Good Governance: Tuesday 12th December 2017 9.30am to 1.00pm, Jersey Employment Trust, Oakfiled Conference Room, Highlands College Campus, with Jane Galloway of Contact to book.

This course is a basic introduction to the important area of governance and its role within your organisation. In the early stages of a non profit organisation, when there are only a couple of people, doing just about everything, there may not be an obvious difference between governance and the many other tasks you have to do, so you may think that governance doesn't apply to you, or doesn’t really matter, but it does.

If you are a trustee or member of the governing body you have specific responsibilities which you must carry out with the other members of the governing body, according to your constitution and relevant legislation. For that reason it is helpful to distinguish between governance and any other roles you may carry out.

Trustees/board members are responsible for making decisions about the organisations direction and governance, for example:
• Defining and agreeing the purpose of the charity or non profit
• Securing the long term direction of the charity (furthering its objects/purpose as defined in its governing document)
• Developing over arching strategies to carry out the charities purpose effectively
• Being accountable to those with an interest or 'stake' in the charity.
• Fiscal responsibility – accurate accounting for your organisations performance
• Ensuring the charity is run in a way that is legal, responsible and effective

Management on the other hand is all about implementing the strategies agreed by the board e.g. by detailed planning, putting operational policies and procedures in place and by raising money.

Good governance should run throughout a charity, whilst the trustee board is responsible for good governance, they may rely on many different people to be able to govern well – staff, volunteers, advisors and others with an interest or stake in the organisation. In this workshop we will look at the UK Charity Commission: The Good Governance: a Code of the Voluntary and Community sector (the Code) which sets out best practice for governance for the Voluntary and Community sector.

Writing a Winning Bid: Wednesday 13th December 2017 9.30am to 4.30pm (lunch included and there is a £25 charge, payable on booking), Jerset Employment Trust,  Oakfield Conference Room, Highlands College Campus, with Jane Galloway of Contact to book.

FULL DAY MASTERCLASS - This workshop will equip delegates with everything they need to know about researching grant funders, applying for funding and practical grant writing techniques. All with the aim of enabling you to produce focused applications, maximise their success rate and win new funding for their organisation - ensuring greater financial sustainability.

The programme includes interactive exercises and group working, which encourage peer to peer and shared learning. Each delegate will receive a personalised learning manual which includes a comprehensive information pack, a workbook, and a range of supplementary information.

Delegates are welcome to bring along funding applications they are working on, or bids that have previously been submitted by their organisation, for use (if relevant) in the practical elements of the day.

We will also cover:
• Researching grant makers and understanding their priorities
• Getting a ‘foot in the door’ - top tips to maximise your success rate
• Writing your ‘Case for Support’ funding story/statement
• Improving your grant writing style
• Raising your profile & ‘selling’ to specialist grant funding markets
• Attracting grant makers, site visits, invitations and interviews

Jersey's New Charities Law: Thursday 14th December 2017 1.15pm to 4.30 pm, Jersey Employment Trust,  Oakfield Conference Room, Highlands College Campus, with Jane Galloway of Contact to book.

The Jersey Charity law is now in place, which will provide a clearer definition of what actually constitutes a charity, and defining ‘public benefit’, which will have a big impact on some local organisations, such as sports clubs, allowing them the possibility of registering and benefitting from tax benefits on donations.
The charity commissioner has now been appointed and a central register is about to be introduced to oversee the new law, which will also set out rules for the duties of governors/trustees and place restrictions on the use of the terms "charity" and "charitable".

Jersey's new charities law is based on the Scottish charity law, so we will look briefly at the principles outlined in the new law, which according to Liz Le Poidevin (chairman of the AJC) is “primarily intended to help protect public trust and confidence without placing an unnecessary financial or bureaucratic burden on charities or on the public purse."