GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is EU legislation that will provide a single data protection law for all EU countries. GDPR will come into effect for the UK on 25th May 2018. GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act, and may represent a significant change for organisations that hold and process personal data.

Charities, community centres, and other community groups will have to comply with GDPR just as businesses will. If your organisation holds personal data, such as contact information, bank account or credit card information, information about ethnicity or religious belief – then the new regulations will apply to you.

This course is organised by Voluntary Action Swindon and delivered by Aris Tsontzos, Head of Data, League Against Cruel Sports.

The course will cover:

And will include time for questions and answers.

The course costs £25 and will take place at Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT on 24th November from 10am – 12 noon.

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Swindon Money Matters are running a seminar on financial inclusion on Thursday 6th April at Broadgreen Community Centre. The session promises to be informative and useful with a number of agencies presenting.

If you wish to attend please e-mail ahill2@swindon.gov.uk, with for each attendee:

Confirmation will be sent to all attendees on Tuesday 4th April.

Agenda

9.00am ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION: Tea & Coffee
9.30 am Andrew Hill (SBC) – Welcome and introduction
9.35 am Andrew Hill (SBC) – Update on SBC FI work
9.50 am Sharon West and Alan Hedges (DWP) – The in work progression programme
Sandra Basram (DWP) – The role of disability employment advisors
10.35 am Luke Jones & Michelle Di Lella (MIND) – The impact of mental health on financial security
11.00 am BREAK Tea & Coffee and Market Place
11.20 am Lucija MacIntosh (Citizen Advice) – Banking options for people facing financial difficulty
11.50 pm Jon Yates (Wiltshire Community Foundation) – Building Bridges Programme
12.30 pm Dawn Dixon – (Swindon Advocacy Movement) – Giving a voice to those in financial need
1pm NETWORKING & END

Involve Swindon in partnership with Monahans, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, invite you to attend a charity update session delivered by James Gare, Partner at Monahans specialising in the not for profit sector. The session will cover topics such as:

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with issues that charity managers and trustees need to be aware of and to get the chance to ask questions of an expert with many years’ experience advising the not for profit sector.

Date: Thurs 6th April, 2017
Time: 09.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John St, SN1 1RT
Cost: FREE

To book your place please email info@vas-swindon.org or call VAS reception on 01793 538398

Date: Tuesday 7th March 2017
Venue: eBECS Training Suite, South Marston Park, Swindon, SN3 4TN
Cost: None
Arrive: 09:30 for a 10:00 start
Close: 16:00
Note: Lunch is provided free of charge

Free sales training is available for any interested organisations and individuals within the Swindon charitable and voluntary community.

Although it may feel at odds with our day-to-day work, ‘selling’ and good customer relationship management (CRM) are critical factors in running a successful charity. Apart from the obvious and actual selling of goods in charity shops, for example, there are several other ways in which we benefit from utilising sales and CRM techniques:

Packaging and selling your story to potential funders and getting ‘buy-in’; Showcasing the work you do to demonstrate impact; Getting your foot in the door and forging new and prosperous relationships with local business; Building and strengthening existing relationships to ensure continued and increased support; Converting or ‘upselling’ opportunities to maximise income potential.

All of the above is ultimately about generating more interest, support and income for the charitable work you do, enabling you to make a greater difference with your beneficiaries.

Training will be delivered by Sales Executives from eBECS, who have kindly offered to deliver and host this session for free at their bespoke training facility in South Marston. eBECS are the 4-time winners of “Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year UK”, are a global Microsoft Partner, have offices spread across the globe and an annual business turnover of £30m+

Proposed Agenda:

Spaces are limited to 16; one place per organisation.

To book a place, or make an enquiry, please email Mike Smith at West Swindon Family Centre on mike.smith@westswindoncc.org

Free sales and CRM training opportunity for the Swindon charitable and voluntary community.

Date: TBC.

Venue: eBECS Training Suite, South Marston Park, Swindon.

Free sales training will be available in the new year for any interested organisations and individuals within the Swindon charitable and voluntary community.

Although it may feel at odds with charities’ day-to-day work, ‘selling’ and good customer relationship management (CRM) are critical factors in running a successful charity. Apart from the obvious and actual selling of goods in charity shops, for example, there are several other ways in which charities can benefit from utilising sales and CRM techniques:

Packaging and selling your story to potential funders and getting ‘buy-in’; Showcasing the work you do to demonstrate impact; Getting your foot in the door and forging new and prosperous relationships with local business; Building and strengthening existing relationships to ensure continued and increased support; Converting or ‘upselling’ opportunities to maximise income potential.

All of the above is ultimately about generating more interest, support and income for the charitable work you do, enabling you to make a greater difference with your beneficiaries.

Training will be delivered by Sales Executives from eBECS, who have kindly offered to deliver and host this session for free at their bespoke training facility in South Marston. eBECS are the 4-time winners of “Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year UK”, are a global Microsoft Partner, have offices spread across the globe and an annual business turnover of £30m+.

To register an interest in this training opportunity, please email Mike Smith at West Swindon Family Centre on mike.smith@westswindoncc.org

Mike will work with all interested parties to help uncover what particular aspects of sales and CRM training would be most beneficial and liaise with eBECS with the aim, wherever possible, to shape the training to fit the need.

Is your charity at risk?

It could be if you don’t have the right legal structure!

Do you know what your organisation and its trustees could potentially be held liable for?

Attend this course on charity legal structures, and in two hours you will know what you need to be sure you are running your organisation properly.

The course is run by Tessa Hennessy, a solicitor who specialises in advising a range of voluntary and community organisations on governance and regulatory issues. She will address topics such as:

There will be opportunities to ask questions.

Where: Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT
When: Tuesday 12th July, 10am – 12 noon
Cost: £15 per attendee
To book: Contact Voluntary Action Swindon on 01793 538398 or info@vas-swindon.org

Jigsaw PiecesJane Butler of Voluntary Action Swindon will be talking about the role of Charity Trustees (also known as Committee Members or Board Members) at VAS on Tuesday 12th April, from 9:30am – 1pm.

This talk will be helpful for existing Trustees and those considering becoming involved with a charity. It will take the form of a presentation with lots of time for questions.

Attendees will:

To book a place, please email info@vas-swindon.org, call us on 01793 538 398, or use our online booking form.

The voluntary sector faces special challenges as employers, including fixed term funding, reliance on volunteers, governance by unpaid trustees, and limited resources to handle human resources.

Focused on the specific needs of the voluntary sector, this training will cover:

The course will take place at Voluntary Action Swindon on the 4th April 2016, 10am – 12 noon.

The course will be run by Paul Archer, who worked as an employment lawyer at Wiltshire Law Centre and Lemon & Co Solicitors for more than 25 years and has worked closely with and for the voluntary sector.

Cost: £15

You can book onto the course via the form on our training page. Alternatively, call us on 01793 538398 or email info@vas-swindon.org

Jigsaw PiecesJane Butler of Voluntary Action Swindon will be talking about the role of Charity Trustees (also known as Committee Members or Board Members) at Savernake Street Social Hall on Monday 25th January, from 7:30 – 9pm.

This talk will be helpful for existing Trustees and those considering becoming involved with a charity. It will take the form of a presentation with lots of time for questions.

Attendees will:

To book a place, please email eastcottcommunity@yahoo.co.uk

Heritage Lottery Fund
Information Event for Equalities Groups
Thursday 28th January 2016 10am – 2pm
Voluntary Action Swindon

heritage

Voluntary Action Swindon are working with Heritage Lottery Fund to host an HLF Information Event for equalities groups.

HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3000 that actively involve people in heritage. This can include, amongst other things: cultural traditions; histories of people, communities, places or events; languages and dialects; people’s memories and experiences.

HLF is keen to support the development of projects from groups working with people:

This event will tell you more about HLF’s Sharing Heritage; First World War: then and now; Young Roots and Our Heritage funding programmes and some of the inspiring projects which equalities groups are running using HLF funding.

Angie McTiernan, a HLF Development Officer will unpack the HLF:

There will be a practical exercise, an opportunity to ask questions, discuss potential projects and meet other groups.

After lunch there will be:

A limited number of 1:1 HLF surgeries for groups to discuss your heritage project ideas. 1:1 surgery slots need to be booked in advance; please email Angela.McTiernan@hlf.org.uk by Friday January 8th 2016, with a contact phone number and a brief description of your heritage project idea.

To book your place at the event:

You can use our online booking form on our Training Courses page. Alternatively, contact VAS on 01793 538398 or email info@vas-swindon.org