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.

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

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


Free training to support trainers to deliver All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness Pack

Social Care Wales is offering three dates of free training to support trainers to deliver the All Wales Basic logoSafeguarding Awareness pack, suitable for settings working with children and adults at risk, in the public, private and third sectors.

Using the All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness training pack – a workshop for trainers - you will have the opportunity to:

  • Update and check your knowledge in relation to Safeguarding under the Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act 2014;
  • Consider the delivery and assessment options;
  • Explore the use of key activities, how these could be used in training delivery, CPD and assessment;
  • Consider preparation, resources and support required to deliver the programme effectively;
  • Learn from the experiences of others who have delivered the training.

Follow the links for further details of dates and venues in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Rhyl.

Aberystwyth - Friday 16 February 2018 from 10am - 3pm

Cardiff - Friday 9 March 2018 from 10am - 3pm

Rhyl - Thursday 15 March 2018 from 10am - 3pm


Business Wales workshops in January - March 2018

Take a look at Business Wales workshops planned in January - March 2018:logo

Starting and running a business – Taking the Plunge

Sizing up the market

Winning and keeping customers

Tax and bookkeeping



Webinar: New funding available to help people in work

7 February 2018 from 2- 3pmlogos

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

Do you provide support to individuals with:

  • a work limiting health condition (including substance or alcohol misuse)?
  • a disability?
  • care or childcare responsibilities? 

If yes, there may be funding available to help you do this. The Active Inclusion at Work Fund aims to keep people in work and improve people's position in the workplace  -  for example, by increasing their hours or helping them move from a temporary contract to a permanent one.

For further details E: or call Helpdesk: 0800 2888 329.

Book your place here >>>  



Managing an Active Inclusion Fund project training

31 January 2018, Cardifflogos
Free to third sector organisations delivering, or with an interest in delivering, European funded activity under the 2014-2020 programmes. 

This course will help you understand the basics of managing an Active Inclusion Fund (AIF) project.

By the end of the course participants will have a better understanding of:

  • ESF compliance and eligibility;
  • The cross cutting themes;
  • Record keeping and PDS;
  • ESF publicity
  • Closing down an AIF project.

For further details E: or call Helpdesk: 0800 2888 329.

Book your place here >>>  



Note taking at participative events training - 28 February 2018

Explore how to record data from events effectively and accurately.logo

Date: 28 February 2018
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: WCVA Cardiff/Caerdydd (CF10 5FH)                     

Aims: To explore ways of recording the variety of data generated at participative events and consultations

Content: Being asked to take notes and record discussions during participative events and consultations can feel daunting. Often a lot of data will be generated and recording it accurately can be challenging. This short course aims to explore ways of recording a variety of data generated effectively and simply. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills and sharing ideas and tips with other participants.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, participants will be able to...

  • Explain how data from participative events and consultations is used;
  • Compare types of data which may be generated at an event, and appropriate methods of recording different types of data;
  • Describe examples of good and bad note taking;
  • Use practical tips and techniques for recording data;
  • Use planning and preparation stages to identify the best way to record data.

Who this course is for? Administrative and frontline staff within public service and third sector organisations who are required to take notes and record data at participative events and consultations.

Read more and book your place here >>>



Working in partnership for better outcomes training 1 February 2018

Date:1 February 2018logo
Location: Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil - VAMT (CF47 8UH)
Trainer: Siobhan Hayward          

Aims: To enable participants to gain a greater understanding of what partnership working is and what makes it effective.

Content: Partnership working is a common feature, which done well can have huge benefits for all parties involved.This course looks at how to make partnership working successful and covers a range of aspects including:

  • looking at individuals’ roles within partnerships;
  • being personally more effective;
  • how to develop relationships within partnerships.

Participants will also look at the types and functions of partnerships, techniques for reviewing the purpose and processes of partnerships, ensuring that the partnership is structured in the most effective way and has appropriate objectives.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • review and revise the individual's role in partnerships so that they can decide to carry on, change what they are doing, or withdraw from a partnership;
  • be personally more effective, working to strengths and improving weaknesses;
  • ensure that the partnership is structured in the most effective way and has appropriate objectives;
  • change or refocus the partnership effectively when needed.

This course is aimed at staff involved in partnerships and want to make them more effective.

The importance of working collaboratively has recently been highlighted in the Well-being for Future Generations (Wales) Act as a key tool to meeting well-being objectives and tackling some of the long-term challenges we are facing.

Read more and book your place here >>>



FREE How to Tender - An Introduction full day course

30 January 2018 from 9am - 4pmlogo
Location: Units 14/15 Old Field Road, Bocam Park, Pencoed, CF35 5LJ
Cost: Free
Click here to book - How to Tender - An Introduction

This free session is for any business interested in winning more public sector tenders. You will be shown how to tap into the estimated £4.3 billion spent by the public sector in Wales. You will discover invaluable insights into the process, rules and regulations you need to follow.

The day will focus on:

  • Understanding the procurement process;
  • Increasing your chance of success when tendering;
  • Utilising the Sell 2 Wales procurement portal;
  • Responding to the procurer’s pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) or tender questions and requirements;
  • Communicating your experience, track record and expertise.

Once finished, you’ll know if you’re ready to tender, what you need to add, as well as the resources and support that’s available.

Attendees should be advised to bring a laptop/tablet to the workshop.



Advanced Bid Writing – A winner’s guide to producing top tenders

Date: 16 January 2018 from 9am - 1pmlogo
Location: Units 14/15 - Old Field Road, Bocam Park, Pencoed, CF35 5LJ
Cost : Free
Click here to book - Advanced Bid Writing – A winner’s guide to producing top tenders

Join bid writing specialist Jamie Edwards from TenderWrite for a fact filled training session on how to take your bid writing skills to the next level. Are you tendering to the public and private sector? This course is for you!

Funded by Business Wales, this new course will give you fresh insight and clear practical guidance on how to:

  • Making sure your company is ‘bid ready’ when opportunities are there;
  • How to be a better ‘Bid Manager’ within your business;
  • Understanding how to create winning bid content in your responses;
  • Managing the feedback process to build better bids;
  • Practical workshop-style exercises on evaluating and developing winning bids.

Jamie is a professional bid writer with a long history of writing successful bids for a variety of companies in highly diverse industries, from construction, civil engineering through to facilities management, healthcare and recruitment.

This course is not about the basics of tendering. It’s ideally suited to those who have tendered previously but are frustrated at a lack of success or who simply don’t know how to develop their bid content to a higher standard for better results. It’s a relaxed, workshop style course with a mix of presentation, group discussion and practical exercise on the day. If you are not sure where you are going wrong or how to improve – this course will give you the clear insight need on how to raise your game in a hugely competitive process.



Explore different coping skills, strategies and tools to help you to better deal with what life brings

Mental Health Matters Wales is facilitating their Finding Connections programme from KPC Youth &poster
Community for anyone aged 16+

Learn how we think and what we do and explore different coping skills, strategies and tools to help you to better deal with what life brings.

Sessions are inclusive, interactive, supportive and confidential and open to anyone experiencing stress and anxiety, depression, mental health issues or concerns about their general wellbeing

Their next Finding Connections course will run on Wednesdays 17, 24  and 31 January 2018 from 1 - 4pm at KPC Youth & Community - Off Pyle Inn Way, Pyle, CF33 6AB.

Following the sessions, they will run support/info/recreational sessions so that you can continue to access local support.

Read more here >>>

If you or someone you know could benefit from these sessions, contact KPC Youth & Community, T: 01656 749219/745399, E: or Mental Health Matters Wales, T: 01656 651450.



Free part time Access Course from The Open University in Wales

Do you know learners who would like to take the first steps into higher education?logo

To open up higher education, The Open University in Wales is offering  a number of free places on the People, Work and Society Access Course for people living in Communities First and other priority areas in Wales.

This project is funded by the three Reaching Wider partnerships in Wales.

After completing the Open University course, students will be able to either continue their studies with The Open University or will be guaranteed an interview at one of the partner institutions.

  • Places for this project are limited so please pass the course information on to any learners who may want to apply, as soon as possible; 
  • Eligibility criteria apply. Learners will need to live in Communities First areas or other priority postcodes; 
  • Those who aren’t eligible for this project, but are on a low household income may be able to secure funding for study with The Open University

If you live in South East Wales (Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire and Bridgend) ontact E: 

If you live in South West, Mid or North Wales: please provide them with some key information. They will be in touch to confirm your eligibility and provide you more information on this project.

 The People, Work and Society Access course starts in February 2018.

For further information E:



Explore how to record data from events effectively and accurately

Note taking at participative events logo
28 February 2018 - Cardiff (0.5 Days)

To explore ways of recording the variety of data generated at participative events and consultations

Being asked to take notes and record discussions during participative events and consultations can feel daunting. Often a lot of data will be generated and recording it accurately can be challenging. This short course aims to explore ways of recording a variety of data generated effectively and simply. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills and sharing ideas and tips with other participants. 

Who this course is for:
Administrative and frontline staff within public service and third sector organisations who are required to take notes and record data at participative events and consultations. 

Find out more or book now



Free workshops - Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark

Do you want to strengthen governance, better identify risk, deliver better services for users, improve operating logopractices and better demonstrate outcomes in your third sector organisation?

Then join one of the free two-hour workshops to find out more about the PQASSO quality standard.

Who should attend? Anyone interested in developing and supporting strong third sector organisations including trustees, staff, volunteers, funders, commissioners and contract managers.

Go to NCVO’s website to book your place at one of the workshops:

11 January , 2018 – Cardiff        

14 February , 2018 – Carmarthen

28 June , 2018 – Colwyn Bay

15 October , 2018 – Cardiff

To find out more contact Heledd Kirkbride, PQASSO Wales Officer – | 07376 602320 



An Introduction to Mindfulness and how it can be used with Person Centred Planning 9 January 2018 - Swansea

This course delivered by Learning Disability Wales, focusses on how we can use Mindfulness within our own lives as well as a way of supporting other logopeople. It will look into how we cope with stress and how we can use Mindfulness to help reduce the impact it has on our lives and of the people around us.

Person Centred Planning will be explored as a way of supporting people who have a learning disability to be able to use Mindfulness in a way that most makes sense to them. The course will demonstrate how Mindfulness can be a useful skill when supporting people with a learning disability.

This course will:

  • provide a basic understanding of Mindfulness;
  • provide a basic understanding of how Person Centred Planning can help when introducing Mindfulness techniques to individuals and groups;
  • teach participants some Mindfulness techniques that can be practiced at home and in the work place;
  • teach participants Person Centred Planning tools that will help when introducing Mindfulness techniques to individuals and groups.

 Course includes:

  • a brief history of Mindfulness;
  • mindfulness exercises for individuals and groups;
  • an overview of Person Centred Planning;
  • Person Centred Planning skills that work well alongside Mindfulness;
  • some techniques and approaches - how Mindfulness is for everyone;
  • coping with stress;
  • current research, relevant stories and experiences.

Designed for:

People who provide support to people with a learning disability including families, carers (paid or unpaid), private/voluntary organisations, and local authorities. Individuals with a learning disability are also very welcome. An awareness of Person Centred Planning is desirable but not essential.

This course begins to explore stress and how to cope with stress. As such, emotions may be stirred that some people might find difficult. The course will explore ways to manage thoughts and feelings but anyone experiencing difficulty may wish to discuss this with either someone close to them or their GP.

Members of Learning Disability Wales: £137 / Non-members: £158
Person with a learning disability: £53
Parent or family carer: £53
Paid carer: £53

For further details and to book your place click here >>>



Gofal training courses

Gofal’s Journeys project runs training and psycho-educational courses for organisations or through communitylogo

Courses include:

  • Depression busting;
  • Mental Health awareness;
  • Stress management;
  • They can offer a menu of training for GP practices to meet requirements, following Directed Enhanced Service (DES) topics;
  • Mental Health First Aid (Wales);
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (Wales);
  • Self-harm awareness;
  • ​Bespoke training.

Read more here >>>

To book or find out more information call Journeys, T: 02920 692891 or E:



Procurement: Community Benefits by Capital

Thursday 14 December 2017 from 8 - 10am
Capital Law - Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4AZ

This session will provide legal and practical advice in respect of securing community benefits as part of a procurement process, with a focus on:

  • understanding community benefits;
  • the current legal framework for securing community benefits in a procurement process;
  • gearing the procurement process;
  • drafting commercial clauses;
  • strategic support to secure community benefit.

Target audience:

  • Procurement Teams;
  • Legal Teams;
  • Facilities / Properties Teams;
  • Construction / Project Teams.

Book your place here >>> 



Asset based community development half day workshop

What are assets and how can we utilise them to develop sustainable communities?

Asset Based approaches are relevant to all those working in and with communities. They draw on community strengths to make significant differences to local lives. ABCD offers an alternative approach to traditional community interventions and can be applied when working with individuals, groups or whole communities.

You can benefit from a half day interactive workshop if you have a suitable venue and a minimum of 6 participants. The workshop will come to you.Tony Lewis is an experienced trainer in the fields of community engagement and development. He has 25 years practical experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

For more information or book please 01269 592592, or E:


Working together to safeguard children training

Dates: 30 January, 21 March, 13 June 2018.logo
Venue:  Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl
Times:  9.15am - 4.30pm
Closing date for applications:  four weeks prior to each course date
Lunch will be provided
Parking is available at the venue

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.

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

Number of places available:  30

Coordinator:  Hannah Thomas
Facilitator:  Claire Holt, Sam Jones and Natalie Tanner 

Download booking form for non Bridgend County Borough Council staff 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.

For further details contact:
Social Care Workforce Development Team
Bridgend County Borough Council
Level 4 Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB
T: 01656 643228  





'Tales From The Trailers' Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility' training day

27 February 2018
The venue will be in Bangor, North Wales at The Management Centre, Bangor Business School, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG (Room D0:08) on Tuesday 27 February 2018 from 9.30am - 4.30pm, with refreshments included for the workshop participants.

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to welcome participants on 27 February 2018, to a traininglogo day offering ‘an insider’s guide to effectively working with Romani and Traveller communities'. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique - a Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led organisation that develops the community it serves the communities from the inside-out. We provide a deeper insights into working with Romani and Traveller communities, in ways that are intended to enhance, improve and support delivery of services by your organisation.

Who should attend this training? 
This course is essential for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Romani and Traveller communities. It would be particularly useful for those who work in planning, housing and accommodation, equality, health, education, social services and the early years.
Why should you attend this training? 
It will support you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Romani andTraveller communities in your local area, whilst improving your knowledge of the complex cultural and historical issues that impact upon the relationships you wish to build, to improve service delivery;
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities;
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales.


  • To increase awareness about the cultural, ethnic and historical diversity in Wales; 
  • to address the issues, obstacles faced by and the needs of Romani and Travellers in Wales; 
  • to encourage innovation and improvement in the delivery of services and provision to Romani and Traveller communities, and 
  • to build trust and cooperation between Romani and Traveller communities and local authority and other sector service providers.

Read more here >>>



Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) - terrorism awareness session

11 January 2018logo
Venue:  Level 4, Bridgend County Borough Council Civic Offices, Bridgend
9.30 - 11.30am

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.

Facilitator:  Sam Jones/ Zenda Caravaggi

Coordinator:  Claire Holt

Book your place here >>>




Learning Disability Wales training November 2017 - April 2018

Learning Disability Wales' training programme includes a range of person-centred and practical courses for peoplelogo in the public, voluntary and private sectors as well as  people with a learning disability and their parents and carers.

Courses being held from November 2017 - April 2018 include:

  • An introduction to Mindfulness and how it can be used with PCP;
  • Making information easy to read and understand (Level 1);
  • Mental health awareness and support;
  • Making information easy to read and understand (Level 2);
  • Communicating through touch.

Their trainers and facilitators have the expertise and experience to inspire and give delegates real life working tools to make the changes needed to their day to day work or life.

Take a look at courses and further information here >>>



Community Engagement and Empowerment session

There is an increasing awareness on the part of public bodies and organisations of the need to directly involvelogo communities in the creation of local services and strategies. Consequently this training session would be of interest to all those seeking to develop partnerships and working relationships with community groups and residents.

The session can take the form of a full days training or half day workshop and will explore the following areas of interest.

  • Why involve communities?
  • Approaches that encourage inclusive participation;
  • Developing community expertise;
  • What is community empowerment?
  • Community empowerment and effective partnerships.

The learning will be interactive with many opportunities for discussion. If you have a suitable venue and a minimum of six interested participants then the session can come to you either as a half or full day event. Tony Lewis is an experienced trainer in the fields of community engagement and development. He has 25 years practical experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

For more information or book call 01269 592592 or E:



Free online courses from the Open University


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 >>>



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.




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: