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:
Applying to Go For It: 23 August, St Mary's Greyfriars', Dumfries
A free event, delivered by Go For It is open to experienced and potential projects looking at making an application to the Go For It grant, either now of in the future. This workshop will increase your understanding of good fundraising practices and increase your skills to apply to the Go For It fund.
Fit For Funding: 30 August, Renfield St Stephen's, Glasgow
A free event, delivered by Faith in Community Scotland's Transformation Team and Go For It is open to new, experienced and potential projects and local faith communities in the economically poorest communities in Glasgow. This workshop will increase your understanding of project planning tools, fundraising strategies and successful fundraising applications.
Engaging With Your Community: 13 September, St Matthew's, Perth
A free event, delivered by Diane McWilliam, is open to new and experienced projects, Go For It applicants and grant recipients. The workshop will increase your skills and ability to engage with your community and increase your understanding of community dynamics.
Mission and Leadership Development Workshops: 25 and 26 September, Edinburgh
A free event, delivered by 3DM, is open to new and experienced projects, Go For It applicants and grant recipients. The workshop will increase your understanding of how you role model, train leaders and create culture that moves your project forward; maximise your team, recruit well and grow a team; and increase your ability to clarify and communicate your vision, direction and outcomes.
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.