Faith Charities Forum

Tuesday 10th September 2019

This one-day conference is designed for senior leaders and decision-makers working in faith-based charities and will address the role that faith plays in furthering the organisational mission, as well as unpicking some of the key challenges facing this unique group of charities.

Four key areas of focus are: 

  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Governance & Leadership
  • Service-delivery

The programme is currently in development. If you are interested in speaking at the event or would like more information, please click here (Civil Society website)

Penrith - Eden Funding Event

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Eden Funding Event

Date: Thursday 25th April 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Penrith Rugby Club

Town: Penrith

Speak directly to funders; access essential funding information, advice and support; network with other local organisations.

Funders include Cumbria County Council, Hadfield Trust, Francis C Scott Trust, Frieda Scott Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund, Charity Bank, Cumbria Community Foundation, Eden District Council, BBC Children in Need, Cumbria Exchange and Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.

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Manchester - Gathering Stories

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Date & Time of Training: 

3 April, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00


Macc, 3rd Floor Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW

Stories stir the imagination and connect people and organisations to each other. They are a powerful tool to increase the profile of and engagement with your charity. 


If you would like to build on your existing skills and think about new ways to tell stories, this course is for you.


This course is aimed at anyone in a Manchester voluntary and community sector group who would like to increase their skills and use of storytelling in their work. This could mean telling the story of your service users, volunteers or your organisation.

Learning objectives

  • To identify what makes a great story
  • Responsible storytelling – what do we need to think about?
  • Discuss a range of storytelling methods and interview types
  • To practice gathering stories and to plan how to use your new skills and knowledge

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Sandbach - Introduction to Grant Applications

Monday 1st April 2019

Ideal for community and voluntary organisations who are new to applying for grant funding. This session will take you through the crucial steps you need to take to help you ensure your organisation has the best chance of success with your grant bids.

Researching and understanding what to put in a grant application can be confusing. This session is ideal for anyone who is new to writing grant applications or those who find it overwhelming.
Who's it for?
This introductory session is aimed at organisations who have little or no experience in applying for grant funding. 
Aim of the session:
As the funding pot gets smaller, groups need to be able to write more effective applications to help fund their projects. This introductory session will provide guidance on:
  • What to do before writing a bid - including research, planning and budgets
  • How to find funders - ways to research and identify grant funders
  • What to include in an application - best practice.
  • Common pitfalls to avoid.

There will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns with other groups.

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Crewe - Equality and Diversity

Thursday 28th March 2019

This course is essential for community and voluntary groups to understand the requirements of the 2010 Equality Act and the accompanying ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’ (2011).

Looking at the protected characteristics introduced by the Act, and helping you understand ways that you can embed equality into your working practices and celebrate diversity in all that you do.

Who is it for?

This course is essential for voluntary and community groups. It is important that all organisations, whatever their size, understand Equality & Diversity and implement it into the day to day running of your organisation.

Aim of the session:

This course will help you to understand the protected characteristics and develop confidence to address issues of equality and diversity as part of your job or volunteering role.

By the end of the session, you should be able to:

  1. describe your duties regarding protected characteristics under the 2010 Equality Act and the 2011 Public Sector Equality Duty;
  2. identify ways to embed equality in your work/ setting; and 
  3. help celebrate people of all diversities and their achievements as part of your role

The course will be delivered by Heidi Bibby, Development Officer at CVS Cheshire East. Heidi has worked in the voluntary sector for 17 years, the last 7 years at CVS Cheshire East. She has a great deal of knowledge of the sector and supporting organisations including grants support, fundraising, volunteer management, policies and governance. 

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Salford - Volunteering and the Law

Wednesday 27th March 2019

If you manage volunteers and would like to find out more about the law and good practice as it affects volunteering, book on to our 1-day Volunteering and the Law course. The course will include information on:

  • Employees and volunteers - understanding the difference
  • Remuneration and the National Minimum Wage
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Volunteer agreements
  • Recruitment and vetting
  • Equality and diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Insurance
  • Social Security benefits
  • Volunteer drivers
  • Volunteers from outside the UK
  • Data protection

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Chester - Creating Conversations Conference 2019

Tuesday 26th March 2019

A jam packed day to inspire staff, trustees and volunteers, reigniting their passion for delivering better outcomes for all. Attendees will leave filled with ideas and fresh thinking to take back to the office.

Our theme for the day “Creating Conversations”, stems from our commitment to helping community groups, charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises throughout the Cheshire West and Chester area continue to thrive, learn and maximise the value of collaboration and working in partnership.


Neil Mc Inroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

John Tizard, Chair, NACA

Clare Watson, Single Accountable Officer, Cheshire CCGs

Ken Perry, Do Well.

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Warrington - How To Succeed With Volunteers - Without Even Trying

Tuesday 26th March 2019

Does your role as a volunteer or staff member have anything to do with organising volunteers? Are you responsible for making things happen with a team of volunteers? If you answered 'yes', then this course is for you. This programme covers a broad range of topics to create and develop your volunteering offer.

Day One – Tuesday 26th March 2019
GOVERNANCE - 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Volunteer roles and the law

Policies and procedures

Rights and responsibilities

Expenses and benefits

Day Two – Tuesday 30th April 2019
MANAGING - 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Reward and recognition

Managing challenging behaviour

Boundaries and problem solving

Supporting Volunteers to progress

Day Three – Tuesday 4th June 2019
RECRUITMENT- 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Selection and screening

Marketing and promotion

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