Highlands & Islands Conference, Inverness

Wednesday 29th April 2015, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Eden Court Theatre, Bishop's Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA

On Wednesday 29th April 2015, 76 people came together from across the North of Scotland for our second Highlands & Islands Conference. Held at Eden Court, Inverness the day brought people together from a range of backgrounds and experiences to talk about how we can bring the generations together.

With speakers, workshops, an information village and a wee bit of dance, the day focused on what we can learn from each other and how we can take intergenerational work forward over the next year.

The day was truly inspiring showing so much enthusiasm and practical experience our delegates had for using an intergenerational approach

The following is a report of the days events:

Iain Forbes our Chair welcomed everyone, introducing our first speaker Cllr Kate Stephen, Champion for Older People and Adults who opened the conference.

Speakers included:

Spreading Good Practice – Men’s Sheds with Myra Duncan, Joint Improvement team

Intergenerational Approaches to Health & Well-being with Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE, Communities for all Ages

Workshops included:

  • Intergenerational Befriending led by Sandra Brown, Befriending Networks

  • Speed Networking For Intergenerational Practice with Cheryl Ewing, Local Network Development Officer, Generations Working Together

  • Intergenerational Partnerships through Youth Voice, Youth Action, & Youth Philanthropy – During this interactive workshop, delegates learned about the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Scotland) – The Wood Foundation’s flagship UK education programme. YPI Scotland is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community.

  • An Introduction to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) – The session looked at the reasons why individuals are being asked to join the PVG Scheme and outlined when a role is “regulated work with children or protected adults”.

For further details please email Ann Ferguson, Compliance and Training Officer or call 01786 849764.

  • Evidencing the Impact – The aim of the workshop was for participants to explore how they might use a self-evaluation approach to evidence the impact of learning, using relevant evaluation tools and matching their outcomes with appropriate local and national quality indicators.

  • Funding surgery

The Heritage Lottery Fund, is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK supporting all kinds of projects that will make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities. Offering a range of different grant programmes with funds starting at £3,000. They also offer a specific programme for heritage projects led by young people. Their funding can help you engage new audiences, provide volunteering opportunities, and help people to learn and celebrate their heritage.

The Highland Council also participated in the funding surgery with team members attending to provide information on the Carbon CLEVER Fund and the future LEADER Funding.

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