Clare Foundation Seminar

2017 Seminars

Following a promising start to our new seminar program in 2016 we will be updating this page as new courses become available. These will be in partnership with other organizations and shall cover a wide range of areas.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Clare Charity Centre for some inspiring courses in the future!

The Clare Foundation Seminars

Essential Business Law with Stephanie Kleyman

Date: Friday 20 October 2017 Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Price: £12

Stephanie is a commercial solicitor with over 25 years experience from small claims through to the Court of Appeal. Having worked in both private practice and in house, she combines a variety of legal knowledge as well as a good understanding of how businesses really work. Famous for her ability to explain issues in straight forward language and to deliver advice and support with both compassion and a sense of humour, Stephanie has built up a loyal following of regular clients, mostly small businesses who need a wide variety of assistance and has a strong team of assistant solicitors and support staff around her to provide legal services at all levels.

Stephanie's passion is to help new businesses get it right from the start, helping them develop policies and procedures for the recruitment, training and retaining of staff. She also advises on company and partnership matters.

Stephanie has worked with a number of charities over the years and runs a full service law firm, employing 15 members of staff. She is going to be talking about essential law. Charities still have to comply with certain laws and regulations. Most charities that she deals with are just as anxious to be legally compliant as anyone in the private sector, but don’t always know what their obligations are or how to comply with them. Join her for a fun and informative talk to help you understand issues such as what information needs to be on your website, what your obligations are under the Data Protection Act, and what your terms of business should cover.

Anyone responsible for the day to day running of a charity. Trustees of charities. Those with responsibility for designing or managing charities websites and marketing material. Those who are entering into contracts on behalf of the charity.

Law can be a very boring subject. Stephanie has a unique way of making it entertaining and interesting. Don’t be put off by the title. You will leave smiling and well prepared.

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Write that winning funding bid – and a few insider tips!

Date: Thursday 26 October 2017 Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Price: £12

Topics covered
  • Brief assessment of fundraising challenges experienced by those attending (Who is fundraising in your organisation at the moment? Do you have the right people with the right skills? What should you be looking for in recruiting appropriate resources to pursue your funding goals?)
  • Principles applied to effective fundraising
  • Framing your arguments – getting the context right (e.g. Funding climate post Brexit, continued austerity etc.)
  • What funders are looking for and why they might support your cause (who gets the money and why). Reasons why they turn you down. Building rapport and relationships
  • The message (Personality, brand and image. Framing your arguments - use of simple, appropriate and emotive language – outcomes and impact etc…)
  • Budgets – why most people never ask for enough. Importance of trajectory. Funders investment in you…)
  • Researching funders – knowing where to look. Knowing what to ask for. Balancing that with the aspirations of the funder.
  • Putting it into practice!

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Improving the performance of your charity with Enterprise Doctor

Date: Thursday 9 November 2017 Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Price: £12

Over the course of a few hours Mark Harris of Enterprise Doctor will work with you in three phases, to help you improve the performance of your charity.

In the first phase, Mark will deliver an interactive workshop to help you explore all of the different facets of your charity which could be improved, why to improve them, and how to go about doing so.

We will then break into small groups, with each group exploring the issues their charity faces and looking at the ways they’ve tried to tackle the challenges and exploring how others in the group have dealt with similar issues.

In the final phase, we will look in more detail as one large group at the most common couple of themes, and explore together what approaches work best to deal with those issues.

You should come away from the session with considerable food for thought. You should also be eager to get back to your desk and get cracking!

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For more information on our Seminars, or to book direct with The Clare Foundation, please contact us.

The below cancellation policy only applies to seminars run through The Clare Foundation directly. If you are unsure if these apply to a specific seminar please email

Seminar Cancellation Policy:

To download a copy of our Cancellation Policy please click here.

Seminar Refund Policy:
30 working days - 100% Refund
15 working days - 50% Refund
5 working days - 25% Refund

To request a refund please email

All refund requests will be responded to within 5 working days by a member of the seminars team.

Terms and Conditions

The Clare Foundation (TCF) reserves the right to postpone, amend or cancel any seminar and further reserves the right, but is not obliged to, to offer an alternative without any responsibility on its part in the unfortunate circumstances of:

An event or occurrence beyond the reasonable control of TCF which causes or is likely to prevent TCF from performing its obligations.

The Venue or any part thereof becoming unsuitable or unavailable to hold the seminar, due to a Force Majeure event or unforeseen circumstances, examples of which are adverse or severe weather conditions, safety or technical issues, the permanent or temporary closure of the Venue or a change of ownership or control of the Venue.

The facilitator or trainer being unable to offer the seminar due to a Force Majeure event or unforeseen circumstances, examples of which are adverse or severe weather conditions, technical issues, illness, business or personal circumstances. In the unfortunate case of a cancellation or termination by TCF as set out above, TCF will notify the Client as far in advance as possible and will arrange for the refund of any deposits and monies paid but will have no other obligation or liability to the Client. TCF will not be liable to the Client for any loss (consequential or otherwise), cost, expenditure, damage or compensation for such changes.

Any Client acting in an improper or disorderly manner or refusing to comply with the reasonable requests of TCF's staff may be removed from site. Physical or verbal abuse or aggressive or violent conduct will not be tolerated. TCF reserves the right to remove individuals from the Venue whose behaviour, conduct or language fall below acceptable standards or to withdraw services or facilities or to terminate the Event. Should this occur, no monies will be refunded. The decision of TCF's senior representative/management at the Venue will be final and binding.

TCF does not warrant and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any verbal information given or statements made by its staff or contractors.

TCF cannot guarantee vehicle parking for all Guests at the Venue and will not be responsible for the security of possessions, vehicles or property. These are brought to the Venue at the entire risk of the owner.

Except to the extent that the law stipulates otherwise, TCF will accept no liability to the Client or Guests for any inconvenience, injury or loss and damage caused to any person or property at the Venue.

TCF, its Agent or representative may carry out photography or other recordings at the Event. The Client has the right to withdraw their consent at any time by informing TCF in writing to the postal address or the emailing Images may be used on the website, or in future marketing materials. The Guests consent to the use of such images by TCF in connection with advertising, promoting or monitoring and acknowledge that copyright in such images rests with TCF. No payment or compensation will be offered to either the Client or Guests if any images are used. Please note where imagery has been used with prior consent, TCF may not be able to withdraw all imagery in circulation immediately.

TCF reserves the right to collect and process the personal data from the Client and the Guests for the purposes of marketing and promotional activities.

In the public areas of the Venue, CCTV may be in operation and video recordings may be made. This activity is carried out for security and for operational reasons and for the safety of the Guests.

Nothing contained within this agreement will affect the statutory rights of either TCF or the Client.

These Terms and Conditions will be binding on the Client, its successors and assigns.


"The first module of the Retail Programme for the charitable sector went very well with very positive evaluations from the participants. I am pleased to let you know that some respondents commented that they found the facilities and catering particularly, as excellent, for example:
‘Fantastic venue and catering I thought the whole day was well organised. It was interesting and thought provoking. Excellent facilities’
Thank you for your help in operationalising this innovative programme and helping to make it a success"

- Dr. Lesley Bridges DHC MSc. BSc (Hons) DipN RGN
Principal Lecturer
Buckinghamshire New University

"Very informative, they were clearly very well experienced in the subject – they both presented it in a manner that was easy for complete novices to understand! Held the whole audience’s attention for the duration of the seminar – I would recommend for anyone who is looking to learn more about doing in house PR. Any further courses I would definitely attend."

- Rosie Mills
Exhibition & Events Manager
Automatic Vending Association

“We are delighted to be presenters at the Clare Charity Centre, running workshops on PR. Martin and his team are incredibly well organised and efficient, ensuring that no details were overlooked in the running of our event. We were hugely impressed with the surroundings, from the warm smile as we entered, to the fantastic facilities on offer. The network of attendees The Clare Foundation works with is hugely impressive and we enjoyed meeting people with diverse experiences and answering their well-considered questions. We look forward to returning to the Clare Charity Centre soon.”

- Gaby Riley
RelevantNow (

“Just wanted to thank The Clare Foundation for running the Leadership (Mary Farebrother) and PR & Communication (Relevant Now PR) courses recently. Well done and keep up the good work! It was nice to meet some new people and of course you and your colleagues.”

- Ashwinder (Ash) Sura