what we do
We give support advice and guidance to the voluntary and community sector in Shropshire. This includes:
We offer an extensive training programme based on consultation with the sector via a training and needs analysis. To find out exactly what is on offer follow this link.
We can help you explore a wide spectrum of financing options for your group including grants, donations, local fundraising events, sponsorship, loans, trading, payroll giving and gift aid. We can work on an individual basis with your group to help you develop a funding strategy for your organisation or its projects and activities.
We organise regular large scale funding fairs to enable you to meet the local, regional and national funders. We coordinate smaller, more specialised workshops and briefing events to provide more detailed support to help your group make a case for funding.
Monitoring & Evaluation
A number of our advisors are qualified Outcomes Champions and they offer:
- advice and information on methods and good practice
- training opportunities and briefing sessions
- toolkits and resources
- subsidised end of project external evaluations
Click through the relevant link to get further information on these services or email info@Shropshirevcs.org.uk if you need help with monitoring and evaluation and dont know where to start, giving a brief overview of your project.
We run a county wide matching service, matching potential volunteers with the right opportunity and vice versa. Our Volunteer Outreach Officers hold weekly surgeries around the county and they promote all opportunities on the national volunteering database Do-it.org.
To find out more about our volunteering services click here to go through to our Volunteering Hub.
We have specialist development staff available to give advice and guidance on good governance for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Shropshire. This includes specialist, bespoke support to help you identify and develop the skills of your board.
Our partner Shropshire Youth Association can process your DBS (formerly CRB) checks. You can also contact them on 01743 254687.
For the imminent changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) click here.
Our partner Shropshire Pre-School Learning Alliance can offer a fully supported payroll service. To find out more about this service click this link.
Our partners have built up a broad range of resources which are available to support the voluntary and community sector in Shropshire. This includes:
- an extensive library of books
- downloadable resources and useful links
- toolkits, model documents and fact sheets
- organisational ‘health check’ documents
- ‘how to’ guides
- research findings and reports about the voluntary sector
- meeting and training room hire
- equipment loan
Please click on one of the links above to see what is available
Events and Networking opportunities
We organise events throughout the year of interest to a wide range of organisations and on a variety of themes (funding fairs, volunteers week, breakfast briefings), details of which are published as appropriate.
We also run a number of meetings (networking opportunities, focus groups) including six locally based Volunteer Forums, Charity Trustee Network meetings and a Social Enterprise group ‘Venture’, details of which can be found by clicking the relevant link.
Social Enterprise Advice
Social Enterprise (businesses trading for social and environmental purposes, with objectives providing social benefits) is growing in Shropshire. Our partners have experienced staff available to give advice on all aspects of this business model from initial ideas, to start up support to ongoing mentoring, advice and resources including funding advice and promotion. Click through to the Social Enterprise Advice area to get details of who to contact and how they can help you.
Social Business Mentors
Mentoring is the single most effective method of developing an individual to achieve success in employment, self emploment or life in general. Our partner Midwest Rural Enterprise CIC is co-ordinating a network of ‘Social Business Mentors’ to work with voluntary and community organisations in Shropshire. The mentors are all people with a wide range of business skills who can act as your ‘critical friend’, someone to talk organisational issues over with. All the mentors are trained and assessed to SFEDI endorsed standards. Interested? Find out more !