smartphone photography from Link UP London.

Individual Giving
Wednesday 22nd November, 11am
Join this event to get the most recent updates on what’s going on with individual giving fundraising in the UK, taken from the results of a survey conducted by Woods Valldata.

Active Bystander
This free active bystander training is for voluntary and community groups, and will help you to take positive action to prevent or reduce harm to others when you encounter prejudice, discrimination, harassment, or identity-based violence. Email for details.


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Vaccination Programme
This flu and COVID-19 vaccination briefing pack provides information on the winter vaccination programme, as well as statistics, social media copy and more to share with your networks.

Demographics & Environment
This webpage summarises NPC’s findings on how different people and groups are affected by the environmental crisis. Demographics include disabled people and ethnic minority communities.

Social Media Metrics
Download this free guide from Digital Charity Lab. It will help you to understand the huge amount of data that social media channels put out about your performance.


Latest funds for your organisation

Local Nature
The Local Nature Grant Scheme from The Linnean Society of London funds projects that provide young people with the opportunity to lead on nature-based activities.
Deadline: Sunday 22nd October

The Storytellers Fund from Joseph Rowntree Foundation will support individuals or organisations to tell stories that help to spread their message and create a better world.
Deadline: Friday 10th November

Support for Young People
If your organisation supports young people at risk of anti-social behaviour, consider applying for the Million Hours Fund. Grants of between £30,000 – £100,000 are available.
Deadline: Friday 24th November, 12pm

Music Funding
The London Music Fund from Amplify London facilitates access to music-based initiatives for young people in London.
Deadline: Monday 13th November [expression of interest]

Reaching Communities
The Reaching Communities Fund from the National Lottery Community Fund is for projects that make a positive impact in and across communities.
Deadline: ongoing

Human Rights
The London Human Rights Communities Programme offers funding and training opportunities that encourage learning about human rights.

Stronger Starts
Tesco Stronger Starts, managed by Groundwork, gives up to £1,500 to three local good causes every three months.
Deadline: rolling


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Good Childhood Report
The Good Childhood Report from The Children’s Society evaluates the biggest issues facing children in the UK. The report found that almost a third of children are unhappy with their lives in some way, while 74% feel positive about the future.

Adult Carers
45% of carers in the UK don’t get enough support, according to this Adult Carer Survey Report from the Carers Trust.

Health & Temporary Accommodation 
Trust for London’s new report looks at the health and wellbeing of people living in temporary accommodation in London, and includes a number of recommendations for improvement.

Winter Learning
This report from the Greater London Authority and London Councils follows an evaluation of different interventions to support low income households in the context of the cost of living crisis. It includes recommendations based on the findings.

Civil Society Almanac
The latest UK Civil Society Almanac gives everything you need to know about the voluntary sector’s finance, workforce, volunteering and more.


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Fire Alarms
The London Fire Brigade are looking for feedback on their proposal to change how they respond to automatic fire alarms.


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