Our annual conference for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) in Leicester and Leicestershire is taking place on 24 September 2018.

Future Focus brings together the local VCSE sector to engage in a range of workshops on the current key topics affecting the sector, share ideas and innovation, be inspired by stories and network with one another.

The conference opens at 9:30am for registration and refreshments and officially begins at 10:00am with an opening address by VAL CEO Kevan Liles. Lunch will take place at 12:45pm and the conference closes at 4:00pm.

Delegates will have the choice of one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop. There are limited places available in each of these and due to the room restrictions at Stamford Court we are unable to offer more places once they have been fully booked.

Workshops during the day are as follows:

Morning workshops - 11:30am

  • AM1: The Foundation for Social Improvement - Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations
    Facilitated by: Lindsay Harrod, Senior Project Manager (Special Projects)
    With an estimated 9,000 independent trusts and foundations in the UK giving £2 billion in grants each year, trusts and foundations are a prime source of funding for your charity. This workshop will help you to enhance your trust funding application, using appropriate language and adhering to best practice principles and methods.

  • AM2: Leicester City Council Public Health - Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Have your Say
    Facilitated by: Kate Huszar, Health and Wellbeing Lead Officer

  • AM3: NCVO - Stepping into volunteers’ shoes: Understanding the volunteer experience in a changing world
    Facilitated by:
    Véronique Jochum, Head of Research and Amy McGarvey, Senior Research Officer

    The way people volunteer is changing, echoing wider societal shifts. NCVO has carried out a major national survey to provide the latest insights into people’s views and experience of volunteering from a variety of perspectives, including lapsed and non-volunteers. In this workshop, you will hear our emerging insights and reflect on what they mean for you.

  • AM4: Leicestershire County Council - Prevention in Leicestershire - what does it mean?
    Facilitated by: Simon Dalby, Local Area Co-ordination Manager

    Over the last few years there has been a significant change in the way services are planned and delivered with a growing model of prevention being developed for services. This workshop will focus on one of the offers currently being delivered for Leicestershire’s prevention model: Local Area Co-ordination.

Afternoon workshops - 1:45pm

  • PM1: Leicester County Council - Strengthening Your Organisation
    Facilitated by: Noel Singh, Funding Manager

    Noel Singh from Leicestershire County Council will facilitate an interactive workshop to explore what makes a successful VCSE organisation. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your strengths, along with areas for improvement, with other VCSE organisations.

  • PM2: Attracting Major Gifts
    Is your organisation looking to attract major gifts from potential donors? This workshop will guide you through the process of approaching individuals and how to lead them through to the point of donation.

  • PM3: BHIB - Managing the Risk
    Facilitated by: Brian Brookes, Risk Manager and Kevin Richards, Technical Broking
    The need for increased insurance indemnity limits can lead to higher premiums, and might present a barrier to organising an event or contract. This workshop will help you to gain an understanding of those limits, using actual insurance claims examples, and suggest risk assessment techniques that may help you to achieve a more relevant position for your organisation.

  • PM4: Voluntary Action LeicesterShire - Social Media: Storytelling and increasing your reach
    Stories are a great way to tell people about what your organisation does and how you are benefitting local communities. This workshop will talk about how social media can be used to tell stories, improve how many people you can reach and, ultimately, help you work towards improving your fundraising and engagement.

VAL's Annual General Meeting

All delegates will be involved in the VAL AGM, taking place after the Keynote Speech.

Lunch and refreshments

The day will include a hot fork buffet in Stamford Court's hospitality lounge, plus 'grazing stations' and refreshments for networking.

Contact Us

If you have any issues or questions around booking, please contact James Smalley:

0116 257 5025