Are you considering a Charity Merger?

We offer affordable specialist support at every stage of the process.

  • identifying potential merger partners,
  • facilitating initial discussions and visits,
  • preparing feasibility studies,
  • developing and implementing joint merger plans.

Sustainable Income Generation

Minimise the financial risk to your organisation or group by working with us to develop, and implement, a bespoke diversified income generation strategy.

Architects – support for community engagement and consultation

Localism has given greater impetus to the need for robust and cost effective approaches to the planning process. As an architect, can you say, hand on heart, that you have all the resources necessary to undertake a meaningful community engagement and consultation process?

If not, then read on!

Our new service offers architects support for every stage of this process - from design, to implementation, and report. We can take on the entire project (liaising closely with your technical staff), or selected elements, as you require…and your budget allows. Why involve yourself, or colleagues in community activities, when the fees for engaging a freelance specialist are likely to prove more cost effective? And, you would have the advantage of a neutral facilitator, in addition to saving time and money!

In-house, bespoke training and coaching on this topic also available.

For further details on any of the above, please contact: Ann Collins on 01792 233694 or e-mail

The Third Sector

Working in the third sector isn’t like working for any other business or organisation, which is why it’s wise to choose training and consultancy professionals with very specific knowledge. Having worked with third sector organisations and charities of all shapes and sizes, we’re able to connect with you in a way that general consultants and trainers simply can’t.

As we’re qualified and experienced third sector professionals, we’re able to make our assignments particularly affordable. You won’t pay extra to cover time spent learning about this sector, because we hit the ground running, bringing our existing experience to the table. The process is effortless.

Affordable Third Sector Consultancy and Training

Whilst financial control is important for everyone, it’s never more important than it is for the third sector. You’re often relying on donations and public funding, and money has to spread a long way. You need to make the most of every second of the day – especially if you’re relying on time given by generous volunteers.

At Practise Training & Consultancy we’re committed to providing all third sector organisations, partnerships and groups, whether charities or non-profit services, with a specialist approach that’s tailored to their needs. We’re the affordable answer to all of your consultancy and training questions, because we don’t make projects bigger than they have to be.

If you want, we can set work for you to do so that you can keep costs down whilst developing skills and knowledge. Alternatively, you can give us a brief and we’ll go away and work on it ourselves.

Real Third Sector Experience

Ann Collins, the freelance trainer and consultant who will head your contact with Practise Training & Consultancy, has the experience that’s needed to maximise your potential.

About Ann Collins

Working her way up from junior positions, Ann has held both executive and non-executive roles in the third sector. She also has wide-ranging experience in business and local government. You may know her from her previous post as founder CEO of Age Concern Neath Port Talbot, a position she held for 14 years prior to establishing Practise Training & Consultancy.

Her first-hand experience at local, regional and national levels is invaluable. She is a friendly face and won’t baffle you with jargon. She can be your guide and mentor, and can be contacted with any questions or concerns. Ann knows that people in your leadership position often feel isolated. Please be assured that you can speak openly and frankly as the highest standards of confidentiality will always be maintained.

A Team for the Third Sector

Ann’s pool of tried and tested professionals can come together to create a formidable team with all the knowledge and expertise you need, but because Practise Training & Consultancy work freelance you’ll have the team that fits your needs. Ann will be there every step of the way, but others will be drafted in to help if you need specialist expertise, such as a solicitor.

Having access to a pool of professionals with third sector experience means that you can reap the benefits of the best minds from a wide range of backgrounds, without having to employ anyone directly or deal with their training and development. Call Practise Training & Consultancy for a custom-made team to achieve the outcomes you and your funders need.