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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 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.
Open Access - anyone who creates an account can access this course. 

Read more here >>>


WCVA's new Learning Opportunities bulletin contains training opportunities taking place over next few months

Upcoming training and events included in bulletin include:logo

  • Dealing with difficult situations;
  • Evaluating and monitoring outcomes;
  • Managing projects;
  • Introduction to Full Cost Recovery;
  • Introduction to influencing.

Read more here >>>


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 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


Free learning event on exploitation of adults and children to launch National Safeguarding Week

The Western Bay Safeguarding Board invites you to their event on Monday 12 November 2018 at Liberty City posterStadium, Swansea.

Morning session from 9.30am - 12.30pm will include:

  • Introduction -  Jan Pickles - National Independent Safeguarding Board;
  • Introduction to Western Bay Safeguarding Boards - Guest speaker of Western Bay Safeguarding Board;
  • County Lines - Martin Jones - Chief Superintendent, South Wales Police;
  • Coercion and Control - Rachael Eagles - Chief Executive, Calan DVS.

Read full morning session programme here >>>

Afternoon session from 1.30 - 4.30 pm will include:

  • Introduction - - Jan Pickles - National Independent Safeguarding Board;
  • Introduction to Western Bay Safeguarding Boards -  Guest speaker of Western Bay Safeguarding Board;
  • County Lines - - Martin Jones - Chief Superintendent, South Wales Police; 
  • Coercion and Control - Rachael Eagles - Chief Executive, Calan DVS; 
  • Radicalisation - Paul Thomas - Community Integration Partnership Manager;
  • Modern Slavery - Jasmin Ahmed - Wales Modern Slavery MARAC Co-ordinator, BAWSO; 
  • Organised Crime and Local Scams - Hayley Niven - Enforcement Officer, Trading Standards and Ray Foulston - Enforcement and Health Improvement Officer, Trading Standards;
  • Question and answer session.

Read full afternoon session programme here >>>

To book your FREE place, email Andrew Morris, E:


FREE bereavement, loss and dementia training 23 Novemberposter

Swansea: Swansea Marriott Hotel, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3SS
Friday 23 November 2018 from 9.30am to 4pm
Refreshments and lunch will be provided

Cruse Bereavement Care is providing a free training session about bereavement, loss and dementia, supporting people with dementia and those close to them through the grieving process.

This training will aid health and social Care professionals, family members and carers to gain awareness of the impact of a bereavement by dementia for families, friends and carers and an awareness for the impact of a bereavement for the person living with dementia and to acquire the skills and confidence to support these individuals.

The Integrated Care Fund have funded this project to support delivery of the Dementia Action Plan.

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



Introduction to Full Cost Recovery - WCVA workshop

29 November 2018 at Hafan Cymru , Carmarthen logo
Time: 9.45am - 1pm

This half day workshop will equip participants with an understanding of Full Cost Recovery as well as introducing the different tools and techniques needed to identify and analyse their organisations' full costs for a specific project.

Equip participants with an understanding of full cost recovery as well as the toolkit to calculate their organisations' full costs.

Failure to properly fund the overheads of your project can lead to instability, poor service delivery as well as jeopardising the sustainability of your organisation.

Overheads are all the costs that partly support the project, but also support other projects or activities that your organisation provides. These can include a proportion of salaries of core staff such as administrators, rent and utilities costs or your organisation's legal and audit fees.

Full Cost Recovery is a method of cost allocation which ensures all overheads are included in your budgets when you apply for project funding or bid for services.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course the learner will:

  • Appreciate the concept of full cost recovery and the role it plays in achieving financial sustainability;
  • Understand the principles and methods involved in identifying and calculating full costs;
  • Be able to analyse and allocate the true costs of running an organisation and its activities.

This course is for Trustees, staff and volunteers. It is suitable for those new to fundraising and full cost recovery.

Read more and book your place 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:

29 November 2018 - Castle Hotel, Neath 
4 December 2018 - Aberavon Beach Hotel, Aberavon
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:


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
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

logo16 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 >>>


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.


Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees training daylogo

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018
Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments and  lunch) is £156.90 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 22 November and £173.07 per delegate if you book between Friday 23 November and Monday 3 December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organisers: The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded.

Show-people, Fair-ground families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.

The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe.

These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Their training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.

Read more and book your place here >>> 


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.