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 programme for the coming months can be found here.
Engaging With Your Community: 12 February, Dundee
This is a free event organised by Go For It and delivered by Diane McWilliam. This event is open to new and experienced projects and potential applicants to the Go For It Fund.
This workshop will help increase your skills and ability to engage with your community and increase your understanding of community dynamics and community needs.
Social Media: 28 February, Edinburgh
This is a free event organised by Go For It and delivered by the communications team. This event is open to new and experienced projects and potential applicants to the Go For It Fund.
This workshop will provide you with a greater understanding of social media as a tool to promote your project and tell stories; provide knowledge of different platforms and their uses and highlight some pitfalls and how to manage social media for your project / church / organisation.
Fit For Funding: 6 March, Glasgow
This is a free event organized delivered by Faith in Community Scotland and Go For It, is open to new and experienced projects, potential applicants to the Go For It Fund and local faith communities in the economically poorest communities in Glasgow.
This workshop will increase your knowledge of project planning tools, fundraising planning tools and strategies and increase your skills to apply for funding applications.
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.