Around 180 representatives from the voluntary and community sector came together in the Stormont Hotel on Tuesday 2 October to talk about how the sector could work together to deliver social change. Chairperson of the Assembly’s Social Development Committee, Alex Maskey MLA was on hand to deliver a keynote address. He emphasised that groups in the voluntary and community sector need to work together to deliver real and positive social change - a process by which people change society to reflect their communities’ values and improve outcomes for all. As part of his address, Mr Maskey noted that the key was for local voluntary and community groups to work together in true partnership. This kind of collaboration would ensure that funding would go to appropriately skilled and experienced organisations to ensure efficiency in the use of resources and enhanced outcomes for communities. Mr Maskey also discussed the importance that government departments and local political representatives have in delivering social change by taking a lead in improving social conditions and in working constructively with local groups and individuals. A fruitful partnership between the two sectors, he said, was the only way to deliver real change for local communities.
Watch Alex Maskey's Keynote Address:
Alex Maskey MLA Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Social Development pictured with from l-r Tim London Queens University of Belfast, Seamus McAleavey Chief Executive NICVA, Frank Hewitt Chairman of BIG Lottery Northern Ireland and Bill Osborne Chairperson Building Change Trust. Mr Maskey was the key note speaker at the Building Change Trust and CollaborationNI Collaboration for Social Change Event held at the Stormont Hotel Belfast on Tuesday 2 October 2012.