DCA offers training to community/voluntary groups, charities, local authorities, and social enterprises.   Our training takes you through subject-specific toolkits so that at the end of the training, you will have a firm foundation in the subject with resources and workbooks to support you to complete your project, or develop your service further.  We understand the training needs of small organisations, and through our training you can:

  • BE TIME EFFECTIVE and test which training is right for you, through our affordable ‘Bite sized’ (2hr) at a location close to you. 

  • TRAIN FLEXIBLY with our flexible training menu, allowing you to select the right course for you, when you need it.

  • BE COST EFFECTIVE, with practical tools to take home with you, for use by other trustees or members of your group, through our subject-specific toolkits or training;

  • SHARE VALUABLE EXPERIENCE with other groups at our timetabled training where a number of individuals from different groups come together;

  • RECEIVE THE PERSONAL TOUCH, through our bespoke training to address specific issues within your organisation. Our trainers can work evenings and weekends too!

DCA can train you in all the skills you may need, from fundraising, governance, project/business planning, trustee & volunteer support, marketing and communications, to running partnerships, etc.  So whether you would like to experience our bite sized training or all day courses book here. We also offer bespoke training on request. Please contact us for further information.

Getting Money & Managing It

to help you find, source, and maintain sustainable funding sources for your work. Topics covered include:

  • making sure your organisation is fit for funding

  • making a case for support

  • developing and implementing income strategies

  • developing and implementing financial controls

  • gift aid, VAT, and banking for organisations

  • finding funders

  • writing successful grants and bids

Recruiting Trustees, Staff, and Volunteers

to help ensure you have robust plans and policies in place to recruit and retain staff, trustees and volunteers, including:

  • recruiting and managing staff, volunteers, and trustees

  • trustee roles and responsibilities

  • staff and volunteer rights

  • procedures in relation to employing staff

  • training and development of staff, volunteers, and trustees

  • recruitment and induction of staff, volunteers, and trustees

  • dealing with trustee and volunteer expenses

Developing Successful Projects

to help ensure your projects have adequate planning and support in place to make them effective and sustainable, including:

  • business & project planning

  • monitoring and evaluation

  • consultation processes

  • feasability studies

  • market research

  • evidencing need

  • developing effective exit strategies

  • markers of what makes a sustainable project

Managing Communications and Relationships

to help you develop and maintain an appropriate and effective image among your beneficiaries, stakeholders, partners, and wider public. Topics covered within this theme include:

  • developing and implementing a communications strategy

  • assessing and deploying adequate IT support systems

  • press relations

  • effective social media, websites, and online presence

  • campaigning and influencing

  • developing and maintaining external relationships

Good Governance

covering the basics of ensuring you have good governance in place including:

  • advantages and disadvantages of different legal structures (e.g. charitable trusts, charitable companies, co-operatives, community interest companies, etc.)

  • choosing which legal structure is right for your organisation

  • good governance and best practice

  • development and implementation of policies and procedures

  • trustee roles and responsibilities

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