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Yorkshire: Taking Charge of Change conference
May 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Community First Yorkshire’s one-day conference at the Priory Street Centre in York will bring the voluntary and community sector together across Yorkshire to hear from experts, share insights and new thinking, and help to develop action planning to take charge of change.
Shaping your future
The Charities Aid Foundation recently reported that more than a quarter of smaller charities are struggling to survive with growing demand and reducing resources.
Survival in this challenging financial climate depends not just on having the flexibility and awareness to respond to changes in the voluntary sector landscape, but on looking ahead. Taking a proactive and creative approach to forward planning can help your organisation to identify and seize opportunities to achieve your goals.
Who will benefit?
Our one-day conference is designed for voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in North Yorkshire and Community First Yorkshire member organisations in North, South and West Yorkshire.
This includes Parish Councils, village hall and community building committees, salaried and volunteer VCS leaders, trustees and anyone wanting to take forward a community project.
What will you take away?
Be inspired by thought leaders sharing insights on civil society, rural issues and social change and share your own experiences and ideas with other community organisations.
Make new contacts for future sharing and support across Yorkshire over our networking lunch.
Consult voluntary sector partners on issues that matter to you in our informal partner advice huddles.
Put your ideas into practise and develop new ways of working and tackling organisational change during our practical, themed workshop sessions led by key partners, from IVAR to Big Lottery, Plunkett Foundation, Two Ridings Community Foundation, Yorkshire Local Councils Association, and more.
Topics include funding and future proofing your organisation, shaping community housing, buildings and businesses and tackling social isolation.
Hear from sector leaders :
- Julia Unwin, Chair, Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society
There are big changes in the way in which the state and the market are operating. What does the future of civil society look like in this changing world, and what can the voluntary and community sector do to thrive in the 21st century?
- Crispin Truman, Chief Executive, Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)
CPRE wants to develop a holistic, positive approach to enhance, promote and protect rural life. How do we achieve that together by taking forward a shared vision that addresses affordable housing, transport, community space, a thriving local economy and access to countryside?
- Ben Cairns, Director, Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)
In the current economic and political environment, small organisations face many challenges. Ben will explore some of the characteristics and behaviours that can help organisations flourish and thrive in this context, including the importance of adapting to change.
Choose from these workshops:
- Funding the future (Big Lottery/Two Ridings Community Foundation)
- Helping Village Halls look to the future (Community First Yorkshire)
- Future proofing your Parish Council (Yorkshire Local Councils Association)
- Trustees for the future (Community First Yorkshire)
- Embracing digital change (North Yorkshire County Council)
- Taking charge of community assets (Plunkett Foundation)
- Creating affordable homes in your community (Charity Bank)
- Building your community with a Neighbourhood Plan (Community First Yorkshire)
- Turbocharging our response to loneliness (Community First Yorkshire)
- Thinking about organisational change (IVAR)
Download the Taking Charge of Change programme for full details. Choose three workshops to attend when you book online.
Book your place today
Early booking is advised as places will be available on a first come first served basis.
Book your place and workshop preferences and access payment details here.
Places are £24 each (£20 + VAT). If you are a small organisation that would struggle to buy a ticket, please contact Mark Hopley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01904 704 177.
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 2 people per organisation.
Please note: This event is open to all charity and voluntary organisations in North Yorkshire and to all Community First Yorkshire members. Unfortunately York organisations are not eligible for free Community First Yorkshire support or for the conference. If you are a voluntary organisation based in York and require support please contact York CVS.