15-16 December 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 15-16 December 2020. The conference has been postponed from the original dates of 1-2 April 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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 plenary sessions and speakers include:

Keynote: Advice in New Democratic Structures
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Conference Address
Colin Low, Baron Low of Dalston, Patron of the ASA

State of the sector, where are we now?
Paul Neave,
 Head of Advice Services, Welsh Government
Stephanie Barry, Grants and Financial Inclusion Policy Manager, Welsh Government
Alex Whimmon, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) 

Technology & Justice: Helpful or Harmful? 
Cori Crider, ​Co-founder, Foxglove

Diane Sechi, Solicitor, Simmons & Simmons

Stephanie Moran, Speculative Synaesthesia Analyst, Etic Lab 

Human Rights and Inequalities played out in the system
Deborah Coles, Executive Director, Inquest  

Chris Goulden, Deputy Director of Evidence and Impact, Joseph Rowntree Foundation 

The Future of Funding
Nezahat Cihan, Chief Executive Officer, London Legal Support Trust 

The Individual Legal Needs Survey 
Tom May, Research Manager, Legal Services Board 

Workshop sessions include:



Innovative Practices in the Child Services Area  

Elizabeth Stanley,
Wraparound Partnership  

The Help Through Crisis Programme

Sophie Wilson, 
Ipsos MORI  

Andy Williams,
Revolving Doors Agency

Adapting and Tailoring Immigration Advice  

Clare Hurst,
North East Law Centre  

Use of the Law for Social Justice  

Cori Crider, Foxglove  

Martha Dark, Foxglove 

Effective Campaigning in the Advice Sector  

Jason Tetley,
Greater Manchester Law Centre 

Using the Student Pro Bono Resource  

Clare Johnson, 

Working with Offenders and their Families in the Criminal Justice System

Christopher Stacey,  

Effective Story Telling  

Carol Storer,
Legal Action Group

A Rights Based Approach to Advice

Camilla Palmer QC (Hon),
Your Employment Settlement Service

More workshop sessions to be announced …

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

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