For Christians today is the Feast of the Epiphany – commemorating principally the visit of the Three Wise Men to the Christ child, and thereby Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

In our everyday language an “epiphany” is a moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation.

We all hope that blinding flashes of inspiration will light our own way, but mindful that even those who scale the lofty heights of genius rely only on 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, the rest of us carry on as best we can, patiently working to achieve our goals.

For charities and other social enterprise aiming to make a difference, the landscape at the beginning of a new decade is one of continual change, uncertainty and challenge.

Our goal remains to support the “social sector” on its never ending journey. And this year our thought leadership will focus on four key themes:

  • As ever, GOVERNANCE, to help engender a compliant culture to enable organisations to pursue and fulfil their mission
  • The opportunities which an EVOLVING POLITICAL LANDSCAPE present to the sector: not just those arising out of our imminent departure from the European Union, but also how the new Government’s stated intention to further decentralise power from Westminster to the regions of England will play out for charities.
  • DIGITAL. How can charities and other social enterprises embrace rather than evade the possibilities which new technologies present?
  • COLLABORATION. Not just within the sector, but also with the private sector (businesses as well as individuals), as well as with statutory bodies in the public sector, to address the ills we face at the beginning of 2020 – homelessness, poverty, organised crime recruiting the children and young people that society has left behind, the elderly sick and vulnerable not receiving the care they deserve – because we are all in this together.

Watch out for coming announcements on events we are planning throughout 2020 on these important topics.

Together, let’s all make it a Happy New Year.