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London Regional Consortium (LRC) steers the ChangeUp process in London. London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) lead the drafting of the London Infrastructure Development Plan and project manage liaison between the LRC and the VCS.

Association of London Government (ALG) host a ChangeUp Policy and Grants Officer to support the development of the ChangeUp Partnerships at local and sub-regional level.

Lead Contact: Lisa Greensill - Head of VCS Team, Government Office for London


Regional Manager: Jill Walsh (07920 726 506)

Web: London ChangeUp

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ChangeUp in the London region

London EyeThe London Regional Consortium (LRC) steers the ChangeUp process in London.  The LRC is a group of around 30 cross-sectoral stakeholders including VCS, public sector, private funders, equalities bodies and various single-interest network groups.  Government Office for London chairs the LRC.  Membership is currently being reviewed in advance of CapacityBuilders. 

The LRC decided that Infrastructure Development Plans (IDPs) should be developed at local, sub-regional and regional levels. 

Locally, the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in each of the 32 London boroughs has brought together a partnership to draw up the Local IDP.   The City of London does not have a CVS so the Corporation of London is being funded to look at options for supporting their voluntary and community sector.

Sub-regionally, each of the 5 sub-regions in London has a network of local CVSs, led by a sub-regional CVS co-ordinator. These co-ordinators have brought together a cross-sectoral partnership to develop the sub-regional IDPs.

All the local and sub-regional plans have been drafted and are currently being assessed by the LRC.  Consultations on local and sub-regional plans have been on-going since June 2005. Regionally, London Voluntary Service Council (London’s 'third tier' network of networks) is leading on the drafting of the London Infrastructure Development Plan (LIDP), which is currently being consulted on. 

VCS agents involved in regional management of ChangeUp

London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) are leading on the drafting of the London Infrastructure Development Plan and project managing liaison between the LRC and the sector as a whole in London, including managing the communications strategy and promotion/consultation events.   

Elizabeth Balgobin, Chief Executive, London Voluntary Service Council, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA; Tel: 020 7700 8107; Email:


Association of London Government (ALG) are hosting a ChangeUp Policy and Grants Officer whose role is to support the development of the ChangeUp Partnerships at local and sub-regional level,  and oversee the delivery of local and sub-regional IDPs ChangeUp grant.

Jill Walsh, ALG, 59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL.  Tel: 020 7934 9617; Email:

Other VCS organisations represented on the LRC include:
Age Concern London, BASSAC, Black Training and Enterprise Group, Bridge House Trust, City Parochial Foundation, Community Service Volunteers, Greater London Volunteering,  Consortium of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Voluntary and Community Organisation, Faithworks, Greater London Action on Disability, Homeless Link, London Action Trust, London Advice Services Alliance, London Chinese Community Network, London Churches Group for Social Action, London Civic Forum, Migrant Organisations Development Agency, Race On the Agenda, Scarman Trust, Social Enterprise London, South London CVS Partnership, The Big Lottery Fund, The London Funders Group, Women’s Resource Centre.

Consortia in London Region


London Regional Consortium: London-wide.
Lead agent: Government Office for London.
Contact: Lisa Greensill (details as below).

VCS Lead agent: London Voluntary Sector Council


5 sub-regional CVS partnerships covering North, South, East, West and Central:

South London CVS Partnership - Boroughs: Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton.
Sub-regional CVS co-ordinator: Jacqui Finn, South London CVS Partnership, 55 Heath Road, Twickenham, Middx, TW1 4AW; Tel: 020 8288 7717; Email:

West London Voluntary Sector Network - Boroughs: Hounslow, Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham,; Harrow, Brent and Ealing.
Sub-regional CVS co-ordinator: Atifa Ali-Khan, West London Network,  Unit 9, Hounslow Business Park, Alice Way, Hounslow, TW3 3UD; Tel: 020 8572 5929; Email:

Central London CVS Network - Boroughs: Camden, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth.
Sub-regional CVS co-ordinator: Lisa Charalambous, Central London CVS Network, 3 Aztec Row, London N1 0PW; Tel: 020 7354 6371; Email:

North London Network - Boroughs: Barnet, Enfield,  Haringey and Waltham Forest.
Sub-regional CVS co-ordinator: Karen Hunt, North London Network,
1st Floor, Britannia House, 960 High Road, North Finchley, London, N12 9RY; Tel: 020 8446 6624; Email:

East London - Boroughs: Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Greenwich, Lewisham, City of London and Bexley.
Sub-regional CVS co-ordinator: Alice Wallace, East London CVS Network, Community House, 19/21 Eastern Road, Romford, RM1 3NH; Tel: 01708; Email: 778060;


Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) or the equivalent body in each of London’s 32 boroughs are leading on the drafting of local plans.


Total Investment - £6.677m comprising £650,000 Early Investment Programme and £6,027,000 Main Programme (including £1.68m spent as capital).

March 2004 – April 2005:  

  • Regional projects - 14 for period including 2 pieces of research

April 2005 – March 2006:

  • Regional projects - 30 including 2 pieces of research
  • Capital projects – 19 across all three geographic levels
  • Sub-regional projects - drafting of 5 sub-regional plans including funding for projects to plug some initial gaps in VCS capacity building and infrastructure support.
  • Local projects – drafting of 32 local plans including funding for projects to plug some initial gaps in VCS capacity building and infrastructure support.

pointer London ChangeUp Projects

pointer Summary of all Projects Funded Excel 19k

Continuation fund for period 06/07

The LRC have decided to split the continuation fund of £903,700 as follows:

  • 35% for funding consortia support with a regional, sub-regional and local split of 10%, 12% and 78% respectively
  • 65% for funding continuation projects with a regional, sub-regional and local split of 15%, 15% and 70% respectively

Cross-Regional Projects

5 regional capital spend projects in progress
28 regional projects  in progress or planned

Relationship of London projects with national projects / hubs

The ChangeUp ICT subgroup has been monitoring the activities being delivered under the national net:gain programme ensuring that it links with the Lasa ICT programme in London.

There are potential links between the following projects below and their corresponding hubs and/or nationally:

Equalities Hub: Feasibility study on the sharing of premises by several equalities (and possibly mainstream) infrastructure organisations to share back-room services and pool resources and provide services to organisations working with more than one equality group

Governance Hub: Project aim is to produce a report that collates present governance support by generalist and specialist infrastructure organisations to voluntary and community sector organisations and trustees across London. It will identify good practice, barriers and gaps. This report will provide a platform for a strategy on governance support and its development across London - the focus will be to build more effective links between regional, sub regional, and local work on governance; build links between London and the Governance Hub; run a pilot study to explore the effectiveness of targetted support in improving the governance of a range of 2nd tier voluntary and community sector organisations; and explore the feasibility of a London-wide Chairs Network for 2nd tier/local infrastructure organisations in London.

Business Plan & Key Documents

The LVSC website has copies of all Plans:

pointer Draft London Infrastructure Development Plan (Nov 2005) Word icon 260k

pointer Draft London Infrastructure Development Plan - Executive Summary Word icon 32k

pointer Evaluation of London ChangeUp Processes PDF icon164k

pointer Governance in Action PDF icon 202k

pointer Capacitybuilders Regional Bulletin - London acrobat icon 58k


Information on the following can be found on the GOL website:

Resources for VCS

Analysis of local, sub-regional and regional plans to be carried out by LVSC. The analysis will highlight tools, methods, and good practice. LVSC will develop case studies following the analysis.

Lead contact and website

Lisa Greensill
Government Office for London
Head of Voluntary and Community Sector Team
Riverwalk House
157-161 Millbank
London SW1P 4RR


Web: Government Office for London

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