Communities Can Conference

YMCA East Surrey

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded over £650m raised by players of the National Lottery, supporting over 13,000 projects all over the country. We fund thousands of local groups, many of them small, grassroots organisations. 80% of our grants are for under £10,000 and 60% of organisations receiving our funding have turnovers less than £100,000. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen those local community groups and charities be a powerful force for good, making a big difference, often with only small sums of money – supporting individuals to connect, reducing feelings of isolation, and helping communities thrive.

One year on since the first impacts of the pandemic were felt in the UK, you are invited to join us for a day of thought provoking discussion. We will be bringing together learning and insights gained over the past year, projects we have funded and sector leaders to explore how we can continue to support communities in the best possible way as the pandemic continues, but also looking to rebuild stronger as we look towards a brighter future post pandemic.

Each session will give grant holders, thought leaders and fellow funding organisations the opportunity to share the voices of those making the most difference on the ground. You will have the chance to share your thoughts and questions to participate in the discussion on how to get the best out of future activities that will help create strong, resilient communities.


Wednesday 24 March

09:30 - Welcome and introduction from Faiza Khan MBE, Engagement and Insight Director, The National Lottery Community Fund

09:35 - Keynote speech

09:50 - Young people and how they hope to build their future post COVID-19

10:40 - Break

10:50 - Rebuilding our planet – communities taking control of the environmental crisis

11:40 - Break

11:50 - Lightning talks – what successful communities should look like in the future

12:05 - The unequal impact of COVID-19 on communities

12:55 - Lunch break

13:40 - Welcome back from John Rose, Interim CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund

13:45 - Keynote speech: Baroness Diana Barran MBE, Minister for Civil Society, DCMS

14:00 - How communities will rebuild post COVID-19

14:50 - Lightning talks – what successful communities should look like in the future

15:05 - Break

15:15 - Funders and their role in building a better future for communities

16:10 - Close and thanks from Faiza Khan MBE

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