Somerset VCSE Leaders' Conference 2019

Somerset VCSE Leaders' Conference 2019

On behalf of the Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum, Spark Somerset is pleased to announce this year’s Somerset VCSE Leaders Conference, Friday 21st June 2019.

The Future is in Our Hands. With demand for VCSE services on the increase, how can we ensure that the sector is prepared? Join us for an exciting programme of keynotes, Q&As and workshops, which will address the key issues we face as a sector, and inspire and motivate us to rise to the challenge.

Hear from the following speakers:

The Future is in Your Hands: Peter Wanless, CEO, NSPCC
As demand for voluntary sector services continues to rise in Somerset and beyond, how can we, as charity leaders, ensure that we are prepared to rise to the challenge? As CEO of the NSPCC and former CEO of the Big Lottery, Peter brings a wealth of experience of the VCSE sector at the very highest level, and will draw on this experience to inspire the audience.

'Not for Loss’ Instead of ‘Not for Profit’ – Adopting the Social Enterprise Mindset: Patrick Nash, Enterprise Values
Too many charities, especially small ones, rely on grants and charitable funding that comes and goes. It’s hard to create sustainable income. It’s time to move from a ‘not for profit’ mindset to a ‘not for loss’ mindset. Patrick has turned struggling charity services into successful enterprises, solving social problems, creating jobs and making profits – all at the same time. He will speak about developing a social enterprise mindset.

Collaboration for Success: Charlotte Augst, CEO, National Voices 
As CEO of National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities in England, and former Partnership Director of The Richmond Group, Charlotte is well-versed in the benefits - and pitfalls - of collaborative working. She will explore a range of issues relating to this subject such as: Why collaborate? How can collaboration work in the VCSE? What are the challenges? What are the benefits? 

Plus take part in Q&As and workshops (Going Digital with Cosmic, Business Planning with Enterprise Values, Story Telling with The Whole Story).

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to gain advice and insight from our expert speakers, network with other charity leaders in Somerset, and join the discussion on some of the biggest challenges facing the sector.

The conference is taking place on Friday 21st June, from 10am to 4pm at Monks Yard, Near Ilminster. Standard tickets are £40. Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments.

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