Following recent developments in the Covid-19 outbreak, Volunteer Centre Sutton has reluctantly decided to postpone our conference “Growing Your Organisation: Inclusive Volunteering”, which was due to take place at the Holiday Inn Sutton on Thursday 26th March.

This is not a decision that was taken lightly, but as we have some potentially vulnerable attendees coming, as well as speakers travelling from other parts of the country, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone, prioritising the health and wellbeing of all the conference’s participants.

Plans are already underway to reschedule for later in the year, and this conference will now take place in September 2020. More details to follow.

All ticket holders will be contacted to transfer their tickets to the new date or to be offered a refund.


Volunteer Centre Sutton will be holding a conference for volunteer involving organisations on Thursday 26th March 2020 at Holiday Inn Sutton called 'Growing Your Organisation: Inclusive Volunteering'

The conference is supported by City Bridge, London Plus, Volunteering Matters, British Red Cross, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Choice SupportLeonard Cheshire, Volunteer Centre Greenwich, Sutton Mental Health Foundation and various local organisations.


Our goal with this conference is for all parties involved to leave knowing how to support the growth of their organisation through volunteering opportunities that embrace disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to: young people, disabled people, people with mental health difficulties, people on the autistic spectrum, and refugees-- and feeling confident in their capacity to use such knowledge.

TICKET PRICE: £30 for 1 person, £45 (buy one get one half price) for 2 persons - BOOK YOUR SPACES NOW

Workshop topics will include:

  • Involving Volunteers with Additional Needs - Stephanie Pinner, Volunteer Centre Greenwich
  • Learning Disability and the Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Tessa Dallyn-Roberts, Volunteering Matters
  • Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Law - Susan Morley, British Red Cross and Moses Lutakome, Voluntary Action Sheffield
  • Supporting Volunteers with Mental Health issues - Carol Jacques and Lisa Lancefield, Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • What do Young People want: engaging young volunteers - Lloyd Rhodes-Brandon and Pat Stanley, Volunteer Centre Sutton
  • Practical Solutions to possible Barriers for volunteers with Physical DisabilitiesLeonard Cheshire
  • How to promote and deliver Social Inclusion in your workplace for people with learning disabilitiesRoy Cogo, Choice Support

About our speakers:

Stephanie Pinner, Volunteer Centre Greenwich (Involving Volunteers with Additional Needs)
"I am the Training Manager at Volunteer Centre Greenwich and I have been carrying out this role for 5 years. I deliver both accredited and non-accredited training courses. My specialist areas of delivery are Volunteer Management and Information, Advice and Guidance. I have worked in the voluntary sector for 21 years in various roles including sports development, volunteer co-ordination and membership services officer. These roles have given me the skills to deliver good quality sector specific training."

Tessa Dallyn-Roberts, Volunteering Matters (Learning Disability and the Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
"I've been working for Volunteering Matters for 10 years involved in varied projects supporting people with Learning Disabilities and other associated disabilities. I trained as a nurse after leaving 6th form and over the years have involved myself in varied careers but my first love is supporting people with disabilities and associated issues. I am a Hate Crime Ambassador for the Essex Police and I am Chair of Thameside Community Forum also in Essex."

Susan Morley, British Red Cross and Moses Lutakome, Voluntary Action Sheffield (Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Law)
Susan has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the voluntary sector for over 15 years both as an Advice Worker and a Volunteer Coordinator.  Her current role with the British Red Cross, 'Establishing Oneself in the Community' Project, aims to support refugees and asylum seekers into volunteering opportunities and to support local organisations to improve their volunteering offer to be more inclusive of new arrivals and also to deliver awareness raising and information sessions about the asylum process.  She is also the Volunteer Coordinator of the highly successful Migration Matters Festival, a week long  celebration of diversity and the arts.

Moses has been involved with the New Beginnings Project at Voluntary Action Sheffield since November 2010. As Volunteer Coordinator and a good communicator on both client and organisational level, he possesses the ability to empower people to make positive steps into volunteering for the first time. Working in close collaboration with the British Red Cross Rotherham, Moses is inspired to share the great positive impact that partnership is helping new arrivals take that first step.

Carol Jacques and Lisa Lancefield, Sutton Mental Health Foundation (Supporting Volunteers with Mental Health Issues)
Carol Jacques is a psychiatric nurse. For the past 25 years she has worked with Sutton Mental Health Foundation and her current role is Intentional Peer Support Manager and Community Lead.

Lisa Lancefield is Service User Engagement and Co-Production Advisor at Sutton Mental Health Foundation.  She has worked in the Voluntary Sector, mostly in Sutton, for the past 30 years and has wide experience of supporting volunteers living with Mental Health Issues. 

Roy Cogo, Choice Support (How to promote and deliver Social Inclusion in your workplace for people with learning disabilities)
Roy is the Employment Manager at Choice Support, the National Charity supporting people with Learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. He has 17 years experience working with children, young people, people with disabilities and with mental health conditions within the charity and public sectors. For the last 5 years Roy has been working for Royal Mencap, MCCH and now Choice Support promoting more social inclusion in the work place for Sutton residents with disabilities.

Conference Outline:

  • Welcome: Anita Maullin, CEO Volunteer Centre Sutton
  • Key Note Speakers: Leonard Cheshire & Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • Opening session: Discussion on Barriers to Volunteering
  • Workshop session 1 (3 options)
  • Workshop session 2 (3 options)
  • Lunch
  • Workshop session 3 (3 options)
  • Discussion on working towards tools and solutions
  • Closing remarks

The ticket price includes: lunch, free parking, follow up notes and access to the toolkit we develop after the conference.

After you buy your tickets, you will receive an email giving you the opportunity to sign up to the workshops of your choice. Places for workshops are limited, so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

REFUND POLICY: case by case basis. Please contact

INVOICE: if you require an invoice to purchase the tickets, please contact at your earliest convenience. We will not be able to accept requests after the 15th March 2020.

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