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Welcome to the 2013 UK Community Foundations Conference

The conference will be hosted in Bristol by the seven community foundations in the South West region – Quartet Community Foundation, Cornwall Community Foundation, Devon Community Foundation, Dorset Community Foundation, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Somerset Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon. The University of Bristol provides two impressive venues for our daytime activities – the Wills Memorial Building and the Victoria Rooms.

The conference will raise the profile of how effective and inspiring local giving is when “philanthropy meets community”. Some of the best practice in the world will be on show and our plenary speakers will demonstrate the scale and scope of what is possible through their life stories and achievements. The conference will be intentionally inspirational and intensely practical.

For the first time the programme will also incorporate a wide-ranging agenda of ‘TED’ style talks – bite-size presentations of new ideas, backed up by best practice and real life examples.

Alongside the plenary sessions, there is an exceptionally strong programme of workshops which offer something for everyone operating in or connected to the field of community philanthropy, whether as a Chair or Trustee of a foundation, donors / philanthropists, those working with donors or as grant-makers running the operations. There will also be plenty to interest professional advisers and visiting international delegates. Participants not currently working with community foundations but with an eye on building future relationships will find the conference insightful and an excellent investment.

The open space session planned for Friday 20th will give delegates plenty of opportunity to engage on issues raised over the previous two days and to work out priorities for action as a result. Thursday and/or Friday morning have been specially designed to appeal to community foundation trustees, including a Chairs’ dinner on Thursday 19th.

This is an opportune moment to acknowledge the assistance of the conference supporters and, in particular, our headline sponsor Smith & Williamson.

One of the key benefits to delegates attending this conference is the chance to network and, as is always the case, the opportunities are ample, both formal and informal, in session and outside the conference programme. Come along prepared to meet interesting people who will be of value to you – there will be many.

The conference starts at lunchtime on Wednesday 18th September and runs through to lunchtime on Friday 20th September 2013.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Why attend?

Quite simply because this will be the UK’s largest gathering of people who are enabling effective giving and philanthropy that is vital to communities across the UK.

Whether you’re new to the field of philanthropy, grant-making and community foundations, or if you’re an ‘old hand’, or somewhere in between, there is something invaluable to be gained by attending this conference and you shouldn’t miss it.

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Who will be there?

Leaders in the field of community philanthropy will be in attendance as delegates, seminar leaders and presenters. Friends, colleagues, finance experts, and network investors in the UK will rub shoulders alongside leaders in the foundation and voluntary sector world. Previous conferences have attracted delegates from Australia, Africa, Canada, Egypt, Palestine, and other European countries.

Speakers include:

•  Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE, Founder, Kids Company

•  Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England

•  John Bird MBE, Social Entrepreneur and Founder, The Big Issue

•  George Ferguson CBE, Mayor of Bristol

  Mark McGann, Deputy Director, UK Policy and Learning, Big Lottery Fund

  Mark Nicholls, Protector, Fair Share Trust

•  Mary Prior MBE DStJ JP, Lord-Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol

•  David Sheepshanks CBE DL, Chair, UK Community Foundations

•  Sir Tim Smit KBE, Chief Executive – Development, The Eden Project

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How much does it cost?

We have held the basic delegate fees at the same rate as 2009, which means no rise in price for over four years. With an excellent Early Bird rate and a further discount for groups of two or more (booking at the same time), the conference offers fantastic value for money.

Remember too that the Early Bird Rate applies to bookings completed and paid for by Friday 12th July 2013.

To optimise the benefits, we suggest that you:

 Make sure you take advantage of the EARLY BIRD RATE which will apply to all completed bookings, received and paid for before 12th July 2013.

Take advantage of the 10% discount when you book two or more 3-day delegates at the same time – a further saving on the Early Bird rate of £37.50 per delegate.

Check the Accommodation section below for great value options in hotels to suit every budget.

Book train tickets or flights as early as possible to obtain the best rates. If you have a group travelling together, why not check online for a discount on travel tickets.

Delegate Rates Early bird Full rate  
To attend whole conference:
One single delegate (each) £375.00 £415.00
For two or more delegates (each) £337.50 £373.50 Must be booked at the same time
Non member delegates (each) £575.00 £615.00
To attend only part of conference:
Day delegates – Wed or Fri (each) £175.00 £185.00
Day delegates – Thurs (each) £195.00 £210.00
Dinner only guests – Wed (At-Bristol) £56.00 £56.00 Per person, per evening
Dinner only guests – Thurs (Circomedia) £48.00 £48.00 Per person, per evening












  • All rates quoted above include VAT @ 20% .
  • 10% discount applies to 3-day delegates only
  • Whole conference rates include conference attendance on 18th, 19th and 20th, plus dinner on 18th and 19th, but no accommodation.
  • Day delegate rates exclude dinner which can be purchased separately – see rates above.
  • Accommodation is not included in any of the rates but can be purchased using this booking form at a choice of local hotels or via a link (below) to Bristol’s tourist accommodation service.
  • Early Bird rate applies to confirmed bookings for which payments have been received by Friday 12th July 2013.


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We are offering delegates a wide range of accommodation which they can either arrange through the conference organisers or book other options separately via Bristol’s tourist accommodation service.

The recommended conference accommodation options are:

Premier Inn – Bristol City Centre Allocation Fully Booked
The Haymarket, Bristol, BS1 3LR

Typical Premier Inn with good sized rooms. Excellent reviews. 18 minute walk from the conference venue and 10 minute walk from Temple Meads train station. Fully accessible rooms, wifi and car parking available.

B&B rate £79.00 pp/pn incl VAT (single occupancy) / £88.00 per room/pn incl VAT (twin/double occupancy)

Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa (4*)
Redcliffe Way, Bristol, BS1 6SQ

Impressive accommodation at a realistic rate. 24 minute walk from the conference venue and a 6 minute walk from Temple Meads train station. On bus route to city centre. Fully accessible rooms, wifi and car parking available.

B&B rate £95.00 pp/pn incl VAT / £110.00 perroom/pn incl VAT (twin/double occupancy)

Mercure Brigstow Hotel (4*)
5-7 Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SP

Beautiful riverside hotel with very contemporary feel. 20 minute walk to conference venue and a 10 minute walk from Temple Meads train station. On bus route. Fully accessible rooms, wifi and car parking available.

B&B rate £115.00 pp/pn incl VAT / £130.00 per room/pn incl VAT (twin/double occupancy)

Berkeley Square Hotel (4*)
15 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS1 1HB

Small boutique hotel close to the conference venue (2 minute walk) and a 20 minute walk from Temple Meads train station. On bus route. Lift to all floors but not recommended for wheelchair users.

B&B rate £116.00 pp/pn incl VAT / £130.00 per room/pn incl VAT (twin/double occupancy)

We would recommend completing your booking form as soon as possible to ensure that we are able to confirm accommodation requests from within our allocation.

If you would prefer to book through Bristol’s accommodation service, please use this link which will open up a selection of B&Bs for you -

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How to get there

If you are planning to travel to Bristol by train or plane, please book train tickets or flights as early as possible to obtain the best rates.

By road

Ideally situated for road access from London, Cardiff, Birmingham and the rest of the UK, the city centre is connected to the M4 motorway by the M32 and M5 motorways.

Download useful maps of the Bristol area here.

By air

Located just a few miles from central Bristol, Bristol Airport is easily reached by the Bristol Flyer service, connecting the airport to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, Bristol Bus Station and central hotels.

The Bristol Flyer express coach service offers a convenient way to get from the airport, with regular coaches running to Bristol city centre bus and train stations from the airport throughout the day. The journey takes around 30 minutes and tickets are available from the driver, from the Fast Track machine at the airport, or from the booth outside the Airport Arrivals door.

For further information regarding any of the products or services for Bristol Airport, please go to

By rail

Bristol Temple Meads is the main railway station, situated approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the City Centre.

CrossCountry trains operate between Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham, the North East, Edinburgh and Penzance. First Great Western run regular services to Bristol from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon, Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Find out more about CrossCountry trains here.

First Great Western offer delegates great value train travel from London and the South East. Find out more here.

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Finding your way around Bristol

On foot

You can find a good walking map of Bristol city centre here.

The key conference map references are:

Temple Meads Station R6
University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building (Wed/Thur) G3
At-Bristol (Dinner – Wed) H6
Circomedia (Dinner – Thur) N2
Merchants’ Hall (Chairs’ Dinner – Thur) A2 (page 2)
University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms (Fri) F2
Premier Inn Bristol City Centre M2
Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa  N7
Mercure Brigstow Hotel M4
Berkeley Square Hotel G4

By bus

Bristol has an excellent bus network and you can download useful information from here. In addition, you can download a useful app which gives bus timetables, routes and fares here.

The 8 and 9 bus services run frequently between Bristol Temple Meads Station and the city centre, Broadmead and Cabot Circus.

No coach transport is being provided from the hotels to the conference venue but coaches will be provided for both the evening events, picking up and dropping off at the four recommended hotels. All hotels will be alerted to the potential increases in taxi requirements at key times.

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Useful Apps to download

For iPhone Rating
Bristol Official City Guide (Free) ●●●●○
Hidden Bristol (Free) ●●●●●
Bristol Unique Guide (Free) ●●●●○
Bristol Nights (Free) ●●●●●
Checker Cars Bristol (Free) No ratings
Park-Up – Bristol parking £2.99 No ratings
Tapsi – taxis (Free) ●●●●●
TravelWest Bus Checker (Free) ●●●●●


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Find out more

The conference website will be kept up to date with latest information so why not add it to your favourites for future use. You can access the website again either through the UKCF website , clicking on the conference link there, or by coming back to

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Contact us

If you have any queries, or experience any problems booking your delegate place, please contact the conference organisers First City Events on or telephone them on 07711 432745 (Joyce) or 07721 530115 (Gill).

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