Voluntaryworks are running three one-day courses on Funding and Finance,
for community groups and voluntary organisations in Luton:
The courses are free!
All three courses will be held at Luton Irish Forum (102 Hitchin Road,
Each course runs from 9.45am to 4pm - a light buffet lunch will be
Places will be limited to two per organisation, per course, and subject
to demand we may have to limit it to one place per organisation.
Booking is essential.
These courses are only free to voluntary and community organisations
working in Luton.
If you are new to writing funding applications, this is a great course
about the skills required, including what funders are really looking
for, the ability to avoid common pitfalls and to remain realistic.
The aims of the workshop are to develop an understanding of how to make
grant applications to local authorities, companies, trusts, etc, more
effective and to provide the opportunity to practise relevant skills.
What information do you need, and how should you structure and present
the most convincing application? To book via Eventbrite, click here. 
Few people join a charity or voluntary organisation because they like
finance, but we all have to deal with it. The better it is managed, the
easier you will sleep and the more effective your organisation will
We will cover basic elements of good financial management, including
financial controls and procedures; reserves and budgeting; the rules for
accounts; accounting systems; fund accounting (and dealing with
overheads); financial reports for your committee. This workshop would be
an ideal overview, but also a good refresher course. To book via
Eventbrite, click here. 
To finance activities, in addition to traditional fundraising
applications, more and more organisations are moving away from grant aid
to commissioned services. To manage this well, it is essential to have
good information about your costs and good systems for setting your
Aim of the day: to give you tools, techniques and confidence to work out
the costs and prices for your services and/or products. There will be a
little bit of theory, but most of the day will be spent using laptops
(bring one if you can!) to introduce and use Excel-based templates
designed for this purpose. To book via Eventbrite, click here. 
To book a place use the link at the bottom of the page for each course, or call Lucia on 0300 3038593.
AND THERE'S MORE!
* Voluntaryworks is also running a free workshop focused on
to identify and explain the need for your work and help you to define
the aims, outcomes, targets and milestones of your project. For more
information click here. 
* Would you like a two-hour funding skills workshop? If you have at
least six people who will come to the workshop and a room big enough, we
will bring the workshop to you AND tailor it to the skills your group
needs. For more information contact Jane Owen.