Up-coming Exult Workshops

Are you looking for practical ideas for raising funds, marketing your cause and growing great volunteer teams?

Thanks to an ongoing relationship with Bay Trust, we have another run of subsidised workshops happening throughout the Bay of Plenty. Some of the sessions are already close to full, so if you’re keen to get along, I recommend you register now to secure your space. Click on the workshop links for more information.

Growing Great Volunteer Teams

When it comes to volunteering, people are spoiled for choice. There is no shortage of organisations to get involved with, so in order to attract volunteers and keep them on-board, you need to offer them the best possible experience. Learn what drives people to volunteer and discover simple strategies for ensuring your volunteers get what they need to stay involved.

Tauranga: Wednesday 9th May
Taupo: Wednesday 20th June (1/2 Day)

“This will make a big difference in the way we invite, care for and retain volunteers in our organisation and ensure we recognise the amazing job our volunteers do.”
Kylie Carpenter, The Clothing Project

Cost: Usually $120 per person (Full Day) $70 (Half Day)
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay $50 / person (Full Day) $30 / person (1/2 Day)
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email rosie@exult.co.nz or click here to register online

Shoestring Marketing 

Whether you need to attract donors, supporters or volunteers, marketing yourself well on a limited budget is something every organisation needs to do. Where should you spend your time, money and energy, and how can you communicate with stakeholders for the best possible results?

Whakatane: Tuesday 8th May
Rotorua: Wednesday 30th May

“This workshop will make a huge difference and has reinvigorated why we are doing what we do.  The best workshop I have been to – very productive!”
Jill Larking, Project Lyttelton.

Cost: Usually $120 per person.
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay just $50 per person
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email rosie@exult.co.nz or click here to register online

Secret of Sponsorship

Do you wonder why the big organisations can secure sponsors when you can’t? Would you like to know how to put together a sponsorship package so that it provides real value to your organisation? This workshop gives you the step-by-step process for securing sponsorship and keeping it.

Taupo: Wednesday 20th June (1/2 day)
Rotorua: Thursday 26th July

“Amazing workshop, great delivery, and so relevant for us. New motivation has been found.” Tania, Murihiku Maori & Pasifika Cultural Trust

Cost: Usually $120 per person (Full Day) $70 (Half Day)
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay $50 / person (Full Day) $30 / person (1/2 Day)
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email rosie@exult.co.nz or click here to register online

Sustainable Funding 

A great workshop for anyone who is involved with fundraising in your organisation. It covers a range of topics including donations, sponsorship, grants, fundraising events and more. It will change the way you look at raising funds.

Tauranga: Tuesday 3rd July
Whakatane: Wednesday 25th July

“It revolutionised my approach to funding. It’s excited me about something I loathed to think about.”  Rebecca Mackay, Whakatane Ki Mua

Cost: Usually $120 per person.
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay just $50 per person
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email rosie@exult.co.nz or click here to register online

Each of these subsidised sessions are limited to 30 people, and they fill up fast. I recommend you register early to secure your space. Love to see you there!

Meet Ups

Blue Penguin Research

A talk by Professor John Cockrem about his work with korora, little blue penguins

Taoist Tai Chi Society – Bay of Plenty

We teach Taoist Tai Chi™ arts: a moving meditation – build your strength, flexibility and stillness.

Never too old to learn new things

The first batch of graduates from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Creative Industries walked across the stage this week at Holy Trinity Church.

The three-year degree offers majors in Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design. And 65-year-old Norah Maclachlan (pictured) is among them, and credits the staff at the institute for helping her achieve her goal.

“Being an older student, I have a problem understanding written word, which was a challenge in itself. But I had a very understanding tutor, who pushed me when I thought I couldn’t do it.”

She’s always sewn and enjoyed craftwork, and after her job was disestablished, she decided to try something new.

“Being an older person made it quite hard to get another job,” says Norah.

“My son was already studying to be a fashion designer, and he suggested I start doing the certificate in fashion at the institute.

“I already knew how to sew, so the biggest challenge was making my own patterns. But that whetted my appetite, and encouraged me to carry on to the bachelor degree.”

Norah says the degree was a bit of a learning curve, but it also allowed her to pick up more skills.

“We did more than just fashion. We worked on the business side, and learned about graphic design and visual arts as well.”

And her ambition now?

“I’m a bigger woman, and short, so what I want to do is create stylish patterns for women with that shape. I’ve tried looking for clothes myself, and they often look like sacks,” laughs Norah.

“What I’m exploring at the moment is my craftwork, so I’m working on showcasing that for a start.”

With a degree under her belt, she no doubt has many more options now. Her advice to people thinking about studying is to have a go, no matter what prior experience you have.

“If you have a passion for art, or a passion for fashion, go for it. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or the challenges you face. It’s worth it in the end.”

Article by Ryan Wood published in the Weekend Sun 16th December 2016

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