As a new board member it can be difficult to know exactly what is expected of you. This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to be an effective board member from the start. This interactive session will walk you through your governing role and covers legal responsibilities and the essentials of good governance, including the questions you should be asking.

What will I learn?

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 -
18:00 to 20:30

This session is perfect for those who are unsure about what GDPR is and would like to understand where to make a start in planning for the regulation coming into force in May 2018.   The main outcome of this session is to support you to understand more about how you can be responsible for data and prepare for GDPR as an organisation.

This session will enable you to:

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 5 December, 2017 -
10:00 to 12:00

This follows on from “Making the Best Case for Funding” session we are running, and is a chance for you to book 30 minutes with a Voscur fundraising expert to discuss your bid in detail and take away some feedback you can use to improve your bid before the deadline. 

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 23 November, 2017 -
18:00 to 21:00

This workshop will look at how to make the best possible case for funding from the PCRF. We’ll cover how to describe your project clearly, define and evidence your impact and make your application stand out.

You’ll get the most from this workshop if you’ve already taken a good look at the application form and started to draft your answers.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 -
18:00 to 21:00

All organisations need minutes. They are essential if teams, committees and boards are to have a clear record of the decisions made and the actions required. Whether you minute the occasional team meeting or more formal board meetings, the aim of this course is to provide you with the tools to minute with confidence.

The course will cover:
•    Minuting techniques
•    Strategies for speed recording
•    Barriers to effective listening
•    Plain English
•    Meeting protocols
•    Practice and feedback opportunities

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 2 November, 2017 -
09:30 to 15:30

It’s getting harder to find the grants and other income you need to keep your group thriving, but there are some simple things you can do to become more fundable and increase your income. This session will outline these positive actions and give you practical ideas of how to set about them.

The session is for anyone involved in a small, local voluntary organisation who would like to re-think and update their approach to successful income generation.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 -
12:00 to 14:00

The new Charity Governance Code, published in July, is essential reading for all trustees. Good governance matters and often where organisations fail it is because governance has been ineffective.

This lunchtime briefing session is aimed at CEOs and trustees who want to understand what the new code includes and how they begin to implement it.

The session will include:

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 1 November, 2017 -
12:00 to 14:00

This free training aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and workplace issues, thus offering those who experience gender-based violence, a safer, more supportive and better response in their workplace.

The training gives further knowledge of the effects of domestic abuse on victims and how that can impact on their work. It will also give guidance on developing appropriate policies and procedures and implementing them effectively.

Aimed at all staff to raise awareness of these important issues, but particularly:

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 -
12:30 to 15:00

Leading UK property advice charity The Ethical Property Foundation is delighted to offer this property workshop in partnership with Voscur as part of the National Programme for Property Education: www.ethicalproperty.org.uk

The half day workshop is followed by a free sandwich lunch and a drop in property advice clinic.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 28 September, 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00

Learn about the benefits of online fundraising with Localgiving and how its West of England regional development programme can help your organisation.

The event will also provide the opportunity for you to meet other charities and community groups facing similar funding issues and take away practical online fundraising solutions you can implement yourself.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 20 July, 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00

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