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. 

Leading through change
– a charitable view

changePic88At a recent Action Planning Conference – Leading Your Charity Through a Time of Change – Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, urged open-ness and sound leadership on board members.

Dame Suzi explained that some UK charities were often reticent to share their financial and operational details with their community of interest.

In reality, Dame Suzi said, a community of interest will never fully understand the mission of a charity, without the will of trustees to publish their financial and delivery information as widely as possible.

Charitable work should not be a mystery to the beneficiaries. The Chair of the Commission likened charity trusteeship to a job like airline pilot…

…99% of the time, the job of a trustee, like that of a pilot, is perhaps not especially exciting. In fact, being a trustee can be a relatively calm, rewarding affair, which involves direction, support, stewardship, monitoring, and keeping a steady course.

But then theres the 1 in a 100 event or crisis. When the systems fail or when something – internally or externally – goes unexpectedly wrong, and trustees, like airline pilots faced with the threat of an accident, are required to take active control.

It was clear from the speech that some charities find it difficult to share their financial data. Many trustees are uncomfortable with this aspect of their work. However, care of young people, the aged or delivery of specialist community social enterprises can only be undertaken after the engagement, often, of professional support – which does have a cost on the balance sheet.

Interestingly in these times of urging for the creation of social enterprises – from this clarity of mission for charities emerges the truth that only a charity has so much care at the heart of its service delivery, in a way that no private company working for individual profit can.

You can read the full text of the speech by Dame Suzi Leather on the Charity Commission web site here.

A childcare survey for 2011

bearsSittingPicWe have just posted our childcare survey and covering letter onto our main website here.

There has been an increase in families in our community, as well as developing plans to create a Children’s and Young People’s Board, in order to help improve our services.

If you had a few minutes to complete the form, which is also available for download, that would really help us understand what the needs of our familes are.

It also fuels the talks we have with our service partners about what is needed and how new or existing services can be created to best support you and your children.

If you do…thank you for your time in completing and returning our form by April 26th 2011.

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.

Tendering workshop – find out how!

storageBoxPicNorfolk County Council is keen to to help bidders to navigate the county procurement process as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Particularly when, in the current economic climate, there is greater competition and an increased awareness of alternative sector providers by buyers.

The County Procurement team are offering an opportunity to get practical help and advice on commissioning and tender procedures in March of 2011.

This free event aimed at alternative education provision will be held at the Breckland Resource Base, London Road, Dereham, NR19 1AS. Between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on Wednesday 2nd March, 2011.

You can reach the Centre by telephone on 01362 692839.

Places are limited to 45 in number and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are a social enterprise, or community organisation with a service mission, you can contact the team at… childrensservicescontracts@norfolk.gov.uk

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.

Surf’s up for Seniors in Kings Lynn Library

keyboardPicAre you are over 60 years old?

If you are interested in learning about computers, the internet and email, then the library in Kings Lynn will be running a series of courses for beginners in the New Year.

The first course will run for six weeks, on Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – 12.00noon, beginning on 5 January.

There will be a small group of learners on each course, and you’ll be helped along the way and given time to work at your own pace.

If you are interested, and can commit to the six weeks, please contact the library on 01553 761393.

You can see more events on the library web pages here.

Our blog goes mobile

sandringhamQRcodePicAs we move closer to beginning the development of our building, we go on working to make our Centre information as available in as many forms as possible.

You can now access our Centre blog directly on your cell phone or mobile device.

You can find our blog newsfeed feed in mobile format here.

If you have QR Code reader in your phone, scan the image at the top of this entry and get our Sandringham News directly into your favourites.

Get Centre updates from anywhere there’s a mobile signal.

The Sandringham Centre team…

Volunteer Day 2010

The Centre recently staged a successful Volunteer Day on Wednesday, 20th October, 2010.

It was great to see so many people there, whether in uniform, groups from the Centre, mums and dads with children, visitors from the wider Voluntary Sector in the county and everyone else who was able to attend.

You can see the presentation that was playing on the day on our Visitor Day pages on our main website here. Keep up to date with our developments, if you weren’t able to attend.

As a team The Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited is now a Company Limited by Guarantee, with the next step to complete our application to the Charity Commission to become a Charitable Company. Helping to raise new funds, deliver new services and support the work already taking place in our Centre.

We’ll also continue to keep you up to date on the Centre blog about the building works about to get under way too.

0-5 sessions and Youth Centre

We have just added a page for the 0-5 activities in our Centre. You can see what we do and when on our sessions timetable page here.

Also added is a timetable for the Youth Centre. As we add sessions we will update this page to keep you informed. See the Youth Centre timetable here.

We’ve also created a link on our pages for Ginger Theatre Arts – this local arts organisation is run by Becky, who delivers most of our performing arts work. Check them out.

Maybe we’ll see you on our Volunteer Day on the Wednesday 20th?

The Sandringham Centre Team.