NCVO Annual Conference 2018 breakout sessions

Further your professional development in two topic-specific workshops 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.

Thought provoking and informative.

– Helen Blunt, Warwick Volunteers, 2017 delegate

 

A1: Can we learn to be leaders?

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‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’ - J F Kennedy

Are you a leader or do you want to become a leader? Does leading come naturally, or do you suffer from imposter syndrome? What do you think leaders need to know and do? When did you last have a good learning experience? Do you go on courses? Do you read anything? Got a network? Ever learnt from other people’s mistakes, or even your own? Do you ever give yourself time to think about your learning needs as a leader?

Read more: A1: Can we learn to be leaders?

A2: Getting ready for GDPR (with only one month to go)

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Are you confident your organisation will be fully ready for GDPR when it comes into force on 25th May 2018?

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A3: The past, present and future of major donor fundraising

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*This session is now fully booked*

This session will reflect on a combined 45+ years' experience working across the social enterprise, charity and corporate sectors, fundraising with the UK's largest businesses and high net worth individuals.

Read more: A3: The past, present and future of major donor fundraising

A4: Key policy trends and issues for charities – what they mean for you

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The external environment charities operate in is constantly changing: from the general political and economic instability facing the country, to specific developments in the charity regulatory framework, the range of issues that organisations need to think about is challenging. This session is intended to make it easier for charities to deal with all this change.

Read more: A4: Key policy trends and issues for charities – what they mean for you

A5: Diversity and inclusion: From commitment to reality

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The argument for a diverse and inclusive workplace is largely settled-as both a means for more effective organisations and as a matter of fairness. Yet why do so many voluntary organisations still struggle to attract both paid staff and volunteers that reflect the communities they work in?

Read more: A5: Diversity and inclusion: From commitment to reality

A6: Digital and diversity: how to reach a wider audience

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In the digital age it can be easier than ever to reach lots of people with your messages and services. But are you reaching a wider audience or talking to the same people?

Read more: A6: Digital and diversity: how to reach a wider audience

A7: Long-term strategy is dead: adapting planning to a complex world

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It is a cliché to say that charities are operating in a radically changing environment – but the cliché isn’t wrong. While voluntary organisations have always needed to respond rapidly, the current times feel exceptional: a volatile political landscape, exit from the European Union, major shifts in funding streams and arguably more complex problems to try to solve.

Read more: A7: Long-term strategy is dead: adapting planning to a complex world

B1: Telling your story: what makes you different as a leader?

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We’re all individuals but sometimes we try to suppress our personalities to appear professional. Is that the best thing to do?

Read more: B1: Telling your story: what makes you different as a leader?

B2: Fundraising in an age of GDPR

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a major impact on how charities fundraise – perhaps some of us feel we just need to try and survive under the new rules. But how can you ensure your charity thrives and you increase impact for your beneficiaries?

Read more: B2: Fundraising in an age of GDPR

B3: Volunteering and diversity: How to get different people volunteering

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Approximately 66 million people live in the UK, yet according to government data, 36% of people from the least deprived areas of England volunteer formally, compared with only 15% from the most deprived. If we are to grow volunteering, we need to pay greater attention to diversity in every sense.

Read more: B3: Volunteering and diversity: How to get different people volunteering

B4: Update on Brexit and the implications for charities

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The unexpected referendum result in June 2016 sent shockwaves through the country. Many in the voluntary sector were nervous and uncertain about what the momentous and unpredictable changes would mean for their organisation and its beneficiaries. But what have we learnt since then?

Read more: B4: Update on Brexit and the implications for charities

B6: When to get into public service delivery... or get out again!

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The growth in charity income from government over the last ten years has been marked by a shift from grants to contracts – and by increases in recent years only seen by the largest charities. Even within the private sector, many providers are questioning how desirable their involvement in public service delivery is.For charities the picture is being further complicated by the advent of new devolved bodies such as Sustainability and Transformation Plan Areas (STPs) and Accountable Care Systems (ACSs), but there may also be new opportunities with renewed emphasis on co-production and systems-thinking in contexts such as healthcare.

Read more: B6: When to get into public service delivery... or get out again!

B7: Beyond evaluation: Why knowing your impact is the only way to survive

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This interactive session will demonstrate how a focus on evaluation and impact can help you and your organisation not just survive, but thrive. Evaluation can help you think differently, enabling you to plan your work more effectively and deliver your work in ways that maximise your impact.

Read more: B7: Beyond evaluation: Why knowing your impact is the only way to survive

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