Workshop on Gift Aid & GASDS

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Gift Aid provides a significant additional source of funding for most churches but there are real dangers if churches try to stretch the benefits too far. This course will look at Gift Aid in detail and examine all the requirements that it imposes as well as identifying ways in which churches can maximise their use of it.

The course will also look in detail at the new rules for small donations which provide an additional source of funding.

We are very pleased that this course is written and presented for ACAT by Andrew Burgess, an expert in Gift Aid who joined our training team last year. These particular sessions are a half-day, with a buffet lunch served either at the end of the morning events or at the beginning of the afternoons.

The cost of £50 per person includes all materials, lunch and refreshments. All ACAT events are open to members and non-members.

Tuesday 30th April 2019 - 1pm to 4.30pm

Visit the ACAT website for more information

Stoke-on-Trent - SAN Social Accounting and Audit Training Workshop

Tuesday 9th April 2019

This two-day workshop will take participants through the 4-Step social accounting and audit process to enable them to complete their social accounts and provide the foundations for running a more efficient and effective organisation.

The social accounting process provides the framework for organisations to;

  • present information on the social value & impact of their work
  • provide information for funders and commissioners
  • prepare funding applications
  • use it for organisational planning, and
  • run more effective and efficient organisations

View the VAST update for more information.

Winsford - Emergency First Aid at work

Wednesday 10th April 2019

WhenWed, 10 April, 09:30 – 15:30

WhereThe Neuromuscular Centre, Woodford Ln W, Winsford CW7 4EH, UK (map)

DescriptionTraining for charities, community and voluntary groups only (staff or volunteers) We are delivering Emergency First Aid at Work training covering bleeds, burns, fractures, accident management, bandages, medical conditions, recovery position and C.P.R.

For more information visite the Cheshire West CVS

Sandbach - Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluating

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Monitoring & evaluating are essential for any voluntary or community group. This introductory session will look at the basics of monitoring and evaluating to help you report back to funders and stakeholders.

Who's it for?

Small community and voluntary groups who need to know more about how they can monitor their activities and evaluate their progress.

Outcomes of the session:

  • Understanding the terms 
  • Understanding the basics of monitoring
  • Understand the basic techniques of evaluating

This session links into the Information section of the GRIPP Checklist.

The session will be led by one of the Membership Services Team at CVS Cheshire East. Who have a great deal of experience supporting local VCS organisations.

Visit the Cheshire East CVS for more information.

Volunteers' Week 1-7 June

Friday 7th June 2019

Volunterring is a very rewarding thing to do. However, there is nothing more disheartening to a volunteer than never being thanked. This is a great oppourtunity to celebrate your volunteers and get the word out that your organisation values them.

Take a look at the Volunteers' Week website to get some ideas and resources. You can also register your event.

London - Faith Charities Forum

Thursday 12th 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 visit the Civil Society website.

Salford - Communicating the difference your project is making

Wednesday 15th May 2019

We will look at how to tell a compelling story of the difference your project has made. The workshop will look at the language, methods of communication and monitoring and evaluation.

When15th May, 2019 10:00 AM   through   12:00 PM

Visit Salford CVS for more informaltion.


Salford CVS Training Room
The Old Town Hall
5 Irwell Place, Eccles
Salford, M30 0FN

Salford - Monitoring and Evaluation

Wednesday 24th April 2019

A basic run through of the methods of monitoring and evaluation.  Why we need to do it and how to choose the right method for you. Suitable for people who have no knowledge of monitoring and evaluation.

When 24th April, 2019 10:00 AM   through   12:00 PM

Visit Salford CVS for more informaltion. 


Salford CVS Training Room
The Old Town Hall
5 Irwell Place, Eccles
Salford, M30 0FN

Manchester - Trustee Essentials – Giving Trustees the knowledge they need (session one)

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Date & Time of Training: 17 September, 2019 - 09:30 to 13:00

Venue: Crowe UK, The Lexicon, Mount St, Manchester M2 5NT

Press coverage continues to shine a light on charities, their culture and the central role of their Trustees. With the introduction of the Charity Governance, Fundraising, Ethical and Digital Codes, legal changes such as the automatic disqualification rules and the focus on charities’ accountability, the need for Trustees to keep themselves updated on their responsibilities has never been more important. Our Trustee Essentials course is in two parts. It highlights and emphasises the key responsibilities of a charity Trustee, the important current issues for charities and what Trustees need to be focusing on now and in the future.

This course is run by the Crowe UK Not for profit team and will help Trustees tackle the increasing pressures and demands placed on their role, including but not limited to:

Session one – is being run on 9 April and 17 September
• what Boards need to focus on to meet new challenges, changing regulations and greater scrutiny
• 'apply or explain' recommendations and the Charity Governance Code
• insights gained from Charity Commission case reports
• understanding charity accounts and reports and making them tell the story.

Session two – is being run on 16 April and 24 September
• risk management as a strategic enabler for charities
• developing a reserves policy and managing reserves effectively
• emerging issues update.

Trustees may choose to attend session 1, session 2 or both

Provider: Crowe UK

Cost: Free

Please quote Manchester Community Central when booking

Further details / booking:  For further information and to register, visit:

Manchester - Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Date & Time of Training: 

8 May, 2019 - 13:30 to 17:15

Venue: Manchester - TBC

Are you Chair of a smaller charity? Looking to get the best from your trustees and staff team?

The leadership role of Chair means that you need to manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers.  This can be a complex and challenging task.

This pilot workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you navigate this challenge and effectively work with your trustees and key individuals such as your CEO or operational lead.  It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand what will help you get the best from your trustees
  • Have tools to work effectively with your CEO and or senior team
  • Have ideas for identifying, recruiting and effectively working with new trustees
  • Gain insights and top tips from other Chairs of smaller organisations

Registration is from 1:15 pm to 1:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Attendance at Beacon Programme workshops could count towards your continuing professional development. Let us know if you need evidence of attendance.

We are piloting this workshop on the 7th of March, therefore we reserve the right to make minor alterations to the content. We will inform existing bookings via email if any significant changes are made.

Provider: Association of Chairs

Cost: £20.00 per person

Please quote Manchester Community Central when booking

Further details / booking: Booking is essential. Visit:

Kendal - Dealing with Difficult Behaviour

Thursday 9th May 2019

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Stricklandgate House

Address: 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4PU

By the end of the session participants will have:

  • Identified difficult behaviour
  • Discussed the impact of difficult behaviour on both volunteers and the organisation
  • Recognised the reasons behind this type of behaviour
  • Explored ways of dealing with difficult behaviour
  • Considered how to create effective boundaries

Visit Cumbria CVS for more information

Online - Digital Charity News: Promoting causes, how-to videos

A series on online videos about the following topics;

  • How the right website design can level the playing field.
  • Protect and implement your brand in the digital age. 
  • Social media best practices for small charities.

Visit Charity Digital News - Promoting Causes

Penrith - Eden Funding Event

Thursday 25th 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.

Visit Cumbria CVS for more information.

Bolton - Volunteers Week 2019 - Project Planning Workshops

Thursday 4th April 2019, Thursday 11th April 2019 and Tuesday 16th April 2019

Volunteers Week is a nationally celebrate event each year, running 1st – 7th June 2019.  It is an opportunity for volunteer-involving groups and organisations to recognise and celebrate the passionate individuals who freely give up their time, energy and skill to support causes in their local community and beyond and to promote opportunities for new people to get involved.

Bolton CVS is hosting a series of free workshops in the run up to Volunteers Week 2019 (VW2019) in order to support groups and organisations to be pro-active in their planning and to maximise their impact in whatever they decided to do – no matter how big or how small!

By attending a workshop you will:

  • Gain step by step support around project planning for a well-managed and impactful VW activity/event plan
  • Receive resources and materials to use during VW2019
  • Learn from local partners as to what they plan to do and identify opportunities for partnership working
  • Link in to Bolton CVS’ larger social media campaign during VW2019 to promote your group and celebrate the contributions of your volunteers
  • Learn how Bolton CVS can support you to further develop volunteering within your organisation.

Register your place at one of the following workshops:

Thursday 4th April, 1.00pm - 3.00pm at Halliwell UCAN Centre, visit Bolton CVS to register your place

Thursday 11th April, 10.00am - 12.00pm at The Bolton Hub, visit Bolton CVS to register your place

Thursday 11th April, 6.00pm - 8.00pm at The Bolton Hub, visit Bolton CVS to register your place

Tuesday 16th April, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Lancashire Wildlife Trust, visit Bolton CVS to register your place  

Liverpool - How to Plan and Run a Trustee Induction

Monday 15th April 2019

Many of the problems facing boards stem from the lack of an effective trustee induction. Without one, trustees can feel unsure about what is expected of them, both legally and in terms of working with other trustees, staff, and volunteers. This half-day session will equip your organisation with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to get it right from the start.

Liverpool - How to Measure and Prove Your Impact

Monday 8th April 2019

With competition for funding on the increase, it is becoming ever more important that your organisation can effectively measure and prove its impact. It’s no longer enough to rely on a good local reputation and links to make sure your group gets funded. There are many ways to measure your impact,  but how can you be sure which are necessary, relevant, or worth the cost for your organisation?
This course is aimed at board members and staff who want to know how to measure and report on the impact of the work of their organisation.

Online - The Charity Digital News Webinar series

The Charity Digital Webinar series is covering a number of the tricky topics charities battle with, from cyber security to social media, digital leadership to cloud migration. We're inviting charities of all sizes to make a lunch break more productive with our free 1-hour webinars.

All webinars are free to attend and take place at 1pm on an allocated weekday. The series is run by Charity Digital News (part of the Tech Trust family), in collaboration with a range of partners, including NCSC, Lightful and Microsoft (to name a few).

Click here to visit the Charity Digital News Upcoming Webinars page.

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