BAVS supports the development of the third sector in Berwickshire. Our programme is for volunteers, staff and trustees from third sector organisations. Although priority is given to the third sector in Berwickshire, we welcome participants from outwith the county and from other sectors.
You can book on any of the events below by clicking on the title and following the link to our Eventbrite booking system. You can also download our full programme here.
All events will be held at Berwickshire Housing Association, 55 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU unless otherwise stated
Friday 14th September, 10am-noon
Our regular informal get together held in different village halls across Berwickshire. Come along, network, have a bacon butty and catch up with new friends and old. Kicking off Borders Diversity Week, this event will have an equalities theme.
Thursday 27th September, 10am-noon
A forum for employees and volunteers who would like some peer support in their role. The forum aims to reduce isolation by offering the opportunity to come together, share ideas and learn from one another. This session is based around the Swedish concept of ‘Fika’ – taking time to have coffee and cake with colleagues. We will also look at future learning needs of the forum.
Wednesday 3rd October, 10am-12.30pm
This practical session, for small charities and village halls, is facilitated by The Royal Bank of Scotland and Keegan & Pennykid Insurance Brokers. The Royal Bank of Scotland will explore the practicalities of business banking for small organisations in a changing financial climate. Keegan & Pennykid will then examine how organisations determine the risks they face and the insurance arrangements they need to put in place. There will be time for facilitators to answer any specific questions organisations have.
Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday 16th October, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
An informative session run by Scottish Borders Council, which aims to help charities, village halls and community groups increase their understanding of local area profiles. It will explore how local data and statistics can be used in planning services for local communities and to support funding applications.
Thursday 25th October, 10am-1.30pm £20 Lunch provided
A practical workshop on how to create a Facebook page for your charity, community group or village hall. The session will explore how to set up your page, customise it, add content, and measure how successful it is.
Monday 5th November, 9am-5pm, Foulden Village Hall
£65 (including £10 certification fee) £30 for village halls (kindly subsidised by the Berwickshire Federation of Village Halls) Lunch provided
This is a certificated course run by Borders College. It is essential for all those handling and preparing food and covers all aspects of basic food hygiene including: bacteria and their characteristics; food poisoning and its prevention; personal hygiene; safe working practices; cleaning practices; the working environment; common pests and their control; food safety legislation.
Friday 9th November, 10am -12.30pm Lunch provided
Run by Borders Care Voice Learning Network, this session will offer an insight into dementia, an umbrella term to describe a number of different disorders that affect the brain, particularly memory, behaviour, thinking and emotion.
Wednesday 14th November, 6pm-7.30pm Splash!, Eyemouth
This practical, interactive session will explore how you can make the most of your meetings. It will cover basic chairing skills, how to keep your meeting to time, and explore ways to ensure your meetings are meaningful and inclusive.
Thursday 22nd November, 10am-noon
An introductory session for organisations and village halls that are considering, or are in the process of, changing their legal structure to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). The session will cover the pros and cons of being a SCIO, how SCIOs differ from unincorporated charities, and the first steps involved in setting up a SCIO.
Thursday 29th November, 10am-2pm £20 Lunch provided
This informal workshop is for anyone who would like to feel more confident speaking in public, for example at meetings or giving a talk. The session will also look at how to structure more formal presentations and practise techniques to help with nerves.
Thursday 6th December, 10am-2pm £20 Lunch provided
A practical workshop to help charities, village halls and community groups ensure that they are inclusive of everyone in the community. The workshop will refer to the Equality Act 2010 and look at template Equality and Diversity Policies.
Friday 14th December, 10am-2pm
Our regular informal get together held in different village halls across Berwickshire. Come along, network, have a bacon butty and catch up with new friends and old.
We can provide tailored training to new and existing boards. Training can be adapted to meet the learning needs of your board. We are happy to travel to you and can deliver weekend or evening training.
This training could include:
For more information and an initial discussion, please contact Jenny Haines on 01361 883137 or e-mail email@example.com