Welwyn Hatfield conference hailed a ‘huge success’

PUBLISHED: 06:21 24 October 2011

Delegates at the first annual Welwyn Hatfield Alliance conference

Delegates at the first annual Welwyn Hatfield Alliance conference


VOLUNTEERS, delegates and councillors have hailed an inaugural conference for Welwyn Hatfield organisations a “huge success”.

The first annual conference of the Welwyn Hatfield Alliance – the borough’s Local Strategic Partnership – took place at Campus West, WGC, with around 60 people from various public sector bodies, businesses and voluntary groups turning out to share ideas on how to improve community life in Times Territory.

The alliance heard from keynote speaker Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and were encouraged to write down ideas on the paper tablecloths provided.

Alliance chairman John Dean, leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council, said: “It’s been hugely successful.

“All the delegates here are volunteers to some degree, and we’re just trying to encourage the volunteer sector to interface with the council.

“The alliance is the link between volunteers and the council, so it was great to see ideas spreading from one organisation to another.”

Chris Conway, director of strategy and development at the borough council, said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked and pleasantly surprised at the number of people who have shown up.

“Clearly volunteering is so important these days.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times