Annual Conference


Welcome to the home of the voluntary and charity sector’s annual conference. This renowned event is the perfect opportunity to challenge, inspire and celebrate the work of the sector and includes expert speakers who address key issues, as well as workshops delivered by trained practitioners exploring a range of topics to help support your work. There is also an opportunity for lively conversation and debate with fellow colleagues and the chance to explore the bustling marketplace. It’s a day not to be missed!

2020 Annual Conference


The Voluntary Action South West Surrey 2020 conference is now open for booking!

9.30am – 4.30pm 31st March 2020

Rik Medlik Building

University of Surrey 

Join us for a day of talks, workshops and networking all designed to help support your work, inform you of new local initiatives and give you an opportunity to meet and network with other people working across the voluntary sector.

To book your space, follow the below link:

Speakers include:  Joanna Killian, Surrey County Council; Karl Wilding, NCVO; Maria Zealey, Surrey Welfare Rights Unit; Tara Rowe, Reconnections; Debbie Boulter, Cherry Trees; Corin Harrison, Space to Grow.

Choose two workshops from the following selection; full details of workshops can be found on Eventbrite using the link above.

A: Do you want to lobby to get government policy or legislation changed? Anne Milton

This workshop with Anne Milton will highlight how to make effective contact with your Member of Parliament, and how to work with them to highlight local issues as well as the effects of current laws and guidance.

B: Getting the best results when promoting your organisation – David Rose, VASWS

David will give tips and suggestions on how organisations and charities can use local media and social media to promote themselves even better.

C: Working with student volunteers – Ian Handy, University of Surrey Students’ Union

Working best with student volunteers, understanding that volunteering is now skill based and transactional where a volunteer wants to know what they gain just as much as what they give!

D: Social Prescribing in Guildford and Waverley – Jane Soothill & Nicola Freeman, VASWS

Social prescribing in Guildford and Waverley is a joint venture between primary care and the VCSE sector. Participants will learn about NHS England’s ambitions for social prescribing and how these are being implemented in Guildford and Waverley.

E: Finding the trustees you need to thrive – Lynn Cadman, Getting on Board

Come along to this essential Board-finder workshop to learn and implement the skills, techniques and top tips to reach and recruit the trustees you need to strengthen your organisation. The workshop will be delivered by national trustee recruitment charity, Getting on Board.

F: Fraud – prevention is better than cure, Matt Wilson

According to data from Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre there were 1,057 reports of fraud received from charities in 2018/19, with losses reported at nearly £8m. This interactive workshop will help you to understand what fraud is, how it can be perpetrated in charitable organisations and how you can protect your charity.

G: Improving communication and building rapport – Nikki Bonner, Just Be NLP & Coaching

This workshop will help identify your communication strengths and weaknesses and how, with the use of powerful language and learning predicate phrases, we can ‘flex’ our styles to build rapport much quicker and communicate more effectively.

H: Small Grant, Big Success – Helen Stanley

This workshop is perfect for anyone that is new to fundraising, or wants some top tips on writing successful funding applications and proposals to secure funding from small grant schemes.

At only £25 for the full day including lunch and free parking our conference represents excellent value for money.