Industry experts help students with course

Experts visit Working With Communities students

Industry experts help students with course

Two industry fundraising specialists helped HNC Working with Communities students with a specialised course unit recently.

Deanna Wolf, Fundraising Manager, Trusts, Statutory and Lottery, Carers Trust Scotland and Pauline Barnaby FVC’s own Development and Fundraising Manager visited the class on Thursday 14 December to give them the benefit of their expertise.

Deanna, said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to talk to those aspiring to work in the community and third sector about fundraising. As a professional fundraiser and the Chair of the Special Interest Group for Trusts, Statutory and Foundations (Institute of Fundraising Scotland), I can see the real difference that can be achieved when fundraising is done properly.  It’s great that this is being covered in the HNC Working With Communities course at Forth Valley College and I hope the students are successful in their future fundraising activities.”

Pauline Barnaby, FVC’s Development and Fundraising Manager, said: “The session provided a whistle stop tour of fundraising covering key areas such as different types, governance, regulation and finished off with a practical exercise on preparing a funding application which is linked to the course work.  It was really good to share the knowledge we have with the group and to offer some practical tips in relation to researching, preparing and submitting a funding application which can seem quite daunting at first. The initial feedback from the group was positive and we hope to repeat the session in the future.”

Access and Progression Lecturer Moira Weir, said: “We would like to thank Pauline and Deanna for their valuable contribution. The course consists of several units, one of which is ‘Planning Resources’ where students have to plan, research appropriate funding bodies and complete a funding form which addresses an identified need within their work placement as part of their assessment. The students found this guest lecture to be worthwhile exercise which would be of great benefit to future students.”

The HNC Working with Communities course consists of students who wish to pursue a career working with community groups and who are already, or would like to become involved in community based development work.

The course provides a nationally recognised qualification that provides an integration of theory and practice which will equip students to work effectively in the wide-ranging field of community learning and development. It also requires students to undertake a practical work placement in a relevant community setting, such as youth work, substance misuse support groups, homeless charities, family support groups, after school activities programmes, school links support and mental health organisations.

For more information on FVC's HNC Working with Communities course and other Access and Progression courses please call 01324 403000.

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