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Nov 14

Locality Convention ’17 – communities in control


Locality’s Annual Convention is two days of inspirational learning, connecting and networking with our diverse and interactive schedule of sessions, talks and workshops.

Join hundreds of inspiring members, partners and people working in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors for the biggest community sector event of the year – as we look at how we can put communities back in control.

Date: 14 & 15 November 2017

Location: The Midland, Manchester.
Take a look at our local accommodation and travel recommendations!

Here’s why you have to be there

Get connected: meet people who believe in the power of community and swap stories and ideas.

Be inspired: hear from inspiring leaders, thinkers and doers from the UK and around the world who are taking back control in their communities.

Gain insight, skills & ideas: join interactive sessions where you’ll walk away with new ideas, skills and practical tools.

Influence the debate: join conversations with leading policy makers and have your say on Locality’s future work.


Keynote speakers confirmed so far:

  • Julia Unwin, Chair of the Civil Society Futures independent commission, and former CEO of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Matt Leach, CEO of Local Trust
  • Melissa Aase, Executive Director at University Settlement, New York
  • Donna Hall, CEO at Wigan Council
  • Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor, Bristol City Council
  • Steve Elias, host of BBC 2 ‘Our Dancing Town’ and co-founder of The Costume Emporium CIC
  • Annoushka Deighton, Board member at Stretford Public Hall
  • Sarah Gorman, CEO of Edberts House
  • Maxine Ennis, CEO of Rotunda

View our speakers’ biographies


From getting your voice heard and accessing funding, to learning from communities across the world, Locality Convention ’17 is packed full of networking opportunities, practical workshops, visits to amazing Manchester community organisations and enterprises, inspiring talks and more!

View the full programme and fringe and surgeries.

Delegate list

We’re thrilled to be joined by brightest and best from the community sector. Please see our Locality Convention ’17 delegate list for further information.

Thank you to our sponsors