General news of interest to the social enterprise sector in the region.

Connect YH

Connect YH : Annual Conference for Yorkshire & Humber Support & Development Organisations Friday 26 April 10.15 to 16.45 followed by evening meal Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley BD16 2TA This year's conference focuses on the challenges facing support and development organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber as the key changes in health, funding programmes and the welfare state are implemented. The conference’s content is drawn from issues which colleagues have highlighted as priorities.   The focus of the day is on peer support, creating effective working relationships and on practical actions for the future. Colleagues in the sector will introduce sessions from their experience and thinking. Connect YH (previously held at Cober Hill, Scarborough) is one of the best opportunities to meet colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you are new to Yorkshire & Humber, or to your job, it is a chance to get to know colleagues. It is open primarily to Chief Officers. This year it will be a one day event but we have built in some time for a walk and an early evening meal together for those who can stay.   Conference programme Book now


£49 to cover venue, refreshments and lunch

Book now Please complete and return this booking form by Friday 19 April 2013. Places limited.   Venue Cardigan House is 5 minutes walk from Bingley Railway Station. Map

CLES Summit 2013: An economy for all

The summit will explore the two key questions of our times: * What does the national and local policy need to do, so that we can start to bridge the growing and deepening divides? * What can we all do in cities, towns and in local areas to secure an inclusive social, economic and environmentally just future?

The ‘right way’ to riot

Bristol greeted the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death with a customary bout of rioting. Maybe it’s something in the cider, but every occasion between the introduction of bridge tolls in 1793 to the opening of a Tesco Metro in 2011 has been marked by lobbing lumps of concrete at the establishment.

Lessons from Croydon for the future

I remember buying one of those novelty books a few years ago which enjoyed the title Boring Postcards. It was a book that revelled in the peculiar excitement that local authorities have for their new developments, however mundane they might appear to the outside world.

As an example of this, I remember getting a press release from Walsall when I was being a weekly newspaper editor with the headline ‘Joy at Opening of Tourist Kiosk’.

Local to the national - Hebden Bridge

Local to the national - Hebden Bridge 9.30 - 1.00, Friday 19 April 2013 Salem Resource Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HB

Local to the national: the latest legislative developments and how to influence power   A joint event hosted by the Yorkshire and Humber Rural Network and the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service looking at how to influence and scrutinise legislation affecting local government, your parish or town council. The workshop will focus on current legislation that has had an impact on local government, influencing legislation currently passing through Parliament and the role of Committees and scrutiny.  The Houses of Parliament Outreach Service will talk you through what current legislation may affect your community, how to influence it and how to effectively get your views heard within Parliament.

We will cover

Recent legislation affecting local government How to influence legislation Barriers to influencing Scrutiny Working with MPs on local government issues


Daniel Wood Outreach Officer - North East, Yorkshire & Humber Houses of Parliament Outreach Service

Who should attend?

Parish Councillors CVS staff Community groups interested in the application of their Rights in the community

  For more information please contact Ed Poulter

Price   The workshop is free and includes lunch. A £20 will be charged if you book a place and do not attend on the day.

Book now! Please complete and return this booking form. Places limited.   

We are also holding Local to the national at the other venues around Yorkshire and Humber:

Friday 15 March 2013, 9.30 - 1.00  Central Community Association, Lindum Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6QU Friday 22 March 2013, 9.30 - 1.00 Skipton, venue tbc

Friday 26 April 2013, 9.30 - 1.00 Penistone Town Council, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR

Recession and resilience in Govan and Gallatown

Surf, Scotland's independent regeneration network, investigated the impacts of the recession on two communities, and assessed how local responses are helping maintain their resilience. Derek Rankine reports.


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