Spotlight on EU Funding for VCSE

 

Invitations will soon be circulated to our four free networking events which are being held across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) area during February and March 2015.

 

These events will provide you with:

• An overview of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF)

• Presentation on European Social Fund (ESF) Big Lottery funding scheme Building

Better Opportunities

• The opportunity to meet other organisations from across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) area and begin to build relationships that will enable you to work together in consortia or partnerships that will be needed  to access funding opportunities.

 

Monday 16th February 2015

Broughton Pavilion, Milton Keynes, MK10 9NJ

Want to Start a Social Enterprise?

 

This introductory session on starting a social enterprise will help you

 

  • understand the legal structures

  • start your business plan

  • understand the importance of knowing your customers

 

Friday 26th February 2015

Broughton Pavilion, Milton Keynes, MK10 9NJ

 

Two sessions available

 

10:00-11:30am

Cost: Free

 

 

 

5:30-7:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Introduction to Social Value & Measuring Your Impact

 

This two hour workshop will introduce the tools and methods for measuring social value or impact. Confusion over different terms often leads to head scratching and time spent trying to define what we mean.

 

The workshop will highlight the tools available and how you might use them. Above all it will give a rationale for WHY it is important to you and your organisation.

 

Objectives:

 

  • to introduce social impact assessment tools that you may embed into your organisation

  • to enable you to identify relevant information for procurers, commissioners and support organisations thereby improving your access to public procurement activities

  • to raise awareness of the third sector and its 'offer' to procurement teams

 

In partnership with Surrey Community Action.

 

Tuesday 10th March 2015

Astolat, Coniers Way, Guildford 

 

Cost: Free (£40 charged on non-attendance)

Business Planning for the Beginner

 

This introductory session on business planning will help you to focus ideas and give you the necessary tools to devise a working business plan. 

 

Thursday 5th March 2015

Broughton Pavilion, Milton Keynes, MK10 9NJ

 

Cost: Free

 

The Value of Social Impact Measurment to Your Organisation

 

This three day master class is available to 8 organisations per course (16 participants). Organisations can enroll 2 senior level staff or a member of their Trustee/Directors Board to the workshops. Organisations wishing to take part will need to complete an application and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

The master class will:

  • Explore the concept of Social Impact Assessment

  • Provide a detailed overview of Social Accounting and Audit and other prominent impact assessment tools

  • Explore the process of getting ready and the key steps of the Social Impact Assessment process using a Social Accounting and Audit Programme.

 

The master class will bring together the participating enterprises thereby creating a shared learning opportunity, each one learning from the other.

 

Upon completion of the programme participants will:

  • Have been introduced to a range of social impact assessment tools, bespoke in design, to meet the ongoing needs of the individual enterprises

  • Have the knowledge to produce an appropriate social impact assessment report/set of social accounts to demonstrate the social, economic and environmental benefit achieved to date

  • Be able to use this to demonstrate the added value achieved by public service organisations when procuring services from social enterprises

  • Be able to use the findings to inform the development of their enterprises and services to meet their customer needs as a result of receiving stakeholder feedback secured through ongoing consultation

 

A supportive service will be offered to participants for one month following the master classes.

 

Dates 13th March, 20th March &  17th April 2015

9:30-4:00pm (lunch provided each day)

 

Cost: £360 (Inc VAT) per organisation (upto two people)

Business Plans, Cashflow Forecasts & Market Research

 

Are these just words we think of when we say "Business" or are they vital to starting your own organisation?

 

This session will introduce a simple but effective way to get you started on the process. Including personal survival budgets and getting the idea out of your head and onto paper. This session is appropriate for anyone starting a business including VCSE groups. 

 

Date & Venue TBC

 

Introduction to Social Value & Measuring Your Impact

 

Prior to this workshop you will be asked to complete a questionnaire for a project or service you want to measure. This is a practical workshop. Please come prepared to share your experiences and learn from others in confidence. At the end of the day you will have worked through your project using one of the measurement tools. You will also

 

  • Have the knowledge to produce an appropriate social impact assessment report/set of social accounts to demonstrate the social, economic and environmental benefit achieved to date.

  • Be able to use the findings to inform development

  • Be able to demonstrate the added value achieved by public service organisations when procuring services from the third sector

 

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Astolat, Coniers Way, Guildford 

 

Cost: VCSE £135

Other Sectors £205

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