OVER 100 representatives from across the area took part in a day of 'future thinking' during CVS Inverclyde's annual conference.

The local third sector umbrella organisation's event was hosted by broadcasting royalty Shereen Nanjiani live from the Beacon Arts Centre.

As well as presentations from key local figures in the third and public sectors, there was the chance for attendees - who took part virtually due to Covid-19 - to network and take part in workshops.

CVS Inverclyde CEO, Charlene Elliott, said: "Our 2021 conference was a brilliant success.

"With the future thinking theme in mind, our conference was a chance to look ahead to the opportunities that are on the horizon.

"Opportunities to grow, collaborate and continuing to improve the lives of people in Inverclyde."

Speakers at the event included Inverclyde Council CEO Louise Long and Dr Linda de Caestecker who is director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Third sector organisations The Corra Foundation and Carnegie UK contributed their thoughts on how to create a society based on wellbeing, kindness and place-based approaches.

There was also a funding session which was led by The National Lottery Community Fund and The Henry Smith Charityt.

Linda McEnhill, chair of CVS Inverclyde’s board and CEO of Ardgowan Hospice, added: "It was a wonderful conference and a huge success for CVS Inverclyde which has gone from strength to strength over the past few years.

"I am incredibly proud to be the chair of their board and it is a privilege to work with the CVS Inverclyde team who are passionate and ambitious about supporting Inverclyde’s third sector.

"It was exciting to host our AGM following the conference and welcome two new board members.

"I’m anticipating another busy year as the chair of the CVS Inverclyde board and the role of our organisation has never been more important at this crucial time."