University of Chester and CWVA's Conference 2020: Partnerships and Collaborations

University of Chester and CWVA\'s Conference 2020: Partnerships and Collaborations


20th February 2020
Bridge House, Queens Park Campus, University of Chester, Queens Park Road, CH4 7AD

About the conference
CWVA are the only organisation in west Cheshire to lead an affordable conference specifically aimed at the voluntary and community sector. The CWVA conference attracts a borough wide audience of over 125 delegates including our colleagues from both the public and private sector.

This year we are focusing on Partnerships and Collaborations and we are delighted to have our event hosted by our partners University of Chester at their prestigious Queens Park Campus.

The University of Chester is committed to enriching and learning from local communities. For the University, this conference is an opportunity to explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration with local institutions in the interests of students and the voluntary sector, and for the public good. Several academics in the Faculty of Social Science have chosen to collaborate with CWVA to reflect our commitment to social science’s endeavor to contribute to understanding and responding to key social issues of our time, and collaborating with communities to achieve progressive change. 

Harnessing the strengths and abilities of other organisations is one of the most strategic ways for groups and charities to measure their development and overcome challenges. When group and organisations with a common aim work together, the benefits are numerous; they can cut costs, improve outcomes and reduce duplication.  Collaboration is particularly important to smaller charities looking for ways to create a sustainable long-term future. It can help organisations deliver upon their vision and mission, improve awareness of your cause, increase funding potential through joint funding bids and gain greater exposure and kudos; furthermore reaching more people is especially relevant to small charities when over a third of people cannot name a local charity in their area.

Message from Chair of CWVA
I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to attend the 2nd CWVA Annual Conference: Partnerships and Collaborations, which will take place at the University of Chester on 20th Feb 2020.

During the last 12 months, many of our members will have faced challenges. We believe this year’s conference is the ideal opportunity to network, share experiences and ideas, and to celebrate the impact our members have on the communities across west Cheshire.

Our inaugural conference in 2019 hosted 125 delegates and received excellent feedback. Last year’s theme of creating conversation attracted speakers from the voluntary and community sector, public and private sectors all of which highlighted the desire to work alongside each other more effectively. This year we are taking this one step further by highlighting the need to engage effectively with each other.

We know that the knowledge and expertise exists within our sector and we are proud to announce that the majority of our workshops this year will be delivered by our membership.

I look forward to seeing you on 20th Feb.

Simon Sandford

What people said about Creating Conversations CWVA’s conference in 2019
 “The biggest and best gathering from the local Charity/SE sector in the last decade.”
“The event was fantastic and credit is due to each and everyone of CWVA that helped organise and put the event on.”
“Event was well organised and run, and felt it was motivational with a good mix of strategy and practical sessions.”


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You can access a provisional conference programme (including details of the sessions/workshops)
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The conference is priced at £30 per person to include lunch and refreshments.

Parking is available on the Queens Park Road campus on a first come basis. Parking is limited. Alternative pay and display parking - Little Rodee car park, Grosvenor Rd, Chester CH1 1SL.  We encourage people to use public transport, share transport, and bring refillable water bottles.

As capacity in sessions is limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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