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Annual Conference 2016

Thursday 3rd March at at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre.

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Build and Maintain Your Own Website

Our new one day training course will teach you how to build and maintain your own website.

You will follow step by step instructions from the tutor so only a basic understanding of using a computer will be required. During the day you will develop your website from an existing template and learn everything needed to maintain the site in the future.

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Matching Volunteers
with Opportunities

Volunteer in…Staffordshire is about matching volunteers with
volunteering opportunities across the Staffordshire region.

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The Dudson Centre

The Dudson Centre is a community resource centre for voluntary sector organisations in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The resource centre managed by VAST offers:

Click here to visit The Dudson Centre website.

Annual Conference 2013

Thursday 25th April at Keele Hall

This years Voluntary Sector Annual Conference will take on a similar feel to previous years with guest speakers, exhibition stands and workshops on a variety of topics.

We are delighted that Kevin Curley, Voluntary Sector Advisor and former CEO of NAVCA has confirmed as guest speaker of the day.

Conference Agenda

  • 09:30am – Welcome and Coffee
  • 10.00am – Opening Speech by Terry Crowe, Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent
  • 10.10am – VAST Chair of Trustees – Neil Dawson
  • 10:20am – VAST Chief Executive – Sajid Hashmi
  • 10:30am – Guest Speaker – Kevin Curley (former NAVCA CEO)
  • 11:15am – Coffee and Refreshments
  • 11:30am – Q & A Session (see below)
  • 12:30pm – Lunch and Networking
  • 13:30pm – Workshops (see below)
  • 14:30pm – Coffee and Refreshments
  • 14:45pm – Workshops (repeated)
  • 16:00pm – Close

Q & A Session

The Q and A Session at the conference is the opportunity to ask our panel questions relating to their field of expertise. The panel this year includes:

  • Kevin Curley – Former NAVCA CEO and Voluntary Sector Advisor
  • Jacqui McKinlay – Director for Customer Services and Communications Staffordshire County Council
  • Tony Oakman – Director, Stoke City Council
  • Dr Andrew Bartlam – Clinical Accountable Officer of Stoke-on-Trent CCG
  • Geraint Griffiths – Deputy Chief Executive, Staffordshire & Stoke Partnership NHS Trust
  • Gareth Snell – Leader of Newcastle Borough Council


The following workshops will run twice throughout the afternoon so you will have the opportunity to attend two sessions.

  • Understanding Outcomes
  • Social Media (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Love thy Tender (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Funding
  • How to Attract Volunteers (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Your Health in your Hands – Lifestyle session (14.45 Session Available)

For further information please contact our Marketing Department at or by telephone on 01782 683030.