The Art of the Possible

Tuesday 10th September 2019

VOISE: Key Speakers

Guest Speakers for this event are:

Patrick Melia, Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council. Patrick will outline his vision for Sunderland City and the role of a vibrant and resilient VCS to support his vision moving forward.

Philip Foster, Chief Operating Officer of Sunderland Care and Support, appointed  chair of the All Together Better Alliance Board. The All Together Better Sunderland vanguard programme brought a wide range of specialist care providers together to explore how best to work together as one team and improve services for local people in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Carol Botten, Chief Executive of  VONNE, (Voluntary Organisations Network North East). Carol has worked in the voluntary and community sector for the best part of her professional life of over 20 years, with a specific background in development within the cultural and voluntary sectors.

Janette Hilton, has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years. Her background is in heritage, culture and well being developments across the city and the region. She is an experienced and passionate partnership worker and entrepreneur.  

WHAT is it all about?

To provide an opportunity to bring the sector together with key partners to engage in how the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) can best be supported and developed to enable a more vibrant, effective, resilient and resourceful sector.

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Have your say! This is an opportunity to hear from you and your organisations.

What do you what from a thriving VC Sector? how can it be delivered?

(1) Round-table – Where are we now?


(2) Round-table - The Art of the Possible  How do we achieve a thriving and vibrant voluntary and community sector for Sunderland?