The Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) Annual Conference 2015 took place at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) in Waterloo on Tuesday 20th October 2015, 10.30am-4pm.
About the conference
This year, the Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) Annual Conference focused on New Realities: A ‘can-do’ collaborative agreement for Sefton Council and Sefton’s Voluntary, Community & faith (VCF) sector. This agreement aims to establish an operational framework that strengthens working relationships between the local authority and the VCF sector in the Borough, at both a strategic and operational level. Click here for more information on New Realities.
The conference featured a number of workshops focusing on building successful partnerships and ‘can-do’ collaborative working , as well as a keynote speech from Dawn Austwick, CEO of Big Lottery Fund. Other speakers included Sefton CVS CEO Angela White and Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing.
Workshops and Activities
There was a number of workshops available throughout the day facilitated by sector experts, and attendees were asked to select 3 workshops to attend when booking their place at the conference.
Question Time Discussion Panel
chaired by Tony Okotie, Chief Executive, Liverpool CVS
Panellists including Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, will consider questions around the broad theme and related topics of ‘New Realities- the role of the Voluntary Sector in a time of austerity’. Participants will be asked to submit questions in advance for this session.
New Realities: Action learning in Sefton
with Mandy Elliott, Chief Executive of Crosby Housing & Andrea Watts, Head of Communities, Sefton MBC.
This workshop looked at how the New Realities document was developed, what it aims to achieve, case studies and practical outcomes to support a ‘can do’ partnership culture going forward.
Untapping Community Potential
with Warren Escadale, Chief Executive, Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW)
Drawing on evidence, case studies and policy environment this workshop looked at the role of the voluntary, community and faith sector in supporting greater community participation in health and well being.
Values Based Lending for Local Investment
with Simon Thorrington ACIB, Regional Director North, Charity Bank
This workshop focused on Charity Bank’s investment strategy for ‘mission for good’ to support lasting change in local communities. This included case studies and learning from charities and social enterprises in which they have invested.
The Journey of Community Asset Transfer
with Anton Schulze, Development Manager, Locality
Locality are the UK’s leading provider of community assets guidance and advice on community asset transfer, and this workshop provided an overview to current opportunities and trends in community asset transfer, covering the legal background and context, overview of the process, lessons from projects across the country, and practical considerations for groups.
Developing Consortia & Collaborations
with Dave Egan, Community Matters
This workshop looked at the new and changing realities of collaboration and partnership working in local communities. How is this changing – at what levels and scale are people collaborating, for what purposes and how are they going about this? What are the ‘new realities’ that people face in local communities and how can we identify opportunities for new types of collective or collaborative activity?
Click here to download the workshop slides
Big Lottery Programmes & Opportunities
with Natalie Brandon, Big Lottery Fund
This session will provide an overview of the current Big Lottery Fund programmes and opportunities, with details of how your organisation can get involved. In addition to this workshop, Big Lottery Fund staff will be available throughout the day for one-to-one discussions with local groups.