Sponsors help charities go back to the classroom

Published: 17 September 2012 at 14:22

Invest in Impact scheme offers chance to access Anglia Ruskin course at half price

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Managers from Essex-based charities and social enterprises have an opportunity to access an accredited university course at half price, thanks to sponsorship from local businesses.

Britvic Soft Drinks and Central Essex Community Services CIC are backing Anglia Ruskin University’s Invest in Impact scheme, which sees sponsors paying half of the £4,500 fee for the Charity and Social Enterprise Management course.  Organisers of the two year course hope this will encourage smaller local charities to join this September’s intake.

The course, which now has over 100 students enrolled following its launch last year, offers students the chance to study six modules via distance learning and gain a Certificate in Higher Education in Charity and Social Enterprise Management. 

The topics covered include leadership, finance, marketing and social impact assessment, and the flexible learning delivery has proved popular with students who are looking to develop their careers in the voluntary sector and social enterprise.

Suzanne Harris, from the Rural Community Council of Essex, said the course was attractive to her because of its specific focus on charities and social enterprises.  She said:

“I hadn’t been able to find a qualification that was aimed at voluntary and third sector work.  I would definitely recommend this course to other charity managers.”   

Helen Robinson, who works for the Salvation Army and is a trustee of Chelmsford YMCA, added:

“It’s great to see a course covering the topics which are relevant to managers in the sector, including areas in which they need to develop, like social impact and marketing.”

The sponsors for Invest in Impact, which allows applicants from Essex to apply for a bursary of up to 50% off the course fees, were attracted by the opportunity to make a difference. 

John Niland, Chief Executive of Central Essex Community Services CIC, a social enterprise providing health and social care services in Essex, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Cambridgeshire, explained:

“As a social enterprise we are passionate about using any surplus we generate to help local charities and other social enterprises to become better, and Invest in Impact gives us a really good way of developing the people who can give them a brighter future.” 

Lauretta Lamont, from Britvic Soft Drinks, added:

“We have always been committed to helping local charities.  The nice thing about Invest in Impact is that we can help both the individual manager and their organisation, which benefits from better management and more sustainable services.”

Anyone interested in applying for the course should visit www.anglia.ac.uk/csem