Make it easy for funders to say 'yes' to your bids. Whether you want £200 for a community event or £2,000 for new equipment for your services, you need a strong, clear proposal. This one-day course will take you through the essentials for writing a strong bid that's appealing to funders, and how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 4 June, 2015 -
09:30 to 15:30

All organisations need accurate records of meetings. They are essential if teams, committees and boards are to have a clear account of the decisions made and the actions required. The aim of this course is to provide you with tools to 'minute' with confidence.

This course is spread over two morning sessions: Wednesday 3rd June: 9:30am - 1pm and Wednesday 10th June: 9:30am - 1pm

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 10 June, 2015 -
09:30 to 13:00

All organisations need accurate records of meetings. They are essential if teams, committees and boards are to have a clear account of the decisions made and the actions required. The aim of this course is to provide you with tools to 'minute' with confidence.

This course is spread over two morning sessions: Wednesday 3rd June: 9:30am - 1pm and Wednesday 10th June: 9:30am - 1pm

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 3 June, 2015 -
09:30 to 13:00

This session will cover the reasons why VCS organisations need to consider insurance; the legislative requirements; the types of insurance cover required (including good practice measures in undertaking risk assessments); and where and how to obtain suitable quotations.

This course will be delivered by Martin Ladbrook, of Ladbrook - specialist advisers to the voluntary and community sector.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 2 June, 2015 -
13:30 to 15:30

The workshop builds our understanding of how young people can become radicalised and be vulnerable to extreme views and actions which could lead to acts of violent extremism. Practitioners working with young people may well become aware of changes and signs that may indicate early stages of vulnerability to extremism.

This workshop will enable practitioners from all agencies to recognise signs, to know what action to take in response to concerns, and to cascade the learning to others in their teams.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 14 May, 2015 -
09:30 to 12:30

Organisations are only as effective as the staff that work for them, and employment contracts should help both employers and employees get the most out of their relationship. This course will help you create, alter and end employment contracts using procedures that comply with all relevant legislation and treat staff as people, not just 'human resources'. This course is being delivered by ACAS.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 13 May, 2015 -
09:30 to 13:00

Governance has never been more crucial; in challenging times a strong board is essential to survive and thrive. Yet many trustees are unclear of their duties and boundaries with staff. This course sets out trustee roles and responsibilties and suggests tools to help ensure your board leads your organisation's impact.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 23 April, 2015 -
18:00 to 21:00

This training will cover the types of issues that may arise in your organisation, how to develop an internal whistle-blowing system, sharing concerns and escalating them to the right people, how your organisation can be assisted with the whistleblowing process, and developing relationships with BCC staff to help steer your organisation.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 30 April, 2015 -
09:30 to 13:00

This course is designed to identify key areas associated with the production of statutory accounts for those who have so far had limited exposure to this specialist area.

We will also review practical issues typically encountered through the preparation of year-end accounts in applying current legislative and accounting requirements and look at the intrinsic links between the financial statements and the Trustees’ Annual Report.

A combination of lecturing, practical case studies and discussion will ensure that you come away with a good understanding of charity accounts.   

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 16 April, 2015 -
09:30 to 15:30

This training will cover the types of issues that may arise in your organisation, how to develop an internal whistle-blowing system, sharing concerns and escalating them to the right people, how your organisation can be assisted with the whistleblowing process, and developing relationships with BCC staff to help steer your organisation.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 31 March, 2015 -
09:30 to 13:00

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