SENIOR leaders and decision makers from within the county’s voluntary sector have taken part in a county-focused conference, designed to enhance their collective voice.
Some 50 charities and volunteer-led organisations were represented at the event, which was staged earlier this week at Quay Place, in Ipswich.
Organised by Community Action Suffolk, the event addressed a number of themes currently concerning the sector, including access to funding, obtaining good trustees, increasing ‘voice’ within the community, and enhancing fundraising potential.
Delegates were given insights from specialists in the fields of communication, policy, and research.
Pete Richardson, Chief Executive of Community Action Suffolk, said: “This event was very much designed around the demands we’ve been seeing from the hundreds of organisations we serve and support across the county.
“Charities come in all shapes and sizes, but in Suffolk, we see very similar themes of frustration and need – a lot of which are around wanting to be better heard, and to have the appropriate access and support to both monetary and people resource.”
He added: “Clearly, an event of this nature is just one small part along the road of trying to map a way forward for the sector in the county, but I feel really encouraged by the collaborative mood at the conference, and the desire to help one another achieve our greater goals.
“It’s by collaboratively sharing ideas, issues, concerns and opportunities, that I really feel we will be able to establish a confident future path for this sector in the county of Suffolk.”
For anyone interested to learn more about the discussion points at the conference, or to contact Community Action Suffolk about how the organisation can help a charity or its particular objectives, please call 01473 345400.