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Event Dates 2014:

12 February 2014
Removing the Barriers for Housing & Supported Living for people with learning disabilities & autism

Half-price to VODG members. There is widespread concern that there remains a huge unsolved problem relating to the need for more and better housing and supported living services to be made available to people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Although this is not limited to those who, as a result of the Winterbourne View concordat, will need to be rehoused from assessment and treatment centres, there is also a significant demand from other individuals who require such housing. It is widely recognised that the provision of good quality housing can lead to very much better outcomes both for the person involved and for commissioners in financial terms. With this in mind, Anthony Collins Solicitors, are running a workshop, in February, to help organisations navigate their way through the process and identify practical solutions to the barriers such schemes face. Book early as they are expecting significant interest and the numbers of places are limited.

Download further details (PDF, 70Kb)

4/5 March 2014
Back by Popular Demand! Events for Frontline Managers

The National Care Forum (NCF) Sue Ryder and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) are holding two free events in March 2014

The aims of these events are:

  • To provide managers with an understanding of the wider social care policy context and resources available to assist them in supporting frontline staff improve the quality of service delivery
  • To promote understanding of what the new regulatory and monitoring framework will look like and its implications for staff development

Highlights of the day will include discussion and workshop sessions on:

  • Social care policy developments, including Commission on Residential Care, funding reforms and latest developments on the new Care Bill.
  • Workforce development, including how to access free resources
  • The extensive changes CQC are making to how it regulates care services
  • New for this year - National Skills Academy for Social Care discussing their exciting new National Registered Managers Support programme

These are free all day events with lunch provided aimed at frontline managers and senior team members.

Who should attend?

  • Residential and nursing home managers
  • Domiciliary care service managers
  • Supported living managers
  • Extra care sheltered accommodation managers

Tues 04 March - Reading
Weds 05 March - Manchester

To book your place contact Ann Barber

13 March 2014
Risk Management Workshop Regulation, Risk and Reputation Our Duty to Care for Vulnerable Adults

FREE for VODG members.

Members will be all too well aware of the increasing burden of regulation and the growing sense that risk management will become an ever more important part of the governance responsibilities for their organisations. The significant pressures on the health and social care sector over the past 3 - 4 years has also left the impression that lack of resources have sometimes left organisations vulnerable to adverse events causing damage to individuals and to reputation. With this in mind we will be running a workshop in conjunction with our partners Anthony Collins Solicitors on the current regulatory and risk environment, with a particular emphasis on the practical steps organisations need to take to ensure they have both the systems and tools to meet the current challenges. Download the flyer for further details of the event (PDF, 85Kb) which we look forward to welcoming you to.

14 April 2014 (9.45am - 1.00pm)
Hearts and Minds

This half-day workshop is FREE to VODG members and will be run by Sayer Vincent a specialist firm of auditors and advisors, whose work is based on ethical principles, serving only not-for-profit organisations.

With even greater pressure to deliver more for less, social care providers need to focus on costs. But quality is at the heart of the service charities provide. How do organisations balance the need for financial security with the aspiration to be a top quality service provider? Differences emerge on boards and in management teams, classically in decisions around reserves (do we spend or save?), setting budgets (do we accept a deficit budget?) and awarding pay rises. The balance also needs to be maintained in the reporting and monitoring of the strategy – managers and bboards need good information about the quality of services as well as the financial picture.

This workshop will allow participants the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and for discussion and learning. To book a place email:

For further information about any of the above events, or to
book a place please contact John Adams: