Risky Business

Level: Advanced

Category: Leading your organisation

During change – whether it comes by choice or by being forced to adapt – you can't avoid a level of risk. Trustees and managers have a duty to make sure an organisation’s resources aren’t put at unnecessary risk; organisations also have a duty to use their resources effectively. If these two duties are conflicting (considering trading for income, for example, or making a major investment in a new service), how can we resolve the situation?

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Thursday, 20 May, 2021 - 09:30 to 13:30

What is this course about?

This course is about understanding how to balance risk and innovation to make sure your organisation can adapt to your own new circumstances, and the circumstances of your service users, at a complex time for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

What will you learn?

The course will give you: 
1.    An overview of the potential for innovation in the VCSE sector and the risks involved
2.    Analysis of your organsation's approach to risk and change. Is your organisation ready for change? We'll also review a theory of change.
3.    Motivators for change, and a look at how to approach innovation.
4.    Information on leading innovation and managing the risks involved; identifying, categorising and reducing risks and testing innovation (prototyping and scaling up).
5.    Detailed action planning, reflection and evaluation time.

Why is it relevant now?

This course has been developed for two reasons. Before the pandemic, we designed a course to help leaders work with their boards to plan new services (typically trading activities) and organisational investments (often buildings or capital costs). It was also to help trustees effectively manage the risks, rather than using those risks as a reason to avoid change.
Since last year, we know organisations have been forced to change as a result of the pandemic: reconfigure services, turning business models upside down and making changes with no guarantee they’ll work, but no alternative. This has meant changing your decision-making processes and taking more risks. 
For 2021, we’ve updated the course to tackle both scenarios and bring whole teams together – volunteers, staff and directors – to be honest about our current uncertainties in the sector, then find a way to manage them that’s realistic about change and your organisation's resources.

Who is this course for?

Managers, co-ordinators and trustees who want to develop their skills and understanding in this difficult area.

Price: £94, around 40% off for Voscur Full Members on our half day courses, 20% off for Voscur Affiliates.

Full members: £55

Affiliates: £77

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What else do you need to know?

To take part you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and wi-fi. You won't need any extra software. You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training before the course starts.

Voscur is running all training online, due to the ongoing public health situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). This decision was taken in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. We are aware that many VCSE sector organisations in the city are focusing their efforts on providing and changing their services to respond to communities. For more information about coronavirus, see https://www.voscur.org/content/covid19-service-users.


If you cancel your place on a paid training course, you will need to give at least two weeks' notice, in which case a full refund or credit note will be issued. Less than two weeks' notice will result in the full cost of the course being invoiced (not refunded or credited), unless you can give the place to somebody else. If the place is transferred to someone else, there may be an adjustment on payment/fee depending on their/their organisation's membership status.

If you have been offered a free place, or the training you have booked is a free session, we still ask that you give at least two weeks' notice of cancellation. You may prefer to send someone else in your place; this is allowed, but please email training@voscur.org to let us know the name, email and contact phone number for the person replacing you. As mentioned above, there may be an adjustment on payment/fee, depending on their/their organisation's membership status.

Should you fail to cancel your booking with two weeks' notice and fail to attend (and are unable to send someone in your place), an admin fee of £25 will be charged; we will invoice you/your organisation.

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