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Locality Convention '23

Workshops & visits

Our visits and expert-led workshops help delegates learn new skills, grow their knowledge, and give them practical tools that they can take back to achieve more for their community.

Delegates choose one workshop or visit per day

Tuesday 7 November

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

From finances and energy efficiency to telling your story and working with your local authority, these workshops cover a wide range of topics for driving community-led change.

Making the case for community-led services in your local health and care system

Community-centred health services can be life-changing. Join us in this workshop to explore Locality's research with the government's VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance and gain insights from organisations working with their local health systems and care to combat health inequalities and improve health outcomes in their neighbourhoods.

Sam Hepher, Locality; Sue Ormiston, National Lottery Community Fund

Dismantling racism: how you can drive change locally

Join our panel on advancing racial justice and equity in the community sector. Locality has been collaborating with organisations like Time for New Ways, Ubele, and Spark Insights to combat racism in charities, protect community spaces, and address funding barriers for marginalised groups.

This session will inspire you to recognise the role community leaders play in upholding racist structures, build your confidence to address structural racism and drive meaningful change in your community.

Tony Armstrong, Locality

Legal structures – navigating the maze

Can you tell your CIC from your CIO? Choosing a legal structure for your organisation can be a real head-scratcher!

This workshop will help you navigate that maze of legal language, and provide you with a strong understanding of the different legal structures available. We will look at unincorporated legal forms, companies, and societies, as well as give you an understanding of when charitable status may be appropriate. It will help participants to understand the pros and cons of each. Participants will also receive expert advice on more complex areas including establishing subsidiaries or group structures.

Sarah Patrice, Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors; Jeff Scales, Locality

Sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors

Climate Crisis: from light bulbs to system change

There are many ways that community organisations can make an impact in tackling the climate crisis. From energy efficiency measures within our buildings to city-wide climate action plans.

In this session we will showcase some of the brilliant work being done in Bristol. We will also provide you with tips, tools, information and contacts, inspiring you to do more and explore the potential to multiply your impact through the Locality network.

Dave Ahlquist, Locality; with presentations from Bristol projects and Daniel Gibbs, Nat West; sponsored by NatWest

Knowing Numbers, Managing Risk

Knowing numbers and understanding risk are key to managing a community organisation effectively. This workshop will look at making the best use of time and systems around managing finance and risk. The session will cover the basics of budgets and cash flow forecasts, scenario planning, getting the best from cloud-based finance systems, financial reporting to your board, and identifying, recording, managing and reporting on risk.

Finance should not be considered the preserve of accountants and finance directors. We will suggest accessible ways to produce and communicate financial information. We will share ideas and tips for improving decision-making on finance, managing risks, and building a shared understanding. As well as providing practical advice, delegates will have the opportunity to share their own experience and good practice.

Debbie Lamb and Peter Jones, Locality

Wednesday 8 November

Collaborative commissioning

What difference could collaborative commissioning make for your community?

For the past few years, our Keep it Local network has been working across the country to support councils to recognise the value of working with local people and communities within their commissioning and procurement practices. Join us to find out what can happen when councils, community organisations and host of other partners work collaboratively. In this practical workshop session, you’ll hear examples of collaborative approaches between community organisations and public sector partners that inspire you to take action in your local area.

Leon Osbourne and Cassandra Walker, Locality

Getting good press: the benefits and challenges of working with the media

In this expert-run workshop, led by The Guardian and Locality, you will learn how to work with the press to secure media coverage that truly benefits both your organisation and beneficiaries. With our panel, we will explore the value and challenges of working with the media, identifying newsworthy stories within your work, building relationships, pitching to journalists and more.

Lewis Garland, Locality; Patrick Butler, The Guardian; John Domokos, The Guardian; Priyanka Raval, Bristol Cable

Social Investment – Navigating the Sea of Change

Social investment can seem complex and daunting at times. Explore the current social investment landscape and discover the various investment options available. Hear from peers who have successfully used social investment to develop their organisations. The workshop provides a safe and open space for questions and discussions.

Mick McGrath and Kashaf Ali, Locality; John Murray, Charity Bank

Communities working to revitalise our high streets and town centres

Explore the benefits and challenges of community-led approaches to revitalising our high streets and town centres. We will cover a range of topics including building effective partnerships, new forms of governance, drawing new intervention models, making the most of community ownership and reimagining the future of these spaces.

David Moynihan, Locality; sponsored by Power to Change

FULLY BOOKED - How to move from permacrisis to thriving neighbourhoods

How can community organisations shift from providing crisis support to helping their neighbourhoods thrive in the long term?
We'll discuss how we can go beyond food banks and hardship funds to build lasting, community-led solutions like sustainable food systems, good jobs, and health creation. This is a chance to learn from the evidence and share what different organisations are already doing to make their communities thrive.

Ed Wallis and Sam Hepher, Locality


“The networking is absolutely massive. It’s the learning about funding, about the future, common denominators in terms of issues, concerns, what’s coming up, what’s expected, what’s on the horizon. Absolutely wonderful experience”

Tonia Flannagan,
St Albans Community Association 

Delegates choose one workshop or visit per day

Tuesday 7 November

Step outside of the convention venue and into the heart of Bristol'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 firsthand.

Bristol Ferry Boats – keeping community business afloat

Join us on board one of Bristol’s iconic blue and yellow boats and witness first-hand their journey to becoming a community benefit society. Take the chance to hear about community shares against the backdrop of Bristol’s floating harbour! In the last decade over £200m has been raised by communities using community shares. This democratic form of finance is growing in popularity, might it be right for you?

This is a unique opportunity to hear from John Dawson from the Community Shares Unit with inspiring examples and details of practical support from the Booster Fund; and from the team at Bristol Ferry Boats to understand and discuss the real-life opportunities and challenges that come with community ownership.

bristolferry.com

FULLY BOOKED (repeated on Day 2) - Hampton Lodge: A pioneering housing scheme for refugees

Hampton Lodge is an innovative housing solution that provides interim homes for refugees. This initiative has transformed a vacant building, awaiting planning permission, into 15 fully furnished one-bedroom apartments for refugees. With a minimum two-year lease and at least three months' notice before any future development work, residents at Hampton Lodge will be given the stability they need to find work and rebuild their lives.

During this visit, you will explore the impressive central Bristol building, and meet its tenants, support team, and representatives from the development partnership. You will also get the chance to learn more about this pioneering private-social enterprise collaboration and even enjoy a snack from one of their migrant-owned businesses. Hampton Lodge is more than housing – it’s a stepping stone to a brighter future!

FULLY BOOKED (repeated on Day 2) - Filwood Community Centre - Transformation through arts and culture

Filwood Community Centre worked with Bristol City Council, Knowle West Alliance and local residents to secure £14.5m of Levelling Up funding for Filwood Broadway and the community centre at its heart. Hear their story and their plans for the future!

With Knowle West Media Centre, they worked on the civic change project Filwood Fantastic, the first step to realising their vision to create a vibrant cultural hub for south Bristol. They continue to organise inclusive events, workshops and other activities focused on nurturing local talent and creativity, instilling a greater sense of pride in the area and increasing wellbeing through the arts.

filwoodcentre.org.uk

FULLY BOOKED (repeated on Day 2) - Windmill Hill City Farm - More than a farm

Windmill Hill City Farm is a local institution in Bristol – a beacon for sustainable living and education.

While the farmyard remains core to its identity, the farm has an ever-growing range of facilities and activities including an outdoor theatre, café, childcare nursery, social care programme, educational visits, sports pitch, tenants, room hire and community events. All this is packed into a 4-acre city-centre site just south of the river. This walk and talk tour will give you a chance to get under the skin of this community centre and to learn how it continues to adapt to its communities’ needs.

windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

FULLY BOOKED (repeated on Day 2) - Southmead Development Trust - Getting creative in a challenging funding environment

Southmead Development Trust believes investing in children, young people and families has never been more important. In this visit, you will discover how, through community leadership and the support of local partners, businesses, clubs, funders and even BBC DIYSOS, they have transformed their spaces and offer for all ages.

You will get the opportunity to explore Greenway Centre and Ranch Adventure Playground, hubs through which children and families can access a range of interconnected activities and services including youth club, therapy, arts, adventure play, music production, and sport. The brave may even have a go on their ‘bigger than a house' swing!

southmead.org


Wednesday 8 November

Each visit showcases different aspects of community initiatives; exploring sustainable practices and providing valuable insights you can take back to your organisation.

Filwood Community Centre - Transformation through arts and culture

Filwood Community Centre worked with Bristol City Council, Knowle West Alliance and local residents to secure £14.5m of Levelling Up funding for Filwood Broadway and the community centre at its heart. Hear their story and their plans for the future!

With Knowle West Media Centre, they worked on the civic change project Filwood Fantastic, the first step to realising their vision to create a vibrant cultural hub for south Bristol. They continue to organise inclusive events, workshops and other activities focused on nurturing local talent and creativity, instilling a greater sense of pride in the area and increasing wellbeing through the arts.

filwoodcentre.org.uk

Windmill Hill City Farm - More than a farm

Windmill Hill City Farm is a local institution in Bristol – a beacon for sustainable living and education.

While the farmyard remains core to its identity, the farm has an ever-growing range of facilities and activities including an outdoor theatre, café, childcare nursery, social care programme, educational visits, sports pitch, tenants, room hire and community events. All this is packed into a 4-acre city-centre site just south of the river. This walk and talk tour will give you a chance to get under the skin of this community centre and to learn how it continues to adapt to its communities’ needs.

windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

Southmead Development Trust - Getting creative in a challenging funding environment

Southmead Development Trust believes investing in children, young people and families has never been more important. In this visit, you will discover how, through community leadership and the support of local partners, businesses, clubs, funders and even BBC DIYSOS, they have transformed their spaces and offer for all ages.

You will get the opportunity to explore Greenway Centre and Ranch Adventure Playground, hubs through which children and families can access a range of interconnected activities and services including youth club, therapy, arts, adventure play, music production, and sport. The brave may even have a go on their ‘bigger than a house' swing!

southmead.org

Hampton Lodge: A pioneering housing scheme for refugees

Hampton Lodge is an innovative housing solution that provides interim homes for refugees. This initiative has transformed a vacant building, awaiting planning permission, into 15 fully furnished one-bedroom apartments for refugees. With a minimum two-year lease and at least three months' notice before any future development work, residents at Hampton Lodge will be given the stability they need to find work and rebuild their lives.

During this visit, you will explore the impressive central Bristol building, and meet its tenants, support team, and representatives from the development partnership. You will also get the chance to learn more about this pioneering private-social enterprise collaboration and even enjoy a snack from one of their migrant-owned businesses. Hampton Lodge is more than housing – it’s a stepping stone to a brighter future!

Bristol Ferry Boats – keeping community business afloat

Join us on board one of Bristol’s iconic blue and yellow boats and witness first-hand their journey to becoming a community benefit society. Take the chance to hear about community shares against the backdrop of Bristol’s floating harbour! In the last decade over £200m has been raised by communities using community shares. This democratic form of finance is growing in popularity, might it be right for you?

This is a unique opportunity to hear from John Dawson from the Community Shares Unit with inspiring examples and details of practical support from the Booster Fund; and from the team at Bristol Ferry Boats to understand and discuss the real-life opportunities and challenges that come with community ownership.

bristolferry.com

Bristol Ferry Boats