Black History Month Zoom Event

Join us for a Zoom panel discussion on Black Women in politics.

Thursday, 29th October 2020



NCVO: New Guidance & Resources for Lockdown Easing

Lifting the lockdown – the challenges our members face and how we are helping

You’ve been telling us how the easing of the lockdown is affecting you. Elizabeth Chamberlain summarises the key issues and highlights practical support.

News and resources for charity trustees

In his latest update, our governance lead Dan Francis unpicks the new insolvency and governance bill and also outlines three steps for scenario planning.

Commissioning and contracting – shaping the new normal

Councils and other commissioning public bodies have shown greater levels of flexibility and support for charities delivering services during the pandemic. We want this partnership working approach to become standard in the future. Catherine Goodall explains the good practice we’re pushing for and how you can help.

Volunteering news and resources

In this month’s round-up, Jarina Choudhury has our updated guidance on keeping volunteers safe as the lockdown eases.

My Community website relaunched

The pandemic has unleashed community action everywhere. To help local projects flourish, this website from Locality has tools, tips and ideas from 12 organisations, including NCVO.

Volunteer Coordinator – Opening Doors

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Could you be the Opening Doors Volunteer Coordinator for the next two years?

Are you looking for a change and a challenge working with volunteers to deliver sporting and arts’ activities for people with learning disabilities?

Opening Doors is Yarrow’s volunteer project funded by City Bridge Trust, supporting people with learning disabilities to access art, sport and cultural activities in London by matching them with volunteers with shared interests.

The project has been running for three years and has just been awarded a grant to continue for a further two years. Last year Opening Doors delivered a staggering 391 activities for people with learning disabilities. The range of activities was enormous, everything from rock climbing to supper clubs, film making to theatre trips, badminton to rugby!

Opening Doors is all about making sure that people with learning disabilities take a full and active part in their community and try lots of new and exciting activities. It’s about empowering people with learning disabilities, increasing confidence, widening social networks improving wellbeing. The project is open to people with learning disabilities across London, not just Yarrow people, so Opening Doors’ potential to expand is huge.

The new 2-year funding also provides for an Opening Doors website to help us reach our target of providing 400 opportunities and activities this year for people with learning disabilities.

It will be an exciting, challenging and very busy two years. It will also be great fun!


To get more information about the job click here, to view/download the application form – click here.


Please note: the closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 28th October.

Advocating for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Navigating today’s educational system is not an easy or straightforward task for anyone, whether students, parents, teachers, or administrators.

For parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, making sure your kids get a fair and useful education involves even more complicated considerations and decisions.

This guide discusses issues surrounding the education of students on the autism spectrum, including the rights and responsibilities of parties involved, plus governing laws, programs, and additional resources.

The information also includes classroom concerns and accommodations, considerations for choosing an appropriate school setting, options for dispute resolution, and tips for further advocacy.

Whether you decide to homeschool or place your child in the public education system, it’s important to know the available options and stay informed to advocate most effectively for your child’s education and well-being.

Educational policy, childhood disability advocacy, and the legislation governing both have produced terms and acronyms that might require clarification if you’re new to the system.

To better understand the points and tips that follow, here is a list of brief explanations and definitions. You can find elaboration on each term and topic  in this guide.

News from the NHS NW London CCGs September 2018

Welcome to your NHS North West London September newsletter.

In this issue we bid farewell to Dr Ethie Kong and welcome the next Brent CCG Chair Dr Madhukar Patel. You will find out about our upcoming annual general meetings across NW London, as well as our upcoming Stoptober campaign and how you can get involved.

Click here to read the full newsletter

NCVO governance round-up April 2018

The NCVO has the following updates for this month;

Highlights from the new chair of the Charity Commission’s first speech
New safeguarding course for volunteer managers
The average amount of reserves held by charities
Analysis of the gender pay gap in charities
Upcoming governance training

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Job: Community Investment Manager

Community Links Bromley
Community Investment Manager
Salary: £32,000 – £35,000 plus 2% pension contribution
37.5 hours per week
Community Links Bromley is the integrated Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre covering the London Borough of Bromley. We work with a wide range of voluntary, community and social enterprise  (VCSE) sector, from strategic representation to advice and guidance to supporting and empowering the voice of the sector.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Community Links Bromley at an important time for the communities of Bromley. We have a robust relationship with the sector and key partners and have clear priorities which have been developed with the sector.

You will lead the development and delivery of services that meet the needs of local organisations, including capacity building, funding advice, training/learning activities and partnership/networking opportunities. You will also lead on community development activity. Your role will include developing partnership support, managing a portfolio of projects, researching and leading funding applications, and monitoring and evaluating services. You will need significant experience of working with the VCSE groups, fundraising, community development and project management.

For further information and an application form go to:
or email or call 020 8315 1902.

For an informal discussion, you are welcome to call the Chief Executive (Colin Maclean) on
020 8315 1903 who will be pleased to talk to you.
Deadline for applications: 10.00am 23 October 2017
Interviews: 1 November 2017

Grenfell Tower Fire – Directory information urgently needed

From Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, One Westminster and Sobus

 Dear Colleagues,
We are writing today to let everyone know about the plans we have as a voluntary sector, to play our part in supporting those affected by the dreadful fire at Grenfell Tower.

We are pulling together a Directory of Voluntary Sector Services available to the community in the short, medium and long-term.  The directory will provide family link workers, social workers, the British Red Cross, statutory partners and other voluntary organisations with vital information on local services available. The directory will provide vital information on local services available to support the victims, their family and friends or the wider community affected by the fire.

Please complete the survey form by clicking here providing information as to who you are and what services you can provide, where and to whom.  The first draft of the directory will be pulled together as quickly as possible to support front-line staff with vital information.  The survey is focussing on organisations that can confirm they have current capacity or will have capacity in the future.

The three organisations above will determine which information is included in the directory to ensure consistency and safety.  We will assume that all those who respond to the survey will have all the main policies and procedures in place so that families and individuals can be directed for support to safe and secure organisations.

Over time the directory will be updated and refined, but the immediate task is to provide people with useful information so that as many as possible can be supported to access vital voluntary and community services.

The role of the local voluntary sector and volunteers over the past week has been extraordinary.  The need for support will be on-going and may last many years.

Thank you for your help in providing this much-needed information.  In view of the urgency, please complete the questionnaire by 28th June 2017.

Female* Innovation Fund Keyworker

You can become part of the Advance team and become part of a well respected and well established charity working to support women to cope and recover from experiences of domestic abuse and supporting women who are at risk of offending or with short term sentences to reduce offending.

Five years ago we diversified our services to start our successful Minerva project, working with women offenders, many of whom are also experiencing domestic abuse. Less than one year ago Advance became part of the Angelou Partnership who successfully won the contract for an exciting new range of services seeking to counteract Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the three borough area (Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham). This includes sexual violence, FGM, forced marriage, honour based violence and work with younger women.

For the job advert click here

For more on the Female Innovation Fund Keyworker role and to apply please click here