Jenny Weinstein fed back on the recent Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Conference ‘Looking forward Together’, which was a huge success. Attended by 112 people, with speakers from Wandsworth Council, NCVO, the FSI, Wimbledon Foundation, Big Lottery and London Funders. The afternoon also incorporated workshops on good governance, recruiting and managing volunteers, writing a winning funding application and commissioning. Read the Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Conference. Final Report here.
Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Conference
15th May 2019 held at 160 Falcon Road
Looking Forward Together
Co-chairs Annie McDowall (CEO Share Community) and Aaron Barbour (CEO Katherine Low Settlement) set the scene. Annie said that this was the first Conference for the whole sector and its stakeholders in Wandsworth for many decades. She suggested that the Wandsworth Voluntary Sector has struggled without the infrastructure support and training opportunities accessible to organisations that have a Council of Voluntary Services (CVS) and it was only the establishment of the Voluntary Sector Coordination Project, currently funded by the Wandsworth NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), that had made the organisation of the Conference possible. The excellent attendance showed how keen people were to have an opportunity to network together.
Annie explained that the event was organised by a partnership of local organisations including Link-Up and the Voluntary Sector Co-ordination project, with excellent support from Wandsworth Council. Wandsworth is fortunate in having a hugely diverse, active and involved voluntary sector with over 800 organisations operating in the borough. The aim of the event was to provide an opportunity to bring these organisations together, network, learn from each other and strengthen relationships between voluntary sector organisations and other stakeholders such as the Council, the CCG and local funders. Annie laid down some ground rules to ensure that discussions would be cordial and constructive and stressed that this was not an opportunity for blaming or “settling old scores.”