First Regional Champion Network event for the West region as part of the Enabling Social Action Programme

This free workshop is hosted by the Universities of Sheffield and Hull and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)



The Enabling Social Action (ESA) programme is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Universities of Sheffield and Hull. We are collaborating with local authorities to support them to design and deliver services with local people, service users, and civil society organisations.

As part of the ESA programme a Regional Champion Network has been set up with champions from local authorities in the North, East, South and West. This will be the first regional event led by the ESA Champion for the West Region, Andrew Donaldson of Staffordshire County Council and you are invited to help shape this regional network as it moves forward. The main purpose of the event is to have space for conversations on the challenges and opportunities of social action and to share ideas for how we might improve collaboration.

The day will start with an update from the Enabling Social Action team including work with partners and upcoming national workshop events. Speakers from public sector and VCSE perspectives will then share their journeys of social action and the challenges and opportunities they have encountered. The event will mainly be a space for those from different perspectives to come together and share their learning with others. We hope there will be a good balance of commissioners and VCSE representatives and the event will provide participants with the chance to engage in discussions on the issues they face in enabling social action in their areas.


Speakers include

Andrew Donaldson, Staffordshire County Council

Clare Whiteman, Grapevine (Coventry and Warwickshire) Ltd



09:30 Coffee/tea and registration

10.00 Update on Enabling Social Action programme

10.20 Andrew Donaldson on Staffordshire’s social action journey

10.40 Clare Whiteman on Grapevine’s work

11:00 Space for conversation to discuss key themes, challenges and opportunities for social action

12:00 Lunch and networking

13.00 Continuing the conversation- how to collaborate better?

14.00 Planning for next Regional Champion Network event

15:00 CLOSE


For further information:

Contact Jenny McNeill at

Places are limited so please book online as soon as possible using the booking tab to the right.


Parking is available at a multi-storey car park approx. 3mins walk away called the Waterfront – link below The Stafford Rail Station is approx. 10 mins walk.

Event Details

When: September 13, 2019 at 9:30am—3:00pm

Where: Ground Floor, 1 Staffordshire Place Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2LP

Type: Alumni, Student, Business

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