Providing quality training for VCSE organisations

Our experienced trainers can deliver a range of courses and workshops to meet your training needs.

We also work closely with other local training providers to ensure that voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can access high quality training opportunities.

Red Zebra training

for VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector organisations

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

 Contact us today to find out more:

call Sue Tucker on 01227 262313 or email

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