Events

Search within Events


NCVO Campaigning Conference 2016

This conference is for campaigns, public affairs, policy and media professionals from the voluntary sector. Join us at the major campaigning event of the year to learn practical skills, share knowledge and network.

Date 6 September 2016
Time 09.00–17.00
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: NCVO Campaigning Conference 2016

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

2016 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

This is the leading UK-based interdisciplinary research conference for academics, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in voluntary organisations and volunteering. It is an opportunity to share research and network across different contexts, countries and different parts of the UK.

Dates 8-9 September 2016
Location Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham

Read more: 2016 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

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

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 12 September 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Charity Trustees: Induction and refresher training

Project management in the voluntary sector

This 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

NCVO National Volunteering Forum

Join us at the next National Volunteering Forum to discuss the role volunteering can play in supporting social cohesion post-Brexit. 

Date Thursday 15 September 2016
Time 10.00 - 15.30
Location LGBT Foundation, Manchester

Read more: NCVO National Volunteering Forum

Certificate in Financial Sustainability

NCVO’s Certificate in Financial Sustainability, accredited by the Open College Network, is our flagship course supporting individuals to take a fresh look at how they can achieve a sustainable future for their organisations.

Date 20–21 September and 2 November 2016 
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Certificate in Financial Sustainability

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

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 23 September 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Writing successful bids

NCVO Members' Assembly September 2016

The NCVO Members' Assembly represents and is elected from the breadth of voluntary sector organisations that make up our membership. It directly helps us develop our policy and strategy.

This September the Members' Assembly will be held in Leeds.

Date 23 September 2016
Time 10.30 - 13.30 (registration and refreshments from 10:15)
Location Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds, W. Yorks LS1 6DG 

Read more: NCVO Members' Assembly September 2016

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

Volunteering and the law

What is your legal position as an organisation that involves volunteers? How do you ensure that you are supporting and developing volunteers while avoiding the risk of creating contracts and falling foul of employment law? This course will enable you to understand volunteering and the law in relation to issues such as safeguarding, data protection, health and safety, equality and diversity, insurance, and benefits.

Date 29 September 2016
Time 09.30–16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, Kings Cross, London

Read more: Volunteering and the law

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 29 - 30 September 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Strategy for growth and development

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

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

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 4 October 2016
Time 10.30 - 12.30
Location Newcastle, NE4 8AW

Read more: Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Setting up successful peer support programmes in your schools or colleges

This course will provide you with practical guidance on how to set up peer support programmes in your school or college. It draws on the extensive experience and expertise we have developed in supporting staff in education to implement quality peer support programmes, from one-to-one peer mentoring to playground ‘buddies’

Date 4 October 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Setting up successful peer support programmes in your schools or colleges

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 5 October 2016
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

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

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 5 October 2016
Time 14.00 - 16.00
Location Hackney CVS, London E8 3AZ

Read more: Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

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 6 October 2016 - 7 October 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Implementing PQASSO

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 6–7 October and 11 November 2016
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Leadership in Campaigns

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 11–12 October 2016
Time 10.00–16.00
Location Culture and Media Centre, @Loudoun, Cardiff CF10 5HW

Read more: Implementing PQASSO

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 13 October 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location BVSC, Birmingham

Read more: Behaviours and skills of effective mentors and befrienders

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 14 October 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Developing a winning campaign strategy and plan

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

Read more: Building a successful consortium

The high performance board

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

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

Read more: The high performance board

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 18 October 2016
Finish date 28 February 2017
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Certificate in Campaigning

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 19 October 2016 - 20 October 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Newcastle, NE4 8AW

Read more: Implementing PQASSO

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 20 October 2016
Time 10.00 - 12.00
Location Community Southwark, London SE5 0HF

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 25 - 26 October 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - two days

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 3 November 2016
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Measuring the outcomes of mentoring and befriending

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

Read more: How to assess the outcomes of funded work

Charity leadership in the 2020s

Taking you further into leadership

Charity leadership in the 2020s is NCVO’s new leadership programme for the next generation of non-profit leaders.

The sector is changing and there is ever growing pressure on public trust. We want to ensure that future leaders are supported to develop the skills to shape the evolving culture. We want to ensure that the sector is unique and distinctive while continuing to be effective, entrepreneurial, digitally empowered, open, transparent, value driven and responsible in every aspect of its work.

Date 6–8 November 2016 and 23 March 2017
Location Central London

Read more: Charity leadership in the 2020s

NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference 2016: Governance in the spotlight

Join over 400 colleagues from across the sector at the leading annual event for charity trustees.

Date 7 November 2016
Registration from 09.30
Conference close 16.45
Location The Brewery, London

Read more: NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference 2016: Governance in the spotlight

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 10 November 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - one day

Implementing your strategy

This one-day course will outline the point of an organisational strategy for middle managers and those on the frontline delivering services. It will then show you how to make it real and applicable for you and your team in your everyday work.

Date 15 November 2016
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Implementing your strategy

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 15 November 2016
Time 10.00 - noon
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London N1

Read more: Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

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 November 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location LGBT Foundation, Manchester M1 3HF

Read more: Charity Trustees: Induction and refresher training

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 18 November 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Understanding the numbers: Financial intelligence for trustees

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 21 November 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, Central London

Read more: Assessing the impact of your volunteers

Understanding micro-volunteering

How can you provide volunteering opportunities for people with increasingly busy lifestyles and multiple demands on their time to give their time as volunteers? This course, based on research carried out by the Institute of Volunteering Research and NCVO, will provide you with the insight you need to understand the potential of micro-volunteering for your organisation and how to put it into practice.

Date 22 November 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Read more: Understanding micro-volunteering

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 22 November 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Collecting outcome and impact data

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 23 November 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Better outcome and impact reporting

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 25 November 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Introduction to lean thinking

Influencing parliament

With a new prime minister in place, the Labour party in turmoil, and parliament facing potentially years of gridlock to implement Brexit, there can rarely have been a more important time for charities to have a grip on how to use parliament to influence the political agenda. 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 25 November 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Influencing parliament

Workshop: mentoring and befriending approved provider standard (APS) - 1 December

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 1 December 2016
Time 13.00 - 16.00
Location Central London

Read more: Workshop: mentoring and befriending approved provider standard (APS) - 1 December

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 6 - 7 December 2016
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Read more: Outcome and impact measurement - two days

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

Read more: Preparing and delivering mentor and befriender training

Project management in the voluntary sector

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

Date 7 and 8 December 2016
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Project management in the voluntary sector

Influencing select committees

Date 9 December 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

Site by Clickingmad