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Connecting Communities: Festival of Ideas

22-25 June 2020

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This year Hunts Forum and Support Cambridgeshire are taking their annual Connecting Communities Conference online with a Festival of Ideas. Starting on 22 June 2020, there will be four one-hour events throughout the week to explore volunteer retention during and after COVID-19.

We are excited to have several wonderful speakers who will look at a range of questions and ideas. Rob Jackson is the co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook and From The Top Down, both of which are used by Directory of Social Change in their training. Benita Matofska is a world-renowned speaker, change-maker and author of Generation Share, a ground-breaking book containing the world’s first collection of inspiring stories of the change-makers building a new economy. Kelly Holliday is the Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, and has years of experience in stewardship and volunteer management.

You are welcome to attend all the events or just sign up to the ones which take your fancy. Each event will take on a slightly different format, with a mixture of conversations, presentations and training.

These events are funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, and open to anyone who works or volunteers for non-profit organisations in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. Some events will have a limit on attendee numbers; you will be sent a unique link to the event. As numbers are limited , we ask no more than two delegates from each organisation attend this event.

Throughout the event you will be encouraged to Tweet using the hashtag #CCFestivalofIdeas

Schedule

A conversation with Rob Jackson

Monday 22 June – 10-11am

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Kat Shepherdson, Deputy CEO at Hunts Forum, speaks with Rob Jackson (RJC Biog) about his ideas and thoughts on what COVID -19 means for volunteer management and recruitment moving forward. Are there lessons we can learn? What did this influx of volunteers tell us about the public attitude to volunteering? How do we keep those who are going back to work engaged in our organisations? Rob will explore these questions and more.

A presentation by Benita Matafska

Tuesday 23 June, 1-2pm

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Benita Matafska talks through her ideas and thoughts about the concept of a sharing economy and how this can be applied to the current world we live in.

Stewardship and Fundraising

Wednesday 24 June, 1-2pm

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Kelly Holiday shares her experiences of managing Alzheimer’s UK’s relationships with people who fundraise for the charity via sporting events. She will draw on this to explore how smaller organisations can turn newly recruited volunteers into long-term supporters.

How do we Keep this Community Spirit Alive?

Thursday 25th June, 10-11am

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Staff from CCVS and Hunts Forum invite organisations to discuss their views around the Power to Change Report, Local Heroes: How to sustain community spirit beyond Covid-19. What are the common threads between the report and the other presentations and discussions at our Festival of Ideas? How can organisations apply these ideas?

No Labels: Exploring the Benefits of Inclusive Volunteering

This year’s annual Connecting Communities conference will take place on 24 June at the Corn Exchange in St Ives, where we will be exploring the topic of inclusive volunteering. How can the voluntary and community sector can reach out and engage a wider and more diverse range of volunteers? How this can benefit our organisations, the sector and our communities?

We’d like to see equality of opportunity for all people to volunteer in ways that are right for them, with the support and encouragement that each person needs to make volunteering possible. To help make this possible, we’d like to to invite people from the voluntary sector to share their knowledge and experience.

We’ll be taking bookings for attendees soon, but in the meantime we’d love to hear from people who would be willing and happy to share their knowledge, experiences and solutions with others. Do you have experience working with volunteers often excluded from volunteering and from people who may have experienced exclusion or difficulty in volunteering? If so, please get in touch with Keith at keith@huntsforum.org.uk or call 07809 214895.