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The Developing Themes, Arrangements and Funding around the Big Society Concept

The Big Society Conference 2011

Thursday 31st March 2011, Maple House, Birmingham

The Big Society is a key set of policies of the new Coalition Government, set against the current social and economic landscape; it is a new and challenging agenda. The development of Big Society initiatives and projects will require significant changes in government policy and new ways of working in partnership with the community and voluntary sector, social enterprises. Government departments and civil servants will also have to undertake a much more supportive role to develop the ‘new localism’, rather than their more traditional, centralist and directive driven roles.

This one-day conference is ‘essential’ for all those organisations looking to be involved in Big Society activities. It builds on the success of our workshops - ‘Introduction to the Big Society’ by introducing plenary speakers who are key players in the practical development of Big Society delivery and sets of practical workshops covering themes, funding, priorities and needs.

The conference will be chaired by Pauline Dye, the Chief Executive of the Princess Royal Trust Coventry Carers Centre.

The Big Society is key to the philosophy of the current Coalition Government and as a core policy initiative; aspects of the ‘Big Society’ are already being ‘rolled out’ across government departments. Welfare to Work programmes like the new ‘Work Programme have Big Society strands and the new Localism Bill has significant ‘Big Society’ strands to it. A wide range of civil sector organisations and funding agencies such as the Big Society Network, Big Lottery, Social Investment Business, V charity, Community Development Foundation and NESTA are already developing and supporting new ‘Big Society’ related projects including, The Transition Fund, National Citizens Service, The Big Society Bank, The Mutual Pathfinders, Social Impact Bonds, Vanguard Communities, Active at 60, Community Organisers Programme, and participatory budgeting programmes. Other initiatives are in the development stage and will be launched during 2011.

This agenda is developing at a significant pace and the conference will enable delegates to explore the ideas and policy behind this concept and to review this unfolding agenda and share the latest information, research, initiatives and policy developments.

Who should attend?

Registered Charities, Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations, Learning Providers, Colleges, Universities, Non-Government Organisations, Local Authorities, Research Institutes, Council for Voluntary Services, Learning Partnerships, Business Links and Associations and Training Organisations. Prime Contractors, private sector sub contractors, health organisations, social enterprises and other civil sector organisations


Attendance at this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network and share best practice.

Exhibitors Stands

The Conference will also have a number of Exhibitor Stands. Please visit the exhibitors page on this website for further information.