Strategically thinking the unthinkable: Planning for the future and delivering on your mission

We all know difficult times are here and will be sticking around for a while. The future is uncertain for many organisations.  We also know that charities and the people within them are passionate about their mission and delivering their services to the people who need them.

This event will look at how your strategic planning should include thinking boldly about the unthinkable – including discussions on why and how organisations shrink, collaboration and mergers, and closures – and why these are important topics to consider, even if you do not need or choose to take this action, whilst always keeping your mission and people centred.

VONNE will be joined by guest speakers:

Peter Deans, Director of Business Mind Social Purpose, an independent North East consultancy providing strategic management advice to public bodies, charities and social enterprises, and private companies that deliver public services. 

Dave Garratt from Eastside Primetimers, a consultancy which offers support to the charity and social enterprise sector. Dave has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years including as CEO for five years of one of the UK’s largest Refugee Charities. He brings wide ranging skills including charity planning, leadership, and operational planning; partnership development and merger exploration, and securing, preparing for and delivering statutory funded contracts and grants at national and local level.

This webinar is free to Small and Medium Enterprises working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and has been created to help support business innovation.

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VONNE is part funded via the Innovation SuperNetwork by the European Regional Development which includes the Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters project, which is receiving up to £1.24m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

November 25th, 2020 9:30 AM   to   11:00 AM