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London Civil Society Conference 2019

9:00am to 1:00pm
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA, United Kingdom
Free to attend

You are invited to the Greater London Authority’s annual civil society conference on Friday 12 July 2019 at City Hall. 

Cross-sector working: from Transaction to Collaboration

This year’s conference theme is: ‘Cross-sector working: from Transaction to Collaboration’. It will focus on how communities, statutory agencies and businesses are collaborating with each other to meet the needs of Londoners. This involves shifts in how we understand power, decision-making and ownership in our societies. 
The conference will look at the best ways to build partnerships and will highlight good practice from across London.
Attendees will hear from inspiring speakers, participate in breakout sessions, hear the findings from the Survey of Londoners and network.
Full agenda will be confirmed nearer the time.
Breakout sessions (choose one option):

  • Community ownership, local assets and social infrastructure 
  • Time, Talent and Treasure: giving in London 
  • Civil Society Infrastructure: independence and sustainability 


08:45 - 09:15


Arrival & registration
09:25 Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria is Executive Director at Foundation for Future London and a city and an urban place strategist. Focusing on collaborative design, policy, and funding models that are inclusive, equitable, and underpin good growth.

09:40 H4All The aim of H4All CIO is to develop collaborative services that improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Hillingdon, simplify access to the extensive preventative resources provided by third sector organisations and promote alternative community-based assets and support.
Community Ownership, Local Assets & Social Infrastructure

This workshop will cover a brief history of asset transfer processes and the London context, practical lessons learnt with reference to London examples, and emerging approach from boroughs in terms of collaborative processes for managing local assets.

Time, Talent and Treasure – Employer Supported Volunteering, Volunteering, Social Action

In this workshop you will hear from Phillippe Granger who runs Rushey Green TimeBank and oversees Lewisham Local, the giving scheme for the London Borough of Lewisham. The session will focus on bringing different partners together locally to create a sharing economy where individuals, VCOs and Businesses share time, resources and skills. There will be space in this workshop for you to then think about identifying key partners in your area to stimulate volunteering, ESV or civic philanthropy. 

Civil Society Infrastructure – Independence  & Sustainability

This workshop is an interactive session aimed at capturing participants’ views as to the role and sustainability of London’s infrastructure bodies. The session will use Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Social Power report as a frame to structure the conversation, and consider questions on Mission First, Being adaptive and responsive, Collaborating, not competing and In whose name.

11:45 - 12:00 Survey of Londoners – Spencer Thompson 

The GLA has recently concluded a large quantitative survey of Londoners to improve the evidence base on social integration, equality, diversity and inclusion, economic fairness and food security in London. This presentation will summarise the key findings and trends. 

12:00 - 13:00

Collaborating for the future – rebalancing power 

  • Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard (Chair) 
  • Derek Bardowell 
  • Fozia Irfan
  • Cllr Georgia Gould
  • Rosie Ferguson 
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
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