the arts society training

A brief description of the courses offered, together with the dates, are listed below. Unless otherwise specified these courses are held at The Arts Society House, Guilford Street, London. For more details or to book a course, email

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Getting to Know the Arts Society

Aimed at new or potential committee members (although experienced ones are more than welcome) this day gives some background to The Arts Society, its history and how it works plus covering the resources available to help with committee roles and basic Society administration.

9 April 2020
17 September 2020

Committee Recruitment Day

So many Societies say they have difficulties recruiting volunteers, particularly for Committee succession, but also when trying to get volunteering projects off the ground. This course focuses on where to look for more volunteers and supporters, how to attract them and encourage them to get involved, and how to build a bank of volunteer resources. It is primarily aimed at Chairmen and Vice Chairmen, but would be of interest to anyone trying to motivate more people to participate in running a Society.

12 February 2020
18 June 2020
17 September 2020

Programme Planners

Programme planners are vital to any committee and their role is at the heart of their Society. This day is designed to equip Programme Planners with the tools they need to ensure they are able to be as effective in their role as possible whether they are booking lecturers, organising a study day or organising a visit. All aspects of the process with be covered, from the creative to the logistical, including information on finance, marketing and the help available from The Arts Society House.

22 January 2020
19 March 2020
30 June 2020
11 November 2020


Lead by The Arts Society's Finance Director, this is a day of stimulating discussion on financial issues for Treasurers, including legal updates and guidance. It offers particularly useful insight to anyone considering taking on the Treasurer role.

3 March 2020
8 July 2020
22 September 2020

Induction for Society Chairmen

Two days full of well-paced content to help you in your new and exciting role as Chairman. The evening will be spent networking with colleagues from around the country over dinner. After dinner you will have the opportunity to hear a ‘New to The Arts Society’ Lecturer!

28-29 January 2020
10-11 March 2020
9-10 June 2020
28-29 July 2020
29-30 September 2020
17-18 November 2020

Society Chairman's Forum

For Society Chairmen, bring your own questions and queries and share experiences and ideas!

18 March 2020
3 September 2020

Confident Speaking

The prospect of speaking in public can hold terrors for anyone. We help you build up skills, confidence and effectiveness when addressing an audience. These days are fun and informal and as group sizes are kept small everyone gets the opportunity to participate fully. NB: No recording involved!

16 April 2020
28 September 2020

Membership Recruitment and Retention Forum

This forum focuses on where to look for Members, how to spark their interest in your Society, and how to engage and retain them once they've joined. This day will be of interest to any Committee Member looking to learn more on recruiting and retaining Members for their Society.

13th February 2020

Heritage Volunteer Book Conservation Day

7 April 2020
27 October 2020