VONNE Conference 2018 Brexit: Implications for VCSE organisations and their beneficiaries in the North East

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Thursday 18 October, Bede Tower, Sunderland, SR2 7EA

VONNE AGM: 10.30 - 11am (with refreshments from 10am)
VONNE Conference: 11.15am - 4pm (with refreshments from 11am)

The most significant event in a generation is happening: the UK is leaving the European Union in March 2019, with a transition period following until December 2020.  

This will have significant political, economic, legislative and social implications for UK citizens, businesses and VCSE organisations and their beneficiaries.

VONNE 2018 will give you the opportunity to engage with policy makers and plan and prepare for Brexit, and specifically to:

  • Hear the latest updates on the EU Withdrawal Bills and what they mean for the North East
  • Discuss and respond to the consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (the domestic replacement for ESIF)
  • Understand how VCSEs can support communities through the likely changes and what role devolution could play 

Keynote speakers

  • Karl Wilding: Head of Policy, NCVO

Brexit and the Voluntary Sector: Preparing for change

The UK will leave the European Union in less than 6 months’ time. With much still to be decided in terms of how we leave and the country’s future relationship with the EU, it is not too late for voluntary organisations to think about the impact on you and the people you work with and support. Karl Wilding will outline NCVO’s thinking on how Brexit will shape the landscape for the voluntary sector, what we can do to prepare for all eventualities and what it might mean in the longer term.

The conference will include a panel session on various elements of Brexit and its impact on the North East VCSE sector, followed by breakout discussions on each topic / area of interest with panel members leading discussions.

Panel speakers



Role for community organisations to drive post-Brexit renewal

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive, Locality 

Economic and social impacts of Brexit for the North East region 

Richard Baker, Head of Strategy and Policy, North East LEP

Update from Cities and Local Growth Unit on UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Elizabeth Hopkins, UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Cities and Local Growth Unit 

The political landscape and likely impacts on the North East of withdrawal

Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East 

The role of devolution in Brexit: opportunities for the North East

Anna Round, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North 
Brexit and The Northern Powerhouse

Lucy Smith, Head of Devolution, Place and Engagement, The Northern Powerhouse

The impact on the region of the Brexit Bills and the Brexit Dividend, what of it and will the region see its fair share of it?

Jane Thomas, Brexit Civil Society Alliance 


Don’t miss the chance to shape these changes, REGISTER NOW.

VONNE Conference tickets:

  • £20 for VONNE Membership+ 
  • Free tickets for Membership+ Silver and Gold 
  • £40 for non-Membership+ 

For more information about VONNE Membership+ and how to join please visit our membership page.

With thanks to our sponsors 

Brewin Dolphin    Newcastle University


The VONNE AGM 2018 will also be held on Thursday 18 October. 

If you wish to attend the VONNE AGM only please register using this form.

About the venue

Bede Tower is set in its own grounds in the heart of Sunderland.  It is approx. 40 minutes car journey from Durham, Teesside and Middlesbrough and approx. 30 minutes from Newcastle via car or metro.

The nearest metro station is Park Lane and there are around 50 free car parking spaces on site.  For more details please download the Bede Tower location map.

October 18th, 2018 11:00 AM   to   4:00 PM
Bede Tower
Burdon Road
Sunderland, SR2 7EA
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Ticket Price
Membership+ £ 20.00
Non-Membership+ £ 40.00

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