The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead report proposing a new vision for support for civil society in London was launched in April 2016. “The Way Ahead vision puts London’s communities at the heart of the way we all work. From co-producing an understanding of need and how to tackle it with our communities, through to better sharing of intelligence and data, and making sure that civil society’s voice is heard in decision-making at a strategic level, there are recommendations for all stakeholders about how we can better support the frontline – recommendations for local, specialist and regional support providers, for local and regional public sector bodies, for funders and for business. It is only by drawing on the knowledge and resources of all that we can truly harness the potential of London’s civil society for all in our communities.”

HEAR was funded by the City Bridge Trust to support the development of the Way Ahead from April 2017 to September 2018.

HEAR is still contributing, with other partners like London Councils, London Funders, the GLA, individual local authorities and CVS’ and other equality VCS organisations, to the legacy of this initiative in a way that ensures that the needs, values and interests of equalities groups, and particularly user-led groups and ‘experts by experience’ are at the heart of what happens, and that the process is collaborative and led by the needs of those that a support structure for London’s voluntary and community sector sets out to serve.

You can find out much more about the Way Ahead here:


HEAR has also worked with Just Space and other community groups to try to ensure that grass-roots and unfunded community campaigners  are more involved in our work.