South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, working in partnership with a number of organisations, are giving community groups the opportunity to learn about the enigma that is the ‘big society’ at a joint voluntary and community sector forum on 25 February, from 9.30am-2.30pm, at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.
With only 100 places for the day, it’s expected to be booked up quickly as organisations grab the unique free opportunity to share ideas and discuss this hot topic.
A number of knowledgeable speakers, including Audrey Roy from the Commission for Rural Communities, will talk about the ‘big society’ and give examples of good practice. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the impact of the big society on their organisations and put their key questions to a panel of experts, including David Buckle, Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils.
Just before lunch there will be workshops to help groups understand aspects of the big society and develop skills to help their resilience.
Potential funders will have stands at the event so groups can get more information.
Rodney Mann, Deputy Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council said:
“It’s a priority for the council to help local groups provide services and solutions in their communities, and this event will do just that. Community groups face increased pressure and so they’ll need the knowledge and skills to survive these changing times.”
Tony de Vere, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council said:
“We’re so pleased to offer this fantastic opportunity for community groups from across southern Oxfordshire to come together to learn and share ideas. I’m sure organisations both big and small will find the day thoroughly useful and gain confidence for the future.”