London Voluntary Service Council closes after 107 years

It entered voluntary liquidation on 31 October, and many of its services have been taken over by the new charity hub that is run by Greater London Volunteering

Detail from the LVSC website
Detail from the LVSC website

The infrastructure body the London Voluntary Service Council has closed after 107 years, with many of its services taken over by a new charity sector hub in the capital, it has emerged.

According to a statement on the charity’s website, the LVSC entered voluntary liquidation on 31 October, with Adam Stephens and Finbarr O’Connell of Smith and Williamson LLP appointed as joint liquidators.

The LVSC transferred staff and services to Greater London Volunteering ahead of the creation of the new Hub for London, which will be run by GLV.

The LVSC statement says the decision to close and transfer its services was in preparation for the creation of the hub, which was announced by the City Bridge Trust yesterday.

The hub, which was granted £350,000 by the City Bridge Trust, is a new support body designed to give charities access to a range of support functions, share good practice and strengthen London’s voluntary sector.

According to the most recent data on the Charity Commission’s website, the LVSC had an income of £827,416 and spent £902,888 in the year to 31 March 2016.

The website says the charity employed only eight people. A statement on the GLV website says the LVSC’s employment and skills project and the project manager who ran it have been transferred to the charity.

It is not yet known what has happened to any other members of the LVSC staff, offices or services.

In the statement on the LVSC website, the charity’s board said: "After 107 years supporting London's thousands of civil society organisations so they can meet the needs of our communities, LVSC has transferred its remaining functions over to GLV in preparation for the establishment of a hub for London.

"We are delighted that this proposal has secured funding from City Bridge Trust and will be recruiting soon. We would like to thank the hundreds of members of staff, trustees and volunteers who have been involved with LVSC over the years."

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