2021 Conference Programme

Changing our Game: How our members adapted during COVID and what the future holds for the Reuse Network and the reuse sector as a whole.

Two men laughing around a table during the reuse network 2019 conference

Thank you to our headline conference sponsors John Lewis & Partners and our Secondary Sponsors DHL Envirolutions.

08.30 – 9:30 Registration  

09:30 Conference opening & welcome, Stephen Cawley, Chair of Trustees

09:45 – 11:00 Plenary 1: Keeping up the fight

 Say yes now, ask questions later – Kelvin Hughes, CEO, Newbury Community Resource Centre 

Multi-agency collaboration and responding to community needs during COVID beyond furniture provision.

 How lockdown(s) impacted smaller charities – Janet Fox, Project Manager, Hopeworx 

Stepping up to extending a food bank project by working with over 50 agencies in the local area

 Setting up Mask Community Paula Gamester, Director, Sewing Rooms

Curtain-making social enterprise switches to making 10,000 free face masks

Diversifying and capacity-building during COVID – Rod Williams, Managing Director, Crest Co-operative

How Crest Co-operative successfully accessed funding to diversify into different community initiatives and strengthened their charity.  

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments and exhibition 

Exhibitors include: Kudos Software, Dura Beds, Hughes Trades, End Furniture Poverty, Ultra-clean Mattress Machine, Alba Beds, Charity Shop Gift Card, WRS Insurance and more to be announced.

11:30 – 13:00 Plenary 2: The next chapter  

There’s never been a greater need for reuse, Craig Anderson, Reuse Network, CEO

Introduction to the Reuse Network’s five-year strategic plan and goals followed by table discussions and panel discussion. A chance for delegates to debate and discuss what the future holds for the Reuse Network, its charity members, and the reuse industry.

 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and exhibition  

Exhibitors include: Kudos Software, Dura Beds, Hughes Trades, End Furniture Poverty, Ultra-clean Mattress Machine, Alba Beds, Charity Shop Gift Card, WRS Insurance and more to be announced.

14:00 – 15:30 ConverStations: the conversation station

A selection of discussions on carefully selected topics, led by the experts. 

Running a repair cafe – E-commerce – Social media management – Reuse Enterprises Audis – POPs – Change management and organisational restructure – 12-month warranties on white goods – Donor retention, gift aid and donor loyalty – Mental health first aid training – Using technology to streamline fleet logistics – Insurance simplified – WEEE Repair Training – and more to be announced

15:30-16:00 Refreshments and exhibition stands 

Exhibitors include: Kudos Software, Dura Beds, Hughes Trades, End Furniture Poverty, Ultra-clean Mattress Machine, Alba Beds, Charity Shop Gift Card, WRS Insurance and more to be announced.

 16:00 -17:15 Plenary 4: Private sector and not-for-profit sector partnerships

Trends, challenges and opportunities within commercial partnerships, Lesley Prescott, Head of Operations, Reuse Network

Smart advice for working with commercial partners and when to walk away, Shaun England, CEO, toogoodtowaste

Table discussion and panel discussion with representatives from Reuse Network’s commercial partners (Currys, John Lewis & Partners, DHL)

17:15 Close of Conference

 19:00 Drinks Reception  

Kindly sponsored by Currys

19:30 Gala Dinner 

Kindly sponsored by WRS Insurance

21:00 Reuse Network Awards Ceremony

Kindly sponsored by Domestic & General

21:30 Entertainment 

Shahin Sadafi, Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker & Founder of Grenfell United

 

Please note that the programme is subject to change as we confirm sessions and speakers.