The VCSE Summit 2016 will be taking place on Tuesday 19th April 2016 at Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.

The Summit will be a free learning and networking event exploring potential for innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

Collaboration is the buzzword at the moment – this event won’t be about sitting back and listening to experts, it’s about sharing experiences, options and wisdom. We want to encourage conversations that help build relationships, resource our work collectively, increase our reach, and better serve communities in need. We will also be discussing what a new model of sector support could look like.

The summit will feature keynote speakers including:

  • Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – Traditional sources of grant-funding are diminishing or under threat, and organisations seem to be left with two options: find new ways of generating income or form new collaborations to bid for public services contracts – either way, innovation will be key!
  • Kate Kennally, the new Chief Executive of Cornwall Council – As new Chief Executive, Kate will share her views on the current pressures on public services, the council’s strategy and what this means for the statutory and VCSE sectors.

1: Innovation, Andrew Finley, Oxford Innovation
All businesses and organisations need to innovate, whether around ideation, collaboration and open innovation, value proposition, customer/user insight and unmet needs, concept development and evaluation, organisational culture change, streamlining processes, delivering innovation projects or developing an innovation strategy.

2: Working with the private sector, Sally Heard, School for Social Entrepreneurs
How to engage and make the best of those important private sector relationships

3: The challenge of change through co-production, Susan Moors, Zebra Collective
How can we use co-production principles in creative ways, to make the difference we are looking for? A quick refresh on key principles and an opportunity to reflect on learning from UK examples.

4: Tips on how to write a better public sector bid, Mark Richardson, Cornwall Council
Learn more about how public sector tenders are typically scored as well as common pit-traps to avoid.

5: Working better using technology, Rob Woolf, Made Open & Graeme Roy, Crowdfunding
How to be more ‘tech savvy’ with social media, online tools and technology to support collaboration.


The event is free but booking is essential.

Please note: You may have received a ‘save the date’ email for this event but up until now we haven’t been taking bookings so if you would like to attend, please book a place online. 

Book your place now!

[Via the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum]

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