Our Annual Convention: Connecting members to the bigger picture as well as local issues

The purpose of the Civic Voice Annual Convention is to connect the civic movement together and to help groups influence the national picture. Both were aims civic societies said they wanted from Civic Voice when we set up.

The Civic Voice Annual Convention is a fantastic celebration. We talk about the annual convention a lot to members and this year’s event is going to be the biggest and best yet. We are passionate about the annual gathering as we know the success it brings to groups in being re energised. You meet likeminded people.It takes your learning and understanding to another level because you get to experience the vibrancy of the civic movement coming together.

Reading, listening and participating are all great things to do, but by coming to Wakefield, you will experience “Civic Voice”. It is a different level of engagement. The Civic Voice Annual Convention is the best Civic Voice event of the year and we know it will help you and your civic society yield extraordinary results. We think it is an event that every committee member for a community group across England should consider.

We think at £50 to attend (and £45 for additional individuals from the same civic society) is worth at least considering it! 

What will you get for that?

The latest programme is available here.

  • Laura Sandys, Civic Voice Vice-president is confirmed to speak on the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 along with 
  • Trevor Mitchell, Regional Director of Historic England 

You will get to hear from a plethora of industry experts over the two days.

  • Colin Davis, industry expert on the public realm.
  • Rob Cowan, industry expert and author of the London Design Guide on urban design
  • Sophia de Sousa, industry expert on community engagement
  • Rob Lloyd Sweet, expert on local heritage listing
  • Trevor Mitchell, regional director at Historic England talk about conservation areas?

It is the event for you to attend if you are in a civic society.

Nowhere else and no other conference in this country would bring such a unique network of individuals together for you. These experts are doing it because of the relationship they have with Civic Voice.

You will also get to hear from other civic societies who will be sharing experiences of

  • Paul Cartwright on how Pontefract Civic Society have used the Civic Society Assessment Tool
  • Leeds Civic Trust on how they are growing corporate membership
  • David White, coordinator of the Deal Society work on conservation appraisals
  • Kevin Trickett on how he modernised Wakefield civic society
  • Gavin Orton, Birmingham Civic Society on Birmingham’s work with local school

If that isn’t enough

We will be having workshops on

• An Introduction to the Planning System for members who need the jargon in plain English
• How to be a success at Fundraising – learning from groups who have achieved HLF funding and are growing membership
• Social media – we will have a go at that! Learn from other civic societies using this tool to grow their influence and grow your reputation
• The Alliance of Cathedral Cities Alliance sharing thoughts on the future of historic towns

If that isn’t Enough

We have exhibition stands from sector bodies including

  • Ancient Monuments Society
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Historic England
  • CPRE
  • And many others

We are passionate about the annual gathering as we know the success it brings to groups in being re energised. You can meet people like you. It will take your learning and understanding
Reading, listening and participating by going to an event. It is a different level of engagement. The Civic Voice annual convention is the best Civic Voice event of the year and we know it will help you and your civic society yield extraordinary results. We think it is an event that every committee member for a community group across England should consider. We think it will be worth your while at least considering it.

And be the first to hear about our plans for

  • Civic Day 2018
  • Civic Survey 2017 Results
  • Big Conservation Conversation
  • Civic Voice Design Awards
  • Winners of Marsh Awards 2017
  • The movement and its future

The Civic Voice Annual Convention is a full-day two day event and is being delivered in partnership with Wakefield Civic Society. Our goal is to bring together like minded individuals to give workshops and talk that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter to the civic movement.

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