Cater's Choice

Events: Now we are all back from our holidays, there are all manner of educational events this autumn to distract us from actually getting down to work.

The SCVO in Scotland has more than 100 courses in everything from funding, media skills and planning to HR and health and safety. See www.scvo.org.uk. In Northern Ireland, Community NI is offering a very creative selection of courses on topics such as finance and time management, plus The Psychology of Happiness - Grow Your Happy Skills, Body to Body - Communicate without Words and, in a tribute to Star Wars, Feel the Force - Train in the Jedi Way. To become a silent, happy Jedi, see www.communityni.org.

Billed as the largest social enterprise trade fair in the UK, Footsey 2008 on 16 October in York aims to build on last year's 100 exhibitors and 700 participants, and includes seminars on the NHS, social auditing and London 2012. See www.footsey.org.uk.

Speakers at the Resource Alliance's International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands from 14 to 17 October will include veteran Ken Burnett. See www.resource-alliance.org/ifc.

"Are charity workers just trouble?" appears to be the subtext of a debate with Directory of Social Change chief executive Debra Allcock Tyler and others about the high number of tribunal cases in the sector as part of the HR and Employment Law Conference on 23 October in London. See www.dsc.org.uk.

The Paralympics also start on Saturday.

Awards: Not long left to apply for the Impact Awards, which "recognise and reward registered charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health". Up to £35,000 is on offer to charities at least three years old that have raised between £10,000 and £1m working in a UK health-related field. The deadline is 26 September. See www.kingsfund.org.uk.

TV One year on from the death of Jane Tomlinson from cancer, the Community Channel will tonight show a retrospective on her life, including her fundraising activities.

 - Contact: Nick Cater at catercharity@yahoo.co.uk.

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