"Medway VCS Partnership, Collaboration & Transformation" and MVA's AGM

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Medway Voluntary Action will be hosting their AGM and an exciting event exploring VCS partnership, collaboration and transformation.

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The event brings together Medway’s VCS to celebrate their successes and the amazing work of their volunteers over the last two years, and looks towards our future – and how partnership, collaboration and transformation can help us and the people we serve.

Background to this Event:

For some time now, Medway’s VCS have been exploring collaboration, but this has been principally around projects and deliverables; working collaboratively to transform service delivery and achieve organisational efficiencies was an intangible aspiration that many simply did not have the time or money to explore.

When we were faced with the challenges presented by Covid-19, and staring into possible closure or cutting of the support we offer, it struck many of us that if we had only acted with earnest on our shared discussions of collaboration, then the VCS might have been better placed to weather the storm.

Medway Voluntary Action and Age UK (Medway) are delighted to announce that National Lottery Funding has been awarded to help Medway’s VCS find the capacity and skills to develop and transform how we work.

Over the coming three years, the funding will support three key initiatives in Medway:

- The launch of a VCS Transformation Academy – Owned and led by Medway’s VCS, the Academy will offer access to training, locally tested solutions and mentoring to support groups and organisations of all sizes to transform their service delivery and operational functions.

- The creation of a Medway Charities Alliance – Developed by Medway’s VCS, the Alliance will give local groups and organisations access to lower cost services (to reduce their overheads) and more flexible income generation solutions.

- An academically based Knowledge Exchange Platform – supported by Nottingham Trent University, this will empower Medway’s VCS to share and access high-quality resources and learning to help improve their skills and capacity to engage with wider opportunities.

Our shared hope is that from out of the fire of a global pandemic that affected us all, no matter our size, experience, service or capacity, a phoenix of a transformed VCS can rise to ensure that a sustainable, self-sufficient sector is reborn.

To find out more, and to get involved in the early development of all of these initiatives, join us for the ‘Medway VCS Partnership, Collaboration and Transformation’ event.

This half day event will include: a celebration of the VCS’ contribution to Medway’s Covid-19 response, MVA’s AGM, the Barry Clout Volunteer Awards (see below for further details), Key Note speakers and networking opportunities.

Draft Agenda:

8.30 Registration – Breakfast Networking Opportunity

9.15 Welcome

9.20 Medway’s VCS and Covid-19 - Recognition and Thanks from the Chair of VCS Leaders Network

9.30 Medway Voluntary Action’s AGM

9.45 Barry Clout Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Medway Voluntary & Community Sector. Presentation of Award – The Worshipful Mayor of Medway Councillor Aldous

10.10 Medway VCS Partnership, Collaboration and Transformation – An Introduction

10.20 Break

10.35 Collaboration Works – Two Medway Case Studies:- Engagement & Befriending

10.50 Transformation Academy Overview

11.05 Medway Charities Alliance Overview

11.20 Medway Knowledge Exchange Platform

11.35 Conversation Café – Breakout Discussions

12.35 Plenary

12.55 Next Steps for the Transformation Academy & Alliance

13.00 Close - All welcome to stay until 13.30 for further networking opportunities.

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