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Foundations for the third sector (F4S3)

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F4S3 is an induction programme for people who have recently started working in the voluntary sector; new entrants, recent college graduates, those who have made a career change, or volunteered for 18 months or less.

The course will provide you with a complete understanding of how the voluntary sector functions and includes:

  • Understanding the sector
  • Advocacy
  • Operations
  • Voluntary sector skills

​PROGRAMME CONTENT

The programme is made up of four modules, each of which consists of two classroom workshops, two recorded webinars and two live webinars. It has been designed to encourage learners to incorporate the learning from the workshops in their daily work through practical examples, case studies, research, and presentations. As learners complete each level of the programme, they will earn a digital badge.

Module 1

Workshop 1: Landscape of the voluntary sector

Thursday 20 January 2022 – Cardiff | 9am to 4pm

This module aims to provide you with an overview of the characteristics of civil-society organisations. By the end of this module, you will understand:

  • Common terminology
  • Typical organisational structures
  • Regulatory context
  • Scale and diversity of the sector
  • Support and funding infrastructure available

Webinar 1: My organisation within the wider sector

Tuesday 25 January 2022 – Online | 1 hour

Module 2

Workshop 2: Public policy & advocacy

Thursday 27 January 2022 – Cardiff | 9am to 4pm

This module aims to give you an overview of the advocacy role of civil-society organisations. By the end of this module, you will understand:

  • Terminology associated with policy-making and advocacy
  • How public policy is developed and implemented
  • Advocacy campaigns
  • Regulatory requirements around lobbying

Webinar 2: My organisation’s big advocacy ask

Tuesday 1 February 2022 – Online | 1 hour

Module 3

Workshop 3 – Professional skills necessary to work in the voluntary sector

Thursday 3 February 2022 – Cardiff | 9am to 5pm

This module aims to give you an overview of the necessary skills to operate in a professional voluntary organisation. By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify management and reporting structures
  • Understand basic project and time management skills
  • Understand basic report writing skills
  • Understand multi-agency working arrangements
  • Engage with target groups and vulnerable groups

Webinar 3: My organisation & approaches to operations

Tuesday 8 February 2022 – Online | 1 hour

Module 4

Workshop 4: Personal skills necessary to work in the voluntary sector

Thursday 10 February 2022 – Cardiff | 9.30am to 5pm

This module aims to give you an overview of the personal development skills necessary to work in the sector. By the end of this module, you will learn:

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Self-care and wellbeing at work

Webinar 4: My organisation & personal development

Tuesday 15 February 2022 – Online | 1 hour

HOW TO TAKE PART – PILOT STUDY

The pilot training programme will be delivered FREE in Wales during early 2022. To register your interest in the programme please email training@wcva.cymru. Closing date: Friday 10 December 2021.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated following the closing date. You will be asked to confirm that you can commit to completing all modules and assessment, which consist of four one day classroom workshops, followed by four one-hour recorded webinars and four one-hour live webinars. You will need to complete assessments before attending the live webinars.

Visit our website for further information on the F4S3 project.