Dozens of charity leaders and influencers met in Suffolk today, to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the voluntary sector within the county.
The event, led by Community Action Suffolk, explored the theme of greater collaboration in order to gain a stronger voice for all charities.
Opening the conference, which was staged at Kesgrave Community Centre, CAS Chief Executive Officer Pete Richardson reflected the desire to see all organisations in the sector working closer together, learning from one another, and proudly sharing their successes within the region.
Speakers at the event included those from within Suffolk, in addition to experts from national organisations involved in the support of charities.
Karl Wilding, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said it was imperative that trust and transparency could be emphasised by organisations to potential fundraisers and donors.
He spoke about the challenges facing those seeking motivated trustees, and accepted that a lack of diversity among trustee boards still remains an issue in many cases.
The conference featured a number of workshops for delegates, covering such issues as digital media, funding, and trustee recruitment.
Alex Till, of Menta, led a session on collaboration and mergers. He took the opportunity to encourage the charitable audience to share experiences and contacts, and to increasingly refine their message to the business community within Suffolk.
Community Action Suffolk anticipates issuing an update on its efforts to help charities in Suffolk become more collaborative. This is likely to take place early in March.