Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 - 09:30 - 10:30

Like a chocolate selection box of different ideas to choose from, this session will provide lots of easy and practical ways to share the difference you are making. (Sorry, chocolates not included!)

Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 11:00 - 12:00

Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 - 10:00 - 1:00

An essential course for all leaders that examines what we’ve learned about leadership in the past year and how to use the best of that as a leader going forward?

Wednesday, 19 May, 2021 - 10:00 - 4:00

BVSC are working with The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) to run a series of one to one surgeries for local groups to help increase awareness of Lottery funding and improve the standard of applications.

Thursday, 20 May, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:00

Data isn’t just about numbers and statistics, or even stories; it’s about asking the right questions of the valuable information you have, so that you can better meet the needs of the people you support.
Small charities and community organisations are capturing useful data all the time. So are local authorities, national government, big charities and companies. Both our own data and that of others can help us understand our work, ensure policy makers listen and prevent us being overlooked for vital funds.
Ultimately it helps us make the right decisions, spotting problems before they happen and identifying solutions in ever changing political and socio-economic conditions.

But where do you start?

Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:00

So, you’ve got some volunteers…that’s fantastic, and should be a real help. With some organisations, it is clear where the volunteers fit in, and how they “dovetail” with the work that the employees in your organisation do. But what if it’s not so clear? Or you are only just starting a volunteer programme and need to explain to staff what a help volunteers can be? Come and learn about the key differences between staff and volunteers; organisational responsibilities in keeping the roles separate; and how to build positive relationships, and a welcoming environment for your volunteers.

Tuesday, 8 June, 2021 - 09:30 - 10:30

What do trusts and individuals want to know about how your Voluntary and Community organisation is making a difference? How can you improve your applications, increase funding and help more people? (This session will assume some knowledge of the terms like outcomes, Theory of Change and Quantitative data which are covered in the sessions above).

Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:00

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 - 09:30 - 12:00

Demonstrating your impact may not bring money straight into the bank but clearly evidenced outcomes will go a long way to ensuring a healthy financial future for your organisation.

Knowing your impact can also help you identify gaps in your services and highlight what’s working and what isn’t so that you can better meet the needs of the people you support.

Excel is the perfect tool for effectively and efficiently keeping track of information , analysing data and presenting the results. It’s also ideal for charities and community organisations that are not yet at the stage of developing or buying a database.

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 - 12:30 - 3:00

Compacting the 7 Impact sessions into two batches, one on 16th June and the other on the 23rd.

Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 - 12:30 - 3:00

Compacting the 7 Impact sessions into two batches, one on 16th June and the other on the 23rd.

Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 09:30 - 11:00

This interactive session will show you how to use agile principles and an agile mindset to plan for the months ahead and measure your performance. 

Tuesday, 6 July, 2021 - 09:30 - 10:30

Trying to measure change can sometimes feel like an assault course! Having the time, energy, skills, money and more can feel like insurmountable hurdles. Here are some tips to making things as straightforward as possible, based on the reality of working in small charities.

Monday, 12 July, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:30

Our Summer School upskills your Bexley group with 5 sessions to transform the way your group understands and presents its data. Join BVSC and Superhighways as we open up an exciting world in a programme that many of us take for granted: Excel.

Tuesday, 13 July, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:30

You don't always have control over the format and type of data that you want to analyse when it's imported from an external data source, such as a database, text file, or a web page. And, if you're using Excel to record and store data on a daily basis, it's common to find inconsistencies such as spelling errors, incomplete postcodes, or incorrect date formats. Before you can analyse the data, you often need to clean it up. This forms the second session of our Summer school, check out the other 4 sessions.

Wednesday, 14 July, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:30

How can you identify gaps in your services? Highlight what’s working and what isn’t? And demonstrate your impact? Excel is the perfect tool for effectively and efficiently keeping track of information, analysing data, crunching numbers and presenting the results in an easy to understand way.
Join us in this session where we will learn how to analyse and present findings so that it makes sense both to you and the people that need to understand the story of your work. This forms the third session of our Summer school, check out the other 4 sessions.

Monday, 19 July, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:30

Surveys are a brilliant way of gathering information from people but sometimes the results can be challenging to interpret & present. A good survey will include a variety of question types - multiple choice, rating scales and open-ended questions but each of these requires different skills and approaches to pull out the results effectively. This forms the fourth session of our Summer school, check out the other 4 sessions.

Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 - 10:00 - 12:30

Robust, data informed decisions can help with your service planning and show what's already working to funders, commissioners and your key stakeholders. It can also help you make the case for change, evidence need in your funding applications and share your impact with the world. This forms the second session of our Summer school, check out the other 4 sessions.

Monday, 20 September, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:30

This interactive session will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on and understand what impact means for them in their work.

Participants will then look at different ways of measuring impact and collecting data in a rapidly changing environment.

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 10:15 - 12:30

Many small organisations are nervous about delving into quantitative data collection and analysis and often just scratch the surface due to lack of confidence or skills. This session will cover the quantitative data essentials and ensure participants leave the session feeling more confident and equipped with the tools to start collecting, analysing and using quantitative data.

Wednesday, 3 November, 2021 - 09:30 - 11:00

Charities and social enterprises deliver services that have an impact on the wellbeing of the people and, in most cases, the communities they work with. Sometimes this is the main focus of their organisational mission, for others it is a by-product. Undoubtedly, all work towards improving wellbeing of those they support, however, they may also inadvertently decrease people's wellbeing due to their service delivery model or other crucial factors.

This session will provide an overview of what is meant by wellbeing and what tools exist to help charities and social enterprises to measure their impact.

Tuesday, 16 November, 2021 - 00:30 - 2:00

There is an array of survey options available to small organisations in order to evaluate their activities or explore a specific area of interest.

However, how can you ensure that you build surveys in a way that will maximise your response rates while also ensuring the quality of responses? How can you make sure to remove biases from questions and ensure respondents feel the response options they have allow them to express their honest opinions and thoughts?

In short, how do you get the best out of surveys and ask good questions?

Wednesday, 1 December, 2021 - 09:30 - 11:00

The focus will be on how to embed the principles into your practice as a small charity or social purpose organisation.

We will discuss the key questions to ask to know your impact, about using this information for better decision making and to taking steps towards maximising value for your stakeholders.

We will also look at demystifying some of social value and Social Return on Investment (SROI).