Digital Leadership for Social Enterprises Course


Commencing 28/03


With all the evidence reinforcing the message that Third Sector leaders need to be embracing digital as part of their strategic thinking and planning, this 20 hr programme over 5 months will bring social enterprise and charity leaders together to develop their digital leadership skills.  Participants meet for one morning per month, explore a range of ideas around digital strategy and develop a digital project plan to tackle an issue in their organisation.


The free programme comprises 5 x 4 hour sessions, delivered by Cosmic’s Social Enterprise Advisor, Helen Vines, and Joint CEO, Kate Doodson, at Clayhill Arts just off the M5 near Bridgwater. The programme starts on 28th March and sessions run one morning per month. The programme is aimed at Social Enterprise and Charity Leaders/Managers who are keen to explore how use of technology can enable their own organisation to:


  • Plan for digital advantage
  • Use digital to streamline processes
  • Enhance productivity and implement change management •Explore options for digital solutions to social need, and •Ultimately, increase your social impact.


NB: It’s not about replacing people and paper with robots.  It is about future-proofing your organisation.  You don’t need to be a “techie” to book on.


Check out the Eventbrite link for further details (, and perhaps talk it through with colleagues – we are happy for you and another colleague to cover the dates between you (as long as you keep each other up to date in between sessions).  If you can’t make it yourselves, it would be a great CPD opportunity for someone else with management responsibility.  Current delegates are full of enthusiasm and inspiration from the sessions – we believe this to be a great head start into 2019!   It will take just a couple of minutes to check your eligibility and register at:


But don’t just take it from me.  Vicky Shipway, CEO of Colebrook SW, shared some of her thoughts about how the programme helped her organisation move forward, not just operationally but also culturally:


Similarly, Mags Taylor from Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) commented: “10 months ago, you wouldn’t imagine it was possible for me, and the charity, to move so far, but the Digital Leadership Programme has given me the foresight, confidence and skills to act now.  We’ve also cut £100k of costs.  The programme has created a charity that is fit for the 21st Century.    Thank You Cosmic!”


And Jon Barrett from the Onion Collective reflected: “The Digital Leadership Programme has enabled us to expand our knowledge – for us and our clients – of what digital can achieve. We have taken opportunities to innovate as a result of the course, and it has given us the confidence to do so. Our reputation for digital will be enhanced and it has helped us to be seen as progressive and evolving digitally.”


Any questions, do get in touch with me at: / 07811 161280.

Small charities: transform your fundraising and governance, just £10-£20

The FSI’s popular small charity training is back in Bristol this 21st March, with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Explore 5 different courses covering topics including fundraising strategy, case for support, corporate relationships and charity leader responsibilities. These courses are heavily subsidised and fill up fast, so book now: