Basic Book Keeping

The course provides advice and guidance around effective book keeping for third sector organisations. Participants receive a basic introduction to book keeping and financial procedures delivered through practical, hands-on exercises that can be applied within your own organisation. Topics covered include managing money, dealing with petty cash and presenting and analysis your own accounts. Ideal for those new to book keeping as well as those who wish to adopt best practice.

Cost: £40 to VASLan Members, £40 to Non Members

Volunteer Management

The Volunteer Management Course is aimed at organisations who are at a stage where they feel they could benefit from involving volunteers, or in fact already involve volunteers, but would like to re-examine their procedures and processes.
Together this training aims to:
•    Look at WHY we involve volunteers
•    WHAT we want volunteers to do
•    Are we READY to involve volunteers
•    HOW can we provide an excellent volunteering experience

Cost: £65 to VASLan Members, £65 to Non Members

Committee Skills

An interactive workshop for new and existing committee members, this course covers the roles and responsibilities of office bearers and other members of the committee, constitutions, minutes, agendas and, ultimately, how to hold effective meetings.

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £20 to Non Members

Time  14:00 to 16:00

Location: 155 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LQ

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Volunteer Management - Stage 4

Following on from Role Descriptions a step by step guide to recruiting and selecting volunteers.

In this session we will cover:
- Methods of recruiting and Promotion 
- Planning a recruitment process to get volunteers involved.
- Selecting potential Volunteers

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £20 to Non Members

Time  10:00 to 12:00

Location: 155 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LQ

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Effective Minute Taking

This session provides an overview of the role of the minute taker, effective note taking tools/formats and, most importantly, what to include in the minutes. Recommended for those who are new to taking minutes or those with experience who wish to ensure continued best practice.

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £0 to Non Members

Time  13:00 to 14:00

Location: 155 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LQ

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An Introduction to Governance

The aim of this course is to provide committee members with an overview of their strategic role and responsibilities in relation to the governance of their organisation, highlight the difference between governance and management and cover key responsibilities under charity law. Key principles of good governance, board sustainability and ensuring quality are all covered. Recommended for new and existing committee members.

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £20 to Non Members

Time  14:00 to 16:00

Completing Your OSCR Annual Return

The annual monitoring requirements for charities can seem daunting to those completing the process for the first time. This session aims to support those in such a position, as well as those with previous experience, to understand the key requirements of the process. The trustees’ annual report, independent examiner’s report, accounts and annual return form are all covered in order to reduce the likelihood of your submission being rejected by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £0 to Non Members

Bridge to Volunteering

If you feel you would like a little support to get ready to volunteer VASLan will be holding a Bridge to Volunteering workshop.

The workshop will start at 10am until 2pm and you will be provided with a soup and sandwich lunch.

The workshop will cover the following:
- What is volunteering?
- Working with others
- Rights and responsibilities

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £0 to Non Members

Time  10:00 to 14:00

Location: 155 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LQ

Presenting Receipts & Payments Accounts

Suitable for organisations that prepare accounts on a receipts & payments basis, this session explains how to format your accounts and avoid common mistakes. The session provides an overview of the statement of receipts & payments, statement of balances, external scrutiny and the difference between restricted and unrestricted funding. Ideal for those who are new to producing final accounts to satisfy the conditions of charity law as well as unincorporated third sector organisations that are not charities.

Cost: £0 to VASLan Members, £0 to Non Members