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Course descriptions and dates

Note that courses are repeated throughout the year. If you are interested in attending a course, but can’t make the advertised dates, fill out the online booking form. In the final box state which current dates aren’t suitable and that you would like to be placed on our mailing list.

You may attend any course (we provide details of which boroughs courses are in as this may reduce your travel time).

Ealing = Ealing, K&C = Kensington & Chelsea, H&F = Hammersmith & Fulham, T/H = Tower Hamlets, W = Westminster.

Financial administration / Six Steps to Better Financial Management (Five days)

A five day course (or can be taken individually) on how to write a budget, set-up and maintain a simple bookkeeping system, administer petty cash, reconcile the books with a bank statement and produce a finance report for a management committee that analyses expenditure against the budget.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 19, 26 April 2017 and 3, 10 & 17 May 2017
Ealing TBA

Hammersmith & Fulham TBA

Tower Hamlets TBA

To achieve the Government-recognised accreditation Certificate, participants must attend all 6 (5 days) modules. Please indicate if you are interested in accreditation.

Preparing budgets and cash flow (one day)

How to prepare a small budget. What are overheads, direct costs and contingencies? How does a cash flow work? Will break even analysis help your organisation? Budgets are used for grant applications and your internal financial control.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 19 April 2017
Ealing TBA
Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Tower Hamlets TBA

Basic bookkeeping (one day)

Setting up a simple bookkeeping system, choosing analysis column headings and their relationship to the budget, filing invoices and records of income, cheque signatures and controls, bank reconciliation, petty cash imprest system and cash income. Designed for small organisations.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 26 April 2017
Ealing TBA
Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Tower Hamlets TBA

We encourage people who registered to attend basic bookkeeping to also attend Bank Reconciliation and Petty Cash.

Bank reconciliation (half day, 9.50am)

Bank reconciliation checks the accuracy of your cash book entries and bank statements. The module can be taken by itself or as part of basic bookkeeping.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 3 May 2017
Ealing TBA
Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Tower TBA

Petty cash (half day, 1.50pm)

The imprest system, choosing column headings, changing the size of the float, accounting for cash income, controls to prevent fraud.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 3 May 2017
Ealing TBA
Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Tower Hamlets TBA

Finance reports for management committees – Management Accounts (one day)

Producing a receipts and payments account from the bookkeeping system, comparing this statement to the budget, analysing variances and producing a statement of current assets and liabilities.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 10 May 2017
Ealing TBA
Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Tower Hamlets TBA

Final Accounts (one day)

You will learn how to turn a receipts and payment account into an income and expenditure account by bringing in accruals, including creditors, debtors and prepayments. The statement will also analyse restricted funds. You will also produce a balance sheet including depreciation of fixed assets.

Westminster TBA

Kensington & Chelsea – 17 May 2017
Ealing TBA
Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Tower Hamlets TBA

Free Finance Forum (half day)

A lunch-time session for voluntary sector finance workers and volunteers to discuss current “hot” topics: a) The Charities Act 2011 – in force by end of March; b) Saving money on your audit / independent examination; c) On-line filing – employer annual returns for 2011/2012; d) Implications of the budget on (21 March 2012) – Tax and NI changes for 2012 / 2013; e) Getting ready for PAYE – RTI (Real Time Information). Light refreshment will be provided. To book call Gabriel on: 07952936750 or email: gabriel@cash-online.org.uk or Call Paul on: 07905589512 or Email him on: paul@cash-online.org.uk. To book online: visit our website: www.cash-online.org.uk and follow the easy prompts.

Kensington & Chelsea TBA (half day) 12:00 noon to 2:00pm

Marketing for voluntary organisations (one day)

Increasing demand for your services can reduce unit costs. Getting the right users can combat poverty and social exclusion. The course will examine promotion, communication and competition. It will also look at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – as well as change.

Contact us for details of courses running later in the year.

End of year tax returns (half day, 9.50am)

Completing the Inland Revenue end of year PAYE tax return. How to complete forms P35, P60, P14, P38a, P9D and P11.

Kensington & Chelsea TBA

Preparing for independent examination and audit (half day, 9.45am)

Preparing books and providing appropriate schedules can reduce costs. The course includes Charities Act Regulations and where the charity fits in, financial records, schedules, wages control, accruals, prepayments, opening and closing entries, creditors, debtors, banking, petty cash and confirmation.

Hammersmith & Fulham TBA
Kensington & Chelsea TBA

Social Enterprise (One day)

This course is for charities, community groups and voluntary organisations thinking about financial self-sufficiency through trading and other forms of social enterprise. It will explore what is and isn’t allowed in the way of trading by charities; what becoming a social enterprise involves, legal forms which social enterprises can take, including Community Interest Companies and Community Benefit Societies and altrnative sources of finance, including taking loans and selling shares.

Ealing TBA

Kensington & Chelsea TBA

Finance for Non-Financial Managers (One day)

This course will take you through the financial cycle. From setting objectives and budgeting to preparing annual accounts, with particular emphasis on comparing actual income and expenditure with budgeted income and expenditure as a management tool.

Ealing TBA

Kensington & Chelsea TBA

QuickBooks, Computerised Accounts (two days)

For organisations with turnovers over £100,000. You must be used to using a computer and have experience of bookkeeping on a regular basis.

We also run QuickBooks courses monthly or quarterly when we have a minimum of 5 (five) participants. Book it online; if we have not stated a date insert TBA (To Be Arranged) instead. That way we populate the booking register quicker.

Kensington & Chelsea: – TBA

SAGE Line 50, Computerised Accounts (two days)

For organisations with turnovers over £100,000. You need an understanding of double-entry bookkeeping which can be gained through Pitmans or your local College of Further Education. You must be used to using a computer and have experience of bookkeeping on a regular basis.

We now run Sage courses monthly or quarterly when we have a minimum of 5 (five) participants. Book it online; if we have not stated a date insert TBA (To Be Arranged) instead. That way we populate the booking register quicker.

Kensington & Chelsea: – TBA

Excel for Beginners(one day)

The Spreadsheet Course will cover the basics of the MS Excel 2007 program – Navigating the Worksheets, Entering data – texts and labels; AutoFill or Replication, Copying and Pasting the content of a cell and worksheets. Creating formuilas, including using AutoSum, Average, Minimum, Maximum, etc. Formatting your data, including Wrap Text, Adding Borders, Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns. Altering column width and Row Height; Creating charts using Chart Wizard; Printing Worksheet and Charts. The course assumes a basic understanding of the keyboard and mouse.

Kensington & Chelsea (Beginners) TBA

Excel Intermediate (one day)

This spreadsheets course will help you get a deeper understanding of MS Excel 2007. Areas covered include organising your Workbook – creating formulas, copying Worksheets, Linking, Renaming Worksheets and Creating Summary Report. Add, Edit, Show, Hide, Remove and Delete Cell Comments. Paste Special, Freese Pane, Filter list, Conditional Formatting, Modifying your Chart; Printing Worksheets and Modified Charts. You must be familiar with a computer keyboard.

Kensington & Chelsea (Intermediate) TBA

Excel for Financial Management (half day)

This course teaches you the Excel skills you need for the Excel-based Six Steps for Better Financial Management.

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA

Understanding Annual Accounts / Introduction to Charity Accounts (half day, 9.50am)

If you have to make sense of charity accounts, and/or explain them to others, then this is the course for you. It will enable you to identify the different components of your annual report and accounts; interpret the funds position of your organisation; determine the overall financial position of your organisation and translate accounting terms into plain English.

Training during your Trustees’ meetings can be arranged. Contact us asap – with possible dates.

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA
Ealing: TBA.
Hammersmith & Fulham: TBA

Introduction to QuickBooks & Sage / Comparing Sage & QBooks (half day, 9.50am)

This course compares QuickBooks with Sage computerised accounts; the two most popular accounts packages in this sector. The course helps you decide which to choose.

Kensington & Chelsea TBA

Introduction to Charity Accounts – harmonised with Understaning Annual Accounts

What are the new changes to SORP 2005 trustees’ reports? This session covers the processes involved in preparing annual accounts, the role of the auditor / independent examiner and the presentation of financial information in line with SORP 2005.

Training during your Trustees’ meetings can be arranged. Contact us asap – with possible dates.

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA
Ealing: TBA.
Hammersmith & Fulham: TBA

Full Cost Recovery (FCR)- Full day

An accounting process by which you learn the real cost of a project including overheads, like management time and office resources. It is part of project accouting and financial modelling. It will help your organisation to make better decisions, better use of resources, be more focused, fund core costs and argue the case for higher levels of funding.

Hammersmith & Fulham TBA

Kensington & Chelsea TBA
E TBA

Fund & Project Accounting – half-day

This course considers the implications of Funders requirements to account separately for projects on your budgeting and book-keeping systems, and what this means in practice, whether you budget and keep your books on paper, or electronically. It will deal not only with the simple situation where it is one funder, one project, but also with more realistic situations where projects are funded by several funders, and with contributions from your group’s own resources. You will need to plan with a view to recovering, either from funders or by charging fees, the full cost of each project. To make the most of this course, you SHOULD have already attended a 1-day Full Cost Recovery Course (see above).

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA

Managing Multiple Projects (half day)

If you have several projects on the go at the same time, this course will help you to plan your programme of work so that each of your funders gets the right information from you at the right time and in the right format. It will go through the steps you need to take to identify the outputs from each project and then put these together into a programme of work and action plan so that you can not only deliver what you promised but also monitor your progress throughout the year in achieving the outputs.

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA

Financial Health Checks / Financial Controls

This course enables your organisation to pin point the weaknesses and strengths of your financial systems. It enables the determination of training requirements to buttress the weaknesses and build on your strengths. It teaches how to set up appropriate system to improve over-all efficiency and effectiveness of your financial system. It will improve governance and reduce risks of fraud and running out of money. Financial Controls looks at ways of establishing and maintaining a comprehensive system of appropriate and cost effective financial controls. The areas covered include: Basic Controls, Control of Incomings, Control of Outgoings and Control of Assets.

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA

Finance for Trustees – Training during your Trustees’ meetings can be arranged. Contact us asap. (Evening 6:00pm to 8.30pm)

Role of trustees, understanding budgets, finance reports, understanding your annual accounts, the new changes to SORP, insurance and other risks, etc.

Kensington & Chelsea Friday 24 March 2017 and Tuesday 4 April 2017

Hammersmith & Fulham TBA (from 6:00 pm to 8:30pm)

PAYE / Paying People

This course will cover: paying volunteers, and how much? Deducting tax and NIC from your employees’ wages; how to run a PAYE system; using a payroll bureau and how much it will cost. What local support is available in your borough? How can you/your members claim money back from HMRC. Is your tax code wrong, and if it is, how do you get it changed? When (and how) can you get extra money for your children by Working Families Tax Credits. Can your charity claim Gift Aid, and if so, how? etc.

Kensington & Chelsea: TBA

Getting Ready for Commissioning

Day 1: Get Ready for Commissioning. TBA. From 09:45am to 4pm.
We shall cover: Difference between grants and contracts; Partnership working; Prime & sub-contracting and Risks associated with contracts.

Day 2: Social Enterprise. TBA. From 09:45am to 4pm.
We shall cover: Social Enterprises; Charities and trading; Trading subsidiaries and Getting your organisation ready.

Day 3: Legal and Financial Issues. TBA. From 09:45am to 4pm.
We shall cover: Corporation Tax; VAT.; Employment Law issues and Financial systems.

Day 4: Costing & Princing for Contracts. TBA. From 09:45 to 4pm
We shall cover: Full Cost Recovery; Unit Costing; Costing & pricing for personalisation and Risks of over-estimated demand.

Day 5: Business Planning and Operational Plans – Putting it all together. TBA. 09:45 to 4pm

We shall cover: Working Capital & Cash Flow Forecasting; Ensuring outputs, outcomes and quality; Business planning and operational plans and Scheduling outputs and funder returns.

Venue: St Paul’s Hammersmith, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9PJ.

E-Learning – Budget and Cashflows

To all Kensington and Chelsea Voluntary Organisation

Course Overview:
The course will cover the steps involved in preparing a budget. Looks at the options you might have to consider when fundraising does not go according to plan and the contingencies that you can put in place to reduce the impact on your organisation. Break-even analysis which will help when deciding how cost affect a fundraising event will be covered.

Budgets are not only used for grant applications but helps with internal financial controls

The budget is then turned into a Cashflow forecast which will enable you to see the flow of cash in and out of your organisation on a month by month basis.

PQASSO Finance Chapter 7 (Evening)

A quality standard for managing your financial resources efficiently and effectively. A requirement of LBHF for all the organisations they fund.

Hammersmith & Fulham TBA

FREE Accountancy Surgery

Get Free professional accounting advice on: Writing budgets; Bookkeeping; How to prepare management accounts for your management committee; Preparing accounts for independent examination. Four accountants from local and top UK accountancy firms and a charity will be available to provide free advice. Appointments are for half an hour. More time can be arranged on the day if necessary.

To view the detail copy and paste this link:
http://www.cash-online.org.uk/docs/137112527830_1at_A5%20Flyers_accountancy%20surgery_print2.pdf

Kensington and Chelsea TBA from 2pm to 4pm.
Venue is: 1 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL.

Last updated: Thu, Mar 9 2017 - 06:25:32 PM

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