Big Advice Day

Expert advice is not always easy to come by when resources are stretched and this can be a particular problem for small charities. Big Advice Day will take place on 14th June 2016, involving a national London event and various regional events across the country where small charities can access expert 1:1 advice on a variety of topics.

National Big Advice Day
Regional Advice Days

National Big Advice Day

The FSI will be hosting its annual Big Advice Day in Central London on the 14th June 2016. We have an array of brilliant experts signing up to share their experience and expertise in a range of different areas, including HR, legal, marketing, business planning and strategy, finance, leadership and more. Just tell us the specific challenge you are facing and we will match you with a skilled advisor who can provide advice and recommendations.

New this year: We will have a panel of Fundraising Experts ready to answer your queries on anything from Major Donor programmes, Capital Appeals, Legacies, Individual Giving, Corporate partnerships, Digital fundraising and more.

One-to-one advice appointments will be available either face-to-face at our Advice Hub in central London, or via Skype/over the phone. Those attending the Advice Hub will also benefit from short informative workshops on a range of topics.

Last year over 276 hours of free advice were provided and we’re hoping to increase the total even further this year, so sign up for your session today.

>>Sign Up Here<<

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To get a flavour for the event, check out the video below of Big Advice Day 2015.

Regional Big Advice Days

The National Small Charity Week Big Advice Day is run in London but we work hard to secure Big Advice Day events around the country:


The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), in partnership with Burness Paull, is organising a Big Advice Day in Glasgow on June 14th. A range of skilled legal experts will be available to offer free one-to-one advice and recommendations on the issues that matter to your organisation. So whether you’ve got a question on governance, fundraising, property and contracts, data protection or intellectual property, make a date in your diary to get the answers you need. The event will also include a short informative presentation, lunch and refreshments, and the opportunity to network. The booking form can be accessed here.

WHEN: 14 June 2016, 12:00 – 14:00 (BST)

WHERE: Burness Paull, 120 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7JL

VAACVoluntary Action Arun and Chicester will be running a Big Advice Day event for small charities. On June 14th, the team at VAAC will be on hand to give free advice on any charity topic. For more information and bookings, please contact Tanya Telford at or on 01243 840305.

WHEN: 14 June 2016, 09:30 – 15:15 (BST)

WHERE: The Town Hall, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis, England, PO21 1LD

WR Logo Standard RGBWhittingham Riddell will be marking Big Advice Day by hosting a free seminar, with several timings, on Trustees Responsibility. Recent challenges in the charitable sector have highlighted the importance of an effective Trustee board. These seminars aims to help Trustees understand their responsibilities, as research indicates that up to 80% of Board members are not sure of their roles. Presented by Clair Moelwyn-Williams, Director and Jane Tweedie, Senior Manager from the specialist charities team. For more information please contact or on 01743 273273


14 June 2016, 09:00 – 10:00 OR 17:00 – 18:00 (BST)
Location: Whittingham Riddell, Shrewsbury office, Belmont House, Shrewsbury Business Park, SY2 6LG

15 June 2016, 10:00 – 11:00
Location: Alyn Waters Country Park, The Conference Room, Mold Road, Wrexham, England, LL11 4AG

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Midlothian Voluntary Action will be hosting a training session on how to be an effective minute taker on Big Advice Day. This session aims to take some of the fear out of minute taking, and is aimed at people who have very little, or no, experience at taking minutes. Those who would like to refresh their knowledge are welcome to come along too. The course will be a mixture of presentations and discussion. Priority will be given to small charities, community groups and voluntary organisations based in/working in Midlothian. The Booking form can be accessed here.

WHEN: 14 June 2016, 10:00 – 12:00 (BST)

WHERE: Midlothian Voluntary Action, 4-6 White Hart Street, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 1AE

logo EDVSAEast Devon Volunteer Support Agency (EDVSA) will be running a Big Advice Day event, providing a drop-in clinic and telephone advice line. You can call EDVSA for a 45 minute one-to-one free advice consultation from an expert on a range of subjects to assist with the running of a small charity. To book a telephone consultation or a face-to-face drop in  session at the Younghayes Centre, call Sandra Chapman on 01404 549045, Email

WHEN: 14 June 2016, 10:00 – 16:30 (BST)

WHERE: Younghayes Centre, 169 Younghayes Road, Cranbrook, EX5 7DR, or by phone.

outsource logoOutsource will be offering free accountancy health checks for small charities based in York and North Yorkshire during Small Charity Week. Two community accountants will be on hand to provide advice to help small groups ensure that they’re legally compliant and that their year end accounts meet Charity Commission standards. The service will be on offer all week via email, so interested organisations can contact them at

Outsource are also offering a Social Media Surgery on Big Advice Day, which is an informal event intended to provide a basic and clear understanding of the core social media platforms that could be beneficial to small charities. This event is currently fully booked, but if more spaces become available more information and bookings can be found here.

C3SC logo - WEBCardiff Third Sector Council will be running a Big Advice Day event where small charities will have the opportunity to get advice from a number of organisations, such as WRAP Cymru, Cardiff Volunteer Centre, Sport Cardiff and C3SC’s Third Sector Development Officers. Other organisations will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

WHEN: 14 June 2016, 15:30 – 18:30 (BST)

WHERE: Tiger Bay Suite, Culture and Media Centre, @Loudoun, Plas Iona, Butetown, CF10 5HW

DCVS Logo-JPEGDudley CVS will be hosting a special mid-month DY1 Stop-Shop to mark Big Advice Day. Local small charities can pop into DY1 between 10am and 4pm to get guidance on any topic to do with running a voluntary and community organisation. If you can’t make it, Dudley CVS will be monitoring their Twitter, Facebook and their Small Charity Week Blog so that you can ask questions virtually.

WHEN: 14 June 2016, 10:00 – 16:00 (BST)

WHERE: DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT

downloadSouthend Association of Voluntary Services will be holding a Big Advice Day as part of Small Charity Week. As a member you will be able to book an appointment with the SAVS team around a variety of topics including funding, governance, marketing and volunteering advice. To book a slot please email with the subject of what you would like to discuss.

WHEN: 15 June 2016, 13:00 – 17:00 (BST)

Please keeping checking this page for information about more Big Advice Day events as they are released.

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Big Advice Day is supported by the Cabinet Office Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme

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