Project in a Box – new edition

planningImage5We have long been admirers of the Community Edition of Project in a Box.

This great, free resource is one we always recommend to our charity clients – being a great way think about, plan and deliver projects using the bones of the recognised Prince 2 methodology.

PIAB have just released a new version of the free Community Edition which offers more project planning templates for those less demanding, less layered projects.

You can use the three step template (or the five step for more detailed project planning) in the new system to clearly map your thinking about project formulation, inception and delivery.

If your Third Sector organisation has previously felt rather pale when reviewing project planning methodologies or software like MsProject, then this new Community Edition is just for you.

The new version is also bundled with Planner, another great free resource from PIAB. Check out the PIAB web site for more details.

If you can get, as a beginner, past some of the language – then this free download is a great resource for helping you think clearly about projects, how they are delivered and how they are reported about when finished. If you are expert, this is still a great resource too.

PIAB – we recommend it.

(Planning symbol: Marine Institute Ireland – Creative Commons)

We are now a charity!

rainbowPicAfter working closely with the Charity Commission our board has now achieved charitable status for the Sandringham Enterprise Centre (SEC).

This important development means that we can begin the work of raising money to develop services in our Centre, to work with individuals and groups to raise funds for their projects and develop a sustainable social enterprise model for delivery of the work of the Centre.

Our objects as a charity are given below…

To further or benefit the residents of Marham and the
neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation,
race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating
together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary
and other organisations in a common effort to advance
education and to provide facilities in the interests of social
welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the
objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees
shall have power:

To establish or secure the establishment of a community
centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any
statutory authority in the maintenance and management of
such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in
furtherance of the above objects.

What does all this mean?

As volunteers, using our energy and commitment, this means that we will work together to develop our Centre, bringing forward new things, but keeping and supporting existing groups and services too.

As your local charity – supporting each other in difficult times and creating as many broad smiles as possible whenever we can.

Explore your heritage

norfolkHeritageExplorerlogotypeWhy not start the New Year with a new project?

You can use the Norfolk Heritage Explorer web site to find about about an amazing number of things across the County.

The web site offers you access to Norfolk Historic Environment Record database. Whether you want to view digital maps, find out about heritage trails across the county, or just look up resources for an education project this is a great site.

You can look at the pre-set collections available or use the detailed search criteria to look for information on your parish, time period or just search the database with your keywords.

Finding-out is fun – it can just change your view of history too!

Read more about the Heritage Explorer here.