Budgeting help for non-profit groups

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A budgeting workshop in Balclutha offers members of not-for-profit organisations a chance to learn how to take charge of their financial affairs.

The workshop has been run in previous years, but this year there is a difference.

“We’ve decided we could deliver the service for free .. because it is often volunteers who work for these groups and they don’t have a lot of money to spend on this kind of thing,” Clutha District Council community support and development adviser Jean Proctor said.

The workshop would include topics such as the difference between operational and project budgets, and also how to apply to different organisations for funding.

“It’s going to be hands-on. We’ll ask them to bring records along with them, distinguish the kind of budget they need, and get them putting one together.”

Mrs Proctor said there may also be an opportunity for ongoing support afterwards.

The workshop, open to all kinds of not-for-profit groups, will have three different sessions on Wednesday, August 22, limited to eight participants each.

The Department of Internal affairs will also be supporting the workshops, with community adviser Kimberley Beckett on hand to give advice.