Big Event 2016

We've Got It! Recognising, Understanding and Enhancing Third Sector Resilience

Held on Wednesday 6th July 2016, 9am - 4pm, International Lawn Tennis Centre, Eastbourne

At the SpeakUp Big Event 2016, we explored the resilience of the VCS in East Sussex in terms of: the resilience of the organisations, communities, and individuals that make up the sector; the internal and external resources that the sector (and its component organisations, communities, and individuals) can engage and develop; and relationships and connections within and beyond the sector.
As always, the day began with our popular advice fair: a great place to spark innovative ideas, learn from and with each other, and to build relationships, networks, and social capital (key ingredients for enhancing resilience, some might say!)

Two conference presentations then gave an overview of the latest thinking on resilience, the key components of resilience that already exist for the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex, and the current challenges and uncertainties that the sector is facing.
Participants then chose from a selection of breakaway workshops, each of which explored particular practical strategies and tools for enhancing resilience.

The day finished with a plenary workshop where participants came back together to reflect on key lessons from the day and agree priority action areas for enhancing VCS resilience.

Outcomes from the plenary workshop, materials from the conference presentations and breakaway workshops, the Big Event brochure, and links to other useful resources are all available on this website.
Useful resources and links from the Big Event 2016:
Presentations and related resources
Breakaway workshops and related resources
Operation Shine! Improving your Personal Resilience, Health and Wellbeing (Brenda Bruzon – Volunteer Centre East Sussex, holistic life coach and Spiritual Companion)
Building Financial Resilience (Julie Eason – Julie Eason Consulting)
Managing Risk for Resilience (Neil Franklin – UK Charity Insurance)
Fragile Assets: Practice that Supports and Strengthens (Jayne and Trevor Hopkins – Asset Based Consulting)
Community Resilience in Emergencies (Glenn Jones – East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service)
Building Connections with Local Businesses (Mebrak Ghebreweldi – Diversity Resource International)
  • Workshop notes
Integrated Localities: Embedding Prevention at the Heart of Integrated Locality Teams (Peter Lister – Locality Support Development, East Sussex County Council)
Partnering and Collaborating Within the Third Sector (Marie Casey – seAp Advocacy)
New Models of Care, New Opportunities for Collaboration and Partnerships ‘Accountable Care’ (Vicky Smith – East Sussex Better Together, East Sussex County Council)
Plenary workshop
The Resilience Forum

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