VCSE Strategic Forum Conference 2018

May 24, 2018

Liz Simmons, our VCSE Strategic Project coordinator, in partnership with Somerset County Council, reports back from a very successful VCSE Leaders’ Conference.

The second annual VCSE Leaders’ Conference was held on May 9, 2018 at Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater and was very well attended with over 50 delegates. It’s a sign of the increasing desire for collaboration and connectedness of the sector that we were at capacity and closed to new bookings a week before the event. Maybe a bigger venue next year!

We heard from a range of great presenters including Peter Jones of Locality, David Fothergill, leader of Somerset County Council, Naomi Griffiths from the Onion Collective and Susi Calder from Spark. Full presentations are available on the Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum website here.

You may have seen the pictures on twitter of Jane Knowles from SASP encouraging us to be active in a fun, non-threatening way. Justin Sargent, CEO at Somerset Community Foundation, has agreed to lead us all in song next year…apparently he has experience of this!

Lunchtime was a fantastic opportunity for us all to network and catch up with colleagues. In the afternoon we held round table discussions on our response to the Somerset Vision and how we can all further enable social action. Lots of thoughts and ideas to take back to the Strategic Forum to form an action plan. Ideas will be posted on the Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum website.

We ended the day hearing from seven colleagues on developments and activities they wanted to share. Details of these will be on the Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum website shortly.

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