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Training and Learning Opportunities

We offer a range of training and learning opportunities to meet the group and individual needs of your organisation and its members.

If your group/organisation is interested in a particular course, and there are enough participants to run it, we will do our best to put it on to suit your need.  Please contact Ayesha.


For more information or to book a place on any of the following courses, please contact:

Ayesha Huda, 01595 743905 training.vas@shetland.org 


Treasurer Training

Delivered by Wendy Hand

This course is free of charge

When and Where

Wednesday 14th November 6 - 8 pm
Baltasound School, Unst

Course Outline

Course for voluntary groups to improve their recording of income and expenditure, holding of account information and doing financial planning.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for voluntary/community groups. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course participants will:

Understand the role & responsibilities of the treasurer
Be confident to keep a basic book-keeping system
Be confident to produce a basic income and expenditure sheet


Roles and Responsibilities of a Management Committee

Delivered by Ayesha Huda

This course is free of charge

When and Where

Thursday 15th November 6pm - 8.30pm
Market House, Lerwick

Course Outline

This course aims to increase the knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a management committee.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for voluntary/community groups. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

Understand the key roles of committee members including Chair, Treasurer and Secretary
Have an overview of the main legal obligations
Have a knowledge of duties as a ‘charity trustee’  


Understanding Finances

Delivered by Wendy Hand

This course is free of charge

This course will be run again shortly, please contact Ayesha to register your interest.

Do you understand the financial information that is presented to you?

One of your most important duties as a trustee or director is to understand the finances of your organisation.

This workshop, designed for voluntary groups, will help you to develop the knowledge and confidence to understand, monitor and question financial information and to use this to contribute to Board decisions regarding financial planning and expenditure.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance and implementation of financial controls
  • Understand the organisation's activities with regard to the resources required to deliver them
  • Identify budgetary areas and understand any variances
  • Monitor the organisation’s budgets & decision making
  • Understand the components of management accounts

Book a place:

Email: training.vas@shetland.org
Call Ayesha on 01595 743905


Organisational Structures

Delivered by Ayesha Huda

This course is free of charge

This course will be run again shortly, please contact Ayesha to register your interest.

Course Outline

This course will help groups decide the correct legal framework and the liability of the people involved in managing the organisation.

Some common structures for third sector and voluntary organisations:

· Unincorporated Organisation
· SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated
· Organisation)
· Company Limited by Guarantee
· Trust

Who should attend?

This course is designed for third sector and voluntary organisations 


Keeping Adults and Children Safe

Delivered by Mhairi Jamieson

This course is free of charge

When and Where:

This course will be run again in the future.

Course Outline:

This course will provide an introduction to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. It will cover the basics of safeguarding, legal responsibilities and good practice.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this training you should be able to:

· Explain what is meant by adult and child protection
· Have an understanding of what is meant by abuse
· Describe the possible alerting signs of abuse and harm
· Be aware of local adult and child protection procedures
· Know what to do if you are concerned about an adult or child 


For more information or to book a place on any of the above courses, please contact:

Ayesha Huda, 01595 743905 training.vas@shetland.org 


Examples of further training available:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Health and Safety
  • Finding and Retaining Volunteers
  • Volunteers and the Law
  • Responsibilities of a Management Committee
  • The New Charities Law
  • Website Development
  • Presentations and Report Writing
  • Time Management
  • Employing Staff
  • Funding Applications
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Disability and Equalities
  • Keeping Children Safe (Basic Child Protection Course)

If the above courses do not meet you needs we may be able to develop something that can, so give us a call on 01595 743905 or complete our Online Training Needs Analysis

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