Training Workshops Spring 2024

We now offer all our training online. As we are not having to pay for venues we are passing that saving on to you, so all of these courses will cost only £8.00 per person. or £6.00 per person for those organisations that have paid a membership subscription to Community Matters. We’ve had to increase […]

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We now offer all our training online. As we are not having to pay for venues we are passing that saving on to you, so all of these courses will cost only £8.00 per person. or £6.00 per person for those organisations that have paid a membership subscription to Community Matters.

We’ve had to increase the prices of these workshops but we’ve changed our booking provider and their charges are less, so you should only see an increase of 25 – 30 pence.

To book places either follow the links  to the Try Booking pages, or contact admin@communitymatters.org.uk

To book click on the titles of each workshop below.

Tues 23rd January 2024: Mailing Software and Event Ticketing Software    

With the recent changes to Mailchimp’s free accounts and the new charging regime for Eventbrite, many organisations are starting to look at alternatives. Community Matters has been evaluating a number of platforms over the last 6 months and this workshop will bring together our findings about what else is out there and how these offerings stack up against Mailchimp and Eventbrite. 

Tues 30th January 2024: Operational Plans 

Operational plans are often called many things, but it’s the plan that lasts for about a year and is often in-depth. This is perhaps one of the most important documents an organisation has. It should set out what you are going to do for the coming year, and often forms the basis of how you report your progress to trustees and stakeholders. The workshop will look at ways to create this document to make your life easy.

Tues 6th February 2024: Management Accounts for Small Organisations 

What do management accounts look like and why should you do them? The session will look at: 

  • why we do them, 
  • how to do them, 
  • when to do them, 
  • what we do with them 

This session is delivered by our colleagues at HSl Accountancy Solutions. 

Thurs 22nd Feb 2024 at 11:30am: How to Make Your Social Media More Engaging

Do you get the most engagement from your X (Twitter), Facebook or your Instagram posts? Why do some posts get more clicks than others? How to increase engagement. 

Tues 27th February 2024: GDPR and Data Security 

Who is trying to access your data and what are the implications of this? Also, what can you do to make it more difficult for people to steal your data. 

Tues 5th March 2024: The Essential Trustee 

This short session is designed for Trustees of charities to help understand their role, responsibilities and duties. 

Tues 12th March 2024: Having Difficult Conversations 

Talking to each other effectively is something that at times needs careful planning to avoid making a situation worse. This session will go through some helpful tips to prepare for difficult conversations and look at the conversations themselves. 

Tues 9th April 2024: Health & Safety – Risk Assessments 

This session is for anyone who is new to health and safety and looks at the basics of assessing risks, why we need to do this, and what to do once you’ve assessed the risk. 

Tues 16th April 2024: Effective Bid Writing 

Do you struggle writing successful funding bids? This session will take you through the key practical steps in describing the essential elements of your project, to tell funders what they need to know. 

Thurs 9th May 2024 at 11:30am: How to use Canva for Social Media

Canva is the great free-to-use online graphic design tool which you can use to create great graphics as well as presentations and videos amongst other things. 

Tues 14th May 2024: Introduction to Policies and Procedures 

Some polices are a legal requirement, others are good practice. As your organisation grows, others are simply to help you keep track of your organisation. This session will help you review your existing policies to see where there are areas that you might want to develop.

Thur 30th May 2024: Reserves – What They Are and How to Calculate Them 

Reserves are a critical element when building small charity resilience. However, they are often, for very valid reasons, miscalculated. The session will look at Why we hold reserves, how to calculate reserves, what a good reserves policy looks like and how to report on reserves. 

Tues 4th June 2024: Governance – What’s the Right Structure? 

There is a wide range of not-for-profit structures ranging from registered charities to community interest companies. They all have specific benefits, and some drawbacks.  This session will look at the main structures, and explain the benefits and issues associated with each of them. 

Tues 18th June 2024: Safeguarding for Trustees and Community Buildings 

This session will look at the legislation, and what trustees need to know and do. It will also look at how best to apply it in a community building setting where you may be hiring space but have little direct interaction with the vulnerable people attending the activities. 

Tues 2nd July 2024: Monitoring 

As you create new projects, or adapt them, how can you check whether they are making the difference that you want them to? 

Trusts and givers want to know that their money makes a difference, but how do you prove it? 

Tues 16th July 2024: Equality and Diversity  

Equality and Diversity – are you about to review your equality and diversity policy and you’ve spotted that newer templates have ‘inclusion’ as an addition and you’re not sure what to do? Or are you setting up a new organisation and want to follow best practice? This session will look at the mechanics of these terms and how to check you’re applying them to your organisation.