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Central London CVS Partnership

Islington Voluntary Action Council
322 Upper Street, London N1 2XQ
Tel: 020 7226 4862
Fax: 020 7359 7442
Email: information@ivac.org.uk


The Central London sub-region covers the London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth and Westminster.

Central London CVS Partnership
The Central London CVS Partnership has been in existence since 2001. It is a voluntary partnership whose members are the councils for voluntary service in the above boroughs; Voluntary Action Camden, Islington Voluntary Action Council, Kensington & Chelsea Social Council, Lambeth Voluntary Action Council, Southwark Action for Voluntary Organisations and Voluntary Action Westminster.

The Partnership's role is to primarily:

* Share good practice, skills and experience
* Identify opportunities to maximise resources for the sector
* Promote and raise awareness of the value, profile and contribution
the voluntary sector makes
* Ensure the sector has effective representation on any planning
groups operating across the sub-region

Central London CVS Co-ordinator

To support the Partnership in carrying out their work, a CVS Co-ordinator, Lisa Charalambous has been in post since September 2002. Lisa can signpost you to relevant sub-regional agencies.


Central London CVS Partnership
Central London CVS Co-ordinator
322 Upper Street
London N1 2XQ
T: 020 7226 4862
F: 020 7359 7442
E: lisacharalambous@ivac.org.uk



In recent years the Government have developed regional and sub-regional working across the UK through devolving decision making power to the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland and Welsh Assemblies and the establishment of Regional Government Offices Regional Development Agencies, such as the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Development Agency (LDA) .

Underlying this is the philosophy of creating greater social inclusion and democratic renewal. One of the key drivers of government policy is community involvement through neighbourhood renewal programmes and various initiatives demanding public participation and cross-sectorial partnership working.

The voluntary and community sector have been identified as key players, in recognition of the role they play providing services to those communities most excluded in society. Local Authorities are having their traditional role as local service providers, planners and decision makers challenged and yet at the same time being charged with having a community leadership role. The private sector is also being challenged to become more socially responsible.

The London Scene

In London the GLA/LDA recognise 5 sub regions: Central, North, South, East and West. Various partnerships, working across borough boundaries and representing public, private and voluntary and community interests, work broadly within these regional boundaries, as do local Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs), Connexions and a range of regeneration projects.


Who are these regional & sub-regional organisations?
They can be statutory, public/private partnerships or voluntary sector organisations. For example:

Regional (London wide)
* Greater London Authority
* London Development Agency
* Government Office for London
* London Voluntary Service Council

* Public/Private Partnership eg Central London Partnership, West London Leadership
* Learning & Skills Councils - five
* Learning Partnerships - five based on LSC boundaries
* Connexions Services - five based on LSC boundaries
* Strategic Health Authorities - five
* Voluntary & Community Sector - CVS partnerships

These bodies feed into local groups, such as, Primary Care Trusts and local strategic partnerships.

Why is it important?
Regional and sub-regional organisations, from all sectors have a range of roles to play. These include:

- Strategic policy development
- Distribute/administer funds
- Deliver/commission services
- Implement government initiatives/legislation
- Inform/influence central & local government
- Promote cross-sector partnership working
- Represent or advocate on behalf of their sector and users of services

Why become involved? What are the benefits for voluntary & community organisations?
Most of you will have a relationship or contact with your local authority. This may include receiving funding, participating on service planning groups, participating in consultations or lobbying and advocating on behalf of your users. The reasons for becoming involved locally are no different to why you should become involved at a sub-regional or regional level. By becoming involved, you will have opportunities to:

- Access new funding
- Improve services to users and carers
- Develop new, or improve and expand existing services on your own or with other similar organisations
- Influence regional policy and service developments
- Raise the profile and role of the voluntary and community sector

Regional Contact Details:

Association of London Government
591/2 Southwark St
London SE1 0AL
T 020 7934 9999
The ALG should be able to give you details of your local public/private partnership.

Central London Learning Partnership
C/o Camden LEA
Crowndale Centre
218 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BD
T 020 7974 1501

Like the Learning & Skills Council, this is a national programme with regional Partnerships. In London there are five.
Connexions Central London
Partnership Office
Campden Institute
95 Lancaster Road
London W11 1QQ
T 020 598 4915
Freephone 0800 389 3929

Government Office for London
Riverwalk House
157-161 Millbank
London SW1P 4RR
T 020 7217 3328
(for contact details click on’ Contacts’, then ‘GOL Directory’ then chose the relevant sub-region or area of work you are interested in)

Learning & Skills Council
The national office is based in Coventry. Most contact will be through your local office for your area of London.
London Central LSC
Centre Point
103 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1DR
T 0845 0194144

London Development Agency
Devon House
58-60 St Katherine’s Way
London E1W 1JX
T 020 7680 2000

London Voluntary Service Council
356 Holloway Road
London N7 6PA
T 020 7700 8107
Minicom 020 7700 8163
LVSC will be able to provide contact details on organisations, your local Council for Voluntary Service and other relevant support agencies
operating in your area.

Strategic Health Authorities
There are 5 SHAs in London. Contact details can be accessed through your local Primary Care Trust or from:
NHS London Regional Office
40 Eastbourne Terrace
London W2 3QR
T 020 7725 2500






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