FREEbies: help, resources & training
Edition 11 – Wednesday 3 June
Social data and the third sector: evidence, skills and tools
Do you struggle to find the data to demonstrate need in your community or show the impact of your work? When you find the data do you have the skills to analyse it? In July, the UK Data Service is running a series of three free introductory online workshops aimed at supporting you to access and use quantitative data relevant.
Workshop 1. Evidence and impact using census data
2 July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30
Workshop 2. Data skills: understanding survey data
9 July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30
Workshop 3. Telling a story with data
16 July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30
Planning for the next normal in the non-profit sector
18 June, 11:00
Many charities have been affected by the pandemic, seeing their income fall and demand for services rise. So what steps can they take next? On June 18th, Third Sector will be joined by a panel of charity CEOs discussing their approach to planning for changing times and for the road to recovery.
Click here to sign up
Board leadership: Supporting your charity through the next phase of the pandemic
5 June | 11.00
Edition 10 – Thursday 28 May
Community PR Initiative
As a result of seeing a feature in our newsletter, Citizens Advice Southampton got in touch with the Community PR initiative and now have two PR professionals working with them on a voluntary basis. “They are absolutely brilliant! They’re helping us with everything from scheduling social media posts and increasing our reach on social media, through to how to engage effectively with local press and broadcast channels.”
We are really chuffed to get this feedback. Please tell us if this newsletter has helped you too.
University of Portsmouth are holding an online event on 11th June 2-4pm, focussing on harnessing the positives from changing times.
- Madeline Petrow – CEO & Co-Founder at MAMOQ
- Lisa Pascoe – Intuitive coach and host of The Bravehearts Rising Podcast
- Rosaria Barreto- Founder of Vitality Hub
- Naomi Gibbs – Founder of Portsmouth Costumiers
- Eloise Houghton – Founder of Fat Stacks
Edition 9 – Wednesday 20 May
Financial management during Covid-19
27 May, 10.00
Join NCVO and the Charity Finance Group to get tips on financial reporting, using reserves, budgeting and scenario planning.
Navigating loan finance during Covid-19
27 May, 14.00
With many charities experiencing a decline in income as a result of the Covid-19, there are many finance options that may be able to support your organisation. Join Good Finance’s webinar when they’ll discuss what’s available.
Assessing health & safety risks in uncertain times
20 May, 10.00
Zurich is hosting a free webinar to discuss the importance of risk assessments and appropriate measures, which organisations can adopt, during the Covid-19pandemic.
Croner’s webinar schedule for May
Croner (the HR specialists) is running a series of free webinars to support organisations to manage their HR operational capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Take a look at the webinar schedule for May and include ‘NCVO’ when you register.
Covid-19 and charity fraud
Charities can access a free webinar produced by the Fraud Advisory Panel and the Charity Commission on Covid-19 and charity fraud. This webinar highlights some of the common ways that charities may be affected by fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic and provide some simple prevention tips.
Lockdown learning opportunities for charities
A bunch of online training and resources for charities to learn new skills, or for people who are furloughed & want to do some professional development. It includes all sorts of content from: developing a brand identity, to managing a CRM, to essential project management. Most are free, but some are webinars on specific dates, so don’t dally. [I want to learn some scary new skills, so please let me know any recommendations]
Phoenix Software have produced a webcast on how charities can use Microsoft Teams [I’ve just googled. Apparently a webcast is like a webinar, but a webinar is 100% online, whereas a webcast is a broadcast of an existing (physical) event. So there you go!]
Get direct support from businesses
If your organisation urgently needs support to help respond to Covid-19, Volunteering Matters has created a platform to help connect voluntary organisations with businesses that have come forward to support charities with their skills and expertise.
Edition 8 – Wednesday 13 May
Two recent webinars available to watch again
- What are the key things trustees need to focus on?
- Involving volunteers during the pandemic – what you need to know
How to involve and safeguard your volunteers during Covid-19
14 May | 14.00
Common volunteering roles, key safeguarding principles and well-being tips.
NCVO / Zurich webinar: Assessing risk in uncertain times
20 May | 10.00
We’ll explain the importance of risk assessments and how effective ones can show that appropriate measures are being adopted pandemic.
Making decisions in tough times
11 June | 14.00
How to balance immediate and strategic choices, and how to make good decisions in a time of crisis.
Rapid Response Mentoring Programme
Solent LEP are working with Be the Business to bring their new Rapid Response Mentoring Programme to the Solent area. The programme has been designed by Be the Business to help support business owners through the pandemic. Solent SMEs with six or more full time employees and an annual turnover of at least £1m can access the knowledge and expertise of a senior corporate mentor for free. More senior business mentors are currently being sought from across the area – to apply to become a mentor or mentee see here
Edition 7 – Wednesday 6 May
Support for Community Businesses
The Plunkett Foundation is offering a dedicated package of free Covid-19 support (funded by Co-op) for open and trading community businesses, as well as developing groups that have been affected by the pandemic. All forms of community business – woodlands, farms, bakeries, pubs and shops – can get support, advice and guidance from Plunkett on a range of issues including applying for funding and reviewing business plans.
“Plunkett & our network of advisers want to ensure community businesses won’t just survive but continue to thrive in the future”. James Alcock, CEO
On Road Media, founded by SSE Fellow Nathalie McDermott, have produced ‘Better Stories: How to support people to do great media interviews’. It draws on over 10 years of expertise in bringing people with personal experience of social issues together with journalists to collaborate on fresh, more nuanced content, in safe and strategic way. Sections include: Feeling good and ready to do media work, Preparing for interviews, The magic of pitching, Framing your issue during Covid-19, Payment, and more.
Cycling key workers
Two of our wonderful School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Fellows: Bespoke Biking (Winchester) and Monty’s Bike Hub (Southampton) have received funding from The Big Bike Revival to help support Key Workers who are using bicycles to get around.
Bespoke Biking (Winchester)
Free labour for key workers’ bike repairs on Thursdays at their Bike Hub in Winchester (Between Poundland and Sainsburys.) Also refurbished bikes or bikes for hire. Email us for an appointment
Monty’s Bike Hub (East Southampton)
Free bike fixing or 50% off a recycled bike and accessories. Get in touch by email
Third Sector have made their Fundraising Conference on 20th + 21st May free to all registered charities. There is loads of good content on offer. At the time of writing, they had actually paused new registrations but you can complete a form and they will let you know once registration is reopened. Find out more here
Good Finance webinar
Good Finance are hosting a webinar on 13 May. The webinar will be exploring sources of loan finance & other funding that could be relevant to you. This includes the Government’s Bounce Back Loans and CBILS (including the new Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund). More information here
Freelance service offers free support for charities during coronavirus crisis
Blume, which connects freelance professionals of many varieties with charities, says it is offering 1,000 hours of free support from experienced charity accountants, HR professionals, fundraisers, copywriters and office administrators. It is offering each charity up to 16 hours – or two days – of free support. For more information click here
Blume says it will reply to enquiries within one working day to discuss what is needed, and will then match each charity with what it calls “a Blumer”, who will be able to begin work immediately.
Edition 6 – Wednesday 29 April
Free webinars from NCVO
Governing during a pandemic: What are key things trustees need to be focused on?
30 April | 15.00
What trustees’ priorities should be right now, top tips for remote working, key legal and regulatory updates to think about, and how to begin to plan for the future.
Involving volunteers during the pandemic: What you need to know
5 May | 10.00
Top tips on involving and supporting volunteers and an overview of the practical guidance and support available.
How to involve and safeguard your volunteers during coronavirus
14 May | 14.00
We’ll bring you up to date on common volunteering roles, key safeguarding principles and well-being tips for your volunteers.
Making decisions in tough times
11 June | 14.00
For trustees and senior leaders. We’ll explain the big strategic challenges and decisions (and some opportunities) facing charities, how to balance immediate and strategic choices, and how to make good decisions in a time of crisis.
NHS Updates automatically to your website
If you would like to find out how to get the accurate, up to date coronavirus information and advice from the NHS website in to your website, product or service, please click here
Interactive map of local producers
South Downs National Park Authority has opened an interactive map with details of food suppliers, local producers, farm shops and community support groups active in the area. Contact South Downs if you would like your organisation to be added.
Safeguarding support services
The impact of social distancing and keeping staff safe affects how organisations can respond to safeguarding concerns. There has been an increase in the reports of domestic abuse, and there is an increased risk for vulnerable children and young people during the COVID-19 lockdown. To support and maintain your organisational safeguarding governance responsibilities, Leonard Consultancy has a range of specific COVID-19 services to assist staff in meeting their safeguarding obligations.
Guidance for closure of buildings
Many organisations are facing challenges as buildings are forced to close or operate on a limited basis going forward. Zurich has created guidance on how to deal with temporary closures of premises.
Edition 5 – Wednesday 22 April
The Community PR Initiative is offering free communications support to VCSE organisations that are struggling against the background of coronavirus and staff on furlough. Charities and community groups can apply for PR support through the website by filling in a short form.
Digital Fundraising for Small Charities
Reason Digital have produced a handy guide for small charities trying to raise money (in a hurry) during the pandemic. Sign up for the guide here
Over the past few weeks, communities have rallied together to combat isolation and find new and innovative ways to adapt to their new everyday life. JustGiving have taken some of these ideas and turned them into community fundraising projects you can use and share with your supporters. They’ve included ready-made guides to help people get started including creating virtual quizzes, coffee mornings, livestream bake offs, sharing your skills with others like teaching guitar or a fitness class etc.
Edition 3 – Wednesday 8 April
Support for you and your colleagues
Mental Health at Work have published a range of toolkits for supporting colleagues, employees and your own self-care.
FREE webinar workshops
Incuhive (the lovely people who share Action Hampshire’s offices) have arranged a series of Zoom business workshops, free for all Hampshire based organisations. Throughout April & May, from “Facebook for business” to “mental health and your business”
FREE HR helpline
Croner’s free HR helpline is now available for all voluntary sector organisations. Call 0844 561 8133 and state the name of your organisation.
NEW Evaluating under fire: managing impact during coronavirus
NCVO’s evaluation services team head Sally Cupitt explains why rather than putting it aside, continuing with your evaluation work can help you make the best decisions for your charity during the crisis.
Cranfield Trust is here to help
Whether you’d like a phone call to talk through your problems and challenges generally, or specific advice on finance, HR or other management topics, their 1,200 volunteers – management professionals – are ready and waiting to provide support. [And what’s better – they’re based in Romsey, Hampshire!] Please get in touch – either via their website form, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01794 830338 – and we’ll do our best to find the right help for you.
Edition 2 – Wednesday 1 April
Resources for Youth Organisations
The National Youth Agency and UK Youth have created a resource website for youth workers and those working with young people, offering guidance and updates. The website sections include “keep calm”, “be safe” and “stay connected”. There are signposting links that include guidance for youth workers and resources for young people. The website can be accessed here.
Free ‘fiscal hosting’
The Social Change Agency is offering a way for grass-roots groupsthat have been formed to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic to take payments. They can enable you to receive donations and pay out money totally transparently, with no bank account needed. To find out more, click here
Free fundraising consultations
The fundraising consultancy Charity Fundraising Ltd is offering fundraising and income generation advice sessions over the phone to charities affected by Covid-19. Depending on demand, the offer might be limited to a single session, but free resources will be given where appropriate. “With things changing day by day it can be hard to identify how best to meet the challenges ahead, not least among those will be mitigating the risk of income loss and identifying new opportunities for securing funding. Beyond the short term there is also uncertainty over what the future looks like.” To find out more, click here.
Free marketing services
Delivered Social (a marketing agency in Guildford) have recently set up a Social Impact department whose sole remit is to provide the same services they offer to corporate clients at no cost to charities and social enterprises. This is a philanthropic venture, driven by the owner’s personal values and there is no cost or ‘catch’. They will build you a website, improve your social media, design logos or brochures … anything to do with marketing. Start the process by booking a marketing clinic here (a chat on the phone).
Charity Digital Exchange
Has discounts/offers on products useful for homeworking, including antivirus software and Zoom subscriptions
Edition 1 – Thursday 26 March
There are masses of resources on offer to support you with remote working. Amongst them: