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ISR Public Event: 13th January 2021

How do you do Socially Distanced Social Responsibility?

This session will consider how to do social responsibility in a socially distanced way. When the UK entered its first lockdown in March 2020, community groups and voluntary sector organisations were forced to move to online delivery. This has continued to the present time and has exacerbated existing inequalities, with those already experiencing digital poverty excluded from what was an almost exclusively digital policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This webinar welcomes John Davis, ISR Visiting Fellow and guest speakers from the Bluecoat Liverpool and Youthfocus North West. The speakers will share how they sought to overcome the digital divide with the communities that they work within and seek to offer best practice examples on the topic of how to be socially responsible in a socially distanced way. There will be plenty of space for questions and discussion.

The webinar will lead to further conversations organised by ISR with a view to gathering a set of creative resources that share challenges, solutions and best practice in how to do socially distanced social responsibility.

The webinar was recorded by graphic artist Jon Dorsett, who created this video and image:

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

7.00pm Event start
8.00pm Event close

Venue: Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

Registration: closed


John Davis, ISR Visiting Fellow
On leaving home in St Helens, John started his working career in production management and research at Wedgwood in Stoke later getting ordained as an Anglican priest in 1979. During his ministry in the West Midlands, John started several innovative projects and led the award winning ‘Crossing at St. Paul’s, Walsall’ development, a multi-million project to transform a large Grade 2 listed Victorian church building to a multi-use social enterprise.

John was a visiting lecturer in Theology at Walsall College and worked in Anglican and Catholic Colleges. He chaired a number of boards including Walsall’s SRB Regeneration Partnership Board, the Business in the Community Neighbourhood Partnership, School Governors and was a trustee of the New Art Gallery Development Trust. He was later the Regional Development Manager for the Princes Trust in the West Midlands moving on to become the Hospice Development Manager in Walsall for the NHS.

John is a Christian social entrepreneur, a Home Office consultant, a trustee of the John Moores Foundation and a former local Councillor in West Lancs. Having previously been the lead on the anti-poverty strategies for Liverpool Diocese he is now a Missional priest in Knowsley Deanery working mainly with St. Gabriel’s Church in Huyton.

Mary Cloake, CEO Bluecoat Liverpool
Mary was born in Cardiff, South Wales and grew up in County Wexford in South East Ireland. She has been Chief Executive of Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts since 2012 and prior to that worked in Ireland, most recently as Director of the Arts Council there.

Recent non-executive roles include membership of the advisory panels for the Gulbenkian Foundation Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations and the AHRC-funded Liverpool Hope University-led project Articulating Women: Interrogating Intersectionality. She is a board member of Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Mary is a member of the ISR External Advisory Board.

Stuart Dunne – CEO Youth Focus North West (YFNW) 
I am lucky enough to be the CEO at YFNW. I am an experienced youth and community worker (JNC) with twenty years’ experience of working with children and young people, with a particular interest in youth participation projects. Academically, I have an Mphil in in Citizenship Education and Identity Construction and an MA in Participatory Action Research. I have worked at YFNW since 2013, before this I worked with Blackpool Council, and prior to that in Tower Hamlets. YFNW is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Board of Trustees. Founded in the early 90s as the North West Regional Youth Work Unit we have evolved over the years. YFNW is an organisation with strong youth work roots. We work in partnership with young people and organisations to have a voice where it counts. Our youth voice work gives young people the opportunities to make a difference individually, locally, regionally and nationally.  Stuart is a member of the ISR External Advisory Board.

Milo Dunne – Youth Focus North West (YFNW) 
Milo is a Youth Support Worker a YFNW alongside studying for his Youth Work qualification and his degree in Childhood & Youth and Politics. Milo attended many youth voice schemes as a young person and is very passionate about inclusivity and improving outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


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