Building a Successful Organisation

There are lots of moving parts involved in building a successful organisation. You can make sure you have everything in check by signing up for our brilliant six-part course starting in February.

Characteristics of a successful and sustainable organisation – Friday 26 February

Legal, governance and risk management – Monday 1 March

Creating an organisational strategy: practical, engaging and inspiring – Friday 5 March

Income diversification – Monday 8 March

Dynamic leadership approaches – Friday 12 March

Communications and branding – Monday 15 March

Find out more and sign up here.

Communicate with Confidence

Knowing how to communicate and promote your organisation during a global pandemic can be tough. Fear not, DSC have a range of courses which will give you the skills you need to do it with confidence.

Business Writing Skills – Thursday 4 February

Write with confidence in an appropriate style and communicate clearly and concisely. Sign up here.

Communications and Branding – Monday 15 March

Public benefit organisations need to appeal to, and engage with, many stakeholders and good communications is vital as it impacts on every facet of an organisation. This course will take you through communications and branding for your organisation. Sign up here.

Fundraising with Digital Marketing – Friday 23 April

If you are seeking to develop your marketing expertise and knowledge and expand your donor reach, then this course is for you. Sign up here.

FSI Updates

As we are getting back into the full swing of 2021, the FSI would like to keep you updated with some news and opportunities to support you and your charity to start the new year right.

Survive and Thrive 2021
Charity excellence framework has had a major upgrade to provide the free tools, help and support charities need to manage the charity crisis. Survive & Thrive gives you the tools, help and support you need to make 2021 a great year for your charity, despite the crisis; everything is free. See here more more details.

Free 90-minute Webinars for small charities
Don’t miss out our January 90-minute webinar sessions from 20th to 22nd January. The topics will include: Project Management, Risk Management and Digital Fundraising. These are all free to our charity members thanks to National Lottery Community Fund, click here to book a place.

Free 2-day National Online Charity training event
The FSI has just launched our latest 2-day online national training event on 9th and 10th February, offering over 180 free training places so that our small charities members, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self-sustaining. Choose from 9 interactive full and half-day webinars covering popular topics such as: Capital Campaigns, Stewardship, Fundraising Strategy and Digital Fundraising. Click here to secure a place.

VCSEs: Winning Central Government Contracts and the New Social Value Model
This free online event, hosted by VCSE Crown Representative Claire Dove CBE, is aimed at VCSE organisations interested in finding out more about the new Social Value Model and the opportunities it brings to the sector. Click here for dates and more details

New E-learning course and Bursary places available for International Development members
To celebrate the launch of our new E-Learning course, focusing on ‘Major Donor’, the FSI are offering 25 bursary places for 25 international development charities to access this interactive online course entirely free of charge. In order to be eligible for this opportunity your charity must be an International Development organisation who is also FSI member and have an annual turnover of less than £250,000. To apply please click here.

New £4m fund for charities and community groups tackling loneliness
Local Connections Fund is now open for application from charities and community interest groups that are working to help social isolation across their communities. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each. This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations. See here for more details on how to apply.

Community Business Renewal Fund now open for application
Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and this £3million Community Business Renewal Fund is part of this support package for the community business sector. Application will be closed on 19th January. Click here for more details on how to apply.

Small Charity Guide to Cyber Security
It’s more important than ever to ensure your charity is as protected as possible from cybercrime threats and fraud. A good place to start is the National Cyber Security Centre’s Small Charity Guide. Click here to access the guide.

Job & Training Opportunities

Arabic-Speaking Social Prescribing Link Worker with One Westminster

Application deadline: 22 January 2021, 12:00pm

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Runnymede Unbound Trainee Scheme

Application deadline: 31 January 2021

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B2B Quote – Live Interactive Webinar: Tender Writing Introduction

We are holding our next Tender Writing Introduction webinar on Tuesday 26th January 2021. This live and interactive webinar is an excellent introduction into the bidding process and tendering within the public sector.

On the day we will cover:
• Understanding Procurement Jargon
• Where to find suitable tenders
• What realistically should I bid for – Making the right ‘Bid/No Bid’ decisions
• What does my business need to prove/demonstrate to be seen as a credible supplier by the public sector
• Choosing the right references and then writing descriptively to fully show your experience/credibility
• Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Bid / Tender writing – Important advice

Who should attend?
• Anyone currently involved, or looking to start Tendering for Public Sector contracts.
• Any organisation who wants to win ‘Public Sector’ contracts or contracts through the formal procurement process
• Businesses who want to get on the route to ‘contract readiness’

Why should you attend?
This workshop is designed to provide delegates with an understanding of the process, why it is being used and most importantly how to be successful

The cut-off date for booking places is: Friday 15th January 2021. Payment is required in full by Monday 18th January 2021.

For further details, click here.

The Skills Toolkit Campaign Update

New campaigns launch from the Department for Education (DfE).


DfE are launching a new campaign for The Skills Toolkit called ‘An Hour to Skill’. The campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, people can learn skills that employers are looking for, boost their job prospects and keep their mind active. At a time when we will all be spending more time indoors, The Skills Toolkit can also play an important role in supporting the mental wellbeing of our country.

Click here for more info.

The Health & Safety Group Remains Open for Business

Further to the Government announcement on 4th January, we would like to reassure you that The Health & Safety Group will continue to deliver healthcare training for key workers. This is to ensure your Mandatory and Statutory requirements are met so you can continue delivering essential healthcare services throughout this pandemic. As a key nationwide classroom training provider of Mandatory and Vaccination training, our services are critical to national infrastructure.

The vast majority of our training venues will remain open, if there is any change to your individual course we will contact you directly. Please keep your booking confirmation with you at all times as validation for your reason to travel to your course.

COVID-19 Safety Measures
For your safety, you can be assured when attending your training with us that we will have taken all measures to meet current Government guidelines in full.

A Word on Vaccination Training
Millions of COVID-19 vaccination doses are being made available but there is a nationwide shortage of trained vaccinators to meet quoted delivery targets. The Health and Safety Group will continue to provide essential face to face vaccination training across the UK to help support meeting these targets. Find out more here.


DSC Training February 2021

Please click on the links below for information:

The Essentials of Individual Giving – Monday 1 February

Tools & Techniques for Problem-Solving – Wednesday 3 February

Maximising Support from Trusts & Foundations – Wednesday 3 February

Business Writing Skills – Thursday 4 February

Moving into Customer Services – Monday 8 February

Financial Governance for Trustees – Monday 8 February

Running a Digital AGM – Tuesday 9 February

Increasing Corporate Support & Sponsorship – Tuesday 9 February

Finance for Non-Finance Managers – Wednesday 10 February

Impact: Understanding & Quantifying your Social Value – Wednesday 10 February

Leading & Managing Change – Thursday 11 February

All About Asking – Thursday 11 February

Take a look at all of our courses here now

Free Staff Training: Access Government Funded Staff Training Today!

Are your employees benefiting from government-funded workplace training?

Employers have access to the new ‘apprenticeship’ scheme (for existing employees – not just new starters!), which are 95% funded by the UK Government (100% if you are a Levy payer).

Your companies 5% contribution can range from a total cost of just £75 for a 12 month Level 2 programme, up to £900 for a 24 month Level 4 programme (equivalent to just £37.50 a month!).

Unlock the potential of your employees by enhancing their skills & knowledge with a range of over 40 different workplace training schemes.

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Free Courses in England: Climb The Career Ladder with Our FREE Online Courses

Our free advisors will enable you to access funding from the UK Education & Skills Funding Agency, so that you can gain fully-funded level 2 qualifications!

Our enrolment process is simple and easy, our advisers will walk you through each step.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please call our helpful team on 0800 001 5910 

Or visit our website to view our full range of over 55 courses.