VOCAL Conference 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

VOCAL 2012 - 'The Future for Culture and Sport in Scotland’

VOCAL Conference 2012 - ‘The Future for Culture and Sport in Scotland’

The conference has a number of key themes including looking at how to do things differently, exploring the implications of public service reform, debating the impact and contribution of culture and sport generally, and discussing key challenges in relation to improving access and participation.  The main programme of the conference is targeted at exploring a range of strategic issues relevant to both culture and sport. High profile speakers already confirmed include:

  • Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Scottish Government- Keynote Address
  • Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Scottish Government – Keynote Address 
  • Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow Life – The Future Shape of Culture and Sport Services? Challenges and Opportunities
  • Lesley Brown, HM Assistant Chief Inspector, Education Scotland – Evidencing Impact and Performance Improvement – How Good is our Culture and Sport?
  • Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Local Government Improvement Service – The Public Service Reform Context

Rory Mair, Chief Executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, will also chair a panel discussion involving; Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development, Creative Scotland; Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland and; Colin Mair, Chief Executive, the Improvement Service. The discussion will explore Challenges and Opportunities or Culture and Sport in a local government context.

Health Improvement: A Role for Culture and Sport? will be debated in another high profile panel discussion involving representatives from Edinburgh  Leisure, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and sportscotland. There will be a further high profile panel discussion which will look at lessons learned from planning for the Olympics in 2012, and the legacy from the Commonwealth Games elsewhere. The panel will examine how to define and maximise 2014 as an opportunity for Scotland through an exploration of 2014 – What’s in it for Scotland -  The Opportunity.

The conference will also include a range of discussion sessions to allow more detailed exploration of specific culture, leisure, and greenspace areas. Discussion sessions will explore a range of topical issues and highlight current and future challenges and opportunities for these services and for those involved in their planning, design, and delivery.

Discussion Sessions

Libraries Driving a Digital Scotland

Liz McGettigan, Head of Libraries and Information Services, City of Edinburgh Council (Chair)

Liz McDonald, Senior Policy Officer, CarnegieUK Trust

Martyn Wade, Chief Executive, National Library of Scotland

Annie Mauger, Chief Executive, CILIP

Digital development and new technology are not a threat to public libraries rather they provide new opportunities
for public libraries to re-imagine themselves and to provide new kinds of services. Our public library service has a
great infrastructure on which to build a digital Scotland and Libraries will play a major contribution in increasing
opportunities for lifelong learning, digital literacyand digital inclusion in this agenda. This session will discuss this
premis and look at the ways in which the public library system can adapt to today’s myriad informational demands.

Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries

Frank Little, Museums Manager, City of Edinburgh City Council (Chair)

David Seers, Head of Cultural Excellence, Scottish Government

Joanne Orr, Museums Galleries Scotland

Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland

This session will showcase the national strategy as a vehicle to deliver museum services and an example of best practice. The session will articulate the real impact of museums and profile the existing cross cutting policy work and the opportunities this offers. Speakers will also explore how strategies impact on service delivery and how the national strategy will be delivered.

Access and Participation: Engaging the Disengaged

Margaret O’Connor, Cultural Services Manager, East Lothian Council (Chair)

Anne Gallacher, Director, Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival

Ray Vince, National Operations Manager, StreetGames UK

Scott Cuthbertson, Community Development Officer for the Equality Network and Project Manager for "Out for Sport" Project

Peter Nicholson, Musician, Sistema Scotland/Big Noise Raploch

Instead of being asked to make a presentation, a number of questions will be prepared in advance and all contributors to this session will be invited to discuss the theme of engaging the disengaged in a ‘round table’ style.  This  format is designed to make the workshop discursive and to move quickly to inviting contributions from the floor.

The Creative Industries in Scotland: Exploiting Our Potential

Heather Stuart, Chief Executive, Fife Cultural Trust (Chair)

Alastair Evans, Development Officer (Research), Creative Scotland

Deborah Keogh, Director, Cultural Enterprise Office

Abigail Lyons, Scottish Enterprise.

This discussion will focus on raising awareness of the creative industries and their economic contribution in Scotland. In particular, it will highlight the role and opportunities for local government to maximise the potential of these creative businesses and individuals within their own local area. For example, how the creative industries reflect the national agenda and how to build on the work of other key organisations operating in this field will be examined.

Measuring Performance: community, person and athlete-centred outcomes

Stuart Younie, Service Manager, Perth and Kinross Council (Chair)
Mary Allison, Head of Strategic Planning, sportscotland

This workshop session will explore some of the approaches which sportscotland are developing to assist in measuring the impact of services and projects from the perspective of communities, people and athletes . Moving beyond more traditional  performance management measures, delegates will have an opportunity both to hear about the sportscotland’s latest thinking in this area and importantly have an opportunity to shape and improve the direction and content of the work.

Challenges in Improving Access to Services

Alistair Wilson, Senior Services Manager, Angus Council (Chair)

Patricia Horton, Research Office sportscotland

Gordon Cargill, Project Manager Education, Angus Council

Dick Keatings, Campus Leader and Head Teacher, Lochleven Community Campus

The workshop will explore the perceived difficulties in maximising the use and access to facilities and services. It will capture examples of good practice to share with the conference and more widely. It is anticipated that there will be many variations and different levels of success and solutions tried and tested within the audience which can also be shared. It is hoped that some of this information will be  gathered and captured at the start of the workshop. The three speakers will then deliver their presentation topics to stimulate debate for a final question and answer session.


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