Voluntary Centre Services offers training and networking opportunities for staff and volunteers in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, on a wide range of topics. Here’s a summary of the training and events we offer throughout the year.

Training Events

Volunteer Management Workshops
These free series of workshops run for a morning / afternoon a week over 5 consecutive weeks over Zoom.
They take you through the whole journey from thinking about involving volunteers; recruiting volunteers; volunteers and the law; supporting and developing volunteers; and saying goodbye to them
Funding Ready Workshops
This free series of workshops runs for a morning or afternoon over 5 consecutive weeks over Zoom.
They will enable groups to build confidence in submitting a funding application.
Content will include knowing how to research your beneficiaries, learning about funding sources, how to evidence need and proving outcoming.
Project Management
This 3 part workshop running over three 2 hour sessions is aimed at groups with little experience of running a project. It aims to demystify some of the terminology around project management. It will look at project and marketing planning, monitoring systems and how to capture and measure outcomes.
Being a Treasurer
This introductory 2.5 workshop looks at the role of a Treasurer, breaking down barriers and myths about what your responsibilities are within a community group and a charity and what skills you need to take on the role.
We will also look at some simple methods on how to track your
income and expenditure. This workshop is aimed at people wish to become a Treasurer for a community group or charity or current Treasurers who need a confidence boost.
Budgeting for Bids
This 2.5 hour workshop looks at how to compile a project budget for funding
bids considering and recovering hidden expenditure within your organisation
such as management costs, utility bills and office rent.
For anyone who is looking at making a bid or you would like a
refresher on what to consider when setting your budget for bids.
Digital Fundraising
This workshop looks at Digital Fundraising tools you can use to take your fundraising online and how to create campaigns and engage your followers to donate.
Free Online Training for Volunteers and Staff Working within the Charitable Sector
To complement our group training, we are also offer a package of over 70 free online training courses to groups and their volunteers in Lincolnshire.
You can register your volunteers here: Free online training – Lincolnshire Volunteering & Funding
Lincolnshire CVS Courses
Our sister organisation, Lincolnshire CVS also runs some free bitesize courses for community groups including:
– Introduction to Legacy Fundraising
– Introduction to Major Donor Fundraising
– Introduction to Full Cost Recovery
Check out their Eventbrite page for upcoming dates: Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service Events | Eventbrite

Voluntary Sector Forums

Our networking forums rotate on a monthly basis across our 3 districts (Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey) and aims to strengthen and develop the voluntary and community sector in Lincolnshire by bringing staff and volunteers together to share skills, information, experience, good practice, resources and to work collectively on issues of common and minority interest.

Here are the dates for the forums for the rest of 2023:

West LindseyGainsborough Uphills Community Centre, Gainsborough, DN21 1NJ Wednesday 27th September 202310.30am – 12.30pm
LincolnRuston Sports & Social Club, Lincoln, LN6 8RN & Via ZoomTuesday 31st October 202310.30am – 1.30pm (i/c Budgeting for Bids workshop 12.45pm – 1.30pm)
North KestevenSt. Denys Church Hall, Sleaford, NG34 7SHThursday 16th November 202310am – 1pm (i/c Budgeting for Bids workshop 12.15pm – 1pm)
West LindseyGainsborough Uphills Community Centre, Gainsborough, DN21 1NJ Wednesday 13th December 202310.30am – 12.30pm

Book a place at one of our training events or networking forums via Eventbrite.