Find useful links to resources, tools and information for community and voluntary groups in Bromley:
Engaging young people (resources from our Young Londoners Fund network events)
Updated in Spring 2018 by the London Borough of Bromley, this 2 page factsheet provides useful, summary information about the population in the borough.
Updated in Spring 2018 by the London Borough of Bromley, this 2 page factsheet provides useful information about the health and life expectancy of people in the borough.
All Directors of Public Health produce an Annual Public Health Report (APHR) to raise the profile of emerging health issues or to highlight an area of particular interest to a wide variety of audiences.
Bromley’s 2017 report is on Type 2 diabetes - one of the most significant public health challenges of our time which is a national and local priority. The APHR report gives an overview of the causes, prevalence and impact of diabetes at a local and national level and includes advice on prevention and the pro-active steps everyone can take to prevent diabetes.
A JSNA is an ongoing process by which local authorities, NHS clinical commissioning groups and other public sector partners jointly describe the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population and identify priorities for action. Bromley JSNA is owned by the Bromley Health and Wellbeing Board.
During October 2020, we asked you, our members, to complete a short State of the Sector Survey. Nearly 40 of you responded and we are very pleased to be able to share the results with you. There are lots of important messages emerging around funding, increased demand, the pressures on staff, volunteers and beneficiaries and the amazing range of help and support that you have provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. It shows that the community has come together under very challenging circumstances.
- Bromley Economic Development Strategy (press release July 2021)
A new Economic Development Strategy confirming the borough is open for business now and into the next decade has been agreed by the Council’s Executive.
- 'Making Bromley Even Better' 2021 to 2031 corporate strategy
- National Cyber Security Centre training video: 'Stay Safe Online'
- Tips from Superhighways on avoiding phishing email attacks here
- Refresher article from Superhighways on Cyber Security for small charities here
- Small Charity Guide on Cyber Security from National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) here
- Information on NCSC's cyber security training for staff now available
- Letter to the voluntary sector from HMRC’s Head of Cyber Security here
- Collection of online media literacy resources and events, including resources on managing privacy, recognising misinformation, and improving health and wellbeing online here.
- Actions to take when the cyber threat is heightened (NCSC article)
- Small Charity Guide: How to improve cyber security within your charity
If your organisation keeps personal data in any form, you'll probably be aware that changes in data protection regulations - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - came into force on May 25th 2018. Below are some links to resources and tools to help with compliance.
Read the key data protection principles setting out the main responsibilities for organisations. (ICO website)
The ICO is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights. The Information Commissioner's Office guidance for not-for-profit organisations aims to answer questions regularly raised by charities and voluntary organisations. As well as a full guide to the law, their section for charities includes FAQs and a self help checklist.
The NCVO has a range of services and resources posted on their website.
Kate White from Superhighways has created this regularly updated library of guidance on the GDPR regulations, which includes the latest updates from the Information Commissioner's Office as well as guidance and tools from experts in the field. With thanks to Kate for sharing.
Paul Ticher, a leading expert in data protection, has produced this 9 page summary of key things you need to address.
- Data audit template (docx)
Use this simple template to start taking stock of the data your organisation holds.
This free guide from the Charity Finance Group is split into five parts; governance, fundraising data, financial data, beneficiary data and employee data.
- Government research and analysis: The role of Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in public procurement
- Below the radar: Exploring grants data for grassroots organisations (August 2020) - 360Giving and NCVO
This paper uses the 360Giving dataset to find and explore grassroots non-profit organisations operating at the local community or neighbourhood level. Such organisations are vital to UK civil society but often fall ‘below the radar’, and have previously been under-represented in research and statistics.
The NCVO Almanac gives an overview of the voluntary sector’s scope and characteristics, including its finances, workforce, and volunteering. This year's Almanac draws on data from the 2017/18 financial year.
This webpage on the London Funders website has links to data and resources which you may find of interest and which can help highlight unmet need in your area.
This is the official source for statistics and data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, published under open licences for you to use. Find 200+ datasets covering MHCLG’s priorities including: deprivation, housing, local government finance, planning and other themes. Check their interactive map for 2015 deprivation indices which allows you to zoom in and explore particular locations across England, including Bromley.
Official data from over 100 indicators, revealing patterns in poverty and inequality. Data available on a borough by borough basis. See the profile for Bromley here.
The London Datastore is a free and open data-sharing portal where anyone can access data relating to the capital. There are over 700 datasets to help you understand the city. Search by topic, borough and ward level, different views/analysis etc. The London Area Profiles help paint a general picture of an area allowing you to explore a wealth of local data to better understand the profile of London’s communities and the neighbourhoods they live in.
- ONS article: Exploring local income deprivation (links to Bromley data)
A detailed picture of disparities within English local authorities to a neighbourhood level.
- Mind the digital gap: older Londoners and internet use during the pandemic (Age UK London report)
This report presents both new data on older Londoners’ use of the internet during the pandemic and insights from local Age UKs in London and older Londoners themselves.
Findings from Government research into the experiences of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Economic Outlook Briefing 2022/2023 (by Charity Finance Group & Pro Bono Economics)
Q&A with Charity Digital on remote working here
Update from Superhighways on what resources your organisation can use for remote working here
- Resources from Digital Inclusion workshop, 19th July:
- Freecycle - A grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
- Bromley Environmental Network (BEN), supporting Bromley community groups working together to protect and improve our environment.
- ‘Plastic Free July’ resources - A list of resources you can use to share and invite your family, friends, colleagues, and others in your community to join the Plastic Free challenge.
- Toolkit for NHS organisations: supporting the NHS to reduce its impact on air pollution (includes information relevant to VCSE organisations)
Relieve Furniture - an organisation that partners and supports companies to identify unwanted items and connect them with our charity, school and non-profit organisation network.
- Free Your Stuff Bromley - Facebook group for freecycling in Bromley.
- Giving World - Charity which help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them by redirecting business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.
Climate Risk Map - Map showing analysis of exposure and vulnerability to climate change across Greater London; to help the Mayor and other London-based organisations to target resources to support communities at highest risk of the impacts of climate change.
- Magpie Dance recycling scheme - Magpie Dance scheme in partnership with leading recycling company Printer Cartridge Recycling to turn your empty inkjet cartridges, mobile phones and unused surplus into valuable funds to help continue their work.
- A Good Thing - A Community Interest Company (CIC) matchmaking businesses who care with amazing local charities, make it easy for businesses to donate unwanted items to local charities.
- 'Let's Get Fundraising' report (.pdf, London Youth)
Kickstart Scheme employer resources - If you've been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.
- Fundraising Webinars (by the Fundraising Regulator) - To support charities to understand and meet the fundraising standards, the Fundraising Regulator is producing a series of digestible and informative webinars on the Code of Fundraising Practice.
- Click here for Social Value resources from our Health and Wellbeing Transformation project events
- Click here for resources on Engaging Young People from our Young Londoners Local Network events
- Digital Tools to Communicate Impact (.pdf, Oct 2018, courtesy Superhighways)
- Useful Apps for Data Collection and Storytelling (.pdf, 2020, courtesy Superhighways)
- Equalities and Diversity (.pdf courtesy Evelyn Rodrigues, Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets, 29 November 2018)
- Theory of Change (.pdf, courtesy Evelyn Rodrigues, Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets, 31st January 2019)
- Planning for the Future (.pdf, March 2019)
- Networking - Bromley's Voluntary Sector Strategic Network (VSSN) (.pdf, June 2018)
- Digital and technology - a collection of useful resources from NCVO to help your charity, organisation or community group
- Overcoming Barriers to Funding report (.pdf, Muslim Charities Forum, The London Community Foundation)
- 'Tips to help your remote project tackle loneliness' NPC paper here (.pdf, NPC, June 2021)
- ‘Bromley Learning Disabilities and Difficulties Adult Day Services’ brochure here (.pdf, Bromley Council, April 2022)
- A collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities here (Ambitious About Autism site)
- Updated information and resources on befriending on Bromley Council's website here
- Inclusion London report: Understanding the needs of Disabled People's Organisations in England
- National Disability Strategy - This strategy sets out the actions the government will take to improve the everyday lives of all disabled people.
- New national strategy for autistic children, young people and adults (link to National Autistic Society website)
- Equality and diversity forum report - Equality Act 2010: A quick start guide to positive action in provision for voluntary and community organisations
- DBS presentation - Kiran Rehal, DBS Regional Outreach Advisor, Greater London (presented at our Volunteer Forum of Thurs 25th Nov '21)
- National Minimum Wage Entitlement (ACAS page)
Guidance from the Charity Excellence Framework on Converting Companies, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and Charities
- Charities Act 2022: implementation plan
South East London ICS virtual information session for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) partners (held on 27.01.2022):
- Recording of information session
- Presentation slides
- The learning disability register for further information on partnership working in Bexley
- Models of VCSE Alliance webinar - Embedding the VCSE in ICS Programme - Working in Partnership with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector - FutureNHS Collaboration Platform for further information and resources on the NHS England programme ‘working in partnership with the VCSE’ and further detail about the models of VCSE alliance presented by Simone Hensby
- How to write a policy and procedures (NCVO Knowhow page)
Keeping your staff, volunteers and beneficiaries is important. All organisations need to do safeguarding well. Everyone needs to be involved. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has some excellent resources that will help you make your own plans and carry them out.
Safeguarding is everybody’s business, and it is important that the types of abuse that can occur and the signs that it is happening are understood. Bromley Council, through Me Learning, has a suite of training resources. The courses are aimed at professionals and frontline staff who work or have contact with children, young people, and their families and/or adults at risk within the London Borough of Bromley.
Collection of online media literacy resources and events, including resources on managing privacy, recognising misinformation, and improving health and wellbeing online.
Putting safeguards in place for children in sport (Child Protection in Sport Unit article)
What to do to protect people who come into contact with your charity through its work from abuse or mistreatment of any kind.
- Sample codes of conduct for parents, children and staff from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
- Help people who have come to the UK from Afghanistan
- Ukraine Partner Response (VCS Emergencies Partnership)
- More resources on our VCSEP page here
- Charity Commission 5 Guides Partner Toolkit (.pdf, Charity Commission, March 2021)
- Guidance, tools and tips to help you recruit trustees and diversify your board (Trustee Recruitment Cycle website)
- Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction pack (Lloyds Bank Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI))
- 10 safeguarding actions for charity trustees (.pdf, Charity Commission for England and Wales)
- Governance app launched by the Directory of Social Change (DSC) - a free, easy way for your board of trustees to review and improve its governance together.
Board Shadowing Webinar: What it is, how it benefits charities and getting involved – The Smallwood Trust
Running a Shadow Board Programme – FAQs – The Smallwood Trust
- Charity Commision guidance: Charity purposes and rules
Presentation: Introduction to becoming a trustee (.pdf, 9 November 2022)
- Reach Volunteering guide on How to recruit volunteers with skills
- Government guidance on enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) here (for organisations)
Government guidance on volunteering (for individuals)
Volunteer Management Toolkit launched by Get Out Get Active, in partnership with Volunteering Matters; toolkit provides organisations with a step-by-step guide to building and inclusive and accessible volunteer programme.
- Understanding local patterns of volunteer activity during COVID-19 (research paper)
This research, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and conducted by The Young Foundation, seeks to improve understanding of the ways in which volunteers were mobilised at local authority levels in England during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the overarching aim to support future policy development on volunteering.
- Presentation: Introduction to becoming a trustee (.pdf, November 2022)