Our second day of Convention '21 will help you gain more knowledge and skills, share challenges and solutions and influence the bigger picture. Whether you're in person in Birmingham or online at home there is something for everyone.

Day Two
Wednesday 17 November: 9.30am – 5.10pm – In person & online

Morning: Delegates can travel to Birmingham if attending in person (and if arriving in time to attend the opening plenary at 11am, or will have access to online 1-1 networking and on-demand content).

09:30 Registration, refreshments, exhibition - In person

11:00 The Power of Community, an idea whose time is now - Opening plenary – In person and live streamed online

We believe that strong, successful community organisations are the key to solving the big economic, social, and environmental challenges we face. The incredible community response to Covid showed that community power is more relevant than ever. It is an idea whose time is now.

We are proud to have championed the Power of Community for a century. Our belief in community power is the golden thread that runs through our work and that of our predecessors – the Federation of Residential Settlements, BASSAC and DTA.

In this plenary, we will celebrate our past and embrace a community-powered future. We will discuss how the “community moment” experienced during the pandemic can provide the blueprint for a fairer society.

12:45 Short break followed by in-person and online visits, networking activities and more

Visits off-site with packed lunch, or lunch onsite with networking, exhibition, fringe meetings and surgeries – In person 


Access to online networking, optional webinar or on-demand content – Online

15:00 Communities and climate: exploring the role of communities in climate action – Plenary – In person and live streamed online

The week before we meet for Locality ‘21, the world will gather in Glasgow for COP26. The climate conference will set the global direction for climate action. The decisions taken will be key to avoiding further climate catastrophe.

However, we cannot rely solely on a top-down approach to tackling the climate crisis. Communities must also drive solutions if we are to ensure that the transition to a net zero-carbon world is just.

This plenary will bring together policy experts and individuals taking action at a local level to discuss the vital role that communities can play in tackling the climate crisis.

16:45 Break

Networking, exhibition and time to change for the evening – In person


Access to online networking and on demand content – Online 

18:30 Drinks reception - In person

19:00 Locality Awards Ceremony and reception with street food - In person

Join us in celebrating some of the most dedicated and inspiring people and organisations in the Locality network.

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