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.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING

 

17 September 2019

10am – 4pm 

Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA

Equally Ours invites you to a day’s free training in strategic communications theory and techniques. This training is aimed at communicators and campaigners working on inequality or poverty, and those with lived experience of these are particularly encouraged to apply.

As campaigners and communicators, we have a lot to learn from the past few years. Despite all the effort we put into crafting our messages, the way we’re communicating isn’t working in the long term – isn’t changing hearts and minds. Worse still, it can even backfire and entrench regressive views. Equally Ours’s Communications for Change training uses techniques from behavioural science to teach you how to overcome this – to connect your causes to the things the public care about most, and move the needle on public attitudes.

There are 20 places available for each date, and priority will be given to staff and volunteers of small, London-based organisations working on poverty or inequality.

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS….IS HELP FROM ADAM&EVEDDB WITH MY CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS….IS HELP FROM ADAM&EVEDDB WITH MY CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

Wednesday 18 September 2019  

14:00 - 17:00

adam&eveddb, W2 6AA

Media Trust has teamed up with adam&eveDDB, the world leading creative communications agency behind the John Lewis & Partners Christmas ad, for a masterclass especially for charities.

You will receive practical tips and advice on how you can create engaging festive campaigns. This is a unique opportunity to hear the latest insider learnings from adam&eveDDB’s award-winning work with some of the world’s leading brands. 

What to expect:

  • The masterclass will begin with an expert from adam&eveDDB guiding you through different methods and tools to effectively develop and communicate your organisation’s key campaign messaging.  
  • This will be followed by a creative session that will help you uncover different ways your charity can curate and create effective festive campaigns with a clear call to action whatever your organisation’s cause.  
  • After the opening two sessions, creative communications experts from adam&eveDDB will be on hand to give you 1-2-1 advice and ideas on your organisation’s festive campaign, messaging, activity and content curation. 

NB. This masterclass is specifically for equality organisations, please check your eligibility.

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SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PARTNERSHIPS (STP)/INTEGRATED CARE SYSTEMS (ICS) WORK

 

Friday, 20 September 2019

10:30am – 11:30am

This webinar will give an update on some of the partnership work that has been happening in STP/ICS around the country which specifically focuses on VCSE engagement. It will include:

  • Introduction to come key programmes, such as Building Health Partnerships and the STP/ICS Accelerator Programme
  • The opportunity to hear the experiences of VCSE Leaders who have been involved in the programme
  • An understanding of the core components for partnership working, from our learning partner NCVO

Please note that this webinar will not give an introduction to STP/ICS.

This webinar is brought to you by the Voluntary Partnerships team within NHS England and NHS Improvement as part of a series of webinars promoting the Principles for VCSE Engagement.

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CRISIS COMMS MASTERCLASS WITH EDELMAN

 

Tuesday 24 September 2019

14:45 - 17:00

Edelman, SW1E 6QT

Media Trust has teamed up with PR and marketing consultancy firm Edelman for this free masterclass to share their expertise on best communications practice in times of crisis and attack.

From social campaigns such as #metoo to the recent sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Oxfam, no organisation – however big or small – is immune to having their reputation undone in a matter of hours or days. It has never been more important for organisations operating in the charity sector to ensure they are aware of the potential reputational risks they face and, more importantly, be ready to handle them. Edelman’s team of Issues & Crisis specialists works to identify, plan for and manage reputational issues for some of the world’s biggest global brands, businesses and other organisations.

This masterclass will be an opportunity to learn and discuss first-hand about the following areas:

  • Modern issues and crisis management
  • Learnings from other brands and organisations who have faced major reputational issues
  • Litigation communications
  • Preparing your organisation to manage potential or emerging issues
  • What to do when the phone rings

Following the session, members of the Edelman Issues & Crisis team will be available for one-to-one conversations to offer tailored advice to charity attendees.

NB. This masterclass is specifically for equality organisations, please check your eligibility.

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CREATING CHARITY PARTNERSHIPS – A MASTERCLASS WITH ITV

 

Friday, 27 September 2019  

9:30 - 16:30

ITV, WC1X 8XZ

Media Trust has teamed up with ITV for this free masterclass to give you a unique insight into how your charity can develop, communicate and manage successful corporate partnerships.

You’ll spend the morning with ITV’s team who will take you through a practical approach to telling your story and communicating your impact in the most effective way to potential new partners.  They’ll also share insights from some of their most outstanding charity partnerships as well as examples of successful partnerships in the wider charity sector.

In the afternoon, you’ll receive one-on-one advice from ITV’s team of experts at the mentoring surgery sessions, giving you the chance to discuss your specific challenges.

This masterclass will enable you to:

  • Understand what organisations are looking for from a charity partnership
  • Get your charity to stand out to potential new partners
  • Understand the ways your organisation can communicate its story with the best results
  • Learn how to communicate your organisations impact effectively
  • Learn how to create compelling pitches with the goal of developing partnerships

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WHERE DO TRUSTEES FIT WITH THE DEBATE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION?

 

30 September 2019

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Clothworkers’ Company Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, EC3R 7AH

The charity sector supports a diverse range of communities, people and causes. But this diversity is not reflected in the sector’s trustees. Recently, there has been a lot of high–level debate about the need to improve diversity and inclusion in the sector’s workforce. Sector leaders have been making the moral, and business and impact cases for why charities need to step up and improve who they involve, and how they involve them, at all levels of an organisation. What does this mean for trustees and the boards on which they sit?

This free seminar, run in partnership with the Clothworkers’ Company, will explore:

  • What good looks like in terms of diversity and inclusion
  • How the sector has evolved its practices; what charities are doing well and what remains to be done
  • The moral, and business and impact cases for improving diversity
  • The implications for charity boards and their recruitment processes
  • Practical examples of how charities are working to improve their diversity and inclusion practices

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DIGITAL SKILLS MASTERCLASS

DIGITAL SKILLS MASTERCLASS

Thursday 10 October 2019  

09:30 - 16:30

Google Academy London, SW1W 9SH

Media Trust’s Digital Skills Masterclass will look at the key aspect of delivering an effective digital communications strategy with a focus on digital advertising and using Twitter to engage your audiences.

Hear directly from the experts from Google Digital Garage who’ll take you through a practical approach to using digital advertising on social, search and display, and equip you with the tools to manage your charity’s presence on Google. They’ll also be joined by the team at Twitter for insider tips on how charities can use organic search to maximise their impact, as well as providing valuable insights into writing compelling copy for tweets and best practice on the platform.

Additionally, through the mentoring surgery sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your specific digital communications challenges with, and receive advice from, digital experts from across the media and creative industry.

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THE ROLE OF CHAIR IN SMALLER CHARITIES

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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