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The Rebuilding Heritage programme is providing free 121 and group support for individuals and organisations in the heritage sector in business planning, communications, fundraising, legal issues, leadership and wellbeing. This support is open to organisations (including voluntary organisations) and to individuals, for example: sole traders/freelancers and those running a limited business.

This is a UK-wide programme covering England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Applications for Round 3 have now closed and we will be contacting everyone who applied on Friday 5 February 2021.  If you are waiting to hear about your application, please do make sure to check your junk folder.

Application dates for future rounds:

  • Round 4 (to receive support May-Jun) will open Thursday 11 March 2021.  Deadline: 11pm, Tuesday 30 March 2021.
  • Round 5 (to receive support Jul-Aug) will open Thursday 13 May 2021.  Deadline: 11pm, Tuesday 1 June 2021.
  • Round 6 (to receive support Sept-Oct) will open Thursday 8 July 2021.  Deadline: 11pm, Tuesday 27 July 2021.

Apply for support by completing our online questionnaire. You can apply for one, some or all types of support. The Rebuilding Heritage team will use the application questionnaire to assess support needs and match organisations and individuals to the right type of support.

Successful applicants will be contacted within a week of the application deadline, support sessions will take place remotely (via video call or phone call).

Support on offer

As a responsive programme, the exact support on offer may vary between rounds depending on consultation findings. This is the support that was available for Round 3.

121 business support from Creative United

In a series of up to four 2-hour 121 business support sessions Creative United will provide dedicated support from a business advisor to help you draw up plans to move forwards from the current crisis. This support is bespoke and can be tailored to heritage businesses and organisations of all scales and remits. You will be paired with an advisor who will best fit your needs, challenges and goals, and will work with them on business planning activity that is appropriate to your situation. The advisor will help you to improve your skills and confidence, and could also provide advice on specific issues including planning cashflows for sustainability and planning the development of services or products.

121 communications strategy support from Media Trust

Through this dedicated support package, Media Trust will work with you to assess the strengths and weakness of your current communications activity and to develop an action plan that will enable you to build on your current capacity and resources. In an initial strategy planning session, an expert communications consultant will help you to review your target audiences, messaging, language, and key communication channels and will guide you through the development of your strategy. You will work together to define specific communications objectives, identify areas of weakness, and determine the actions that can be taken to address them and you will receive support in implementation through a second follow up session to review progress.

121 fundraising consultancy from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising

In a one hour session you will be able to explore a specific challenge that you or your organisation are currently facing. An expert from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising will provide you with tailored advice in response to the challenge you have raised. The experts have experience of working with a range of organisations from local charities, to new start up organisations through to well know national names. The topic of your focused discussion can range from fundraising strategy to front-line delivery.

121 legal assistance from Bates Wells

In a one hour session you will be able to explore and receive advice on a specific legal issue that you or your organisation are currently facing with an expert from Bates Wells, who will provide you with tailored and bespoke advice. Bates Wells is one of the UK’s leading law firms for charities and social enterprises and have significant experience of working with and advising heritage organisations and businesses on their legal issues. Your focused discussion could be used to address specific contractual issues, gain advice on the transfer or cessation of activity, review governance procedures or decision-making requirement or considering the best use of your heritage properties.

Rebuilding Leadership training in groups with Clore Leadership

One individual, in a leadership or senior management position, from your organisation or business will take part in two half day training sessions exploring what it means to be a leader in uncertain and changeable times. Clore Leadership Associate Emma Haughton will lead online training sessions which look at the mindsets of leaders and how these need to adapt to navigate challenging circumstances. In these sessions you will be part of group of heritage professionals in positions of responsibility (including within voluntary organisations) who will work together to explore leadership skills and strategies. These sessions will help you to find courage, resilience and capabilities to lead through and beyond the challenges of 2020 and will provide opportunities for discussion and knowledge sharing.

The training course for this round will be two half-day sessions on 22 & 27 April 2021.

Managing Wellbeing training in groups with Steve Wood & Associates

One individual, with line management responsibility in your organisation or business (this could include volunteer management), will take part in two sessions exploring ways of managing wellbeing. Organisational wellbeing starts with individual wellbeing. In these sessions Steve Wood & Associates, experts in organisational improvement, will guide you in how to implement Wellness Action Planning (WAP) in your organisation and support those you manage during these incredibly challenging times. You will work alongside other heritage professionals to identify ways to develop and agree WAPs, set goals, recognise achievements and plan personal development.

The training course for this round will be two 2-hour sessions on 21 & 28 April 2021.

Open to all support

The Rebuilding Heritage programme will be providing free resources and webinars for the heritage sector.

In our second series of webinars our theme is ‘Finding Time’ and we will be looking we are looking at wellbeing, motivation, and inclusivity. We want to make sure that we recognise these as not just ‘nice to have’ but ‘necessary to have’ and support the heritage sector to implement good working practices in these areas.  Recordings of the webinars we have run so far are on our Resources page.  Upcoming webinars open for bookings are:

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Inclusivity at Work

Monday 22nd February
Online, 1.30pm – 3pm

Disability Collaborative Network and EMBED present a webinar to explore the characteristics of inclusive leadership and its important role in the recovery of the sector.


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Tools for Workplace Inclusion

Tuesday 2nd March
Online, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Disability Collaborative Network and EMBED present a webinar outlining practical steps towards inclusive workplace practice, including how to implement the workplace passport.


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