I’ve always been rubbish at endings, and so the last few weeks has been challenging – with the end of the Charity Law for Advisors Project.
Since May 2010 we have trained over 160 advisors of charities across Scotland in the intricacies of charity law, funded by the Big Lottery Fund through SCVO’s Supporting Voluntary Action intiative. From Stornoway to Musselburgh the four day course was delivered 13 times – and that was the fun part. The hard part has been tieing up loose ends, producing statistics and reports and wrapping up the project. But there has been good news too – Voluntary Action Scotland has agreed to fund the expenses of the thirteen trainers who are committed to continue to deliver the course over the coming months and years, so we can instill knowledge and expertise in both advisors who missed the core project delivery, and new members of staff looking to prepare for all that they will face when dealing with local charities’ issues and problems.
Along with endings come new opportunities and challenges. I’m now working with older people’s service providers in the city delivering on the Change Fund agenda, developing the Network of voluntary organisations delivering services to children, young people’s and families – and you’d only have to ask any of the city’s community transport operators about my work with them in recent months to get an impression of what a challenge means in the volunary sector in Edinburgh in 2012! (More to come on that next time…)