New Year, New Opportunities!

We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year – and a new decade to boot!  Many of you will have seen the ‘10 year challenge’ which is doing the rounds on social media, with people posting photographs of themselves – one current and one from a decade ago.  This provided a number of opportunities for people to share sometimes strange, often funny photographs – with many looking better at the beginning of 2020 than they did in 2010!  However, it got me thinking that an interesting moment might be given to comparing what we, as an organisation, look like today compared to 10 years ago! What would your organisation’s 10 Year challenge look like?

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Fundraising Mini Masterclass

This mini masterclass offers outstanding value to small charities who will learn about fundraising strategy, trust fundraising and building relationships in corporate and community fundraising. You will hear from three successful fundraisers, sharing insights and taking you through practical templates that you can put to use to improve the success of your charity’s fundraising. You will also have the opportunity to network with your peers, with a drink on us!

When: Tuesday 28 January 2020, 13.00 – 17.00

Where: The main event is at Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP, followed by networking drinks at Camino, 3 Varnishers Yard, The Regent Quarter, Kings Cross, N1 9FD

Who: This event has been designed for small charity leaders and fundraisers in small to medium size charities.

How much: Tickets are priced from just £5+VAT for small charities.

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Hammersmith & Fulham Warmer Together Fund 2019-20

Thanks to the generosity of our local community so far this winter, the United in Hammersmith & Fulham Warmer Together Fund 2019-20 is live. This helps provide extra support for less well-off older neighbours in the borough. Applications are invited with simple and clear criteria…

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Important Information if your Charity Last Did an Annual Return Before 12th November 2018!

If your last annual return was before 12th November 2018, click here for important information sourced from The Charity Commision by Nigel Jacques, Sobus Organisational Developement Officer.



Mental Health First Aid Training

Stewart White, an Instructor Member of MHFA England has recently set up a new business, based in Hammersmith, to provide Mental Health First Aid training for businesses and individuals. He is running the Adult MHFA Two Day course at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith on 27th/28th Jan 2020. The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 at a special introductory price of £200pp. Everyone who completes the course will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider
  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health



Freston Road Hub Activities, RBKC News & Useful Resources

Freston Road Hub is an enterprise hub, managed by Sobus (a Fulham based charity), and supported by our Landlords, Peabody Housing Trust and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Our aim is to support local enterprise – through the provision of affordable office and meeting room space, as well as through access to training and support. To see a list of forthcoming activities, RBKC news and useful resources, click here.

MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) Team Manager

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV) coordinates the ground-breaking coordinated community response to domestic violence and abuse in London. As a pioneer of the first multi-agency group to implement safety measures for victims of domestic abuse, STADV seeks to appoint a dynamic MARAC Team Manager to operationally manage the work of its MARAC Coordination Team in West London.

The role will require you to coordinate one MARAC and to line manage four full time MARAC Coordinators. You will provide a high-quality management service delivery, performance and support to the ongoing development of the MARACs.

The post will be based in the STADV office with a degree of travelling within West London.

Salary:  £34,00 to £36,000 including London weighting depending on experience

Closing dates for completed applications: 24th January 2020

Interview date:  Week commencing 27th January 2020

To apply download the application pack from our website here. For more information, contact

Six Affordable Training Courses for Charities, Schools & Public Sector Organisations

See details on NPL couses for January-March 2020, including bid writing here


Top Tips for 2020 Resolutions

Whether it’s meeting fundraising targets, building the ultimate team or reaching more people with the message dedicated to your cause, we all have a resolution in mind. Scroll down for DSC’s top resources to get your 2020 off to a flying start. Here’s to making this year the best one yet!

Check out the latest DSC blog post – read it online here.

Forty-Five FREE Online Courses for 2020!

With 2020 kicking off, there’s no time like the present to ponder what you’d like to be proud of this time next year.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the pick of our library of 45 free courses and a few ways they could benefit you in the coming year.

Be excellent in 2020…