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THE RIGHT START: Involving Volunteers

Who should attend:

This session is aimed at both paid staff and volunteers who support other volunteers within an organisation.


Volunteers are a valuable resource providing the backbone of many community organisations, and without whom, many groups would not exist. This introductory session is a great place to start learning best practice in recruiting, supporting and retaining volunteers.

Topics covered:

• Why people volunteer and the importance of motivation

Getting Started with Legacy Fundraising

A legacy gift will often be the largest single donation a supporter will ever make. Legacies provide around £1.9 billion income for charities every year and the legacy market is experiencing strong growth. All charities no matter how large or small should consider how they can build a legacy income stream into their charity’s funding mix. Understanding why people make such gifts, and how to handle what is often a simultaneously sensitive and daunting topic, will help you tap into this source of funds and boost your charity’s income.

Writing Effective Press Releases


Who should attend:

This course is aimed at anyone who needs to write press releases for their organisation or their project and has limited or no experience in doing so.


A short workshop detailing guidance about how to write effective press releases including:

  • Writing for a target audience

  • The importance of a great headline

  • How to improve chances of an article being published

Walk Leaders wanted in Tamworth

Do you like walking? Would you like to lead a weekly walk? Community Together CIC is looking for volunteers to lead their weekly walks.

Walks go from Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital on a Tuesday 10am until 11am and 1pm until 2pm.  They also run from the Community Hub in the Castle Grounds on a Thursday at 11.30am until 12.30pm.

They are offering FREE Walk Leader training.  In return they ask for you to commit to leading 12 walks over 12 months, only one a month!

New funding for skills, training and employment support in Stoke and Staffs

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Launch of the ESFA 2019-2021 Opt-in programme is being held on Friday, 7 September 2018 from 10:00am to 2.00pm at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone ST15 0NL. This is an opportunity to look at new funding opportunities for skills, training and employment support in Stoke and Staffordshire.

West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit offering FREE Bid Writing Course

West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit are offering free places on a bid writing course, which is aimed at charities and community groups. The course will help you to identify opportunities while providing advice on writing successful applications and exploring the common mistakes made by applicants. The sessions will provide delegates with an insight into the processes of grant makers to understand how grant applications are assessed and improve their chances of success.

The day-long courses will be held in Birmingham city centre, and the dates are : 

•    17th July

Digital skills training for UK charities and community groups

At a time when 45% of charities don’t have a digital strategy, despite more than 70% believing that strengthening their digital skills would help their organisation to grow its network and deliver a more effective strategy*, it is vital that charities are given the support they need to enhance their digital capabilities or they risk being left behind. However, this can often prove difficult for the majority of charities and local community groups when resources and budgets are stretched to their limits.

Giving UK charities and community groups a digital voice

Let’s Work Together – Re-launch of FREE E-Learning Tool

The award nominated e-learning portal for Let’s Work Together is now accessible on the Working Together section of Support Staffordshire’s website.  Please have a look at this valuable free e-learning tool for frontline staff and volunteers in Staffordshire.

Let’s Work Together is a multi-agency initiative to support people to live independently in their own homes.  The organisation working with a client acts as the eyes and ears of multiple organisations and is able to signpost or refer to the services required to help people stay healthy, safe and live independent lives.