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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Guide to good governance: defining strategy, culture and values

10:00-13:15, 3 October 2024
Course length
1 Day
Helen Swatton
Governance and leadership HR, employment and jobs
Course overview

An organisation should regularly review its governance in order to identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments. This practical course will address common governance challenges, which will benefit participating trustees and staff working within the Scottish voluntary sector.

This three-part online series with freelance consultant Philippa Bonella will give learners practical tools and top tips to help improve their charity’s governance, as well provide a space to reflect and hear from peers.

This half-day course is designed to be studied as a stand-alone session or in conjunction with the other two courses in this three-part series - book all 3 courses, get 10% off the 3rd! 

Overall course aim

The aim of this half-day course is to address the board’s role in defining your charity’s strategy, culture and values, consider your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, and offer tools and tips. It is designed to provide a safe space to hear from other learners about the governance challenges they face, and gather ideas through examples and peer led conversations.

Course objectives

During this interactive course you will explore what is required when defining strategy, culture and values within your organisation, and by the end of the session you will:       

  • understand the purpose of strategy and what a charity strategic plan should include
  • understand the board’s role in developing and monitoring strategy, and shaping organisational culture and values
Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at trustees and senior staff.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Homework required
Participants will be asked some preparatory questions on booking, which will help tailor the learning to suit the class.
Other Information

Course structure: 3-hours of learning with one 15-minute break. There will be a mix of presentation delivery, practical exercises and group discussions. Presentations and resource links will be shared after the training.

Attendance: You must attend the full online course in order to complete it and receive your certificate of achievement.

Previous delegate comments
  • "The group discussions were very helpful and it was great to hear so many different perspectives and insights."
  • "There were great examples on how to approach certain issues or challenges, lots of practical examples from different organisation."
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£130 (member rate £90)

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