This year’s Conference held on 12-13 June at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham was a tremendous success.
The Conference programme included presentations from CSSC’s Chief Executive-Simon Lee, Andy Shaw (Director of Volunteering & Business Delivery) and Brian Glicksman (Honorary Treasurer), and Roger Black MBE (one of Britain’s most successful sportsmen and this year’s guest speaker). There were new workshop sessions on a range of subjects relevant to CSSC during the course of both days, including data management, a masterclass in sales techniques, an examination of CSSC’s member benefits, creating effective marketing comms and taking your event to the next Level. In the evening, we recognised the significant achievements and contributions made by some of our volunteers at CSSC’s prestigious awards ceremony.
On the first day, there was also a packed exhibition area with stands from a number of our existing and potential partners such as Parliament Hill, Sytner, PlayFootball, COGO (COGO Travel Company, PPC (Professional Promotion Company), and Vitality Health to name just a few.
Over 200 representatives from across CSSC joined together to congratulate and celebrate the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers. The eight different awards were presented including two Merit Awards and the most prestigious of all CSSC awards -The John Whittaker Fellowship Award. The evening included wonderful citations and video clips from fellow volunteers – including an Olympic medallist, praising the commitment and contributions of the winners, and culminated in a wonderful moment of recognition for Joyce Cole who attracted a standing ovation when receiving the John Whittaker Fellowship Award for her outstanding voluntary contribution to the Civil Service Women’s Hockey Association spanning over sixty years.
Prior to dinner, a presentation was also made to Brian Glicksman in recognition of his time as Honorary of CSSC. Brian is stepping down from this role which he took on in 2006. Simon Lee thanked Brian for his support and calm and pragmatic manner during his time with CSSC.
Photographs of all the winners and presentations can be found on the Awards page.
Finally, after dinner, for the first time at Conference there was entertainment provided by a live band. It was quite something to see so many of our volunteers enjoying the wide range of music they played. It certainly showed how our volunteers are embracing the “Get Active” initiative!
There were over 270 attendees including 53 volunteers who have never been to Conference before, plus subject experts, exhibitors and guests. There was a great deal of networking and information gathered, as well as shared. It was a welcome opportunity for our volunteers to see their fellow volunteers from all over the country in one place, speak to head office staff, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
The results of the CSSC Board elections were announced at the close of annual Conference on Tuesday 13 June. Congratulations to Anne Jackson, Paul Stubbs, Clare Logan and Vic Hibbert who were elected onto the Board, for a term of 4 years.
This year’s conference was a tremendous celebration of the impressive amount that we have achieved together over the last 12 months. It has also given us a lot to think about and work with. I am looking forward to working together over the next 12 months to achieve yet more success with the help of all our outstanding and generous volunteers.
CSSC's National Conference has historically been held annually and gives all CSSC volunteers the opportunity to celebrate the volunteering successes for the year. It also gives volunteers a chance:-