Social Innovation – Doing Things Differently in Halton & St Helens

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This year’s AGM and Annual Conference will be held together, in St Helens. This is a key event for us as it will be the Annual meeting where our chair Jean Mulford will stand down from her role after more than 25 years. 

The focus of the conference is SOCIAL INNOVATION and how we can work together locally to do things differently.

Join us for Social innovation – Doing things differently in Halton & St Helens on 24th September at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens. The conference will start at 9.30am and conclude at 3.30pm and include our Annual General Meeting. We will hear from Jackie Le Fevre, Values Expert on the importance of values for innovation and thinking differently and Mark Swift, Wellbeing Enterprises CIC Ltd on social innovations and their potential to empower communities and transform public services.

Afternoon workshops will focus on Social Pioneering – navigating something new.  The aim will be to prompt different thinking within the local sector, to promote the sharing of innovative services and approaches that help groups respond to the changing environment, survive, thrive and respond to local needs. The conference will potentially enable us to introduce a conversation with local groups about this, share information from local groups and across the country where other organisations have been able to innovate, either in the way they raise money and fund their activities, in the way they deliver services or in the way they work with others.

Finally, we have invited a range of local funders and support organisations for a marketplace and you will get a number of opportunities to get information and talk to them about your work and projects.

More information will be shared with delegates as you register. This is a great opportunity for you to get together with other colleagues from local organisations, talk to funders and hear from colleagues and experts in our workshops about how you think about your work differently.

For more information contact Sally or Annie or

Conference Programme

9.30am      Arrival and registration

10.00am    Welcome and Introductions Sally Yeoman, Chief Executive - Halton & St Helens VCA     

PEOPLE POWERED: Mark Swift Social Innovation across Halton & St Helens Chief Executive Officer - Wellbeing Enterprise CIC

BIG MAGIC: Jackie Le Fevre The innovator within us Director at Magma Effect

Question & Answer Session

11.30am through until 3.00pm - Networking & Meet the Funders Opportunity

11.45am - VCA Annual General Meeting and celebration for Jean Mulford MBE

12.30pm - 1.30pm Networking Lunch

Workshops 1.30pm - 2.15pm REPEATED again 2.30pm - 3.15pm

You will be able to pick 2 workshops to attend

Richard Harding - Innovation Agency NWC: Who will be focusing on Technology for social innovation introducing us to the idea of adopting technology that might help our sector do things differently.

Fully booked Elaine Hughes - Coalition of Disabled People: Needing to shift from being reliant on grant funding to income generation Elaine and her team have successfully rebranded and provide their services in a new way and will share her story and the critical success factors of their journey in social innovation.

Grace Dyke - Yellow Jigsaw: Yellow Jigsaw works with charities and social enterprises across the North West to get them seen and heard by funders, supporters and beneficiaries. Telling your social story well is key to innovation.

Roy Benyon - Invest St Helens: an opportunity to learn more about the innovative approach to the approach to growing St Helens and the Ambassador programme and the role the local VCSE sector can play.

Jackie Le Fevre - Magma Effect: flexible thinking for innovation, from the 5 'i's of creativity to idea generating 'jump leads' these are tools that EVERYONE can use.

Big Lottery: come and here about the various funding streams available through Big Lottery and the changes that have been made in the application process.

24th September, 2018 9:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
St Helens R.F.C.
The Totally Wicked Stadium
McManus Drive
St Helens, WA9 3AL

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Phone: 01928 592 405
Phone: 01744 457100

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Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.