CVS Inverclyde Annual Conference to go Ahead Virtually As It Celebrates Silver Anniversary
CVS Inverclyde (CVSI) has announced that is annual conference, titled Resilience and Recovery
will take place via webinar on Thursday 19th November 2020 from 9.30am to 12:30pm.
The conference, which is usually hosted at the Beacon Arts Centre, has been moved to a virtual meeting to enable third sector organisations and groups in Inverclyde to gather and connect.
The following day (20th) will also mark the 25th anniversary of CVSI's creation, with a range of activities earmarked to celebrate the twenty-five years of excellence which will be launched at the conference.
This year's themes will focus on the challenging year that 2020 has proven to be for so many locals in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, CVSI will be shining a light on Inverclyde's remarkable ongoing resilience despite the challenges presented, with the event focusing on what lessons have been learnt while also looking at what the future recovery and opportunities within the third sector.
CVSI's Annual General Meeting will immediately follow the event which members are invited to attend.
This year's host will be Mandy Andrew, Associate Director at Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and will offer an opportunity to hear from a wide range of local and national figures.
The keynote speaker will be Cormac Russell, who is the Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago. He will challenge attendees to consider how to create a better future normal in Inverclyde.
Ahead of the conference, CVSI Chief Executive Charlene Elliott said:
"Despite the current challenges, CVSI is delighted to be able to move its annual conference online to ensure some continuity for the third sector locally.
"This year's conference will reflect on the resilience required to support and nurture the
community in one of the toughest of years in modern history.
"It will also focus on areas of recovery and opportunity, with masterclasses on building
community wealth, funding, mental health and volunteering all critical to the event.
"To be able to secure a speaker of Cormac Russell's calibre is a great coup and we think his session will provide to be both informative and thought-provoking for the delegates."
Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from The Robertson Trust who will share its new funding strategy and from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with Inverclyde currently recognised as a priority funding area.
There will also be a chance to participate in several interactive workshops and masterclasses throughout the morning.
Places are open to all CVSI members, and third sector organisations on a first-come-first- served basis.
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