On Tuesday 19th June, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, is hosting a charity seminar that will explore creative and innovative ideas on how charities can survive and thrive in the difficult economic times.

In partnership with the Richmond Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS), the seminar will use a range of presentations and discussions to offer practical advice for improving the way that charities work. This will include a number of topics such as improving the local infrastructure, creating win-win partnerships with local businesses, and creating effective fundraising strategies. There will also be a free advice clinic provided by Charles Russell LLP Solicitors, and the day will provide the perfect opportunity to discuss the latest research and case studies in charity management.

St Mary’s Programme Director Dr Geoff Paul commented, “St Mary’s has offered an MA in Charity Management programme for five years, and during that time, we have seen some excellent research done by students who themselves deal with the everyday challenges of working in this difficult environment. The seminar will present the findings of some of that research to other charity managers for the first time.

“Smaller charities are finding it very difficult at the moment and need to find new and innovative ways of serving their communities. This seminar will give practical advice and will also offer an excellent networking opportunity with other charity managers coping with the same challenges.”

The seminar begins at 1.30pm on Tuesday 19th June and costs £10 for RCVS (Richmond Council for Voluntary Service) members or £20 for non-members. St Mary’s students may attend for free.