Voluntary Action South West Surrey Annual Conference

Our renowned VASWS annual conference is back and will take place on Tuesday 9th April at the University of Surrey in the Rik Medlik building. The conference is an opportunity for organisations within the charity and voluntary sector to join together and discuss key issues within the industry.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Are We Making a Difference’ addressing the key questions: Are we doing enough? How can we measure the impact we are making? Could we be working better and more effectively? And, how would we do that?

The VASWS conference line-up

To explore this theme, we have a line-up of highly interesting talks and workshops delivered by acclaimed industry experts.

The line-up of speakers includes: The Charity Commission’s Head of Policy and Guidance, Jane Hobson; Senior Consultant Charlotte Lamb from New Philanthropy Capital; Chief Executive of Surrey County Council Joanna Killian; Jason Gaskell from Surrey Community Action; Kate Peters from the Community Foundation for Surrey and more. There will also be an opportunity to attend informative workshops in the morning and afternoon.

VASWS conference workshops

The workshops will give you a chance to network with fellow colleagues and gain inspiration and new ideas through insightful discussions. Various topics will be covered in the workshops including how to maximise and measure impact, seek funding and measure the contribution of volunteering to your organisation. The workshops will also explore ways of working with student volunteers from the university and tips will be given about developing personal skills around presentations and confidence and an opportunity to input into Guildford’s strategic plan on Health and Wellbeing.

Tickets cost £25.00 and there will be plenty of time for networking, visiting the stands at the market place, an option to hear local historian David Rose talk about volunteering through the ages, free parking and a sandwich lunch.

How to book tickets

We have a limited number of free tickets available for groups that are volunteer led and have an annual income of less than £5,000.  Contact us directly to apply. Or to book tickets please visit our Eventbrite page.

What you said last year

“I thought the day was excellent and the morning panel was incredibly strong and interesting. Your team did a brilliant job.”

“I wanted to thank you and your team for organising such an inclusive and timely conference.”

“speakers were inspirational.”

“I made contact with organisations I have wanted to connect with for some time, in a positive and hopefully fruitful way.”

“I really enjoyed the speakers.  Great venue!”