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Sharing Our Strength - Worcestershire VCS Conference 

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Sharing our Strength - Worcestershire VCS Conference
Key Task of the Day
Key Note Speaker - Sir Stuart Etherington
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Sharing our Strength   

Voluntary & Community Sector one-day conference

December 7th @ Worcester Racecourse- Grand Stand Rd

FREE booking and FREE Lunch 9:15 for 9:45am to 3:30

Organised by the county’s Voluntary & Community Sector for the sector - a vital opportunity for volunteers, trustees and key officers to come together and think about how we can work effectively in rapidly changing times.

The sector’s lasting strength and influence is driven by concerns for our communities and the needs of our neighbours. Needs and inequalities are growing and we need to grow too. But how can we build from where we are and marshal the other resources we need.

  • 60% of our time (09:45 - 3:30) will be networking and table discussions
  • share ideas, things that work, ambitions and approaches to leadership
  • Key Note Speaker Sir Stuart Etherington (Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) will talk about our dramatically changing society.

Key Task for the day: Thinking together about the leadership we can offer our communities and how to release the huge energies and drive which we know are available when people get together to make a difference.

Who: You, volunteers, officers, trustees, young people, people about to retire, anyone with some spare time and energy motivated to make that difference

Why: for encouragement, inspiration, ideas and contacts that will change our county for the good   .....AND because.... Worcestershire will be listening!


  • Book Now – tell your friends and colleagues you're going
  • Forward this message to all your colleagues
  • Invite people who care as much as you – even if they haven’t volunteered yet
  • Prepare and Contribute


Sir Stuart Etherington
Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations


Sir Stuart Etherington was appointed Chief Executive of NCVO in 1994.  NCVO is a membership organisation that represents the interests of charities and voluntary bodies. It has over 11,000 member organisations.  Previously he was Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity.

Throughout his career he has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them.  As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile.

Stuart is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and the Chair of London United.   He is Chair of the Trustees of the Patron’s Fund and Chaired a cross party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising.  He is also an IES Honorary Fellow.  He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, former Chair of Guidestar UK, Chair of CIVICUS Europe, Treasurer of CIVICUS, a global civil society organisation Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and for the Lord Mayor’s Trust Initiative.

Stuart was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector.

Prepare and Contribute

Please send to us, by email

  • 2 or three photos and lively caption of your work or something which captures the needs you address as part of a rolling display on our screens
  • An idea (50 words max) of what you, your organisation or people you know would like to do or discuss together
  • Any expressions of interest in displaying your work which can help the sector: Perhaps a leaflet stand – aimed at encouraging and equipping all who attend.


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