Gosport Community Voice Annual Forum


On 15th November, the annual Community Voice Forum was held at Thorngate Halls. The forum which is now a permanent fixture in the Gosport calendar, brings together many representatives of the Gosport voluntary, community and statutory sectors to take time to work out how they can do things ‘better together.’

The event has been planned and run for many years by what was formerly known as the Compact Group but is now known as the Community Voice Group, which works together all year to solve issues between the voluntary and the statutory sector in relation to consultation, volunteering, funding and representation.

The theme of this year’s event was ‘Community Treasure – The Value of Diversity and Inclusion’. The aim was to raise awareness about the positive contribution everyone can make in their local community. Some may need a little extra support, so guidance on how to do this was provided, such as how to engage with those thought of as most hard to reach and how to develop easy read documents. An introduction to Makaton was given, and local community groups gave an update on their work. The key note speaker was Emily Dewey, from Toucan Diversity who gave an insightful and inspirational talk on her life with autism.  The day concluded with ‘foods from around the world’ for lunch, and an opportunity for attendees to network. Many thanks to all who contributed and to our partner, Gosport Borough Council who funded the event.

For information on how you can get involved in future meetings and events please contact Mandy Bright at Gosport Voluntary Action on 02392 604690 or by e-mail on


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