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This unique event pulls together different perspectives on how communities can make a meaningful contribution to the post-COVID recovery, and discuss how funders can collaborate with the wider community sector to help them thrive.

Keynote speaker is Katherine Trebeck who looks at the recovery process through the prism of wellbeing economics.

Click here to download Katherine’s presentation

Download Katherine’s companion piece to the Powerful Communities conference, written exclusively for DTNI: Ensuring the COVID-19 pandemic is the first phase of the next stage via a new role for government.

There are also contributions from Kate Beggs and Cassie Robinson, both of The National Lottery Community Fund, who will be discussing the Fund’s Civil Society Approach – an attempt to identify and respond to disparate needs that Covid has created throughout the community sector. Kate will reflect on how funders in NI have collaborated to respond to the crisis, and Cassie will bring a UK-wide perspective to the event.

These two approaches – Civil Society and Wellbeing Economics – overlap with the principles of Community Wealth Building, an agenda that DTNI will continue to lead on throughout 2021. The intention is that this event will help identify commonalities and areas for collaboration within the third sector so that recovery is a consensual, inclusive process.

The conference will be facilitated by Nick Garbutt. Nick is a journalist, broadcaster and editor of NI’s public policy magazine, ScopeNI, where he has regularly written about community economies and community empowerment. He is also a member of the Transformation Advisory Board which advises the Health Minister on reform of the health service.

Breakout sessions, facilitated by local community development leaders and National Lottery Community Fund staff include:

Dr Katherine Trebeck is Strategic Advocacy Advisor and co-founder of Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She is a political economist, with over eight years’ experience with Oxfam GB, which includes the development of the Humankind Index. She sits on a range of advisory boards, holds several academic affiliations and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. Katherine is a member of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group and Zero Waste Scotland’s Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group. She instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership and her book The Economics of Arrival (with Jeremy Williams: Policy Press) was published in 2019.

Kate Beggs was appointed as The National Lottery Community Fund’s Director for Northern Ireland in January 2019. She leads the Fund’s grant-making activity, relationship management and operations in Northern Ireland.

Kate was previously Deputy Director in the Northern Ireland Office, leading its strategic external and community engagement. Before joining the NIO, she held a wide-ranging series of roles in the Diplomatic Service, in the UK and abroad.

Cassie Robinson is Deputy Director of Funding Strategy at The National Lottery Community Fund where she’s responsible for Innovation, Policy and Practice, and is also a co-founder of the Point People. Cassie is a Fellow at Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge University, a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL, founder of Stewarding Loss and Co-founder of Funder Ecosystems. She is a Nesta Creative Pioneer, she sits on the Board of Organise HQ, and teaches on the MSc in Ecological Design and the Ecologies + Technologies programme at Schumacher College. Cassie is on the Faculty of States of Change and is one of the International Futures Forum Clan.