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Big Event 2017

Collaboration and Partnerships: Together for a Purpose!

Wednesday 13th September 2017, 9am - 4pm, International Lawn Tennis Centre, Eastbourne

At the SpeakUp Big Event 2016, we came together and identified priority actions we wanted to take to enhance the sustainability and development of the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex. One of those priorities was to “improve initiatives for collaborating and connecting”. In 2017, the SpeakUp Big Event focused on exactly that!

The 2017 Big Event “Collaboration and Partnerships: Together for a Purpose!” explored some of the many collaborative initiatives that are happening across East Sussex. Working together can allow us to pool resources, be innovative, share information, build knowledge, deliver services, and have a collective voice. Sometimes it allows our organisations and sectors to survive! We looked together at these potential purposes and benefits of collaboration, along with different types of, approaches to, and challenges of partnership working.



09:00 Advice Fair (continued until 3pm) 

10:00 Conference

          Opening speech - Jenny Watson, SpeakUp Forum 

          Meeting local people's needs through better collaboration - Kevin Curley CBE

          Break and networking

          Collaboration and partnerships in East Sussex - Hastings Voluntary Action, 3 Voluntary Action & Rother Voluntary Action 

12:15 Lunch 

13:15 Breakaway workshops 

          (a) How does collaboration work for you? (Kevin Curley CBE, Voluntary Sector Advisor)

          (b) Let's Do It! Local solutions to providing services in rural areas (Fiona Morton, 3 Voluntary Action & Teresa Gittins, Action               in Rural Sussex)

          (c) Working in partnership to campaign for change (Alan Bruzon, Citizens Advice Bureau Eastbourne) 

          (d) Big and small, benefits to all (Marie Casey, seAp Advocacy)

14:30 Break and networking

15:00 Plenary workshop: Moving forwards together   


Useful Resources and Links from the Big Event 2017 

Conference presentation by Kevin Curley CBE

Conference presentations by East Sussex Voluntary Actions 

The Big Event 2017 was sponsored by local insurance broker

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