The key note speakers delivered inspiring talks, Peter Stark OBE, opened with an insightful talk about climate change and how the VCSE sector can support combatting this, most found his talk to be eye opening. Due to unforeseen circumstances Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen could not attend, so we are grateful to Dr Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South for stepping in at the last minute to provide an empowering speech about the invaluable work our sector provides. The Lunchtime presentation was given by Carl Gowland, Hartlepool and Stockton Health, who spoke about ‘Social Prescribing Link Workers.’
The workshops were delivered by external agencies and proved to be very popular with most of them being fully booked. They were:
- How a Community Group can change your life
Delivered by Cleveland Carvers
- How Social Enterprises should be Thinking as a Business
Delivered by Enterprise Made Simple
- The Benefits of Volunteering for Mental Health
Delivered by Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind
- Tees Valley ESF Community Grants
Delivered by Hartlepool Borough Council
- Are the Health Services you use meeting your needs?
Delivered by Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees and Community Health Ambassadors
- Best Practice for Project Management
Delivered by River Tees Rediscovered
Tricia Stewart one of the original Calendar Girls, closed the Conference with a presentation about her voluntary work. She spoke of their infamous calendar, “It was a crazy idea and good for a laugh at the time”, what began as a small idea, became a huge success around the globe.
Speaking about the Conference Steve Rose said “The sector provides a key voice to those communities that need it to be heard. The Conference brings our vibrant sector together so that we can connect, learn from each other and go forward with an even stronger voice.”
Catalyst staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and welcome the feedback given. Most people said they had a relaxed and beneficial day.