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 their website.


Data Protection for Trustees WCVA webinar 20 November

As you are already well aware, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May logo2018 and we need to start planning to ensure we are all fully compliant when the new regulation is implemented.

GDPR is a 21st century approach to data protection, it aims to provide more protection for individuals and therefore more privacy obligations for organisations. Help protect privacy and avoid potential fines by signing up to Wales Council for Voluntary Action's webinars to keep your organisation up to speed.

WCVA will be holding their next #DesktopData webinar on Data Protection for Trustees at 2pm on Monday, 20 November 2017.  The session will provide advice on how trustees can help their organisation improve existing practices.

If you or a trustee are interested in tuning in please get in touch by Friday, 17 November 2017 to secure a place.


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 >>>


Don't miss forth-coming workshops that feature on the Business Wales Event Finder!

Starting and Running a Business - Taking the Plungelogo
Cost: Free

his workshop will help you understand what is required to start a business and will help you assess whether you have what it takes to be a success. 
For further details including dates, venues and how to book, read more here >>>

Sizing Up the Market (February 2017 - November 2017)
Cost: Free
This workshop takes you through the market research process, helps you identify the questions you need answers to, explains where to get information and which techniques to use and shows you how to use your findings to make better decisions.
For further details including dates, venues and how to book, read more here >>>

Tax and Book keeping Workshop
Cost: Free

This workshop aims to provide information to support you with personal and capital allowances, simple tax and NI calculations and self-assessment. You will find the answer to “Why is bookkeeping important?” and how to keep records to ensure you have control of your business transactions. This is a practical workshop and enables you to feel confident and understand the reasons why tax and good bookkeeping are essential and sound business practice.
For further details including dates, venues and how to book, read more here >>>

Building a Great Team
Cost: Free

Building up a team’s effectiveness and keeping it finely tuned is a constant challenge. This course will give some tools and techniques to keep a team’s performance at its maximum potential.
For further details including dates, venues and how to book, read more here >>>


Introduction to influencing - develop the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques you need to advocate effectively

2 December 2017, Cardifflogo

This course will help those working in third sector organisations to develop a planned approach to influencing opinion formers, policy makers and government.

This course will provide:

  • an introduction to the role of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and how they operate;
  • an introduction to how policy decisions are made and the role of influencing in reaching policy decisions;
  • a practical guide to developing an influencing plan including mapping out your political stakeholders and identifying the right influencing tools and techniques.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and how they operate;
  • Understand the role of influencing in how policy decisions are made;
  • Understand who their political stakeholders are and how to influence them;
  • Develop an influencing plan, setting aims and objectives and identifying appropriate influencing tools and techniques.

This course is for those who are new to influencing, and for workers for whom influencing is part of their role

Find out more and book a space >>>



Bereaved by Dementia training from Cruse

Training dates:logo
22 November 2017 at Marriot Hotel,Swansea
23 November 2017 at Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

The training has been jointly developed by Cruse Cymru and Alzheimer's Society Cymru as part of a Welsh Government funded project 'Bereaved by Dementia'.logo

Losing someone you love through bereavement may be one of the hardest things you will ever face. Bereavement and loss affects people differently and can be devastating. People with Dementia, and those close to them, can experience bereavement at different stages from diagnosis through to a person’s death, and beyond. It’s so important that support is available to help people cope with such a complex and emotional experience. That’s why in Wales, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Cruse Bereavement Care Cyrmu have united to support the bereavement needs of:

• People with dementia who have lost a loved one or carer;
• People bereaved by someone with dementia.

The pioneering three year project funded by Welsh Government, aims to raise awareness of bereavement and how it impacts mental and physical health, improve access to support for bereaved people affected by dementia, and encourage self-help and peer support.

Aim of the one day course:
To explore the emotions that may be experienced by people living with dementia and their carers/family experiencing bereavement and to identify ways of providing effective bereavement support.

Learning outcomes:

• Of the impact of bereavement for families/friends/carer’s following the death of a person with dementia;
• Of the impact of bereavement for a person living with dementia.

• To acquire skills and confidence in supporting a person with dementia through bereavement.

• How dementia affects the brain and how this impacts on the experiences of everyday life.

For more information contact Maxine Norrish on T: 029 2088 6913.




Level 2 Community Food and Nutrition Skills Course (3 credits)poster

NUTRITION SKILLS FOR LIFE is a programme of quality assured nutrition skills training and initiatives developed and co-ordinated by dietitians working in the NHS in Wales.

The programme aims to support a wide range of community workers, including those from health, social care and third sector organisations to promote healthy eating and incorporate food and nutrition skills into their work.

The programme aims to reach community groups who may not have the confidence to prepare and eat a healthy balanced diet. By training those who work closely with, and understand the needs of local people, the programme successfully supports communities across Wales to learn more about healthy eating.

The course aims to equip participants with the nutrition knowledge and skills to cascade evidence based, consistent food and nutrition messages to community groups they work with.

It is suitable for:

  • Those intending to deliver Level 1 accredited courses;
  • Those intending to deliver Foodwise for Life community weight management programmes;
  • A range of staff working with community groups e.g. Leisure centre, Communities First and Families First staff, teachers and teaching assistants, youth workers, foster carers.

Read more here >>>

Courses will be run in November and December. 

For further details call Gaynor, Dietetic Support Worker. T: 01639 683187.


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:


Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities training day

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to welcome delegates on 6 November 2017, to a stimulating logotraining session focused on ‘Working with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community’. 

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique - a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller-led organisation that develops the community it serves from the inside-out. 

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy,Roma 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.

Read more here >>>





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.



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: