People, Partnerships, Prevention Conference

People, Partnerships, Prevention Conference

Delegates turned out in force for the CVS Inverclyde third sector conference 2016, PeoplePartnerships, Prevention, at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock on Wednesday 14th September. 

“The conference focused on empowering people and communities to take on greater responsibility and work in partnership to help tackle inequalities, as we looked at early intervention and the long-term benefits that can bring,” said Ian Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Inverclyde.  

“We welcomed another great line up of speakers, and enjoyed informative, lively debate during our question and answer panel session and workshops. Delegates also had the opportunity to network and meet representatives from a wide range of organisations, who hosted information stalls to tell us more about their work.” 

Pictured with Ian (back centre left) and Claire Jefcoate, Centre Manager of conference sponsor, Oak Mall Shopping Centre, are speakers (from left), Dr Claire Bynner, Research Associate, What Works Scotland (WWS); Professor Ken Gibb, Co-Director, WWS; Alex Meikle, Partnership Integration Facilitator, CVS Inverclyde; conference host Annie Gunner Logan, Director with the Coalition of Care & Support Providers in Scotland; Bill Clements, Deputy Manager, CVS Inverclyde; Tam Baillie, Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland; and Wilma Bain, Inverclyde Council’s Corporate Director of Education, Communities and Organisational Development. Derrick Pearce, Quality and Development Service Manager, Inverclyde HSCP also presented along with Alex.

The range of afternoon workshops included sessions around changing the landscape of health and social care in Inverclyde, an overview of the GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) approach, an open forum debate on Brexit and its implications, funding, procurement, volunteering and how HMP Greenock engages with communities. 

The Community Empowerment Act and what it means locally, from asset transfers to participation requests, was also on the agenda. Rounding off the day, delegates enjoyed relaxation techniques and learned how to eliminate stress with mind and body expert, Faster EFT practitioner and life coach, Gordon Anderson.

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