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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 21–22 February and 29 March 2017
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Read more: Certificate in Financial Sustainability

This free online event will look at the changes that the Fundraising Regulator is proposing to make to the Code of Fundraising Practice. The event will be presented by Gerald Oppenheim, head of policy and communication and Stephen Service, policy manager – both from the Fundraising Regulator.

Date 1 March 2017
Time 15.00 - 16.00

Join us for this free risk seminar on new technologies and the benefits of risk, in partnership with CaSE Insurance, Class Networks, Connect Assist and Phoenix Software, to find out how to reduce operational risk by improving your organisation's IT and data security, and how technology can help you to manage risk. 

Date 2 March 2017
Time 09.30–12.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

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 3 March 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

As Theresa May starts to implement her emerging agenda while working with a small majority, and with 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 06 March 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

This free workshop will tell you everything you need to know about the PQASSO Quality Mark and how to apply.

Date 7 March 2017
Time 14.00-16.00
Location Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter

This free workshop will tell you everything you need to know about the PQASSO Quality Mark and how to apply.

Date 8 March 2017
Time 10.30 - 12.30
Location Guild House, Plymouth

A theory of change can help you plan new work, communicate the purpose of what you do to trustees, funders, donors and users, and decide what information to collect for evaluation. On this course you will learn about what theory of change is and how you can develop one to suit your organisation’s needs. Working with others, you’ll start building your own theory of change for a project, programme or your organisation. The course will also explore how theory of change can be used to develop your evaluation plans.

Date 9 March 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 9 March 2017
Time 10.00 - 13.00
Location Central Manchester

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 10 March 2017
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Leaving the EU will have profound and wide-ranging implications for the charity sector and the people they serve – from changes to existing laws and funding streams to a deeply fractured social and political landscape.

The impacts will vary across and within sectors, but there will be a great many areas of common interest. Sir Stuart Etherington will be joined by four speakers from different areas of the voluntary sector, speaking about the challenges their organisations face and how they are responding.

Date 13 March 2017
Time 08.30 - 10.30
Location NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9LR

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 14 - 15 March 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 22 March 2017 - 23 March 2017
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location St Luke's Community Centre, London, EC1V

Date 24 March 2017
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.

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 27 March 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Does your money make a difference?

This course is designed for trusts, foundations and commissioners who provide funding to organisations and want to become better at assessing the outcomes and impact of the projects they fund. The course will enable you to put in place an outcomes and impact-focused system to demonstrate the effectiveness of your funding.

Date 28 March 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

This free workshop will tell you everything you need to know about the PQASSO Quality Mark and how to apply.

Date 28 March
Time 10:30 - 12:30
Location Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle, NE1 8AF

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

Date 29 and 30 March 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

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 April 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 Tuesday 4th April
Time 14.00 - 16.00
Location Leeds Church Institute , Leeds

Join 600 colleagues from across the sector as we discuss what the future holds for the voluntary sector and explore how you can lead your organisation with purpose.

Date Thursday 20 April
Time 09.30-17.00
Venue The Brewery, London, EC1

A theory of change can help you plan new work, communicate the purpose of what you do to trustees, funders, donors and users, and decide what information to collect for evaluation. On this course you will learn about what theory of change is and how you can develop one to suit your organisation’s needs. Working with others, you’ll start building your own theory of change for a project, programme or your organisation. The course will also explore how theory of change can be used to develop your evaluation plans.

Date 25 April 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Coaching is an essential skillset for any manager, leader or team supervisor who wants to become better at engaging, influencing and supporting others. A coaching approach gives managers and leaders a highly effective toolkit they can use to develop a more empowered and motivated workforce.

This training provides a very practical introduction to the main coaching skills and techniques, in a supportive environment, to enable you to hold a coaching style conversation in confidence straightaway.

Date 26 April 2017
Time 09:00–16:30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

Are you confident in your general project management skills but looking to strengthen your expertise in delivering successful projects? This intensive one-day course moves beyond the ‘basics’ and goes deeper into a range of dynamic project management techniques and smarter principles, in a specific charity context.

Date 27 April 2017
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 28 April 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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

Date 3 and 4 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

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 5 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London, N1

This course is designed for those who support the governance function of their organisation. The content includes: the context of the sector, supporting trustees to meet their duties, the role of the board secretary, improving structures, processes and meetings as well as supporting board reviews and performance.

Date 8 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London, N1

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 9 May 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 10 May 2017 - 11 May 2017
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location Mea House, Ellison Place, Newcastle, NE1 8XS

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

Date 12 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

What sort of conversations take place in a mentoring or befriending relationship? This course is intended to help you experience or refresh your understanding of the essential skills and techniques that underpin successful mentoring and befriending relationships. It is a highly interactive day designed to build skills and knowledge, and boost your confidence.

Date 16 May 2017
Time 09.00–16.30
Location BVSC, Birmingham

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 18 - 19 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 19 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Are you a registered charity? Do you wish to develop an employer supported volunteering offer? Let us bring you face to face with companies that want to partner with you.

Date

22 May 2017

Time

09.15 – 1.30

Location

NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 24 May 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite

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 24 May 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 25 May 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

This course will provide you with increased confidence and greater ability to review and assess your organisation's financial health. We will look at basic financial tools to help you to monitor resources, make better decisions for your organisation and communicate with financial professionals including your treasurer, finance officer or accountant.

Date 9 June 2017
Time 09:30 - 16:30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

How do you ensure that your mentoring or befriending service is developed in line with good practice? Based on our Approved Provider Standard (APS), NCVO's 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 13 June 2017
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location BVSC, Birmingham

How do you ensure that your mentoring or befriending service is developed in line with good practice? Based on our Approved Provider Standard (APS), NCVO's 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 14 June 2017
Time 10.00 - 16.00
Location BVSC, Birmingham

Charities are under increasing pressure to find alternative ways to generate income. Imagine if your organisation had a steady flow of unrestricted income that would help to cover core costs while furthering your charitable mission.

We explore the opportunities and challenges of income generation for charities in an honest, relevant and practical way, leaving you with a clear idea of what to consider and a step-by-step method for planning to become enterprisingly charitable.

Date 16 June 2017
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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

"The course was facilitated with knowledge, confidence and sensitivity. A truly brilliant opportunity for all attending - to examine in depth the characteristics, skills and processes needed for successful leadership in our sector. A fantastic group experience too." Course delegate 2016
Date 18–20 June and 21 November 2017
Location Royal Foundation of St Katherine, Limehouse

A theory of change can help you plan new work, communicate the purpose of what you do to trustees, funders, donors and users, and decide what information to collect for evaluation. On this course you will learn about what theory of change is and how you can develop one to suit your organisation’s needs. Working with others, you’ll start building your own theory of change for a project, programme or your organisation. The course will also explore how theory of change can be used to develop your evaluation plans.   

Date 21 June 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

With no government majority in the House of Lords, campaigners are increasingly seeing it as the best place to make change happen, but increased tension between the government and House of Lords means that charities need to understand how they can use the Lords to effect change while not alienating the government. This course aims to help charities focus on how best to work with peers, and ensure that Lords victories lead to changes in policy.

Date: 23 June 2017
Time 09.00–12.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

What does good volunteer management look like and how do you put this into practice? Good practice in volunteer management is key to unlocking the potential of volunteering 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 26 June 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

Focus groups are an interactive way to collect qualitative information, including feedback from stakeholders. To make sure that your focus group is well run and stays on track, good organisation and facilitation skills are needed. This course explores what focus groups are, and identifies their strengths and weaknesses as a data collection tool. It will discuss how to sample and recruit potential focus groups as well as giving you the chance to put your learning into practice by running a ‘mock’ focus group.

Date 29 June 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 30 June 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Risk seems to be high on the agenda again after the changes that 2016 will bring. Risk management is fast becoming one of the hot topics in charity governance as it helps you to manage the threats and maximise the opportunities which risk presents.

Sadly, too many of us don’t give it the attention it deserves instead seeing it as an administrative chore in terms of both its reporting and its management. NCVO’s practical, interactive and participatory course will help you get ahead and build your understanding of risk, give you important skills to better manage risk, and develop your confidence to shift from reacting to risk to welcoming the opportunity to explore the strategic opportunities.

Date Friday 30 June 2017
Time 09:30 - 16:30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

Supporting volunteers is a valued and essential part of a manager or co-ordinator’s role, and a significant contributory factor to the success and long term sustainability of any mentoring or befriending project. This interactive and practical training will cover the essential supervision principles, skills and techniques for facilitating effective enabling conversations with individuals and groups.

Date 4 July 2017
Time 09.00–16.30
Location Voluntary Action Islington, London

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 4 July 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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 13 - 14 July 2017
Time 9.45 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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

Date 12 and 13 July 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London

This course is designed for those who support the governance function of their organisation. The content includes: the context of the sector, supporting trustees to meet their duties, the role of the board secretary, improving structures, processes and meetings as well as supporting board reviews and performance.

Date 14 July 2017
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London, N1

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