Faith-based engagement training sessions - early 2020

23 Jan 2020 Lynda Gould    Last updated: 23 Jan 2020

The Department for Communities currently funds a Faith Based Engagement Strand under the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) which provides direct support to faith based organisations through a range of seminars and training sessions.

Faith-based organisations in Northern Ireland have an important and distinctive place and reach in society and their community work plays an important role in communities delivering many interventions on various themes. Faith based community work engages large numbers of volunteers in a range of social and community development activities.

Between now and the end of March these training sessions are running at NICVA.

6 February 2020
Faith in Fundraising
Faith in Fundraising is an introductory course for those new to fundraising. We will examine where funding can come from, fundraising methods, building the case for support, example funders who support faith organisations and ethics of fundraising for your organisation.
11 February 2020
Introduction to Social Media & getting your message across
This session will explore the benefits of your group using social media; how to use Facebook and twitter; how to develop a social media plan; running a social media campaign and getting your message across effectively.
3 March 2020
Good Governance
This session will outline Trustee’s duties in both charity and company law; examine the role of the board/committee; succession planning to include examining what skills are needed at committee level; charity law update.
12 March 2020
Being an Effective Chair
The role of the Chair can be a somewhat daunting role especially if you find yourself carrying it out unexpectedly. This session will examine the role of the chair, what makes a good chair, and achieving better meetings through effective chairing.
20 March 2020
This session will take a practical approach to help trustees and personnel in voluntary and community organisations to build cyber resilience. NICVA has teamed up with industry experts to provide this tailored cyber security session that will focus on the particular challenges that face small voluntary and community organisations.

'Learning from Practice'

Through study trips we offer the opportunity to look and learn from what others are doing to address community needs across Northern Ireland and provide the expertise to help faith based groups to assess their particular context. On 7th February there is a study trip planned to visit North West Methodist Mission in Clooney Hall, Londonderry/Derry. NWMN provides accommodation for 47 single homeless men, promotes independent living, encouragement and support until they are housed by the local housing authority. They also run a resettlement programme to enable the residents to become more independent and break the cycle of homelessness that many experience. The visit will be facilitated by Andrew Johnston and Liam Milligan over a ‘working lunch’. 

This trip also includes a visit to Strabane Community Project which opened one of Northern Ireland’s first ‘social supermarkets’ under the management of Ursula Doherty in January 2018 to help people living in food poverty. The innovative new ‘social supermarket’ sells products reduced in price by up to 70% to people receiving welfare payments and tax credits.  This allows them to purchase a range of cheaper items – including fresh and frozen food, dried goods, as well as fruit and vegetables – provided as surplus stock by the charity Fare Share

For more information on training or to book a place on the study trip contact: Lynda Gould Project Coordinator: Faith Based Engagement

T:028 9087 7777 or e:[email protected]'s picture
by Lynda Gould

Project Coordinator (Faith-based engagement)

[email protected]

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