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Diploma in therapeutic counselling open dayposter

Come along to Tý Elis - 14 Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl on 12 January 2019 from 10am - 12pm to find out about their in-house two year Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which starts in June 2019.

  • Qualify as a counsellor;
  • 100 hours of supervised practice included;
  • Course accredited by the National Counselling Society;
  • Competitively priced for affordability;
  • No formal qualifications necessary.

If you would like further information, contact Tŷ Elis, T: 01656 786486, email or visit 


Free online funding training

Did you know you can get free online training on funding for your voluntary organisation?logo

Getting fit for grant funding >>>
This course is designed for staff and trustees to help them understand the issues to consider before applying for grant funding.


Free alcohol awareness and brief intervention courses with Drink Wise, Age Wellposter

In a recent survey, one in five people over 50 are drinking at risky levels and have had the issue raised to them by family, friend or health staff.

Drink Wise, Age Well have a range of half and full day courses up to December 2018 to guide you on how to help someone over 50 make healthier choice about their drinking.

Read more here >>>

For further details contact Drink Wise, Age Well in Cwm Taf on 0800 161 5780 or visit

Dementia, sight loss and the living environment workshopslogo

RNIB research evidences that 1 in 3 of the 35,000 people in Wales who have dementia will have a significant sight loss and a large proportion of the remainder having deteriorating vision and undiagnosed sight loss.

Visibly Better Cymru, supported by ‘Western Bay ICF Dementia Funding’ is offering free workshops aimed at Care Home staff; family-based carers and Occupational Therapists within the Western Bay region of Bridgend, Neath-Port Talbot and Swansea.

The free workshops will address:

  • Common sight conditions and the aging eye;
  • Dementia and functionality;
  • Hallucinations and sight loss;
  • Issues in everyday environments that can impact people with dementia;
  • Applying colour contrast to environments;
  • Lighting solutions in and around a home;
  • Wayfinding techniques;
  • Cost friendly approaches to attractive and inclusive home environments.

The principles of the subjects covered by the workshops have been endorsed by the Welsh Government; the Older People’s Commissioner; the Chartered Institute of Housing; Cymorth Cymru and by Care and Repair.  It also meets best practice and legislative obligations that include, The Equality Act 2010 and Lifetime Homes.

Places are limited. The workshops will be held at the Shaw Trust building, Llandarcy, SA10 6EJ on the following dates:

10, 17, 25 and 30 January 2019
8, 14, 22 and 27 February 2019
6 and 15 March 2019

The workshop can be delivered at your workplace if you have the necessary facilities and have between seven - 15 delegates attending.

For further information, or to book your place, E: 

Make your presentations matter – learn how to design and deliver dynamic presentations with easelogo

Designing and delivering engaging presentations WCVA training
 29 January 2019 - Carmarthen

This course aims to develop skills in creating and delivering presentations that will make a difference and is for anyone who delivers presentations of any kind. We've all sat through a meeting where we're sent to sleep by slide after slide, with no attempt to engage or intrigue. But if you really want to get your ideas across, then your presentations need to stick in the memory - whether it's in a team-meeting or as a funding pitch. This one-day course will boost your capability to design effective and engaging presentations, while also building the confidence to deliver them.  We'll cover designing and delivering brilliant presentations.

By the end of the session you'll be able to:
• Identify and apply the key elements of a great presentation;
• Be more confident in the skills needed to deliver great presentations;
• Be better able to design visual aids for presentations.

Read more here for further information and to book your place >>>


Strengthen your charity’s fundraising by making effective bids to trusts and foundations

Introduction to fundraising through trusts and foundations WCVA traininglogo
31 January 2019 - Cardiff

Improve your understanding of the key issues to consider before applying to grant-making trusts and foundations. This course is designed for trustees, staff and volunteers who are new to fundraising.

For many, the word 'fundraising' conjures images of shaking buckets in the rain outside supermarkets, sports challenges and crowd-funding campaigns. But did you know that there are more than 10,000 grant-making charitable trusts and foundations in the UK, distributing more than £2bn in grants every year? With the right key you can unlock a treasure trove of high-value grants to fund the vital work of your organisation.

This introductory course for those new to trust fundraising will equip you with the tools to research the right funders for you, understand what they'll consider funding, and develop successful funding applications. It also includes information on the trusts and foundations that have a particular interest in funding Welsh projects. 

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand what grant-making trusts and foundations are;
  • Be aware of what trusts will fund;
  • Know how to research trusts;
  • Appreciate the key factors in a successful application;
  • Recognise how to connect with and develop relationships with trusts;
  • Learn how to comply with relevant legislation and best practice;
  • Know where to go for further information, help and advice.

Read more for further information and book your place here >>>


Where the trainee becomes the trainer – learn the skills to plan, prepare and deliver great training sessions

Training skills WCVA traininglogo
12 - 13 February and 12 March 2019 - Merthyr Tydfil

This course aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan, prepare and deliver training sessions and 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.

Accredited by Agored Cymru, level three, six credits.

Do you have a topic that you'd love to teach, but are lacking confidence? Or maybe you love sharing your knowledge but want to make sure you're doing it in way that really engages people. This three-day accredited course will give you an overview of learning theory, share 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. This is one of our most popular courses, delivered by our experienced trainers who will provide support for you during the assessment process - book early to secure your place.

By attending this course and completing the assessment work, you will

  • Understand how to relate training to the needs of learners;
  • Be able to identify aims, objectives and learning outcomes in relation to agreed goals;
  • Be able to plan, design and deliver a training session using appropriate training methods;
  • Understand how to engage with learners;
  • Understand how to effectively manage a learning environment;
  • Be able to monitor learners' progression and evaluate training;
  • Be able to reflect on your own training practice.

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

Read more for further information to book your place here >>>


Improving communication through Touch with children and adults who have additional learning needs

Learning Disability Wales traininglogo
13 February 2019 - Swansea

This course addresses the importance and progressiveness of working with Touch as a way of communicating understanding, safety and respite from a foundation of affection and sensitive caring to those who have additional learning needs including autism.

During this one day experience you will learn the neuroscience behind the importance of affective touch in terms of how the individual adapts to the environment / the child’s psychological development / motor, cognitive and affective development / the development of language and of healthy behaviour and appropriate socialisation.

Read more and book your place here >>>


An introduction to GDPR for the third sector

GDPR for the third sector – an introduction logo
WCVA training
19 February 2019 - Cardiff

This half day course will provide you with key information about the new General Data Protection Regulation, ensuring your organisation can comply with this important new set of laws.

This course is intended for all staff who handle personal data as part of their day to day role, for data protection leads, and for anyone with a general interest in the changes introduced by the new data protection regime

On the 25 May 2018 we experienced the biggest change in data protection laws in twenty years with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Given the substantial impact and the role that data has in both our personal and professional lives, GDPR provides a new set of laws designed to ensure that the highest standards of data protection are at the heart of your operations. This course will cover the key areas of the new regulation and will give you a complete GDPR overview. It will help those involved with the handling of people's information to be able to adopt these practises within their organisation.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Use key Data Protection terminology with confidence;
  • Identify the main changes introduced by GDPR;
  • Use the information to perform your role in a way that is compliant with GDPR;
  • Explain how to draft a privacy notice;
  • Describe the main reasons why charities have been fined by the ICO.

Read more here for further information and to book your place >>>


Click on online safeguarding courses from the WCVA Learning Zone

Introduction to Safeguarding in the Third Sector (Wales) >>>logo
Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course.
This course provides a basic introduction to safeguarding for third sector organisations in Wales.

Safer Recruitment >>>
Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course.
To give an introduction to safer recruitment that will increase participants' understanding of how to recruit safely and meet their responsibilities as an employer. 

The Role of the Safeguarding Officer >>>
Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. 
So, you’ve been appointed as the safeguarding officer or lead for your organisation and you want to know more about what this role involves. 

Read more here >>>


​FREE information and networking sessions about bereavement and Dementia

Cruse Bereavement Care Morgannwg is providing free information and networking sessions about bereavement and posterDementia, for those close to them and for professionals.

All participants will receive two free Dementia resource books. Spaces are limited.

Meeting dates:

Swansea: Field House Page, Page Street, Swansea, SA1 4EZ.
6 February 2019 from 10am - 12.30pm

Neath: Neath CVS, 17 Alfred Street, Neath SA11 1EF.
16 January 2019 from 1 - 3.30pm

Bridgend: Unit 1100, Central Park, First Floor Offices, Western Ave, Bridgend CF31 3TZ.
28 November 2018 from 10am - 12.30pm
13 March 2019 from 10am - 12.30pm

Regional Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Grant Scheme have funded this project through Changing for the Better.

Download English poster here >>>
Download Welsh poster here >>>

For more information or to book your free place please contact Cruse Morgannwg, T: 01 792 462845 or  E:


Child sexual abuse awareness training for parents, carers and foster carers 2018/19

This two hour course from 10am - 12 noon will held on dates and venues below:

5 March 2019 - Village Hotel, Swansea
18 March 2019 - Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl

Welsh Government has commissioned Stop it Now! Wales to deliver this course across Wales.  Its purpose is to raise awareness about risk indicators in relation to children who may be vulnerable to child sexual abuse as well as behaviours in relation to the grooming process.

Learning outcomes:

  • Raise awareness of child sexual abuse including where the risks lie;
  • Enable participants to recognise the signs of child sexual abuse in children including verbal and non-verbal indicators;
  • Enable participants to recognise the warning signs an adult who has harmful intentions may display;
  • Enable participants to take preventative measures and report concerns before a disclosure is made, acknowledging that most children do not disclose abuse;
  • Enable participants to respond effectively and appropriately when a disclosure is made, including reporting to the relevant authorities;
  • Help families develop and implement family safety plans.

To book your place contact: Andrew Morris by email, E:


Successful Fundraising Strategy course in Cardiff

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 9.30am - 4pmlogo
Venue: Wallich Centre, City Road, Cardiff
Cost: £99

This course gives a range of techniques and tools to help you develop your fundraising planning and strategy. It is also packed with practical tips to help your fundraising prosper despite the current climate. 

It is suitable for everyone wanting help putting fundraising plans and strategy together as well as hearing some new tips to help you survive and prosper.

For further details and to book your place, read more here >>>

All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions of booking listed on our website – do check these before you book.


Making information easy to read and understand: level 1 (Cardiff)

Date: 12 March 2019logo
Location: Cardiff

This one day course by Learning Disability Wales will help you make information easier to read and understand for people with a learning disability.

This course is designed for anyone who writes and produces written information that needs to be clearly understood, especially by people with a learning disability.

For further information and to book your place, read more here >>>

Learning Disability Wales launch new training programme

Their new training programme includes a range of person-centred and practical courses for people in the public,logo voluntary and private sectors as well as for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers.

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.

Read more here >>>

For further details, E: or T: 02920 681174.



Armed Forces Pathways free courses for those aged 18 +

The Armed Forces Pathway Scheme is aimed at people, aged 18 + who show an interested in a career in the Front page of leafletArmed Forces. 

The scheme reinforces the following key messages:

  • Informative learning experiences - Life Skills;
  • Outward-bound personal development activities;
  • Armed Forces career advice session;
  • Make new friends;
  • Adventure;
  • Learn new skills;
  • Gain recognised qualifications;
  • Build a great CV and much more...

The free training will hopefully give you a greater insight into the Armed Forces and help with subsequent career / employment choices. However, if you do elect to join, this will provide you with an opportunity to train, learn new skills and enhance your chances of employment elsewhere.

Read more here >>>

Download application form here >>>

For further information contact:WO1 Neil Martin, Army Youth Engagement Officer, 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, T: 07970 879621or E:


Learn to use your Tablets, Laptops or smartphones - free courses for all!

Do you struggle to understand technology?
Do you know how to connect your tablet or smartphone to get free internet use?
Do you have an e-mail address?
Would you like to buy online?
Would you like to transfer your music CDs onto your phone?

Come along to Bridgend County Borough Council's Adult Community Learning FREE sessions at:

Pencoed Library from 9.30am - 12.30pm
Bridgend Register Office from 2 - 4.30pm

Maesteg Sports Centre from 9am - 12.30pm
Sarn Life Centre from 9.30am - 12pm
Aberkenfig Library from 2 - 4.30pm

Pyle Life Centre from 9am - 12pm
Ogmore Valley Life Centre from 2 - 4.30pm

Read more here >>>

For more information contact:
Andrew Evans, E-learning Manager, E: T: 07789 371810
Karen Johns, E-Learning Tutor, E: T: 07789 371811

Learndirect courses:
You are also able to register for FREE Learndirect courses. They have courses suitable for absolute beginners logoand can help you progress to qualifications in IT such as, the internationally recognised ECDL which shows great competency in using Microsoft Office programmes e.g. Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet and E-mail, Presentations, Files and folders etc.Learning with Learndirect is flexible. You can do all courses at any locations that have internet access including your own home or at a library during one of our informal drop-in sessions. Courses are broken down into bite-size chunks and you can learn at your own pace.

For more information contact:
Andrew Evans, E-learning Manager, E: T: 07789 371810
Karen Johns, E-Learning Tutor, E: T: 07789 371811

English and Maths help at the Ton Pentre Suite:
If you need to brush up on your English or maths, the Ton Pentre suite in Pyle Life Centre offers you the opportunity to gain new skills and help you to work towards a qualification. They can help you access a range of free Learndirect courses suitable for beginners in many subjects including basic maths, English and IT; all in a friendly and informal environment.

For more information, contact:Lynn Cabble, Basic Skills Development Worker, E:


Would you like help in going online? Join FREE digital sessions in a library near youlogo

Did you have a new digital device?

Would you like help in going online?

Bring your tablet, smart phone or laptop along, or just log into one of the library's computers and they could help you master some of the following:

• Setting up an email;

• Sending a photo or document to a friend;

• Getting onto Facebook.

• Downloading apps.

Digital Drop in sessions are held at the following locations and times:

Aberkenfig Library  - Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.30am - 6pm 
Betws Library - Mondays from 10am - 12pm
Bridgend Library - Thursdays from 10am - 12pm
Maesteg Library - Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm
Pencoed Library - Tuesdays from 2 - 5pm
Porthcawl Library - Mondays from 9.30am - 1pm and 2 - 6pm
Pyle Library - Mondays from 2 - 4pm
Sarn Library - Thursdays from 10am - 12pm

Read more here >>>

To join Awen Libraries digital sessions you just need a library card and PIN number.


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) 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:


​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:




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.