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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.


Academi Wales opportunities bulletin -  don’t miss out on opportunities to boost your leadership in 2019!logo

Academi Wales has lots for you to involved with in this edition of the bulletin, including new courses for 2019 and their third edition of their Learning Journal. 
Read more here >>>

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.

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

WCVA Webinar: Evaluating co-production

Asking the questions that matter.logo
19 March 2019 from 2 - 3pm
Delivered through the medium of English 

This webinar is being delivered in partnership with the Co-production Network for Wales and aims to:

  • Introduce the Co-production Network for Wales;
  • Explain what we mean by co-production, collaboration and involvement;
  • Explore how to monitor, evaluate, and evidence co-production;
  • Discuss why evaluating co-production is important and who it's useful for;
  • Find out where to look for resources and how to evaluate co-production.

This session is for staff from public and third sector organisations who would like to learn more about co-production and evidence. It will help if you have an interest in co-production or at least social change programmes. You don't need to have a background in research or evidence, just an interest in how you can use it in your work.

Read more and book your place here >>>

Cross Cutting Themes WCVA online course open until 25 March

This module aims to provide participants with an overview of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment logoFunds' (ESIF) Cross Cutting Themes.

By the end of this module participants will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the Cross Cutting Themes, including:

  • What are the Cross Cutting Themes;
  • How to integrate them into your project;
  • Why they should be integrated into your project;
  • How to evidence Cross Cutting Themes activity;
  • How to use the Cross Cutting Themes guidance documents.

Read more and  book your place here >>>

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 >>>



Resilience and well-being Learning Disability Wales training

27 March 2019 - logoCardiff 

Resilience is when a person uses their strengths and skills to manage life’s challenges. We all need resilience skills to help manage the stresses of life and this is particularly important to consider for a person with a learning disability. This half day training will look at how resilience can be developed and consider areas such as confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and the roles they play in resilience. Anybody wanting to learn resilience skills to support others or themselves will find this training hugely inspiring and life-changing.

The course covers: 

  • What is resilience and how does it affect good mental health and well-being?

  • Understanding confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and how they differ;

  • How do these topics affect a person with a learning disability?

  • Boosting resilience – taking a holistic approach to thinking about resilience and putting it into practice.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get a better understanding of how to develop better resilience skills for themselves or others. It will also cover how this can apply to people with a learning disability.

Read more and book your place here >>>

Measuring Positive Outcomes WCVA training course

28 March 2019 from 9.30am - 3.30pmlogo
Merthyr Tydfil (Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil)

This course is for those managing an EU funded project (particularly ESF) who need to implement a system for monitoring and evaluating the distance travelled for participants.

By the end of the course participants will have learned / be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of being able to identify and monitor positive outcomes;
  • Explain the difference between soft outcomes and hard outcomes;
  • Develop a framework for planning, implementing and measuring positive outcomes as part of their overall evaluation strategy;
  • Understand the range of tools available for measuring positive outcomes.

This course is FREE to third sector organisations delivering, or with an interest in delivering, ESF or ERDF funded projects or contracts under the 2014-2020 programmes.

Individuals from public or private sector organisations that are running an Active Inclusion Fund project, or an ESF or ERDF project that has third sector deliverers, can also attend our courses for free.

Read more and book here >>>

Getting on Board - Trustee recruitment training with WCVA in April

2 April 2019, Cardiff logo

Could a broader range of trustees with professional skills, networks and wide life experiences give your charity the impetus to reach the next level? 

This course aims to help you identify which kinds of trustees would support the development of your charity and how to recruit them and is for Chief Executive Officers, Managers and Directors of charities and/or trustees. 

Recruiting trustees can be a risky process, sometimes ending in the hiring of candidates that might look good on paper but are unable to commit to the responsibilities required.

You will come away from this training with a clearer idea of the type of trustees you need, a draft advert, a list of free places to advertise, and a plan of how to ensure that new trustees hit the ground running.

During the course you will look at:

  • The trustee landscape;
  • What do you need on your board?
  • Putting together your advert;
  • How to get your advert out there;
  • The process after advertising.

Read more here >>>

Introduction to autism spectrum conditions: children and young people Learning Disability Wales training

Date: 3 April 2019logo
Location: Cardiff 

This workshop is designed for practitioners new to the field of autism. Participants will be introduced to basic concepts and theories relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders. The notion of autism as a spectrum disorder will be explored along with biological, psychological and behavioural aspects of the condition. The workshop will introduce practical approaches alongside theoretical principles. It will be interactive with opportunities for discussion and questions.

This course is targeted at anyone who comes into contact with children who are on the autism spectrum. It will help those who wish to develop their understanding of children on the autism spectrum.

After this course you will:

  • Recognise the main characteristics of behaviour for children on the autism spectrum;
  • Understand the triad of impairment;
  • Understand the range of the spectrum;
  • Appreciate the particular differences of understanding language with children on the autism spectrum;
  • Understand the need to backup spoken language;
  • Appreciate the importance of routine and predictability for children on the autism spectrum;
  • Understand the complexity of social interaction;
  • Appreciate the sensory differences of children on the autism spectrum.

Read more and book your place here >>>

An introduction to GDPR for the third sector half day course

4 April 2019 - Carmarthenlogo
9.45am - 1pm
Delivered through the medium of Welsh

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.

On the 25 May 2018 we experienced the biggest change in data protection laws in 20 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 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. It 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 and book your place here >>>

Personal relationships and sexuality (Swansea) Learning Disability Wales training

10 April 2019logo
Location: Swansea 

This course will help you understand your role in supporting adults with their relationships and sexuality. You will learn how to better support people to lead happy and fulfilled lives within the context of current legislation and the need to ensure physical and emotional safety.

The course raises awareness of issues of personal relationships and sexuality in an open and honest environment where concerns can be shared and explored. It is designed for anyone supporting people with learning disabilities who would like to feel more confident in their role when supporting someone looking for, starting, or within a personal relationship

The course includes:

  • the importance of relationships;
  • understanding our own ideas and opinions;
  • our own roles in supporting people in relationships;
  • sexuality and sexual relationships;
  • personal hygiene and sexuality;
  • sex and the law;
  • contraception and family planning issues.

Read more and book your place here >>>

Writing for the web and driving traffic to your website WCVA training

11 April 2019 - Cardifflogo
9.45am - 4pm
Delivered through the medium of English

Looking to improve your digital content? Need to stand out and be heard online? This course will give you top tips and free tools to ensure your content stands out from the crowd.. 

Create engaging, media-rich content to deliver the best results for your organisation. Content is king. It powers every interaction online. Have you got something to say but don't know how to say it? From engaging writing, to creating and using beautiful free images, this course will ensure that your website is full of posts that your audience wants to read.

This course is for any professional who creates content for their organisation's website, newsletter or does any promotional writing. This course is equally suitable for those who are new to content writing, or just looking to refresh their knowledge.

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

  • Create interesting and engaging content to meet your audience's needs
  • Create and use eye-catching media to take your posts to the next level
  • Efficiently plan and stay on top of your online content
  • Understand how search engines work and the use of keywords
  • Understand of the key features of Google Analytics to accurately monitor the success of your website

Read more and book your place here >>>


Note-taking at participative events WCVA training

2 May 2019 - VAMT, Merthyr Tydfillogo
9.30am - 1pm
Delivered through the medium of English

Explore how to record data from events effectively and accurately. This short course aims to explore ways of recording a variety of data generated effectively and simply. You'll learn different methods and strategies to make sure you don't miss a beat. You'll also have the opportunity to practice your skills, sharing ideas and tips with other participants.

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. It aims 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. You'll learn different methods and strategies to make sure you don't miss a beat. You'll also have the opportunity to practice your skills, sharing ideas and tips with other participants.

By the end of the course, you 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.

Read more and book your place here >>>

Depression, anxiety and people with a learning disability training with Learning Disability Wales

Date: 22 May 2019logo
Location: Swansea 

Depression and anxiety are the most common types of mental illness in the UK. People with a learning disability are much more likely to experience mental health issues like these than the general population. This training looks at the latest research as to why this is and how to support someone with a learning disability to understand these conditions.

This course is aimed at anyone wanting a better understanding of depression and anxiety and is particularly relevant to people supporting someone with a learning disability.

Course includes:

  • What is depression and anxiety?
  • How does it affect the mind and body?
  • How can depression and anxiety affect someone with a learning disability?
  • How do we recognise depression and anxiety in others?
  • How do you help someone with a learning disability understand depression and anxiety?
  • Ways of treating depression and anxiety and how to stay well.

Read more and book your place here >>>

An insider’s guide to working with UK Romani and Traveller communities training

Gypsies, Roma, Travellers: Rights and Responsibilities training
Date: Tuesday 9 July 2019logo
Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organised by The Romani Cultural & Arts Company, this course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. 

The Romani Cultural Arts Company uses arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy, education and empowerment amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities and the wider society in Wales. This course aims to increase awareness about the cultural diversity in the UK; to address issues and the needs of Gypsy, Roma and Travellers in the UK; to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

The course will assist you to:

  • ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in your particular area;
  • be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities;
  • be better able to assess the needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales.

Read more and book your place here >>>

Learn online with WCVA’s Learning Zone

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has an 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.