A brand new third sector event for Wales, gofod3, has been launched by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), in response to the historic social and political events of 2016 and to showcase the work of charities and voluntary groups across the country, worth an estimated £3.7bn to the Welsh economy.
Taking place on 7 March 2017 in Cardiff City Stadium, the inaugural gofod3 will have an exciting and busy schedule of speakers, debates, masterclasses and lively interactive exhibition space, with themes relating to fundraising, digital innovation, charity law, governance, and safeguarding, as well as the impact of Brexit.
With March 2017 mooted as the deadline for triggering Article 50, WCVA believes gofod3 to be the perfect platform to reflect on recent worldwide developments and to help shape the sector’s response to an ever-changing social and political landscape.
Already open for registration, WCVA is calling on organisations from across the public, private and third sectors in Wales and the UK to book early to avoid disappointment. There are spaces available for exhibitors, as well as opportunities to hold bespoke events during the day.
The full programme will be announced in early 2017. Participating organisations to date include the Big Lottery Fund, Community Housing Cymru, Wales Cooperative Centre, the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, the Welsh Language Commissioner, as well as accountants and law firms.
Ruth Marks, WCVA Chief Executive, said: ‘As a sector, 2016 has changed forever the way that we do business in Wales. 3,000 voluntary organisations and almost a million volunteers do vital work across the country and we have a responsibility to provide a forum for them to reflect and respond to this ever-changing social and political landscape.
‘There is also clear appetite among the not-for-profit sector in Wales for a space where we can learn from each other, to motivate and to inspire. gofod3 offers the rarest of opportunities for us, as a sector, to come together and to benefit from the skills and experience of businesses and public bodies.
‘We are delighted with the response to date, which proves that our new strategic direction as a catalyst for positive change is bearing fruit.’
Register early to avoid disappointment and to get priority booking: www.gofod3.cymru
The word gofod means a space in Welsh. Unlike any other event in Wales, this will be a space to learn, to motivate, and to inspire.