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Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

Thursday, 2 March 2017 from 09:00 to 15:15 (GMT)

657 million reasons why

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Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire Countywide Conference


Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire will host their annual conference highlighting the changes to the sector, how the sector can support individuals and the community as well as how the private sector works with local communities at different levels.      


The details:

Date: Thursday 2nd March, 2017

Time:  9.00am - 3.15pm

Venue:  Kettering Conference Centre, Kettering, NN15 6PB

Cost:  Delegate fee - £15.00 per person, inclusive of workshop and lunch

 Registration from 9.00am.  Lunch will be provided.


You can look forward to:

  • National and local speakers who will help us to understand the challenges we face
  • Debates and discussions on the key issues facing the voluntary sector.
  • An extensive marketplace offering you advice, support and expertise to help you and your organisation thrive.
  • Opportunities to ask the panel questions that matter to you.
  • Network and exchange ideas with local voluntary sector, private sector and statutory sector professionals.
  • Choose from a range of workshops



Max Rutherford, Criminal Justice Programme Manager, Barrow Cadbury Trust

Morning speakers include:                                  

Keynote Speaker: '657 million reasons why' - overview, Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering, NCVO

Keynote Speaker: 'Employer supported volunteering', James Deacon, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Ricoh

Morning Panel Session 

Get answers to your important questions from the morning's speakers. 

Morning Workshop Session

Choose ONE of the following workshops:

W1: Northamptonshire Countywide Forum - your voice, your choice, Carolyn Howe, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire 

This workshop will give participants an update on the progress of the new countywide forum and introduce you to ways that you can get involved in the forum. We are seeking input on the key emerging and strategic issues from the VCS that the representatives will discuss and action over the coming year as part of their meeting agenda

W2:  Preparing for large funding bids - collaboration, Europe and beyond, Becky Thornton, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire 

Many funding calls from the European Social Fund are of a size which requires collaboration and partnership between a number of organisations.  In addition, ever since the mid 1980s, marked by the introduction of the first EU Procurement Directives, successive UK governments have increasingly procured public services through competitive tendering. Government policy and the resulting business operating environment since then has been increasingly characterised by a move away from supporting the VCSE sector through grant aid and service level agreements towards the procurement of services via tendering. Many of these tenders are inaccessible to smaller to medium sized organisations due to their size. Working in collaboration and partnership is therefore a rational and strategic reaction to this policy.   

This workshop will talk you through some of the major issues involved in this, and introduce you to Commsortia, the VCS consortium for Northamptonshire, as one option available to you. 

W3:  The importance and need for Social Impact Bonds, Paul Hargreaves, Independent Body

Government funding continues to be in decline. While dependence on contractual income and voluntary income carry a continual risk. Social Impact Bonds provide a way of securing much needed investment without taking on the full risk of repayment, providing stability and peace of mind allowing providers to focus on delivery.  

What is a Social Impact Bond and how does it work? Find out where to go for investment and how to become investment ready. Identify how and where a Social Impact Bond could help your organisation.    

W4:  Business planning for small groups, Sue Quinn, Social Business Alliance  

Does the thought of writing a business plan fill you with dread?

How can you spend time on a business plan when you are busy running your organisation?

Who is going to read it anyway?      

These are probably the first thoughts that enter your head when someone says do you have a business plan. This session will look at the rationale and size of the ‘plan’. How I can help you make decisions for your organisation. Please have in mind your vision, mission and values for this session. 

Networking Lunch, Exhibition and AGM 

 Afternoon Speakers include:

'The future of 'doing good' in the UK',  Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, The Observer

'A providers perspective of collaboration and partnership', Angela Hillery, Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

'A providers perspective of collaboration and partnership', Carolyn Fox, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Services, Northampton General Hospital

'What does the sector and what do stakeholders need to get involved in a collaborative and partnership approach?', Jane Carr, Chief Executive, First for Wellbeing 

Afternoon Panel Session

Get answers to your important questions from the afternoon's speakers. 


If you would like to exhibit at this event, please get in contact today!

Exhibitor fee - £30.00, inclusive of workshop and lunch for one person.

For further information about this event contact Zara Watson at Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire on 01604 637522 or email

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Kettering Conference Centre
Thurston Drive
NN15 6PB Kettering
United Kingdom

Thursday, 2 March 2017 from 09:00 to 15:15 (GMT)

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Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire delivers countywide voluntary sector support and development on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council. We support voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to maximise their effectiveness; we enable individuals to contribute to their community through volunteering; and we encourage the VCS to become more flexible in its approach to the current and changing environment.

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