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​Free part-time Access Course from The Open University in Wales

Do you know learners who are ready 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 targeted postcode areas  in Wales. This project is funded by the three Reaching Wider partnerships in Wales.

These courses are delivered part-time through distance learning, and are very flexible for learners.

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;
  • Learners need to live in eligible postcode areas;
  • Those who aren’t eligible for this project, but are on a low household income may be able to secure other funding for study through The Open University.

Learners can find out if they are eligible, request more information and an application pack here >>>

Sponsored places will fill up soon, the course starts in October 2018.

For further information E:


Take a look at Business Wales' future workshops

Take a look at Business Wales' future workshops:logo

Starting and Running a Business Taking the Plunge >>>
Winning and Keeping Customers >>>
Building a great team >>>
Understanding your Customers >>>
How to Tender – An Introduction >>>
Preparing to Sell Overseas >>> 
Innovate or Die >>>
Advanced Bid Writing – A winners guide to producing top Tenders >>>
GDPR >>>
Branding and marketing workshop >>>
Understanding supply chain resilience >>>
GDPR (specifically for the Social Care Sector) >>>
Brexit – exporting and your business >>>

For further information about training with Business Wales, read more here >>>

For further details, T: 01656 868500 or E:

FREE information and networking sessions about bereavement and Dementia

Cruse Bereavement Care 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.
24 October 2018 from 1 - 3.30pm
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:


Catch up with Steps Training news and find out about their upcoming courseslogo

Steps Training deliver cost effective and bespoke training services.

Find out what's been happening with Steps Training including their future training courses by downloading their summer newsletter here >>>

Future courses include:
Supporting Clients with Personality Disorder  - 27 September 2018



All Wales Manual Handling Passport training for independent domiciliary care providers

Venue:  Steddy Offices - Trewsfield, Tondu Road, Bridgend, CF31 4LHlogo
Times: 9.15am arrival for 9.30am start – 4pm finish

Two day course
Choose from 8 and 9 October 2018 or 10 and 11 December 2018

This two day course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills of moving and handling of people and inanimate objects.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify principles of safer moving and handling of people and inanimate loads;
  • Explain manual handling risk assessments;
  • Discuss relevant legislation;
  • Identify potential risks;
  • Demonstrate use of equipment;
  • Practice safer manual handling techniques.

There is no charge for attending this event, but a charge will be made for non-attendance or cancellations made within five working days of the course start date at the rate of £20 per full day and £10 per part day.

Book your place by downloading booking form here >>>

Please note: lunch will be provided and parking is limited at the venue.

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


Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support training with Learning Disability Wales

24 October 2018 - Cardifflogo
16 November 2018 - Wrexham

This one day course will provide participants with an introduction to Positive Behavioural Support; an evidence based approach to improving well-being and reducing challenging behaviour with people with a learning disability and other vulnerable groups.

After completing the course participants will be able to:

  • understand some key concepts re: behaviour;
  • define Challenging behaviour;
  • consider values and ethical intervention;
  • define the key characteristics of Positive Behavioural Support;
  • describe a three stage Positive Behaviour Support Plan;
  • sign post to more in-depth accredited training in PBS.

This course is designed for senior managers, first line managers, family members, carers and support workers.

Read more and book your place here >>>


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:

15 October , 2018 – Cardiff

To find out more contact Heledd Kirkbride, PQASSO Wales Officer – or T: 07376 602320 

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 librray card and PIN number.


The Bridgend Employment Pathway - helping you into workposter

Are you aged 25+, not in employment and live in Bridgend?

You could be eligible to access fully-funded training to support your progression back into work.

The Bridgend Employment Pathway is a new fully-funded initiative that helps you to gain the skills you need to find and stay in work if you are not in employment - whatever your experience of work.

Places are limited and you will be expected to attend training sessions two days a week for three months.

Are you aged 25+, not in employment and live in Bridgend?

Read more here >>>

For more information, call Richard Hywood, T: 07557 280561or visit


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:


​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:


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.