We’re pleased to announce that our training associate Paul Robbins will be delivering some online training courses for us from later this month:
Presentation Skills and Influencing Techniques:  28th and 29th September
How to Write Successful Grant Applications: 12th and 13th October
Project Management in a Day: 19th and 20th October
Selling Strategies and Business Development: 2nd and 3rd November
Find out more: Autumn 2020 training

Training from Red Zebra

Are you a Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation, or thinking about setting up an organisation? Do you have a group of staff, volunteers or trustees who need some training? We can offer bespoke training courses, tailored to your needs and delivered at your premises, on a range of topics including:




 Setting up a group   

  • Choosing an appropriate legal structure
  • Writing a governing document
  • Registering with the Charity Commission or Companies House            

Running your group

  • Forming a management committee
  • Roles and responsibilities of committee members including officers – chair, secretary and treasurer
  • Legal duties of charity trustees and directors of charitable companies and CICs

Effective governance

  • What is governance?
  • Trustee roles, responsibilities and liabilities
  • Charity finance for trustees
  • Measuring and managing risk
  • Governance or management?

Find a Funder     

  • Different types of funding available to community organisations
  • Matching your project to a funder – different funders’ criteria and how they fit with your group
  • Examples of available funding streams and where to start looking
  • Things to think about before you apply

Writing funding applications   

  • Planning your application
  • Gathering and presenting evidence – why is your project needed?
  • Outcomes and impact – what difference will you make?
  • Tips and hints / dos and don’ts.

Recruiting and retaining volunteers

  • Making sure your organisation is volunteer-ready – volunteer policy, agreements, induction
  • Writing interesting and attractive volunteer role descriptions
  • How and where to recruit
  • Developing a volunteer recruitment process
  • Supporting and supervising volunteers

Planning for financial sustainability    

  • Developing a funding strategy and the importance of planning
  • Full cost recovery – what it is and how to achieve it
  • The sustainable income spectrum – income options available to voluntary and community organisations
  • Generating your own income

Basic business planning         

  • The benefits of having a business plan
  • The process of business planning
  • What to include in your plan
  • Tailoring a plan for your needs
Prices start at £200 for a half day, £350 for a full day, for a group of up to 12 people.
Contact us today to find out more: call us on 01227 262313 or email