Free community support courses offered by Ashfield Voluntary Action in February and March


Ashfield Voluntary Action is delighted to have received funding from the Kirkby Benevolent Fund through Ashfield District Council. The funding is to support community and voluntary sector groups and Ashfield Voluntary Action will be delivering a series of four workshops and follow-up support all around strengthening your community or voluntary group. The workshops are also suitable for newly established groups and perfect for people who are thinking about setting up a new group - giving you the opportunity to make the best decisions about your new group right at the start.


The workshops are all being delivered at the Ashfield Health and Well Being Centre and are free, although you must book your place. Places are limited, so don't miss out on the chance to access a wealth of expert knowledge and give your group a good opportunity to move forward positively.


The first workshop will be held on Tuesday 12th February from 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm and focuses on funding. The workshop will give you the chance to learn more about local funding opportunities and the best way of getting your organisation or group funding ready. The workshop will be delivered by Sarah Taylor from Ashfield Voluntary Action who has a background in funding, grant-giving and community development with over 19 years experience.


The second workshop will be held on 26th February from 10.00 am - 12.00 noon and will focus on financial responsibilities for committee members and trustees. The workshop will be delivered by John O' Brien from Community Accounting Plus, who has a wealth of expertise and knowledge in this area. The two hour course will help you to understand the responsibilities of being a trustee and managing a group.


The third workshop will be held on 5th March from 10.00 am - 12 noon and will look at financial management of your group, including planning ahead, budgets, cash flows and accounts. Again this session will be delivered by John O' Brien from Community Accounting Plus.


The fourth workshop will be held on 19th March from 10.00 am - 12.00 noon and will look at different ways to structure your organisation. we will give you the resources so that you can make an informed decision about the best model for your community or voluntary group. Do you know the difference between a charity, a CIO and a CIC and the different opportunities for funding that each offers? This course will be delivered by Teresa Jackson, Manager of AVA, who also has twenty years experience in managing a wide range of organisations.


The information and booking form on the funding course may be found below and the others will follow soon...



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