Conference - Responding to change together: Funding reimagined for a new decade

Responding to change together: Funding reimagined for a new decade – a conference organised by WM Funders Network in partnership with One Walsall and the Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) – is set to share imaginative thinking and best practice approaches for a positive future, given the current societal challenges, changes and trends facing the voluntary, community and the social enterprise sector (VCSE).

Being held on Thursday 12 March at Walsall Football Stadium, the conference is designed for voluntary and community organisations, small to medium sized charities and funders of the charity, social enterprise, voluntary and community sectors - including public, private and third sector organisations. It will equip delegates with a greater understanding of opportunities and new ways of thinking to help better shape the region’s funding landscape for the future.

The event, the first collaboration of its kind between the partners, will be introduced and chaired by Rita Chadha, Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition and is sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, Charity Bank and The National Lottery Community Fund. Jane Ide, Chief Executive of NAVCA will be the event’s keynote speaker.

It will also play host to five concise breakout sessions on topical funding issues raised by VCSE and WM funding members in late 2019. These include User Involvement (why should funders get involved), Measuring Success (outputs, outcomes and impact), Partnership Working (shared learning and collaborative approaches between funders and the sector), the Value of Data (how digital can help) and Sustainability (what does this mean).

A range of VCSE organisations will also attend the conference to showcase their activities and provide general and bespoke advice to funders.  They include the Ethical Property Company, Cranfield Trust, Citizen Coaching, Dudley CVS, Wolverhampton CVS.

Rita Chadha, Conference Chair and CEO of the Small Charities Coalition ‘We see every day how small charities in particular, are struggling to get the respect, reward and recognition they deserve. Conferences like this are invaluable in not only sharing ideas and the latest thinking, but also in terms of demonstrating how good quality funding applications need to be supported by good communications, clear planning, good governance, purposeful data and a deep understanding of world around us.  I am delighted to be chairing what looks like being a fantastic conference’.