VCSE Leaders’ Conference 2019 – The Future is in Our Hands

VCSE Leaders’ Conference 2019 – The Future is in Our Hands

The VCSE Leaders’ Conference returns next month, and it promises to be an inspiring and unmissable event for charity leaders in Somerset.

The Future is in Our Hands. With demand for VCSE services on the increase, how can we ensure that the sector is prepared? Join us for an exciting programme of keynotes, Q&As and workshops, which will address the key issues we face as a sector, and inspire and motivate us to rise to the challenge.

Hear from the following speakers:

The Future is in Your Hands: Peter Wanless, CEO, NSPCC
As demand for voluntary sector services continues to rise in Somerset and beyond, how can we, as charity leaders, ensure that we are prepared to rise to the challenge? As CEO of the NSPCC and former CEO of the Big Lottery, Peter brings a wealth of experience of the VCSE sector at the very highest level, and will draw on this experience to inspire the audience.

‘Not for Loss’ Instead of ‘Not for Profit’ – Adopting the Social Enterprise Mindset: Patrick Nash, Enterprise Values
Too many charities, especially small ones, rely on grants and charitable funding that comes and goes. It’s hard to create sustainable income. It’s time to move from a ‘not for profit’ mindset to a ‘not for loss’ mindset. Patrick has turned struggling charity services into successful enterprises, solving social problems, creating jobs and making profits – all at the same time. He will speak about developing a social enterprise mindset.

Collaboration for Success: Charlotte Augst, CEO, National Voices
As CEO of National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities in England, and former Partnership Director of The Richmond Group, Charlotte is well-versed in the benefits – and pitfalls - of collaborative working. She will explore a range of issues relating to this subject such as: Why collaborate? How can collaboration work in the VCSE? What are the challenges? What are the benefits?

Plus take part in workshops:

Using Digital to do Things Differently: Cosmic
Learn how digital is changing the way charities operate and deliver change. Find out what is over the horizon and learn ways to do things differently to prepare for the digital future. This workshop, lead by Kate Doodson, Joint CEO at Cosmic, is designed for non-techies to build confidence in making strategic decisions around digital services and opportunities

What do I Say? TheWholeStory
Storytelling has become a bit of a buzzword; offering to engage your audience, make you more authentic and memorable, influence others… the list of benefits is endless. As luck would have it, it does do all these things and more. Lily Pender, Joint Founder at TheWholeStory, will guide you through a series of techniques to find your charity’s core story, and help prepare and test what to say to build enthusiasm and motivate outcomes you want.

Your Social Enterprise Planned in an Hour: Enterprise Values
If you want to have a go at transforming your charity service into a sustainable enterprise, this workshop is for you. Come with a service or product in mind. Patrick will take you through a fast-paced planning process to help you turn this into a successful enterprise. You’ll analyse your product potential, find markets for it, come up with pricing, design a sales strategy and financial forecast, and propose your investment requirements. All in an hour. Come prepared to move quickly!

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to gain advice and insight from our expert speakers, network with other charity leaders in Somerset, and join the discussion on some of the biggest challenges facing the sector.

The conference is taking place from 1oam to 4pm on Friday 21st June at Monks Yard, Near Ilminster. Tickets are £40, includes lunch and refreshments.

This event is being organised by our partners, Spark Somerset. You can find further information and booking details at

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