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FUTURE FORWARD: future proofing local social action Monday 26 February

FUTURE FORWARD: future proofing local social action

Join us on Monday 26 February 2018 for our Future Forward: Future Proofing Local Social Action

Times are tough for our sector – there’s nothing new there – but the biggest challenges we face come from uncertainty. In a world where the only thing we can be sure of is that things will change, the political, economic, social uncertainty we operate within makes it hard for us to know what we should do next or how best we should do it.

But if it’s tough for us, it’s a damned sight harder for the ultimate beneficiaries of our work – the individuals and communities for whom uncertainty, discrimination, disadvantage and vulnerability are factors of daily life.

So we have a job to do, and a responsibility to fulfil – to make sure that we are as resilient, flexible, responsive and well prepared as we can possibly be in the face of whatever the future holds, in order to continue to powerfully support those that need us.

So that’s the theme of our 2018 annual event: future proofing our sector, our organisations and ourselves to deliver powerful and impactful social action, no matter what the future throws at us.

We have some fantastic speakers lined up already – including Caroline Taylor the Essex Community Foundation CEO, Mandy Johnson CEO of the Small Charities Coalition, Jason Fergus Actiive Essex, – and a packed agenda. The event will provide you with opportunity to directly and influence key decision makers including representatives for the Breakthorough Basildon Commission – and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to network with old friends and new colleagues.

We’re excited about the future and the opportunities it holds for us all. We are determined to be ready to grasp those opportunities and face the challenges boldly and bravely.




Welcome & introduction to the day: Chris Evans, Chief Officer, BBWCVS


  • What how does Basildon look like for local social action in the 2020s? Scott Logan Basildon Council Managing Director Breakthrough Basildon Commission
  • Adapt to survive: a digital vision for small charities Mandy Johnson, CEO, Small Charities Coalition
  • Breakthrough Basildon Commission

Questions and Answers

11.00: Break/Coffee


A series of lightning interventions from a range of passionate speakers, followed by powerful round table discussions:

  • Sports England Active Essex: Jason Fergus
  • There’s no magic money tree: Essex Crowd Funding
  • Breakthrough Basildon: What’s Missing – An asset based approach

12.15 FUTURE FORWWARD: A debate on the future for local social action

  • Scott Logan Basildon Borough Managing Director
  • Jane Innes Chief Officer NAVCA
  • Caroline Taylor Essex Community Foundation Chief Officer

12.45: Closing remarks


All timings and speakers subject to change

Ticket information: To register click the attached. 

If you have problems registering please call Alesha on 01268 294125

Members: Free

Non-members VCS: £10.00

Non-members non VCS organisations: £25.00

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