Representatives from charities and community organisations will be able to brush up on their roles and responsibilities at a seminar run by ProHelp, the national network of companies who offer their professional services for free.
Leading national law firm Bevan Brittan, a supportive member of the West Midlands network, is hosting the free seminar for charities and community organisations.
Its theme is on the roles and responsibilities of trustees, an issue important to the success of every charity and community organisation.
The seminar will be hosted by Matthew Waters; a solicitor specialising in charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Bevan Brittan employment partner Sara Woffenden said: "Trustees play an integral role to the success of any community organisation but it is often one they find themselves in with little guidance, support and training. The seminar will be a refresher for some, an eye opener for others and a starter for those who have just become trustees.
"The information around good governance and best practice will also be of value to all.
"Last year we ran an Employment Law seminar and the feedback we received highlighted what an invaluable service this is to community representatives and the long term sustainability of these groups. Our staff really enjoy using their skills and expertise to support this work, which underpins our commitment to supporting our local communities."
The seminar will take place at Bevan Brittan's Birmingham office at Interchange Place, Edmund St, tomorrow at 4.30pm.
The ProHelp network has been an established programme within Business in the Community since 1989. Since that time it has grown to include more than 1,000 professional firms who are offering over £6million worth of free professional advice and support to community groups and voluntary organisations, including free legal, marketing, property and accountancy services.
ProHelp is managed through Business in the Community and can support anything from one off projects, like a structural survey to a property valuation or accountancy advice.
There is no pressure to take up any assignment and the ProHelp team work with the business members to ensure projects meet the needs of all partners.
Nathan Lane, managing director of Birmingham-based Golley Slater Public Relations, said: "Getting involved with ProHelp was an easy decision for Golley Slater. We advise our clients on community engagement strategies to benefit staff relations and make a difference to the bottom line. ProHelp helped us put more structure around a previously ad-hoc pro bono programme and focus on the outcomes for our own business.
"Through trained community partnership brokers our staff have supported a wide range of community groups. Activity has ranged from working the Mentor IT Academy in Lozells to attract students and businesses to hosting seminars for community groups on marketing.
"The benefits are clear in terms of staff retention and motivation. ProHelp also provides an excellent forum to meet likeminded businesses and share best practice, along with the odd new business lead!
"It is rare to get a win-win in business but handled professionally, with a partner like ProHelp, working with community groups can be hugely rewarding for all involved."