Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service Annual Event in Partnership with Nottingham Trams Limited (NTL)
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Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service Annual Event in Partnership with Nottingham Trams Limited (NTL)

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Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre

7 Mansfield Rd

Nottingham, United Kingdom

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NCVS Annual Event 2016 in partnership with NTL - Looking at the state of Nottingham's Voluntary Sector. Our Annual Event will be on Tuesday 11 October 2016.

This year’s event is all about you. Our annual State of the Sector report has had a record number of responses and will be featured as the main theme this year. We asked how you are doing, you told us and now we want to tell everyone else.

Registration and refreshments: 9.30 - 10.00

Opening session: 10.00 - 11.00

Setting the scene: Welcome and opening remarks: Gerri Bright, Chair Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service

Hot topic: An overview of the Derby and Nottingham Metropolitan Strategy: Peter Davies-Bright, Nottingham City Council

Keynote address:  A look at how Nottingham compares to the State of the Sector nationally: Caroline Slocock, Director of The Civil Exchange

Refreshment break: 11.00 - 11.15

Workshops: Session One: 11.15 - 12.15

1.       Involving Service Users in Service Design

Demonstrating that service users are involved in service design has been highlighted as a challenge for organisations wishing to bid for public service contracts.  This interactive session with organisations that regularly involve services users in their service design will take you through the pros and cons of this approach and share lessons learned along the way.  The session will be facilitated by our CYPPN and VAPN.

2.       Sustainable Funding / Income Generation / Social Finance

Once again uncertainty around funding has been a dominant feature in the State of the Sector report.  Many organisations are reporting fewer reserves and tighter budgets without any let up in demand for services.  This session will explore whether or not independent income generation and social finance could or should be part of a sustainable funding strategy.

3.       Volunteering : an introduction to legal responsibilities

With shrinking reserves and smaller budgets many organisations reported that they are relying more and more on their volunteers.  This session will give you an overview of the things you need to be mindful of when differentiating what is paid work and what is appropriate to ask of a volunteer.

4.       Building Relationships with the Private Sector

While several organisations reported that they benefit from a relationship with the private sector it is fair to say that many are not.  Our event sponsor, NTL will give you some top tips about how to approach working with the private sector as well as an overview of the type of community work they would like to be involved in.

Refreshment Break: 12.15 - 12.30 

Workshops: Session Two: 12.30 - 13.30 

1.       Being pro-active in managing HR issues

Lack of resources and shrinking reserves can sometimes lead to cutting corners on best practice in employment.  Unfortunately the voluntary sector is far more prone to employment tribunals than either the public or private sectors.  A representative from Unison will lead this practical session to help you understand how to get ahead of the curve and manage staff in a pro-active and positive way to avoid any problems.

2.       Good Governance / Good Practice

Good governance is much more than just complying with the ‘fine print’ in your Governing Documents.  It includes the appropriate allocation of resources, applying best practice in delivering quality services and generally ensuring you are compliant with all legal requirements of your business.  This is not just the responsibility of Trustees but also of the management team.  This practical session will help you to understand how to apply good practice in your organisational governance and help you to assign appropriate levels of responsibility across the whole of your team.

3.       Measuring and communicating organisational impact

Many organisations are finding it challenging to not only measure the difference they make to service users but also how to effectively communicate that to others.  A representative from Pragmatic QA will introduce their new software Pragmatic Survey that will help you to keep track of your performance and find out how you are meeting your organisational goals.   

4.       Independence of the Sector and the impact of The Lobbying Act

Our survey results showed that many organisations are still not sure about the effects of the Lobbying Act on their ability to challenge and question public authorities.  This becomes further confused when organisations are delivering services on behalf of the public sector.  During this session Caroline Slocock of the Civil Exchange will give an overview of the Lobbying Act and discuss the wider implications for the voluntary sector.   

Lunch and Networking: 13.30 - 14.30

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