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‘Bridging the Gap between Policy Reforms and Practice.’

Annual conference and Advice Fair for voluntary and community sector groups and organizations across East Sussex. Tuesday March 13th, 2011, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, 9:40am - 2:30pm

The Big Event 2012 was organised to give local organisations an opportunity to better understand recent national reforms, identify opportunities and engage in dialogue with both the public sector and other voluntary organisations. The conference speakers and round table workshops focused on two key areas: Health & Social Care and Welfare & Legal Aid. This was accompanied by an Advice Fair offering hands on support to local groups and information about free and low-cost services available. The event was attended by over 185 participants and received very positive feedback.


Online resources from THE BIG EVENT 2012

To view the BIG EVENT 2012 PROGRAMME, please CLICK HERE.

To view an updated version of the Welfare Reform briefing, written by Nick Hopkins from East Sussex Advice Plus (ESAP), please CLICK HERE.

To view some of the key results that came out of the Event evaluation process though feedback, please CLICK HERE.


Speaker Presentations

Click below to view the powerpoint slides for the following speakers:

1) Katherine Atkinson from RAISE – Changes to Health & Social Care

2) Julie Eason, East Sussex Advice Plus - Changes to Welfare & Legal Aid (updated version online HERE)

3) Sue Hennell, Brighton Housing Trust – The Case Study


Delegate Packs

Click below to view/ download the contents of the conference delegate packs

1) Map of Floral Hall, showing Advice Fair layout

2)  Advice Fair list of stalls , Advice Fair floorplan

3) Sponsorship acknowledgement

4) Speakers' Biographies

5) Health and Social Care Bill explained

6) The Impact of Welfare Reform and Financial Inclusion in East Sussex and its Districts

7) Delegate list

8) Feedback form


Organisers: The event is organised by SpeakUp Forum, together with CVS Partnership (which brings together 3 Councils for Voluntary Services in East Sussex - HVA, RVA and 3VA).

Sponsors: SpeakUp Forum would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support, without which the Big Event 2012 could not have taken place.

For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Jenny on 01323 72 78 72.