Building Blocks Learning Events for voluntary and community organisations

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Choosing the most appropriate legal structure for your group – Tuesday 12th November 2013, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This workshop will help you to understand the different legal structures available to voluntary and community organisations. By the end of the workshop you will:

• Understand what a legal structure is
• Understand when to consider adopting a legal structure for your community activity or group
• Know about common legal structures available to voluntary and community organisations
• Know about the new Community Incorporated Organisation legal structure for charities which was introduced by the Charities Act 2006 (now the Charities Act 2011)
• Understand the advantages and disadvantages of common legal structures.

Who can attend:
anyone interested in finding out about legal structures for voluntary and community organisations or anyone thinking about setting up a voluntary or community group.

For more information and to book a place, please click on this eventbrite link. www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8928765177

Effective business planning – Thursday 28th November 2013, 9:30am – 12:30pm
This workshop will help you to explore what makes a good business plan, different reasons for business planning, different business planning processes and tools. By the end of the workshop you will:

• Understand what makes a good business plan
• Understand empowering approaches to developing a plan
• Have identified different reasons for business planning
• Have information about different business planning models
• Have sample business planning tools
• Have had time to reflect on your own organisations planning processes

Who can attend:
committee members, staff or volunteers from voluntary and community organisations (including social enterprises).

For more information and to book a place, please click on this eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8928881525

Understanding how to tender successfully for public service contracts – two day workshop
Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December 2013, 9am – 4:30pm

Tendering for public service contracts is one of many ways of generating income for a voluntary and community organisation (including social enterprises). Your organisation maybe exploring the option of tendering and feel that you would like to know more about commissioning, procurement, how to tender and whether this is right for your organisation.

The purpose of this two day workshop is to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of VCOs interested in tendering for public sector contracts.
The workshop will include presentations by commissioners from Dudley’s Clinical Commissioning Group, Dudley Adult, Communities and Social Care Services, Dudley’s Children’s Services and Dudley Council’s procurement team. They will provide information about local commissioning processes and intentions. The workshop will include the following topics and learning outcomes:

Day One – 9am – 4:30pm (in Netherton)

Session 1 – The Tender Challenge

Enable attendees to develop a better understanding of tendering in a rapidly changing environment and how to respond effectively to this, including developing new business opportunities and making bidding decisions. Key outcomes include:

• Understanding commissioning and procurement
• Considering the current challenges and opportunities faced by voluntary and community organisations and the options available when responding to these
• Considering what organisations can supply and identifying new business opportunities
• Learning how to identify tender opportunities and what factors need to be considered when making a decision to bid
• Understanding local commissioner perspectives and developing a greater understanding of the local policy environment

Session 2 – Writing Winning Bids
Enable attendees to develop a better understanding of how to develop and write winning tender bids, leading towards greater financial sustainability. Key outcomes include:

• Developing an understanding of what a PQQ is and how to be successful with these, including consideration of local requirements
• Developing an understanding of what an ITT is and learn how to write winning tender submissions
• Gaining a greater understanding of what commissioners are looking for, including top tips

Day Two – 9am – 4:30pm (in Brierley Hill)

Session 3 – Finance, Cost and Price

Enable attendees to develop a better understanding of the financial requirements of tendering, and how to cost and price winning tenders. Key outcomes include:

• Developing an understanding of the financial requirements of submitting a tender bid
• Learning how to cost a tender, including undertaking full cost recovery
• Considering the difference between cost and value, and learn about profit and pricing
• Understanding what local commissioners are looking for when assessing financial and cost information in tenders

Session 4 – Collaborating and Selling to Win
Enable attendees to develop a better understanding of collaborative working, how to sell their services and become regular tender winners. Key outcomes include:
• Developing an understanding of collaboration including the pros and cons
• Considering different collaboration models and how these might be developed locally
• Learning the importance of selling to a market, including identifying key strengths and unique selling point
• Understanding how to prepare for and win tender interviews

Who can attend: committee members, staff or volunteers from voluntary and community organisations (including social enterprises).

For more information and to book a place, please contact Kate Green, DCVS, Tel: 01384 573371.
Email:
buildingblocks@dudleycvs.org.uk.
Attendees will be notified of the venue on booking.

Empowering leadership – a two day workshop (in Netherton)
Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd January 2014, 9:30am – 4:00pm

This workshop will help you to explore what leadership is, explore empowering approaches to leadership and will help you to develop your leadership skills. By the end of the workshop you will:

• Have explored what leadership is and the difference between leadership and management
• Understand different leadership styles and models
• Have explored factors that may influence our choice of leadership styles and behaviours
• Have explored different organisational cultures
• Understand what motivates people and how to encourage and unleash creativity in your organisation
• Have learnt about ways that you can make your organisation ‘more like people’ from Liam Barrington-Bush’s book ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ published this year.

Who can attend:
committee members, staff or volunteers from voluntary and community organisations (including social enterprises).

For more information and to book a place, please contact Kate Green, DCVS, Tel: 01384 573371.
Email: buildingblocks@dudleycvs.org.uk.
Attendees will be notified of the venue on booking.

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