The theme for this year is Constructing Space, a concept that has grown organically since our last AGM, and this year we’re using our conference to create the space where we can generate discussion and ideas around participation, prevention, and partnership.
We have two keynote speakers to open and close our conference:
Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland
Diarmaid is a designer, educator, communicator and collaborator who writes and speaks on creative approaches to making better places. He has almost 20 years’ experience and a multidisciplinary background, which has applied to projects involving the shaping and implementation of change for clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe, for the public, private and third sectors.
Councillor Adam McVey, Leader at City of Edinburgh Council
Adam is the Leader of the SNP Group and represents Leith Ward. He has a background in Economics and International Law and has worked for an accountancy firm, social investment charity, the Fringe Festival and for a leading human rights charity.
Adam sits on various boards across the city, Transport For Edinburgh, Changeworks, Citadel Youth Centre, and he is the Chair of Edinburgh’s first Council owned energy company, Energy for Edinburgh.
We will also be hosting five workshops, which will you be able to sign up to on the day, on the following themes:
|Commission on Prevention
EVOC proposes to develop and lead a ‘Commission on Prevention’ to look at preventative action and services in Edinburgh in order to mould a unique view of what works, what our citizens think works, and develop a pragmatic achievable plan to deliver in partnership across all sectors.
The idea behind this Commission came from discussions that fed into the joint publication by EVOC and Volunteer Edinburgh of a Third Sector Manifesto, Everybody’s Edinburgh. This document describes areas of impact that involve the Third Sector and calls for greater recognition of the expertise within our sector and for that to translate into more equitable partnership working.
Join the conversation and thinking at this workshop and help us shape a Commission that can really affect change, and demonstrate that the Third Sector can lead the charge in improving the wellbeing of Edinburgh’s citizens.
Doing Things Right Means Doing the Right Things
Good governance is key to effectively running any organisation, large or small. But what does ‘good governance’ really mean? And how can trustees, volunteers working around other commitments, get it right?
This workshop will be a practical discussion about what good governance looks like and how to achieve it. We’ll look at how you ensure your organisation is ‘doing things right’, discuss case studies, and there will be ample opportunity to troubleshoot questions or issues that have arisen for those attending.
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Participatory Budgeting an Effective Tool for Community Engagement?
Jez Hall (PB Partners)
EVOC is convinced that, done well, PB can be an effective tool for community engagement in Edinburgh. In our recently published position paper, we have outlined what we think good looks like and how to get there.
At this workshop:
Partnership Working with School Communities
Paula Swanton and Lyn Williams from Home Link Family Support will highlight a case study from Lawfield Primary School, which details the challenges and opportunities discovered when four voluntary sector partners collaborated with education and social work teams to effect positive systemic change for all members of the school community.
This case study is an award-winning example of how the Third Sector has a specific role to play in improving the wellbeing of children and families within the school community, through partnership working. The project led to innovative ways of joint working which had a significant impact on children’s attainment.
This workshop will discuss the opportunities for similar approaches by the voluntary sector in Edinburgh, and how they can be directly involved in improvement by making the most out of the Pupil Equity Fund.
Social security is a cross-cutting issue consistently raised in our forums and networks. In addition to the widespread negative impacts on individuals, there is a related impact on the third sector organisations supporting them. Providers already stretched by austerity measures are now faced with increasingly vulnerable service users.
This workshop will build on the ideas identified within the Breaking Barriers to Benefits report and identify appropriate ways in which EVOC could support organisations.
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The timings for the day are:
|9 am – 9:30 am: Arrival||10:30 am: Workshops (1 hour)|
|9:30 am: Welcome||11:45 am: AGM|
|9:35 am: Keynote Speaker Diarmaid Lawlor||12:15 pm: Keynote Speaker Council Leader Adam McVey|
|10:15 am: Coffee Break||1 pm: Lunch|
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