HVA Annual General Meeting 2012

Hastings Voluntary Action's AGM & Conference took place on Thursday 29th November 2012, at The Christ Church Parish Centre and the Magnet Centre, St Leonards.

At a time when voluntary and community organisations are facing many challenges, funding is scarce and infrastructure services are stretched to the limit, HVA's 2012 Conference examined how the sector itself can provide its own solutions to many of these problems. It focused on the “social capital” potential of having so many local community organisations and how we can share resources, learning, contacts and experience at such a crucial time. It seeks to address questions like:-

  • How can we use our networks to offer genuine benefits to local groups and build worthwhile relationships between organisations?

  • What kind of links and partnerships are needed between VCOs in this new environment?

  • How can HVA enable community leaders to share experience, learn from each other and have genuine influence?

  • What support would local groups need if they wish to share resources, space or services with others?

  • How can we build on the massive network of community intelligence and contact with service users we have to ensure that responses to consultation exercises are comprehensive and meaningful?  

The guest speaker was Kathy Atkinson, the Chief Executive of RAISE. RAISE aims to inform and involve voluntary and community organisations, enabling them to influence the wellbeing of local communities in the South East.