14 November 2017. Gordon Memorial Hall, 68 St Andrew St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1EX
The day is structured in two sections: afternoon and early evening. The afternoon session has two workshops and two networking & feedback sessions; the evening session has one of each. If you register for an afternoon workshop below, you’ll be automatically enrolled into both the 14:30 and 16:30 networking sessions; if you register an evening workshop, you’ll be enrolled in the 19:30 networking session. Register for as many workshops as you like, they’re all free – we look forward to seeing you there!
13:00 – 13:25 Registration and Welcome. Please have your social media details with you so we can Tweet and Facebook what’s going on!
13:30 – 14:20 Your choice of workshops
Workshop One PVG changes, how they affect you.
There are lots of changes coming to the PVG scheme and it’s currently being reviewed. One of the main changes is about referrals and when organisations should make these to Disclosure Scotland. By the end of the session, delegates will understand: * the importance of making referrals and why these should be done * what are the circumstances under which a referral should be made.
Who would this benefit?
This session is for organisations who work with vulnerable groups and who employ either volunteers or members of staff.
Ann Ferguson, Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services. Ann has been with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure for 14 years and has been in her present role of Compliance and Training Officer for about 10 of these years. She was involved with the introduction of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act and also in the PVG legislation. Her role involves the delivery of training throughout Scotland to voluntary sector organisations and to provide support to organisation in relation to compliance with the legislation. The role also involves being the main point of contact for our enrolled intermediary organisations that represent a variety of smaller organisations and sporting bodies that access the disclosure process via an Intermediary Body.
Workshop Two How will Third Sector Organisations cope in an era of Project Funding, Commissioning and Asset Transfer?
A practical workshop designed to identify the challenges and discuss solutions
• What are the challenges
o Delivery personnel
• What solutions have been found already?
o How are organisations coping
o What support are you receiving?
o What can be shared?
• What solutions could we consider?
o Alternative funding strategies
Co-production and co-working
Forming other Partnerships
At the end of the workshop delegates will either have a clear view of what they need to consider/do, or a set of questions/issues/solutions they can use in the networking and feedback sessions later in the day.
Who would this benefit?
This workshop will be of benefit to all local third sector organisations and national third sector organisations which are interested in working with local groups for the benefit of local communities and individuals.
David Link. David is a Development Officer with Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway. He has had a varied career including helping develop Community Enterprises and Credit Unions in Dumfries and Galloway and was a founding Director of Lowland Group. He also made cosmetics for Adam Ant and Toyah Wilcox.
14:30 – 14:55 Networking Activity. We’ve been asked to build in time to give Organisations a chance to find out more about each other and think about how they might share their skills, experience and knowledge. This session will be facilitated by our Team and will be relatively informal. Tea/Coffee provided
15:00 – 15:50 Your choice of workshops
Workshop One Volunteer Friendly Award Launch.
Volunteer Friendly helps you to take a systematic look at what you do and how you do it. It offers a flexible approach which allows your group to work at its own pace, with full support from Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway.
By the end of the session, delegates will have an understanding of the:
• 5 strands of their work that are assessed as part of the Award
• The Award process, and
• The support available from one of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway development Officers.
Who would this benefit?
This session is for any organisation that involves volunteers in their work, and is interested in gaining a national award to recognise their work.
Christine Clarke. Christine is a Development Officer with Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, has been delivering training since 1985, has worked with the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway for nearly 20 years, and was instrumental in developing Dumfries & Galloway local Best Practice Award.
Workshop Two Changes in Legislation – Readiness and Preparation The legal landscape is changing, particularly around data protection and funding – will organisations have the necessary plans in place to comply in time?
Who would this benefit?
This session is for anyone responsible for ensuring compliance with the legal framework in your organisation, particularly data privacy, data protection and / or funding regulation.
Graham Bartlett is the Operations Manager with TSDG.
With a passion for identifying creative and innovative solutions to empower individuals and communities Graham recognises that changes in the legal framework can often act as barriers in the operation and provision of valuable services within the community and will seek to identify those plans and steps organisations can and must put in place to ensure compliance in these complex areas.
16:00 – 16:30 Feedback and Action Planning. Facilitated by our Team this session is designed to help delegates let us know what sessions you’d like us to deliver in the upcoming dates of the Programme; thinks about what you’ve learned and how you will put this into action, and think about co-production (how you can work together to increase your capacity to overcome issues you have identified). Once again we’ve been asked to provide this opportunity. Tea/Coffee snacks provided
16:30 – 17:30 – Break
17:30 – 17:55 Registration and Welcome. Please have your social media details with you so we can Tweet and Facebook what’s going on!
18:00 – 18:50 Your choice of workshops
Workshop One Making Gift Aid work
Gift Aid – is it worth the hassle? Come and find out about one groups’ very positive experience of the benefits of registering and claiming Gift Aid; and how it can help towards sustainability. By the end of the workshop, delegates will have a greater understanding of the benefits of registering for and claiming Gift Aid; learned some tips and tricks and be motivated to start the process.
Who Would this benefit?
This session is for any organisation that wants to find out more about making the most of their donations by claiming Gift Aid
Christine Clarke & Geoff Allison. Christine is a Development Officer with Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, has been delivering training since 1985, and has worked with the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway for nearly 20 years.
Geoff is a founder member of Dalbeattie Men’s Shed and has been one of the driving forces in registering and claiming Gift Aid for them. He has appeared in the Shed Effect – a National Evaluation of Men’s Sheds and also on Radio Scotland’s discussion about the benefits of belonging to a ‘shed’.
Workshop Two Governance Guiding Principles
At present, there is no governance good practice guidelines specifically for third sector organisations in Scotland. Other jurisdictions have produced similar guidelines such as England and Ireland but to date the guidance is disjointed and not specific to Scotland.
The environment in which social enterprises operate is changing. Recent updates in legislation mean that boards have more regulation and are more accountable than ever before. The Scottish Government has indicated that there will an increase in reliance on the SE and wider third sector to deliver the services demanded by our communities. The first steps for the sector to be able to meet these demands is a more robust system of self-governance. Every social enterprise must have a clear vision of where it is going and good governance is a crucial part of an organisation and its ability to survive and meet its objectives. Boards of social enterprises tend to be non-executive and therefore a set of guiding principles would allow them to meet new and ongoing challenges and to lead in an effective manner.
Senscot Legal has been engaged by the Scottish Government to prepare a set of principles that social enterprises and the wider third sector can use to strengthen their boards and capacity of their organisations.
Who would this benefit?
The aim of this workshop is to understand the importance of good governance and particularly the role of the board in delivering an organisation’s stated purposes. The session will be particularly useful to new board members or those that are unsure about their role. More experienced board members who feel they need to be reminded of or refocus on a basic approach to good governance principles may also benefit from attending. By the end of the workshops participants will understand and be able to explain what is meant by good governance, how it is practised in their organisation and the steps they need to take to improve governance.
Karina MacLeod – Senscot Legal Services Manager Karina is an experienced paralegal with a BA Honours degree in Law, 13 years working experience providing advice to clients across a range of legal issues. Karina has obtained a specialist paralegal qualifications in Wills, Trusts and Executries, Employment Law and is currently obtaining a qualification in Company Law from the University of Strathclyde. Karina is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Paralegals.
19:00 – 19:30 Networking Activity and Feedback and Action Planning. We’ve been asked to build in time to give Organisations a chance to find out more about each other and think about how they might share their skills, experience and knowledge. This session will be facilitated by our Team and will be relatively informal. Tea/coffee snacks provided. This session is designed to help delegates let us know what sessions you’d like us to deliver in the upcoming dates of the Programme; thinks about what you’ve learned and how you will put this into action, and think about co-production (how you can work together to increase your capacity to overcome issues you have identified). Once again we’ve been asked to provide this opportunity.