Develop and improve your volunteer programme by learning to use simple adaptable tools and methods that will demonstrate to your volunteers, your funders, your service users and the wider community the impact of volunteering.  This course will equip you to gather evidence which can be used to support funding applications, attract new volunteers and capture the value of volunteering within and beyond your organisation.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 -
09:30 to 15:30

The Bristol Impact Fund will require effective monitoring of project outcomes and their contribution to the Prospectus impacts. In some cases, there will be a need to establish processes and baselines in the early stages. This session will cover principles of good monitoring and methodologies.

Additional information:

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00

Details:

Leading UK property advice charity The Ethical Property Foundation is delighted to offer this property workshop in partnership with Voscur and Simmons & Simmons as part of the National Programme for Property Education.

This free workshop is for trustees and staff of small voluntary organisations whether owning or renting premises. Lunch is provided.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 -
10:00 to 15:30

You are invited to join this brilliantly practical workshop designed specifically for VCS organisations to understand how and where effective marketing can maximise efforts in fundraising, supporter communications, and finding and keeping volunteers.

Multi-award winning author and speaker, Bryony Thomas, will be running this hands-on session using the Thirteen Touchpoint Leaks™ tool from her best-selling book, Watertight Marketing. This approach has been tried and tested across thousands of UK businesses, and is now being powerfully adapted for the Third Sector.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00

Many of the complex challenges we face are really urgent: from climate change to fuel poverty, we need action yesterday. But in our haste many are left behind and the decisions we make are poorer for it. After all, how can we create a world that works for everyone if we don't include everyone in building it? In this interactive workshop we will explore how to encourage deep listening and meaningful participation in meetings, and how to facilitate decision making to ensure everyone's voices are heard.

Date/Time: 
Saturday, 19 November, 2016 -
10:00 to 17:00

The Volunteer Organisers' Forum is used to promote and share best practice for those managing or coordinating volunteers.  We meet quarterly to discuss a variety of issues relevant to volunteering such as volunteer recruitment, employability, DBS checks, volunteer retention, thank you events, welfare reform impacts, volunteers and the law amongst others.  Featuring speakers and mini workshops, this forum is also a great opportunity to network.

The November meeting will include:

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 15 November, 2016 -
10:00 to 13:00

Are you running a project relating to energy bills, saving energy, energy efficiency or renewable energy?

Would you like to learn new ways of working with your group that bring out everyone’s ideas and results in decisions everyone is happy with?

Date/Time: 
Saturday, 19 November, 2016 -
10:00 to 17:00

Volunteers are a huge asset to your organisation, and making sure you understand the legal implications of their work means everyone gets the best out of the relationship. This course outlines the issues to consider to ensure you’re operating within the correct legal framework.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 -
09:30 to 13:00

Fundraising difficult? Client demand growing? Competition for funds is a key challenge and research shows that training works. Avoid simple mistakes, use evidence effectively and increase your options to get the most from your small fundraising bids.

What will I learn?

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 -
09:30 to 15:30

Too many trustees still fail to understand their duties, and over half the Charity Commission's investigations involve basic failures. Yet in the current climate, strong governance is more important than ever for charities to manage risk and achieve their objectives.

What will I learn?

  • Essential roles, responsibilities and duties of charity trustees
  • How to avoid common mistakes and make being a trustee rewarding

Who is the course for?

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 20 October, 2016 -
18:00 to 21:00

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