Suffolk Volunteering Conference 2016

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Date(s) - 27/04/2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Kesgrave Community Centre


SVC 2016 logo - A5Organised by Community Action Suffolk, the Suffolk Volunteering Conference 2016 will bring together all those involved with volunteering in Suffolk’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), both paid staff and volunteers.

This is a day to learn about volunteering in Suffolk and to provide you with information that you can take back and apply to the organisations that you work with.

  • Keynote speakers will share insights into volunteering
  • There will be access to volunteering guidance, practical support and skills development during breakout sessions
  • The day will provide the opportunity for peer learning and the sharing of best practice from other colleagues working in volunteering
  • Networking for delegates is scheduled into the day
  • An opportunity to learn more about the Suffolk Volunteering Strategy

So if you are a volunteer coordinator, an active volunteer, the leader or participants of a community group or someone who works in partnership with the VCS then this event is designed to support you in your role.

Cost is £35 for non-CAS members and £25 for CAS members. Lunch and refreshments are included in the day.

This event is for:

  • Volunteer coordinators
  • Active volunteers
  • The leader or participants of a community group
  • Someone who works in partnership with the voluntary and community sector

Book your place

Online bookings are now closed.
Places can be booked offline, please contact Jane Bignell:
01473 345352

Conference programme

  • 9:30am Registration and coffee
  • 10am Welcome: Christine Abraham, Director of Community Services, Community Action Suffolk
  • 10:05am Address: Councillor Sarah Stamp Cabinet Member for Communities, Suffolk County Council
  • 10:10am How to ensure young people say “#iwill!” Keynote speaker: Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive, Step up to Serve
  • 10:35am Youth Social Action Fund: Wendy Herber, Suffolk Community Foundation
  • 10:40am Keynote speaker: Ipswich Samaritans
  • 10:50am “Time to Shine?” How to make giving time easier in Suffolk
  • Midday Lunch and networking
  • 1:15pm Suffolk Volunteering Strategy: Christine Abraham, Director of Community Services, Community Action Suffolk
  • 1:45pm Breakout session 1 (see below)
  • 2:30pm Breakout session 2
  • 3:15pm Breakout session 3
  • 4pm Final remarks
  • 4:15pm Close

Conference breakout sessions

There will be three breakout sessions in the afternoon. You will be able to choose your preferences online, once you have booked your place:

  • Suffolk Volunteering Strategy
    Carolyn Shaw, Volunteering Team Leader, Community Action Suffolk

    All delegates will attend this session at some point during the afternoon. Following the presentation of the Strategy, this will be a chance to ask questions, have an input into the Strategy and discuss opportunities with other delegates.


  • The Importance of Wellbeing
    Elspeth Gibson, Lead Engagement Manager, Public Health and Protection, Suffolk County Council
    Happy, healthy volunteers are the key to any organisation, and volunteering has been proven to be good for mind and body. We’ll think about the small steps we can all take to improve wellbeing for ourselves and others.


  • What’s your USP (Unique Selling Point)?
    We’ll help you think of new ways you can involve potential volunteers to make the most of the time they can offer.


  • Show us the money!
    Sue Clements, Corporate Manager – Strong Communities, Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils
    Sue Herne, Emergency Planning Officer, Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils

    Are you looking for funding to offer training to your volunteers? Using an example of a local project, we will help you to start to understand the language of funding applications.


  • DBS – an overview
    Tom Bright, Head of Compliance & Support Services, Community Action Suffolk
    Louise Bradshaw, Resources Officer, Community Action Suffolk

    Do you know when a DBS check applies to your volunteers? Learn more about the process and your involvement in making the right decisions.


  • Episodic Volunteering
    Jenny Evans, Event Director, Kesgrave parkrun

    The way people volunteer is changing, evidence suggests the trend is towards more ‘episodic’ (one-off/irregular) volunteering. We will look at the simple ways people can become part of the volunteering community.


For any enquiries regarding this event, please contact Jane Bignell at Community Action Suffolk: or 01473 345352.


Refunds for cancellations by delegates will only be made if at least 10 days’ notice prior to the event date has been given. Refunds will be issued if Community Action Suffolk has to cancel this event due to insufficient bookings. Failure to cancel your place no more than 10 days in advance of the event will result in an invoice being issued (if you haven’t paid online), whether or not you attend the event.