Not for Profit

A Seminar/Mentor based training programme for developing the capability and professionalism of the Not-for-Profit sector.


The Aspire training seminars were established by the Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with funders the Blogg Charitable Trust.

CSBEC is able to offer the Aspire Training programmes free of charge due to the support of The Canterbury Community Trust.  These Aspire seminars are brought to you by Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre and are made possible with funding from The Canterbury Community Trust.

The Workshops:

CSBEC and their “Aspire Training” programme offer seminars covering issues regularly faced by community groups.

The upcoming seminars

These seminars are held at CSBEC and involve the use of presenters with expertise in their area and experience in the NFP sector.  They involve both the theory and the practice of the topic in question, provide discussion opportunities and are relevant and easily transferable to the work in which community groups are involved. The seminars are offered free of charge to those representing registered community organisations.

The seminars are primarily geared towards those community groups that have the care of people as the focus of their work, but are also applicable to other groups in the community sector.

After each seminar, attendees complete an evaluation questionnaire to assist us in the further development of this programme.  In this way we can be sure we are continuing to meet the needs of community groups and can also develop more seminars to meet the more specific needs of the NFP sector.

The Mentors

For the seminars to have a lasting impact on community development it is vital that what has been learned is effectively embedded into the work of the community group.  After each seminar, short-term, free, one-on-one mentoring assistance with the seminar presenter is provided to groups that request this assistance.

Further Information / Enrolment

If you are interested in finding out more about “Aspire” or enrolling in one of the above seminars, contact Carolynn on ph 366 9978 or email: