Beacon Programme For Chairs Who Are Leading Small Charities

The Association of Chairs (AoC) support Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations to lead your boards effectively and ensure delivery of your organisation’s mission. They have produced a programe to support chairs of small organisations. Their resources are designed specifically to support you in your skilled and demanding role. They provide practical guidance and governance support tailored to the needs of Chairs. 


About the Programme

The programme has been developed by the Association of Chairs.

Who is the programme for?

Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations in England with an annual income of under £1 million.

Why get involved?

You will:

  • Meet, learn and exchange ideas with other Chairs who face similar challenges
  • Be part of a unique programme tailored to meet the needs of Chairs of smaller organisations
  • Know where to get support to be effective in your role
  • Hear the views of other Chairs of smaller charities and sector experts on topics that concern you
  • Access a wide range of FREE practical written resources to meet your needs

What will the programme include?

  • Affordable and engaging workshops in locations all over England starting with: London, Birmingham, Leeds, Taunton, Brighton and Bournemouth
  • Free, interactive and downloadable webinars covering and complementing our workshop content. Varying in length, you will easily be able to make time for these in your busy schedule, from the comfort of your own home
  • Topics of interest to you such as being a 'hands-on' Chair, clarifying your legal responsibilities, recruiting trustees and many more
  • Keep up to date with our e-bulletin helping you know what we are doing and when. Be the first to know about new resources and hear the views of other Chairs on important topics.  Join other Chairs and sign up below
  • Online platforms to meet and learn with other Chairs.  Chairing can be lonely, so we will be finding other ways to help you meet and network with others


Thanks to a generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund our online and written resources are free and workshops will only cost £20. A travel bursary will be available to support organisations with an income of under £100k with the cost of travel.


Be first to hear about upcoming news, events and resources for the Beacon Programme. Click on the link to sign up Beacon Programme


Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.