VAST Support – How we can help

‘Development Support’ covers all elements of essential advice, information, and guidance for VCSE organisations, big and small; helping organisations to make positive changes, so that they can effectively and efficiently meet their objectives.

Examples of the support we can provide include:

  • Governance:
    • How to set up a new organisation and find the right legal structure for you.
  • Compliance:
    • Clarifying the legal obligations of your trustees, management, staff and volunteers in your organisation.
    • Creating or amending the policies and procedures that you need to operate and deliver your services legally and effectively.
  • Funding and Finance: 
    • How to find and apply for funding opportunities and grants. How to fundraise and manage your donations.
    • What budgeting skills you need or can utilise. 
    • The finance management options that are suitable for your organisation. 
  • Business Planning:
    • Creating a realistic business plan to ensure your organisation is sustainable, can operate efficiently and show how you will meet your charitable objectives. 
  • Human Resources:
    • How you can recruit, train, retain, and develop your valuable staff and volunteers.
    • Creating suitable policies and procedures to ensure all your legal obligations are met. 
  • Community Engagement:
    • How to reach out to communities and your beneficiaries.
    • How to find your target audience.
    • How to build your audience and keep them engaged.
  • Performance Management and Evaluation:
    • Clarifying your intended outcomes.
    • Measuring your impact on your beneficiaries and in the community.
  • Commissioning and Procurement:
    • How to engage with commissioners and win contracts.
    • Understanding the procurement process and writing tender applications.
  • Networking and Collaboration:
    • How to connect with other organisations so you can learn from each other and work together for the good of the community.
    • How to engage effectively with community panels, health and community leaders, and local authorities. 
    • How you can become a part of something bigger through connections with statutory bodies.
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