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The BIG EVENT 2014: The voluntary sector contribution and role in developing the local economy

Want to know how your organisation could play a role in economic development? What opportunities there are for the sector to deliver social inclusion, innovation and employment support? What we can gain from the new EU and SE LEP (South East Local Enterprise Partenrship) funding? And how to prepare?

Event details


Jul 08, 2014
from 09:00 am to 03:15 pm


International Tennis Club, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

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Talk to the Directors at ESCC, other VCS CEOs, Big Lottery and vote on sector’s priorities.

Full programme

Host & ChairJeremy Legget, CEO of Action in rural Sussex

Welcome from Cllr Chris Dowling, Lead Member for Community Services and Phillip Baker, Assitant Chief Executive at ESCC

Key note speakers

  • Richard Dawson - Head of Economic Development, Skills & Infrastructure – Communities, Transport and Economy Department , ESCC
  • Russell Darbon, Big Lottery Fund Manager

Panel Debate

Speakers will be joined by Anona Vazquez-MassonEconomy Support Manager at ESCC – discussing SE LEP and Innovation opportunities for the sector and Kim DonahueResearch Manager at the Institute for Volunteering Research and NCVO - talking about the involvement of volunteer programs in social and economic inclusion, developing skills and supporting people into employment

Master Classes

Volunteer Issues and the Law - with Valli Morison, Employment and Volunteer Law Specialist, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP
Are your volunteers genuine volunteers, or could they be seen as workers or employees? Are you aware of the law – or lack of it – surrounding volunteers? This masterclass will deal with these issues and help you understand your organisation’s responsibilities and liabilities.

Valuing volunteers – the truth!  - with Lee Shepherd, Volunteering Development Officer, Volunteer Centre East Sussex
We all know volunteers do not come for free. Don’t we?! This workshop will explore the true cost behind involving volunteers and shed light on ways in which organisations can estimate the ‘added value’ that involving volunteers brings.

Funding ready - with Veronique Poutrel, External Funding Manager at East Sussex County Council
What to do to prepare your organisations and projects to be able to bid for upcoming large funding streams like ESF, LEP, EU funding, central government programmes and subcontracting.

Developing paid for services to generate independent income - with an East Sussex organisation and Sue Shoesmith, Senior Development Officer at 3VA
Ideas and tips for setting up paid for services or other trading activities. Advice from an established organisation who has done it with success and the support from senior funding advisor at 3VA.

Advice Fair

Our popular Fair is even bigger this year with over 40 stalls providing information about services and projects for voluntary sector organisations and your service users.

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