Welwyn Hatfield conference hailed a ‘huge success’
PUBLISHED: 06:21 24 October 2011
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.”
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