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Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre

Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301


Full Programme

9.15am                 Refreshments and Registration 

10am                    Introduction by Chair and Launch of the Big Society, Equalities and Localism research 
10.30am               Morning Workshops 1

  • Big Society and Equalities (following on from launch of research)
  • Public Health Reform and the VCS
  • LEPs and the VCS
  • The Future of Volunteering
  • Open Public Services White Paper
11.30am               Break

11.45am               Morning Workshops 2
  • Big Society: Lessons from the Vanguards
  • Clinical Commissioning and the VCS
  • European Social Fund
  • Where next for VCS Infrastructure?
12.45pm              Lunch and VSNW AGM 

1.45pm                 Keynote speaker: Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Civil Society Minister
2.15pm                 Afternoon Workshops

  • Community Organisers
  • Health & Wellbeing Boards and Healthwatch
  • Work Programme
  • Chief Executives’ Policy Group
3.15pm                 The Future Role of the VCS
Panel session with Kevin Curley (Chief Executve of NAVCA), Richard Caulfield (Chief Executive of VSNW), Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (Shadow Civil Society Minister) and Debra Allcock Tyler (Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change)
4.30pm                       Round up and finish

Featured News

19 September 2016

New survey looks at joint working between Jobcentres and VCSE organisations

VSNW has conducted a survey of VCSE agencies to understand the strength of relationships between local voluntary sector groups and Jobcentres, particularly where health and work initiatives are involved.

6 September 2016

Support and funding for VCSE Apprenticeships in the North West

Health Education England North West (HEENW) are offering telephone support to VCSE organisations in the North West thinking about taking on an apprentice. 

31 August 2016

Government responds to letter from charities regarding the Lobbying Act

After over forty organisations, including VSNW, Children England, NCVO, and NAVCA, wrote to the Minister for Civil Society to express worries over the effect of the 2014 Lobbying Act on charities' activity, the Government has responded.

11 July 2016

CQC Inspection of Tameside General Hospital

Patients and families who have used the hospitals services in the last 12 months can come to meet Care Quality Commission inspectors on Tuesday 19th July 2016

20 June 2016

EU referendum: Potential implications for the North West

The North West Leaders Board, which comprises of local authority leaders from the region along with other representatives including VSNW Chief Executive Warren Escadale, have issued a report on the implications of leaving the EU for the North West

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301