POP+ Festival & AGM

Come and join this year’s POP+ Festival as we zoom into another dimension on our good ship “Better Together”. We will take off on Thursday the 1st of October for a week of POP-tastic events: we have a stellar line up awaiting you in the digital galaxy. All we ask is that you board our POP spaceship and let us share our universal themes of collaboration, trust and learning. You are welcome to stop off on the way at various destinations, such as, our free tech-training sessions; future funding & learning and discovery. There will also be opportunities for virtual networking; reflecting on our COVID-19 journey and the incredible value of volunteers.

Monday 5th October (AGM + Funding Central)

12:00–12:45 Virtual Lunch (POP+ video; networking and more…)

12:45–13:15 POP+ AGM

13:15–13:30 Break

13:30–15:00 Tech Monday; Learn how to do an online funding search using Funding Central (Play & Learn Session) 

 

Tuesday 6th October

09:00-10:00 Recruiting, Retaining & Managing Volunteers with Paul Read

An introduction to recruiting, retaining volunteers.  An opportunity to learn how to develop tools and processes to find volunteers. Learn top tips and explore online resources to make this process easier. An informal event to share ideas, experiences and learn from each other and an experienced member of the POP+ team.

10:00-12:00 POP+ Open Team Meeting

14:00-15:30 Ready, Steady, Thrive with Chris Maccullie

Join some of our Positive People peers for a taster of Ready, Steady, Thrive!, a programme they have put together to help increase people’s wellbeing. Ready, Steady, Thrive! is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing; Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice and Give. You’ll take part in some of the interactive exercises and have an opportunity to ask questions about the programme and also the Positive People project.

16:30-18:00 What’s Happening Now – For Me and My Community/Group with Susan Moores

2020 has been a year of difference – however we have seen, felt or thought about it. This is a facilitated ‘open space’ for reflection and sharing, to help us all make sense of what is happening now, and what’s next.

18:30-19:30 Learning through Doing – What? So What? Now What? with Charlotte Brew

Take time to pause and reflect on a situation you have experienced while collaborating. Consider what the situation meant for you and its importance and implications on others. Learn how to capture your learning and what you would like to take forward.  Please come with a situation in mind which you’d like to explore further. You will be reflecting individually with no obligation to share.

 

Wednesday 7th October:

10:00-11:30 Funding Differently – Using Money Inventively with Matt Bell

11:00-12:00 Networks with Alan Butler and Esther Foreman (Social Change Agency) 

Esther Foreman is CEO of The Social Change Agency; experts in creating social impact through community organising, crowdfunding, peer networks, innovation and systemic change. Alan Butler, POP+ trustee and chair of the Plymouth Community Heritage Network, will be sharing a local perspective on networks.

12:30-13:30 Communities Working Together & Neighbourhood Care Networks with Karen Pilkington

14:00-15:00 Recipe for Success with Annie Broadbent

Running a project or change initiative is a bit like baking a cake. For the cake to turn out well, we need to get the right ingredients in the right quantities. For the project or change to turn out well we need the right people involved from the start. This session explores how we can identify and invite the right people along, so that no vital ingredient is missing and our cake can taste as delicious as possible.

 

Thursday 8th October

9:30-10:30 Building Back Better in Plymouth

In this session Gareth Hart (Director of Iridescent Ideas CIC and Plymouth Social Enterprise Network) who chair’s Plymouth’s Inclusive Growth Group will explore some of the ideas around rethinking the economy as we try to recover from Coronavirus/Covid-19. How can we create a fairer, greener future for our city? How can we ensure that any economic recovery addresses poverty and inequality? These concepts are embedded in Plymouth’s ‘Resurgam’ recovery plan but we need to make sure they aren’t tokenistic and that we build a prosperous economy for all.

10:00-12:00 Writing a Funding Application (BOOK HERE)

Need funding for your idea? New to writing bids or need a refresher? Our workshop will help you to tick the right boxes, refine your ideas and improve your chances of success.

10:00-11:00 Human Learning Systems with Melissa Hawkins

People, trust and learning are at the HEART of Human Learning Systems. We look at what is HLS and why it is receiving so much attention from organisations, in particular, the Government; academics; NGO’s and public agencies.

A Human Learning Systems offers a radical way to ‘do’ public management and is based on three key principles…

1) Allowing employees to be ‘human’ and to recognise the value in the ability to empathise; show compassion and listen.
2) Creating continuous learning: in situations of uncertainty we learn ‘on the job’. Managers should create ’emergent learning environments’.
3) Nurturing healthy systems: where different people, with different roles in different organisations, are able to co-ordinate and collaborate effectively.

Join academic researcher Melissa Hawkins, from the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria Unversity as she discusses her research into HLS and how its approach can offer an alternative to the current approach to funding and commissioning. Melissa will also be explaining why POP+ has a unique place in her research and how it is taking a ‘stewardship’ approach to its work in supporting the VCS in Plymouth.

14:00-15:30 Ready, Steady, Thrive with Chris Maccullie

Join some of our Positive People peers for a taster of Ready, Steady, Thrive!, a programme they have put together to help increase people’s wellbeing. Ready, Steady, Thrive! is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing; Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice and Give. You’ll take part in some of the interactive exercises and have an opportunity to ask questions about the programme and also the Positive People project.




POP AGM 2020

5th Oct

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Tech Monday; Learn how to do an online funding search using Funding Central (Play & Learn Session) 
1st Oct

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Learning through Doing – What? So What? Now What? with Charlotte Brew

Take time to pause and reflect on a situation you have experienced while collaborating. Consider what the situation meant for you and its importance and implications on others. Learn how to capture your learning and what you would like to take forward.  Please come with a situation in mind which you’d like to explore further. You will be reflecting individually with no obligation to share.

The Difference We Make with Gareth Hart

Proving the difference your social enterprise, voluntary or community group makes is always important and even more so right now. Join us for an online workshop on key principles of social impact and learn some tricks, tips and techniques to help you prove the difference you make more effectively. You’ll also walk away with a draft social impact report!


Learning Together with Charlotte Brew

A chance to hear from some of the Learning & Collaboration projects as they share how life has been for their collaboration during lockdown, and plans for the future as projects emerge into this strange new world. We’ll explore the value of trusted relationships which offered strong foundations for support, and how the slowing down of lockdown offered space for new connections to be made and explored.

2nd Oct

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What’s Happening Now – For Me and My Community/Group with Susan Moores
2020 has been a year of difference – however we have seen, felt or thought about it. This is a facilitated ‘open space’ for reflection and sharing, to help us all make sense of what is happening now, and what’s next.



6th Oct

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Recruiting, Retaining & Managing Volunteers with Paul Read

An introduction to recruiting, retaining volunteers.  An opportunity to learn how to develop tools and processes to find volunteers. Learn top tips and explore online resources to make this process easier. An informal event to share ideas, experiences and learn from each other and an experienced member of the POP+ team.


Ready, Steady, Thrive with Chris Maccullie

Join some of our Positive People peers for a taster of Ready, Steady, Thrive!, a programme they have put together to help increase people’s wellbeing. Ready, Steady, Thrive! is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing; Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice and Give. You’ll take part in some of the interactive exercises and have an opportunity to ask questions about the programme and also the Positive People project.


What’s Happening Now – For Me and My Community/Group with Susan Moores

2020 has been a year of difference – however we have seen, felt or thought about it. This is a facilitated ‘open space’ for reflection and sharing, to help us all make sense of what is happening now, and what’s next.


Learning through Doing – What? So What? Now What? with Charlotte Brew

Take time to pause and reflect on a situation you have experienced while collaborating. Consider what the situation meant for you and its importance and implications on others. Learn how to capture your learning and what you would like to take forward.  Please come with a situation in mind which you’d like to explore further. You will be reflecting individually with no obligation to share.

7th Oct

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Funding differently – using money inventively

Join Jo Wells form the Blagrave Trust, Michael Little from Street to Scale and POP as they discuss what has motivated them to test new ways of funding and what they have learnt so far. 


Recipe for Success with Annie Broadbent

Running a project or change initiative is a bit like baking a cake. For the cake to turn out well, we need to get the right ingredients in the right quantities. For the project or change to turn out well we need the right people involved from the start. This session explores how we can identify and invite the right people along, so that no vital ingredient is missing and our cake can taste as delicious as possible.

Networks with Alan Butler and Esther Foreman (Social Change Agency) 

Esther Foreman is CEO of The Social Change Agency; experts in creating social impact through community organising, crowdfunding, peer networks, innovation and systemic change. Alan Butler, POP+ trustee and chair of the Plymouth Community Heritage Network, will be sharing a local perspective on networks.

8th Oct

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Building Back Better in Plymouth

In this session Gareth Hart (Director of Iridescent Ideas CIC and Plymouth Social Enterprise Network) who chair’s Plymouth’s Inclusive Growth Group will explore some of the ideas around rethinking the economy as we try to recover from Coronavirus/Covid-19. How can we create a fairer, greener future for our city? How can we ensure that any economic recovery addresses poverty and inequality? These concepts are embedded in Plymouth’s ‘Resurgam’ recovery plan but we need to make sure they aren’t tokenistic and that we build a prosperous economy for all.


Writing a Funding Application

Need funding for your idea? New to writing bids or need a refresher? Our workshop will help you to tick the right boxes, refine your ideas and improve your chances of success.


Ready, Steady, Thrive with Chris Maccullie

Join some of our Positive People peers for a taster of Ready, Steady, Thrive!, a programme they have put together to help increase people’s wellbeing. Ready, Steady, Thrive! is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing; Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice and Give. You’ll take part in some of the interactive exercises and have an opportunity to ask questions about the programme and also the Positive People project.


Human Learning Systems with Melissa Hawkins

People, trust and learning are at the HEART of Human Learning Systems. We look at what is HLS and why it is receiving so much attention from organisations, in particular, the Government; academics; NGO’s and public agencies.

A Human Learning Systems offers a radical way to ‘do’ public management and is based on three key principles…

1) Allowing employees to be ‘human’ and to recognise the value in the ability to empathise; show compassion and listen.
2) Creating continuous learning: in situations of uncertainty we learn ‘on the job’. Managers should create ’emergent learning environments’.
3) Nurturing healthy systems: where different people, with different roles in different organisations, are able to co-ordinate and collaborate effectively.

Join academic researcher Melissa Hawkins, from the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria Unversity as she discusses her research into HLS and how its approach can offer an alternative to the current approach to funding and commissioning. Melissa will also be explaining why POP+ has a unique place in her research and how it is taking a ‘stewardship’ approach to its work in supporting the VCS in Plymouth.

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Nominee #1 – Kay O’Shaughnessy

Nominating organisation – Friends and families of Special Children

I believe I have the skills and personal insight and experience necessary to fulfil this role and would welcome the challenge with much excitement, pleasure and enthusiasm.

My professional working life has included:-
Manager of a Local Authority Residential Family Centre which undertook Child Protection Assessment and required working alongside legal teams, Ofsted, Social Workers, Courts of Law , Finance Teams, Foster parents and families in Need
Area Manager of a Youth and Adult Training and Employment Agency covering Plymouth and West Devon and The South Hams
Running my own business, food and beverage
Setting up and running Friends and Families of Special Children, 2002 – present
Sitting on numerous national and City wide strategic Boards
South West ares Committee member for Children in need
Chair of Plymouth branch of Carers UK
Plymouth Guild Board member
Parent Governor of Trengweath School and Woodlands Special School
SCOPE South West region vice chair

The Skills and experience I feel I would bring to the Board would include:-
Good communication Skills
Highly motivated, set high personal standards and professionalism
Empathy rather than sympathy and a genuine insight and understanding into the issues faced by parents and carers of disabled young people.
The ability to look outside the box in order to develop and drive new services that meet need
The ability to be a team player but also to be able to work alone and use my initiative.
Good networking skills
Knowledge of Budget monitoring and setting
HR skills, writing Job Descriptions, Person Specifications, Interviewing, Supervision and job evaluation
and appraisals, dealing with complaints and Grievances’
Monitoring and Evaluating projects and services
Funding and Grant applications and associated reporting and accountability processes.
Campaigning, both locally and nationally
Experience of working with the media.

Nominee #2 – Alan Butler
Nominating organisation – Pride in Plymouth

Alan has been a founder and director of Pride in Plymouth since it’s formation in 2011. His creation of the Plymouth LGBT Archive informed his PhD and led to his role as an oral historian and lecturer at the University of Plymouth.

Each of these platforms has given him the opportunity to capture the voices of communities and make them part of the public record.

In a similar manner, POP+, through its work and networks, provides a voice for the voluntary and community sector and it was that potential that led to Alan standing and serving as a POP trustee since January 2017.

In that time, Alan has been part of the finance committee and been one of a rotating platform of chairs. Alan has a keen interest in the potential of the POP thematic networks and is currently working with the varuous network facilitators, to develop each of the networks further. He is himself co-facilitor of the Plymouth Community Heritage Network which connects those grassroots groups to funders and the work of The Box.

It’s been an interesting few years as a POP Trustee for Alan and he’s keen to continue that ride for another term, if he’s successful in standing at this AGM.

Nominee #3 – Bronwen Hewitt MBE FRSA
Nominating organisation – Leadworks Project CIC

I have been very impressed by POP and it’s approach and believe it should be supported, so if I can help, I will. My working life consisted, in the main of being CEO of a wonderful charity for people with disabilities. A charity that had a £8 million turnover and 450 staff and it was my passion. This gave me experience in strategic planning ,funding, finance, staff and volunteers, build projects, public speaking, regulatory compliance and charity law, people and much much more! Since retiring, I have got involved in the local community and at present hold the roles of Vice Chair of the Board at Millfields Trust, Director at Leadworks CIC and Director at The Kintsugi project CIC. There is an amazing movement of grassroots community organisations in the area and I have been happy to contribute where I can. These organisations are the life blood of Stonehouse and of Plymouth in general and I much admire POP’s dedicated support for these organisations and individuals. There is much that is wrong for those most vulnerable and I believe that support should be available but also that we are obliged to demonstrate that this support should be there in society. We live in a world that is very compartmentalised and change will come about if we attempt to alter this. I believe that the CEO of any organisation should be supported and empowered as well as challenged and would hope that I could offer this. Should you require any further information, I am happy to oblige. I wish you luck with your search for Trustees as it is vital to have a board that is diverse, passionate and speaking as one voice.