Let’s work together

As the independence debate enters its final weeks, organisations across Scotland are already looking to the next step – whatever it may be.

One event, in particular, taking place later this month is aiming to connect and challenge people from the private, public and third sectors to collaborate for positive change for the future.

The Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO) is coming together with Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) to run the one-day Big Aberdeen Event on Monday, September 22, at Pittodrie stadium.

More than 90 organisations from all sectors will be at the event, aiming to provide the opportunity for everyone to share in the city’s innovations.

The Big Aberdeen Event comprises two interconnected parts: the hard-hitting Big Aberdeen Conference and the fun and enlightening Give it a Try arenas open to conference delegates and the general public.

The programme includes a plenary with keynote speaker and social entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson OBE; local case studies from the private, public and third sectors; cafe table discussions; learning opportunities for leadership and collaboration; ask the expert sessions; and funders surgeries.

The conference element will focus on employment issues. Transition Extreme CEO Grahame Paterson will speak on youth employability and Empire HR will provide an ask the expert session.

Meanwhile, in the “give it a try” arenas, supported by First Group, a host of fun activities will run outside the stadium, including recording your shooting power with AFC, Thai dancing with the Thai Buddharam Temple and creating bicycle-powered music with the Aberdeen University Carbon School.

Joyce Duncan, CEO of ACVO TSI, said: “This is a superb opportunity for the third sector and its partners in business and public sectors to gather to debate and design a collaborative future for Aberdeen city. The more informal and fun ‘give it a try’ aspect will provide an excellent showcase for the work of the sector and its volunteering opportunities.”

Duncan Cameron, managing director of First Aberdeen, said: “First Aberdeen is delighted to be part of The Big Aberdeen Event. Providing students and employers, children and families, educators and volunteers, the opportunity to connect is invaluable not just on an individual basis but for the entire city.

“We’re also looking forward to encouraging attendees to jump on board one of our brand new, state-of-the-art our environmentally-friendly buses which boasts energy-saving technology similar to that used in Formula 1.”

Elaine Masson, at Empire HR, said “Empire is delighted to support the Big Aberdeen Event as a means of encouraging collaboration across all sectors in Aberdeen. The event is an ideal opportunity to promote mutual understanding and identify tangible ways to work together”

The Big Aberdeen Event will run at Pittodrie Stadium Aberdeen, from 9am to 3.30pm on Monday, September 22. For further information, and to book a place at the conference visit www.acvo.org.uk

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