Bolton - Basic Book-keeping

Thursday 13th June 2019

All voluntary groups need to keep proper accounts, this session will demonstrate basic processes and give you the tools to develop your book-keeping skills.

Session content will include:

  • Why groups need to keep accounts
  • Basic requirements for a good book-keeping system
  • Recording Income & Expenditure
  • Bank Reconciliation & producing a Balance Sheet
  • Managing Petty Cash

Shelley Ashton, Finance Manager & Adrian Nottingham, Quality & Impact Officer

from Bolton CVS will deliver the workshop.

Visit Bolton CVS to register.

Warrington - Making the most of Social Media

Thursday 13th June 2019

This short course is for anyone that posts or manages the social media for their organisation as a volunteer or staff member.

Love it or loathe it, social media is here to stay and is the way in which most organisations are getting messages out to their service users, supporters and even funders.

This briefing is about making the biggest impact through whatever platform you use by creating strong messages.

The session covers:

Creating strong, consistent messages

Understanding different platforms

Safety considerations

Hints and tips for effective posting

For more information visit Warrington Voluntary Action website

Salford - Monitoring and Evaluation 101

Wednesday 26th June 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 - 26th June, 2019 10:00 AM   through   12:00 PM


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


Phone: 0161 787 7795 
Email: training (at) salfordcvs (dot) co (dot) uk

To book on the course visit Salford CVS

Manchester - Social Media for Beginners

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Social media is a great, free way to promote your group or campaign and this training should help you choose which to invest your time in.

Session will cover:

  • What's out there? Social Media Platforms you will have heard of and others you might find relevant
  • The basics of Twitter and how best to use it - including #tags, trends and scheduling your tweets
  • How to set up and manage a Facebook page

There will also be the opportunity for participants to ask questions and have a practical session. You could create a social media profile on a platform of your choice or we can look at any issues / help you may want with the social media you are already using.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what different social media tools are out there and how you could use them for your campaign
  • Increase your understanding of the social media tools that are available
  • Discover how the platforms could practically be used for your project and audience
  • Learn how to utilise time management tools for maintaining your Twitter / Facebook profile
  • This sessions have a particular emphasis on using Volunteers Week as a practical application.

For more information visit Manchester Community Central

Halton & St Helens - Volunteer Awards and Recruitment Fair

Tuesday 4th June 2019

To help celebrate Volunteers Week and Citizens Advice St Helens' 80th celebrations later this year, we are jointly organising an Awards event to recognise and reward the great work our volunteers give to the people and organisations of St Helens.  We are also looking to  showcase some of the great opportunities that people can get involved in and the difference they make to encourage more people to give their skills, time and experience.

The event will take place in St Helens Town Hall on Tuesday 4th June during Volunteers Week and all individuals nominated for the “Longest Serving Volunteer” Award will be invited to come along between 10am and 11am so that we can thank each one of them for the great work they do and the precious time they give up to help others with the help of distinguished guests.

From 11 am - 2pm, the event will be open to the general public to come along and meet other Voluntary and Community groups keen to recruit more volunteers to support the great work they do.

Volunteers are essential to many of the things that make St Helens a great place to live and work. People giving up their time freely to help others is happening all across our wonderful Borough. Last year more than 14,400 people volunteered their time, with over 43,000 hours given to local groups and causes.

We want to find the longest serving volunteer. It may not be that the longest serving volunteer comes from a large organisation. It may be the helper in a local sports team, or brownie group. Help us find those unsung heroes.

When completing our nomination form, please remember volunteers need to either:

  • Live and volunteer in the St Helens MBC areas or
  • Live in the St Helens MBC areas but carry out their volunteering elsewhere

Any organisation recruiting volunteers from the St Helens area are welcome to register as an exhibitor but places are limited.  If you are unable to attend or would like the Volunteer Centre to promote your opportunities, please get email volunteersthelens (at) haltonsthelensvcva (dot) org (dot) uk

In addition to this special event, Volunteer Centre Halton and St Helens are also holding a number of events / days out that any volunteer from either Halton, St Helens or the wider area is welcome to attend or join, more information about these events can be found in the link below:

Carlisle - Holding Effective Performance Reviews

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Date: Wednesday 26th June 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Cumbria CVS - Barrow

Address: Lesser Kings Hall, 57-59 Hartington Street, LA14 5SR

Using Appraisals and other reviews effectively to help boost employee motivation and performance

 By the end of the session the delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of effective performance reviews on the employee and organisation
  • Identify how official reviews, alongside supervisions and 1-2-1’s, form a key part of the ongoing, year-round development of employees, aligned to organisational goals
  • Understand how to positively engage employees in the review process
  • Structure reviews to ensure that maximum value is gained from the time invested
  • Demonstrate effective questioning, listening and feedback skills
  • Identify the key behaviours and motivations required from them as reviewers
  • Understand how to create reviews that are not purely retrospective but also future-focused

This session is aimed at anyone who conducts performance reviews/appraisals including Supervisors, Team Leaders and Managers.

Visit Cheshire East CVS for more information.

Sandbach - Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Making sure you recruit and retain the right volunteers will help your organisation thrive. This session will help you to understand the right steps to take when involving volunteers in your organisation.

Who's it for?
This course is ideal for any organisation who already involve volunteers or would like to involve volunteers - especially suitable for new volunteer managers and ideal for anyone who has already been on the 'Introduction to Volunteer Management' training in the past.

Aim of the Session:
To support volunteer involving organisations to recruit and retain the right volunteers to support their organisation.

The course will cover:

Recruiting Volunteers - including the best methods, writing attention grabbing role descriptions and best practice when interviewing and ways of safeguarding your organisation, service users and volunteers.

Retaining Volunteers - including induction, supervision, getting the buy in of staff and trustees, training, motivation, saying thanks and when to say goodbye.

Outcomes of the Session:
By the end of the session learners should be able to:

•Explain the most effective recruitment techniques for your organisation.

•Able to write attractive and informative volunteer role descriptions.

•Have the tools available to support and supervise volunteers.

•Understand ways to motivate and thank volunteers.

The session will be delivered by a Mark Smith a Development Officer at CVS Cheshire East. Mark has worked in the VCF Sector for 14 years with a variety of organisations and roles. His main background is Volunteer Management but he has a great deal of experience in all of the essential topics when supporting organisations. His experience, knowledge and skills are ideal to deliver the CVS training courses. 

Cancellation - Please note that although the session is free to CVS Cheshire East Members- non attendance/cancellation without 3 working days' notice of will result a charge of £20 being invoiced. Non-member organisations will be charged the full course fee.

If there are any queries about this or any other training course please contact the Development Team on 01270 763100 or email: 

Safeguarding our Learners: CVS Cheshire East is committed to safeguarding all vulnerable adults. We take any disclosure seriously and wish to create a safe environment for our learners. If anyone has any concerns or issues then please raise these with the tutor or alternatively you can contact our Chief Officer on 07792 754904.For more information please ask for a copy of our Adults Safeguarding Policy.

When - 22nd May, 2019 10:00 AM   to   1:00 PM


CVS Cheshire East
11 Hope Street
Sandbach, CW11 1BA

For mor information visit Cheshire East CVS

Sandbach - Trustee Roles and Responsibilities

Thursday 16th May 2019

During this course you will have the opportunity to understand the different ways that a trustee can contribute to the organisation and the importance of the role in the governance of the charity.

Who's it for?

Anyone who is either new to being a trustee, thinking of becoming a trustee or would like to further update their knowledge about what trusteeship means. 

Outcomes for Learners:

  • An overview of the responsibilities of a trustee
  • An opportunity to understand the different ways that a trustee can contribute to their organisation
  • The importance of their role in the governance of the organisation
  • An understanding of ways to develop their trustee board

This course links into the Governance section of the GRIPP Checklist.

The course will be delivered by a Development Officer at CVS Cheshire East. 

If there are any queries about this or any other training course please contact the Development Team on 01270 763100 or email: 

Cancellation: Please note that although the session is free - non attendance without 3 working days' notice of cancellation will result a of you being invoiced a charge of £20 administration fee.

Safeguarding our Learners: CVS Cheshire East is committed to safeguarding all vulnerable adults. We take any disclosure seriously and wish to create a safe environment for our learners. If anyone has any concerns or issues then please raise these with the tutor or alternatively you can contact our Chief Officer on 07792 754904.

16th May, 2019 6:00 PM   to   9:00 PM

CVS Cheshire East
11 Hope Street
Sandbach, CW11 1BA
Visit Cheshire East CVS for more information. 

Manchester - Understanding governance stage 1: The trustee role

Wednesday 15th May 2019

If you are new to the role of being a charity trustee, this one-day course will provide the perfect introduction, while experienced trustees will also benefit from a refresher of their responsibilities and comprehensive updates on evolving elements of the trustee role. By blending governance and board leadership theory with interactive case studies, the first of our two Understanding Governance courses provides a lively learning environment where you can meet other trustees to share challenges and ideas.

For more details by visiting the Civil Society website.

Bolton - Making the most difference - an introduction to Social Value

Monday 10th June 2019

This half-day workshop is designed to help you develop a practical understanding of what social value means for your organisation and help you to make a start or continue on your journey in delivering social value. The workshop is suitable to anyone from a voluntary, private or public sector organisation who wants to improve the social impact of their organisation.

The workshop will help you to

  • Gain a greater understanding of what social impact is and how to measure it
  • Explore, discuss and apply the most frequently used terms and ideas around social value
  • Explore some of the outcomes which can be achieved through social value
  • Design your own roadmap to where to start on or continue your journey in creating more social value in your work and organisation

This course will be delivered by Adrian Nottingham, Group Quality and Impact Officer at Bolton CVS.


10th June, 2019 4:00 PM   through   7:30 PM

For more information visit Bolton CVS

Bolton - Volunteers Week 2019 - Kick Off Brunch!

Saturday 1st June 2019

Bolton CVS want to recognise and celebrate your groups/organisations ongoing commitment in developing and upholding volunteering good practice!

 Please join us for a delicious brunch to kick off VW2019.

You are welcomed to extend this invitation to a number of your incredible volunteers.

1st June, 2019 10:30 AM   through   12:00 PM
Bolton CVS
The Bolton Hub, Bold Street
Bolton CVS, The Bolton Hub, Bold Street
Bolton, BL1 1LS

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.

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:

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

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.

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