39 Member organisations were represented across a wide range of voluntary and community sector delivery, with delegates enjoying an informative mix of ‘SCVO News and Developments’, formal AGM proceedings and an engaging keynote address from Gary Topp, CEO of Culture Central.
Stuart Ashmore, SCVO’s Operations Manager and Deputy CEO opened proceedings with a round-up of ‘News and Developments’ that included:
• ‘Meet the Funder 2017’ (book your place HERE);
• Development Support Surgeries at the Dorothy Parkes Community Centre (more information HERE);
• SCVO Breakfast Meetings: next one is Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at the Ebeneezer Church in Langley (further details available on our website shortly);
• Healthy Sandwell Micro Grants: awards of £500 available for ‘Engagement Activities’ that promote the services of Healthy Sandwell and the NHS Health Check programme (more information HERE);
• Children and Young People Forum: Networking event (with Jacquie Smith and Audrey Williamson). Reserve your place HERE;
• Leaders’ Survey: your opportunity to let us know about your experiences and views on issues relating to working within the Sector and supporting communities in Sandwell. You can complete the survey online HERE (closes 22nd November 2017);
• GDPR Implementation Workshop: scheduled for Tuesday, 5th December 2017 to look at practical steps to complying with the forthcoming GDPR in May 2018. More details to be released soon;
…followed by a couple of ‘bigger’ announcements…
• Community Partnerships Grant Programme: designed to encourage the development of new and/or different ways of working or engaging with people that has a focus on increasing self-help within communities over the long-term. Full details to be released shortly;
• Esmée Fairbairn Partnership: forged through discussions over the last 12 months and culminating in a new partnership for the next 5 years that focuses activity on building resilience at an individual level, within local communities, and across the wider sector. Full details of the programme are still being developed, but this partnership is a strong endorsement of the Sector; a long-term commitment that underpins the Foundation’s recognition of the work already undertaken by the Sector and partners and our desire to build capability and confidence amongst the most vulnerable and marginalised in our local communities and grow resilience.
The more ‘formal’ element of the AGM heard Mark Davis, SCVO’s CEO, talk about the achievements of the last 12 months together with the re-election of Mohammed Loan (Chair & General Secretary, Oldbury Jamia Mosque) and new election of Vicki Fitzgerald (CEO of Citizens Advice Sandwell) to SCVO’s Board of Trustees. You can see more detail of the year’s activities in the following documents:
• Annual Report and Accounts: Financial Year Ended 31st March 2017
• Annual Review 2017
The morning was concluded with a keynote address from Gary Topp, whose theme was ‘The world is changing – how can we work together to create a better future?’ Gary’s thought-provoking talk was well-received by the audience, and certainly generated a number of talking points in the post-talk Q&A.
The year ahead looks to be an interesting, and exciting, one – join us again in October 2018 to see how it all pans out.