Conference 2017


TSI Network National Conference and AGM 2017

The 2017 TSI Network National Conference took place on Wednesday 25th October and Thursday 26th October 2017 at the Westerwood Hotel near Cumbernauld

We had a great Conference this October with over 250 people attending and contributing, plus 40 organisations joining us across 2 keynotes and 25 workshops and seminars. We would like to say a huge thank-you to all delegates, contributors, speakers and to our sponsors, OSCR, Big Lottery Fund Scotland and NHS Health Scotland.

There was lively coverage on social media throughout – take a look at our Storify summary to view some of the highlights. 

This year’s event focused on what’s core to all Third Sector Interfaces: Leading Empowerment Locally. There were workshops and discussions on the unique role and purpose of TSIs to connect people and partners locally; to build local third sector capacity; to develop local social capital; and to engage and amplify the voice of the local third sector. 

There were also a great range of keynote speakers, including:

Judith Robertson Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
Judith has a long-standing involvement in social justice campaigning and advocating for the rights of many disadvantaged groups, and spoke about how Human Rights based approaches underpin and promote community empowerment that is inclusive of all.

Zoe Ferguson, Carnegie Associate, Carnegie UK Trust
Zoe has 20 years’ experience of public policy in Scotland (including as the Chief Social Researcher at the Scottish Government). Zoe talked about her recent work for Carnegie UK Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation on kindness in communities, and its importance on individual and societal well-being and community empowerment. Read more here

Dr Andy Williamson, Governing and Managing Partner, The Democratic Society
Andy is a global leader in democratic innovation and civic participation, and shared his perspectives on ‘where we are at’ in Scotland with regards to enabling and empowering people and communities, and what needs to happen. 

Seminars and workshops
We also had a fantastic selection of seminar and workshop which got us thinking about how we can lead empowerment locally across a range of practice and policy agendas:

We explored a Human Rights Based Approach to leading local empowerment with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Consortium Scotland.

The Data Lab helped us to look at the value and the potential of the data that TSIs hold and how it can inform and support their work locally.

We also focused on the development of Volunteering Frameworks  nationally with Scottish Government colleagues and discussed how this can be approached locally.

Social Enterprise Partners including Social Enterprise Scotland and Senscot joined us for a conversation about the Social Enterprise Strategy and links to local outcomes. Plus the Social Enterprise Academy led a conversation on supporting young social entrepreneurs.

Representatives from the Third Sector Governance Forum came along to explore how Good Governance can strengthen local empowerment and to look at the range of tools that we use to support this.

Our Health and Social Care discussions placed emphasis on shifting influence and power; how people and communities can be supported to take more control of their health and social care needs, plus how patient stories can inform Health and Social Care locally. Watch the NHS Health Scotland video on power and health inequalities here

We would like to thank our sponsors: 

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You can download our VAS Conference Programme 2017. Or read our Conference Report 2017