I took a lot of positives from the conference, but the bottom line is that there is a gulf of understanding and often language between the sectors. Despite this I was struck by the desire to close this, to learn more about how to work together and what is going on and the opportunities for building real relationships. To this end we at CCVS will commit to a number of actions.
- We will develop training for the VCS about how to make your pitch and how to approach your contacts
- We will work with partners including Business in the Community to find ways to bring the sectors together to facilitate that contact
- We will find ways to promote the diversity, ingenuity and sheer wonderfulness of the VCS to local businesses so that they can see the depth and variety of organisations that they can work with.
Presentations from the day
Feedback from the workshops
The conference table discussions were designed to allow both the VCS and the business attendees to mix and explore issues, there was no formal feedback however groups were encouraged to record thoughts and issues on sheets on each table. These can be found here. There were a number of key points that were drawn out from discussions and presentations these include
- Personal relationships are important
- Cold emails are not going to work
- Find the right person to talk to
- Research your perspective partner to ensure that your interests etc match
- If you are a VCS organisation approaching a business get your thoughts in order, try and develop a clear ‘pitch’ that explains what the project is, what it will do and what is in it for those supporting it.
- If you are business looking to work with the sector think beyond the obvious when looking for a partner.
- There needs to be something in it for both sides for a partnership to work.
CCVS Photo Competition
The winners for the 2014 photo competition are announced at the conference. The winners and all the entrants can be viewed here.
The CCVS AGM was held as part of the conference. The Chief executives presentation can be found here, this is based on the 2013-14 annual review that is available from this webpage.
Other documents that are also available for you information include: