NCVO Annual Conference 2019 breakout sessions

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Further your professional development in two topic-specific breakout sessions that will help you gain more confidence in your role, be more efficient and lead your organisation effectively.

You can attend one A breakout session and one B breakout session.

Breakout sessions are great and relevant to current issues.

– Carol Penny, BVSC, 2018 delegate

A1: Are you adapting fast enough to thrive in the digital age?

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More and more leaders are recognising that how to 'do digital' well is a critical strategic and leadership question. In this session, leaders will share how they have successfully transformed their organisations and services.

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A2: Charity regulation: What’s new in 2019?

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With a redrafted Code of Fundraising Practice, new guidance from the Charity Commission and the continuing impact of GDPR, the regulatory environment for charities is constantly changing. At a time of particular uncertainty, this session will help charities keep abreast of new developments.

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A3: New power: Harnessing the power of others to achieve change

NCVO icons leadershipThe way in which we use power is changing. This session will not explore the theory: rather it will give practical, real-life examples of organisations in the UK that are adopting a new mindset, empowering their staff and volunteers, and transforming their organisations. In doing so, they seek to redefine the relationship with their users and make lives better. But, does it work?

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A5: Funding the future: Trends in fundraising and income generation

NCVO icons fundingWhere will your income come from in the years ahead? What changes will affect your funding strategy? This session will identify current and expected trends across various income streams: grant making, individual and corporate fundraising and earned income from contracts and trading.

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A6: Ethical principles for charities: Why they are important, and how you can use them

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Over recent years charities have increasingly come under criticism for not going far enough in demonstrating their ethics in everything they do. Whether it’s fundraising or service delivery, campaigning or working with corporate, the public expects charities to always reflect their charitable mission and values.

Read more: A6: Ethical principles for charities: Why they are important, and how you can use them

A7: How to (almost) stop worrying about your charity

NCVO icons strategyConstantly concerned about how your charity is handling the challenges it faces? That’s natural. But there are things you can put in place to give yourself – and others – confidence that you’re well prepared.

Read more: A7: How to (almost) stop worrying about your charity

B1: Visions of the future? Where next for civil society and how we are going to get there

NCVO icons leadershipAt the end of 2018 – the Civil Society Futures Inquiry shared its final findings. It put forward a PACT for civil society, by civil society – shared aspirations for us all to commit to, for the decade ahead and beyond. It’s not waiting for permission or hoping others will provide a plan. It’s civil society making a commitment to get ready for the future.

Read more: B1: Visions of the future? Where next for civil society and how we are going to get there

B2: Building our equality, diversity and inclusion capabilities: Why we urgently need to change our approach and how

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Have you wondered why our sector has not made significant strides when it comes to equality diversity and inclusion (EDI)? It’s time to come clean about what is holding us back.

Read more: B2: Building our equality, diversity and inclusion capabilities: Why we urgently need to change...

B3: Volunteering and your people strategy

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Volunteering is good, right? Well, yes! But are some forms of volunteering better than others? Is there such thing as bad volunteering? And who does things better, staff or volunteers?

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B4: 21st century leadership: What social sector leaders need to succeed

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The voluntary sector has a huge range of people and organisations doing their best to support the causes they care about. But what makes a good leader and how can you develop your leadership skills to bring about social change?

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B6: Impact? I’m so over it

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It’s a good thing to be able to demonstrate the changes that you make as a result of your work. However, impact assessment is not a silver bullet. It’s not always appropriate, and some approaches to its assessment are unhelpful in the voluntary sector. What’s needed is a more nuanced understanding of how the voluntary sector can best demonstrate and maximise its impact.

Read more: B6: Impact? I’m so over it

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