7th and 8th October 2013, Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, Clydebank, Glasgow.
This year’s conference was all about supporting each other to make the most of our impact and emphasise our potential. Delegates explored how we can make an impact and shared practice on agendas including: Welfare Reform, the Referendum, Public Sector Reform, Volunteering, Community Planning, Supporting Voluntary Organisations and Social Enterprise.
A record 240 delegates made the journey to the banks of the Clyde for what turned out to be a hugely positive 2 day event. Two high profile debates on attitudes to welfare reform and the role of third sector in Scotland’s constitutional future lit the touch paper and demonstrated the value of the network gathering to discuss and take action on the issues we face as a critical part of the Scotland’s third sector.
A number of sponsors and partner agencies joined us for the two days hosting a huge range of workshops and discussions. VAS is very grateful for their involvement and support. Perhaps most notable of all the Cabinet Secretary for Finance addressed the conference and re-affirmed his commitment to greater role for the third sector. In particular John Swinney committed to working with us to challenge the growing distortion of what it means to volunteer as a result of recent pronouncements by the Chancellor around compulsory work, education or ‘community’ placements. We look forward to working with the network, Scottish Government and third sector partners to re-assert what we believe volunteering means in Scotland.
Thank you to all the delegates who attended and helped make the conference a successful and worthwhile event.
Presentations, notes and resources from the Conference are available to TSIs at the VAS Group on the Knowledge Hub. To access this just click the link, register, find the Voluntary Action Scotland Group and ask to join. It’s free and you can also use it to pose questions and start conversations with other members.
We are delighted to provide more information from our conference fringe hosts and partners. They are keen to continue to engage with and explore opportunities to work with TSIs and support the Third Sector. This document includes updated information about each of them, including offers of support and contact information that you can use to follow up with them directly.