Training and networking events for South Holland community groups

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Community groups are being invited to find out how to access funds, discuss an initiative to increase volunteer numbers and access a raft of other support at a string of free events.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) is hosting an event in Spalding entitled ‘Sharing volunteers – A dream or could it become a reality?’.

The event, on Monday, August 17, is designed to allow community groups, charities and other organisations that involve volunteers to explore the concept of sharing skilled people.

On the same day there’s the workshop ‘Money for Nothing’ advising on fundraising without grants – fundraising ideas that don’t involve complex and time consuming applications.

In addition, LCVS has expanded its LCVS Local in South Holland taking the advice and support it offers to villages and towns outside of Spalding.

The sharing volunteers forum is being held in Meeting Room 2, South Holland District Council offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE, 10am to midday, Monday, August 17.

The agenda will include:

Exploring the possibility of skilled volunteers being shared by more than one third sector organisation

Do you know what your volunteers think about this?

What skills do your volunteers have?

What skills do you look for in volunteers?

Marie Chapman, LCVS senior community development and volunteering officer, said: “The idea of volunteers with particular skills becoming a shared resource across different charities/groups has been raised at several networking groups recently.

“We are arranging this forum to give groups the opportunity to explore the potential for this to happen and sound out the advantages and possible drawbacks.

“Whilst the forum is primarily aimed at the possibility of sharing volunteer skills such as financial advice, advocacy, mentoring, we hope that any group or organisation that trains volunteers to deliver services within their community will take up the opportunity of discussing this exciting proposal.”

Anyone interested in booking a place can contact LCVS either by emailing or calling 01507 613080.

The ‘Money for nothing!’ workshop is being held in Meeting Room 2, South Holland District Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE, 2pm to 4pm on Monday, August 17.

LCVS community development officers will present the wealth of opportunities out there to raise funds for community events, village halls and other good causes without filling in complicated grant application forms and having to wait for the funding deadlines, approvals panel etc.

Simon Wesley, LCVS community development officer, said: “We hope the ideas we tell people about will inspire groups to raise funds easily and quickly. It’s also a really good opportunity to share experiences and ideas.”

Places are limited to 15 and can be booked by contacting LCVS either by emailing or calling 01507 613080.

Free advice and information - LCVS Local events allow community groups, charities and individuals with community projects in mind to get advice and support regarding funding, governance, training and much more.

A new venue has now been added to take LCVS Local to Donington and after some very well-attended initial events elsewhere further dates have been secured.

Events take place at Long Sutton Market House, Market Street, Long Sutton PE12 9DD, Wednesday, August 19, 10am-midday. This will continue on the third Wednesday of every month.

Holbeach Library, Church Street, Holbeach, PE12 7LL, 10am – midday, Wednesday, August 26. This will continue on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Crowland Library, Hall Street, Crowland, PE6 0EW, 10am – midday, Wednesday, September 2. This will continue on the first Wednesday of every month.

Donington Library, 25 High Street, Donington, Spalding PE11 4TA, 10am – midday, Wednesday, September 9. This will continue on the second Wednesday of every month.