September 15 deadline for local voluntary and community organisations to book their place on free event

East Devon voluntary organisations, community groups along with town and parish councils, are reminded to book their places on the district council’s free annual 'Working Together for the Future of East Devon' conference, which is taking place on Friday 29 September.

The event, which takes place from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Knowle in Sidmouth, aims to bring local agencies together to improve communications between the voluntary and statutory sectors. Voluntary organisations play a vital role in the quality of life in East Devon.

The theme for this year is communities doing it for themselves, with speakers covering a variety of topics. Attendees will acquire useful information about issues such as how to recruit and keep volunteers and how to keep an organisation or community service going.

Speakers include local organisations such as the Devon Freewheelers, Broadclyst Community Farm and Action East Devon.  Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with each other and forge valuable links with other East Devon groups. 

The conference is free, but people attending are asked to bring with them items of non-perishable food, such as packets of dried food or tinned goods, which will be collected by a local foodbank and later handed out to needy families in the area.

Places are limited to one per organisation/group and must be booked in advance. To find out more or book your place please e-mail jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone (01395) 517569 with your name and contact details and the name of the organisation you are representing before 15 September 2017.

Councillor Jill Elson, portfolio holder for Sustainable Homes and Communities at East Devon District Council, said:

This annual conference is extremely successful and enables many local voluntary organisations to meet each other and share this information with their clients.

This gives them the opportunity to learn about the provision in East Devon and the chance to see whether they can work together with other organisations. It also shows them how they can help more people by passing on valuable experience or gaining knowledge.