Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
The London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) produces working documents to show how the cuts have affected the voluntary sector in London. Updated monthly they can be used to analyse funding from a London or borough perspective or according to service users or areas.
This review of the voluntary and community sector in Islington commenced in July 2011, is dated May 2012 and comes before the Council Voluntary and Community Sector Committee on 20 September 2012.
Funding to the third sector is down by 17% and total funding to third sector organisations through core grants and contracts has been reduced from £38,455,149 in 2010/11 to £31,826,414 in 2011/12, which equates to a reduction of 17.5%. This is slightly less than the 19% cut to specific grants to the Council in 2011/12 but more than the 11% cut to formula grant in 2011/12. This probably reflects the historic reliance on specific grants to fund third sector activities.
The position is likely to be worse next year as this year’s figures include a number of one off emergency, transitional payments and projects working down. However funding for commissioning young people’s services and lunch clubs will increase the total and there is additional support to local groups of around £1 million through the Community Chest, Discretionary Rate relief, the Local Initiatives Fund and smaller grants within Arts, Sports and Leisure
This report, published in 2012 by the Cities Institute, evaluates the first nine months (April 2011 and January 2012) of the Islington Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) pilot in the local authority wards of Caledonian and Holloway which is aimed at reducing alcohol consumption among young people.
Voluntary Action Islington brings together voluntary and community organisations in Islington to improve education, promote health and relieve poverty. It works with community organisations to increase effectiveness, provide volunteer brokerage and support community voice. Their annual report highlights their work over the past year.
Islington Giving are teaming up with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs to run the Islington Challenge. They are looking for exceptional people with great ideas for setting up new social ventures that address the themes of the campaign – Poverty, Isolation and Mental Health Issues. Funding is for £500 to £5000 and the deadline for applications is 28 October.
This document shows how organisations that offer community benefits can compete effectively over the cheapest providers.
Providing benefits to the community is valued by LBI & the NHS in the commissioning cycle. For example you could be more likely to be commissioned than the cheapest provider if you prove you provide the best value. Or your unique insight into local need may mean you can get involved in the commissioning cycle as an excellent representative for service users.
The Islington Commissioning Framework, developed by community organisations, NHS Islington and Islington Council provides commissioners with a straightforward framework for their decisions about grants and procurement, and about decommissioning services. It is well worth a read. The framework is:
Only 8 pages
Gives a clear explanation of the commissioning cycle.
Contains a brief glossary and links to other useful documents.
Based on a set of principles that will enable commissioners to make decisions in the interests of the community. For example ‘Providing community benefits beyond the service provided.’