Trustee Workshop

A half day workshop aimed at experienced trustees who would like to refresh their skills and knowledge, and anyone who is considering getting involved in charity governance, and wants to better understand the role and the responsibilities of a charity trustee.

It will cover some strategies for working well together and being effective as a Board of Trustees, and introduce the Charity Code of Governance. The session will also help you to understand the importance of your governing document and charitable objects, as well as identifying the next steps for development for you as a trustee and for your Board.

It’s being held on Tuesday 26th November in Glastonbury. Tickets are £35.

Find out more here.


Free Peer-to-Peer Leadership Development Programme

Cascading Leadership: supporting peer-to-peer leadership development in the voluntary and community sector

Applications are now open for the Kings Funds’ Cascading Leadership programme, a free peer-to-peer leadership development course for voluntary and community sector organisations working in health and wellbeing. It enables VCS leaders to share their extensive and varied expertise with peers, to talk about some of the challenges they face and to plan new ways of working.

The programme is distinctive in that:

  • those who provide support are themselves leaders in the VCS, so they understand the strengths and challenges organisations face
  • it develops the skills of both those receiving and providing the support
  • those providing the support are supervised and trained by senior staff at The Kings Fund.

Participants can apply to the programme as either a consultant (an established charity leader) or a partner (a leader who is seeking support). Once selected, each consultant is matched with a partner to work with.

The pairs meet regularly over a period of nine months. During these meetings, the partner has the opportunity to work through organisational and leadership issues and receive support. The consultant benefits from being stretched to develop their own leadership and skills, while being trained, supported and supervised by senior staff at The King’s Fund. For both consultants and partners, Cascading Leadership can build confidence, develop skills, expand networks, help organisations tackle major issues and, in some cases, be transformational.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity here.

Community Buildings Training

Community Council for Somerset have recently announced new dates for their programme of training aimed at anybody involved in community buildings.

The full day training events will offer several courses throughout the day on a range of useful topics, including:

  • Trustees roles and responsibilities
  • Funding opportunities and how to write a successful application
  • Meetings and AGMs – how to run them successfully and efficiently
  • Safeguarding and what Trustees need to know and do
  • Working with Parish Councils
  • Marketing and Publicity – how to make a difference

The sessions are taking place across the county, you can find dates, details and booking information here.

Be part of the Sedgemoor Conversation

Spark are working in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council to deliver The Sedgemoor Conversation.

The council recognises that Sedgemoor is changing – communities old and new are changing and forming, and there is a need for them to understand those communities and what support they need. As a result, The Sedgemoor Conversation, a conversation with Sedgemoor communities and locals about the issues and daily challenges that they face, has been created.

Be part of the conversation – the feedback will be used to help shape the Council’s Corporate Strategy, as part of their ongoing commitment to keep the Strategy live and dynamic in the changing times we face.

The Sedgemoor Conversation is being held on Wednesday 6th November from 10am to 12pm at Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater.

Book your free space and take a look at the agenda here.