Tuesday 3rd - Thursday 5th November 2020


Action4Youth Conference 2020 goes virtual

Action4Youth takes this year's conference virtual, with talks from sector experts covering the impact of COVID-19.

On the 3rd November- 5th November 2020, organisations working to support young people and those from the wider charity and statutory sectors will come together to talk about the impact COVID-19 is having on young people, education and charities.

Action4Youth’s annual conference is always a big event for the charity, securing the most impressive speakers to discuss and share ideas on the sector’s continued efforts to make an impact on the lives of young people.

Register your place on any of the live webinars held over this three day event.  Webinars will be live zoom events where speakers will answer questions near the end of the session. You can also forward questions during the registration process for the speakers. Additional pre-recorded webinars are also available to watch and will be added here when available.

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Action4Youth Conference Programme


Tuesday 3rd November 2020

10.00am – 11.30am

Buckinghamshire Council:
Together a Better Future for Buckinghamshire and our Young People

Rachael Shimmin, Chief Executive & Claire Hawkes, Director – Localities & Strategic Partnerships, Buckinghamshire Council

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Understanding the Impact of Covid on the Third Sector

Nicola Pritchard, Senior Consultant & Abigail Rose, Researcher, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

Wednesday 4th November 2020

10.00am – 11.15am

Promoting Resilience in Young People

Dr Ann Hagell PhD MPH, Research Lead, Association for Young Peoples’ Health

3.00pm – 4.00pm

The Way Forward for Charities Post-Covid

Karl Wilding, Chief Executive, NCVO

Thursday 5th November 2020

10.00am – 11.00am

The Impact of Covid on Sport Participation in Young People and Ideas to Promote Active Lifestyles

Mark Stokes, CYP Lead & Rhiannon Smith, CYP Project Manager, LEAP

3.00pm – 3.45pm

Protecting Learning – The Impact of Covid on Education

Ty Goddard, Co-Founder, The Education Foundation and Chair, Edtech UK

The way we all work and the needs of the young people and others whom we serve have changed dramatically in 2020. This year’s conference digs into the learning and understanding from these extraordinary months to prepare us all better for what lies ahead.

Jenifer Cameron, CEO, Action4Youth


Conference Webinar

Buckinghamshire Council: Together a Better Future for Buckinghamshire and our Young People.

Rachael Shimmin is the first CEO for the new unitary council of Buckinghamshire, an organisation which was created on 1 April 2020 bringing together the five predecessor council in the county. This has created a council with a gross budget of over £1bn and is the 2nd largest non-metropolitan unitary council in the country.

The new council was launched in the middle of the Coronavirus emergency and Rachael established and lead a series of partnership arrangements across the County to respond to the pandemic locally.

Rachael came to Buckinghamshire in September 2016 and lead the Counties bid and subsequent implementation of the first county based unitary for 11 years.

Rachael helped to lead local government reorganisation in County Durham, delivering a unitary council in 2009, with significant financial savings and service improvements. The Council went on to become Council of the Year in 2014.

Previous roles include the Corporate Director for Children and Adults Services at Durham County Council having responsibility for a revenue budget of over £800m and team of 3,000+ people. Rachael has extensive experience in the key sectors of children’s services, adult social care, health and community safety.

Rachael has been the North East regional Chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)/ The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the local government representative on a variety of regional and national boards focusing on issues relating to health and social care.

Rachael is currently the County Council networks CEO lead on adult care and health, a member of the council of the university of Bedfordshire, a Board member of the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives, the lead Chief Executive for the South East Strategic Leaders Group and a member of a number of national government advisory boards. Rachael is a qualified Executive Coach and Peer Reviewer for the Local Government Association.

Rachael lives in Buckinghamshire and enjoys spending time with her 11 year old son and Dexter the cockapoo.

She was awarded the OBE for services to social care in 2014.

Conference Webinar

The way forward for charities post-Covid

Karl Wilding became chief executive of NCVO in 2019. Previously he was NCVO’s director of public policy and volunteering, where he oversaw our advocacy work on behalf of charities, community groups, social enterprises and volunteering.

Karl started his career at NCVO in our research team and went on to lead our Almanac work, producing the authoritative source of information on the charity sector’s finances. He has an extensive knowledge of charities and volunteering here and overseas.

Prior to joining NCVO, Karl completed a PhD which looked at the history of the relationship between charities and the state.

Karl speaks and writes widely on issues facing the voluntary sector, including public trust, the role of modern charity, and the future of giving and social action. He is a trustee of Communities 1st in St Albans and of the American charity Creating The Future.

He was until recently a non-exec director at Charity Bank, and is an honorary visiting fellow at Cass Business School.

Conference Webinar

Buckinghamshire Council: Together a Better Future for Buckinghamshire and our Young People.

Claire was heavily involved in the local government reorganisation and transition to forming an ambitious brand-new unitary council for Buckinghamshire. Claire’s service is diverse and fast paced, responsible for devolution, community development, community safety and establishing the council’s new localism agenda – at the heart of which is 16 community boards providing a new way of working with partners and diverse communities on issues that matter most to them. 

Claire approaches everything with creativity, energy and collaboration. The new council launched on 1 April 2020 at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. As well as setting up a new service for the council, Claire led the emergency community response working with key partners to ensure vulnerable residents swiftly got the support they needed.

Attention now turns to recovery planning with strategic partners and Claire’s service is at the forefront of this collaboration. Claire has led the way for the Council, building strong trusted relationships and facilitating collective commitment with Buckinghamshire’s strategic partners. Claire is passionate about championing two partners in particular; recognising the enormous contributions of both the voluntary sector and parish councils in supporting sustainable, healthy and resilient communities.

Claire has over 20 years’ experience of working in local government and the charity sector. Previous roles included leading culture, early education, democratic services, policy and performance teams. Claire also ran a children’s charity, trained as play therapist and had research on early intervention recently published. Her broad range of experience consistently links back to the need for strategic awareness, creative approaches and an appreciation for genuine partnership.

Claire lives in Oxfordshire, spends weekends bringing to life to a grade 2 listed home and gaining some surprising new DIY skills along the way.

Conference Webinar

Understanding the Impact of Covid on the Third Sector

Nicola works as a Senior Consultant in NPC’s research and consulting team, specialising in systems change and place-based methodologies. Nicola led NPC’s place-based research for the Harpur Trust and Steve Morgan Foundation and authored NPC’s framework for place-based funding.

She sits on Save the Children‘s steering group for their ‘funding for systemic change’ programme and is currently leading NPC’s place-based research in response to Covid-19. Nicola is also programme manager for the 3rd phase of My Best Life, a multi-year partnership programme exploring how digital solutions can help young people access and improve service provision.

In recent months, Nicola has also led systems mapping projects for Nationwide Foundation and LEAP, and the development of a shared theory of change for the engineering sector, funded by Engineering UK.

Prior to joining NPC Nicola spent 7 years in the private sector working at design and technology agencies, developing strategic solutions for brands across a range of industries including FMCG, Aviation and Fintech.

Conference Webinar

Understanding the Impact of Covid on the Third Sector

Abi is a Researcher in NPC’s Research and Consulting team, helping charities and funders to increase their impact. She is currently supporting NPC’s place-based research in response to Covid-19, and has supported NPC’s evaluation work on the Building Connections Fund and the Youth Investment Fund. Prior to joining NPC,

Abi worked as a community development officer at Oxford City Council, and has also worked for the social action charity Oxford Hub, managing voluntary schemes that helped to tackle social and environmental issues across the city.

Conference Webinar

Promoting Resilience in Young People

Dr Ann Hagell, is a chartered psychologist with a specific interest in young people. She has published widely on young people’s health and has worked with a range of funders, think tanks and universities in the field of adolescent development. She is also Counselling Editor for the Journal of Adolescence, and a member of the World Health Organisation GAMA (Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health) Advisory Group.

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The impact of Covid on sport participation in young people and ideas to promote active lifestyles

Mark heads up the team to strategically lead our work for Children and Young People, including overseeing national programmes such School Sport Premium, Satellite Clubs, School Games, Active Lives, facilities and all related work.

Mark brings with him a wealth of experience in both Sports Development and School Sport from previous posts as Partnership Development Manager for a School Sport Partnership and various other Youth Sport Development roles.

Mark originally came to England from Canada in the early 1990’s to play professional Ice Hockey and played on a number of successful teams, most notably Manchester Storm and the GB National team. He founded a successful Ice hockey program in North Wales until his retirement in 2005 to concentrate on a career in the sport development sector.

Conference Webinar

The impact of Covid on sport participation in young people and ideas to promote active lifestyles

Rhiannon is Leaps Children and Young People Project Manager. She leads on the Satellite club programme which involves bringing community sport and physical activity provision to inactive young people. She is Leaps matchmaker, as key to the success of this programme is building excellent relationships with youth partners, matching the needs of the young people they work with to excellent community deliverers.

She also works closely with secondary schools on this programme as well as the Active Lives Survey and an opening school facilities project. During this summer she projected managed the Boredom Busters initiative.

Conference Webinar

Protecting Learning – The Impact of Covid on Education

Ty Goddard is the Co-founder of The Education Foundation and Chair of Edtech UK – a new strategic body launching in the Autumn of 2015 to accelerate the edtech sector in Britain and globally. He is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts on education reform and is a regular commentator on the future of education in the media.

Ty worked as an adviser to the Department for Education on Extended Schools and was Founder and Director of the British Council for School Environments; Managing Director of the award winning design company School Works; and Strategic Community Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council.

Before this he was an elected Chair of Education at Lambeth Council and worked as the UK and European Political Advisor for the NSPCC; National Campaigns Co-ordinator for SCOPE; and as a Researcher for the Social Market Foundation. He was voted onto the Evening Standard 1000 most influential people in London list for 3 years and is also a Tech London Advocate.

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Youth Isolation and Loneliness

Jeremy Sachs is the Project Manager with Healthcare Professionals for the Association for Young People’s Health and group facilitator for SurvivorsUK, running psychologically informed support groups for men, boys, trans and non-binary people who have survived sexual abuse or violence.

He is also the producer and presenter on The Trauma Talks podcast, a monthly show that examines different experiences of trauma each episode with a panel of experts through experience and experts in the field, uncovering the challenges and coping strategies of living with trauma.

He has an honorary contract at the Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital where he provides one to one psychotherapy.

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