13 September 2010

A special event bringing together leading figures in the county’s voluntary, charity, community and religious groups is being organised by Northamptonshire County Council to explore how the idea of the Big Society can be made real in the county.

The Big Society conference is taking place on Saturday October 2 in Kettering with the aim of generating a common understanding across the county of what the Big Society means and how it could work in Northamptonshire.

Chairing the conference will be Cabinet member for strategy, communications and external relations Cllr David Mackintosh who also as chair of local charity KidsAid and being close to the original formation of the idea takes a keen interest in the agenda.

He said: “We firmly believe that the concept of the Big Society by the government gives us a fantastic opportunity to work closely with voluntary, community and charitable organisations to improve the lives of the people of Northamptonshire.

“This conference will be a vital first step in us working together to identify what we want Big Society to mean for our county and what steps we can take together along the journey to helping our communities help themselves.”

Invites have now gone out to voluntary sector, community groups, churches, religious foundations and charities for the event which will take place at the Kettering Conference Centre between 9.15am to 4.15pm.

Through the day participants will hear of projects and initiatives already taking place in the county which show the principles of the Big Society.

There will also be keynote speeches by experts in the field with those delivering them expected to be confirmed later in the month.

More details about the conference see