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Suffolk Volunteering Conference 2019 - Inspire, Encourage & Enable Diversity in Volunteering

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Community Action Suffolk’s annual Volunteering Conference is focusing on Diversity in Volunteering, during national Volunteers’ Week.

Suffolk Volunteering Conference 2019

National research paper, Time Well Spent, has shown that there can be an imbalance representation of who volunteers in the UK. In Suffolk we have many examples of involving a wide range of volunteers, however more can be done to help extend volunteering and address the imbalance of who volunteers and remove some of the barriers people can face.

Shaped by the Suffolk Volunteer Strategy, the conference will inspire the voluntary sector in Suffolk to lead the way in improving diversity and inclusion in volunteering. It will encourage you to review your volunteer experience and offer, to enable more and continued wide ranging volunteer participation .


Time Well Spent, has also highlighted that a motivation to volunteer and stay is enjoyment! Our conference will also be a lot of fun. A poet will join us to inspire our creative thinking and during the lunch break there will be an opportunity to network whilst singing (No previous experience required!), this offers a chance to laugh and meet new people informally.


It is also Volunteer Week, so let’s celebrate the amazing contribution our volunteers continue to make for the benefit of others.



To confirm your place, payment will be taken at the point of booking.  You will need a valid credit / debit card or PayPal account to do this. We use PayPal as a mechanism only to process payments, you do not need a PayPal account to complete payment.



We will have a number of inspiring people and workshops at our conference this year.


Keynote speakers:

  • Shaun Delaney, Volunteering Development Manager, NCVO,  The National Council for Voluntary Associations. Reflecting on: Time Well Spent: A National Survey on the Volunteering Experience
  • Petula Storey, Head of Volunteering, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation

Choice of workshops:

Highlighting good practice in this area, practical examples of how organisations have offered inclusive volunteering programmes and increased retention. (More workshops to be confirmed)

  • Active Suffolk: Topleader: Engaging Young People in Volunteering through Sport & Physical Activity

Lunchtime & afternoon

Short singing workshop (lunchtime) with Robert Gildon.


Poet: Charlie Haylock: Celebrating Volunteers



The Volunteer Conference is for anyone with responsibility for volunteers, as well as leaders who develop volunteer programmes and strategies within their organisations. Trustees, CEOs, Volunteer Managers, Volunteer Coordinators, Volunteer Volunteer Managers, Community Officers and Volunteers.



Suffolk Volunteering Conference will highlight and inform you on current thinking and research on best practice for volunteer experience.


It will showcase excellent examples of inclusion from Suffolk charities and further afield to inspire you.


The conference will challenge organisations to review their volunteer offer, considering barriers to inclusion. To enable organisations to develop their volunteer experience to ensure Suffolk organisations lead the way in this area.


6th June 2019 10:00 AM   through   3:30 PM
Blackbourne Community Centre
71 Blackbourne Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9GY

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Event Fee(s)
VCSE (Early bird booking - Until 31 March 2019) £ 35.00
VCSE £ 40.00
Non VCSE (Early bird booking - Until 31 March 2019) £ 40.00
Non VCSE £ 45.00

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