Free events focus on partnerships in challenging times

Making Sense: A practical discussion to improve the way government and the voluntary sector work together

Compact Voice is hosting free nationwide events designed to help local voluntary, community and public sector delegates navigate what’s happening at the intersection of government and the voluntary sector.
The events are in London (17th March), Bristol (15th March) and Leeds (10th March). 
Speakers and panelists include thought leaders from Central Government, leaders from voluntary organisations, the Local Government Ombudsman, New Local Government Network,  Think Tanks and local experts from voluntary and community sector forums and organisations.

Delegates will also be invited to participate in discussions about issues directly relevant to local partnership working.

Confirmed guests so far*

  • Simon Parker - New Local Government Network
  • John Copps – New Venture Philanthropy
  • Mick King - Local Government Ombudsman
  • David Mills – the Guardian (event moderator)
  • David Smith - Chair of Compact Implementation Group
  • Seb Elsworth - Director of Strategy at ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) 
  • Jonathan Carr-West - Local Government Information Unit

Compact Voice will announce the full speaker, panel and moderator list from 28 February. 
The delegate list will be split 50/50 between public and voluntary sector to enable fair representation, meaningful discussions and a new networking opportunity. Registered guests already include representatives from social enterprises, national charities, local volunteers, local government officers and health commissioners. Places are still available.

More information:

For more information about the events go to our special events feature page:

For direct notification of the final speaker list or for a promotional pack to distribute to your network, contact

The events are being promoted through both sector networks countrywide.

* Guests will vary between each event.



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