1-2 April 2020
Manchester Conference Centre


Good Will and Good Works: Advice 2020

The Advice Services Alliance is turning 40 and to celebrate we will be holding a two-day conference for the UK advice sector in Manchester on 1-2 April 2020.

The conference will be an engaging and exciting event for advice services, voluntary organisations, funders and stakeholders which will both challenge accepted thinking and share key ideas on the future of social welfare advice in England and Wales. The conference will reflect on our 40-year history to think forward to the new challenges and experiences facing the sector. We will explore ways we can work together to tackle the social injustices faced by our clients and others in the community.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Keynote: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Deborah Coles, Executive Director of Inquest
  • Chris Goulden, Deputy Director of Evidence and Impact, Joseph Rowntree Foundation¬†¬†
  • Alex Whimmon, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)

Key themes:

  • United we stand: working together for common goals
  • Amplifying voices: working with clients on social policy issues
  • Doing different: innovative practice to get advice to where it is needed
  • What we know: using data, evidence and research for better advice

We are delighted to be holding the conference in Manchester and aim to shine a spotlight on the local advice sector. We are aiming to attract a diverse audience and open up the conversation across different UK regions, to ensure greater collaboration and learning opportunities.

The two-day event will consist of plenary talks, breakout workshops and an exhibition marketplace. A social event will be organised for the evening of day one.

By the end of the event, you will have:

  • Heard from a range of speakers with different perspectives on the advice sector
  • Heard from clients of the advice services on their views of our work
  • Discussed issues and challenges pertinent to their organisations
  • Gained new ideas to take back to their own organisations and practice
  • Felt inspired by the input from other participants and from speakers

To register your interest and receive updates, please complete this quick form

Tickets will be become available for the event in early 2020.

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