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Training for voluntary and community organisations

We recognise the incredible contribution made by local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS) in helping people during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

We know that demand on local VCS organisations is increasing and that is having an impact on staffing.

Organisations and individuals are having to adapt and stay ahead of frequent policy changes in a stressful and emotionally challenging environment.

In order to help the sector, the council is supporting VCS organisations with free access to volunteers through our volunteering hub with Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.

We continue to signpost the sector towards local, regional, and national grant schemes, which can help organisations in Tower Hamlets with unexpected costs, loss of income, or new projects.

Support around Covid-19 and digital inclusion training is also available through local, regional, and national programmes. These can help organisations in Tower Hamlets build capacity and become more resilient and financially sustainable.

This page outlines some of the training opportunities available for VCS organisations in Tower Hamlets.

Please contact Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) for any advice and support.

THCVS is offering its member organisations high-quality training, workshops, courses, and events coursesto help them grow stronger and more resilient as organisations.

Available opportunities

Training your volunteers - a flexible approach

Date: Thursday 29 April 2021
Time: 10.30am  1pm

Well trained volunteers are a vital part of delivering services, now and in the future. Is your volunteer training as effective and agile as it could be?

Many organisations have moved their volunteer training online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

While it looks like there might soon be a way out of the restrictions, organisations may benefit from considering a blended, flexible approach that includes both digital and face-to-face training.

This could have many advantages: freeing up staff time, being prepared for any future restrictions, and providing flexibility for volunteers who might struggle to attend face-to-face sessions. 

Book a place on the training your volunteer session.

Setting up your not for profit right!

15 April 2021
12  1pm

Book a place on the setting up your NFP right session

If you are looking to set up a charity, not for profit company, or community interest company then this short online session can help. In this free online session, we will explore:

  • the different types of structures for setting up good cause organisations
  • we will look at the process of registering your organisation with the appropriate regulator
  • and look at what else you need to do when setting up an organisation.

Suitable for trustees, staff and volunteers of small charities.

Cyber resilience training for small charities

22 April 2021
10.30am  12.30pm

Book a place on the cyber resilience training for small charities session

Tickets £5

The shifts in our daily routines and the huge increase in how and when we use technology and online services are a result of the Coronavirus disruption have brought cyber resilience concerns and worries to the forefront of many people’s minds.

We know that the rapid and often drastic changes over the last months have often come faster and more unexpected than many would have liked. It's no secret that the topic of cyber resilience can be overwhelming. Even the best guidance can be difficult to make sense of in real life.

But embracing technology, going digital and living increasingly online can be done securely and there are people there to help you do it.

To make sure you feel confident about your charities’ cyber resilience, Small Charities Coalition has teamed up with global cyber security and risk mitigation advisers NCC Group to offer this Cyber Resilience training for its members.

Anyone can be affected by online attacks and we want to make it easy as possible for smaller charities to make sense of it. Also to defend themselves from cyber-attacks in the best possible way.

Small Charities Budgeting: What’s it going to cost?

23 April 2021
10  11.30am

Book a place on small charities budgeting session

It is tricky to work out how to translate what you are going to do into how much it is going to cost; particularly at the moment when there are so many unknowns.

This 90-minute session will revisit the principles of budgeting and look at:

  • why writing a budget is useful
  • who to involve in building it
  • how to do it – ideas, tips and signposts.

The session includes plenty of opportunity to ask about your budgeting queries. There is only time for a brief reference to full cost recovery and allocation of project costs.

If this is a popular topic we can provide specific training at a later date.

The session is led by Rachel Cooper and Liz Pepler, two experienced charity finance professionals with over 40 years combined experience in the sector.

This session will be of interest to those managing the finances of small charities, be they employed staff or trustees.

Safeguarding awareness session

17 May 2021

10am – 11.30am

THCVS are working with us and the voluntary sector to support vulnerable adults at risk of harm with a safeguarding adults session.

The session will be led by Sarah Murphy Senior Strategic Safeguarding Lead for Adults at Tower Hamlets council.

Adults at risk of harm are sometimes referred to as a "vulnerable adults". They’re adults who are (or may be) in need of community care services. This can be due to disability, age or illness - and are unable (or may be) unable to take care or protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.

This includes people who are temporarily in this position as well as those to whom it applies, long-term. 

This session is targeted at your organisation if you work with adults and you would like an update on safeguarding. Also if you want to understand the system for reporting any concerns you may have. 

For further information please contact Alison.robert@thcvs.org.uk.

Book your place.