Future Focus is VAL’s annual conference for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The theme for this year’s Future Focus is resilience and recovery. We know that our sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, even though a huge number of charities and individuals have been absolute heroes in giving their time and resources to help local communities. Now is the time to focus on how we can get the sector back on its feet and future-proof VCSE organisations as much as possible whilst we still face an uncertain future.
This year’s Future Focus will take place over three days – October 13 to 15.
With restrictions from the COVID lockdown still in place for people in Leicester and considering the safety of our attendees, we have decided that this year’s conference will be fully virtual, with all sessions and talks being delivered through Zoom. Workshops can be booked via Eventbrite using the links below.
|10:00am – 10:15am||Opening talk from Kevan Liles, VAL Chief Executive|
|10:15am – 11:00am||Keynote: Gary Beharrell, Lloyds Bank Foundation|
|11:00am – 11:10am||Comfort Break|
|11:10am – 12:15pm||Workshops|
|12:15pm – 12:30pm||Closing comments from Kevan Liles|
Day 1 Workshops
Creating A Positive Legacy in our Communities after COVID
NHS Charities Together wants to help establish and fund partnerships between the NHS and the voluntary sector across LLR that support communities affected by COVID-19. This workshop is run by Cathy Ellis, Chair of Leicester Partnership NHS Trust and Lisa Davies, Director of Leicester Hospitals Charity.
Successful grant applications in a post COVID world
Responding to COVID the grant making world has made significant stride forward and responded in a very different manner. But what does this mean going forward? This workshop is run by Gary Beharrel from Lloyds Bank Foundation.
From the Extraordinary to the Everyday – are you ready to make your community a better place?
This workshop will explore how to make the extraordinary level of mutual aid and working together in communities more sustainable. The workshop is delivered by Ian Wilson, co-owner of CASE (Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency).