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CVS Inverclyde Third Sector Conference 2017 – Our Place Our Future – this Wednesday 11 October, 8.45am for 9.15am at the Beacon Arts Centre

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This year's conference has another packed programme and takes the name of the recent Inverclyde-wide community engagement project, Our Place Our Future, which was managed by CVS Inverclyde with its Inverclyde Alliance partners and support from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Scotland. It gathered the opinions of local residents across a wide range of themes to help inform the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP).

More than 1300 people completed the main survey, with an additional 83 young people responding to an adapted survey featuring some of the same questions. This is the highest number of respondents Inverclyde Alliance has ever had to an engagement process.

Now CVS Inverclyde is taking this great opportunity to delve into the survey findings and draft LOIP with conference delegates. These are now open for consultation until Tuesday 31 October 2017. Links to all documents are provided at the very end of this page with details of how local residents can provide their feedback.

Conference Schedule

8.45am to 9.15am – Delegate registration, networking, stalls, tea/coffee

9.15am – Welcome – Ian Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Inverclyde

9.20am to 10.30am – Our Place Our Future -panel debate with the audience hosted by Annie Gunner Logan
Conference opens with a panel debate where delegates can put their questions to the panel - Stephen McCabe, Leader, Inverclyde Council (and Chair of the Inverclyde Alliance); Kevin Scarlett, Chief Executive, River Clyde Homes; Allan Johnstone, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland; and Ian Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Inverclyde. Panel Host is Annie Gunner Logan, Director of CCPS - the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland

10.30am to 11am – Break time with more networking, stalls, tea/coffee

11am to 11.55am - Workshop Sessions 1 – Lindsay Wood, Offord and McCaffer Rooms

12.05pm to 1pm – Workshop Sessions 2 - – Lindsay Wood, Offord and McCaffer Rooms

1pm to 1.20pm – AGM Agenda for CVS Inverclyde members starts at the end of workshop sessions
    1.05pm Welcome – ratification of minutes from 2016
    1.10pm Annual Report and Review
    1.15pm Election of Trustees
    1.20pm AGM closes – members join other delegates for lunch

1pm to 2pm – Buffet lunch with chance to network and visit stalls

2pm – Our Place Our Future Conference concludes

Workshop Programme

We have great facilitators contributing to our workshop sessions, which take place in the Gallery Suite of rooms upstairs – the Lindsay Wood Room, Offord Room and McCaffer Room. Delegates should register their choice of workshops from session 1 and session 2 on arrival please.

Sessions 1 – 11am to 11.55am

Lindsay Wood Room

Our Place Our Future – Miriam McKenna, Corporate Policy and Partnership Manager, Inverclyde Council
The debate continues as Miriam focuses on the Our Place Our Future survey and Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) draft consultation. She will take the opportunity to expand upon the themes that emerge as being of interest to delegates in the morning panel debate, and look at what the findings tell us about Inverclyde.

Offord Room

GDPR – It's an Evolution Not a Revolution
Alison Johnston, Lead Policy Officer – Scotland, Information Commissioner's Office
Alison will cut through the clamour to help delegates find out what GDPR really means for your organisation and how you can prepare for it. You will find out what's new, what's not so new and the 12 steps you can take to start preparing for GDPR now.

McCaffer Room

Myth Busting- Involving under 16's and older volunteers' session
Valerie Campbell and Catriona Macleod, Trust Volunteering Inverclyde
Valerie and Catriona's session will cover how to be more confident when involving both age groups in volunteering opportunities - busting myths and showing the positives to involving both younger and older people, as well as possible intergenerational opportunities. This is a taster to future bite size sessions on specific topics raised, which will be run throughout the year by Trust Volunteering.

Sessions 2 – 12.05pm to 1pm

Lindsay Wood Room

Participatory Budgeting (also known as the Community Choices Programme)
Jez Hall, PB Partners and one of the leading experts in the UK
Jez will review and explain the development of Participatory Budgeting across Scotland over the last few years and how it may develop in coming years, with an opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges. Participatory Budgeting operates in many different ways, so far primarily to distribute grants into communities, when residents directly decide where the money goes and, increasingly, to direct mainstream services so they better meet the needs of communities. Find out more from Jez in his workshop session.

Offord Room

Asset Transfer
David Henderson, COSS Advisor, Community Ownership Support Service, Development Trust Association Scotland
David will delve into Asset Transfer and, in terms of the DTAS, look at work supporting community development trusts, community anchor organisations and community shares. He will look at the content of Part V of the Community Empowerment Act relating to asset transfer requests, which came into effect in January this year. David will also cover some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Act and discuss with participants what it might mean for them.

McCaffer Room

Susan Robinson, Strategic Investment Officer, CVS Inverclyde (needs PowerPoint/Internet Access)
What Trustees (and you) need to know about Fundraising
Susan's session will look at OSCR's recent changes to guidance on Trustee's duties, fundraising standards and best practice. She'll look at what advice, support, toolkits and resources are out there to help you raise the money you need to develop and deliver your work.

Stalls – are in the upstairs foyer, adjacent to the Gallery Suite of rooms

Stafffinders is a second-generation family business involved in the search and selection of talented professionals for temporary, permanent and contract assignments. Established in 1971 with an inaugural office in Paisley, Stafffinders has grown to become one of the oldest and most respected recruitment companies in Scotland. It supplies a wide variety of top employers across a multitude of sectors and also works with a large range of SME's, charities and family businesses, helping them grow by recruiting the very best candidates. As members of the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation), Stafffinders works to the very highest of standards.

Kirsty Stoddart, Social Housing Team Manager, Stafffinders, 6 New Street, Paisley PA1 1XY
Tel: 0141 887 1155 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Prince's Trust works with disadvantaged young people to help them secure a job, a place in education or to start up a business. The Trust helps young people realise their talent by building their confidence and motivation. The team work in partnership with Local Authorities, education services, other voluntary organisations and the private sector to deliver our programmes in the community, in schools, through education colleges and our network of Prince's Trust offices across Scotland. In 2016/17, the Prince's Trust had its best ever year for supporting young people in Scotland. Over 10,300 young people were helped into jobs, back into education or engaged in enterprise.

Ryan Taylor, Business Development Manager and Joyce Conn, Enterprise Executive
The Prince's Trust Wolfson Centre, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP
Tel: 0141 204 4409 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Healthier Inverclyde Project is a local prevention and education team who work within the Inverclyde HSCP. They are based within the alcohol services at the Wellpark Centre in Greenock. They have two distinct teams - the Young Persons Alcohol Team consists of schools workers who provide school based alcohol awareness sessions to primary and secondary aged children, and the Drinksafe Team consists of information workers who provide drug and alcohol awareness raising and bespoke training sessions to individuals, staff, groups and the wider community within Inverclyde.

Louise Gray, Healthier Inverclyde Project Coordinator, Inverclyde Integrated Alcohol Services
Wellpark Centre, 30 Regent Street, Greenock PA15 4PB
Tel: 01475 715353 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Inverclyde Delivering Effective Advice and Support (I:DEAS) centres on Financial Inclusion and is funded by the European Social Fund and The Big Lottery. Participants must be from a workless household, be living in a low income household (homeless and low income working also), be a single parent. It offers a truly holistic service with regard to finances and inclusion in society, Each participant will have an allocated Mentor who will walk hand in hand with them. I:DEAS has dedicated workers in a range of organisations - CVS Inverclyde, Future Skills, HSCP Advice First, Barnardo's, The Wise Group, Financial Fitness, Scotcash and Community Learning Development - all working together as a wider team.

Nicola Bissett, I:DEAS Co-ordinator, Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Greenock PA15 1LY Tel: 01475 715375 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At Action for Children the team Do What's right, Do what's needed and Do what works to ensure any child who needs help, gets help. With the understanding that all parents need support at times, the Family Support Volunteer Service – Parents Supporting Parents, is one of the initiatives it has operating here in Inverclyde. The service offers confidential, non judgemental, one to one support, parent to parent, helping people build confidence in their own parenting skills. Volunteers are trained to offer a listening ear and support parents to develop a better relationship with their child. They also help parents understand how they can support their child's emotional development and learning, building their self esteem.

Lorna Farmer, Uni 31, Lyle House, Lynedoch Industrial Estate, Greenock PA15 4AX
Tel: 01475 723044 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Inverclyde Women's Aid is a voluntary organisation established in 1985 and a registered charity in Scotland. It aims to provide support to women, children and young people who are, or have, experienced domestic abuse. It provides refuge support to women.

Marylin McGill, Service Manager, Inverclyde Women's Aid, 9 George Square, Greenock PA15 1QP
Tel: 01475 781689 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CVS Inverclyde/Inverclyde Community Fund/InverLotto – find out more about the work of CVS Inverclyde, from training and tutorials to upcoming themed Networks – Funding, Social Enterprise, Children, Older People, Environment and Chief - and opportunities at its new town centre base, the Inverclyde Community Hub in Cathcart Street, Greenock, where it has been welcoming other third sector organisations. Facilities include office space, a large fully equipped boardroom, meeting room and staff room with kitchen, and support services range from reception cover and telephone answering, to photocopying and franking. Also hear about how local grant making charity, the Inverclyde Community Fund, is supporting local good causes with funds boosted by Inverclyde's community lottery, InverLotto.

Ian Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Inverclyde, Inverclyde Community Hub, 75-81 Cathcart Street, Greenock PA15 1HD Tel: 01475 711733 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As well as all conference contributors, many thanks go to sponsors, the Oak Mall Shopping Centre and Love & Humphries.

Our Place Our Future Summary Findings

Summary findings and supporting documents for the Our Place Our Future survey can be read and downloaded at:

Local Outcome Improvement Plan Documents

Survey feedback, along with a Strategic Needs Assessment analysing data about Inverclyde, has been used to develop the new LOIP for Inverclyde, a high level, strategic Inverclyde Alliance document, which sets out the vision, priorities and outcomes for all partners, including communities, to deliver together over the next five years. It focusses on three key priority areas: Repopulation; Reducing Inequalities; and Environment, Culture and Heritage. Copies of the relevant documents can be read and downloaded at:

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