Workshop and Networking Event - 24 April 2014
Partnership with Local Authorities
A networking evening and workshop led by Antonia Dixey of Participation People, an international youth engagement company and Educational Member of Compass.

Guests were treated to an informative and interactive workshop which educated them in how Local Authorities work and the best way of communicating with them to attract funding.  Through the use of games and participation, Antonia encouraged everyone to contribute to the discussion and come up with answers to the following questions:
  • What are Local Authorities looking for with partners
  • What to expect when working with them
  • What they will expect of you.

This is what our guests had to say about the event:

‘It was a thoughtful and engaging workshop - Antonia brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight to the Compass Association and the Membership. The fact that she is willing to share what she does to improve the lives of young people should be an inspiration to others. Those who attended including myself will benefit immensely from this and our colleagues and other members should be looking to make contact with her to see where she and Participation People can help them’
Martin Gallagher, CEO, COMPASS

"I really enjoyed the event, Antonia raised some interesting points about how LAs work and I really enjoyed the participative nature of the session."
Nigel Richardson, Wide Horizons Outdoor Education Centre

Who is Participation People?

Participation People is an international youth engagement company providing advice, consultancy, training and project management across the world.
Everyday they:
  • Empower young people aged 8-30;
  • Support young people to make informed decisions; and
  • Impact local, regional and national communities.
Their vision is a world where every child and young person has the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive impact in their community.

Their mission  is to empower children and young people to inform and influence decision-making, producing positive, tangible changes in communities. They do this through collaborative, interactive and fun ways of working.

Their aims are to increase their capacity by:
  • Engaging 20,000 children and young people in our work annually;
  • Training 200 adults in youth participation every year; and
  • Promoting the role of young people in community decision making.
As a product of their work:
  • Decision makers will save money by making services user-driven;
  • Young people will acquire the skills they need to further their education and progress into employment; and
  • Positive perceptions of young people in our community will be increase.


Upcoming Conference - CHANGE OF DATE

Kids Play Sport Conference 2014

Compass is delighted to have been invited to sit on the expert panel for the Kids Play Sport Conference being held in 3 geographical locations in OCTOBER 2014 (date changed from June 2014).

The conference will provide the largest and most comprehensive event and discussion forum yet to take place in the UK to focus entirely on kids sport from early age, through to youth / school leaving age. Despite hopes that the Olympics and Paralympics would “inspire a generation” to take up sport we still face challenges on this matter, in this digital age young people have a lot of different things competing for their time and attention and with health experts warning that with inactiveness amongst children causing increasing levels of obesity, we are facing a “time bomb”.

If young people enjoy taking part in physical activity early on they are more likely to go on to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Kids Play Sport 2014 sets out to discuss all the relevant issues and hot topics surrounding participation of children in sport and activity, from barriers through to solutions, making this conference a must to attend for anyone working in delivering sports & activities to our younger generations.

Stirling - Thursday 9 October 2014
Reading - Thursday 16 October 2014
Nottingham - Thursday 23 October 2014

ALL Compass members will benefit from a preferential rate of £96 (incl VAT) a great discount from the full rate of £144 (incl VAT).  Bookings are all done online at Please contact for the booking code for this offer.

How to have a great family coaching business

'How to have a great Family Coaching Business" - 4 February 2014

"Coaching is a challenging and rewarding profession but how can it blend with the unique needs of a family based business"

A great evening was had by those who attended the Workshop and Networking Event led by Peter Roper, The Family Business Man from 5.30-8pm at Aston Villa Football Ground, Birmingham.


NatWest Bank hosts Compass Networking evening - 30 October 2013
New corporate partners, NatWest Bank hosted a Compass Wine and Cheese Networking reception at the historic location of Child & Co Bank in Fleet Street on 30 October 2013.  

Compass was delighted to hold it’s first networking event hosted by new Corporate Partners NatWest Bank in the prestigious surroundings of Child & Co Bank in Fleet Street.  The building was the perfect backdrop for an evening of networking for Compass members, corporate partners and industry leaders.  The event was well attended and all guests were treated to a mouthwatering spread of cheese and wine. Martin Gallagher, CEO, welcomed Compass members and guests from government departments, the Cricket Foundation, Skills Active, Sports Coach UK and other leading stakeholder organisations to the event. Mark Saunders, Senior Business Director of RBS/Drummond then entertained everyone with a potted history of the venue and expressed his pleasure at being linked with Compass as they were delighted to be working with organisations committed to improving the health of children and the wider community.   Linda Plowright, Chair of Compass, thanked Mark and Gary for hosting the event and supporting Compass as a Corporate Partner.