Forth Valley Third Sector Conference 2023 Open for Bookings

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Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE), CVS Falkirk and Clackmannanshire TSI (CTSI) are delighted to announce we will once again be hosting our annual Forth Valley Third Sector Conference for 2023.

We will be hosting a hybrid event which will consist of one day of digital workshops on March 22nd and one 'in person' day at the Dobbie Hall, Falkirk on March 23rd. The Conference theme is ‘Connected, Caring Communities’ and you can expect this year’s sessions and workshops to deliver varied perspectives, ideas and discussion stemming from this theme.

Join us for this chance to come together as the local Forth Valley Third Sector, engaging in thought-provoking discussions and practical, informative workshops that will be sure to leave you feeling inspired.

The workshop are as follows


Wednesday 22nd March Digital Conference Day


Measuring Your Social Impact 

Facilitator – Emma Liddell, Social Value Lab 

This session will cover the basics of what we mean by measuring social, community and environmental impact and why that’s important. You will have the opportunity to explore why you do what you do, what the positive outcomes of your work are, and formal and informal approaches to evidencing the difference your organisation makes to your beneficiaries. 


Getting the Edge: How to be Attractive to Funders

Facilitator - Lee Stevenson, SVE

The Aim of the Session

To gain the basic skills and knowledge required to be funding ready.


-  To be aware of the steps required to be ready to apply   for funding

- To understand the importance of meeting funders’ criteria

- To learn about common pitfalls, and how to avoid them

- To identify a variety of funding sources


Being a supportive third sector employer 

Facilitator – Navigator 

Join HR experts Navigator for a session to learn more about being an effective and supportive employer of staff. 


Supporting connections for wellbeing: Power of information 

Facilitator – Angela Fulton, Health & Social Care Alliance 

Join the Digital Hub team from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) to chat about ways information can support connections for wellbeing, how we can help, and how you can get involved. 


Compassionate Communities 

Facilitator – Strathcarron Compassionate Communities

Team Members of the Strathcarron Compassionate Communities Team will share stories about how communities have come together to support each other through caring, grieving and dying.  This workshop will explore the role we all have supporting each other through these difficult and universal experiences, and what we can do both as professionals and community members.


Engaging Young Volunteers 

Facilitator - CVS Falkirk Volunteering Team

Our young people are creative, proactive, and as the last few years have shown, very resilient!  Hear from CVS Falkirk’s volunteering team, and their guests, about ways to get young people volunteering with your groups, including examples of what’s worked best for others, and how they overcame different challenges. 


Thursday 23rd March In Person Conference Day


Volunteering for All Presentation & Discussion

Facilitated by Volunteer Scotland & MECCOP

This session will look at the Volunteering for All plan and its relevance to all third sector organisations. Join us for an interactive Session on how this programme will be introduced, how it should be monitored and evaluated and  what steps we can take to help shape our work going forward to ensure that everyone volunteer.


Climate action an activism for the third sector

Facilitator – Forth Environment Link (FEL) 

Forth Environment Link (FEL) is a Scottish environmental charity, based in the Forth Valley, leading the way on connecting people and place on actions which make a positive response to the Climate Emergency. During this session they will explore what climate action and activism means for the third sector and volunteers, and the key part they can play in achieving a truly just transition. 


Kindness in Practice: A Third Sector Perspective

Facilitator – Compassionate Communities Team, Strathcarron Hospice

Members of the Strathcarron Compassionate Communities Team will look at different approaches to "kindness".  Is there such a thing as "Bad Kindness"?  This is an interactive workshop exploring reciprocity and mutuality, and how this applies to living in a more compassionate world.


What does a Human Rights and Equalities first approach look like? 

Facilitator – Alice Tucker, Third Sector Human Rights & Equalities 

Join us for a conversation about what taking a human rights and equalities first approach could look like for the third sector.   

How can you bring human rights and equalities into the way you work, develop as an organisation and create an inclusive culture that extends out to the way you deliver your services?  

Join us to learn: 

  • About human rights and equalities - what are they, and why do they matter? 
  • What a human rights and equalities first approach is and why it is relevant to you and your organisation. 
  • How to apply a human rights and equalities first approach and what steps you can take now.  


Building Better Relationships and Dignity at Work

Facilitator – Aileen Schofield, NHS Health Promotion Service

Human beings are naturally social creatures. And when you consider that we spend one-third of our lives at work, it's clear that good relationships with colleagues will make our jobs more enjoyable.

The more comfortable co-workers are around one other, the more confident they'll feel voicing opinions, brainstorming, and going along with new ideas, for example. This level of teamwork is essential to embrace change, create, and innovate. And when people see the successes of working together in this way, group morale and productivity soars. 

Building and maintaining good working relationships will make you more engaged with your work, improve your career potential, and help to elevate your whole team.

Good work relationships also give you freedom. Instead of spending time and energy dealing with negative relationships, you can, instead, focus on opportunities, personal development and help to improve trust, respect, self-awareness, inclusion, and open communication


Community Space Architecture Design and Planning

Facilitator - Steve Malone, Principal Architect for Architecture and Design Scotland

This Workshop will explore the theme of Connected, Caring Communities and how an innovative approach and design model at a local level can contribute to this.



Wellbeing Economy – working towards delivering human and ecological wellbeing

Facilitator -  Anna Chrysopoulou, the Scotland Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Anna Chrysopoulou from the Scotland Wellbeing Economy Alliance will deliver a workshop on how the Wellbeing Economy can help to support the theme of Connected and Caring Communities. The workshop will investigate how humanity should determine economics and not the other way around and explore the principles and projects that can support this


You can book your place here. 







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