Advice North Somerset Conference success!

A big thank you to all who attended the Advice North Somerset Conference on 17th September. Nearly sixty people from 38 organisations attended and took advantage of the opportunity to network with colleagues from the advice & information sector.

“Excellent event, hopefully moving forward there will be an open day
for the Sector and quarterly ANS meetings.”

After a welcome and introduction from Anne Richards, Project Director and Lead Partner of Advice North Somerset, keynote speeches were delivered by Michael Bell, MBARC Associates on “Social Welfare Law – the gap in service provision and why it matters” and Sara Leeroth, North Somerset CAB on her “View from the Coalface”.

This was followed by workshop sessions held on Digital divide, Referrals, Social Policy, Access and Demand and Advice North Somerset.

“Very well organised and delivered. Excellent opportunity
for networking and discussing pertinent issues.”

The day went really well and a lot of positive feedback was received for which many thanks. Various documents from the event can be viewed by clicking on the links above or below:

Conference agenda
Michael Bell Presentation
Background to the project and the speakers
Sara Leeroth Presentation facts & figures
Poster for the Advice North Somerset website
Advice needs analysis Executive Summary
Advice Needs Analysis
Digital divide workshop feedback

Referrals and Working together workshop feedback and slide
Workshop 4 feedback – Access and Demand
Conference evaluation
Conference video

 Energising, enjoyable, informative, scandalising –
how are we going to open up this debate with the
whole of the franchised population and so energise them?”

Now all we have to do is capitalise on the momentum and energy generated by the Conference. Our first action is to set up a quarterly Advice North Somerset forum and the first meeting will be in early December. Details will be posted on the website as soon as possible.