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Locality ’16 programme

The Locality ’16 Convention is the main event of the year for our members, colleagues and supporters. This year it’s all about community assets – the people, places and spaces which make our neighbourhoods thrive.

The programme is packed with expert-led workshops, inspiring visits, top level speakers and outstanding masterclasses.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for our members and others from across the sector to meet up, share ideas, knowledge, best practice and inspiration.

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Day one

10.00 – 10.45

Registration, refreshments, exhibition

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10.45 – 12.30

Kick-off and Keynote

Intro and welcome to Locality’16: Tony Armstrong, Locality CEO

John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor

Tracy Basu and John Battle, Bramley Baths

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12.30 – 13.30

Lunch, networking, exhibition & one-to-one surgery sessions

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 13.45 – 15.45

See it in action

Visit 5 different locations around York to see some awesome community-led projects in action.

  • Work your assets – Join us on a walking tour of heritage asset transfers in York and learn about how to make the most of small assets, including Fishergate Postern Tower and The Red Tower.
  • Community-run pubs: a ‘see it in action’ workshop on how to manage your local pub – at The Golden Ball Public House.
  • Green living: visit an outstanding community organisation who are working with nature and the community to ensure a healthy and sustainable life for all – St Nicks Centre for Nature and Green Living.
  • More than just a high street: See how improving the local high street can help make your community a great place to live, shop and work – at Bishy Road.
  • Growing with purpose: visit an inspiring organisation offering purposeful work and training to people with learning disabilities. As well as growing and selling vegetables and pot plants, workers make a range of handmade crafts. We’ll learn about the project, their trading activities (including their on-line shop) their history and their plans for the future – at Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop.
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 13.45 – 15.45

‘Locademy’ masterclasses

Developing community assets: All about Locality and our members’ collective experience of developing community assets. It will include governance and legal issues, securing support and investment, business planning and developing and managing community assets, plus presenters sharing their real experiences.
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Key stages of a new community-led housing project: the possibilities and pitfalls! Learn from the experiences of those who have successfully completed their own community-led housing projects.
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Are you sitting comfortably? How to use storytelling to communicate your impact and sell your services: Stories have the power to engage, inform and motivate. Effectively telling the story of your organisation in the press, on social media and online can help you recruit volunteers, communicate with service users, get more funding and affect change in your area. Learn how in our storytelling masterclass.
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Where next for community libraries? Explore the innovative ideas and distinctive benefits that community libraries provide to their communities and how that can inform the further development of the library sector and wider public sector services.
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Neighbourhood planning in action: Lessons from the programme and how to make the most of it.
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13.45 – 14.45

Seminars & expert-led workshops

“The Future of Assets”: Join us for the launch of Locality’s new report, exploring the future of assets and social finance.
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Developing your community enterprise: The key elements of developing a successful community enterprise.
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Social finance – worth the hassle? Hear from a range of funders on the drawbacks and benefits of social finance, what the future holds – and new opportunities. Joining us will be: Key Fund, Power to Change, Access Foundation, Community Shares Unit, Social Investment Business, NatWest Social & Community Capital.
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Join us on a tour of two inspiring Locality members – without leaving the comfort of your seat! The inspiring story of Meltham Carlile Institute shows how grit, determination and a sprinkling of funding has turned a derelict building into a thriving community hub including a Post Office, Library, Office Space and community spaces in less than two years. And between you and me.. it all started in the pub.  Burton St Foundation is a successful trust, who has pushed through some trying times. A combination of asset transfers, and now a commercial lease on a neighbouring building has allowed them to expand their services, further supporting both adults with learning difficulties, and the local community. Come and see around their wide variety of buildings and space, from boxing gyms to business units and sensory rooms to cafes.
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Who’s in charge round here anyway? Being an effective Trustee at a time of increasing scrutiny of charities.
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15.00 – 16.00

Seminars & expert-led workshops

Making the case – Using evidence to inform policy and practice: Join Power to Change and this panel of leading opinion formers for a discussion about how evidence-based policymaking works in practice and what community businesses need to do to get their voices heard at the national level. Joining us will be: Richard Harries, Director, Power to Change Research Institute; Stephen Aldridge, Chief Economist, Department for Communities and Local Government; Dr Emma Stone, Director of Policy and Research; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Cathy Irving, Director of Communications, Health Foundation and Dan Corry, NPC.
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Keep it Local – principles and places: Panel discussion with local authority commissioners discussing how they have been implementing Keep it Local. Understand the principles of Keep it Local and the way in which you can influence your local authority.
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Local accountability: How can you ensure that your community have ownership and influence over your organisation’s direction?
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Devolution – is it working for people and communities? Is Devolution delivering on opportunities to hand more power to communities? How are communities influencing devolution locally and what are we doing nationally to shape the devolution agenda.
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 16.00 – 16.20

Refreshment break

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 16.20 – 17.30  

All in it together?

What role should the community sector play in Conservative Britain? Audience Q&A, speakers and debate. Featuring David Brindle (the Guardian), Karl Wilding, Director of Policy at NCVO , Zara Todd, Equal Lives, and more confirmed soon.
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 17.30 – 18.00

Networking and exhibition

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18.10 – 20.30

Join us for a friendly drinks and networking reception (and fringe meetings)

Day two

 

9.00 – 9.45

Refreshments and exhibition

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9.00 – 9.45

Locality AGM

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10.00 – 10.15

Morning Assembly

Kick start day two of Locality’16 with the fantastic Sanderson Jones of Sunday Assembly. Prepare to have fun and get involved!
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10.20 – 12.30

See it in action

Visit 5 different locations around York to see some awesome community-led projects in action.

  • Work your assets: join us on a walking tour of heritage asset transfers in York, and learn how to make the most of small assets
  • Community-run pubs: a ‘see it in action’ workshop on how to manage your local pub – at The Golden Ball Public House.
  • Green living: visit an outstanding community organisation who are working with nature and the community to ensure a healthy and sustainable life for all – St Nicks Centre for Nature and Green Living.
  • More than just a high street: See how improving the local high street can help make your community a great place to live, shop and work – at Bishy Road.
  • Growing with purpose: visit an inspiring organisation offering purposeful work and training to people with learning disabilities. As well as growing and selling vegetables and pot plants, workers make a range of handmade crafts. We’ll learn about the project, their trading activities (including their on-line shop) their history and their plans for the future – at Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop.
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10.20 – 12.30

‘Locademy’ masterclasses

Finance lessons from the shop floor – the benefits of benchmarking and possibilities of cloud accounting:Finance Managers from Yorkshire Locality members share learning from their meetings over the last year. Rich learning from people in pivotal positions topped off by a look to the future from Neal Trup star accountant and pilot of Locality “Lifeboat”. We’ll cover reporting to CEOs and the Board, HR, IT, buildings and biomass, as well as VAT!
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Demystifying impact measurement: A review of some the many different Impact tools out there, and help to identify what might be most appropriate for your organisation.
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Influencing politics – nationally and locally: Learn about the routes to influence parliament and local government and how to effectively target local and national decision makers, with case-studies from councillors and our members about successful local campaigning.
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Neighbourhood planning in action: Lessons from the programme and how to make the most of it.
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10.20 – 11.20

Seminars and expert-led workshops

Virtual visits plus Q&As with our sisters organisations: Assets and learning across the four nations – with DTA Wales, DTNI and DTA Scotland.
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Community-led housing: a key element of sustainable communities: A discussion around the benefits CLH can bring to diverse communities.
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Green Assets: parks, woodlands and green spaces: Parks, woodlands and green spaces play a fundamental role in the health and wellbeing of communities. This session will explore how the way we manage and pay for them is changing.
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Diversity and inclusion: Hear about Locality’s new diversity and inclusion strategy and the work of our new member sounding board. Help input into our priorities for the coming year.
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11.30 – 12.30

Seminars and expert-led workshops

Brexit – the threats and opportunities it represents for community organisations: A member-focused and -led session unpicking the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU.
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Community assets for sport: Community sports facilities – from athletics tracks to football stadiums – how to save, fund and run them and how to make them pay. With Sport England.
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Working with professionals: How to work with … lawyers / bank managers / accountants – trade secrets, and tips on how to make these professionals your best friend.
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Community anchors as hubs for health and wellbeing: Community anchor organisations make neighbourhoods better places to live, work, learn, raise families, and age and provide a holistic approach to supporting people. Drawing on the strengths of local communities to improve general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental factors they also provide social networks and improve individual lifestyle factors.  So how do we ensure that they are recognised as part of the ‘health landscape’?
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Lankelly Chase: info coming soon.
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 12.40 – 14.00

In conversation with…

Debate and questions: With Lord Kerslake, Hazel Blears and others tbc.
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 14.00 – 14.30

Lunch, networking, exhibition

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15.00

Event close

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