Community First – Workshops available


Building successful futures; reflecting on charities at their best and realising our resilience throughout and beyond Covid.

Community First is currently running workshops for voluntary groups, charities and community groups. The workshop will support you to think about the future, not 3 months from now but beyond into the years to come and help you build on your organisation’s strategic thinking and planning.

As a group, they will:

  1. Identify 3 questions to aid the strategic focus for organisations post-pandemic
  2. Identify 3 skill-sets to improve strategic performance
  3. Start the thought processes required for effective, practical recovery planning

As an individual you will:

  1. Identify at least one new target area for strategic review
  2. Identify at least one new skill to take back to the organisation to aid strategic review
  3. Take-away learning as homework to comprise “4 execution-readiness tests” and vision refresh exercise.

Session 2 – Streamline Connections with IT – Thursday 6th May, 10:00 – 12:00

More so than ever before have we realised the value in digital connections for our groups to survive. This workshop will help develop your skills further to keep the community going, reach wider audiences and keep telling your story.

Group objectives

  1. Identify new strategies for staying in touch with service users
  2. Consider ways of finding new service users and volunteers using social media and other platforms.
  3. Demonstrate how to collect and distribute community group success stories

Session 3 – Business planning for community groups post Covid – Thursday 13th May, 10:00 – 12:00

This is a 2 hour, facilitated workshop. The primary aim is to give participants time and space to agree on actions that will help them to execute their one-year plan. The why and what to achieve will primarily have been established in the strategic session. This one focuses on the how and when and what eventualities should you be prepared for.

Aims: To provide attendees with an opportunity to exercise business planning skills and techniques to improve their organisation’s recovery post-pandemic.

 Group learning objectives 

  1. Quantify the 3 – 7 critical activities to be included in a 1 Year Business Plan
  2. List the 3 -7 activities to be completed in the next 90 days to ensure that the year one plan is deliverable.
  3. Clarify issues that could derail the delivery of the one-year plan.

Individual learning goals or learner activity.

  1. Identify at least one implementable activity that can contribute to the achievement of the one-year plan
  2. Agree a minimum of one new action or activity that can be personally undertaken in the next 90 days that can contribute to the overall success of your organisation.
  3. Identify at least one potential solution to an issue that could derail the delivery of your 1 Year Plan.
  4. Clarify issues that could derail the delivery of the one-year plan.
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