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Community Action IW offers regular training programmes each year with workshops and training sessions on a wide variety of topics to support voluntary and community grhyper-local-event (1)oups across the Island:

Please contact us if there are specific training needs for your organisation that you would like us to help with.

Becoming A Trusted Trustee & Good Governance

When: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 09:30 – 16:30

Location: Riverside

Cost: £25

Being a charity Trustee today is a responsible role. What are you obliged to do? What are you allowed to do (or not)? And did you know that you have recently been given some more freedoms … so it might be useful to know how to use them wisely?

If you would like answers to all these questions, please join us for a day’s in-person workshop on 15 November. The workshop’s theme: Becoming a Trusted Trustee. We will cover your legal obligations and liabilities, how Trustees operate, what your leadership role looks like and what constitutes good governance. There will be round-table networking and table-top exercises as well as training segments. You will also get a workbook to take away as a reference tool.

Your facilitator for the day will be Astrid Davies, who worked with the Island’s voluntary sector for a decade and who now runs her own leadership consultancy from the New Forest.

More details and to book: Becoming a Trusted Trustee & Good Governance Tickets, Fri 19th April 2024 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Plan Your Fundraising Strategy

When: Thurs 9th May 10am -1pm

Location: Riverside

Cost: £25

Who should attend: The course will cover the basics of building a successful fundraising strategy. Relevant for new and existing charities who have small or no fundraising teams and want to know how to create or improve their fundraising.

What you will learn:

  • Current dynamics in the fundraising marketplace
  • How to create a successful fundraising strategy for your charity
  • How to create a motivating fundraising proposition and ‘ask’
  • How you chose who to target and why
  • What fundraising channels to consider
  • Interactive exercises to develop your charity’s fundraising plan

Course tutor: David Cheek FIDM, MAA, MIPA, TCA

More details and to book: How to plan your fundraising strategy Tickets, Thurs 9th May 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Bid writing (How to improve the success rate of your funding)

When: 15th May 2024 10:00 – 13:00

Location: Online

Cost: £5

This online training session is designed to help representatives of charitable and not-for-profit organisations to gain the knowledge and skills needed for successful funding applications – in the shortest possible time.

It will cover the following key elements:

– Main stumbling blocks in the funding application process and how to overcome them.

– Theory of change and outcome planning.

– Using the “Goldilocks principle” in preparing funding applications.

– Evidencing the need for your projects.

– Calculating the cost of your projects for funding applications.

– Creating partnerships and alliances to increase the success rate of your funding applications.

Top tips to increase the success rate of your funding applications.

Trainer: Zoryna O’Donnell

Book here:


Employment Law – updates and changes – know your facts

When: Weds 22nd May 2024 09:30 – 15:30

Location: Riverside

Cost: £10

his is a training session for staff and trustees responsible for employing staff in the not for profit sector on the Isle of Wight.

Learning objectives will cover:

1) Update on legal changes that have taken place in the last two years.

2) Update on best practice for employers in particular in light of the changing world of work.

3) Looking to the future what employers need to be aware of on the horizon.

4) Key points to be aware of when things go wrong with employees, how to approach disciplinary and grievance procedures.

The course will be delivered by Alison Colley – Alison Colley | Real Employment Law Advice a Solicitor specialising in Employment Law and founder of Real Employment Advice.

Places are limited so please book to attend.

More details and to book: Coming soon

Refresh your knowledge with these FREE online courses.

Get to grips with what’s required to be an Essential Trustee and develop your Fundraising skills.

Online Training Page

To secure a place on any of our courses please complete and return the Booking Form

Please get in touch if you have any training requirements by emailing us at:

Our e-newsletter is distributed fortnightly and includes a training section. To keep up to date with our training opportunities Register Your Organisation with us.

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