Local and regional training courses


WCVA training programme 2017-18

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) provide training for those in the third and public sector on a range of logotopics, including Governance, Leadership and Management, Public Engagement, Co-production, Communications, and Funding.

They have a couple of new courses added to our programme this year, which might be on interest to organisations your work with.

Learning to lead three day ILM endorsed course, delivered by Eileen Murphy and Jane Lewes.
26, 27 and 28 September 2017 in Cardiff

Introduction to influencing - delivered by Gwenllian Griffiths
12 December 2017 - Cardiff  and  4 July 2018 - Wrexham

National principles for public engagement in Wales webinar
19 September 2017 and 3 October 2017

Download WCVA training brochure in English

Download WCVA training brochure in Welsh

Further details on all courses can be found on our website.


Webinar: Making your applications stand out

Delivered through the medium of Welsh.logo

Give your funding applications the best chance of success.

Date: 19 October 2017 from 2 - 3pm

Trainer: Dewi Smith 

This webinar is intended for bid writers wanting to further develop their knowledge and skills to produce compelling funding bids.

The webinar will help you plan and structure your applications to give you the best chance of success

In an increasingly competitive funding environment the need to make your application stand out has never been more important. This interactive webinar will help you develop a well structured, compelling application, giving you the best possible chance of securing the funding you need. The session will help you

  • Apply a logical structure to your application;
  • Demonstrate the need for your project;
  • Demonstrate the difference your project will make use effective and emotive language to get your message across;
  • Avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Read more and find out how to book here >>>


Charity financial management - costing and budgets training

Learn how to cost your services and increase the likelihood of gaining funding.

Date: 17 October 2017 - Wales Council for Voluntary Action - Cardifflogo

Trainer: Shirley David          

This course enables participants to cost the services provided by their organisation, and to produce and monitor budgets and cash flows.

Charities and voluntary organisations compete with each other for income and need to demonstrate cost effectiveness and realism in grant bids. Learn how to cost your services in full and increase the likelihood of gaining sufficient funding. This course enables participants to cost the services provided by their organisation, and to produce and monitor budgets and cash flows.

Read more and find out how to book here >>>


Down’s Syndrome: Health and Ageing training

11 October in Swansealogo

This course organised by Learning Disability Wales, will provide staffsupporting older adults with Down's syndrome with up-to-date information on meeting their changing health and support needs. Delegates will develop the skills to understand the importance of recognising possible changes in an individual's health and know how to address these or where to go for further, specialist information and advice.

The course is designed for health and social care professionals supporting older adults with Down's syndrome in a variety of settings, but especially those working in a supported living environment. In addition, it would be relevant to social workers involved in assessing care needs and others working in a supportive role such as day service staff, support workers and personal assistants etc.

Read more details and find out how to book here >>>


WCADA alcohol training course 13 September

WCADA - 46 Talbot Road, Port Talbot, SA13 1HU poster
Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 9.30am - 4pm
Cost: £45
Light refreshments provided
On street parking at venue

This is a comprehensive one day course which takes a look at alcohol. Its aim is to increase knowledge around alcohol use and interventions to work with alcohol users. It looks at the short and long term effects and the type of drinking which is inherent in our society. It also provides some basic tool to use when working with people around alcohol use.

Learning oucomes:

• Describe what alcohol is and some of its long and short term effects;
• Measure alcohol intake;
• Recognise and screen alcohol use;
• Recognise drinking patterns;
• Assess risk and act upon it appropriately;
• Provide brief interventions with alcohol users;
• Recognise when to make external referrals to specialists.

Download booking form here >>>


Qualify as a counsellor! Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling open day at Ty Elis, Porthcawlposter

Visit Tŷ Elis Porthcawl on Saturday 16 September from 10am - 2pm to find out about their Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which they will be delivering in February 2018.

The course is a two year part time Diploma – delivered in-house at Tŷ Elis - 14 Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl.

  • 100 Hours of Supervised practice included;
  • Course accredited by the National Counselling Society;
  • Competitively priced for affordability;
  • No formal qualifications necessary

For further details visit or T:  01656 786486 or E: 


Become an accredited trainer

Venue: The Culture & Media Centre (CF10 5HW)logo
Accredited by Agored Cymru
Trainer: Amanda Williams

Day 1 - 10 October 2017
Day 2 - 11 October 2017
Day 3 - 14 November 2017

A registration fee of £21 per learner will be charged for those who register to complete the Agored Cymru assessment. 

This course is for those who are new to training and/or may have taken on the role of trainer in their organisation for the first time.

Aims: to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan, prepare and deliver training sessions.

Content: this three day accredited course will give you an overview of learning theory, improve your knowledge of planning tools for delivering and evaluating training and help you develop your confidence in designing and delivering training sessions.

To gain the accreditation you will need to commit some time to complete the written assessment and to prepare a training session, a section of which you will deliver in front of other course participants on the third day.

It is delivered by our in-house trainers who will provide support for you during the assessment process – book early to secure your place.

Read more here >>>


Institute of Fundraising training courses September - October 2017logo

Securing your future - Legacy Marketing on a limited budget 
26 September 2017 - Cardiff
Lisa Buckley (Tenovus Cancer Care)
Richard Millar (Capacity Marketing for Charities)
Read more and book here >>>

Bilingualism at work 
Welsh Language Commissioner
10 12 October 2017 - Llandudno Junction
Read more and book here >>> 

Introduction to Fundraising (Part 1) 
17 October 2017 - Cardiff
Read more and book here >>> 

Certificate in Fundraising 
12 and 13 October 2017, 1 and 2 Feb 2018 - Cardiff
Booking deadline 14 September 2017
Read more and book here >>>

Diploma in Fundraising 
3 and 4 October 2017 and 4 - 7 December 2017 - Cardiff
Booking deadline 5 September 2017
Read more and book here >>> 


WCVA webinar - Powerful Projects 13 September 2017

13 September 2017 from 2pm - 3pmlogo

This webinar will improve the basic understanding of participants of how to create effective projects, that will be easily understood by potential funders.

The session will contain simple 'How to' guides of project design principles, as well as clear explanations of the key things that you need to consider before you begin to design your project.

The webnar will also help you to understand how to best present the project to funders and help participants to understand how their project is likely to be assessed.

Read more and book your place here >>>


Social media for the third sector WCVA training in October 2017logo

Wednesday 4 October 2017, Carmarthen

Influence and engage with your online audience. Are you trying to build your charity’s brand online? Are you planning an online fundraising or crowdfunding campaign? Or are you trying to reach more people using social media? This course focuses on the different methods and techniques, specifically for third sector organisations to use on social media. 

Delivered through the medium of English, find out more or book now here >>>


Learning to Lead WCVA course in September

26, 27 and 28 September 2017, Cardifflogo

Just moved into management or want to brush up on your leadership practice? 

This course aims to give you the strategies for maximising effective staff performance, increase your understanding of quality and continuous improvement and will enhance your ability to plan and drive change and improve your team working 
The programme is for staff who wish to enhance their management skills, knowledge and confidence.

Delivered through the medium of English, find out more or book now here >>>


National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales (Webinar)

Tuesday 19 September 2017 (in Welsh)logo
Tuesday 3 October 2017 (in English)
Free for WCVA members!

This guided tour of the 10 principles webinar will raise awareness and knowledge of the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales and the Evaluation Toolkit associated with them.It is aimed at organisations who want to develop and increase their awareness and knowledge of how to plan for effective engagement.

Find out more or book now >>>


Book WCVA webinar: Managing event volunteering 6 September

Date: 6 September 2017logo

Trainer: Fiona Liddell

This free webinar by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) aims to ntroduce the Volunteering Spirit Wales Project and the resulting resources that can help those who are planning to involve volunteers in their events.The webinar is for those who work with volunteers who may be thinking about organising events and for those who organise events and may be thinking about involving volunteers.

Content of webinar:
A two year project funded by Spirit of 2012 enabled WCVAs to explore ways of recruiting, managing, supporting and recognising volunteers to help deliver successful public events. This webinar will share learning from this Volunteering Spirit Wales project, including good practice tips and an introduction to the online resources that are now available as a legacy of the project.

The session will help you to:

  • have an overview of the Volunteering Spirit Wales project on event volunteering;
  • plan effectively for volunteer involvement at events;
  • apply good practice in recruitment, training and support, management and communication, recognition and follow u;
  • find useful resources on the website.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • understand what needs to be done before, during and after the event;
  • be able to apply principles of good volunteer management in the context of events;
  • know how to access resources to support event volunteering.

For further details and how to book, click here >>>


Free online courses from the Open Universitylogo

Did you know…..  there are dozens of high quality online courses from the Open University that are free including accounting and book-keeping!

Work at your own pace, learn about these topics to help you run your group well! They range from introductory to advanced – start at whichever level suits you!

Courses include:

  • Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting;
  • Fundamentals of accounting;
  • Building relationships with donors;
  • Campaigns and organisations;
  • Introducing the voluntary sector;
  • Working in the voluntary sector.

Read more here >>>


Introduction to data protection and confidentiality training 13 September

Data protection and confidentiality for EU funded projects.logos
13 September 2017 - Swansea

Target Group: staff from third sector organisations who will be involved in managing EU Structural Funds projects, either as a direct sponsor or sub-contractor.

Cost: Free to organisations delivering, or with an interest in delivering, European funded activity under the 2014-2020 programmes.

The aim of this training is to provide knowledge and understanding of data protection and confidentiality requirements, to ensure that organisations who receive EU funding comply with the law, good practice and the obligations of their funding agreements.

The course will cover:  

  • The eight Data Protection principles;
  • Collecting data from children;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Securing and reporting a breach of Data Protection;
  • Data quality;
  • Subject access requests;
  • The practicalities of Data Protection in the workplace.

Learning objectives:

  • Be familiar with the eight data protection principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998;
  • Be able to identify what information is classed as 'personal data' and apply that to their work setting;
  • Understand how to perform their role in line with the Data Protection Act;
  • Understand the legal obligations of a data controller;
  • Know how and when to report a data breach, if necessary;
  • Understand the relationship between data protection and confidentiality.

If you would like to participate in this session please complete the booking form and return to


In-house training with Learning Disability Wales

If you have a number of people who all want the same training you could save money and time by arranginglogo in-house training from Learning Disability Wales.

They can also tailor existing courses or design an entirely new course to meet your staff’s needs and training objectives.

Courses that maybe of interest to your organisation:

  • Person Centred Thinking Skills;
  • Making Information Easy to Read and Understand;
  • Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability;
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • Communication Through Touch

Take a look at their in-house training courses here >>>

To discuss your training needs and for more information on pricing and availability E:

They usually confirm an in-house training course within one to two of receiving the request, but will get in touch with you should we have any difficulty in doing so.

For further details contact Inacia Rodrigues - Training Administrator, Learning Disability Wales, T: 029 2068 1174 / Reception, T: 029 2068 1160.


WCVA training - bilingualism at work 21 September

21 September 2017 Llandrindod WellsFront page of bulletin

This FREE training session, run by the Welsh Language Commissioner, will enable attendees to develop their organisation’s use of the Welsh language. It will provide information, research and practical advice to aid in planning for increasing the organisation’s Welsh language provision.

What’s the role of the Welsh language within the third sector? How is it relevant to you, your organisation and your service users? How can you plan to ensure you meet the needs of your audience?

This half day training session will look at the advantages of the Welsh language, historical and current language context, the support available from the Welsh Language Commissioner and practical planning to develop your Welsh language provision.

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand the historical and contemporary Welsh language context;
  • Understand the legislative and public policy situation in Wales;
  • Understand the relevance of the Welsh language to their customers and service users;
  • Describe the advantages of the Welsh language within the third sector;
  • Evaluate their organisation’s current use of the Welsh language;
  • Plan some initial steps towards developing their organisation’s use of the Welsh language;
  • Identify and use the support and advice available, free of charge, from the Welsh Language Commissioner and others.

The training is suitable for:

  • Workers, volunteers and trustees who want to gain a better understanding of the role of the Welsh language within their organisation;
  • Staff members with responsibility for their organisation’s Welsh language provision;
  • Individuals wanting to learn more about the relevance of the Welsh language to their role.

Read more and find out to book here >>>


Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) - Terrorism awareness sessions

Friday 22 September 2017 from 9.30 - 11.30amlogo
Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 9.30 - 11.30am
Monday 9 October 2017 from 1.30 - 3.30am

Location: Level 4, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridgend

Closing date for applications:  25 August 2017

Are you aware that children, young people and adults can be open to radicalisation.  Terrorist groups try to recruit people to their cause, either in person or over the internet.  Spotting the early signs that someone is being drawn in means they can be offered help and support – helping to safeguard them and protect everyone in the borough.

WRAP is an inter-active 1.5 hour workshop

By the end of the session participants will

  • Have an awareness of the factors that can drive people towards terrorism;
  • Be able to identify who may be at risk;
  • Know where to refer concerns and what support services are available locally.

To book, contact Claire Holt, T: (01656 643228, or E:

Please note:  lunch will not be provided and parking is not available.


Bridgend County Borough Council course: Working Together to Safeguard Childrenlogo

Dates: 19 September 2017
Venue:  Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl
Times:  9.15am - 4.30pm

Target Group: Professionals and carers who are directly involved in working with children and their family members, plus newly qualified social workers.

Closing date for applications: 22 August for 19 September 2017.

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to

  • understand roles and responsibilities across agencies;

  • recognise how lessons learnt can and should influence practice;

  • have an awareness of existing and emerging legislation and procedures;

  • describe the impact of abuse on children/young people and their families.

Download booking form here >>>

Please note that delegates will be charged a cancellation fee at the rate of £20 (day) for non-attendance or cancellations made within five working days of the course

Your course booking contact is:  Bridgend County Borough Council - Social Care Workforce Development Team, T: 01656 643228  or E:


Free workshops on death in the military

Armed Forces Covenant Grant and Cruse Bereavement Care, Morgannwg are providing free workshops on deathposter in the military with the aims of:

  • Helping and improving the understanding of anyone supporting someone who has been bereaved by a “death in service”;
  • To give an insight into the issues faced by those bereaved by a death in the Armed Forces and some of the factors that complicate the grieving process.

Meeting dates:
14 September 2017 from 9.15am - 1pm  - Mulligan Centre, Bridgend.

For more information or to book your free place, contact: Cruse Morgannwg, T: 01792 462845 or E:


Learn online with WCVA’s Learning Zone

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has just launched a brand new online learning website offering a logorange of courses and resources specifically tailored for the third sector in Wales.

WCVA's Learning Zone offers an accessible and easy way to learn online. The site will host a range of standalone courses, as well as provide additional content and resources to enhance our traditional classroom based sessions.

If you're new to online learning, fear not! The Learning Zone provides simple guidance for everything you will need including:

  • setting up your account
  • navigating the site
  • progressing through a course
  • getting in the learning 'zone' - how to prepare yourself to learn online

What's on the Learning Zone right now?

Visit right now to get your online learning journey started.

Read more here >>>


Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) courses

By the end of this session you should be able to:logo

  • Define Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE);
  • Identify and describe the risk indicators;
  • Recognise the grooming process;
  • Explain the process for dealing with concerns regarding a child or young person at risk of sexual exploitation.

Read more here >>>


Are you involved in financial management for a small charity?

CFG’s Small Charities Programme provides practical finance training and resources for charities with an Advertincome of £1m or less across England and Wales, developing their knowledge and financial capabilities.

The programme delivers affordable, relevant, useful financial training and free downloadable resources, aimed at supporting small charities in different locations across England and Wales.

  • A small charity is defined as a charity whose annual income is £1million or less;
  • Each half-day session costs just £20. All money raised will go into a travel bursary fund for micro charities.

The objective is to help small charities manage their finances more effectively, enabling them to deliver better services to current and future beneficiaries.

The programme will be rolled out from January 2017 and is open to all small charities across England and Wales.

Resources, practical tools and templates are free to download from the Small Charities Programme website. Training will take place in London and regional hubs and will cover five areas, in half-day sessions.

Read more >>>


Discover the value of your Armed Forces experiences

Are you Ex-Armed Services? Through Recognition of Prior Learning you can gain Higher Education Credits towards qualifications...

Are you ex-armed forces and wondering what the skills and knowledge you've acquired during your career are worth back in the civilian world? Under this new scheme, ex-armed forces personnel can earn up to two thirds of an undergraduate degree and up to two thirds of a masters degree, based on the training and knowledge they have acquired whilst serving.

The scheme assesses skills and experience, and even includes those acquired without formal training. It's a great opportunity for someone who has served to find out what possibilities exist for them in the civilian world and get a head start in finding a new career.

For more information on discovering the value of your armed forces experience, click here

Free individual application process, but places allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’. For more information E: