Professional Training Workshops
In 2013 business professionals, volunteering through Involve Swindon, ran a series of business skills training courses for voluntary organisations. The third sector is under increasing pressure to embrace professional business practices to compete for funding and contracts but often lacks the skills and has no budget to pay for training.
Carmel Burton from Swindon Borough Council spent half a day introducing 7 voluntary organisations to the basics of business planning.
“I found the experience extremely worthwhile. The participants were interested, receptive, keen to learn and eager to share and learn from the others. It was good to be able to share the experience and knowledge I have in a context where it could support voluntary organisations in a very practical way. It gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge and to broaden my understanding of the challenges facing the voluntary sector and how we might better provide support.
I feel that this is a very powerful way for professionals to volunteer and to offer support to the voluntary sector. I would be happy to come back and deliver a similar session again.
Many thanks for giving me this opportunity!”
Carmel Burton, Corporate Planning Lead, Swindon Borough Council