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#VSNW16 Conference & AGM
Monday 5th December 2016
Introduction by Warren Escadale, Chief Executive,
Voluntary Sector North West
Welcome to ‘Community Powered Change’, VSNW’s 2016
Conference and AGM. Yet again, we have an exciting line up
of speakers, who include the shadow Devolution Minister and
social inclusion champion, Jim McMahon MP, Ruth Lupton
from the new Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, and Jonathan
Schifferes from the RSA, who run the Inclusive Growth
The sector’s role across our region is under pressure, talked up as essential
and yet, alongside partners, attempting to deliver against ever growing
challenges on a reducing income.
The place-based agenda – whether it is devolution, Sustainability and
Transformation Plans, or ‘our communities’ – offers a way for us to rethink
and rearticulate what we do, what we should do and how we create change.
We have two hopes for this conference: Firstly, for delegates to think through
how we can drive community powered change, whether via a socio-economic
agenda, or through new answers in health and social care. Secondly, to help
delegates develop strategies for new and retained investment.
Our final panel discussion will draw some of this together and, no doubt, pull
some of this apart! Either way, we will have the opportunity to hear from
leading thinkers and doers on the sector’s best role in devolution.
Alongside all this we ask delegates to please take the chance to thank Debbie
Dalby. This is Debbie’s final day as VSNW’s champion chair. Debbie’s vision
for the best part of a decade has been central to how we have striven – with
absolute faith in voluntary and community action - to create a better North
West. Ultimately, in between all the rest, our sector’s purpose, as Debbie
succinctly puts it, is joy. A message that I will never forget.
VSNW’s purpose resides absolutely in our vision and the support of talented
people. Next year, will be VSNW’s 20th anniversary so if you think you might
be interested in contributing to VSNW’s work, please take the chance to talk
to Debbie today, me or indeed any of our trustees. They should be easily
spotted at the AGM this lunchtime.
I would also like to thank Simon Thorrington, who will also step down as a
trustee today. VSNW owes much to Simon who has been an unsurpassable
treasurer and friend and we wish him all the best in his new role as chair of
Finally: please enjoy the day and don’t forget to vote in the ‘Voluntary Action
in Action’ photo competition this lunchtime.
About Voluntary Sector North West
Voluntary Sector North West is the regional voluntary sector network for
the North West. Our purpose is to ensure that the voluntary, community
and social enterprise sector, in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping
the future of the North West.
There are over 30,000 VCSE organisations operating across the North West
with a combined annual income in excess of £2bn and net assets of £4bn.
The sector has a formal workforce in excess of 50,000 FTE. Added to this we
estimate that there are at least 750,000 people in the region who regularly
volunteer and over half a million carers.
Refreshments and Registration
Introduction: Chaired by Debbie Dalby, VSNW Chair
Warren Escadale, Chief Executive, VSNW
Keynote speaker: Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Minister for
Communities & Local Government and Devolution
Keynote speaker: Professor Ruth Lupton, Head of the Inclusive
Growth Analysis Unit
Q&A with the speakers
Inclusive Growth for Communities Economic regeneration in the
North West: Matthew Jackson, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Transforming the voluntary sector Developing an investment
strategy for the voluntary sector: Anne Lythgoe, Salford City Council
Health & Social Care The sector’s role in Sustainability and
Transformation Plans: Frances Newell, NHS England
Lunch, AGM, meet VSNW’s trustees and Voluntary Action in
Action Photo Competition (AGM is 12.15 – 12.30, in the Learning Studio)
Jonathan Schifferes, the RSA’s Associate Director of Public Services
and Communities, on the Inclusive Growth Commission
Afternoon Workshops 1
Inclusive Growth for Communities Measuring social success: Dr
Anthony Rafferty, Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit
Transforming the voluntary sector Building effective voluntary sector
partnerships: Representatives from the Cumbria Third Sector
Network, GM VCSE Reference Group and Liverpool City Region VS6.
Chaired by Warren Escadale
Health & Social Care Person and Community Centred Care for
Wellbeing - Realising the Value: Chris Dabbs, Unlimited Potential
Afternoon Workshops 2
Inclusive Growth for Communities Funding social inclusion in a Brexit
era: Andy Churchill & John Hacking, Network for Europe and Gill
Bainbridge, Merseyside Youth Association
Transforming the voluntary sector The VCSE role in devolution:
lessons from Sheffield, Cardiff, Greater Manchester, and Swansea:
Dr David Beel, University of Sheffield
Health & Social Care Social Movements for Health: Ben Gilchrist,
VSNW & Action Together & Chris Easton
How will devolution transform communities and what is the
VCSE sector’s role in devolution? Panel discussion
Kathy Evans, Chief Executive of Children England
Cllr Sean Anstee, Conservative Greater Manchester Mayor candidate
Hal Meakin, Youthforia
Cllr Jean Stretton, GMCA lead for Inclusive Growth
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Chair: Warren Escadale, Chief Executive of VSNW
Round up and finish
Jim McMahon OBE MP, Shadow Minister for
Communities & Local Government and
Jim McMahon has been a councillor since 2003 and
became leader of the Labour Group on Oldham Council
in 2008, eventually becoming the Leader of the Council
in 2011 until he stood down on election to Parliament.
Jim served as the Labour leader of the LGA (Local Government Association)
and was elected to represent Labour councillors on the Labour Party NEC. He
is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) and was appointed an OBE in
Jim stood in the Oldham West & Royton Parliamentary by-election in
December 2015 increasing the Labour majority to 10,722.
Jim has recently been appointed as Shadow Minister for Local Government
Professor Ruth Lupton, Head of the Inclusive
Growth Analysis Unit
Ruth Lupton is a Professor of Education at the
University of Manchester. She researches and writes
on poverty and inequality in the UK, with a particular
focus on education and on low income
neighbourhoods. She is currently head of the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit,
which was set up in 2016 by the JRF and University of Manchester to help
make sure that poverty reduction is central to economic growth and
devolution agendas in English city-regions and counties, and to help develop
evidence-based strategies for inclusive growth.
Ruth worked in local government and as an independent social researcher
and consultant before starting her academic career. Before returning to
Manchester in 2013, she directed the Educational Research Unit at the
Institute of Education and co-directed the Centre for the Wider Benefits of
Learning, and at the London School of Economics, where she was Deputy
Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
Jonathan Schifferes, RSA Associate Director of
Public Services and Communities on the
emerging findings of the Inclusive Growth
Jonathan Schifferes is an Associate Director at the
RSA, where his focus is on public services and
communities. Jonathan leads on housing within the Inclusive Growth
Commission, and served as research lead for the RSA’s City Growth
Commission in 2014.
He leads the RSA’s work on heritage, identity and place, and has looked at
the relationship between supermarkets, developers and the voluntary and
community sector. He has led major social research projects and charities
such as Shelter, Catch-22 and Refuge.
Previously, Jonathan has worked at the New Economics Foundation,
evaluating community development and community organising, measuring
well-being, and training individuals and organisations in how to measure
How will devolution transform communities and what is
the VCSE sector’s role in devolution? Panel discussion
Conservative for Greater Manchester Mayor
and Leader of Trafford Council
Sean is also a Vice Chairman of the Greater
Manchester Combined Authority holding the lead
portfolio for Skills, Employment & Worklessness.
Sean is a Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association, which works
with councils to support, promote and improve local government.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust and the Manchester
Growth Company and Vice Chairman of the North West Regional Leaders
Board. Sean holds a BA in Business Management and is a Member of the
Chartered Management Institute. In 2015, Sean was recognised by the Local
Government Chronicle as one of the top 100 most influential people in local
Kathy Evans, Chief Executive of Children England
Kathy became CEO of Children England in April
2013. Children England is the membership body for
children’s charities England and leads collaborative
voluntary sector campaigns for change, including
the Declaration of Interdependence, Open to All
and Grants for Good.
Kathy has undertaken a full-time volunteer placement in a voluntary sector
children’s home, worked with young people in LA secure accommodation,
and in policy with DrugScope then The Children’s Society.
Kathy has been the Chair of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, a
Trustee of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, a member of the ACMD
Hidden Harm implementation group and DCSF Care Matters advisory group.
She was also consultant to the Police Foundation and Justice, and provided
support to the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Neil is CEO of CLES: a charity and the UK’s leading
member and research organisation dedicated to
economic development and local governance. In
all of CLES’s work, the need to ensure that a local
economy works effectively for local people and
social inclusion is central.
At present he is driven by a range of economic, social and environmental
challenges, in a context of public sector austerity. In this, he is focused on
thinking through and applying a new economic model for places which
includes ideas around economic resilience, collaboration, networks and new
forms of public service delivery.
Neil is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Urban Policy Studies, University
of Manchester, and a Visiting Fellow at the Edge Hill University and on the
editorial board of Local Economy. He chairs the Greater Manchester Poverty
Action Group and was a Salford Cooperative Commissioner.
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