Workshops, Forums and Conferences

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Tue 23rd January - North Devon and Torridge Fundraisers' Forum at The Calvert Trust from 2 - 4pm.  Open to all fundraisers.  Again free, but must be booked by emailing  Guest speaker to be advised.

Wed 24th January - Northern Devon Voluntary Sector Health and Wellbeing Forum, in Barnstaple Library, from 10am - 12.30pm.  Free to attend, but must be booked by emailing


Saturday 3rd February 2018 - Germinate Enterprise Workshop - Hatherleigh Community Centre 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Germinate Enterprise is all about supporting new rural businesses. This particular workshop will be led by Gerry Marhsall - the designer of the whole Enterprise programme and immediate past CEO of Germinate (the Arthur Rank Centre). The day is being sponsored by Germinate, Growing the Rural Church Project and the Methodist Southwest Learning Network. We are really lucky to be able to have the opportunity of attending this day locally. Cost will be £5. The day is for anyone considering starting a rural business, or individuals and organisations who could support further workshops and the businesses themselves.Booking via the link in the flyer. Download the flyer here

Wed 6th February - North Devon Volunteer Managers' Forum 10am - 1pm, in The Voice office, next to the Bus Station.  The theme for our forum in February with be General Data Protection Regulation.  The session will be delivered by Get up to Speed and will inform you of changes to Data Protection that take effect in May 2018. Free, but please book by emailing

Stepping Stones - Youth Work for everyone - 3rd March 2018, St Mary's Church Bideford

Paul Reisbach (Exeter Diocese Youth Worker) says

Over the last few years, I have come to realise that there are a lot of churches in Devon that feel like “youth work” is just beyond them; that it’s too much.

I am hoping to use this day conference “Stepping Stones” (see programme attached) to help people realise that youth ministry doesn’t have to be all singing, all dancing but there are many ways that they can make small steps (hence stepping stones) toward working effectively with young people in their area.

For some this might mean starting some sort of youth club – but for others it may be as simple as committing to pray with (some sort of focus or structure) for the young people in their area/ local school on a regular basis.

As a part of this day I am hoping to be able to deliver a number of short / punchy talks around youth work.  These talks break down in to two streams: 1) three talks on peoples personal journey’s (as volunteers; I don’t want to perpetuate the thinking that you need a qualified and full time youth worker to do youth work) on growing their church’s connection with young people from 0-5, 5-10, and 10-15 respectively) and 2) Some slightly longer talks around some topics that have been requested.  I’ve attached the programme so you can get a better idea about what it is that I am talking about.

All of the talks are surrounded by discussion and feedback times and the whole trajectory of the day is such that people should leave feeling encouraged with some clear practical ideas about what to do next. I should say – lunch is included!

Booking info will be available shortly

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