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Coronavirus update as of 17th April:

We would like to take this opportunity to assure you that AFVS CIC is actively monitoring the developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are closely following the Government’s advice – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

As a response to this advice, we will now be offering scheduled training events as video webinar sessions. On a positive note, we have now run several of these sessions and received tremendous feedback. We hope we can encourage delegates to attend our online sessions, but we are aware that these will not be suitable for everyone, please contact us if you would like to set up a face to face session for later in the year.

As we continue to monitor the situation going forward, we may be forced to cancel or postpone events at short notice. Should this occur, we will be in contact as soon as possible.

As a company, the health and safety of our staff and customers are of the utmost importance to us, and it is our priority to minimise our employees and customers exposure to the virus. To this extent, we have implemented a work from home policy for our employees, with the office being managed by essential staff only. Therefore, over the coming weeks, calls coming into the office will be diverted; if we are unable to take your call, please leave a message and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Voice messages are also forwarded to the support email address (see below).

All home working staff have the ability to communicate via email, phone and video conferencing, and will endeavour to keep the business running as usual.

We thank you for your support during this challenging time, and please do contact us if you have any questions or concerns: support@afvs.org.uk  or 08000 30 26 30.

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“Daryl certainly knows his stuff. He is immersed in the charity world and knows all the angles. He is also a very impressive speaker. He did not follow the timetable for the day, but rather followed the thoughts and questions of the attendees. This was fine for me, but probably less so for the potential and very new Trustees. I found the whole day both interesting and beneficial.”

David Wood, Arundel & Downland Community Leisure Trust

“Daryl Martin’s wealth of experience was truly impressive. He had an example of good and bad practice to back up everything he said.”

Joe Smith, Nuevas Esperanzas

“I recently attended an AFVS Trustee Development Workshop lead by Daryl Martin. As Tubakunde Trust and therefore my role as a Trustee are both very new, I had a lot to learn. I really benefited from Daryl’s wise counsel on the day. Although the topic might be considered as heavy, Daryl’s relaxed presentation with many examples made the event an enjoyable learning experience. I came away understanding my role in a much clearer way. The end result – Highly Commended.”

Malcolm Claridge, Tubakunde Trust

“Daryl’s wealth of real-life stories, some shocking, and others humorous provided an abundance of practical teaching and answered many of the questions we had. This made it easier to absorb potentially ‘Boring’ detail as well as giving some sobering thoughts and ideas for things we need to take action on. A very worthwhile day & money well spent. The Take home manual is also an invaluable and comprehensive resource for future reference and should be required reading for all trustees.”

Bob Mullins, The Lighthouse Church, New Malden

“I found the day very worthwhile, it gave a good overview of the roles and responsibilities of trustees and I came away much better”

Chris Hawker, Chichester Baptist Church

“The day was stimulating and helpful. The information given alerted me to several issues, especially concerning interactions with the Charity Commission, where our charity needs to make some changes to reflect current requirements as things have changed considerably since our charity was established 12 years ago. And the written information we took away will be a valuable resource in the future.”

David Powlson, New Life Home Trust

“Very worthwhile day gaining insights into the tasks and risks that trustees need to be prepared for and to enjoy using their experience to tackle.”

Mike Tyler, Aid for Trade