“Smaller charities in particular are not benefiting from the economic recovery. They are experiencing a ‘capacity crunch’ that limits their ability to adapt, or to even engage with funder programmes designed to improve their sustainability.”

So says the Financial Sustainability Review that looked into change and adaptation in the voluntary sector. In short, times are getting harder and organisations are finding it harder to make ends meet.

This conference gave attendees an opportunity to find out more about this issue, to raise their concerns and to hear about how they might want to try and buck the trend and increase their sustainability.

The national perspective

The first presentation was from Andrew O’Brien from the Charity Finance Group and one of the principle authors of the Financial Sustainability Review.

Financial sustainability of the charity sector from Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service


The County perspective

Sue Grace, the Director of Customer Service and Transformation at Cambridgeshire County Council outlined what their plans are and what the impact of the cuts they need to make will have on the future.

The County Council in the next five years from Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service


What sustainability might mean

Finally we heard from Dr Neil Stott, the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation at the Judge Institute. He will give some insights into how organisations can embrace change and continue to be sustainable into the future.

Driving social change through social ventures from Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service


We would like to thank our sponsor, the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team. Find out more about the the work they do. (More information and a signup form can be found here)

Download the Agenda from here

CCVS Photo Competition 

The winners for the 2015 photo competition were announced at the conference. The winners and all the entrants can be viewed here.

Many thanks to our sponsors Irwin Mitchell


The CCVS AGM was held as part of the conference. The Chief Executives presentation was based on the 2014-15 annual review that is available here.

Other documents that are also available for you information include:


If you are a CCVS member and would like to become a member of our trustee board please contact Brad (the new CEO) and download and send in a nomination form.