Have you been thinking enough about how the social sector can rebuild and evolve post-pandemic? Have you been listening to and learning from others, so that you can help tackle the issues our sector faces? Not sure how to answer these questions? Well, we can help.

At this year’s NPC Ignites, from 12-14 October, we will bring together the brightest minds in the charity sector. We will ignite conversations, discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and, most importantly, we will learn from each other. We will spark innovation and help maximise your social impact. Interested? Read on to find out what else to expect from NPC’s three-day annual conference.

1. Hear from the biggest names in our sector

We are kicking off day 1 of NPC Ignites 2021 with a keynote speech from Professor Michael Marmot, the author of the highly influential health inequalities review. Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children, and Polly Billington, CEO of UK100, will speak about the climate emergency and the intersectionality of climate change and the issues that social charities seek to tackle. We will also be in conversation with the Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, about the current challenges the social sector is facing.

On day 2, we will bring you a keynote speech from our very own Chief Executive, Dan Corry, who will explore what lies ahead for our sector. He will draw upon our Rethink, Rebuild programme of work, which is looking at how we can capture and share the best charity sector innovations from the past 16 months. We will also hear from the founding President of The Asian American Foundation, Sonal Shah, who will detail how philanthropists have been responding to the pandemic, inequality, and social justice in the USA and what we in the UK can learn from those responses.

These are just a few of the fantastic speakers we have lined up for you, find out more on our annual conference programme pages.

2. Learn about burning issues and the latest sector trends

By now you will have learnt how to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. Our changing landscape means new trends and issues are emerging all the time and they are shaping how we operate. NPC Ignites will bring to your attention the sector’s most talked about topics and it will ensure you don’t fall behind on the latest developments. These include the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda, the use of data in our sector and the environmental crisis. We will also bring to light what role our sector can play in shaping the policies of today’s government.

3. Connect with others and be inspired

We know that one big barrier of the past year has been the lack of opportunities for you to meet new people and network. We want to change that. Thanks to some innovative online software, we will be recreating an in-person networking floor at our upcoming annual conference, allowing you to mix and mingle with friends and colleagues. Seize this opportunity to meet with delegates from funding organisations, to chat with charity CEO’s and to talk with politicians.

4. Take the chance to question our experts

NPC Ignites is your chance to speak with NPC’s charity experts and to get answers to your burning questions. Pose your questions to our colleagues at sessions throughout the conference and be in with the chance of joining a surgery session, on topics ranging from evaluation, to strategy or data analysis. Make the right choices for your organisation by discussing solutions to your specific challenges with NPC’s experts.

5. Be an early bird and bag a discount

By signing up to NPC Ignites before 10 September, you will get a 25% discount. Or, you can bring a friend and take advantage of our multi-buy savings.

Don’t forget, thanks to Barrow Cadbury Trust, we are able to offer a number of bursary places for small charities, ethnic minority charities of all sizes and ethnic minority representatives from charities of all sizes. To apply for our annual conference bursary places, please contact us.

Follow this link to book your place today. Plus, you can find all the latest updates on our conference webpage and join the discussion on Twitter via @NPCthinks and #NPCIgnites.

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