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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.


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:

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: 

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 >>>

Introduction to supporting people to get online (Cardiff)

20 February 2019logo
Location: Cardiff      

This course by Learning Disability Wales, is appropriate for staff and volunteers who would like to develop a better understanding of supporting people to get online. During the session learners will gain a better understanding of the importance of digital inclusion. The course will also cover online safety tips when supporting people online. A portion of the session will cover appropriate behaviour when volunteering or supporting people to get online.

Entry Requirements:

  • All participants must have some competency in IT skills;
  • Delivery of this course is through digital methods so it is essential participants are able to engage fully with this process;
  • Access to a range of websites and digital tools will be needed.

At the end of the session learners will have:

  • An understanding of the importance of Digital Inclusion;
  • The ability to overcome the barriers and be able to encourage the benefits to being digitally included;
  • A range of resources that can help with supporting people online;
  • Online safety information, for volunteers and clients;
  • Knowledge of appropriate behaviour when supporting or volunteering.

Tasks will involve the use of digital tools and techniques for using when supporting someone to get online, finding the benefits and barriers that clients face when they are digitally excluded.

Read more and book your place here >>>

St John Cymru FREE Public Access Defib Awareness courses

logoSt John Cymru Swansea Training Centre 22 and 23 February 2019

St John Cymru is running a campaign in February called Defibruary where they are running FREE two hour Public Access Defib Awareness courses

Every year there are around 8000 people in Wales that experience out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating effectively and normal breathing ceases. This results in the casualty becoming unresponsive and urgent intervention is required. The chances of survival are greatly increased when an AED is applied.

This short awareness session will take you through how to access and use a public access AED and will teach you how to administer CPR. Our courses also help provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to deal with an emergency situation. The prospect of using an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)  might be daunting, but with the increasing availability of public access AEDs it is vital that the general public have access to awareness training.  The session will take you through how to access and use a public access AED and will  teach you how to administer CPR.

Who is it for?
The course is suitable for anyone over the age of 14. No previous first aid experience required.

This course however is not suitable for those responsible for using a defib in the workplace - for workplace training we would recommend the full AED training course which can be found here >>> 

Read more here and register your place here >>>

Use the course finder on the left of your screen, enter your town or postcode to find a course near you or T:  0345 678 5646.

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 >>>

​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.

WCVA webinar: Introduction to the European Solidarity Corps

6 March 2019 at 2pmlogo

The European Solidarity Corps is a European initiative aimed at funding and creating opportunities for young people to volunteer in projects that benefit communities throughout Europe, from helping with disaster relief, assisting asylum seekers and various other issues.
In advance of the second call for project applications (closing date of the 30 April 2019), Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) will be hosting a webinar in collaboration with Ecorys UK that will serve as an introduction to this initiative.

UNA Exchange, an international volunteering charity, will also be talking about their experience of providing volunteers with these exciting new opportunities as well as their experience in applying for the first round of funding.

Join the webinar to find out how your organisation can get involved by book your place here >>>


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 >>>

Setting up and refreshing networks WCVA training workshop

13 March 2019 from 9.45am - 1pmlogo
WCVA - Cardiff

Team work makes the dream work – learn how to establish a mutually beneficial network or re-energise one that’s lost its buzz. 

This workshop explores how to establish a successful network, with practical ideas, tips and participatory methods for setting up a new network, and for refreshing and re-focusing an existing network. It will walk you through the steps to setting up a mutually beneficial network - but also how to sustain and rejuvenate them when they're running out of steam. The workshop will be practical and participative - so please bring along a project that you're working on now, or ideas for future projects, and then we can apply your learning to a practical piece of work!

By the end of the course you will:

  • Have tips for successful partnership working;
  • Know how to set your shared purpose, aims and objectives;
  • Be able to write terms of reference for your networks.

Who this course is for?
Practitioners within the third and public sectors who have a responsibility for engaging with the stakeholders, service users and the public.

Read more and book your place here >>>

Positive approaches to behaviours that challenge FREE event with Learning Disability Wales

Building partnerships with education, health and social carelogo

Cardiff Bay
19 March 2019 from 9 - 3.30pm

This practical and informative event will explore innovative ways of working with children and young people whose behaviour we find challenging. The day will encourage all attendees to look at their own practices and to learn new tools and techniques to prevent, recognise and respond to behaviour that challenges. This free event is for anyone who works with children and young people with a learning disability, autism or other additional needs.  It will help you work smarter to help the child and you.  Central to help avoid and reduce behaviours that challenge is understanding and recognising restrictive practice.  Believe in every child will examine what is meant by restrictive practice and will include an overview of the Welsh Government's statement on Reducing Restrictive Practice.

Presentations and work-sessions will be facilitated by

  • Welsh Government;
  • BILD;
  • Estyn;
  • University of South Wales.
  • ABM University Health Board.

Read more and book your place 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 >>>

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 >>>

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.