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Locality Convention '24

Programme

Locality Convention '24 will be held in Manchester - Tuesday 12 November - Wednesday 13 November 2024.

Our programme for Locality Convention '24 was created in partnership with our member organisations, and front-line experts from across the country.

During our Convention we will share best practices and new approaches with other pioneering community organisations. It is a chance to get your voice heard and influence for more support for our sector.

The Locality Awards will held on Tuesday 12 November at 7pm during the Locality Convention ’24 evening reception, in Manchester.

More information to follow

Programme schedule

Day One, Manchester Tue 12 Nov 24, 9am - 9.30pm

Registration, refreshments, and exhibition

Our registration team will welcome you and check you in, making you feel right at home.

Enjoy a range of refreshments, meet fellow delegates and visit our exhibitors.

 

Opening plenary: Navigating change

Join us at the opening plenary session of the Locality Convention '24 as we delve into what the new government will mean for the community sector and explore what the future holds. Discover insights and engage in discussions with other Locality members on the evolving landscape of our sector.

 

Workshops or visits, & lunch

Various locations


Delegates will choose either one workshop or one visit

Expert-led interactive workshops

Supercharge your organisation's impact by taking part in expert-led interactive workshops to address the challenges and opportunities faced by community organisations.

Lunch

Enjoy a delicious buffet featuring an array of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

We provide vegetarian food at our events to reduce Locality's carbon footprint.

Inspiring visits with packed lunch

Step into the heart of Manchester's thriving community sector. Our visits offer a unique opportunity to learn from inspiring community leaders, engage in meaningful conversations, and see the transformative power of community-driven projects first hand. Visit attendees will be given a packed lunch to eat en-route and will enjoy a coffee break when they get back to the venue.

1:1 expert surgeries and exhibitions

If you're seeking targeted guidance and support, our expert-led 1:1 surgeries offer personalised consultations with industry professionals. These sessions provide a confidential and supportive environment where you can address specific challenges, gain insights, and receive practical recommendations tailored to your organisation's needs.

Engage with exhibitors across the community sector, from funders to service providers, all offering a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for collaboration.

Afternoon plenary session: Catalysing connection across the UK

Join this plenary to discuss community organisations’ connection potential, what’s standing in the way, and how we can work together to build a more connected society.

Hear how Locality and our partners across the UK are working together on a major new programme to support transformative community connection, as part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s UK Fund.

Networking, exhibition, drop-in session, 1:1 surgeries, or rest

Various locations

1:1 expert surgeries

Expert-led 1:1 surgeries are designed to provide you with personalised guidance and support. Whether you seek advice on fundraising strategies, governance issues, project management, or any other aspect of organisational development, these expert surgeries are here to address your unique challenges. Walk away with actionable advice, resources, and a renewed sense of confidence to drive positive change in your community.

Exhibitions

Connect with funders and service providers who share your values and are committed to empowering local communities.


Drinks reception

Kickstart the beginning of the Locality Awards '24. Join us as we come together to applaud the outstanding achievements of community organisations.

Dinner and Locality Awards ceremony

Join us for a joyful evening of celebration at the Locality Awards '24 ceremony and dinner. This event is a tribute to the extraordinary achievements of Locality members and councils. We'll celebrate the resilience, innovation, and dedication of community organisations that have made a profound impact on the lives of individuals and the communities they serve.

End of Day One

As an exhilarating day of learning, networking, and inspiration comes to a close, find some well-deserved rest with an early night, or, if you're still buzzing with energy, join us at the afterparty in the heart of Manchester! Discover the city's lively nightlife scene as we gather to mingle, dance, and create lasting memories.

Day Two, Manchester Wed 12 Nov 23, 8.45am - 3pm

Registration, refreshments, and exhibition

Our registration team will welcome you and check you in, making you feel right at home.

Enjoy a range of refreshments, meet fellow delegates and visit our exhibitors.

Energiser

Workshops, visits & coffee break

Various locations

Delegates will choose either one workshop or one visit

Expert-led interactive workshops

Supercharge your organisation's impact by taking part in expert-led interactive workshops to address the challenges and opportunities faced by community organisations. .

Inspiring visits

See the heart of Manchester's thriving community sector. Our visits offer a unique opportunity to learn from inspiring community leaders, engage in meaningful conversations, and see the transformative power of community-driven projects first hand.

Coffee break

Step away from the bustling visits and workshops to refuel and recharge.

1:1 expert surgeries and exhibitions

If you're seeking targeted guidance and support, our expert-led 1:1 surgeries offer personalised consultations with industry professionals. These sessions provide a confidential and supportive environment where you can address specific challenges, gain insights, and receive practical recommendations tailored to your organisation's needs.

Engage with exhibitors across the community sector, from funders to service providers, all offering a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for collaboration.


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

Consolidate all the learnings and energy from two days of Convention with a range of inspiring speakers who have been there and done it. Walk away ready to bring it back to your community!

Drawing from diverse backgrounds and expertise, these inspiring speakers will take the stage to deliver thought-provoking talks that will challenge your perceptions, ignite your passion, and recharge your batteries for the next twelve months.

Networking lunch

Come together with both new-found friends and familiar faces, sharing experiences and insights gained throughout the convention. Take with you a network of passionate people who will continue to support and inspire you on your community development journey.

Close of Locality Convention '24

All good things must come to an end... time to get excited for #Locality25!