On Monday night, in Committee Room G, at the House of Lords, The Shaftesbury Partnership held our Annual Event.
It was an opportunity to say thank you to those who have supported us over the past year, to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close, and also to look forward to 2012. We were joined by an interesting and varied group of people drawn from the social investment world, corporates, social enterprises, local government, the senior civil service, politics and the media.
The event was interspersed by a series of two-minute ‘conversation starters’, delivered by the likes of Jonathan Jenkins, from The Social Investment Business, Siobhan Edwards from Clore Social Leadership, Tim West from Matter and Co, and Alex Cosgrove, from The Grow Organisation.
The atmosphere at the event was very positive. The broad consensus was that there has never been greater demand for the work of the social sector – as Chris Mould said during his ‘conversation starter’, “It is increasingly expensive to be poor!” Moreover, there seems to have been a step change in activity around the sector too, made clear by Jonathan Jenkin’s reflection that “I’ve seen more opportunities in the last 3 months than in the previous 3 years.