Published: 5 September 2014 at 14:40
Anglia Ruskin conference will focus on the challenges facing the charity sector
From being told to ‘stick to their knitting’ by the new charities minister to controversies surrounding the current ice bucket craze, it’s been an eventful summer for charities and social enterprises. But away from the headlines, third sector managers are being forced to confront a number of serious challenges.
Should they merge with other local charities? Can they reach more people by collaborating with others? What does the ageing population mean for their future? What are the main parties promising for charities and social enterprises in next year’s election and is ‘Big Society’ still on the agenda?
Anglia Ruskin University’s team of charity experts are holding a conference to discuss these issues on the Cambridge campus on Friday, 12 September. Turning the Corner will feature guest speakers including John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue, and Lynne Berry OBE, chair of the Commission on Voluntary Sector and Ageing.
Andy Brady, who runs Anglia Ruskin’s Certificate of Higher Education in Charity and Social Enterprise Management course, said:
Turning the Corner is presented by 3rd Sector Futures, which is part of Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School, in partnership with Social Enterprise East of England.Around 150 delegates are expected at the event, which also offers workshops on topics such as fundraising, social media and leadership. Turning the Corner is sponsored by four social enterprises: Central England Co-operative, Charity Bank, Leading Lives, and Realise Futures.