LVSC awarded £400k to ‘transform’ London’s voluntary and community support organisations
The London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) has announced that it has been awarded just under £400,000 in funding from the Office of Civil Society (OCS). The 'Transforming Local Infrastructure fund' money will go towards supporting voluntary and community (VCS) organisations (who work with London's most disadvantaged) to encourage them to improve and better fund their services.
The fund has been set up to support transformational activities for infrastructure organisations, such as pooling resources, sharing services and forming better links with local businesses, donors and contract providers.
LVSC will deliver four key strands of work with the funding:
Strand 1 - UNITED WAY: Working across London with partners LVSC will develop a United Way model to channel requests for help from VCS organisations to businesses and generate investment from donors and large businesses through sponsorship, payroll giving, and major gifts for effective programmes which address inequalities in London, and are delivered by frontline VCS organisations.
Strand 2 - BIDDING COMPANY: A bidding company, 'BidCo', has been created for the purposes of enabling frontline VCS organisations to find, and win, service contracts and support their delivery. Both large and small frontline organisations will benefit. This work will include mapping those consortia which exist, to ensure coordination and provide them with support.
Strand 3 - INTELLIGENCE AND ASSESS NEEDS: LVSC will gather intelligence and evidence of needs across London to inform the decisions of policy-makers, commissioners, businesses and frontline organisations delivering services in London.
Strand 4 - SUPPORT MERGER: LVSC will identify and make a small fund available to support London-wide organisations wishing to pursue merger; provided this enables them to be more efficient to benefit VCS organisations.