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EVENTS AND TRAINING

‘Southwark Pioneers Fund: Launchpad’ Basic Business Skills series

This series of webinars cover critical topics that will help you to strengthen your organisation and build up engagement with your work.

Setting up a tech budget for your small charity

Are you struggling to afford the tech and digital infrastructure you need for your organisation? This session will help you build an accurate budget so you know what to include in funding bids.

AI Grant Writing for Food Support Organisations

Is your organisation running a food bank, pantry or other food support? This practical session will go through Plinth's new AI grant writing tool and show how to make it work the best for funding this sub-sector.

Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups Workshop

This session will offer a brief overview of what Bid Writing for charities and community groups involves and how to get started in this area.

Charities Aid Foundation – Income diversification

This session looks at why it's important to have diverse income streams and how you could achieve this.

Ethical Property Foundation – Everyday Premises Management

Premises are a critical part of many organisations' work, and this session will cover key aspects of what you need for managing yours, including costs, risks and safety.

Start-up Essentials: Understanding Business Loans

Have you wondered whether a business loan might be suitable for your business? This session will cover an introduction to this area of funding and how to apply for it.

Sign up for our #KnowYourNumbers accountancy workshop!

Following our successful accountancy workshop last year, Community Southwark has teamed up again with chartered accountants Hillier Hopkins to run a pro bono skill session on accountancy.

Cyber security basics: an introduction to cybersecurity for everyone

Have you heard about cybersecurity but you're not sure what the threats and risk are or how you can protect your organisation? this session is a clear introduction to all your key questions.

Disagreeable disagreements: best practice in decision making for trustees

Whatever the reason, trustees won't agree on every topic 100% of the time, and this session explores how you can do effective decision-making even when there are disagreements within the Board.

How AI and Automation can boost your productivity

Too much on the to-do list and not enough time in the day? This session will talk you through how easy-to-use AI and automation tools can boost your organisation's productivity and streamline your operations.

Using AI to assist with content creation

Are you interested in learning how to use artificial intelligence (AI) tools when creating content? This session will go through some practical tips for optimising your work.

Digital Boost – Maximise Your Digital Marketing On A Budget

This workshop will help you to establish your online presence, looking at cost-effective techniques that will help your organisation to thrive in the digital realm without draining your resources.

Fundraising strategies for diverse founders

This practical session looks at the logistics and systems your business needs for fundraising: bringing a strong team together, identifying suitable investors, and exploring different types of fundraising.

How charities work: a guide for aspiring and new trustees

Do you have burning questions about charities and how they work? This session will give you a whistle stop tour of what makes charities tick.

Charity Excellence webinar – How to Find New Funders

If you're looking for new sources of funding, this session will give you a set of tools and tips for finding suitable funders for your needs.

Digital Boost – Design: Brand Language With Impact

If you're building a brand for your organisation, the language you use is going to be crucial to your work. This session will go through how tools can help you to use welcoming and inclusive language to build your brand.

How to create effective video content using your phone

Are you interested in making video content for your organisation but don't have any budget for it? This session will go through the tools and techniques you can use to make video content with just a smartphone.

Cost recovery – how to maximise both direct and indirect cost recovery

Are you applying for funds but struggling to find funders who will cover core costs? This session will go through ways you can calculate your pricings and build costs into grant applications to increase your cost recovery.

To infinity and beyond; an introduction to charity finance for trustees

Want to be more confident when Board discussions turn to finances and budget but it's not your specialism? This session is a fantastic introduction to charity finance for non-finance people.

Generating Income – Trading and Subsidiaries

Join this session to learn about what you need to think about if your charity is planning to explore making income through trading.

Balancing Act: Prioritizing Self-Care And Work-Life Balance As A Founder

Running a new organisation is demanding and will be stressful sometimes. This session will give you tools and tips to look after yourself and prioritise self-care.

Culturally Competent Design Research: Divergent Thinking

This is the third of three sessions by Space4 on how to improve your research processes, looking at what can be learned through comparing how astrology and finance use prediction tools.

Creating more accessible green and blue spaces for people with visual impairments

This session features several panel discussions about how to create more accessible outdoor and nature spaces for visually impaired people.

Beyond the trustee’s role description

Are you confident in your role as a Trustee for your organisation but want to explore how you can give more? This session looks at how you can go beyond 'good governance' to take your organisation to new levels.

People, Partnerships and The Pinch

This full-day conference is a chance to learn, share experiences, connect with other 'smalls', and think outside the box when it comes to dealing with the enduring challenges the non-profit sector is facing.

Social Prescribing: Who Are The Connectors In Your Community?

A lot of people talk about 'social prescribing' and how it can help individuals and communities. Join this session to learn more about social prescribing 'connectors' and how people in these roles formally and informally can make resources more accessible for everyone who needs them.

Introduction to Fundraising for Beginners Workshop

This session offers a very broad introduction to different kinds of fundraising and how to get started with raising money for your organisation.

Bates Wells – Face to face fundraising: how to stay compliant

If your group is doing any face-to-face fundraising, this informative webinar will talk you through any legal implications involved in this form of fundraising.

How can charity trustees centre lived experience?

Does your organisation have mechanisms to involve and learn from the perspectives of people with lived experience in your field of work? This session will look at different ways to increase lived experience in governance in authentic and non-tokenistic ways.

Black Carers Project Open Day!

The project invites Southwark residents and partners to join us in celebrating our monumental launch. 

Approaches to funding individuals – research launch event

Do you provide financial support to individuals? This report launch event will highlight different funding models and some key steps in establishing a fund for individuals.

The Women’s Night Safety Charter – WAVE, Safe Havens, Charter and “Ask for Angela”

This session covers some key measures being rolled out in Southwark to tackle violence against women and girls across the borough.

Shaping the Future of Black Britain launch event

This youth-led session is the launch for a campaign by the Black Equity Organisation and Operation Black Vote - as the general election nears, this campaign aims to ensure that Black voices are heard, and this influence is felt in shaping the future of our society.

Local SEO fundamentals for Charities

For organisations working closely in their local area, you might need to take specific actions to ensure that you're being found online. this session will help you work out how.

Trustee appraisals: different approaches

This session will look at how a well-known mechanism, appraisals, can be used in the context of unpaid Trustees and non-executive Directors, and how they can make the team more effective.

How trustees can support fundraising of their charity

This panel session will explore what is and isn't useful for Trustees to do to support the organisation with fundraising, including how this looks different whether you have a dedicated fundraising team or the Trustees are fundraising directly.

Digital Boost – PR Strategies For Small Business Owners

Do you want to work your organisation's work publicised more? This session will go through how you can plan to increase PR and media engagement with your group.

Governance made Easy (in-person)

Participants will learn why governance matters, the roles and responsibilities of trustees and how to build a productive board.

SE1 Neighbourhood Networking event

Bringing together VCS groups working around SE1 to build connections, share learning and discuss local challenges and successes.

Can membership organisations be truly representative?

Does your organisation have members with voting rights beyond your Trustees? This session explores how membership organisations can navigate being representative of their members transparently and inclusively.

Communications planning

This practical session will help you creating a simple, workable communications plan you can use to reach the people that matter to you.

Digital Boost – Into The Inbox: Email Deliverability Workshop

Are you sending newsletters or other comms out to people but not sure if they're hitting the inbox or the junk folder? This session will go through some tips to maximise your chances that people will see your emails.

Government Contracts Revealed: Your introduction to government tenders

This session will cover the fundamentals of public procurement and tendering, where the government offers contracts, and what they are looking for in bids.

The Onboarding: induction training for newly appointed Trustees

Are you a charity Trustee and looking for some guidance on your role and responsibilities? This session will cover an overview of what you should be doing if you're new to it and is a great refresher if you've been in the role a while!

Charities Aid Foundation – Is risk management just common sense?

It's best to be prepared: this session explores the importance of identifying and managing potential risks your organisation might face.

How to diversify your charity board

This session will give you a suite of tips and tools you can use to improve the diversity of your Trustee recruitment and reach candidates in minority groups currently under-represented on your Board.

Data Essentials for Raising Voice

Does your organisation have a lot of data that you are collecting through your work? This session for beginners will cover some of the core principles for working with data.

Branding basics: a toolkit to create your brand

Are you looking to build your organisation's brand? This short course will introduce to a range of tools and techniques to create and enhance your brand.

Cyber security basics: an introduction to cybersecurity for everyone

Have you heard about cybersecurity but you're not sure what the threats and risk are or how you can protect your organisation? this session is a clear introduction to all your key questions.

Making an impact as a trustee

This panel discussion will explore how you can use your passion and motivation as a Trustee to make a bigger difference for your organisation.

Ask Us Anything: Effective project management

Do you need a bit of help on projects you're working on? This session will give you some guidance on effective communication, time planning, useful tools and overall project management success.

Leading good Board conversations about finance

Are you responsible for sharing financial information with your Board but you're not sure they're understanding it all? This session will give you some great tools and tips for facilitating better two-way finance conversations.

Help! We need new trustees

Need to recruit some more Trustees for your organisation but need some support with doing it in the best way for your situation? This session is a great introduction to Trustee recruitment, including a free best practice guide provided as a resource.

Government Contract Ready – SSE

Develop your procurement skills and learn from other charities and social enterprises who have successfully won government contracts.

An Introduction to Intellectual Property

Are you wondering how you can protect your work from people who might pass it off as yours? This webinar will go through the basics of intellectual property.

Digital Boost – Founders’ Marketing Strategy

Are you thinking about how your organisation can reach new audiences? This session on putting together a marketing strategy will give you the tools and techniques you need to take your organisation and brand to new heights.

Introduction to Fundraising: Grants

This lunchtime session by Community Southwark will give you everything you need for your organisation to start looking into grant funding from trusts and foundations.

Getting Started with Online Forms and Surveys

Are you looking to gather data from people more efficiently? This session we will look at some of the form and survey tools available and which might be most suitable for your needs.

To infinity and beyond; an introduction to charity finance for trustees

Want to be more confident when Board discussions turn to finances and budget but it's not your specialism? This session is a fantastic introduction to charity finance for non-finance people.

Board diversity clinic

This small group clinic, run by Getting on Board's CEO Penny Wilson, will discuss some of the common barriers organisations face when diversifying their Board.

Introduction to Microsoft Teams

This hands-on session looks at Microsoft Team, a really useful online tool for have video calls, direct messaging and group chats for people in your team.

Southwark Council – Tacking Violence Against Women and Girls

This session covers some key measures being rolled out in Southwark to tackle violence against women and girls across the borough.

Canva designs for your organisation: beginners

This hands-on session is perfect for complete beginnings to the Canva design tool - you'll learn how to create and edit visual designs for flyers, posters and more.

What can trustees do about climate change?

The climate crisis is not just of relevance to trustees of environmental charities - this panel session will discuss what trustees of small/medium sized charities can do about it.

In their own words: a beginner’s guide to audio storytelling

This interactive session will teach some practical skills and tools around collecting audio impact stories from the people your organisation supports, in their own words.

Introduction to Using Data Workshop

This session will give you a strong overview of how your fundraising success can be improved through the use of data, and how to do this.

Hands on: Microsoft 365 forms

If your organisation is using the Microsoft Office suite of products and looking to collect data, this session will show you how to use Microsoft 365 form for this.

Hands on: Google forms

If your organisation is using the Google suite of products and looking to collect data, this session will show you how to use Google forms for this.

Income Diversification – Triceratops Training

This training will help you to explore how you can successfully diversify your organisation's income.

Fundraising In-Tray

Do you have a burning fundraising question? This panel session will be discussing live issues raised by the attendees - everything from ethical fundraising to skills gaps - and what kinds of solutions might work.

Canva for publicity materials

This short, practical training for beginners will help you learn how to creating and edit designs such as social media posts and flyers using Canva.

The Onboarding: induction training for newly appointed Trustees

Are you a charity Trustee and looking for some guidance on your role and responsibilities? This session will cover an overview of what you should be doing if you're new to it and is a great refresher if you've been in the role a while!

Responsible investment: reflecting organisational values in investments

Does your organisation have any financial investments, or have you been thinking about it? This session explores how you can ensure your charity's values are centred in any financial investments you make.

Bates Wells – Corporate fundraising: opportunities and pitfalls

Corporate partnerships can be a great way of raising funds for your organisation - this session will highlight the legal aspects you should be aware of.

Hands on: Transcribing with Otter.ai

Are you having loads of meetings and having to take a lot of of notes? This session will show you Otter.ai, an online tool for audio recordings, notetaking and drawing out themes.

Hands on: Mentimeter

Are you looking at how to make presentations and trainings more interactive? This session looks at Mentimeter, an interactive online tool capturing feedback and incorporating surveys and quizzes.

Recruitment In-tray

Do you have a burning recruitment question? This panel session will be discussing live issues raised by the attendees - everything from where to advertise to why trustees keep leaving - and what kinds of solutions might work.

Cyber security basics: an introduction to cybersecurity for everyone

Have you heard about cybersecurity but you're not sure what the threats and risk are or how you can protect your organisation? this session is a clear introduction to all your key questions.

Organisations in crisis: the role of trustees

Are you dealing with a difficult situation, or have encountered one in the past? This session will help you think about everything from risk assessment and management and crisis responses to understanding your governance responsibilities.

Visualising your postcode data on a map

Do you collect post code data from your beneficiaries or clients? This session will demonstrate some free and easy to use tools to help you put your data on a map.

How will the environmental crises affect people in poverty and experiencing health inequalities in the UK?

This research launch event will look at the impacts of environmental change and associated policies on people in poverty, and those experiencing health inequalities, in the UK, and how we can respond to these impacts.

Hands on: Datawrapper maps

Do you collect post code data from your beneficiaries or clients? This session will demonstrate a tool called Datawrapper to use for putting your data on a map in a really visual way.

Hands on: Google My Maps

Do you collect location data from your beneficiaries or clients? This session will demonstrate Google's mapping program to use for putting your data on a map in a really visual way.

What questions should trustees ask about a charity’s finances?

Are you a Trustee with questions about the organisation's finances but you're not quite sure what the best questions to ask should be? This session presumes no financial knowledge, helping you to work out what you want to ask and how.

Introduction to data protection for small charities

Do you have questions about keeping people's data safe? This introductory session covers the latest data protection laws and how to embed them in your working practices.

An Introduction to Microsoft Excel

This interactive session will give a beginner's introduction to using Microsoft Excel, including creating, formatting and sorting spreadsheets and navigating the different functions.

Microsoft Excel for budgeting

Are you looking for better ways to manage your organisation's budgets? This session will show you how you can use Microsoft Excel to manage specific projects, overall accounts and ongoing financial data.

A risky business: a guide to risk taking for trustees

Do you have questions about risk management for your organisation? This session explores the pros and cons of different organisational approaches to risk management and how to take informed risks.

Excel next steps 1 – Managing your data

This interactive session is for people with some experience in Microsoft Excel - it will look at some useful tools for keeping your data manageable.

Greening your Charity: Eco-tips to help your premises run Cheaper & Greener

Eco-tips to help your premises run Cheaper & Greener

The blurred line: how to navigate the strategic vs the operational

There are many different internal structures for charities - some have Trustees and paid staff, others have only Trustees and volunteers - and it can be challenging to set the right boundaries. Join this panel session to hear how different organisations approach this question.

Excel next steps 2 – Managing and analysing your data

This interactive session is for people with some experience in Microsoft Excel - it will look at some useful tools for analysing your data.

To infinity and beyond; an introduction to charity finance for trustees

Want to be more confident when Board discussions turn to finances and budget but it's not your specialism? This session is a fantastic introduction to charity finance for non-finance people.

Cyber security basics: an introduction to cybersecurity for everyone

Have you heard about cybersecurity but you're not sure what the threats and risk are or how you can protect your organisation? this session is a clear introduction to all your key questions.

Beginners guide to OctopusEmail

Are you keen to send out newsletters or other email campaigns to people interested in your work? This session on OctopusEmail will introduce you to a free platform you can use.

Digital Boost – The ‘Business Model Canvas’ as a Framework

This session is a blend of theory and practice for enhancing your business model and becoming more efficient - join the discussion to learn useful tips and tricks for how you can make your work more efficient.

How to get rid of trustees

Sometimes there are times where it feels like a Trustee's tenure should come to a close, but this is a difficult situation to navigate. This session will look at some of these situations, how they come to be, and what you can do if they do.

Charts and graphs with Excel

Do you have a lot of data to present for different reports and formats, but want to make it visual? This session will show you how to use Microsoft Excel to make charts and graphs.

Analysing your survey data

Do you collect data through surveys, maybe from participants or volunteers? This interactive session will go through some tools and techniques for analysing the data you have to get the most out of it.

Beyond the trustee’s role description

Are you confident in your role as a Trustee for your organisation but want to explore how you can give more? This session looks at how you can go beyond 'good governance' to take your organisation to new levels.

Eco-tips to help you reduce your daily living costs

Find out how to reduce day-to-day living costs using eco-tips.