County’s voluntary sector prepares for first conference of its kind

Community Action Suffolk is set to host its first county-wide fundraising conference for leaders and decision-makers within the region’s charities and voluntary organisations.

Taking place on Thursday 19th March, at Ipswich Town Football Club, the day-long event will feature a line-up of national influencers and specialists from the sector, discussing topics on the conference’s theme of ‘Financing, Sustainability and Resilience’.

Among the speakers will be Lev Pedro, Senior Consultant from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Lauren Levy from JustGiving, and Jason Carter, founder of HOAX Clothing – a brand much favoured by Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran.

Suffolk County Council, East Suffolk Council, West Suffolk Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Babergh/Mid-Suffolk Council will also be involved in delivering workshops during the event.

Community Action Suffolk has designed the event in a bid to help more organisations tackle their fears about fundraising, and to enable them to achieve more financial sustainability.

Christine Abraham, from Community Action Suffolk, said: “We’re very excited to be running this inaugural event, and to be bringing together national and regional specialists to deliver our keynote speeches and workshops.

“Time and again we hear from organisations in the voluntary sector who say how ill equipped they feel around funding and fundraising, or that they are facing increased pressure to find alternative sources of funding.

“The conference timetable will cover so many of the important topics across this theme, and will help leaders and decision makers within charities and organisations to develop their own sustainable roadmap when it comes to financial sustainability.”

Delegate tickets for the event cost £45 and include refreshments, a lunch, and participation in a selection of workshops.  Bookings close at noon on Monday 16 March.

To book, or for more information, go to

You can also contact the Community Action Suffolk team directly by calling 01473 345400 or emailing

The photograph shows Lauren Levy from Just Giving.

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