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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.

Managing with purpose: a CMI recognised course for voluntary sector managers and leaders

10:00, 8 to 23 May 2024
This event took place 20 days ago
Course length
6 Day
Helen Swatton
Challenges Catalyst
Governance and leadership HR, employment and jobs
Course overview

In partnership with SCVO, this course has been specifically created by Challenges Catalyst, along with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), for managers working in charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.

It is suitable for new managers or managers looking to develop their skills and gain professional recognition to aid future career development, build resilience and develop good practice within their organisation. Covering the key principles of management & leadership and managing team performance it provides individuals with a well-rounded skill set and support network of peers within the sector.

This 6-session online course will be delivered via Zoom on:

  • 8 May, 10am to 1pm - Part 1, Continuous Professional Development (CPD): peer-led reflection, individual diagnostic and goal-setting
  • 9, 15 and 16 May, 10am to 1pm - Part 2, Principles of Leadership Practice
  • 22 and 23 May, 10am to 1pm - Part 3, Managing team and individual performance

Participants will receive a CPD certificate in Management and Leadership from the CMI on completion. Participants will have access to CMI membership benefits, including Management Direct, CMI’s content-rich hub of management learning and resources, for one year. 

Overall course aim

The aim of the course is to build participants' skills in management and leadership, and provide a space to discuss current practice and issues in order to learn from them. Course tutors, themselves experienced voluntary sector managers and expert facilitators, take a peer-led approach, facilitating the sharing of experience and expertise among learners as well as conveying material based on key management principles and practice.

Course objectives

Part 1 - following this session participants will:

  • have a clear understanding of their own management strengths and development needs, allowing them to set goals for their own CPD
  • understand the value of reflective practice and how to apply this to inform personal and professional development
  • have been introduced and shared initial reflections with a group of peers from organisations within the Scottish voluntary sector

Part 2 - having completed this section participants will be able to:

  • examine leadership practices within organisations
  • analyse the characteristics of responsible leadership
  • analyse the impact of internal and external factors on leadership practice
  • examine the relationship between management and leadership
  • evaluate how leadership supports the achievement of organisational objectives

Part 3 - following these sessions participants will be able to:

  • identify and agree performance objectives for your team and individuals
  • assess performance against objectives and provide feedback
  • provide advice and guidance to support to improve performance
  • apply the organisation’s disciplinary and grievance procedures
Who was the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at new managers or those who have some management experience but wish to improve and consolidate these skills.  It is a good next step to our Introduction to people management: essentials for team leaders, supervisors and managers and Adapt and develop your management skills: managing people in the modern world courses, though previous attendance on these courses is not required.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Please read the course Policies, procedures and terms & conditions from Challenges Catalyst, who deliver the training in partnership with SCVO.

Please note: your invoice for this course will be sent by Challenges Catalyst.

Homework required
Before the course start date, all participants will be asked to complete the Management diagnostic. This will allow you to track your progress as a manager and signpost you to CMI resources tailored to your learning needs.
Other Information

SCVO, Challenges Catalyst and CMI aim to create a management development pathway that competes with other sectors to retain and attract the best talent. Together, we want the leadership of our sector to represent our society and be well-equipped to address its challenges. Through this programme, we want to provide an opportunity for managers to develop skills they can use in the workplace and pass on to their teams. 

Progression: participants who complete this recognised programme can progress to complete the CMI Level 5 certificate in Management and Leadership. Anyone interested in progression to the Level 5 certificate will receive information during the course on how to sign up. 

Previous delegate comments
‘As a new Manager to a growing team I took a lot from the structures and have gained some great ideas that I will take back to my company.' ‘The Managing with purpose course has been fantastic, allowed for self-reflection, opportunities to work alongside third sector peers. This has been hugely beneficial for my own personal development!’ ‘I found the peer led nature of the course quite novel and invigorating. You clearly get back what you will put into this training.’ ‘This was an ideal course split into shorter sessions which was easily scheduled into a busy working day. Good to be linked with CMI and have easy access to all the helpful resources.’
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£675 (member rate £595)

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