Charity Days Testimonials
Learning at Work day, we organised for Anne to come in & run a
session on 'Rediscover your creativity' & Alan to lead a session on
'Interpersonal Skills'. Immediate feedback for you is that both Anne
& Alan made the day a 'roaring' success. Our staff who had attended
the workshops all emerged smiling, motivated & eager to tell me how
wonderful they thought the
Personally, I was hugely impressed with both Anne & Alan's
professional expertise & enthusiasm, but more than that, their
passion for working with the not for profit sector. I will be
keeping in touch with both of them, in order to work with them in
And a BIG thank you, to you Jane, for having the fantastic idea to
start this project & the motivation to keep it going.
Just to give you a quick up date really about all the
fantastic people who have offered to support ADSiS. The training we
have scheduled is:-
Presentation Skills - Paul – this has been completed with excellent
Train the trainer - Janet
Management Dev. - Ann
Mentoring - Ann
People Management - Damian
Report Writing - Liz
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the response, generosity and
professionalism of all the people who responded to our request. It’s
amazing because there would be absolutely no way we could have done
this training without your help, it definitely would have taken
years for us to afford it. The trainers listed above are the ones
that we are having training delivered by, but there were many others
that contacted us to offer their services.
All of the trainers are basically making tailored, bespoke courses
for ADSiS and are sharing ideas, new developments, future support
systems and contacts with us. I cannot thank all of the people
involved with Charity Days enough for their support.
BC, Training Officer, ADSiS
Just to say thank you so much for helping us to find
Liz, who kindly facilitated a session on Time Management, which was
very well received by the managers who attended. All have given
feedback to say they found the day extremely useful in helping them
to think about how they are currently spending their time and where
they could be more effective. Charity Days is a wonderful service –
I do hope we can benefit again from it, and I would certainly
recommend it to other Charities.
KE, Marie Curie Cancer Care
Having just run our Training for Trainers weekend, I
thought I would drop you a line to tell you about the excellent
session that Ann and Sally ran for us - it really was
outstanding.They delivered a session on the implications of the
Myers Briggs types for training design and delivery and it was
everything I could have hoped for - and more! They gave a really
clear insight into the various personality types and by using
themselves as examples really bought the session to life. They use
humour and anecdotes brilliantly and the session was a tremendous
success with all our delegates. Thank you so much for sourcing this
excellent training for us - I can't recommend them highly enough.
to see the success of Charity Days. I would just like to add that
all the staff greatly appreciated the training that we received from
Peter and it has already generated new ideas on how we can improve
things and do our jobs better. The service is excellent and we hope
to make further use of it in the future to help with staff training.
VK, Send a cow
Let me thank you on behalf of British Red Cross for
helping us with a volunteer trainer for Time Management Course.
Indeed it was a great help and an excellent selection.
Participants were very happy with the style and quality of the
trainer and training both.
Well done Brenda.
We will keep in touch and hope to benefit from this superb idea
(Charity Days) in future as well.
ZQ,Learning and Development Manager, British Red Cross Society
I thought I would just update you on the outcome of this training
request. Having made the request to you for someone to run an
assertiveness workshop, I got a speedy reply from you and it wasn’t
long before I received a number of trainers volunteering to run
something for us. All looked pretty good, but I decided to go with
Alan, as he was based very near to us. Alan was quite flexible as to
dates and pretty soon we had a workshop organised.
The workshop ran on 28 November, with 13 people attending. The day
was a real success; I have had a lot of comments from attendees
saying how much they enjoyed it and how their confidence has
improved, but more importantly, saying how really useful they found
it. The key thing seems to be that they have all found one or two
(or more!) practical things that they can start doing immediately to
change the way they communicate and therefore the way that others
communicate with them. In fact, I know that some of them have
already made changes and are starting to feel the benefits.
The day certainly delivered what I would have hoped for, if not
more. I am very pleased with the outcome so my thanks again to you,
to Alan and to all the others that offered their support.
K T, Zoological Society of London
Just to let you know that Sam came to us on Monday
and presented keyworking and motivational interviewing to the staff
team, an enjoyable and informative session for all. The comments
received afterwards included 'all staff should receive this
training' and 'another more in depth training session should be
booked to follow up on some of the processes and issues'. Many
thanks to Sam for giving/sharing her time and experience with us,
the day covered all of the topics we wanted and helped the team to
identify improvements to our current system.
JT, Emmaus projects
We have run three training courses now with trainers
through 'Charity Days' and we have been really pleased with them
Ann ran an Assertiveness course for us last year, for which we had
good feedback. Ann has agreed to run another course for us this year
Paul ran 'A change for the better' in January which was also well
received by the delegates and which I observed. Paul had a really
difficult brief for this course as we had inherited the course and
will be looking at whether if fits into our current portfolio of
courses or not as we go forward. Paul worked hard to fulfil the aims
and objectives that we gave him for the course and the delegates
found it useful.
David has recently ran a 'Dynamic Meetings' course for us in
February. David's skills were perfect for this course, he made it
lively and particularly relevant to the group. They were really
buzzing at the end of it. He came across as incredibly knowledgeable
in his field and he was an incredibly dynamic presenter and
respected by the group (and myself for that matter!).
We also have another trainer called Ann coming in to deliver
'Creative Thinking and Problem Solving' in July!
We will no doubt use these trainers again if they are willing to
come back to us!
In terms of feedback one thing I have noticed you have added to your
website is a list of the trainers and their specialist areas, I have
found this particularly helpful. I am really pleased by the initial
responses we have received and the follow up from trainers we have
Thank you so much for your service and we will indeed contact you
again in future.
AO, Training and Development
Just to let you know that we have had the supervision
/ team leading training delivered to us by Gail and Helen. I have
received very positive feedback from the delegates, one comment
being 'it brought us out of ourselves and was also a good team
I know the Day Resource Leaders have some action points already from
their 2 days together, so I'd like to thank you very much for your
work in helping us put on the training.
L D, Day Resources Manager , West Norfolk Mind
Just some feedback on the training course we had
delivered by Patrick that we organised via charity days earlier in
Patrick delivered three sessions of Finance for non financial
managers for us beginning in London way back last summer and ending
in sessions in Birmingham and Manchester just before Christmas. The
training was excellent and the rapport that Patrick built with the
participants was wonderful to see.
Providing training for FIS is not the easiest of challenges, for one
thing our member groups are a diverse mix of social clubs, housing
associations, welfare services etc. They range in size from large
well funded groups to small organisations with one worker (sometimes
no paid staff) The only thing they do have in common is that they
serve the Irish community in Britain. Patrick coped wonderfully with
this mix and the case study he wrote for them to work on was
The feedback that I have received from those who attended has been
full of praise and I am pleased to say that the groups are now
asking when the next training sessions will be and suggesting
topics. Obviously I will have my work cut out to satisfy their
demands this year and will no doubt be turning to Charity Days for
Thank you so much for setting up such a wonderful scheme, without it
we would find it difficult to provide the training needed by our
SK , Development (Training &
Information) Worker ,
Just a quick line to say that we
are now able to start putting into place a process whereby we can
better involve our teams in identifying and solving workplace issues
with a the help of a structured process very kindly facilitated by
Gillian and her colleague Linda. Their time and involvement has been
very much appreciated and the pilot at Southampton was very well
received - all we have to do now is implement the outcomes!
On a personal note, please keep up your fantastic work - I'm quite
aware of the time and effort required for a project of this kind but
the benefits that we gain from them are tremendous. When I find
myself in a position to do so, I will also be throwing my hat into
your "ring", since I'm a great believer in recipricocity. To be
successful, charities have to develop their staff and volunteers,
and this can be an expensive cost - this group ensures that training
can be cost effective and supporter's money can still being used
toward the furtherance of their charitable aims.
IP, Blue Cross
Just to let you know that Jane came and delivered
training for us last week and Lynn delivered team building training
yesterday. Both were a great success and I've had very positive
from the delegates who attended.
We really appreciate being able to have the opportunity to access
experienced and knowledgeable trainers, an opportunity we would not
to afford were it not for Charity Days.
JR, Kensington & Chelsea Social Council
I just wanted to thank you for the brilliant service
Charity days offers.
We were spoilt for choice - all the proposals we received
were first class and it was difficult to choose the provider.
But choose we did, deciding to ask help from Jacqueline and Chris.
They delivered a very professional training day that exceeded
everyone’s expectations and excited all the participants, thus was
very helpful to the organisation.
JW, The Papworth Trust
I was very impressed with the scheme and Anne was
fabulous. She has a very relaxing style which blends well with our
organisational approach. The feedback from our staff was very
positive. Our staff and volunteers like to be active participants in
their training, with participative exercises etc and this was very
well catered for in this course. Thank you very much for all of your
I will definitely look to using the scheme again in the near future.
MN, British Red Cross
Thanks very much indeed, Karinn,
Linda and Jane for between you arranging for Christmas to come early
this year! FWA has today received a marvellous present of excellent
training videos and other resources. We will make good use of them.
Thanks again, very much, and Happy Christmas and New Year to you
M B, Organisation Development Manager, Family Welfare Association