The Charity Conference 2019


07 Nov 2019



The Jersey Community Partnership is running their Charity Conference for a second year on 28th November 2019 after the success of last year’s inaugural event which saw over 200 attendees come together for an afternoon of learning, networking, collaboration and action.

This year’s event is being held at the Radisson Blu and aims to attract members of the charitable sector, volunteers, government officials, philanthropy advisors and those interested in increasing their knowledge of the issues that affect the charity sector.

We are delighted to welcome Gerald Oppenheim, CEO of the UK’s Fundraising Regulator who will give the keynote speech on the future of fundraising.  Gerald follows an Opening Address from His Excellency, the Lieutenant-Governor.  After the keynote speech participants will be able to choose to attend three out of six seminars focussing on a range of topical issues, with a closing address from John Mills, Charity Commissioner for Jersey. 

Rachel French, CEO of the Jersey Community Partnership said: “We are delighted to announce our second Charity Conference designed to provide the information and expert guidance on some of the most important issues facing charities today. Voluntary and community organisations are the lifeblood of our island, but they face many challenges. The Jersey Community Partnership is here to support the 500+ charitable organisations who are passionate about making a difference by giving them the tools and information to help them be even more effective in their role. With the introduction of the charities register last year, ensuring our community has access to the information and assistance they need is a priority for us. Supported charities are stronger charities. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Even though charities, their trustees and their volunteers play such a key role in Jersey’s community there needs to be greater public awareness and Jersey Community Partnership wants to help with this. The Chairman of JCP, Nigel Smith said: “We all wish to see a thriving, coordinated and sustainable voluntary and community sector – a sector that attracts the right resources, knowledge and training whilst working collaboratively for maximum impact. Jersey has some of the brightest and best in many areas that would assist charities and it should be for government, corporates and individuals to ask themselves how they can help. This conference is a valuable way for us to get this message across whilst supporting charities.”

Charities in Jersey face a number of challenges and the Jersey Community Partnership plays a supporting role particularly in the areas of compliance with regulation, maximising social impact and championing effective philanthropy. This has led to a topical focus for the seminars, delivered by lived experience experts which range from data protection, outcomes based accountability, changes to legislation and diversity and inclusion.  Participants will be able to choose three from the six seminar sessions.

The conference is free to attend for those working or volunteering for a charitable organisation. This has only been possible because of the generous sponsorship of our headline sponsors Smith & Williamson. Aidan McAvinue, Managing Director of Smith & Williamson International remarked: “The charity sector in Jersey is undergoing dramatic change and the challenges are many and varied – as a community we have an opportunity, perhaps even an obligation, to collaborate and pool our best thinking and resources to ensure this change is for the good, rather than to the detriment, of our society. We are very pleased to be able to support the JCP in this initiative, just as we have supported the London Charity Conference, the Belfast Charity Conference and many other similar events. I also hope to contribute by sharing what we have learned as professionals in our dealings with many hundreds of charities in the UK and Ireland.”

Places at the conference can be reserved via Eventbrite or by calling Rachel on 07797 859481. Places are free for those working or volunteering for a charitable organisation, £25 for everyone else.

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