News and Events

Bright Ideas has a proven track record when organising events that are dynamic, exciting and informative, ranging from celebrating our own fantastic volunteers to An Audience with John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Below are a selection of some of our favourite events, some recent and others a little older yet memorable and significant in what they achieved.

‘An Audience with John Bercow’ was a fantastic opportunity to both hear from Mr Speaker about how community and voluntary groups can engage with Government, but also to ask him questions about the Parliamentary process and his role as Speaker of the House of Commons.  We were joined by members of community and voluntary groups from across Nottingham as well as students from Nottingham City Academy.

For more information, including links to the live blog from the day, photos, video and the press release, visit the event page here.


‘Be Inspired’ was a celebration of the talents, skills and experiences of volunteers from Bright Ideas, ACAF and 97.5 Kemet FM.  Volunteers from each organisation had the opportunity to encourage others by demonstrating what they had been doing with their time, including videos, poetry, photographs and a short drama.  We were joined by friends from other groups, and broadcast live on 97.5 Kemet FM.

For more information, including photos, video and the press release, visit the event page here.

‘Emergency Appointment’ was an opportunity for BME community and voluntary groups in Nottingham to hear from a panel about the proposed changes to the NHS, specifically around GP commissioning and Consortia.  We were joined by Dr Chris Packham, GP and Director of Public Health for Nottingham, Maqsood Ahmad, OBE (Director of Inclusion), Rosemary Stuckey (Assistant Director of Commissioning Development), GP’s Dr Arun Tangri and Dr Chris Udenze and Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Nottingham City Council.

For more information, including the Powerpoint presentation, photos, video and the press release, visit the event page here.



Bright Ideas Nottingham presented British Heart Foundation Hearts and Minds Conference. This event was on the 30th June 2011 at the Nottingham Contemporary. It aimed to identify approaches that work in relation to promoting heart health in Nottingham’s visible and non-visible diverse black and minority ethnic communities. For more information about this event and to see photos, flyer and the press release click here.


Bright Ideas organised a workshop with Patrick Vernon OBE, in which attendees could delve into their past and learn how to trace their African & Caribbean family tree!



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