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Active Sussex Network Festival of Forums 2022

Monday 28 February - Friday 4 March.

The Active Sussex Network is back for 2022 - with a bit of a twist! The virtual doors will be flung open to key forums and working groups, who are ready to take action. Expect engaging sessions for you to join throughout the week that will offer a chance to network, collaborate with partners, and gain valuable takeaways for you to implement into your work.

What's On

Check out the schedule of forums and special sessions below. Please contact the staff leads for more information or to register your interest in attending.

Monday 28 February

10:00 - 11:30: Welcome & Networking Morning

Monday morning. Urgh! Start your week on the front-foot by joining us for a short Active Sussex update, and informal networking morning. Grab a coffee (or two), catch up with old friends and make new connections with the inspirational colleagues from across the county.

Who should attend?

Anyone working within sport and physical activity in Sussex. The beauty of this session is that you never know who you could connect and collaborate with. Doors are waiting to be opened…

Contact Ed Bartram (ebartram@activesussex.org) to attend.

18:00 - 20:00: Sussex Project 500 Coaching Community

Coach Wellbeing & Looking After Yourself

Be part of the movement supporting more women to become great coaches, and addressing the imbalance of male to female coaches on the ground. Learn more about the project and connect with other inspirational women from across the county.

The focus of this session will be ‘Coach Wellbeing’, and highly experienced learning and people development specialist, Liz Burkinshaw, will be sharing her innovative sketchnoting concept which will help you to unlock new ideas.

Who should attend?

Female coaches, activity leaders, instructors and volunteers.

If you’d like to know more about Project 500, or to attend, please contact Nick Chellel, nchellel@activesussex.org.

Tuesday 1 March

10:30 - 12:00: Sussex Physical Activity Forum

Physical Activity’s Role Within the Integrated Care System

The forum will explore partners understanding and positioning of physical activity within the landscape of the Sussex Integrated Care System (ICS), with a specific focus on older people and long term conditions. Link up and collaborate with sector partners and let’s make a meaningful difference.

Who should attend?

Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts, Health and Community Voluntary Sector Organisations.

If you’d like to know more about the Sussex Physical Activity Forum, or to attend, please contact Anthony Statham, astatham@activesussex.org.

14:00 - 15:00: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group

How Are Active Sussex Taking Action?

We want to build a culture that celebrates difference, embeds inclusivity and challenges discrimination. We’re making progress, but want to be challenged to do even more, and encourage our partners to join us on our journey to be, and do, better when it comes to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We asked you to start taking action, now we want to share more details of how we are.

Who should attend?

All partners who want to hear our plans and be part of an ambitious community creating and amplifying societal change.

If you’d like to know more about the EDI Steering Group, or to attend, please contact Gemma Finlay-Gray, gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org.

Wednesday 2 March

10:00 - 11:30: Sussex Children & Young People Forum

How can we tackle inequalities of activity provision for children and young people in Sussex?

Join a network of people driven by a desire to get more young people active; tackling inequalities across Sussex, sharing experiences and overcoming challenges together.

Who should attend?

Local authorities, leisure trusts, sports clubs, schools and colleges, private and community organisations.

If you’d like to know more about the Sussex CYP Forum, or to attend, please contact Andy Wright, awright@activesussex.org.

12:30 - 13:30: East Sussex Safeguarding Forum

This session will give partners from East Sussex the opportunity to connect with the Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) for East Sussex, Sam Efde and Susan Giles. Participants will improve their knowledge and awareness of the role of the LADO and the allegation’s management process, whilst having the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, participants will receive the latest adult and children and young people safeguarding updates, information, and resources, available to the sport and physical activity sector.

Who should attend?

Organisations from East Sussex.

If you’d like to know more about the Safeguarding Forums, or to attend, please contact Nick Chellel, nchellel@activesussex.org.

14:30 - 16:00: Sussex Disability Sport Network

Supporting low income households with someone living with a disability or long-term health condition.

An opportunity for SDSN members to discuss if and how they are specifically supporting low income households with someone living with a disability or long-term health condition, and Richard from Caudwell Children will be speaking about a related funding opportunity for those up to 25 years old.

Who should attend?

SDSN members, organisations and clubs who support people with a disability.

For more information or to attend, please contact Gemma Finlay-Gray, gfinaly-gray@activesussex.org.

Thursday 3 March

10:00 - 11:30: This Girl Can Sussex Network

Women’s Sporting Journeys: How to Keep Women Engaged in Sport Throughout Their Lives

Sport needs to reframe the value it can bring to women throughout their lives. Be inspired by real women as we hear from This Girl Can Ambassadors and Champions, explore new research, and piece together recommendations for positive action in Sussex.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to help address the gender inequality in grassroots sport and physical activity and understand ways to keep women engaged in sport throughout their lives. Local authorities, leisure trusts, sports organisations, clubs and individuals.

If you’d like to know more about This Girl Can in Sussex, or to attend, please contact Gemma Finlay-Gray, gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org.

13:00 - 14:00: Tackling Inequalities in Sussex Forum

The session will focus on how partners can engage, recruit, and keep new participants in physical activity sessions to help tackle inequalities in Sussex. We will look at the key learnings from phases 1 to 3, hear from Semeena Khan about her work in engaging the South Asian community in Crawley, and discuss partners’ own experiences and challenges.

Who should attend?

Partners who have engaged with the Together Fund (previously Tackling Inequalities Fund) through phases 1 to 3, who want to learn from the report from these phases, or who have, or want to, engage with a new community or priority group.

Please contact Ross Joannides, rjoannides@activesussex.org, to discuss your attendance if you are interested in tackling inequalities and the Together Fund.

Friday 4 March

12:30 - 13:30: West Sussex Safeguarding Forum

This session will give partners from West Sussex the opportunity to connect with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for West Sussex, Donna Tomlinson. Participants will improve their knowledge and awareness of the role of the LADO and the allegation’s management process, whilst having the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, participants will receive the latest adult and children and young people safeguarding updates, information and resources, available to the sport and physical activity sector.

Who should attend?

Organisations from West Sussex.

If you’d like to know more about the Safeguarding Forums, or to attend, please contact Nick Chellel, nchellel@activesussex.org.

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