Association of Chair’s Beacon Programme Webinars

Sessions complement their 4-module programme and are ideal for people who have less time, missed dates or who are unable to get to the workshop locations. They are currently taking bookings for Being an Effective Chair, and Strengthening your Organisation webinars.

There are also in-person workshops running in Newcastle, Manchester, Somerset and Cornwall in March and April.

If you would like to promote the programme to your network, AoC have created a page with prepared copy for newsletters and social media.

Join the Association of Chair’s Beacon Programme

Calling Chairs / Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an income under £1m) in England. Join the Association of Chairs Beacon Programme. The programme offers:

    • low-cost workshops in nine locations in England
    • the unique opportunity to meet and learn from other Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities
    • free online resources
    • free webinars

A workshop travel bursary is available for organisations under £100k if booked a month ahead.

Learn more about:

    • being an effective Chair
    • strengthening your organisation
    • managing relationships and board dynamics
    • developing an effective board

Stephen Lawrence Day – Grants Open

Stephen Lawrence Day is for all ages and individuals from every background. The day will have a strong focus on young people and the communities they live in, enabling them to make positive choices and live their best life.

There is up to £400 funding available for community groups offering a day of activities, which should focus on.

    • Young people from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds
    • Urban/inner city or coastal areas where there is clear evidence of deprivation which impacts on young people and communities

SHIRE Community Grants Programme 2019-20

SHIRE Grants are available for charities, community organisations, social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils to deliver projects which improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire County Council is holding their annual SHIRE Grants Launch Event on:

Monday 8th April 2019
5.00pm to 8.00pm
County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester

The event will provide an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the SHIRE Community Grants Programme, including some of the achievements in 2018-19 and the Grant programme’s objectives for 2019-20
  • Hear from successful projects which have been supported through SHIRE Grant funding
  • Meet and connect with other local community organisations and other relevant stakeholders
  • There will also be an opportunity to visit a marketplace of agencies who can help you to achieve your aims as a community organisation.

The Council will be providing a buffet and refreshments from 5.00pm, with the event to begin at 6.00pm, in Sparkenhoe Committee Room at County Hall.

If you are interested in attending this event, please book a place.

Please note that space is limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please ensure you book a place as early as possible.

For more information about the event, please contact noel.singh@leics.gov.uk, tel: (0116) 3057020, or andy.hayes@leics.gov.uk, tel: (0116) 3057269.


Have your say on how Leicester City Council supports local VCSE organisations

Leicester City Council currently commissions support for local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Groups in the City.

The current contract provider is Voluntary Action LeicesterShire. The Council would like your views on how they support VCS Groups in Leicester. They want to hear about your experiences of these services how they are being delivered now and what you think the Council might do in the future.

As the council is in receipt of diminishing financial support from national government, they need to consider how they support the local VCS. In the light of changing circumstances, they are seeking your views on their support for VCS groups and organisations in Leicester.

They want to hear about your experience of these support services: how they are being delivered now and what you think they might do in future.


VAL wins £18,200 Connect Fund bid

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) has been awarded £18,200 through the £3 million Connect Fund programme to promote social investment, a means of funding which could be vital to the future of the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The Connect Fund is managed by the Barrow Cadbury Trust in partnership with Access – the Foundation for Social Investment. It is designed to strengthen the infrastructure of the social investment market in England to better meet the needs of a wider range of charities and social enterprises.

Social investment is a type of funding where approved social investors offer funds directly to VCSE organisations to enable them to deliver social good in local communities. These funds can be used to buy assets, provide key services and work towards generating a surplus, at which point the investments can be repaid. With charities increasingly struggling to find income through traditional sources like grants and public sector contracts, social investment could be key to the survival for many.

VAL will be working with CASE to develop an East-Midlands-wide network to promote social investors and investments to the local VCSE sector. The funding awarded from the Connect Fund will enable VAL to train its staff to better support VCSE organisations in creating social enterprises, developing trading strategies and using social investment as a tool for organisational growth.

Kevin Allen-Khimani, VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support Manager, said:

“We know our voluntary sector does some amazing things, and VAL is here to make sure that charities in Leicester and Leicestershire can continue delivering vital services for our local communities.

The Connect Fund gives us a great opportunity to promote the benefits of social investment to the VCSE groups we support. We’re looking forward to opening up a whole new area of potential funding for many groups, and we’re excited about the impact social investment could have for our local voluntary sector.”

VAL will begin to deliver training and support around social investment for charities and community groups from March 2019.