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Target Audience

For Approved Housing Bodies categorised as ‘Micro’ (less than 20 dwellings) and ‘Small’ (between 20 and 100 dwellings).

Outline

The Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) is an independent authority, established in February 2021. The organisation is tasked with the regulation of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the purposes of protecting housing assets provided or managed by such bodies. Section 37(8) of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 requires all AHBs to comply with the Standards. The AHBRA establish a set of outcomes that AHBs are required to achieve to demonstrate the protection of housing assets provided or managed by AHBs.

Compliance with the Standards is a statutory requirement and clearly this presents many challenges for AHBs at the smaller end of the scale, particularly from a human and financial resource perspective.

The primary objective of the training programme is to provide AHBs categorised as ‘Micro’ (less than 20 dwellings) and ‘Small’ (between 20 and 100 dwellings with a clear understanding of the Standards for AHBs, enabling them to effectively implement and maintain compliance.

The training content supports:

  • develop an increased awareness of the Standards for AHBs and what it means for them;
  • enhance operational efficiency and help understand to a greater extent how compliance can be demonstrated; and
  • undertake gap analysis to identify weaknesses or non-compliance with the Standards.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

This course will be beneficial for chairs of boards, CEOs, senior managers leading executive teams, officers engaging in community outreach, education/training workers, and staff leading meetings.

Outline

In this workshop you will be introduced to methodologies, tools and techniques for effective online facilitation. The workshop includes live demos of interactive collaborative tools which will save you time and provide skills to bring your events alive.

Methodology

Delivered online via Zoom.

Target Audience

Board Members, CEOs and Finance Managers of Charities.

Outline

SORP requirements for Charities and the responsibilities of the Board of Directors under the Charities Act.

The main areas covered will be:

  • What are the responsibilities of the Board of Directors under the Charities Act
  • What are SORP’s (Statements of Recommend Practice)
  • What is the purpose of SORP
  • Why are they necessary in charity financial reporting
  • What are the requirements of SORP for Charities
  • What is the connection between the Charities Act 2009 and SORP
  • What are the key requirements of SORP FRS102 (latest SORP)
  • How to lay out Financial Annual Accounts in SORP Format
  • What is a Statement of Financial Activities (SOFA) and how to construct it
  • The rules on Income recognition under SORP
  • The rules of allocation Overheads by Charity Activity
  • What is happening in the Regulators office for implementing a SORP in Ireland
  • Latest information on the consultation process
  • What is an Activity Report which is required from all charities regardless of size.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

  • Board Members
  • Executive | Senior Management Team
  • Non-profit Leadership

Calling all organisation leadership from frontline leaders to board level leadership. Are you living your Mission, Vision And Values within your organisation? Maybe you are about to embark on your next 3-5 Year organisation strategic plan? Well join us for our Living Your Mission, Vision And Values Workshop to find out how to ensure “your words and deeds match in practice”.

Outline

This session is a interactive workshop that explores practical ways to ensure how you can develop genuine, authentic and sustainable set of Mission, Vision And Values. So often our Mission, Vision And Values become a tick box exercise as part of a strategic plan, a lip service exercise that ends up as plaque on a wall, words on a plan or website; But the words and deeds don’t match the experience in practice. Sound familiar???

Well if you would like to design a “quality culture” where genuinely “the words & deeds match in practice” and how you can “Leave A Legacy” join us to find out what strategies you need to build or re-set the foundations needed to provide a quality experience and culture for your service users and your workforce.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to pick up some productivity tips in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Prior knowledge of Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365 is essential.

Outline

In this course you will learn productivity tips from the following Microsoft programs:

Outlook

  • Scheduling emails in advance
  • How to ignore irrelevant email chains
  • Cleaning up your inbox
  • Creating simple rules
  • Using quick parts

Word

  • Working with styles
  • Contents pages
  • Page breaks
  • Cover pages
  • Watermarks
  • Collaborate on a document

Excel

  • Cleaning data
  • Separating text from within a cell
  • Managing your data using grouping
  • Locking cells
  • Displaying data visually

PowerPoint

  • Using slides from another presentation
  • Changing fonts throughout the entire presentation
  • Working with images and shapes
  • Colour considerations
  • Using the presenter view

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom. This session will be recorded and the recording will be circulated to participants on completion.

Target Audience

Directors, CEOs and key people including senior management in non-profit organisations.

Outline

A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the leader and public face of many non-profit organisations. They are the highest position of authority in the chain of command but are held accountable by the Board of Directors. The role of a CEO in a non-profit is varied and differs from the CEO of a “for profit” company. The aim of this course is to outline the specific roles and responsibilities of the CEO in a non-profit organisation.

This course will provide interactive training on the role and key responsibilities of the CEO. As the link between the governance and operational elements of the organisation, it will explore the relationships within the role such as the CEO/Board, CEO/Staff and other stakeholder relationships. It will highlight the expectations of the various stakeholders from the CEO.

It will describe the skills and characteristics required to be a successful CEO in a non-profit organisation and recognise when things can go wrong. Finally, the organisational risks and internal policy and procedures required to maintain a compliant and effective CEO position in the organisation will be outlined.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

This 2 hours’ session is aimed at people who have no experience of using Canva, or graphic design. Participants do need to have basic IT skills and understand simple technological jargon.

What is Canva?

Canva is a free-to-use online graphic design tool. Use it to create social media posts, presentations, posters, videos, logos and more.

Course Outline

  • Opening and creating a Canva account ​
  • Canva for Non-Profits​
  • Creating a design; using templates or creating from scratch ​
  • Searching and editing elements ​
  • Using template photos from Canva or uploading ​
  • Adding text and using different fonts ​
  • Saving and downloading designs ​
  • Sharing and collaborating designs ​
  • Design for Print​
  • Managing your Brand

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

CEOs, senior managers or staff from non-profits/charities who’d like to learn how to improve their Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. Prior experience of using Microsoft PPT is essential.

Outline

  1. Slide Theory – what to think about before opening PowerPoint
  2. PowerPoint Fundamentals – time-saving tools to help you create professional slides
  3. Present with Confidence – tools to help you feel in control when you deliver your presentation

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Individuals or organisations interested/involved in setting up and running a small non-profit organisation, or supporting others doing the same.

Outline

This online course will be delivered over 2 weekly Zoom sessions as per the details below. For privacy reasons, these sessions will not be recorded, so please make sure to attend both sessions if possible.

Module 1: (Thurs 23 May 10am – 1pm)

Establishment of a Group

  • Setting up a community group
  • Deciding on the Legal Structure
  • Writing Your Constitution
  • Recruiting Volunteers

Running of the Group

  • Committee Roles
  • Running a Meeting
  • Agendas/Minutes

Module 2: (Thurs 30 May 10am – 1pm)

Making Decisions

  • Conflict of Interest
  • Code of Conduct
  • Communication with members of group

Legal Duties

  • Regulatory Responsibilities
  • Charity/Tax & Bank Accounts
  • Succession Planning

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to pick up some productivity tips in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Prior knowledge of Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365 is essential.

Outline

In this course you will learn productivity tips from the following Microsoft programs:

Outlook

  • Scheduling emails in advance
  • How to ignore irrelevant email chains Cleaning up your inbox
  • Creating simple rules Using quick parts

Word

  • Working with styles Contents pages Page breaks
  • Cover pages Watermarks
  • Collaborate on a document

Excel

  • Cleaning data
  • Separating text from within a cell Managing your data using grouping Locking cells
  • Displaying data visually

PowerPoint

  • Using slides from another presentation Changing fonts throughout the entire presentation
  • Working with images and shapes Colour considerations
  • Using the presenter view

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom. This session will be recorded and the recording will be circulated to participants on completion.