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NOW BOOKING – 7 Feb: Stronger Charities for a Stronger Suffolk conference

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the first Community Action Suffolk conference for 2018, “Stronger charities for a stronger Suffolk” on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Following the publication of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities report in March 2017 (Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society), we have decided to bring the report to life in a practical way here in Suffolk.

Speaking at the conference will be Colin Noble (leader of Suffolk County Council), Karl Wilding (Director of Public Policy, NCVO) and Baroness Ros Scott (House of Lords Select Committee on Charities).

Baroness Pitkeathley, Chair of House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, said:

“Charities are the eyes, ears and conscience of society. They mobilise, they provide, they inspire, they advocate and they unite. From small local organisations run entirely by volunteers to major global organisations with turnover in the hundreds of millions, their work touches every facet of British civic life.”

What to expect

The conference will give delegates practical tips, actions and support. We will ensure everyone leaves having gained knowledge of the report and what it means to the VCSE sector. We will look at how we can all apply it in Suffolk, ensuring that a robust, resilient and sustainable sector thrives in its contribution to the communities we serve.

How to book

  • Places can now be booked online, please follow this link
  • Cost is £45 per delegate, payment to be made at time of booking
  • Lunch and refreshments are included
  • Places are limited
  • Closing date for bookings is 9am on Monday 5 February 2018

Conference agenda

9:15amArrival, registration and refreshments
9:45amWelcomePeter Richardson
Chief Executive, Community Action Suffolk
9:55am“Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society”
An introduction to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities report
Baroness Ros Scott
House of Lords Select Committee on Charities
10:05amThe House of Lords report – What you need to know
NCVO national response – A summary of the report recommendations & what charities need to know
Karl Wilding
Director of Public Policy, NCVO
10:30amApplication of the report in Suffolk landscape
Bringing the report findings to life on a local level
Cllr Colin Noble
Leader of Suffolk County Council
10:45amQ&A with the speakers
11amRefreshment break
11:30amPractical workshops

  • Workshop 1: Trustee skills, diversity & leadership
  • Workshop 2: Transparency, accountability & impact
  • Workshop 3: Financial planning, challenges & liabilities
  • Workshop 4: Collaboration, partnerships & mergers
  • Workshop 5: Use of Digital Technology
1:45pmThe importance of the VCSE sector contribution to the New Anglia Economy
2:15pmCase study workshops
Practical examples & discussions from local organisations

  • Workshop A: Contracts, commissioning & Social Value
  • Workshop B: The role of Volunteers
  • Workshop C: Fundraising & income generation
  • Workshop D:Social Media – Myth busting
3:15pmPlenary and next stepsPeter Richardson
Chief Executive, Community Action Suffolk
3:30pmCoffee and networking


Kesgrave Community Centre
Twelve Acre Approach


For further information on the Conference, please email Leah Tovell [email protected]