Starting Out Part 1&2: Your Idea into Action & Making an Impact

Level: Basic

Category: Partnership and collaboration

This part of the course looks at putting your idea into action & making an impact. Voscur's Starting Out course is a step-by-step guide to starting up or developing your idea for social change, whether you want to start a charity or social business. These sessions will look at your idea, or the work you have already started, and focus on what exactly what you are trying to achieve, the social benefit you want to create, and who you want to be involved.

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Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 - 18:00-21:00


The session is about your idea for social change, which you might have already started working on in some way. Together we will pinpoint exactly what you are trying to achieve (your goals), the difference you want to make in society, and who needs to be involved.

We will consider the pros and cons of different legal choices you could make about how you set up your business or activity, to get the most out of the opportunities for investment and engagement. This is a beginner-level course, so rest assured that all the legal information will be accessible.

The course will provide you with the insight into the legal landscape for charities and social enterprises, making sure you can start with the right foundations.

Starting Out supports you to develop your idea for social change, whether you are starting a charity or social business. We will also show how to monitor and evaluate your impact, and introduce the idea of a Theory of Change and how this can help maximise your impact.

The course is in six parts, providing a step by step guide to starting up a new social business, but the first and second session have been combined into one longer session, which will help even more people, on Wednesday 2 December (6pm - 9pm). All other sessions are 6pm - 8.30pm. The original first session in November was postponed, so if you sign up now you are still in time to benefit from the full course and the block booking discount options we offer.

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who have identified the social issue they want to tackle by creating a social business or charity.

What will you learn?

This course will allow you to:

  • Understand and be able to communicate the difference your idea will make, and the value it has.
  • Define your aims and purpose.
  • Find the right governance structure for your idea.
  • Understand terminology related to social benefit, value and impact, used by funders and investors, so you feel confident using this language in applications and other documents.
  • Use tools which will help you prove the need for your organisation, and its impact in the community.
  • Create a plan to develop activities which meet your aims and purpose,

What will you need?

To take part, you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You will not require any additional software. You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training prior to the course.

Please come prepared with a good idea and/or a new business or community group project .

Booking and additional information

This session is part of our Starting Out course, giving you the knowledge to set up your charity or social business. You can book this session as a stand-alone course, or book onto other parts of the course, with discounts available for block bookings. The other sessions are:

  • Part 1 and 2: Your Idea into Action, and Making an Impact.
  • Part 3: Business Planning.
  • Part 4: Engaging your Customers.
  • Part 5: Balancing the Books.
  • Part 6: Working with Others.

As mentioned above, each session can be attended as a one-off, or booked in a discounted block of three or six sessions, building to a full course.

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Price: £40 per session, if you book three sessions the cost is discounted to £90 (£30 each), and if you book all six sessions the price is discounted to £150 (£25 each). Those who attend all 6 sessions are offered the fantastic opportunity of free Action Learning Set sessions, run by Jess Woodsford from Inclusive Futures and SEER, to help you to summarise and extend your learning after the course.

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