Published on November 30, 2010

The Challenges & Opportunities of the Big Society

The Third Sector in 2010: The Challenges & Opportunities of the Big Society – What will the new ‘Building a Stronger Civil Society’ Strategy and the ‘Big Society’ initiative mean in practical terms for organisations across the third sector? How can charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises ensure they retain their unique and valuable characteristics of independence, campaigning, and strong community ties whilst developing the partnerships and infrastructure necessary for the challenging times ahead?

This Westminster Briefing Conference will give delegates the opportunity to discuss and be informed on the future of the Third Sector over the course of the next parliament, from the Government as well as experts in the field. Participants will debate the key issues and opportunities facing the sector over the coming years in terms of service delivery, funding, campaigning and infrastructure. In addition, case studies and workshop sessions will give delegates ideas and examples to take back to their organisations.

Speakers will include Nick Hurd MP, Minister for the Civil Society at the Cabinet Office , Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the NCVO and Simon Burall, Director of Involve.

Date: Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Time: 10.00am-4.30pm (including networking lunch)

Venue: The Commonwealth Club, Westminster, London

Cost: £225-£395 for one place, dependent on sector (discounts for more than one place)

For full details please visit the Westminster Briefing Website.

One Response to “The Challenges & Opportunities of the Big Society”

  1. April 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    The great difficulty with conferences such as these is that they can only appeal to organisations with sufficient spare cash – and staff of course – to send delegates. I used to run a voluntary group that was truly voluntary and had absolutely no money other than that which the group members put in – and that was very little. But we carried on until we got our change to the law in the form of a new Act of Parliament. Conferences such as these ignore nano-groups like mine and yet they are the basis, surely, of what is so clumsily called the Big Society.