Learning and resources
The Go For It Team co-ordinate information, networking opportunities and training events, to assist projects in receipt of Go For It funding, and potential applicants.
Learning and training events
The Go For It Team co-ordinates an annual programme of free events.
Our next events are:
Fit For Funding: 24 April 2018, Renfield St Stephen's Centre, Glasgow
A free event, delivered by the Transformation Team and Go For It is open to new and experienced Go For It projects, potential projects and local faith communities in the economically poorest communities. This workshop will help attendees increase their knowledge of project planning tools, fundraising planning tools, fundraising strategies and successful funding applications.
Fit For Funding Programme and Registration Form
Let's Evaluate: Make to Measure: 27 April 2018, 121 George Street, Edinburgh
A free event, delivered by Evaluation Support Scotland, is open to new and experienced Go For It projects. This workshop is part two of a three part Evaluation programme and will help attendees to understand the steps and principles to follow when choosing/developing methods of evaluation; use different methods and tools to collect evidence about outcomes and put in place a monitoring and evaluation plan.
Make to Measure Programme and Registration Form
Social Media: 1 May 2018, 121 George Street, Edinburgh
A free event, delivered by the Communications Team in the Church of Scotland, is open to new and experienced Go For It projects. This workshop will help attendees to understand social media as a tool to promote projects, increase knowledge of the different social media platforms and their uses and gain an understanding of some of the pitfalls and processes to put in place to manage social media;
Social Media Programme and Registration Form
Let's Evaluate: Telling My Story: 10 May 2018, 121 George Street, Edinburgh
A free event, delivered by Evaluation Support Scotland, is open to new and experienced Go For It projects. This workshop is part three of a three part Evaluation programme and will help attendees to analyse information collected to evidence the achievement of project outcomes; report on the achievement to funders and stakeholders and learn from analysis to improve project delivery.
Telling My Story Programme and Registration Form
Go For It have developed three "games" - engagement tools, which can be used as discussion starters with those involved in your project:
- Go For It Games - Guidelines
- Go For It Game 1 – The Journey
- Go For It Game 2 – Exploring Needs
- Wild Card Vehicles (for use with Game 2)
- Go For It Game 3 - Exploring Context (for new ecclesial work)
- Wild Card Vehicles (for use with Game 3)
In addition, Appreciative Inquiry is a method of engagement that can be used to discover the strengths and potential in local people and the surrounding community. Download an Introductory Guide.
You may also want to access statistics to evidence the needs in your area; examples include the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, Parish Statistics (produced by Stats for Mission) and Health Conditions Data by Parish and Presbytery (please note that the modelling required to fit the data areas to parishes means that the health conditions data for small parishes may not be particularly accurate).
Go For It have produced four resources to support the development of your project:
- Go For It toolkit
- Methods of Continual Professional Development
- Other sources of funding
- Other sources of training
It’s important to have some simple methods in place, so you can monitor and evaluate the difference your project is making.
Evaluation Support Scotland have lots of useful resources which are free to download.
Employing paid staff
We have commissioned the Employers' Advice Service at GCVS (Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector) to produce briefings with advice on different aspects of employment:
The Go For It Team have collated some information on salaries, pensions and National Insurance.
The Church of Scotland Law Department also produce many helpful circulars on employment.
For more information, please contact the Go For It Team via phone (0131 225 5722) or email.