The Coalfields Regeneration Trust recognises that reliance on grant funding, a lack of skills in key areas and the confidence to embrace the entrepreneurial culture currently shaping Scotland’s third sector means that many organisations are struggling to be sustainable.
The Coalfields Regeneration School was designed to address those skills gaps. Its aim is to develop enterprising communities and local organisations working towards long term sustainability as a way of maintaining vibrancy in their community.
The School has been offered in a number of areas across Scotland over the past few years. This year it will be delivered by Community Enterprise, in partnership with MVA. The programme is open to any organisation operating in Midlothian or in coalfield communities in East Lothian and West Lothian. The participant is the organisation, rather than a specified individual from an organisation. We expect a commitment to take part in an initial and a final review and to attend a minimum of 5 half-day workshops from September to December 2016. Different people can attend workshop sessions on the organisation’s behalf – staff, volunteers or Board members. This ensures a spread of knowledge and skills within an organisation and reduces dependency on one key person.
Workshop topics include Creativity and Innovation; Product Development and Project Planning; Social Media; Marketing; Websites and Newsletters; Working with People; Pricing and Operational Planning; Business Structures and Governance.
The workshop programme is followed by a final review identifying further mentoring and signposting to other available support. The programme will end with a celebration event in December. During the programme, the participants will be encouraged to use CRT’s on-line platform to share information and support each other.
For further information and to enrol, please contact Pamela Redpath at Community Enterprise on 07989 923 260 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.