Measuring the quality of your committee?

We were recently at a Social Enterprise business advisors meeting in The Midlands. We were fortunate to have a presentation from The Guild, a Norwich based social business/community advice organisation.

The booklet beng discussed was Social Impact Measurement. An often complex piece of work to determine what the outcomes of your organisation are in terms of the beneficial impact you have on the community.

However, part of the booklet was an analysis of ‘quality measurers’. Schemes of analysis or reflection which groups can use in committee and with their supporters to determine how good their governance is, or how the delivery of their work matches against expected recognised standards.

Yes, there are some very expensive and time consuming examples in the booklet, but there are also some very cost effective and elegantly simple ones too. Helping committees or boards of governance determine their strengths, weaknesses and the need for change, if any.

You can download the booklet here.

AT SEC we have experts on governance, committee support and enterprise/social organisation management. Our support is free. If we can help you with a ‘quality project’ for your group or committee just ASK SEC! 

Getting to grips with your cash?

graphPic4Community Accountancy Self Help is a Lottery funded charity which works to develop best practice and good management for community groups and small charities.

They are based in London, but thanks to the power of the ‘inter-web thing’ you can read and review their very useful Cash Facts information sheets online.

Covering everything from having a policy about reserves for your organisation, basic book-keeping, risk and quality systems, as well as finance reporting to your governing body.

The Cash Facts page is a great resource for small community organisations. You can read more here.

Alongside the Cash Facts documents is a Cash Words page  – full of useful explanations for those new terms you come across when growing your community finances. A real jargon-buster.

(If you do use these fact sheets to improve or train members of your organisation – honour the copyright request from CASH and drop them an email to let them know…) 

We liked the pages! A great online resource for your Treasurer.

Formalising your group – for free

The SEC team are always on hand to offer their expertise in helping create good governance practices for community groups or associations, whatever their location. The web resource at oneclickorgs.com enables you to do it online and for free.

With everybody having busy lives, working and living in different locations, Oneclickorgs.com offers a great way to formally constitute a new or existing group.

Once formed online, members then have ready access to the web details of the constitution and a means to vote remotely via their computers or mobile devices. This short film shows you how…

We think the online voting processes of Oneclickorgs.com offer community groups a great way to reduce time and energy on administration and meetings, improving democratic decision making in associations – with a record of decision making clearly available for members to track.

A formal constitution allows community groups to own property, have bank accounts and can be the start of more formal processes to become companies limited by guarantee or even, eventually community charities in their own right.

(We see from the Oneclickorgs.com web pages they have recently been awarded a grant by UnLtd to develop a company by limited by guarantee online creation tool).

Even online so simply, the language of choosing options for governance may not be a natural technique for everyone – Ask SEC, we’re happy to help for free if we can.

A Sustainable Funding Guide

Sustainable funding in Norfolk

Ideas for developing your group or organisation

Voluntary Norfolk, in partnership with other organisations like NCVO and The Lottery, have just published a useful sustainable funding guide.

This useful booklet can help your organisation, group or club think about its finances, how you are governed and what you might be able to do in terms of fund raising or developing income streams from your existing activities.

The booklet has a number of useful tools and templates that can help your committee plan or to develop some recommendations for ideas for your group to consider.

At the end of the short, clearly laid out booklet is a list of useful web links and other resources and organisations that might be useful.

Don’t forget – if you have an idea for developing how your committee works, or a social enterprise or community business idea then The Sandringham Enterprise Centre team are here to help too. We can share our knowledge and expertise for free with you – helping change happen and income develop.

You can contact us here: help@sandringhamcentre.com

Download a pdf copy of this Voluntary Norfolk booklet here. 

What is a Trustee?

trusteeWeekPic2011The Charity Commission have just launched details of Trustee Week for 2011 (31st October to 6th November 2011).

Who are they, what do they do…can I become one? The week is designed to raise awareness of trusteeship. As a charity beneficiary or partner organisation you are encouraged, supported and considered by charity trustees.

Trustees’ Week 2011 will celebrate the fantastic work of existing trustees and aim to increase awareness and understanding of the trustee role. Part of the campaign will encourage existing trustees to send photos and video clips of themselves and their boards to be posted on the Trustees’ Week website saying why they became a trustee and what they enjoy about it.

There are over 180,000 charities in England and Wales, with over 850,000 people acting as trustees.

They represent an enormous social resource, working for the benefit of others, for the public benefit.

Interestingly, the average age of trustees is 57 years, with only 0.5% of all trustees aged between 18 and 24.

Come on boards of governance, if you have a vacancy why not recruit someone under thirty? Energy, skills and commitment carry no age barrier in the charitable sector!

Visit the Trustee Week web site and get answers to your questions here.

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Could you be our Company Secretary?

typingPic44Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited, our Charitable Company, specifically formed to manage the Sandringham Centre, develop support and training for our local voluntary groups and encourage the start up of community business – is looking for someone to act as our Hon. Secretary.

The volunteer role is interesting and varied, supporting and developing our social business systems, helping the main board and developing training opportunities for both the board and volunteers.

You will have the chance to help create some unique chances for volunteering, services and employment in our community.

As a family friendly, learning organisation you’ll be able to develop your experience and skills in charity governance and enterprise creation too.

You can read more about the post on our Volunteers page on the main centre website here.

You can have an informal chat with our Chair, Colin Mason or contact Rita Broomfield too, using the contactd details on the Volunteer page.

We look forward to welcoming you to our charitable company at an exciting time in its development.

The Board of The Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited.