Norfolk 2020 VCSE Annual Conference (Virtual) Programme – 23rd to 27th November

We hope that you will join us for the virtual 2020 Norfolk VCSE Annual Conference, as we deliver a series of thought-provoking, inspiring and practical online sessions for a wide range of VCSE organisations.  It will also be a valuable opportunity to share experiences, particularly given the difficult times we have all been adapting to this year.

Don’t forget to register HERE to keep up to date with announcements as further information will be added regularly.  Due to the significant interest in this event, we are setting a limit on the number of attendees for each session to encourage people to only book onto sessions they are likely to attend.  Booking for each session will open at 9:00am on Monday 16th November.

Below is our current programme under the theme of “Survive, Drive and Thrive” – supporting VCSE organisations to survive the challenges we are currently facing and drive forward the changes we want to see, so that we can thrive as organisations and communities.  For more details and booking links don’t forget to register HERE.

Monday 23rd November   10:00 to 11:30   Building and Shaping a Better Future

Our first guest speakers are:

  • Katie Turner (Deputy Head of Research at The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)) – an independent charity that works closely with people and organisations striving for social change
  • Seth Reynolds (Principal Consultant for Systems Change, NPC) – helping charities and funders improve their strategies and maximise impact through more systemic working

They will be sharing their insights and inspiration on how we can build on the adaptation and innovation shown so far this year, to influence and shape a better future for people and communities.

Monday 23rd November   14:00 to 15:30   Direction of Health and Social Care in Norfolk

We will be live with

  • Melanie Craig (Chief Officer, Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group) and
  • James Bullion (Executive Director, Adult Social Services, Norfolk County Council) to discuss the strategic direction of health and social care in Norfolk

After listening to their own perspectives on aspects of this topic we will be asking them a selection of questions from VCSE colleagues and then opening up the discussion to attendees.

You can email your questions for Melanie and James to These will need to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 17th November.

Tuesday 24th November   09:30 to 10:30   Challenging Social Injustice in adults’ health and social care services

Belinda Schwehr from CASCAIDr will be delivering an interactive session on the issues and opportunities when challenging social injustice in adults’ health and social care.


Tuesday 24th November   12:30 to 14:30   A VCSE Health and Social Care Assembly for Norfolk & Waveney

Covid-19 has highlighted the vital role of the VCSE sector in delivering health and social care services throughout Norfolk and Waveney.  In this session you can find out how your organisation can work more closely and collaboratively with health and care partners within the emerging Integrated Care System through the new VCSE Assembly.  Hear from the VCSE Assembly Steering Group about developments over the past year, next steps for the future and how you can get involved.


  • Tony Osmanski (Chair of East Coast Community Healthcare CIC and VCSE Assembly Steering Group Chair)
  • Alan Hopley (CEO, Voluntary Norfolk)
  • Jon Clemo (CEO, Community Action Norfolk)
  • Chris Abrahams (CEO, Community Action Suffolk)


Wednesday 25th November   10:00 to 12:00   Developing and Sustaining Community Based Voluntary Action

We will be bringing together co-ordinators from

  • North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme
  • Mattishall Volunteer Hub and
  • Great Hockham Good Neighbour Scheme

to learn from their experiences of helping and supporting vulnerable residents in their communities.  As groups at different stages of development this will provide an opportunity to understand the factors involved in successfully developing and sustaining grassroots community-based voluntary action.  Following short presentations from each group there will be Q&A and open discussion.


Wednesday 25th November   12:30 to 13:30   Engaging and Influencing Parliament

Nikki Luke, Senior Education and Engagement Officer for the East of England, will be delivering a politically neutral session on the opportunities for engaging with and influencing Parliament to ensure the voices of those we support are heard.  No previous is knowledge required.


Wednesday 25th November   14:00 to 16:00   Working in Partnership to Collectively Campaign and Influence

Our panel of guest speakers will share their unique insights on how to work in partnership to collectively campaign and effectively influence.

  • Judy Dow (Head of Philanthropy, Norfolk Community Foundation)
  • Stuart Wright (Chair of the Living Wage Foundation’s Advisory Council and Property Director at Aviva)
  • Mike Barrett (FareShare East Anglia Development Manager) and Phoebe Sabin (FareShare East Anglia Community Coordinator)


Friday 27th November   AM   Developing and Sustaining Volunteering in your organisation

This practical and interactive training session on the key elements of developing and sustaining good volunteer management is aimed at small to medium sized VCSEs.  It will provide useful information, tools and resources to support and involve volunteers in your organisation.


Friday 27th November   14:00 to 15:30   Funding Top Tips

Are you applying for funding for the first time?  This session will help you understand what you need to consider before making an application, where to look for the funding you need and what to expect when you get it.


Please note:

All sessions will be recorded so that after each event they can be available to other colleagues in the VCSE sector.  If you do not wish to be filmed you must ensure that your camera is switched off.  Additional privacy information can be found here.

During this week we also want to showcase the adaptability and innovation of local VCSE organisations so that we can learn from and inspire each other. To do this we will be running a social media campaign that outlines some of the great work of the VCSE sector. We hope that you will get involved, not only by following and sharing our own social media activity but also by posting your own insights and experiences using the hashtag #NorfolkVCSEConf2020.

The VCSE Conference is organised by Community Action Norfolk, Momentum and Voluntary Norfolk as part of our Working Together partnership.