Welcome to the South and Vale Forum 2017 booking page.

On this page you will find the all important information on the training sessions, venue location, timings and most importantly, the booking form (at the bottom of the page).

The timing for the event will be as follows:

9.15 Arrival and registration with refreshments – a chance to network with colleagues
9.45 Welcome and opening from the Chair of the Forum – the Rt. Rev, the Bishop of Dorchester, Colin Fletcher
9.50 Introduction and Council updates and local government reorganisation:

David Hill (Chief Executive, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils)

John Cotton (Leader, South Oxfordshire District Council)

Matthew Barber (Leader, Vale of White Horse District Council)




Working better together to save money: why it makes sense and how you can do it better
Grant Hayward, Collaborent LtdHow to get the best from volunteers: useful tips and some possible pitfalls from a local charity, Richard Kennell, SOFEA (South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy)
11.00 to 12.15 Facilitated information and good practice session – coffee and refreshments available
12.15 to 1.15 Funding and information fair and networking lunch – a chance to network with colleagues and to meet and get advice from organisations who offer grants and sector information

Closing remarks

1.15 to 2.45 Training Session One (choose one from the following)

  • Recruit and retain volunteers: Find them and keep them, Emily Shaw, OCVA
  • What does a funder want to see in a funding application? John Hayes, OCVA
  • Business Partnerships; creating and developing them: Why you should and how you can, Grant Hayward, Collaborent Ltd
  • Promoting your organisation using social media, David Green, Green Pepper Consulting
2.45 to 3.00 Coffee and refreshments available between workshops
3.00 to 4.30 Training Session Two (choose one from the above list)
4.30 Ends

Training Sessions

You can choose to attend two training sessions out of the four offered. Although this is a free event we do need you to reserve your place to secure your two training sessions. Please note that this year we need you to book a place for the training sessions before the day of the forum, at the time you register. Places are offered on a first come first served basis.

Recruit and retain volunteers: Find them and keep them
Room: TBC    Code: 1A/2A
You’ll leave this session enthused and energised; equipped with plenty of ideas for launching your own effective advertising campaign and armed with practical strategies for keeping hold of the volunteers you manage to recruit! This is an action-packed workshop, so come ready to reflect on your current practice, share ideas and learn from colleagues in the sector.
Trainer: Emily Shaw (OCVA Volunteer Centre Coordinator)
Emily is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management in Managing Volunteers. She previously worked as a school teacher in large comprehensives in Wakefield so enjoys including plenty of activities to make training sessions interactive and keep participants on their toes. Emily delivers bespoke training to meet specific needs and currently works with voluntary organisations across sector and county to share knowledge of the success of strategies. As the Volunteer Centre Coordinator, she has first-hand experience and insights from volunteers who are looking for opportunities in Oxfordshire.

What does a funder want to see in a funding application?
Room: TBC    Code: 1B/2B
This session will show you how to researching funders and teach some tricks and tools for writing a good funding application…

  • Identify what a funder wants to see in your funding application.
  • What clues are there?
  • Where do you find them?
  • How do you apply them?

Trainer: John Hayes, (OCVA Development Worker)
John started working in the voluntary sector for a rural Mental Health charity in Wales. He was then recruited by the local CVS to cover Brecknockshire as a community and organisational development worker, working with groups on governance, legal and funding issues and working with communities on community development and local participation in neighbourhood regeneration and development. After working in Wales for ten years he moved to the South East of England where he currently fulfils a similar role at OCVA.

Business partnerships; creating and developing them: Why you should and how you can
Room: TBC    Code: 1C/2C
In this interactive workshop, Grant will take a deep dive with you into this increasingly important and valuable topic. You will explore what businesses are really looking for and why – what’s in it for them? What is it you have that they are interested in and how can you benefit – what resources and support can you access? Finding and approaching the right partners is often considered challenging. There is no magic bullet or one-size fits all. But using real and local examples you will gain a better understanding of the sorts of powerful partnerships that you could establish and develop to create practical and positive outcomes.
Gaining insight into the value of what you have that is attractive to potential partners, how to harness it and engage with businesses could lead to new connections, reduced costs and even new forms of income and funding. Emerging conditions and initiatives are shaping an environment that you and your organisation can take full advantage of. Don’t miss out and get left behind….
Trainer: Grant Hayward, Collaborent Ltd., OxLEP/OBS Network Navigator, ROBIN and Reciprocate
After a successful career in business, Grant followed his heart and moved to the voluntary sector where his extensive business experience and expertise was complemented with that attained working and volunteering with charities. He has established and developed two networks to bring the business and voluntary sectors together to share skills and resources and has facilitated some powerful collaborations with large international businesses as well as small, local employers, increasingly keen to engage in their local communities.
Through his company, Collaborent Ltd., he now provides specialist support to organisations from all sectors to open up and develop mutually beneficial, cross-sector collaborations and partnerships. He has a role with OxLEP’s Oxfordshire Business Support Programme (OBS) as “Network Navigator” for Social Enterprise and Social Innovation, providing free support to charities and Social Enterprises that want to start up or grow. He continues to volunteer to help run ROBIN, is a Skills Exchange Ambassador under a Cabinet Office backed initiative, is an Ambassador for Monument Community Trust and sits on the Steering Groups of Reciprocate and Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership.

Promoting your organisation using Social Media
Room: TBC    Code: 1D/2D

This workshop will show you how to use social media more effectively in order to promote your organisation’s aims and activities. It’s for anyone responsible for social media and/or marketing, users of social media within organisations, leaders, and managers. It will cover targeting your audience, building your reach on social media, more effective content, and the role of social media in marketing.
This session will help participants to become more confident in using social media to market their organisation, whether that be for events, campaigns or more generally to raise awareness. It will consider how to start and extend your organisation’s presence on social media; and look at the importance of segmenting and targeting your audience to suit the media, the message and to increase response rates. Using examples from Facebook and Twitter, we will then consider how to make content more effective. Finally, we will consider briefly, the wider role of using social media in relation to other important methods of communication and marketing.
Trainer: David Green (Green Pepper Consulting)
David Green is the director of Green Pepper Consulting, a social enterprise providing support on social media, employment relations, leadership and management skills. He has 25 years of experience on employment relations issues and writing and delivering courses for both commercial and voluntary sector workers. He has sound knowledge of UK employment law and has written booklets on dealing with grievance and disciplinary problems, workplace well-being and a range of employment relations on issues from employment contracts to using social media safely.


The Forum will be held at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.
There are good public transport links to Cornerstone Arts Centre either by bus or train. If you are driving to the event please follow the link: directions and maps for details on where you can secure long stay parking. Please ensure you allow enough time for your journey, to find parking and locate the venue.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us using the subject heading ‘South and Vale VCS Forum’ and email training@ocva.org.uk or call 01865 251946


Booking confirmation will be sent to you shortly after we have received your registration.