Responding to change together: Funding reimagined for a new decade
Joint conference, Thursday 12th March 2020
Funders and the VCSE in the West Midlands learn, reflect, share thinking and practice to navigate future opportunities and challenges
The WM Funders Network in partnership with One Walsall and Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) organised the Conference to enable funders and the VCSE to reflect on these developments, learn from each other and identify how we can work together differently.
The voluntary, community and social enterprise Sector has faced challenging times with an economic downturn, government austerity measures and local public sector cuts, Brexit negotiations and social tensions. More recently, the coronavirus has implications for the work and services of the Sector. The government’s civil society strategy, technological and digital advancements are opportunities for the sector to operate more efficiently and effectively, but struggle to take advantage of them, particularly with a lack of recognition and support in the latest Government Budget.
The Conference sought to look at how the sector continue to adapt and respond to this changing landscape in a climate of reducing funds and increasing demand; how can we re-imagine what we do and how we do it; what could be new ways of thinking and approaches to current and future challenges and opportunities.
Nearly a 100 organisations and groups attended the event, made up of voluntary and community organisations, small to medium sized charities and funders of the charity, social enterprise, voluntary and community sectors including some public sector bodies.
Rita Chadha, CE, Small Charities Coalition kicked the event off and later on Jane Ide, CE, NAVCA spoke about the challenges and opportunities that face the sector.
It was a productive event to share understanding of opportunities and experience in looking at improving current practices and new ways of thinking to help better shape the region’s funding landscape for the future. This was a great opportunity for networking and making new contacts.
Facilitated breakout sessions were held in the morning and afternoon covering: measuring success; user involvement; getting to grips with data; sustainability, and partnership working. Presentations and breakout session notes can be found here.
Once we receive Jane Ide’s presentation this will be uploaded onto the website.