Catalyst Cymru – dates for heritage fundraising training in Wales announced

Catalyst Cymru – Heritage Fundraising – provides learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers in heritage organisations in Wales.  (Details of similar programmes in Scotland and England can be found on an earlier blog).

These learning interventions are designed to upskill and increase the confidence, competency and effectiveness in fundraising of staff and volunteers, so that they can increase their organisations’ funding from private donors, corporate sources and trusts and foundations.


Catalyst Cymru’s training runs at locations throughout Wales, so you will always be able to find something suitable close to you. The training is for participants of all skills, experience and knowledge.

Our training incorporates a mix of presentations, case studies, practical group work and discussion. 

Catalyst Cymru also offer delegates telephone and email access to our expert trainers following attendance at events.

The programme is supported by WCVA’s Learning Zone, an exciting online learning resource available to heritage organisations in Wales. 

Learners will be able to access resources prior to training and after attending an event.

Specific resources can also be made available to those learners unable to attend the face-to-face sessions, who still want to find out more about sustainable funding. 

Please see below for details of upcoming courses. To book a place complete and return an application form to or contact Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329

Fees are £20 per person for 1 day courses £10 per person for ½ day courses. Our networking, action learning sets and organisation visits are FREE 

Getting fit for fundraising
Duration: 1 Day
Level: Beginner

25 September 2014 – Cardiff

30 September 2014 – Bodelwyddan Castle

9 Ocotber 2014 – Y Plas Machynlleth

Aim: Improve the understanding of heritage organisations of the key issues to consider before beginning to fundraise.

Developing a fundraising strategy
Duration: 1 Day
Level: Beginner/intermediate

15 October & 4 December 2014 – Thomas Telford Centre Menai Bridge

21 Ocotber & 19 November 2014 – Broneirion Llandinam

4 November & 10 December 2014 – Big Pit National Coal Museum Blaenafon

Aim: Support heritage organisations to develop a fundraising strategy to ensure a structured approach to fundraising for a secure and sustainable income base.

This course will be delivered over 2 days, leaving a period of 4 weeks between each session to allow participants the opportunity to prepare a draft plan for scrutiny at the final session.

Developing a membership or friends
Duration: ½  Day
Level: Intermediate

13 November 2014 – Wrexham Museum

20 November 2014 – Swansea Dockside Waterfront

Aim: Provide museums with the practical knowledge to setup a membership or friends of scheme and engage with and develop successful relationships with members.

Gift aidGift aid registration surgeries
Duration: ½  Day
Level: Beginner

25 November 2014 – Swansea Dockside Waterfront

2 December 2014 – Wrexham Museum

Aim: Provide practical information for heritage organisations to understand the benefits of raising income and how to claim Gift Aid on donations

Full cost recovery
Duration: ½  Day
Level: Beginner

22 January 2015 – Wrexham Museum

27 January 2015 – Culture Media Centre Cardiff

Aim: Equip participants with an understanding of full cost recovery as well as the tools and techniques to identify and analyse their organisations’ full costs for a specific project.

Networking events

Building your fundraising team
Duration: 1 Day
Level: Beginner/intermediate

5 February 2015 – Plas Tan y Bwlch Blaenau Ffestiniog

10 February 2015 – Welsh Wildlife Trust Cilgerran

Aim: Provide heritage organisations with the confidence and skills to build and manage a successful volunteer fundraising team.

Meet the funder – making a better ask
Duration:1  Day
Level: Intermediate/advanced

26 February 2015 – Plas Tan y Bwlch Blaenau Ffestiniog

5 March 2015 – Welsh Wildlife Centre Tondu Bridgend

Aim: Provide heritage organisations with the opportunity to meet key funders and learn how to give future funding applications the best possible chance of success.

Action learning sets facilitator training
Duration: 4 x ½ day sessions delivered twice
Level: Beginner

Aim: Train practitioners in the principles and practical skills needed to set up, develop and facilitate action learning sets.

Action Learning Sets provide a useful methodology for peer learning and are a key feature of the Catalyst Cymru project. The emphasis is on learning from experience and then acting on that learning. Crucially, the approach is based on self-help and, if successful, will provide a highly sustainable model for further development of fundraising skills in the sector. 

It is envisaged that we will train at least 16 new ALS facilitators.  These trained ALS facilitators will then each facilitate an ALS in their area – either geographic or area of interest.  The number of times that the ALS meet and the topics will be determined by themselves, consistent with the methodology.

Actions Learning Set Facilitator Training will be delivered by Participaton Cymru and will be free to interested individuals.

If you are interested in facilitating an Action Learning Set or finding out more information, please contact Richard Roberts on 01970-631148 or

Organisation visits: Organisation visits will provide heritage organisations with the opportunity to visit flagship organisations who have achieved fundraising success, giving you the chance to discuss key issues and share experiences with other heritage organisations

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Richard Roberts on 01970-631148

Executive coaching: Executive coaching will be delivered by the Funding Centre and made up of a blend of one-to-one meetings, workshops, telephone and email support and will be targeted at board members, chief executives and directors. It will improve the organisational capacity of heritage organisations to fundraise through strategic development and effective organisational behaviour.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Richard Roberts on 01970-631148

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