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Community Associations Network Conference 2014: Innovate to Prosper

An event for trustees, staff and volunteers

10 September 2014, 10am–2.30pm, Middlebrook Centre, Winchester, SO23 8DQ

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This conference aims to enable your organisation to consider adapting their approach leading to greater stability and financial sustainability in the future.

You may have already considered some of these ideas, but don’t know where to start – here’s your opportunity to find out more.



Effective Staff Management including under-performance and misconduct

Under-performance and misconduct can cause serious problems for organisations. Handling them incorrectly can land organisations with extensive tribunal costs. Left unaddressed, under-performance and misconduct can severely weaken an organisation. Covering preventative and reactive measures, this short seminar will cover how to:

This workshop is being facilitated by Luke Watkeys, manager of the social enterprise HR consultancy, Real People. They have achieved recognition for promoting both practical and engaging people management, receiving many awards for their work.  He has significant experience advising organisations across all sectors his particular areas of interest are organisational development and the promotion of high standards of leadership and management in the public and third sectors.

Practical ideas to optimise your charity's fundraising

This workshop will explore a number of practical ideas and tips for ensuring your charity makes the most of the fundraising opportunities out there.

Facilitated by David Hopkins, Senior Advisor, Charities and Grant Making Solutions who is head of The Charities Aid Foundation, Charities and Grant Making Solutions team.  He joined CAF in November 2012 from Catch 22, a leading UK charity, where he was Head of National Programmes. He has over 15 years experience in the not for profit sector and has direct experience of managing grant making programmes in excess of £12m annually.

His approach is rooted in hands-on experience ranging from capacity building with grassroots community organisations to strategy development driving change within the public sector. A certified member of the Institute of Fundraising David also spent ten years as a non-executive director of a social enterprise with special responsibility for driving business growth and income generation.

The Older People’s Well-Being Team and how Community Associations can work with us

Are you interested in hosting a falls prevention exercise class or maybe a cooking course for men? Find out how you can get involved with your local older people’s forum or even set up a new one. Share ideas about befriending activities that can benefit the local community and learn more about the priorities of the Hampshire County Council Older Peoples Well-Being Team. Then this workshop is for you.

Developing a Business Approach

Any business, commercial or not for profit, public or private needs its revenues to be greater than its costs over the longer term or else it will fail. Blindingly obvious? You might think so but it isn’t immediately apparent when you find an organisation that doesn’t have a clear idea of its true costs or hasn’t assessed the nature and risk of its different revenue sources. Winning a contract might look like a healthy increase on the income line but not when delivery simply broadens the gap between revenue and costs. So, what is needed, in a turbulent and uncertain world, to stay in business? This workshop will help you start to think about these difficult issues.

This workshop is facilitated by Martin Horton who has worked at management team and board level for many years building successful business in the private sector as a consultancy Director with Deloittes. Recently Martin has run his own company, MAH Associates, working within the public sector delivering leadership and organisation development and finding new approaches.

Social Media in Social Enterprise

The young people who have taken part in Blueprint 22 projects will be facilitating this session to introduce you to using social media and social enterprises

Blueprint 22 as an organisation; believe there is a story behind every person. We come together to unite as a family to support, guide and help people without judgement. Working with anyone aged 16-25 years old from Brighton to Bognor-Regis; they give individuals the opportunity to shine. By participating in or developing projects, young people take control of their lives. With us, young people are always at the heart of the matter.

Parking in Winchester

You are strongly advised to use the excellent Park & Ride service. Daily car parking and bus travel costs just £3 for the car and up to 7 people.

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The bus stop (by the Brooks Centre) is approximately 150 yds from the venue (on the far side of the Brooks Centre.) Park & Ride buses run approximately every 15mins.


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Town Centre Car Parks

The city centre car parks are mostly short term and more expensive than the park and ride at around £1.30 per hour and a charge of £15 per day.

CAUTION: Several city centre car parks have to be vacated after 4 hours and you will need to travel around the one way system to re- enter.

Exceptions to this are the Friarsgate multi storey and the small car park behind the Middle Brook Centre, where extra tickets can be purchased without the need to move your vehicle.

For full information about car park locations, park and ride, charges and pay by phone, visit.



  • £25 per person

  • £10 for any further participants from the same (voluntary/community sector) organisation

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In the market place you will also have an opportunity to meet and talk to contributors from Charities Aid Foundation, Blueprint 22, HCC Older Persons Wellbeing Team, Real People HR Consultancy, Cranfield Trust, Human Library Project, Hants & IOW Foundation, SmashUp Community Badminton, HCC Trading Standards and Military Veteran Services.

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