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Certificate in Campaigning

Learn how to make a greater impact with your campaigning with this training course from the NCVO. Hear from the experts how to create change and have a greater impact with your campaigns.

Start date 23 March 2016
Finish date 13 July 2016
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Certificate in Campaigning

Developing your theory of change (fully booked)

This interactive course will give you a thorough understanding of the key principles of a theory of change. It will outline its uses and benefits, while also taking you through the stages of developing a theory of change. You will also learn how to build impact measurement into your strategic planning.

Date 3 May 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Developing your theory of change (fully booked)

NCVO National Volunteering Forum

Bigger impact and better value: Demonstrating the impact of volunteering

The evidence of the benefits of volunteering is constantly growing. It is becoming more and more important for us to measure and demonstrate the difference volunteering makes, so that we can inform and influence others within our own organisations and beyond – to policy makers, funders and volunteers.

Date 4 May 2016
Time 10.00–15:30
Location Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International, London

Read more: NCVO National Volunteering Forum

Developing a winning campaign strategy and plan

Whether you're new to campaigning or looking to refresh your thinking and create a bigger impact, this course will help you combine your passion with strategic thinking to plan and deliver more successful campaigns.

Date 6 May 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Central London

Read more: Developing a winning campaign strategy and plan

NCVO/BWB HR conference 2016

Join leading experts from across the voluntary and social enterprise sectors as we discuss employment law and practical HR issues affecting charities today.

Date 9 May 2016
Time 09.30 – 16.30

Location

NCVO conference suite , London

Read more: NCVO/BWB HR conference 2016

Workshop: mentoring and befriending approved provider standard (APS) - 10 May

This four hour workshop shows you what’s involved in achieving the NCVO’s Approved Provider Standard, the specialist quality standard for mentoring and befriending projects.

It will explore what is required by you during the self-assessment process and what takes place during the assessment visit. You will also have the opportunity to hear from a practitioner who has gone through the accreditation process successfully.

Date 10 May 2016
Time 10.00 - 13.00
Location Central London

Read more: Workshop: mentoring and befriending approved provider standard (APS) - 10 May

Project management in the voluntary sector

This new two day practical project management course will give you the principles and practical tools to manage your project more efficiently and successfully.

Date 11 and 12 May 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Project management in the voluntary sector

Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Attend this free workshop to find out more about PQASSO and how it could help your organisation. PQASSO lets you demonstrate to supporters, commissioners and funders that you manage your organisation effectively, as well as offering quality services and outcomes.

Date 12 May 2016
Time 14.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London N1

Read more: Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Outcome and impact measurement - two days

This two-day course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away.

Date 12 - 13 May 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - two days

Digital skills for campaigners: online mobilisation and using social media

If you are managing mobilisation campaigns and uncertain if you have everything covered, this is the training for you. The course will provide a framework for planning online mobilisation. It will also suggest approaches for putting this knowledge into practice through individual and group work.

Date 13 May 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Digital skills for campaigners: online mobilisation and using social media

Implementing PQASSO

This course provides a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing PQASSO. You will leave the course with a good understanding of PQASSO and the self-assessment process as well as a comprehensive plan of how to implement quality within your organisation. There will also be the opportunity to consider the next steps for your organisation if you decide to apply for the PQASSO Quality Mark.

Date 17 May 2016 - 18 May 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Implementing PQASSO

Preparing and delivering mentor and befriender training

This one day course provides an overview of the initial training required to prepare volunteer mentors/peer mentors and befrienders for their roles. The course will take you through a step by step approach to putting together training, while experiencing and reviewing activities to help you explore what will be appropriate for your own project.

This course is intended as an overview of the overall training content required for volunteer mentors and befrienders. It is intended to complement the course Behaviours and skills of effective mentors and befrienders.

Date 18 May 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Preparing and delivering mentor and befriender training

Strategy for growth and development

If you're interested in what makes a good charity with a well-led strategy process then NCVO's Strategy for growth and development course is ideal for you.

Date 19 - 20 May 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Strategy for growth and development

Understanding the numbers: financial intelligence for trustees

As a charity leader or trustee, an understanding of finance, financial management, corporate and management metrics and reporting are essential in carrying out your role and exercising 'good' governance. This introductory session will provide you with increased confidence and greater ability to review and assess financial information, improving your ability to monitor resources, articulate impact and make better decisions.

Date 20 May 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Understanding the numbers: financial intelligence for trustees

Becoming a trustee (part of the Step on Board Open Programme)

Are you interested in becoming a trustee but not sure where to start? We’ll draw back the curtain to reveal what being a trustee really means, and to help you decide if it’s the right role for you.

Date TBC - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest
Time 09.00-10.30 (registration and breakfast start at 08.30)
Location NCVO Conference Suite , London N1

Read more: Becoming a trustee (part of the Step on Board Open Programme)

Influencing select committees

Date 23 May 2016
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

This one day course will help parliamentary, policy and campaigns staff develop strategies to engage with select committees, maximise the impact of their written submissions, and practical support in how to prepare senior colleagues to give oral evidence.

Read more: Influencing select committees

Certificate in Financial Sustainability

Now in its third year, NCVO’s flagship course, the Certificate in Financial Sustainability, takes participants on a journey to formulating their own funding strategy that is innovative, practical and above all relevant to, and achievable for, their organisation.

Start date 6 June 2016
Finish date 5 July 2016
Location Central London

Read more: Certificate in Financial Sustainability

Outcome and impact measurement - one day

This course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also begin to develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away.

Date 7 June 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - one day

Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part A

How do you ensure that your mentoring or befriending service is developed in line with good practice? Based on NCVO’s Approved Provider Standard (APS), the specialist quality standard for mentoring or befriending projects, this course will give you practical guidance on how to set up and manage a safe and effective mentoring/peer mentoring or befriending programme.

This course, part A, will link to requirements 1-5. The follow on course, part B, will focus on requirements 6-10.

Date 8 June 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location BVSC, Birmingham

Read more: Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part A

Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part B

How do you ensure that your mentoring or befriending service is developed in line with good practice? Based on NCVO’s Approved Provider Standard (APS), the specialist quality standard for mentoring or befriending projects, this course will give you practical guidance on how to set up and manage a safe and effective mentoring/peer mentoring or befriending programme.

This course, part B, will link to requirements 6-10. It is a follow on from Part A which will focus on requirements 1-5.

Date 9 June 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location BVSC, Birmingham

Read more: Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part B

Writing successful bids

When you write a funding application, how often are you successful? Your time is precious and good funding opportunities few, so make sure every application is as strong as possible Come and learn with NCVO consultants how to make your bid stand out.

Date 10 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Writing successful bids

Turning ideas into income: Starting a new trading venture

This course covers the key issues in setting up or growing trading activity within your organisation. It will help you assess the viability of your ideas and develop an action plan to get started.

Date 13 June 2016
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Turning ideas into income: Starting a new trading venture

Influencing for volunteer managers

Are you a lone voice when it comes to valuing volunteers? Do you work with people who think volunteers aren’t capable of more than making the tea and stuffing envelopes? If you are responsible for managing volunteers in your organisation and making the case for resources to support volunteering, this course is for you!

Date 14 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, Central London

Read more: Influencing for volunteer managers

How to assess the outcomes of funded work

Does your money make a difference?

This course is designed to enable you to put in place an outcomes and impact-focused system to demonstrate the effectiveness of your funding. You’ll learn about different methods for gaining the information you need from grantees and good practice in impact assessment.

Date 16 June 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: How to assess the outcomes of funded work

Influencing parliament

The last year has ushered in a new political dynamic, with a majority Conservative government, new leadership and a huge influx of new MPs. This course aims to help charities navigate the political environment or refresh their knowledge of parliamentary processes and procedures – essential if your organisation is looking to make an impact in Westminster.

Date 17 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Influencing parliament

Charity Trustees: Induction and refresher training

If you are interested in what makes a good working relationship between trustees and staff then NCVO's trustee training course is ideal for you.

Date 17 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Charity Trustees: Induction and refresher training

Building a successful consortium

This one day training course will be an intensive day outlining everything that you will need to do or think about in order to establish a voluntary-sector consortium.

Date 20 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Building a successful consortium

Leadership in Campaigns

This new three day course is for leaders within the voluntary sector who are responsible for overseeing campaigns and advocacy. It will offer the opportunity for people to develop their leadership skills in a campaigning context.

By bringing people together NCVO hopes to foster a culture of strategic campaigning in the sector, helping leaders to work together to achieve lasting impact.

Date 22 and 23 June and 15 July 2016
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Leadership in Campaigns

The high performance board

This practical course aims to help delegates work together on real life scenarios that actual boards are facing.

Date 27 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: The high performance board

Safeguarding for volunteer managers

All voluntary organisations have a duty to keep the people they work with safe from harm. But the field of safeguarding can feel increasingly complex, with different frameworks for children and adults, and a greater awareness of risks such as abuse, historical allegations and radicalisation. This course introduces the basics of safeguarding within a volunteering managers role and highlights effective safeguarding practice.

Date 29 June 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Safeguarding for volunteer managers

Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Attend this free workshop to find out more about PQASSO and how it could help your organisation. PQASSO lets you demonstrate to supporters, commissioners and funders that you manage your organisation effectively, as well as offering quality services and outcomes.

Date 29 June 2016
Time 14.30 - 16.30
Location Birmingham, B12 0HJ

Read more: Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Outcome and impact measurement - two days

This two-day course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away.

Date 29 - 30 June 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - two days

Using PQASSO to improve your governance

This free two hour workshop will show how PQASSO is a great quality management tool to help you improve governance in your organisation. It’s primarily aimed at trustees but will also be useful for chief executives who know that governance needs to be reviewed or believes that the board could be supported to become more effective.

Date 5 July 2016
Time 14.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Using PQASSO to improve your governance

Collecting outcome and impact data

This course will give you the knowledge and practical understanding to collect the best possible outcome and impact data for your organisation. You will learn more about how to use a range of methods and tools, including questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, participatory and creative methods and different ‘off the shelf’ tools

Date 6 July 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Collecting outcome and impact data

Behaviours and skills of effective mentors and befrienders

This one day course will explore the behaviours and skills of effective mentors and befrienders. It will provide guidance in how you can help your volunteer mentors and befrienders develop these during their training and ongoing support.

It is intended to complement the course Preparing and delivering training for mentors and befrienders which provides a useful overview of the general initial training content required for volunteer mentors/befrienders.

Date 6 July 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Behaviours and skills of effective mentors and befrienders

Better outcome and impact reporting

This practical and fast-paced course will give you the skills to make the most of your data, and deliver compelling and useful outcome and impact reports. You will learn how to go about analysing different types of data, best practice for using statistics, quotes and case examples, and will learn how to structure and write an effective report. You will also leave with the skills to make sure your report is relevant and used.

Date 7 July 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Better outcome and impact reporting

Assessing the impact of your volunteers

We all know that volunteers make a difference but how can you prove it? The Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT) produced by the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) and NCVO can help you measure and demonstrate the impact of volunteering. This event aims to equip you with the skills and confidence to use the toolkit in your own organisation.

Date 11 July 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, Central London

Read more: Assessing the impact of your volunteers

Implementing PQASSO

This course provides a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing PQASSO. You will leave the course with a good understanding of PQASSO and the self-assessment process as well as a comprehensive plan of how to implement quality within your organisation. There will also be the opportunity to consider the next steps for your organisation if you decide to apply for the PQASSO Quality Mark.

Date 11 July 2016 - 12 July 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Birmingham B12 0HJ

Read more: Implementing PQASSO

Introduction to lean thinking

Commerce uses LEAN methodology to achieve substantial cost savings, free up resources and make organisations run efficiently and effectively. The NCVO Introduction to Lean Thinking course is designed specifically for the voluntary sector. It aims to show you how to improve your organisation’s efficiency step-by-step.

Date 11 July 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Introduction to lean thinking

Cyber security and privacy essentials for the voluntary sector

The latest Government Security Breaches Survey found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of small and medium organisations reported a security breach in the last year. The sector deals with sensitive data every day and data protection laws are changing – how prepared are you?

Date 11 July 2016
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Cyber security and privacy essentials for the voluntary sector

Project management in the voluntary sector

This new two day practical project management course will give you the principles and practical tools to manage your project more efficiently and successfully.

Date 13 and 14 July 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Project management in the voluntary sector

Measuring the outcomes of mentoring and befriending

How can you demonstrate that your mentoring or befriending service is making a difference? This course will show you how a simple evaluation framework can help to ensure that you measure the outcomes of mentoring and befriending more effectively. It will take you through a step by step approach to developing your own framework which you will start to complete during the day.

This course has been developed with reference to Requirements 1 and 10 of the Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard (APS).

Date 14 July 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location LGBT Foundation, Manchester

Read more: Measuring the outcomes of mentoring and befriending

Charity Trustees: Induction and refresher training

If you are interested in what makes a good working relationship between trustees and staff then NCVO's trustee training course is ideal for you.

Date 15 July 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Charity Trustees: Induction and refresher training

Good Practice in Volunteer Management

What does good volunteer management look like and how do you put this into practice? Accomplished management is key to unlocking the potential of volunteers in your organisation. Based on NCVO’s UK-wide quality standard, Investing in Volunteers, this course provides an introduction to the key principles of good practice in volunteer management and how to apply them to your organisation.

Date 18 July 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Good Practice in Volunteer Management

Outcome and impact measurement - one day

This course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also begin to develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away.

Date 6 September 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - one day

Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part A

How do you ensure that your mentoring or befriending service is developed in line with good practice? Based on NCVO’s Approved Provider Standard (APS), the specialist quality standard for mentoring or befriending projects, this course will give you practical guidance on how to set up and manage a safe and effective mentoring/peer mentoring or befriending programme.

This course, part A, will link to requirements 1-5. The follow on course, part B, will focus on requirements 6-10.

Date 7 September 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part A

Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part B

How do you ensure that your mentoring or befriending service is developed in line with good practice? Based on NCVO’s Approved Provider Standard (APS), the specialist quality standard for mentoring or befriending projects, this course will give you practical guidance on how to set up and manage a safe and effective mentoring/peer mentoring or befriending programme.

This course, part B, will link to requirements 6-10. It is a follow on from Part A which will focus on requirements 1-5.

Date 8 September 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Setting up and managing a mentoring or befriending programme: part B

Project management in the voluntary sector

This new two day practical project management course will give you the principles and practical tools to manage your project more efficiently and successfully.

Date 14 and 15 September 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Project management in the voluntary sector

Developing your theory of change

This interactive course will give you a thorough understanding of the key principles of a theory of change. It will outline its uses and benefits, while also taking you through the stages of developing a theory of change. You will also learn how to build impact measurement into your strategic planning.

Date 21 September 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Developing your theory of change

Preparing and delivering mentor and befriender training

This one day course provides an overview of the initial training required to prepare volunteer mentors/peer mentors and befrienders for their roles. The course will take you through a step by step approach to putting together training, while experiencing and reviewing activities to help you explore what will be appropriate for your own project.

This course is intended as an overview of the overall training content required for volunteer mentors and befrienders. It is intended to complement the course Behaviours and skills of effective mentors and befrienders.

Date 22 September 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location BVSC, Birmingham

Read more: Preparing and delivering mentor and befriender training

Outcome and impact measurement - two days

This two-day course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away.

Date 22 - 23 September 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - two days

Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Attend this free workshop to find out more about PQASSO and how it could help your organisation. PQASSO lets you demonstrate to supporters, commissioners and funders that you manage your organisation effectively, as well as offering quality services and outcomes.

Date 30 September 2016
Time 14.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London N1

Read more: Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Workshop: mentoring and befriending approved provider standard (APS) - 27 September

This four hour workshop shows you what’s involved in achieving the NCVO’s Approved Provider Standard, the specialist quality standard for mentoring and befriending projects.

It will explore what is required by you during the self-assessment process and what takes place during the assessment visit. You will also have the opportunity to hear from a practitioner who has gone through the accreditation process successfully.

Date 27 September 2016
Time 13.00 - 16.00
Location Central Manchester

Read more: Workshop: mentoring and befriending approved provider standard (APS) - 27 September

Outcome and impact measurement - one day

This course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also begin to develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away.

Date 3 October 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - one day

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