Voluntary Sector Conference

Voluntary and Community Sector Conference

The Communities 1st  Annual Conference for the Voluntary Sector and AGM took place over three days via Zoom from 8 September. 


Despite such challenging times, we were delighted to welcome representatives from over 40 organisations on each day.


The themes of the conference were Resilience, Sustainability and Collaboration and we hosted a diverse range of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and held a number of thought-provoking and informative workshops on these topics.


On Day 1 Anisha Chadhuri from The Charities Aid Foundation gave the keynote on ‘Resilience- What It Is and How to Achieve It’ reflecting on the core characteristics of a resilient charity and offering practical guidance on how to work towards becoming resilient.


Three workshops complemented Anisha’s keynote, including ‘Top Tips for Writing Funding Applications’ from Clarion Futures, ‘Demonstrating your Social Value’ and a chance to ‘Meet the Funder’ with The National Lottery.


On Day 2 the focus was on ‘Working Together to Aid Recovery from Covid 19’, beginning with a keynote on the topic of  ‘A Green Recovery’ from Sarah Williams of The Green Alliance.


The workshops offered practical guides accessible to all, including ‘Volunteers and Their Role in Recovery’ with Volunteer Now, ‘Developing a Recovery Mindset’ with Prof. Richard Wiseman of The University of Hertfordshire and ‘Steps Small Organisations Can Take to Reduce their Carbon Footprint’ from Sustainable St Albans.


And finally, on Day 3 our focus was on Diversity, Inclusion and Collaboration, with Joyce Fraser from The Black Heroes Foundation delivering a powerful and hugely inspiring keynote ‘Reflecting and Achieving Diversity’.


The Institute for Voluntary Action Research delivered a workshop on ‘Working in Collaboration’ and Groundworks offered the chance to ‘Meet the Funders’ Comic Relief and Tesco Bags of Help.


We also held our AGM on Day 3. On behalf of all the Trustees, Sue Pearlman thanked Stuart Nagler for all his hard work and commitment to Community Hertsmere and Communities 1st.  Jason John was the Chair elect and his appointment would be confirmed at the next Board Meeting.

‘Resilience and How to Achieve It’, Anisha Chaudhuri, The Charities Aid Foundation

‘Demonstrating your Social Value’,  Heidi L Fisher MBE, Social Impact & Social Enterprise Specialist 

‘Volunteers and Their Role in Recovery’, Denise Hayward Volunteer Now

‘Steps Small Organisations Can Take To Reduce Their Recovery’, Lesley Flowers and Susheel Rao Sustainable St Albans

‘Working in Collaboration’ Katie Turner, The Institute for Voluntary Action Research

‘Meet the Funder- Comic Relief and Tesco Bags of Help’,  Sarah Holloway Groundworks


Additional information

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Food Waste Resources

Professor Richard Wiseman