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Locality Convention ’17 programme

Locality Convention ’17 is the event of the year for our members and everyone passionate about their community. This year it’s all about putting the power back into the hands of the community!

The programme is packed with a diverse and interactive schedule of expert-led sessions and talks, networking opportunities and inspiring visits.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for our members and others from across the sector to get connected, be inspired, gain insights, skills and ideas, and influence the debate.

Day one

9.30 – 10.30

Registration, refreshments, exhibition

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10.30 – 12.00

Kick-off and keynote: Communities in control

Join senior politicians and community innovators to discuss the power of community and putting local people in the driving seat of their own neighbourhoods. Featuring Melissa Aase, Executive Director at University Settlement, New York; Annoushka Deighton, Board member at Stretford Public Hall; Joanna Holmes, Locality Chair and Barton Hill Settlement; Tony Armstrong, CEO, Locality.
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12.00 – 14.30

First breakout sessions and lunches

Choose from one of the ‘See for yourself’ visits or one of the expert-led interactive workshops below.

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See for yourself

Choose one of five visits to inspiring community-led projects in Manchester.

The Kersal Wetland – Partnership in Action

Stretford Public Hall – Real Community Ownership

Love Withington Baths – Getting your message across

Salford Lads’ Club – Making History, Telling Stories

Back on Track – Inclusive Communities

Find out more about visits here

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Expert-led interactive workshops

Choose one of the following interactive workshops:

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Community health and wellbeing: what works?
Take a look at new findings from Locality’s research with What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the community factors determining wellbeing. Help us decide how these can be applied at a community level to your health and wellbeing projects.
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How to transform your business model with community-led housing
For organisations who are keen to start the journey of developing and managing community-led housing. Learn from successful projects and find out about new funding opportunities.
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Kindred spirits: Community Enterprise & Local Authorities working together *Repeated in afternoon breakout session*
How to build strong partnerships in a climate of local authority change and challenge, drawing on the benefits to both community organisations and councils in delivering contracts, transferring assets and more.
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Putting your community in control *Repeated in afternoon breakout session*
Being community-led is about more than having residents on your board. Hear about the successes and challenges of community engagement, making sure your community is really in the driving seat.
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Start-up funding: all your options  
A guide for small early stage organisations on funding opportunities and all you need to know about how to access them.
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Funding for established organisations: all your options  *Repeated in afternoon breakout session*
Learn from sustainable organisations which have diversified their income streams, and hear from Locality’s expert advisers about your options for new income generation.
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EU replacement funding: what should it look like?  
An intimate workshop for organisations who have received or are receiving EU funds. Help us develop a plan for how the funding will be replaced at a UK level and what we should lobby for on your behalf.
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Business planning in a nutshell  
Bring your ideas, share your experiences, talk to experts and walk out of this workshop with the tools you need to write a concise business plan on a page.
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Power of place: growing your economic footprint  *Repeated on Day 2*
Join community groups, funders and Locality advisors to talk about growing your local economy, supporting local enterprise and building partnerships with businesses.
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14.30 – 16.30

Second breakout sessions

Choose from one of the ‘See for yourself’ visits or one of the expert-led interactive workshops below.

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See for yourself

Choose one of five visits to inspiring community-led projects in Manchester.

The Kersal Wetland – Partnership in Action

Stretford Public Hall – Real Community Ownership

Love Withington Baths – Getting your message across

Salford Lads’ Club – Making History, Telling Stories

Back on Track – Inclusive Communities

Find out more about visits here

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Expert-led interactive workshops

Choose one of the following interactive workshops:

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Local action, global movement  
What can we learn from our international neighbours and how can we benefit from Locality’s new role as host of the European office for the international network? With Locality’s sister organisations from Finland, Germany, France and many others, and the President of the International Federation of Settlements, Pentti Lemmetyinen.
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Kindred spirits: Community Enterprise & Local Authorities working together *Also offered in the morning breakout session*
How to build strong partnerships in a climate of local authority change and challenge, drawing on the benefits to both community organisations and councils in delivering contracts, transferring assets and more.
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Storytelling: getting your voice heard  *Back by popular demand*  
Stories have the power to engage, inform and motivate. Learn how to craft your story and showcase your impact in the press, on social media and online, to help you recruit volunteers, promote your services and get more funding.
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Putting your community in control *Also offered in the morning breakout session*
Being community-led is about more than having residents on your board. Hear about the successes and challenges of community engagement, making sure your community is really in the driving seat.
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Neighbourhood planning  
Neighbourhood plans help communities shape development in their areas. Join our support team to unpick some of the challenges neighbourhood planners are facing around the country and hear stories from a group currently undertaking a neighbourhood plan. We’ll be looking at Neighbourhood planning and community engagement in detail and unpicking the key challenges and how to overcome them.
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Funding for established organisations: all your options *Also offered in the morning breakout session*
Learn from sustainable organisations which have diversified their income streams, and hear from Locality’s expert advisers about your options for new income generation.
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How resilient is your organisation? New healthcheck tool taster session 
How well do you know your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses? Lighthouse is Locality’s new resilience healthcheck tool, free to our members. Find out how it can help you become a stronger organisation.
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 16.30 – 17.30

What will a thriving community look like in 2025, and how should you prepare?

Debate what the future holds for communities with leading thinkers and doers. Get ready for what’s coming next. Featuring Matt Leach, CEO of Local Trust who will be sharing the Empowered2020s researchJulia Unwin, former CEO of JRF and lead of the Civil Society Futures EnquirySarah Gorman, CEO of Edberts House; Maxine Ennis, CEO of Rotunda.
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 17.30 – 18.30

Exhibition, fringe sessions, networking and drinks

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18.30 – 20.30

‘A history of community business’ evening reception and book launch with Power to Change and Steve Wyler 

Join this fun and interactive evening to discover and learn about the past, present and future of community business, meet others, hear stories and eat, drink and be merry! Power to Change and Steve Wyler, former Locality CEO will also be launching the new book ‘A History of Community Business’, pick up a free signed copy! 

Day two

 

8.45 – 9.45

Refreshments and exhibition

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9.00 – 9.45

Locality AGM (Locality members only)

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10.00 – 10.30

Get moving… Community engagement through the performing arts

A high energy start to day two with an interactive take on community engagement with Steve Elias, host of BBC 2 ‘Our Dancing Town’ and co-founder of The Costume Emporium CIC
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10.45 – 12.45

Breakout sessions and lunches

Choose from one of the ‘See for yourself’ visits or one of the expert-led interactive workshops below.

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See for yourself

Choose one of five visits to inspiring community-led projects in Manchester.

The Kersal Wetland – Partnership in Action

Stretford Public Hall – Real Community Ownership

Love Withington Baths – Getting your message across

Salford Lads’ Club – Making History, Telling Stories

Back on Track – Inclusive Communities

Find out more about visits here

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Expert-led interactive workshops

Choose one of the following interactive workshops:

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Places and Spaces campaign: shaping what’s next
Hear how we’ve lobbied on your behalf through our community assets campaign launched at Locality’16, what’s been achieved, and help us shape what’s next in an interactive session with policy makers and funders.
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Making sense of devolution  
Discuss what devolution will mean around the country and the trailblazing new arrangements across Greater Manchester. Hear about the emerging findings and recommendations from the Commission on the Future of Localism (founded this year by Locality in association with Power to Change), share your views to help shape what happens next.
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How to get the best from your volunteers  
Hear about the successes and pitfalls in managing volunteers: how to recruit and engage, the rules, regulations and how to handle things when they get tricky.
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Building inclusive places for everyone: are you doing enough?
Share and learn from the successes and challenges in building diverse and inclusive communities.
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Business planning in a nutshell  *Also offered on the morning of Day 1*
Bring your ideas, share your experiences, talk to experts and walk out of this workshop with the tools you need to write a concise business plan on a page.
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Power of place: growing your economic footprint  *Also offered on the morning of Day 1*
Join community groups, funders and Locality advisors to talk about growing your local economy, supporting local enterprise and building partnerships with businesses.
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How resilient is your organisation? New healthcheck tool taster session *Also offered on the afternoon of Day 1*
How well do you know your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses? Lighthouse is Locality’s new resilience healthcheck tool, free to our members. Find out how it can help you become a stronger organisation.
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How to transform your business model with community-led housing  *Also offered on the morning of Day 1*
For organisations who are keen to start the journey of developing and managing community-led housing. Learn from successful projects and find out about new funding opportunities.
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 12.45 – 14.15

Have your say… Create change from the ground up

Do you have an idea to transform communities? Pitch to our panel of experts and vote on what you want Locality to take forwards in our national campaigning work.

Chair: Tony Armstrong, CEO at Locality
Panel: Donna Hall, CEO at Wigan Council and Counsellor Asher Craig, Bristol City Council and more to be announced.

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 14.15 – 15.30

Lunch, networking, exhibition

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15.30

Event closes

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