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Nov 6

10 reasons not to miss Locality Convention ’17!


Locality Convention ’17 is the event of the year for our members, partners and people working in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. This year is all about putting the power back into the hands of the community!

There are so many reasons why you should attend, but here are our top ten:

  1. It is the biggest community sector event of the year!

1 billion pound convention

Our annual convention is like one big family wedding. It is a huge get together of different people from across the UK and around the world, all with the goal to help communities thrive and put the power back into the hands of the communities we live in. Every year we meet up, share knowledge and experiences, and have a great time doing it.

  1. Get connected and network with people who believe in the power of community

People Convention

With so many like-minded people all in one place, ready to learn, connect and network, this event is the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries and get motivation from people who are facing the same challenges you face in your local area. You are not alone! Spend two days talking to as many people as you can, swapping stories and ideas.

Tip: Use networking and fringe sessions and the evening reception with Power to Change on day one to meet like-minded people you have never met before. When you arrive, you will also find a page in your programme all about how to ‘Get the most of Convention’, with networking tips and advice.

  1. Explore how we can put communities back in control

This year’s Annual Convention is all about putting power back into the hands of the community! We will be talking about and exploring this theme throughout the whole event, with workshops on everything from accessing funding to making sense of devolution and more. We also have some specific workshops and plenary sessions focused on ‘communities in control’:

  • 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.
  • Putting your community in control – expert-led interactive workshop
    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.
  1. Hear from inspiring leaders, thinkers and doers from the UK and around the world

Did we mention we have an amazing line up of speakers? Not just in our main plenary sessions, but also in our practical workshops, visits to community-led projects in Manchester, fringe meetings and more! From asking what a thriving community will look like in 2025 with Matt Leach, Julia Unwin, Sarah Gorman and Maxine Ennis, to hearing from inspiring Locality members working hard on the ground, we have a great line up of people to get excited about.

Read about all of our keynote speakers here.

  1. Gain insight, skills & ideas

Over the two days, there are plenty of opportunities to join interactive sessions where you will walk away with new ideas, skills and practical tools. Here is just a taster of some of the workshops you can join:

  • Community health and wellbeing: what works?
  • Start-up funding: all your options
  • How to transform your business model with community-led housing
  • Funding for established organisations: all your options
  • Power of place: growing your economic footprint
  • Local action, global movement.

View the full list  of expert-led interactive workshops.

  1. Influence the debate – Join conversations with leading policy makers and have your say on Locality’s future work

This year we want to go further to put the inspirational work of our members at the heart of our campaigning. We have invited our members to pitch their idea to create change from the ground up. The winning idea, chosen by delegates, will then be taken forward into our national campaigning work.

There are several golden opportunities for convention delegates to get their voice heard and influence a number of important policy and research areas.

Find out more about how you can ‘Have your say’ at Locality Convention ’17

  1. Visit inspiring Manchester-based community-led projects


Convention visits offer delegates a chance to take a breather from the excitement of our main venue and get out and about on visits that take you into the heart of community action in Manchester, so you can see it for yourself.

We’ve a great menu of options for you to choose from, just take a look!

  • 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

Read more about our inspiring See for yourself visits

  1. Meet our event sponsors and exhibitors and join an exciting evening reception with a book launch and free food and drinks

Locality Convention ’17 would not be the biggest community sector event of the year if it wasn’t for our amazing event sponsors and exhibitors.

Visit them throughout the event to get information on everything from funding, to learning about social investment to accessing tailored courses and support for leaders of social change and more.

Thanks to our lead sponsors Power to Change, you will not want to miss the ‘A history of community business’ evening reception and book launch. There will be food, drink, the chance to get a free signed book, opportunities to explore the past, present and future of community business and the chance to catch up with old and new friends.

  1. Go international

Connect with and hear from international guests from our sister organisations across Europe, starting with a talk from keynote speaker Melissa Aase, Executive Director at University Settlement who will be joining us all the way from New York. Get a flavour of Locality’s international work at the Local Action, Global Movement workshop with Pentti Lemmetyinen, International Federation of Settlements (IFS) and Dominique Garet and Patricia Brenner, Fédération Française des Centres Sociaux.

  1. Spend two days in the iconic Midland Hotel

The Midland Hotel has been host to an array of Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers and stars over the years. The Midland Hotel is also the place where Charles Rolls met Henry Royce, leading to the formation of Rolls-Royce Limited in 1904. Sit back, take it all in and enjoy two days in this beautiful venue in the heart of Manchester.

Convinced yet? Come and join over 500 people from community organisations from across the country! Book your place for Locality ’17 by clicking on the button below.

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