Community Support Service

Community Associations Network Conference 2012

‘Future proofing your organisation’

This event was developed to enable community associations from Hampshire and environs to network with groups who have similar objects and have access to a range of organisations who could support them with achieving their goals.

93 individuals came together from a range of voluntary, community and statutory organisations, giving an opportunity to share ideas, take part in workshops and gather information informally at ‘market place’ sessions.

About the day

A series of speakers launched the day

  • Cllr Keith Mans – HCC Portfolio holder for Communities and International Affairs
  • David Tyler – CEO Community Matters
  • Caroline Chalk and Jane Rich – Pilands Wood Community Association
  • Alison Froude – HCC Adult Services
  • Brendan Charles – Horndean Community Association

Following this delegates were attended workshops from the selection below.

  • Positive ageing in your community’ with HCC Older Persons Wellbeing Team
  • Changes to PPL & PRS music licences
  • The Public Procurement Process - an outline of the public sector tendering process
  • Doing Business with HCC & Tendering Opportunities•         
  • Tips on Completing Tenders
  • Awards For All workshop
  • Social Enterprises Beginners guide to setting up social enterprises – Matt Jarrett SCA Group
  • Social media with from Daniel O’Neill from NeBMedia
  • Starting work with young people – Simon Dodd from Youth Clubs Hampshire and IOW

There were also opportunities to network and have informal discussions to the presenters, workshop facilitators and a range of ‘market place’ stalls listed below.

  • Community Matters (including VISIBLE and social impact assessment)
  • HCC older persons wellbeing Team
  • Create Training
  • Avalon - room booking software
  • HCC Learning Disabilities Team
  • Preparing for emergencies – An HCC guide for communities
  • Horndean, Avonway and Portchester Community Associations
  • Youth Clubs Hampshire & IOW
  • HCC Trading standards
  • HCC Hampshire Archives
  • The Alliance (children & young people)
  • ‘What is community development’ – posters supplied by students from Winchester University


The evaluations from the day were on the whole positive with delegates getting a great deal out of the opportunities the event offered.

Participants identified a range of actions that the conference had inspired them to do including applying for funding, improving their strategic planning for the future, passing on the information to other community groups and identifying links to other organisations.

Comments from the evaluation forms included

‘The HCC commissioning workshops were pitched just right – great constant repetition in order to instil interest and confidence in the system, of areas that we as community associations can buy into’

‘Brendan Charles (Horndean Community Association) was inspirational’

‘very worthwhile, good information – useful networking’

‘Compliments to all staff who are always excellent to us all’

‘Good opportunity to meet and network with other people with the same passion for community wellbeing’

The evaluations returned by delegates will be used to inform and improve any events in the future.

As the conference was successful this year the date has been set for 2013.
Please put Wednesday 15 May 2013 in your diaries!


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What happens next

As the conference was successful this year the date has been set for 2013.
Please put Wednesday 15 May 2013 in your diaries!