Sefton CVS & NCVO present “Leadership Links – The Strategy: from the vision to implementation” (Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm – £70)

The Strategy – from the vision to implementation. This course is suitable for chairs, trustees, chief executives and senior managers.

Thinking and acting more strategically is important for everyone these days. Suitable for anyone facing a strategic challenge, this course will help you get started by giving you some useful concepts, frameworks and tools you can use right away to improve your products, services and plans.

There will be a focus on understanding where you are now, creating a clear vision of where you want to get to, what you have to do to get there, and thinking about impact.

This one-day, practical course will give you an introduction to strategy and help you and your organisation achieves results and impact. The course will cover:

  • What is a “strategy”? It’s what you achieve, not just what you do
  • Why it matters
  • How do I get one? Some tools, processes and techniques to get you going
  • Who does it? Good question – who do you think?
  • How will I know if I have been successful? Thinking about impact.

Click here to download background information for the session

Sefton CVS & NCVO present “Leadership Links – The Strategy: from the vision to implementation” Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) 
Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR



Leadership Links Programme is a Programme of one-day national leadership courses delivered locally by Howard Exton-Smith NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Who is it for?
The Programme is especially designed for Leaders, Managers and Trustees and is delivered locally at a lower cost to be affordable and accessible. The Programme is designed to help you perform better to meet operational challenges today and enable change for tomorrow whilst offering support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities.

Become an influential leader who can positively impact both organisational culture and enhance your ability to respond to rapid shifts in the environment. You will understand how to manage change and respond to resistance.

The cost for each of the one-day courses is £75 per person. Book the full programme of 4 courses and receive a reduction 10%.

ABOUT HOWARD EXTON-SMITH, NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in personal and organisational development, strategy and governance, and the management of change.

He works at the intersection of the private, public and third sectors to build capacity by strengthening individuals and organisations. Client-centred and flexible, he employs a collaborative style to solve problems and participatory techniques to foster learning and ownership.

From a background in psychology, marketing and professional services, Howard has extensive experience of delivering successful learning, development and capacity-building programmes with a range of audiences. Howard leads NCVO’s open-programme finance, risk and change courses and is also responsible for creating bespoke, in-company, courses when required.

Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and North America and has been a Trustee and Chair of a UK charity. He holds an MSc in Management.

Don’t miss upcoming FREE Training from Sefton CVS (starting Friday 20th July)

Please see below for the latest FREE training opportunities from Sefton CVS. To book your place at any of the sessions below, please email or click here to book your place online.

An Introduction to Good Practice for Fundraising

Friday 20th July 2018
Aimed at new and developing groups this workshop will give you guidance and the basic tools to organise a successful fundraising strategy.  The content includes fundraising strategies, policies and organisational capacity.  We will show you how to understand the priorities of the funders, how to prepare to write your bid, how to engage with key stakeholders and the best approach to a successful fundraising campaign.  This workshop will show you how to take account of internal time/costs and external costs.  Also how to consider results, contingencies and expectations.

Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

An Introduction to Effective Governance and Leadership

Monday 23rd July 2018
The pathway to sustainable development is effective governance and good leadership.  This half day workshop will give you the tools you need to support to you implement good policies and practice to enhance the governance in your organisation.  You will learn agile solutions for your leadership problems and enhance your confidence in managing and leading your organisation. Content includes: decision making processes, responsiveness, accountability, managing stakeholders, organisational structures and effective action planning.

Time: 1pm -4pm.
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Domestic Abuse Masterclass

Tuesday 24th July 2018
Info: This masterclass will cover a brief outline on the following topics:

  • What is Domestic Abuse?
  • Consider the impact on Victims, Children and Young People.
  • What works well
  • Referral pathways

Time: 1pm – 4pm
Tutor: Germaine Fryer – SWACA
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

An Introduction to Planning and Managing Events

Friday 27th July 2018
Info: This workshop will walk you through the essential steps to planning a successful event.  It will give you the tools to help you develop your event goals and objectives, organise a team, plan, brand and create a marketing plan and how to evaluate your event.  It will help you to understand what you can realistically achieve with your time and everything else involved in planning and running an event.

Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Sefton CVS Group Development Team: Support for local organisations #LocalCharitiesDay

At Sefton CVS we love to support to local charities to help them to achieve their aims.

In you are a charity based in Sefton then our Group Development team can work with you to help you to identify your needs.  Some of the services that the Group Development team offer include:

  • Governance and leadership support
  • Training and skills development
  • Financial planning and management
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Organisational health checks
  • Funding advice

We are always keen to work with a wide range of organisations, so if you are a Sefton based charity, we would love to hear from you. Please email for more information.

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Sian Martin-Baez (Group Development Officer) and Tony Nicholls (Funding & Sustainability Manager)

Key activities of the Group Development Team during 2016/17 included:

  • Handling 1,165 intensive cases of capacity building and customised support with 280 VCF sector organisations, 64 per cent of them groups with an annual income under £100k.
  • Supporting 31 potential new groups, with 14 going forward as new charity and enterprise start-ups.
  • Hosting three sessions with the Charity Commission to give charity trustees the opportunity to provide feedback on the development of their services, in particular a new online portal.
  • Developing a new suite of policy and procedures templates available free on the CVS website.
  • Providing bespoke board development training on key issues such as developing a constitution, strategy, governance and partnership development to organisations including the Dockland Trail, Kindfulness Coffee Club, Formby Pool Trust, Southport Classic Parks Network, Formby Befriending Scheme, Age Concern Crosby, the Fillies Girls Football Club and Maghull in Bloom.
  • Providing intensive support to the newly developed charity Veterans in Sefton.

Sefton LSCB’s new training course ‘Working with Young People’s Substance Use’ (9am-4pm, Thursday 25th May 2017)

Sefton LSCB’s new training course ‘Working with Young People’s Substance Use’  will take place on 25th May 2017 between 9am-4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) in Waterloo.

Presented by: Sefton SMASH Team : Coleen Lunt & Jo Williams

Click here to download the information flyer

This course will explore a number of issues and responses relating to young people and substance use

Aims of the training:
• To inform staff of their responsibilities in responding to substance use
• To facilitate a more comprehensive awareness in partner agencies of young people’s drug and alcohol use
• To enable partner agencies to have more confidence in identifying and working with young people who use drugs and alcohol at the appropriate level
• Identify the reasons why young people choose to use substances
• Introduce some of the theoretical models that can be used when working with Young People
• Understand the risk factors for problematic substance use
• Feel confident having a conversation with a young person that is focused around their drug/alcohol use with specific aim of reducing harm
• Learn effective techniques to work with young people around substance use
• For partner agencies to have a better understanding of how to use some models for lower level interventions in their own practice
• To enable delegates to have a greater understanding of the links between individual experiences, environment and drug and alcohol use
• To encourage more appropriate multi-agency working and understand the referral route to SMASH services

Click here to download the information flyer