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An exciting Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly annual meeting planned for 17 May 2017

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Shropshire’s Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA) Board is busy planning for the Annual Assembly meeting on Wednesday 17 May 2017, from 9am to 1pm in the Council Chamber, Shirehall, Shrewsbury.

logo for voluntary and community sector assembly

Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly in Shropshire logo

Rachel Wintle, current Chair of the VCS Assembly Board, said:

“Once again we are looking forward to our Assembly AGM; we have had a very busy year and board members have worked hard to support our activity. This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate and share the success with our stakeholders and the wider sector, and we are looking forward to welcoming our regular delegates, plus new ones attending for the first time.”

The annual event is always well supported by delegates from the voluntary and community sectors; however, statutory partners are encouraged to attend, and this year’s event promises to be particularly interesting. The VCSA Board will be taking a look back, reviewing work done over the last year, and also engaging with the wider VCSA membership to discuss plans for the future.

Voluntary anmd community sector assembly mtg 2016

The 2016 annual assembly

Helen Rice, Chief Executive Officer from Advising Communities (formally Community Matters) will be travelling to the county to be this year’s guest speaker. Helen will be presenting on the topic of “The Changing Landscape” focussing on how voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations can find new opportunities in a difficult funding environment. The presentation will also explore best practice models of collaboration between VCSE organisations and public sector, where there may be trading opportunities and how needs based approaches can present opportunities.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, along with other public sector partners, will talk about current developments in their own organisations relevant to the sector. Big Lottery will also be attending to inform delegates about opportunities available in Shropshire now, and will also discuss plans for the future.

Registration for the Shropshire VCSA Annual Assembly is now open via Eventbrite; to book a place please visit www.vcsassembly2017.eventbrite.co.uk. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Details are provided on the Eventbrite registration page: if you have any questions please contact Shropshire Council’s feedback and insight team on 01743 258521 or email vcsassembly@shropshire.gov.uk.

There are over 1,000 registered voluntary organisations operating in Shropshire, plus many more community groups, all of whom are welcome to join Shropshire’s Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly free of charge. To find out more email: vcsassembly@shropshire.gov.uk, tel: 01743 258521, or visit: www.vcsvoice.org.