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Delivering Social Change Conference: Building an Inclusive Society

The Delivering Social Change Conference: Building an Inclusive Society aimed to raise awareness of Delivering Social Change, the Executive’s framework established to tackle poverty and social exclusion.

Building an Inclusive Society

Over 200 delegates from the wider public sector, the business community, the third sector and Executive Departments came together on 4 and 5 June to discuss how best to tackle poverty and social exclusion. The conference, held in the e3 Building, Springvale Campus, Belfast was opened by OFMDFM Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann.
The Junior Minsters launched a new initiative aimed at increasing dialogue with Europe on social issues at the conference. The European Centre for Delivering Social Change is a partnership between the Executive, Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Ulster which will offer Ministers a more evidenced-informed model to take decisions on cross-cutting social issues.
Over the two days, 35 organisations exhibited at the event showcasing how their organisation is tackling poverty and social exclusion.

Post Conference Evaluation Report

An evaluation report based on feedback from the conference is available to download at the link below.

Day One

On day one delegates heard from speakers David Meade, lecturer in International Business, University of Ulster and Dr Andrea Siodmok, former Chief Designer at Cornwall Council. Delegates also participated in the Delivering Social Change Challenge, and attended workshop sessions.




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David Meade Thinking Differently presentation (PDF 327KB)
Dr Andrea Siodmok Social Innovation and Delivering Social Change experience from Cornwall presentation (PDF 2.56MB)

Delivering Social Change Challenge

In the afternoon delegates participated in the Delivering Social Change Challenge. Five parallel interactive workshops took place on the themes of Active Ageing; Early Years and Early Interventions; Entering the World of Work; Family Cohesion/Support and Literacy and Numeracy.
During these session delegates identified social issues coming out of the research and worked together to come up with ideas as to how these complex issues could be addressed.

Workshop sessions

The content from the afternoon workshop session will be used to help future priority areas in relation to Delivering Social Change.

Workshop name

Workshop presenter(s)

Active Ageing

Professor Christine Liddell – Professor of Psychology and Distinguished Community Fellow, University of Ulster  - presentation (PDF 3.15MB)
Dr Roger O’Sullivan – Director, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland - presentation (PDF 335KB)

Early Years and Early Interventions

Fionnuala McAndrew OBE – Director of Social Care and Children, Health and Social Care Board - presentation (PDF 684KB)
Professor Geraldine Macdonald – Director of the Institute of Child Care Research, Queen’s University Belfast

Entering the World of Work

Robin McRoberts – owner of gr8consultancy and Stephanie Burns – Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

Family Cohesion / Support

Celine McStravick – Director, National Children’s Bureau - presentation (PDF 6.33MB)
Dr Kathryn Higgins – Assistant Director of the Institute of Child Care Research, Queen’s University Belfast

Literacy and Numeracy

Dr Kevin Sweeney – Head of Central Survey Unit, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency - presentation (PDF 1.20MB)

Day Two

Day two of the conference was themed around Europe with delegates hearing from a number of a European speakers including:



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Daphne Ahrendt European Quality of Life Survey, Eurofound presentation (PDF 1.75MB)
Catherine Blair Employment Analysis Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission presentation (PDF 833KB)
Peter Ramsden Social Innovation for Social Change presentation (PDF 4.03MB)