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Future Focus 2019

Clock Icon9 September 2019 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Map IconStamford Court, LE2 2LH moneyFree for VCS and Statutory organisations

Strengthening Our Sector

Our annual conference for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) in Leicester and Leicestershire is taking place on 9 September 2019.

Future Focus brings together the local VCSE sector to engage in a range of workshops on the current key topics affecting the sector, share ideas and innovation, be inspired by stories and network with one another.

The conference opens at 9:30am for registration and refreshments and officially begins at 10:00am with an opening address by VAL CEO Kevan Liles, followed by our Keynote Speaker. Lunch will take place at 12:30pm and the conference closes at 4:00pm.

Delegates will have the choice of one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop. There are limited places available for the workshops and due to the room restrictions at Stamford Court we are unable to offer more places once they have been fully booked.

Morning workshops – 11:30am

AM1: NCVO – Rebalancing the Relationship
Facilitated by: Rebecca Young, Policy Officer
NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation are working together to explore how to rebalance the relationship between large and small voluntary organisations. This workshop will explore the factors that influence the way voluntary organisations behave, as well as the wider commissioning and funding environment.

AM2: Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council – Business or Charity?
Facilitated by: Neil Hodgkin, CEO
Voluntary Sector Organisations are constantly being told that they need to be more sustainable and not to be too reliant on grant funding. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to look at a couple of Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council’s enterprises and look at what has worked and more importantly, what hasn’t.

AM3: Fraser Urquhart Media – What is PR? How it can support your charity, best practice & whether there really is no such thing as ‘bad PR’!
Facilitated by: Rebecca Young, Senior PR Manager
This session will covering the basics, from what PR is and how it’s different to marketing and advertising; to the ways it can work to support your charity. It’ll be an interactive session, with a task and the opportunity to ask any questions at the end.

AM4: Association of Chairs – Working well with your trustees
Facilitated by: Victoria Mirfin, Deputy Chief Executive
Are you bringing out the best in your trustees or hoping for the best? This workshop will share practical ideas and suggestions, including a ‘Trustee Cycle’ to help those chairing a charity to think about how to work with their trustees from recruitment to departure.

Afternoon workshops – 2:00pm

PM1: Big Issue Invest – Social Investment & the Outcomes Investment Fund
Facilitated by: Ana Swirski, Investment Manager & Jonathan Page, Investment Manager
This workshop will look at Big Issue Invest’s Outcomes Investment Fund and how utilising social investment as an alternative funding stream could benefit your organisation’s long term sustainability. (Further description to come)

PM2: UK Parliament – Are you influential? Get your voice heard in the UK Parliament
Facilitated by: Malcolm Smith, Senior Education and Engagement Officer & Clare Mullin, Senior Education and Engagement Officer
How can you begin to influence the UK Parliament and get your voice heard? Find out in this workshop how you can take action and make an impact on decisions made in the UK Parliament.

PM3: Hope Against Cancer – Breaking Down Barriers with the Private Sector
Facilitated by: Tracey Hallam, Corporate & Events Fundraiser
This workshop will look at innovative methods used to draw in private sector funding into the voluntary sector. (Further description to come)

PM4: Reaching People – Leadership, Management and Succession Planning
Facilitated by: Jenny Hand, CEO
This workshop will look at what is needed to plan for the future of your organisation by supporting your staff in leadership and management training and planning for the succession of your senior team. (Further description to come)

VAL’s Annual General Meeting

All delegates will be involved in the VAL AGM, taking place after the Keynote Speech.

Lunch and refreshments

The day will include a hot fork buffet in Stamford Court’s hospitality lounge, plus ‘grazing stations’ and refreshments for networking.

Contact Us

If you have any issues or questions around booking, please contact James Smalley:

0116 257 5025

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