The Locality Convention ’19 programme has been created in partnership with community organisations and front-line experts from across the country.

Locality Convention ‘19 offers unique access to the most inspiring and pioneering leaders, policy makers, thinkers and doers, whose ambitious work is transforming our communities.

Convention unites these national and local forces to harness their collective knowledge, address today’s critical issues and discover new solutions.

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Optimism without action is just wishing on the stars. It doesn't bring change. Inspiring stories this morning at #Locality18.
- Rachel Vernelle, Barca-Leeds

Programme: Day one

10am Plenary: Unlocking the power of community

Mark Law, CEO, BARCA Leeds, Chair, Locality Board
Councillor Debra Coupar, Deputy Leader, Leeds City Council
Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive, Locality
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader, Bradford Council
Julia Preston, CEO of GIPSIL

What does the power of community mean? Join us as we kick off two days of learning, uniting national and local forces to harness their collective knowledge, address today’s critical issues, and discover new solutions.

12.15pm Your choice of workshop or visit, and lunch



2.45pm Your choice of workshop or visit



4.45pm Plenary: Building power partnerships

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive, Locality
Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change
Dawn Austwick​, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund
Kimberly Frangos, Trustee of New Wortley Community Association
Kersten England, CEO of Bradford Council
Tony Dylak, Chief Executive, Royds Community Association
Alison McKenzie-Folan, CEO at Wigan Council
David Baxter, Principal Officer, Abram Ward Community Cooperative

We live in uniquely uncertain and challenging times – and national politics seems to offer little in the way of solutions. Despite this, more and more places are finding their own answers – by building strong local partnerships that unlock the power of community. This plenary will hear how councils and funders have been coming together with local communities to create positive social change and transform lives.

6.30pm Locality Awards 

Presented by: Howard Bradley, Strategic Lead, LS14 Trust and hosted by Jo Williams and Kathryn Roper, Membership team, Locality.

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

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We were brought to tears by the resilience talk by @bearpitsocial at the #Locality18 event last week. I had an amazing time and that talk was purely inspirational.
- Arts Factory Design

Day two

9am Locality AGM 

If you’re a Locality community member, or Locality community partner, you can attend our annual AGM.

10am Plenary: Commoners Choir

For too long, our protests have been soundtracked by earnest young men with megaphones barking “What do we want? When do we want it?”. Commoners Choir will show us that there are new and different ways of singing our opposition, and will invite people to be part of a quick and easy singalong protest. Anger, fun and participation, and you don’t need a ‘proper’ singing voice (whatever that is).

10.30am Your choice of workshop or visit



12.30pm Plenary: Ideas to unleash the power of your community – TED-style talks from inspiring speakers

Kim Leadbeater, Ambassador, The Jo Cox Foundation and Chair, More in Common, Batley and Spen

Alpacas on Benefits Street – using creativity to bring people together – Anji Barker, CEO, Newbigin Community Trust

New kid on the block – making connections in a new community – Paul Butler, CEO, The Selby Trust

Making the journey – overcoming addiction to inspire positive change in others – Scott Richards, Project Worker, Project 6 and Sheffield Alcohol Support Service

Bit by bit – growing a multi-million pound organisation from the grassroots – Brian Dawe, CEO, SAFE Regeneration Ltd

Consolidate all the learnings and energy from two days of Convention and walk away ready to bring it back to your community!

2pm Lunch 

3pm Close 

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