We organise events that bring together people who work in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to discuss challenges and share ideas.
VCSE Summit 2016
This learning and networking event explored potential for innovation, collaboration and sustainability in challenging times. Attendees shared their experiences, ideas and wisdom, as the sector looks to build relationships, resource its work collectively, increase its reach, and better serve communities in need. There was also debate on what a new model of sector support could look like in Cornwall. You can download all of the presentations and workshop materials below.
- Kate Kennally, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council: ‘Delivering Differently’ As new Chief Executive, Kate shared her views on the current pressures on public services, the council’s strategy and what this means for the statutory and VCSE sectors.
- Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO): ‘Despair or Diversify’ Sir Stuart didn’t use a presentation.
- Denbigh Cowley, Programme Lead, Cornwall Transformation Challenge Award: ‘Working Better Together’ An update on the first year of TCA and its next steps. You can also read the programme’s first annual report.
- Sector support conversation: Neil Coulson, Independent Consultant – Introduction and feedback from the tables.
- Innovation, Andrew Finley, Oxford Innovation All businesses and organisations need to innovate, whether around ideation, collaboration and open innovation, value proposition, customer/user insight and unmet needs, concept development and evaluation, organisational culture change, streamlining processes, delivering innovation projects or developing an innovation strategy.
- Working with the private sector, Sally Heard, School for Social Entrepreneurs & Craig Varley, Lloyds Commercial Banking How to engage and make the best of those important private sector relationships.
- The challenge of change through co-production, Susan Moores, Plymouth Octopus Project (The Zebra Collective) How can we use co-production principles in creative ways, to make the difference we are looking for? You can also read The Challenge of Co-production discussion paper, case studies from NESTA, and NEF’s Co-production: A manifesto for growing the core economy.
- Tips on how to write a better public sector bid, Mark Richardson, Cornwall Council & Rebecca Yorke, Cornwall Council How public sector tenders are typically scored as well as common pit-traps to avoid.
- Working better using technology, Kathryn Woolf, Made Open & Graeme Roy, Crowdfunder How to be more tech savvy with social media, online tools and technology to support collaboration. You can also download this Crowdfunder guide.
(l to r): Andrew Green, The Learning Partnership CIoS; Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; Ian Smith, Cornwall VSF Chief Executive and Kate Kennally, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council speaking at the VCSE Summit 2016.
Brave New World 2015
How do we future proof the VCSE for the challenges ahead?
Cornwall VSF held a conference to discuss this topic. Over 80 people attended the day to share ideas, create partnerships and get motivated. As part of the conference, there was plenty of discussion about emerging issues and potential solutions for the VCSE sector through ‘Open Space’ sessions and workshops.
You can download and read the presentations below:
- Ian Smith, Chief Executive, Cornwall VSF: Welcome – why are we here?
- Simon Bowkett, CEO of Exeter CVS: Survive and Thrive – adapting to the challenges facing local communities and infrastructure support providers
- James Evans, Partner at Foot Anstey: Models of Collaboration – partnerships, consortiums and mergers
- Andrew Green, Learning Partnership: Skills Funding Agency funding timelines
- Prof. Catherine Leyshon, Director of Education, Exeter University: If they build it, will you come? Enabling volunteers in communities – training, organisation, retention and you!
- James Evans, Partner at Foot Anstey: Beyond Partnership workshop
- Mel Colton-Dyer, Head of Business Connections and Skills, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce: How the VCSE can work better with the business and corporate sector workshop
The event also included the Cornwall VSF Awards, and these were the winners:
- Community Group Award: Work Skills South West CIC
- Health and Wellbeing Impact Award: Community Energy Plus
- Voice and Influence Award: Young People’s SEND Board, facilitated by Active8
- Innovation, Partnership & Enterprise Award: Battling On CIC
- Highly Commended: Treverbyn Community Hall
- Outstanding Achievement: North Cornwall Hearing Voices