Planning for Sustainability

23 Feb 2016 Roisin Kelly    Last updated: 29 Feb 2016

Speakers at our Planning for Sustainability Networking event

The first roundtable networking event of 2016 took place in NICVA on 4 February. Over 40 people attended the one day event designed to help BIG Lottery funded groups to think about and plan the sustainability of their projects.

Staff, Volunteers and Board members gathered to hear and learn about a range of funding models such as community fundraising, social enterprise and tenders.  Roisin Kelly, Skills Development Coordinator, NICVA started the event by outlining the need for a strategic plan and the elements required to deliver an operational plan. To support the operational plan Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer, NICVA delivered a detailed session on Community Fundraising and some of the challenges involved.

Participants attended workshops throughout the day in Community Fundraising techniques, Social Finance: What is it, and where does it fit in, delivered by Patrick Minne from Charity Bank, Social Enterprise, delivered by Amanada Johnston helping participants understand more about what social enterprise is, what you need to consider if thinking about starting a social enterprise, what support is available and gave some examples of local social enterprises. NICVA's Collaboration NI project then delivered a workshop on working together for sustainability and participants were asked to consider: Why would you work in partnership? What is good about it? What do I need to do next? Options for sustainability.

Presentations from the sessions are below:


Participants fed back that the event was excellent and always a great opportunity to network with other groups.

"Another excellent day in terms of networking opportunities with other BIG Lottery funded groups" - Yvonne Breen

"I found the initial discussion "planning for sustainability" very useful. I will certainly be working on our strategic and organisational plans over the next few months (and a fundraising strategy)" - Jenni Archer's picture
by Roisin Kelly

Skills Development Coordinator

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