This initiative started following the involvement of VisMedNet in a Grundtvig Learning Partnership project called Yes, You Can ! – How to support the cultural activities of disadvantaged groups. The project pooled together experience and expertise as well as examples of good practice of small organisations that have the right frame of mind when it comes to seeking opportunities for fund raising and financial support for their activities.
This initiative is the result of a partnership between VisMedNet Association and ValIda Association of Rome itself being a very young organisation working in the fields relevant to this course.
The course is intended for individuals and organisations who have the right mindset to find the best way forward for the sustainability of their activities through the development of the right digital and funding strategies that are fit for the size and ambitions of the operation. The course is in part based on the Practical Guide that was produced by the partners of the Yes, You Can ! project and will involve practical and engaging sessions on the setting of cultural operations on to viable avenues.
Preparation before the course
Before the start of the course the participants will be invited to join an online discussion forum on the mission and ambitions at individual and organisational level. This will not only help participants know about each other but it will start up the networking frame of mind that is usually the hallmark of the activities of VisMedNet Association. It will also establish the lines of discussion that will be developed during the days of the course.
Objectives of the course
The course has two objectives :
– the development of the right mindset for participants who will work at balancing small time possibly non-commercial operations in NGOs and such small operations with a consciousness of issues related to viability, economic feasibility and long / medium term planning through a professional approach and
– the excitement of the minds of the participants to active and constructive networking that is part of a strategy to reduce dependence on sponsorships and financing and a reorientation to raise funds by tapping and generating new opportunities for oneself and for the beneficiaries of one’s actions.
The content of the course is high on interaction and it will involve areas of activities that are general and common to any small voluntary or cultural operation and areas in which participants will work on their own plans for short and medium term.
Follow upAt the end of the course the participants will develop a short and medium term plan for themselves and for their respective organisations in the very same forum that will have been started as preparation before the course. This will serve as a concluding note for the course and at the same time as the start of further networking between the partners in the Yes, You Can ! project that inspired the course and the participants in key with the networking spirit that will also be one of the topics of the training course.