Support for groups - free training and events

This page aims to keep you up-to-date with useful info about training opportunites and events inside Westminster and more widely throughout London. Also make sure to check the funding opportunities page for an updated list of local and London-wide funding opportunties.

One Westminster can also help your organisation through the Online Resources section of this website and through our staff team.

TRAINING AND EVENTS

TRAINING AND EVENTS

NCVO ONLINE STUDYZONE

NCVO ONLINE STUDYZONE

Studyzone is an online hub of video e-learning courses for the voluntary sector. You can study at your own pace, anywhere, anytime. Studyzone is completely free to NCVO members and available by subscription or to buy.

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FREE E-LEARNING MODULES FROM THE CHARITY DIGITAL CODE OF PRACTICE

 

Zoe Amar, Chair of the Charity Digital Code of Practice has teamed up with the Cornwall Museums Partnership to create an e-learning project.

This includes two e-learning modules to help organisations to use the code. The first is an introduction to the code, exploring challenges faced by charities and how the code of practice can help the VCSE sector. The second module looks more closely at the principles of the code and how they can be applied to the learner’s organisation. This includes leadership, culture, strategy, skills, managing risks and adaptability.

You can access both modules on the Cornwall Museums Partnership’s website.

MAKING THE MOST OF CAMPAIGNING

 

13 November 2019

16:45 – 18:30

The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, EC1N 8HN

Many charities engage in campaigning and political activity to get their message across. However, some common misunderstandings can hold charities back.

Chris Rowse of Russell-Cooke Solicitors will consider how you can campaign effectively whilst complying with the law, and will look at:

  • the regulation of campaigning
  • how to avoid a party political activity
  • common myths and misunderstandings
  • rules that apply during an election or referendum
  • managing the regulatory risk from the Charity Commission

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DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

Monday 18 November

13:00 – 16:00

Kings Cross

Data isn’t just about numbers and statistics, or even stories; it’s about asking the right questions of the valuable information at your disposal, so that you can better meet the needs of the people you support. Small charities and community organisations are capturing useful data all the time. So are local authorities, national government, big charities and companies. Both our own data and that of others can help us understand why our interventions work, ensure policy makers listen and prevent us being overlooked for vital funds. Ultimately it helps us make the right decisions, spotting problems before they happen and identifying solutions in an ever changing political and socio-economic landscape.

This Datawise London beginners course will help you explore core principles which should be used when working with data at all stages of the data journey:

  • collection
  • analysis and 
  • presenting data. 

You’ll learn some key pitfalls to avoid when working with data and you’ll come away with some best practice tips for drawing conclusions, identifying your data’s limitations and presenting data findings.

NB. The providers are not charging for these sessions but there will be a £15 ex VAT charge for no-shows if the Superhighways team isn't notified within 72 hours.

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THE ROLE OF CHAIR IN SMALLER CHARITIES

 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

9:30 am - 1:15 pm

EC4A, London

Are you a Chair / Vice Chair of a charity with an income under £1m? Don't miss the Beacon Programme's 'Developing an Effective Board Team' half-day workshop.

This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop your board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind; such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

The workshops costs £20 and there is a travel bursary for organisations with an income under £100k if booked a month ahead of the session.

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TRUSTEE RECRUITMENT FOR STRONGER BOARDS

 

Tuesday, 20 November 2019

14.00-17.00

City Hall 

Does your charity struggle to recruit the trustees you need? Could a broader range of trustees with professional skills, networks and wider life experiences give your charity the impetus to reach the next level?

Team London are working with specialists in trustee recruitment Getting on Board to deliver this workshop which will help you to identify which kinds of trustees would support the development of your charity and how to recruit them. You will leave with a clear idea of the type of trustees you need, a draft advert, a list of free places to advertise, and a plan to ensure that new trustees hit the ground running.

Attendance is open to trustees and senior staff of charities based in London. Places are limited and priority will be given to those charities where the CEO and a Trustee attend the workshop together.  It would be helpful if you have board approval to recruit new trustee(s) before you attend the workshop together and be prepared to start recruitment shortly after the session.

There are an estimated 100,000 vacancies for charity trustees -come along and find out how to create and recruit a stronger, more diverse Board. 

Registration deadline: 5 November 2019

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TWITTER SKILL-UP: SOCIAL MEDIA

 

21 November 2019

10.30-12.00

Piccadilly Circus

This is a great opportunity to learn how to make Twitter work best for you and your organisation, in a session run by experts from Twitter at their London HQ.     

This module will help you:

  • get the most out of Twitter
  • plan successful social media campaigns
  • learn how to raise awareness of your brand and cause
  • learn how to avoid pitfalls
  • understand best practice
  • A few months after the training session you will be invited to take part in a live Twitter Q&A, hosted by Twitter staff. This will help you integrate your learning into your organisation.

Closing date for applications: midday 13 November 2019.

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TEAM LONDON CIPD SKILL-UP: HUMAN RESOURCES

 

26 November 2019

9.30 - 16.30

Grosvenor Gardens

HR experts CIPD will give you an understanding of the employee lifecycle - and where HR interacts - at this Skill-UP. The training is designed to help your employees, your organisation and you, have a positive and mutually beneficial experience working together. You will also be mentored for six months.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2019

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BEING AN EFFECTIVE TRUSTEE

BEING AN EFFECTIVE TRUSTEE

26 November 2019

16:45 – 18:30

The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, EC1N 8HN

Effective trustees are vital for charities. This popular session will assist potential and current trustees to understand their legal and governance duties and to assess the risks involved.

James Sinclair Taylor from Russell-Cooke Solicitors’ charity and social business team will explore:

  • key issues to consider when becoming a trustee
  • legal and governance duties of a trustee
  • personal liability and risks for trustees
  • charity law and Charity Commission regulation and guidance
  • conflicts of interests management and trustee payments
  • serious incident reporting
  • strategic issues

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DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

 

Wednesday, 27 November

10:00 – 13:00

Waterloo

Data isn’t just about numbers and statistics, or even stories; it’s about asking the right questions of the valuable information at your disposal, so that you can better meet the needs of the people you support. Small charities and community organisations are capturing useful data all the time. So are local authorities, national government, big charities and companies. Both our own data and that of others can help us understand why our interventions work, ensure policy makers listen and prevent us being overlooked for vital funds. Ultimately it helps us make the right decisions, spotting problems before they happen and identifying solutions in an ever changing political and socio-economic landscape.

This Datawise London beginners course will help you explore core principles which should be used when working with data at all stages of the data journey:

  • collection
  • analysis and 
  • presenting data. 

You’ll learn some key pitfalls to avoid when working with data and you’ll come away with some best practice tips for drawing conclusions, identifying your data’s limitations and presenting data findings.

NB. The providers are not charging for these sessions but there will be a £15 ex VAT charge for no-shows if the Superhighways team isn't notified within 72 hours.

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DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

Monday 2 December

13:30 – 16:30

London Bridge

Data isn’t just about numbers and statistics, or even stories; it’s about asking the right questions of the valuable information at your disposal, so that you can better meet the needs of the people you support. Small charities and community organisations are capturing useful data all the time. So are local authorities, national government, big charities and companies. Both our own data and that of others can help us understand why our interventions work, ensure policy makers listen and prevent us being overlooked for vital funds. Ultimately it helps us make the right decisions, spotting problems before they happen and identifying solutions in an ever changing political and socio-economic landscape.

This Datawise London beginners course will help you explore core principles which should be used when working with data at all stages of the data journey:

  • collection
  • analysis and 
  • presenting data. 

You’ll learn some key pitfalls to avoid when working with data and you’ll come away with some best practice tips for drawing conclusions, identifying your data’s limitations and presenting data findings.

NB. The providers are not charging for these sessions but there will be a £15 ex VAT charge for no-shows if the Superhighways team isn't notified within 72 hours.

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DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

DATA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

Wednesday 18 December

9:30 – 12:30

Spitalfields

Data isn’t just about numbers and statistics, or even stories; it’s about asking the right questions of the valuable information at your disposal, so that you can better meet the needs of the people you support. Small charities and community organisations are capturing useful data all the time. So are local authorities, national government, big charities and companies. Both our own data and that of others can help us understand why our interventions work, ensure policy makers listen and prevent us being overlooked for vital funds. Ultimately it helps us make the right decisions, spotting problems before they happen and identifying solutions in an ever changing political and socio-economic landscape.

This Datawise London beginners course will help you explore core principles which should be used when working with data at all stages of the data journey:

  • collection
  • analysis and 
  • presenting data. 

You’ll learn some key pitfalls to avoid when working with data and you’ll come away with some best practice tips for drawing conclusions, identifying your data’s limitations and presenting data findings.

NB. The providers are not charging for these sessions but there will be a £15 ex VAT charge for no-shows if the Superhighways team isn't notified within 72 hours.

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