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Collaboration and Partnerships: Together for a Purpose!

At last year’s SpeakUp Big Event, we came together and identified priority actions we wanted to take to enhance the sustainability and development of the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex. One of those priorities was to “improve initiatives for collaborating and connecting”. This year, the SpeakUp Big Event is going to focus on exactly that!

The 2017 Big Event “Collaboration and Partnerships: Together for a Purpose!” will explore some of the many collaborative initiatives that are happening across East Sussex. Working together can allow us to pool resources, be innovative, share information, build knowledge, deliver services, and have a collective voice. Sometimes it allows our organisations and sectors to survive! We will look together at these potential purposes and benefits of collaboration, along with different types of, approaches to, and challenges of partnership working.

Over the course of the event, we will seek to surface and share lessons about how to improve our partnership working in East Sussex and make our collaborations as beneficial and energising as we can! We hope you will all come and share your experiences of collaborative projects within the Voluntary and Community Sector, and across sectors, at county level and locally.

As always, our annual Big Event includes an advice fair, conference presentations, breakaway workshops, and a final plenary workshop, as well as a delicious lunch and plenty of time to network and connect!

Further details of conference presentations and workshops will be announced nearer to the event. Follow us on Twitter @SpeakUpForum or check back here to keep up to date with the latest exciting developments!

Whether you are in the Voluntary and Community Sector or the public or private sectors, working in organisations big or small, we would be delighted for you to join us for this year’s SpeakUp Big Event. It is free to participate but due to limited space, you must register before the event.

Stalls at the advice fair are allocated on a first come first served basis, and must also be booked through this Eventbrite booking system. Stalls are free for those in the Voluntary and Community Sector and the public sector, but the cost for private companies is £40 per stall. The proceeds from this go directly towards the cost of the event.

If you are booking a stall and would also like to attend the conference presentations and workshops, you must both book a stall AND register yourself as a delegate.

We also still have opportunities available for sponsoring all or part of the Big Event 2017, and to advertise in our event brochure. Please contact Rebecca Luton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.