Our members conferences: learn, network and influence

Our member’s conferences are a space for our members to come together, to network, and gain new skills and knowledge to ensure that voluntary and community action has the greatest possible impact in our local area.

Our new style conferences will now take place twice a year.  They will have a strong focus on learning and skills development, to ensure our members have what they need to operate in this difficult climate.

We aim to create an inclusive and friendly space for all at our conferences and network meetings, and are committed to equality and diversity. We can provide information in alternative formats on request and we prioritise accessibility when selecting our event venues.


Next members' conference

Our next members’ conference will be Thursday 13 December 2018. More details, including the theme of the conference, will be confirmed closer to the event.

If you have any queries, or would like to propose topics for future  conferences, please get in touch with us at or telephone 01273 234023.

Member organisations across Adur, Worthing, Brighton and Hove are welcome to attend any of our members’ conferences.

Last members' conference

Our Spring conference ‘Leaders for the Future‘ took place on 22 March, 2018 and was themed around leadership in the voluntary and community sector.

Delegate pack with full programme, speakers bios and delegate list.

The sessions and shared resources:

10:00-10:50 Leadership – comments and celebration

11.00-13.00 Morning sessions

a. Growing the leaders of tomorrow Presentation

b. Finance and Sustainability Presentation

c. Commissioning 2018/19 and beyond Presentation

14.00-16.00 Afternoon sessions

d. Facilitation skills for small group leaders

e. Making Accounts work for you

f. Digital leadership for social inclusion: Making digital work for your organisation Presentation

Previous members conferences

Our autumn members’ conference took place in November 2017 and was themed around sustainability and financial robustness.

programme and session descriptions (PDF)
plenary-GDPR…a view from the ICO (PDF)

Sessions’ materials

Our spring members conference took place in March 2017 and was themed around empowerment:

Our autumn conference took place in October 2016 and was on creating healthier and safer communities.

Session notes not listed here are available upon request.

Our summer conference, themed around the power of volunteering, took place in June 2016.



We welcome feedback about our conferences as we always use it to plan our future events. If you’ve attended one of our conferences or events and would like to feedback on your experience please get in touch with us on or 01273 234023