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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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FINANCE TRAINING FOR SMALL CHARITIES

FINANCE TRAINING FOR SMALL CHARITIES

CFG’s Small Charities Programme delivers affordable, relevant, useful financial training and free downloadable resources, aimed at supporting small charities in different locations across England and Wales.

  • A small charity is defined as a charity whose annual income is £1million or less.
  • Each half-day session costs just £20. All money raised will go into a travel bursary fund for micro charities.

The objective is to help small charities manage their finances more effectively, enabling them to deliver better services to current and future beneficiaries.

The programme will be rolled out from January 2017 and is open to all small charities across England and Wales.

Resources, practical tools and templates are free to download from the Small Charities Programme website. Training will take place in London and regional hubs and will cover five areas, in half-day sessions:

  • Budgets, management accounts and cash flow forecasting
  • How to prepare your reporting
  • Introduction to paying people
  • Bank accounts, outsourcing, accounting principles and managing risk
  • Gift Aid, trading and VAT

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USING THE PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY

USING THE PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY

26th October 2017

9.30am – 4.30pm

Race on the Agenda, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA

Participants will:

  • learn to use the PSED to advance equality for BME&R people by holding public authorities to account;
  • Explore different methods of obtaining and using data to identify inequality faced by BME&R people within public services.
  • learn to evidence the need for public authorities to work in collaboration with community organisations in order to meet the PSED, which has implications for how public authorities fund and commission services.

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HR PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

 

15 November 2017

9.00-16.00

London’s Living Room, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2AA

Closing date for applications: Midday 26 October.

Charities are driven by their people. Particularly as a small organisation with limited positions, it is critical to attract, recruit, retain and reward the right people. As the professional body for HR and people development, CIPD will offer their advice, support and tools on the employee lifecycle. This will help you to ensure better working lives for your employees, which will enable you to deliver greater impact to our communities. 

This training is best suited to those at a strategic level, CEO, COO, or those staff members who are directly responsible for creating and delivering a HR strategy.

This training includes a CIPD member who will mentor you for 6 months to help you integrate your learning into your day to day business. Each mentor will be a professional HR expert.

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FREE INTRODUCTION TO PQASSO

 

30 October 2017

14.15–16.15

NCVO Conference Suite, London N1 9RL

Do you want to strengthen governance, better manage risk, deliver better services for users, improve operating practices and better demonstrate outcomes in your voluntary sector organisation? Then join this free workshop to find out more about how PQASSO can help you do this.

This two-hour workshop will take you through the PQASSO journey, from implementing the standards within your organisation through to applying for and achieving the PQASSO Quality Mark accreditation.

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Minute Taking Skills

Minute Taking Skills

31 October 2017

10am - 2pm

The Lodge, 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ

By the end of the training participants will be able to:
- decide what to record
- be more confident when taking minutes
- present your written minutes in appropriate style

This will be an interactive learning experience, where discussions and exercises will be used to bring good practices to life.

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COMMUNICATIONS AND PR BY PORTLAND

 

20 November 2017

14.00-16.30

London’s Living Room, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2AA

Closing date for applications: Midday 3 November.

The ability to communicate your story is vital for any organisation. But how to communicate it? And which channel to choose? These are questions that will be answered in this Team London Skill-Up module.

Experts from Portland, the global communications agency, will share their expertise and guide you on how to write a robust communications strategy.

This module will also offer mentoring from a Portland staff expert to help you to implement the training into your communications.

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DEMONSTRATING IMPACT - THEORY OF CHANGE

 

Monday, 13 November 2017

09:30 – 16:30

Voluntary Action Islington, 200A Pentonville, N1 9JP

This 1 day session by Partnership for Young Londoners will assist you in collecting the right data to measure your effectiveness. By the end of the course you should have acquired the following:

• An increased awareness of how to use the Theory of Change model and an understanding of its benefit to your organisation

• Be able to create a Theory of Change that can be shared with colleagues within your organisation and used for other projects

• Be able to identify the next steps required to put the process into action.

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USING PQASSO TO IMPROVE YOUR GOVERNANCE

USING PQASSO TO IMPROVE YOUR GOVERNANCE

15 November 2017

14.15—16.15

NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Good governance is at the heart of PQASSO. Reviewing your governance in line with the PQASSO standard will require you to assess how well your organisation is governed, improve the effectiveness of the board, and ensure that you fulfil all your legal and regulatory duties and ensure that your organisation operates in line with your mission and values.

This two-hour workshop will set you on the right track to improve your governance, as well as giving you:

  • a good understanding of the PQASSO standards and the PQASSO Quality Mark
  • knowledge of the benefits of implementing PQASSO as your quality standard
  • ideas of how you can use the governance quality area to review and improve governance in your organisation.

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Make Every Contact Count Training

Make Every Contact Count Training

21st November 2017

10am - 1.30pm

The Lodge, 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ

Through completing the This half day training, staff will develop the skills and confidence to deliver healthy lifestyle messages and be able to signpost people to local services, as part of their day-to-day work.

By attending this training session, staff will:
- Get an understanding of what MECC is all about and the positive impact it can have on health and wellbeing
- learn a simple MECC technique to help people make healthier lifestyle changes
- be able to use interactions with people as an opportunity to identify an issue and encourage behaviour change
- receive information on signposting to other local services for support.

The training will be delivered by NHS North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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Avoiding claims of unfair dismissal from charity employees

Avoiding claims of unfair dismissal from charity employees

Wednesday 22 November

16:45 – 18:00

7 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BS

The risk of unfair dismissal claims arising when an employment contract is terminated is a concern for all employers.

In this seminar Jane Klauber of Russell-Cooke solicitors will cover:

  • the legal framework
  • what constitutes a 'fair dismissal'
  • ensuring a fair process
  • the ACAS Code
  • the rules governing redundancy dismissals
  • case law update
  • the impact of Brexit

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Sharing your charity's property: how to do it

Sharing your charity's property: how to do it

Wednesday 6 December

16:45 – 18:00

7 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BS

Charities seldom have huge amounts of spare cash and it makes sense to use what assets they have for the best possible advantage. Property assets, whether owned or leased, are no exception. This seminar will focus on letting or licensing your spare space or property - how to go about it and what things to consider.

James McCallum, Clare Garbett and Catherine Evans in the charity and social business team of Russell-Cooke Solicitors, will cover:

  • letting, licensing and hiring: what the main features are in each case and why the differences are important
  • main terms to considering the arrangement: financial issues and ensuring fair recovery of your costs in relation to the building
  • what is needed to enter into the arrangement: consideration of charity law and governance issues, planning and other permissions and tax treatment

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