What’s the cost? Cost of Living & Inequalities Conference

Our Cost of Living and Inequalities Conference will bring together leading voices from across the city to share insight, understand challenges and plot pathways forwards through the current economic climate.  

Date: Tuesday 28 March, 2023 - 09:30 to 15:00
Prices: Member £0.00, Non-member £45.00

Voscur is aware that organisations of all sizes are struggling to remain open against the pressure of massively increasing costs, combined with further increases in demand. We are therefore bringing VCSE Sector organisations and funders together to discuss how the sector can be supported to be sustainable against rising costs. Organisations on the front-line of supporting those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis as well as funders will be taking an active role in the conference as participants, speakers, and workshop leaders.

The event will feature a series of workshops, talks and presentations offering key perspectives on the Cost of Living crisis, and inequality more broadly.  

The conference will be held at Knowle West Media Centre, on March 28th between 0930 – 1500. 

You will have the opportunity to attend one of the following workshops:

  1. Funding Perspectives in the cost of living crisis

A chance to hear from a panel of representatives from a range of local and national funders on how the crisis is affecting their thinking and changing their approach to grantmaking.


  1. Working in partnership through crisis

For organisations already in partnerships, or looking to establish new ones, external stresses can make it harder to start and maintain positive and productive relationships. We’ll look at how partnership working can support your organisation’s sustainability and share tips on keeping the working relationship positive.


  1. Managing costs, making savings

Hear from the Media Centre’s Finance Director on how she and her team have negotiated the financial stresses the crisis has put on the organisation, and share your “Top Tips” for cost management.


  1. Data for funding bids; where can we find it?

As the cost of living crisis develops several different sources of excellent real-time data have come into being to track the scale and impact. We’ll look at these sources and how you can use what they are telling us to back up your case for funding.


  1. Planning to avoid pitfalls

It’s hard to plan ahead during uncertainty and stress, but times of crisis are when your organisation has most need to know where you want to go and how best to get there. This workshop will share some quick and simple approaches to planning to help avoid the pitfalls that

Before coming back together as a group for further workshops, including:

Tackling Health Inequalities – how the VCSE sector can make change 

Inequalities in health and its causes runs deep through our society and impacts on the care that people receive and the opportunities for us all to lead healthy lives.  

This workshop will focus on understanding the changes to our local healthcare system with the development of new Integrated Care System (ICS), what this means for VCSE organisations and communities and how health research can help to tackle growing health inequalities.  

This workshop has been funded by the NIHR Clinical Research Network West of England. 

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