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Scrutiny review: The voluntary and community sector in Islington 28th November 2011 Mike Sherriff, CEO Voluntary Action Islington
Introduction CEO of Voluntary Action Islington for the past 5 years- merger of IVAC and Volunteer Centre Head of Sure Start in Islington Previous voluntary sector experience
The voluntary sector in Islington (1) Total number of charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in Islington: 2008: 1,763; 2010: 1,485 More national (37%); regional (18%) and international (18%) organisations in Islington than national average: national: (16%); regional (16%) and international: (9%) Less mainly working in the Local Authority area (20%) and neighbourhood (12%) compared to national averages of 34% and 28% A higher proportion of organisations in Islington employ staff
The voluntary sector in Islington (2) 26% have direct dealings with statutory agencies Increase in proportion delivering public services 11% satisfied with local contract bidding arrangements Increase in satisfaction with support
Volunteers (1) The Place Survey found 22.8 % of people in Islington involved in regular volunteering (compared to 20.8% for London and 23.2% nationally) Islington Volunteer Centre registered 5530 people to volunteer in 2010-11 (compared to 2,662 in 2008-9). A higher number than comparable boroughs Since January 2011 50 new organisations have registered and 266 new roles (representing 2,500 volunteering opportunities) have been publicised through the Volunteer Centre in Islington
Volunteers (2) Diverse routes into volunteering Do-It - 72% of users are under 35, with a high proportion from BME communities and 41% who are completely new to volunteering
A diverse sector Variation in scale:34% organisations employ no staff. 4% over 101 Time serving the area: Funding source: 61% receive no state funding. Those serving socially excluded people more likely to receive public funds Governance: small groups, elected bodies, appointments Mission
Voluntary Action Islington Infrastructure Support for members Improving the effectiveness of organisations Developing the sector- volunteering Mobilising the sector to achieve change
Commissioning and Procurement Issues about cost, process, and effectiveness
Final observations Voluntary sector enables people to play an active role in the community. It is important for the Local Authority to support the role that voluntary organisations play as well as commissioning individual services from the voluntary sector