In the face of ongoing societal challenges and a rapidly evolving work environment, the voluntary sector is grappling with unique issues related to staff wellbeing. Key factors impacting the sector include the cost-of-living crisis, increased demand for services and changing workforce expectations. During these changing times, charities have the potential to adapt and implement progressive initiatives such as job sharing and the four-day week to support and retain their staff while maintaining and improving service delivery standards. As the sector evolves, understanding the current challenges and opportunities is essential for shaping a future where staff can thrive.

  • Around a quarter (26%) of charities observed an increase in staff reports of low wellbeing, alongside a similar rise (25%) in sickness-related absences, according to a study from Pro Bono Economics and Nottingham Trent University (2023)
  • 82% of voluntary and community sector project leaders expressed concerns about potential staff burnout in the upcoming six months, as reported by The People’s health trust (2023)
  • They also found that nearly a third (29%) of workers in grassroots and community voluntary sector organisations had not received any formal training on mental health (2023)
  • 60% of small charities identified volunteer recruitment as their primary challenge, (PBE & Nottingham Trent University, 2023)

Join us at the Wellbeing in the Voluntary Sector Conference 2024 to collaborate on new and innovate approaches to harness the full potential of your organisation. Learn and benefit from a serious of best practice case studies on a range of topics including tackling staff burnout and presenteeism, improving staff retention and recruitment and producing a positive cultural change to create an open and productive working environment. You will also have the chance to network with senior colleagues and learn methods to drive support and wellbeing services that will allow your organisation to sustain an improving workforce.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest initiatives in improving staff wellbeing in the voluntary sector

✓ Learn from case studies showcasing successful strategies in engaging with staff and providing mental health support, flexible working models and leadership training

✓ Discuss a wide range of topics including developing EDI strategies to improve staff experiences for marginalised groups

✓ Network with senior colleagues from across the voluntary sector

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Puren Aktas, Research Fellow, Third Sector Research Center, University of Birmingham (Invited)

  • Keynote: Updates on the Latest Wellbeing Challenges Facing the Voluntary Sector

    • Outlining the shift to remote and hybrid working models and the diversification of leave types to positively affect staff wellbeing
    • Insights into the role of the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis in increasing service demands and its impact on staff wellbeing
    • Key advice on encouraging annual leave usage, monitoring wellbeing remotely, and implementing effective wellbeing measures
    • Analysing the decline in annual leave usage, despite increased leave allowances, and the underlying reasons for this trend

    Chris Dayson, Professor of Voluntary Action, Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University (Invited)

  • Keynote: Cultivating a Safe and Supportive Work Environment: Leadership Strategies for Mental Wellbeing

    • Key approaches for creating an environment where employees feel safe to discuss mental health issues without fear of judgment or reprisal
    • Developing effective communication strategies and policies that support mental health awareness and inclusivity
    • Implementing workplace wellness programs and mental health days to support employee wellbeing proactively
    • Strategies for assisting employees in building resilience and providing comprehensive support during recovery phases

    Sandi Wassmer, CEO, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (Enei) (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Addressing Pay Gaps for a More Equitable Workplace

    • Practical advice on reporting on pay gaps beyond gender, such as disability and sexual orientation, to promote transparency and accountability
    • Recognising the complexities and challenges of collecting and analysing pay gap data for different groups, including LGBTQIA+ and disabled employees
    • Strategies to address and reduce pay disparities among different groups to improve organisational health and employee wellbeing
    • Measuring the impact of data and its influence on internal culture to promote inclusivity, and attract diverse talent

    Kevin Taylor-McKnight, Founder and Director, Charity So Straight (Invited)

  • Case Study: Enhancing Mental Health Support Through Integrated Services and Partnerships

    • Insights into the process of establishing partnerships to support staff and volunteer wellbeing in the voluntary sector
    • Developing a cost-effective range of mental health and wellbeing support services, such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, and wellbeing resources
    • Introducing methods for assessing the positive effects of mental health initiatives on staff and volunteer wellbeing
    • Advice on the common challenges in rolling out mental health support programmes and effective strategies to address them

    Sara Bird, Safeguarding and wellbeing Lead, National Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Revolutionising EDI Strategies for Marginalised Groups Within the Workforce

    • Defining clear processes and goals in establishing new EDI strategies to create an inclusive environment
    • Evaluating the strategy’s impact and objectives set to achieve a more inclusive and diverse community and research environment
    • Utilising the real-life experiences from colleagues, volunteers, supporters, and service users to shape a sustainable and continuous approach to EDI
    • Reflecting on the progress made and the continuous efforts required to fill in gaps within the strategy

    Kerry Smith FCIPD, Chief People Officer, British Heart Foundation (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Strategies for Revamping Recruitment and Retention Approaches to Ensure a Sustained Workforce

    • Addressing widespread vacancy issues and recruitment difficulties, due to the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and increased demand for services
    • Identifying and mitigating against the effects of recruitment challenges on existing staff operations, including burnout and the impact on service delivery
    • Implementing a range of cost-effective solutions to recruitment challenges: increasing salaries, investing in recruitment efforts and improving working conditions
    • Breaking down barriers to effective recruitment and creating accessible pathways to suitable skilled applicants

    Dr Jansev Jemal, Director of Research and Policy, Pro Bono Economics (Invited)

  • Case Study: Driving Cultural Change to Boost Retention and Wellbeing

    • Leading from the top: pioneering the urgent need for cultural transformation in light of the challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis
    • Utilising employee data to inform culture and experience decisions, and understanding team motivations for a more engaged workforce
    • Re-evaluating internal organisational support systems for staff wellbeing and work-life balance
    • Developing approaches to inclusive leadership, decision-making, and values-based problem-solving to drive cultural change​
    • Strategies for improving trust across teams, including engaging with staff networks and unions, and creating spaces for open discussion on inclusivity​

    Elena Laguna, Director of Volunteer Experience, St John Ambulance (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Standards and Safety: Safeguarding Staff Wellbeing in the Voluntary Sector

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you in developing strategies for maintaining a safe and supportive work environment, discuss the impact of safeguarding policies on staff morale and wellbeing, and exchange innovative approaches to ensure that staff feel protected, valued, and empowered in their roles. This session is to allow you to share your experiences and learn from others and foster cross sector collaboration to produce innovative solutions.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Combatting Burnout and Presenteeism: Producing Strategies for Sustainable Staff Wellbeing

    • strategies for creating adaptable work schedules to maintain efficiency while reducing burnout risks
    • Identifying the link between burnout and broader recruitment and retention challenges and sharing solutions
    • Key approaches to address presenteeism through organisational policy changes and workplace culture shifts
    • Insights into the outcomes of the UK’s largest four-day week trial and recorded benefits to staff wellbeing and stress reduction
    • Securing top-down endorsement in shifting towards a sustainable, wellbeing-centred work environment

    Frances Guy, Chief executive, Scotland’s International Development Alliance (Invited)

  • Case Study: Transformative Training Strategies to Empower Leadership to Drive Workforce Wellbeing

    • Committing to employee engagement and development to strengthen the organisation’s workforce and engagement
    • Methods to enhance training and development practices for employees, through the use of surveys and interviews
    • Fostering trust between employees and leaders to embedded a stronger ethos and value system held within the team
    • Recommendations for ensuring positive outcomes of effective leadership training to improve the ability to deliver impactful community services

    Pauline Tomlinson, Board Member, YMCA (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors. Delegates interested in this event will be people who work on wellbeing in the voluntary sector.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £379.00 +VAT
  • Public Sector Rate: : £449.00 +VAT
  • Private Sector Rate: : £649.00 +VAT

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