A busy interactive training day, with opportunity for peer learning.

This course can stand alone as a single days training but is also designed to lead on from the Explore what suitable fundraising means to your organisation course ( a one day course held previously). It will take delegates further along the journey of exploring what enterprise and trade could mean to their organisations success.


Exploration of the social enterprise model and if it is right for your community organisation, charity or business idea

Intended learning outcomes:

By the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • understand the characteristics of social and community enterprises
  • start developing ideas to design a social enterprise
  • apply a range of tools and techniques to assist with business planning
  • describe the different legal structures used by social enterprises and their features


By the end of this session participants should be able to: 

  • To better understand how enterprise and trading can fit with their organisations mission and culture.
  • To have started the process of identifying what products, services and markets they could develop
  • Have acquired a clearer understanding of the legal framework, the challenges and huge potential for success that enterprise can bring to their organisation.

About your tutor

Dawn Eckhart has worked for DCT for over 12 years is our lead in providing our social enterprise advice service and training programmes. As a team we work with a variety of VCS organisations including social and community enterprises from across Devon. We provide capacity building and business development advice at any stage of their organisational journey – whether they are at pre-start, established and looking to grow or become more sustainable in the long term.

We work with community organisations, charities, town councils and a many small and medium size social businesses. Typical areas of advice are on fundraising strategies, business planning and choosing the right organisational model and legal structure.
Dawn is a qualified SFEDI accredited business adviser and Trainer.

Special requirements

Please let Support Services know if there is anything that would affect your learning and if there is anything we can do to enable you to fully participate in our courses and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email [email protected] 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that this course does not reach the minimum required number to proceed we will contact you and offer a credit against the next available course, the option to book an alternative course or a refund.

By proceeding with this booking you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Two ways to book


i) Complete the booking form and email it to [email protected] Download your booking form here

ii) Book and pay for your course by selecting your ticket(s) below and following the online booking process.


i) Complete the booking form and email it to [email protected] Download the booking form here

ii) Your order will be acknowledged and your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. 

For any enquiries regarding booking and payment please contact our Training Administrator on 01392 248919 

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