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You're Invited! MVA AGM and Volunteering Summit - 'Opening Doors'

This is your invitation to Medway Voluntary Action's 'Opening Doors' Volunteering Summit and AGM 2018  
Tuesday 20th November 2018 
The event will take place at: mhs homes, Leviathan Way, Chatham ME4 4LL
The theme for the Volunteering Summit is 'Opening Doors' and aims to bring the VCS together to act as a task force to collectively tackling barriers to volunteering for groups of people recognised as being at high risk of loneliness. The three groups that this Summit will focus on are: people living with poor mental health, people living with a disability and people who are ex-offenders. Through a programme of focus groups, speakers with lived-experience and local expertise, the event aims to create a clear action plan for the VCS to take forward, 'opening doors' and improving access to volunteering opportunities for these groups. 

Book your space here

The Volunteering Summit will be preceded by MVA's AGM. During the AGM there will also be the annual presentation to the winner of the Barry Clout Outstanding Contribution to the Medway Voluntary Sector Award 2018. The deadline for submissions is 19th October, if you would like to nominate someone for this award, please find out more here .

Free parking arrangements for the event have not yet been agreed, but we will notify delegates nearer to the time if we have been able to secure free parking.The Volunteering Summit and AGM are free of charge and there will be tea/coffee available during the event. Full programme for the event is as follows:


9.00am-9:30am - Registration Opens
9:30am-10.15am - MVA AGM and Barry Clout Award
10.15am-10:30am - Break
10:30am-10:45am - Volunteering Summit Welcome
10:45am-11:45am - Breakout Focus Groups and lived-experience speakers. Focus group themes are:

- People who are ex-offenders

- People living with poor mental health

- People living with a disability

(Please note attendees will be asked to select one focus group to attend, on a first come first served basis, when registering for this event)
11:45am-12.00pm - Break
12.00pm-12:30pm - Reconvene: Feedback, plenary panel & forward planning
12:30pm-1.00pm - Networking opportunity
1.00pm - Close
- Spaces are limited to the first 80 people
- We will now be publishing our annual accounts via our website and these will be available soon.
- Please let me know if you would prefer a hardcopy and we will arrange for this to be sent via post.
- To ensure you do not miss out on the AGM and Volunteering Summit, please book your place by visiting our Eventbrite page:

If you would like more information, please contact Danielle Key on 01634 812850 or via email at
We look forward to welcoming you on the day.



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