Events and Training
National or Regional events
Spurgeons Network is always on the look out for good quality, low cost learning and networking opportunities for our members. Please let us know of any that that you think we should be promoting.
Making it REAL
This free training for early years workers will help you support literacy work with families. REAL is an evidence based approach that reaches out to parents and families, building confidence and knowledge to support the early home learning environment, which has been shown to have a powerful impact on children’s outcomes and on family literacy practice.
Leeds Thurs 28 November 2013
Manchester Thurs 6 March 2014
(London training was on 11 July, Birmingham on 12 Oct)
Charities Evaluation Service
Thanks to the Lankelly Chase Foundation, there are bursaries available for small organisations based outside London (more info) which mean that you can get a place for £25 - £50 instead of £150 - £295 on some of the CES training courses.
Introduction to the PQASSO Quality Mark (FREE)
Wed 20 Nov, London
If you are thinking about applying for the PQASSO Quality Mark, this free half-day workshop will tell you everything you need to know, help you to understand the process of applying, what will be required, including the support material that is available. More
Thur/Fri 21/22 Nov, London
A step-by-step guide to successfully implementing PQASSO. You will leave the course with a good understanding of PQASSO and the self-assessment process as well as a comprehensive plan of how to implement quality within your organisation. More
Outcomes and Impact Measurement
Thurs 28 Nov, London
This course will give you a comprehensive and practical grounding in monitoring and evaluation. You will learn how to define and measure outcomes and also begin to develop your own monitoring and evaluation framework, which you can start using straight away. More
Back to basics: a seminar for charity trustees
2 December from 4-6pm (followed by drinks)
Clothworkers' Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH
A seminar to explore what being a trustee means: what the responsibilities are, the benefits are for you, your employer and the charity, what liabilities you might face as well as looking at best practice in trusteeship.There are expert panellists, plenty of opportunity for Q&A, plus time for networking and discussion over a glass of wine. More info and to book
Two days of training for managers and trustees in voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations who are delivering public services, or want to explore what's involved; either independently or in partnership.
Some of the areas covered are: working with the private sector, how to bid and what for, negotiating, the pros and cons of subcontracting and working within a contract.
The events are running in various locations in England until March 2014 and have been jointly developed and delivered by commercial, private and voluntary sector organisations.
They're also subsidised by the government, so the standard price seems to be £25 for the two days – a bit of bargain. More information and to book.
There are more regional and local events on our Member's Events page.
Join Spurgeons Network
Membership is FREE and benefits include our e-newsletter, networking with other members, discounts on training, as well as access to all areas of the site.
Distinctively Christian in multi-faith communities
Come to Brum on Sat 23 Nov for a fantastic event organised by CURBS. For Christians running children’s activities, family events or leading assemblies in multi-faith communities. Details on Members Events page.
For leaders of youth organisations: get support, inspiration, encouragement ...every couple of months in London. More details on our Members Events page!
Bereaved Parent Support Day/Weekend
Exeter, 23 Nov
Care for the Family is running this specialist day offering support for any parent who has suffered the death of a son or daughter in any circumstance and at any age. More
Children England training
Training specifically aimed at voluntary, community and faith organisations working with children and young people. Some events are free to everyone. Otherwise tickets range from £35 up to £125 with a limited number of free places if you would struggle to pay but show you can benefit.
Click on the relevant date on this calendar for more information including how to book.
Details and booking information for Children England events are either on their training page or their events page. Spurgeons Network is a member of Children England, so if you are willing to feed back to us after the training in order to share the learning across the Network, we can book you in at the members' rate to attend on our behalf. Just get in touch if that's of interest.
Workforce Development Funding Guide
Looking for funding to help train staff, volunteers or young people? This is still the most accessible and comprehensive guide out there, though you need to check any specifics with the funders' websites, as policies will have changed since it was published. More
Getting Hammered : Young People and Alcohol
This one day specialist course from drugstraining.com is running at various locations in England in Nov/Dec – here's the dates and here's the course information. £99 for voluntary sector organisations and charities including resources and follow-on support.
Find local training
Ask to be added to the email list or training bulletin of your local voluntary sector umbrella body. So that's either your:
Council for Voluntary Services (CVS)
Voluntary Action (VA)
or Council for Voluntary Youth Services (CVYS)
You can find their contact details by typing the name of your local authority followed by cvs or cvys into your search engine.
Some CVS have staff with a specialist remit for children and young people or faith communities – worth finding out!
If there's something you particularly want or need...
Please get in touch! We may be able to help by offering the training through Spurgeons or by sourcing it elsewhere for you.