Big Lottery logo - Sept 2017The very first Link Up regional conference will be held during this year’s National Trustees Week, on November 14th 2018.

12.30pm - 4.30pm, Wednesday 14th November 2018.

This half-day conference will explore ways in which increasing diversity on management boards can promote sustainability and resilience. There will be workshops looking at young trustees, co-production with people who use services and BME Inclusion. It will provide the opportunity for networking over lunch and more.

The charity commission have said that:

“In our experience, boards of trustees are more likely to... command confidence and respect from their client base and wider community if they demonstrate diversity in the widest sense of skills, age, sex, race and background.”  

Workshops on the day are:

  • Are we all in this together?’ - Delivered by Adrian Bailey, Co-Production Development Officer SCVS 

In this workshop we will explore how the principles of co-production (where service-users work as equal partners in designing the services they receive), diversity, inclusion and equity can build better services. Through this we consider how you can develop your approach to planning based on collaboration, and an equal relationship between the board, the public, your supporters, volunteers and staff.

    • ‘Closing the gap: tips for encouraging Black and Minority Ethnic representation at board level’ - Delivered by Eleri Williams, BME Skills Project Officer SCVS 

    Explore common barriers preventing BME individuals from taking a more active role in third sector governance. As well as exploring these barriers, workshop attendees will be encouraged to think of measures that their organisation could take, to minimise the impact of the barriers and in turn, encourage greater BME representation at board level.”

    • Getting Young People on 'Board' - Delivered by Harri Evans-Mason, All Wales Project Coordinator for Get on Board Cymru and a former young trustee

    Young people can bring a variety of new skills and opinions to a Board. This workshop will look at the best ways to communicate with young people, offer the opportunity to discuss how best to involve them in your organisation and not only the benefits they will bring to your organisation, but also the difference you will be making to them as developing young leaders. We'll signpost you to handy resources and provide you with case studies of what worked where.

    We're still finalising the full programme, but will be able to send out a full agenda in a few weeks time. 

    The booking closes for responses 5pm, Friday 9th November.

    Book your free place/s now by clicking here

    Find out more about the proposed programme, or about the support that the Link Up project can offer, click here.

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