City Bridge Trust sets up voluntary sector support body for London

The Hub for London has been granted £350,000 by the trust and will be run by Greater London Volunteering

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The City Bridge Trust has launched a new support body designed to strengthen the voluntary sector in London.

The trust, which is the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder and London’s largest independent grant-giver, will set up the Hub for London to give charities access to business, organisational, technical and enterprise support, as well as online resources.

The hub has been granted £350,000 by the trust and will be run by Greater London Volunteering.

Charities will also have opportunities through the hub to share good practice, access and share information and data, and attend training schemes, the trust said.

The trust said it hoped the hub would give the voluntary sector a platform from which it could take a more involved part in debates about the city’s governance and the issues it faces.

Membership of the hub will be open to any individual or organisation based in the capital, the trust said, and its launch followed research from London Funders into the future of charity infrastructure support in London.

Alison Gowman, chair of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: "The capital needs a vibrant civil society in order to prosper, especially in times of uncertainty and where resources are lacking.

"The funding is part of our wider commitment to supporting voluntary sector infrastructure across London. We are committed to tackling disadvantage across the capital and making London a fairer and better place to live."

Cam Fitzwilliam-Grey, chair of Greater London Volunteering, said: "We have long recognised the need for a cohesive, cross-sector approach to civil society in the capital. This funding will see us establish a hub that, at its core, will aim to serve every Londoner."

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