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RenSEN Newsletter - 12 March


RenSEN - Network Meeting

Save the Date / 19 March – Our next (in-person) RenSEN meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 19 March (6:30pm to 8:30pm) and will take place at The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley.  (PA1 2DB).  Join with other RenSEN members and discover the benefits of networking!  Plus, we’ll be highlighting local initiatives planned for 2024.  An agenda for the event is attached.  Book your place now by emailing Iain Cunningham or Tania Morlan

An agenda for the event is attached here

 

Dates for your diary 

  • 19 March – An introduction to social investment – In this one-hour session, Social Investment Scotland will take you through what social investment, who social investment for and how it can help your organisation. 
  • 20 March – Networking to open doors – A networking event for SCVO members taking place at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
  • Commencing 21 March – Introduction to Chayn’s online trauma support service (Third Sector Lab) – A two-part webinar ‘designed to support gender-based violence organisations to apply learning and elements from Bloom to their own work’.
  • 28 March - Volunteer Scotland’s information session on Investing in Volunteers (IiV) – Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.
  • 16 May – All-Energy 2024 – This two-day event at the SEC provides an opportunity to meet, network and make connections with the renewable energy community with two days of uninterrupted business. As part of the event there will be a ‘Community and Local Energy Show’ which is free to attend and will cover topics including community owned projects, decarbonising community buildings, and community owned generation.

 

Social Enterprise Learning 

Social Enterprise Learning Webinars (for social enterprises at all stages)

Enhancing Digital Skills

13 March – Planning and scheduling online content (online / Business Gateway)
14 March – An introduction to websites and what you need to consider (online / Business Gateway)
18 March – How to build a digital marketing plan (online / Business Gateway)
18 March – Social Media (online / Third Sector Lab)
21 March – Effective use of social media (online / Business Gateway)
21 March – Social media fundamentals (online / SCVO) Fees apply
25 March – Facebook for business (online / Business Gateway)
29 March – Blogging for business (online / Business Gateway)
18 and 25 April – Save the date for these Third Sector Lab webinars on TikTok for Charities

Other links and resources
Third Sector Lab – provide digital training to third sector organisations.  You can subscribe to receive their training updates here.
Social media for business (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Producing engaging digital content (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Digital marketing strategy (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Digital Strategy – Watch-again webinar from Third Sector Lab
Cyber resilience and practical tips – online resource from ACOSVO
AI for charity communications – Watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Choosing cloud services – A watch again video from Third Sector Lab
Cloud essentials 101 – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Google Ads for non-profits – A 3-part video from Third Sector Lab
A digital strategy – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Social Media strategy – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Getting the most out of Instagram – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
An introduction to Looker Studio – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
An introduction to Looker Studio (a free data visualisation tool) – Online guide from Business Gateway
Creating graphics using Canva – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab


Governance & Leadership
13 March – Sprints: How to focus your efforts and learn loads in a week (free online webinar / SCVO)
18 March – Creating great teamwork (online / SCVO) Fees apply
20 March – How to strengthen team collaboration (free online webinar / SCVO)
25 March – How to work collaboratively (free online webinar / SCVO)
26 March – How to carry out incremental tests that have a big impact (free online webinar / SCVO)
27 March – Adapt and develop your management skills (online / SCVO) Fees apply
28 March – Strategic Planning for Social Enterprises (online / Just Enterprise)
16 April – How to identify and learn from mistakes (online / SCVO) Fees apply
24 April – Introduction to people management (online / SCVO) Fees apply – Waiting list in operation
08 May – Guide to good governance: Effective Board meetings (online / SCVO) Fees apply
Commencing 08 May – Managing with purpose (online course / SCVO) Fees apply
15 May – Guide to good governance: Defining strategy (online / SCVO) Fees apply
22 May – Guide to good governance: Board and Staff Relationships (online / SCVO)  Fees apply

Other links and resources
Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations (Volunteer Scotland and The Open University)
Collaborative Leadership in voluntary organisations (Volunteer Scotland and The Open University)
5 tips for robust and innovative heritage organisations (Heritage Lottery Fund)
Leadership coaching sessions online (Social Enterprise Academy)
Online resources for Chairs of Boards (ACSVO)
Governance Health-check for Chairs – online resource (ACOSVO and Turcan Connell)
The Informed Trustee is an online course which can be completed over 50 hours of self-directed study.  Follow this link to find the STEP Informed Trustee programme
Third Sector Governance Forum – has range of information for leaders of voluntary sector organisations including Board Behaviour and guidance for Board Meetings
5 tips to improve Board effectiveness – PDF / East Primetimers Foundation
Becoming a SCIO – an online guide (OSCR)
Trustee Duties – an online guide (OSCR)
Take SCVO’s Good Governance Check-up to find ways to improve your organisation’s governance
The Scottish Governance Code
Employee wellbeing – an online tutorial (Business Gateway)
Dos and Donts of incorporating a CIC  - Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
Setting up a CIC – Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
CIC forms and step by step guides – Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
‘How to prepare for your CIC journey’view the recording here - The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
Involving young people in organisational governance: A good practice guide (PDF) - The National Lottery Community Fund
Open, Learn, Create – Online portal to access free learning courses on a variety of subjects.
Social Shifters – Access to ‘Elearning, videos and downloadable digital tools to help to take action on the social and environmental issues that matter to you most!’


Social Enterprise Essentials
13 March – Budgeting for your organisation (online / Just Enterprise)
13 March – Sprints: How to focus your efforts and learn loads in a week (free online webinar / SCVO)
14 March – Making a good grant application (online / Just Enterprise)
19 March – Benefits of running a sustainable business (online / Business Gateway)
20 March – Writing a successful funding application (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
21 March – Low cost guide to marketing your business (online / Business Gateway)
26 March – Comms and marketing made easy (online / SCVO) Fees apply
28 March – Strategic planning for social enterprises (online / Just Enterprise)
28 March – People and HR: recruitment and retention (online / Business Gateway)
25 April – Introduction to data management / GDPR (online / SCVO) Fees apply
10 May – Getting started with fundraising (online / SCVO) Fees apply
Commencing 04 June – Introduction to project management (online / SCVO) Fees apply

Other links and resources 
Contingency planning (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Bringing your idea to life (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Marketing (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Renting business premises (online guide / Business Gateway)
Choosing business premises (online guide / Business Gateway)
Market research for start-ups (video / Just Enterprise)
Which policies do you need (video for start-ups / Just Enterprise)
An introduction to branding (for start-ups) (video / Just Enterprise)
Developing your brand story (PDF / Social Enterprise Academy)
A step by step guide to evaluation – online resource / Evaluation Support Scotland
Renfrewshire Council - If you would like to find out how external funding support can assist your organisation to develop, contact Renfrewshire Council’s Funding and Development Officer
Engage Renfrewshire – Provides support to identify the right funding for all types of community organisations.  Contact Engage Renfrewshire’s Funding & Organisational Development Officer for more information
SCVO – has an online guide to finding funding including a funding glossary
GCVS – has quick guide videos on fundraising and a Scotland-wide funding advice service
Chartered Institute of Fundraising – online resources to help improve your grant writing skills  
Fundraising Essentials – online guide / Chartered Institute of Fundraising
Fundraising Guidance for Charity Trustees – online guide / OSCR
Inspiring Fundraising – an online resource for Scotland’s heritage sector


Volunteering
28 March - Information session on Volunteering Quality Standards (online / Volunteer Scotland)
Other resources
Developing a volunteer charter for your organisation – Self-directed learning programme (Volunteer Scotland and The Open University)
Involving Volunteers – Self-directed learning programme (Volunteer Scotland and The Open University)
Make Your Mark – Created with support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, this resource encourages access to heritage volunteering.  Access the Make Your Mark Inclusive Volunteering Toolkit here.
Advertise volunteer opportunities including vacancies for Trustees (Volunteer Scotland)
Scottish Government’s Volunteering Action Plan
Managing Volunteers – online resource from SCVO
Engage Renfrewshire – Volunteer support and resources



Business Planning
20 March – How to write and develop your business plan
Pre-recorded Tutorials
Business planning (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Boost your opportunities with a sustainability strategy (Blog / Supplier Development Programme
Becoming VISIBLE – online resource (Evaluation Support Scotland) covering seven key elements in the VISIBLE standards: Voice, Independent, Service, Initiator, Builder, Local and Engage


Monitoring and Evaluation
Commencing 23 May – Plan, measure and report social impact (online / SCVO) Fees apply
Online resources
Impact Measurement – A watch-again recording from Third Sector Lab
Monitoring Wellbeing – (PDF) A learning insight from The National Lottery Community Fund
Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF) – Access TSRF research on a range of topics including: Dissemination, Influencing Change, Public Involvement, Research Ethics
SCVO Evidence Library – This is an online resource.  The library signposts to research and evidence produced by, or on, the voluntary sector. For further information email: research@scvo.scot.
Business Gateway Research Service – ‘desk-based research and subscribe to all of the relevant databases that supply up-to-date, reliable, premium data – saving you time and money’.
Volunteer Scotland – Range of online research publications can be found here
Volunteer Scotland – PDF guides available for downloading Top Tips for evaluating data / Top Tips for presenting data / Calculating the economic value of volunteering / Volunteering Impact Measurement



Income Generation/Procurement
13 March  – Budgeting for your organisation (online / Just Enterprise)
14 March – Getting your business tender ready (online / Supplier Development Programme)
14 and 21 March – How to win contracts and service level agreements (online / SCVO) Fees apply
15 March – How to generate and increase sales (online / Business Gateway)
19 March – Preparing for social investment (online / Just Enterprise)
19 March – Planning your bid: Time and Resources (online / Supplier Development Programme)
20 March – Preparing for social investment (online / Just Enterprise)
20 March – Charitable Trading (online / Just Enterprise)
24 April  – Finding new customers and making more sales (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
08 May – Working with the public sector (online / Supplier Development Programme)
16 May – How to find and bid for contractors (online / Supplier Development Programme)
21 May – Getting your business tender ready (online / Supplier Development Programme)
Other links and resources
Charities and Trading – online guide / OSCR
Dealing with the basics of gift aid – online guide / Chartered Institute of Fundraising
This online article from NCVO addresses ways to increase or change your income
Procurement Support for social enterprises / e-learning programme (Supplier Development Scotland)
Trading online – What you need to know (online guide / Business Gateway)
Routes to market for goods/services provided by Supported Businesses (Article / Supplier Development Programme)
Creating a Single Procurement Document on PCS (video / Supplier Development Scotland)
Public Contract Scotland User Guides can be found here
How do I get selected for a Quick Quote (PDF guide / Supplier Development Scotland)
What is a supplier alert profile? (PDF guide / Supplier Development Scotland)
Supplying to the public sector (PDF guide / Supplier Development Scotland)
Corporate fundraising – online guide / Chartered Institute of Fundraising


Business Finance
20 March – Social investment readiness (online / Social Investment Scotland
Other links and resources
Increase your profitability - Online guide / Business Gateway
Charity accounting – Online guide / OSCR
Community Shares Scotland
Scottish Communities Finance

 


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