This conference was held on the following date(s)

Supplemental Material:

AGM 2008 Papers - Agenda
AGM 2008 - Agenda items
Notice of Special General Meeting

This event responds to ‘Communities in control - Real people, real power, the Government’s Empowerment White Paper, which stresses the importance of Citizenship Education and Community Sector Leadership in making Britain a fairer society.  

It also builds on the response made by the ECA to the DIUS consultation; “Informal Adult Learning-Shaping the Way Ahead’, which sets great store by the building of infrastructure to support the future of Adult Learning.  

The ECA has long understood the importance of Citizenship Education and the positive effects this can have on both communities and individuals, and is holding this conference to establish ways that third sector and adult learning organisations can integrate this further in their work.  


The conference will also incorporate the Association's AGM.

If you would like to attend please contact us at: or call: 08442 495 594 or download the application form from the Conference Brochure



A provisional programme for the days events is as follows:


10:30 – Reception and tea & coffee 

11:00 – Welcome.   Bernard Godding, Chair of the National Executive 

11:10 – Chris Minter, Interim Service Director, Safer and Stronger  Communities,    Adult and Housing Department, Leicester City Council. 

11:45 – Paul Olver, Project  Manager – Teddy Bear  Grundtvig Project 

12:20 – Discussion/Thoughts 

12:30  ECA Annual General Meeting – non-members are welcome to attend    or take a break. 

1:00 – Lunch 

1:30 – Dhara Vyas, Policy Team, NCVO 

2:05 – Facilitated Discussion 

2:45 – Hazel Capper, Leadership and Governance Programme, Community Sector Coalition 

3:20 – Concluding thoughts 

3:30 Close


Contributors included:

Chris MinterChris Minter is Head of Adult Skills & Learning at Leicester City Council and the ECA’s Honorary Secretary. He helped the ECA and its partners to establish the very successful TEACh European Active Citizenship project, funded under the EU's Grundtvig Adult Education programme.
Dhara VyasDhara Vyas joined NCVO as a Policy officer in January 2006.  She leads NCVO’s work on the relationship between voluntary and community organisations and local government, focusing this year on democracy and active citizenship.  Prior to working for NCVO, Dhara worked in local government on policy issues at both a district council and a London borough on a number of areas including best value, performance, equalities and diversity, local partnerships, empowerment and neighbourhood governance arrangements. Dhara has a BA in Politics and an MSc in Public Policy.
Paul OlverPaul Olver Is a member of the ECA and the project co-ordinator for the Teddybear project
Hazel CapperHazel Capper is the Leadership & Governance Programme Manager for the Community Sector Coalition