Conference 2017


TSI Network National Conference and AGM 2017

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

Voluntary Action Scotland is looking forward to joining TSIs and sector partners for our annual network conference… which is now just weeks away!

This year’s event will focus on what’s core to all Third Sector Interfaces: Leading Empowerment Locally. The emphasis will be 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. We will combine a range of topical debates, strategic conversations, practice development and networking opportunities; on topics, issues and activities that are central to the work and purpose of TSIs in Leading Empowerment Locally

We have some great keynote speakers lined up… A few highlights include:

Judith Robertson Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
With long-standing involvement in social justice campaigning and advocating for the rights of many disadvantaged groups, we’re looking forward to hearing from Judith on 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 will talk 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. 

Dr Andy Williamson, Governing and Managing Partner, The Democratic Society
Andy is a global leader in democratic innovation and civic participation, and will share 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’ve got a fantastic selection of seminar and workshop discussions planned to get us thinking about how we can lead empowerment locally across a range of practice and policy agendas:

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

The Data Lab will help 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.

Two sessions will focus on the development of Volunteering Frameworks  nationally with Scottish Government colleagues and also how this can be approached locally.

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

Representatives from the Third Sector Governance Forum will join us 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 will place the 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.

Download our VAS Conference Programme 2017

We would like to give a warm welcome to our sponsors: 

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There’s lots more in store - we’ll share more updates over the next few weeks….

Delegate Bookings

ONLY TSIs CAN BOOK PLACES. Contact for details

See the conference flyer for details of booking rates. 

Please read the conference terms and conditions before making your booking

Not from a TSI?
Networking and Market Place

Our networking and market place package will enable you to connect with the TSIs and raise the profile of your organisaition.

Contact for details.