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March 2022

How to create and use an environmental policy

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Workshop on how to create and use an environmental policyDoes your organisation have an Environmental Policy? Has it been used actively, or updated recently? Could it be updated to reduce emissions further, and to save more money?Our first Climate Friendly Practice GCVS workshop is about how you can create an environmental policy within your organisation. Creating a policy is important as it formalises a plan and commitment for your group, directing your climate friendly practice. It can also guide you…

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Digital & Online Fundraising

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This session will explore the key principles of fundraising onlineThis non-technical short course will introduce the key principles of fundraising online for your group. Aimed at small charities and grassroots voluntary organisations in Glasgow, we will discuss the use of the Internet as part of your overall fundraising plan. The course will cover digital communications and fundraising through a website and social media sites. The course will include links to external sources of further support. Please note this is an…

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May 2022

Boards as Employers- Know Your Responsibilities

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Your responsibilities when employing paid workersWhether you are new to employing staff or a long standing employer, it is important to understand what responsibilities your organisation has so you can make sure your employees have work conditions that are fair, lawful and safe. In this session we will cover: Legal and moral obligations for Board, Senior Officer and Staff Staff rights and benefits The employment relationship Contracts of employment Health and safety responsibilities Strategic v operational input Support and supervision…

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Better Governance & Accountability

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Good governance, roles & responsibilities of Board members and required policies will be examined at this session. In today’s climate it’s more important than ever to invest in good governance and up to date training ensuring that you are well aware of and up to date with your responsibilities. The training session is suitable for community groups/organisations that are forming or established. This session will include: Governance Roles & Responsibilities Effective Board Meetings Policies Please note this is an online…

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Developing your Fundraising Plan

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will help you take a fresh look at fundraising. Working through the stages of a basic fundraising audit, we will emphasise the importance of strategic planning to promote future financial sustainability. The session will include ideas to generate more unrestricted income that will help you continue to make a difference for your cause well into the future. Please note this is an online event. You will be required to register with Zoom before you can join. This is…

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Creating & Using your Case for Support

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A strong and emotive case for support is a powerful tool for effective fundraising. This session will describe the main elements of a Case for Support statement and will give practical examples of how you can use it for different types of fundraising. The session will include a short workshop to help you create your own basic Case for Support statement Please note this is an online event. You will be required to register with Zoom before you can join.…

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Understanding Financial Management

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this ever changing environment, many organisations have had to restructure, review their working practices and revisit the services they offer. With this in mind, this session will look at financial management and the processes needed to ensure your organisation looks after its finances. This session is equally suited to those organisations who wish to review current practice and those who are setting up. Please note this is an online event. You will be required to register with Zoom before…

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June 2022

Making Better Grant Applications: Community Assets & Facilities

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Improve your funding applications for community buildings, sports facilities and land/parks. This session will present key information to help improve your chances of success when applying for grant funding for community buildings, sports facilities and land/parks. We will include practical advice to help you identify potential funders; outline the grant application process; and explain the types of information funders are looking for in a good application. The session will include a short workshop to help you create a basic Case…

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Impact – Demonstrating the Difference You Make

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Measuring the impact of your organisation- Evidence, Data and EvaluationThis session will act as an introduction or refresher to self-evaluation and measuring impact. Most people are aware how important it is to tell their story and demonstrate impact, both to funders and the communities they support, but how do you do this when you are busy delivering services? By having a plan and not doing it on your own! In this short session we will consider:Understanding the basicsWhat does impact…

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Fuel Poverty: an issue for groups & individuals

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Is your organisation helping people who are facing fuel poverty? Do you want to know more about reducing the impact of fuel poverty for your group and service users? Saving energy is an important matter in the fuel crisis, and taking steps towards reduced energy bills and CO2 emissions benefit both people and planet. In this session, Lilian Delaney from Home Energy Scotland and Lucy Gillie from South Seeds share experiences and expertise on helping groups and individuals to save…

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Stepping Forward into Engaging with Communities

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An honest exploration of the possibilities and pitfalls of Community EngagementIt is essential for any community group, voluntary organisation or social enterprise to engage with the communities they serve. As the National Standards for Community Engagement state, “Community engagement is the process of involving communities…” and this should be at every stage in the development of an organisation and the services it provides. When community engagement is carried out well it enhances both the life of the organisation and the…

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Defining your Marketing & Communications Approach

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Create effective communications at any experience level. As part of a manageable and effective strategy, we will discuss how to prioritise your marketing efforts and create highly effective communications. With the help of case study examples and discussion sections, we'll show you how to focus your efforts when resources are limited. The session includes: Defining your organisations goals Understanding your audience Deciding how and where to communicate Developing your marketing and campaign plans Social media fundamentals Measuring success Who is…

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Interpreting Financial Statements

June 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Essential training for Trustees. Every Board or Management Committee Members/Trustees has a duty to ensure that good financial management is being carried out by their organisation. It is not just the responsibility of the Chair and the Treasurer – it is one of the central responsibilities of Trustees. Good financial management is the efficient and effective management of an organisation’s resources (money, physical assets, people and intellectual property) in order to accomplish the organisation’s objectives. The purpose of this workshop…

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Digital & Online Fundraising

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This non-technical short course will introduce the key principles of fundraising online for your group. Aimed at small charities and grassroots voluntary organisations in Glasgow, we will discuss the use of the Internet as part of your overall fundraising plan. The course will cover digital communications and fundraising through a website and social media sites. The course will include links to external sources of further support. Please note this is an online event. You will be required to register with…

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July 2022

Stepping Forward into Business Plan Development

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Helping your Organisation grow through creating a Business PlanThis session is aimed at Community Groups, Voluntary Organisations and Social Enterprises in Glasgow who want to or need to create a Business Plan to enable their development. Business Plans are not just for the Private or Public Sectors but can be an invaluable help for Third Sector Organisations and this workshop will enable you to tailor one suitable for your organisation.Through this interactive session the following questions will be explored:What is…

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