Local and regional training

Whether you are a third sector employee or volunteer, there are a wide range of courses and online learning available to help you run your organisation more effectively and also develop your confidence, knowledge and skills.

Take a look below…

Social Enterprises tackling the Climate Emergency and the Green Recovery webinar

Wales Co-operative Centre
16 September 2020 from 2 – 3.30pm

Join practitioners and members of the Social Enterprise Stakeholder Group who have organised this practitioner-led webinar to hear how you and other social enterprises can make a real difference in tackling the climate emergency and be at the heart of a Green Recovery in Wales.

Sign up for free here

Digital Communities Wales online safety webinar

Covid-19: digital inclusion webinar programme
Wednesday 16 September 2020 from 11am – 12pm

During this period of lockdown, many individuals spend more time accessing the Internet. It is therefore crucial that we understand the key elements of online safety, to protect ourselves from online scams and keep our identity safe online. Register here

Basic First Aid

17, 25, 30 September 2020
Times:  9:15am arrival for 9.30am start – 4.30pm finish
Venue: Nantyfyllon RFC, Nant Y Ffyrling, Maesteg CF34 0BU
Cost – Free of charge

Target Group:  Direct care staff from Bridgend County Borough Council Domiciliary Care, Day Services, independent sector, Supported Living and extra care. Please note: Any member of staff who is unable to work at ground level on the day to complete the recovery position and CPR parts of this course will not be able to take part on the course and will regrettably be asked to leave.

To book your free place or for further information, contact  Gaynor Mainwaring, Business Support – Social Care Workforce Development at Bridgend County Borough Council, T: 01656 643228 or E: gaynor.mainwaring@bridgend.gov.uk

Back in the Game with the School of Hard Knocks

Free online training
Monday 21 – Friday 25 September 2020 from 9.30am – 12pm

Do you live in Bridgend? If you have been made unemployed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this short online course is for you. This course is a shortened, online and high impact version of their standard eight week course. Read more and find out how to book here

Webinar – Redundancies and Life After Furlough: Long-term Considerations for Employers

Free webinar by Darwin Gray in partnership with WCVA
22 September 2020
Delivered through the medium of English, 2 – 3pm
Delivered through the medium of Welsh, 4 – 5pm

With easing lockdown restrictions and the end of the furlough scheme in sight (31 October 2020), it is important for employers to consider strategic ways to protect the future stability of their organisations. In this informative webinar we will be exploring long-term considerations for employers.

Supporting People to communicate online

Learning Disability Wales
Dates: 25 September from 10am – 12pm
Online via Zoom
Free of charge

This session will help you support people with a learning disability to get online and communicate online. It will cover ways to communicate online, online safety and supporting someone online.

Find out more details and register your place here

Digital Communities Wales facilitating sessions webinar

Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 11am

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, many organisations have had to adapt their service delivery and find online solutions for hosting video conferences with clients as well as internal teams. Within this free, one-hour long webinar, Digital Communities Wales share their recommendations for online facilitation to support your organisations’ development of online service provision. Register here

Interactive online programme of support for social entrepreneurs starting out in South Wales Valleys

Every Wednesday evening during October – November 2020 from 5 – 9pm, individuals have the chance to learn about all aspects of starting and running a social business.

Unlimited is working with the Enterprise Hub, Welsh ICE , to host FREE sessions which will cover idea generation, sales, marketing, branding, putting your business online, business planning, pitching your idea, theory of change, how to influence as well as providing essential funding and legal advice. Find out more here. Each week will be led by industry experts and social entrepreneurs. At the end of the programme, people will have the chance to be shortlisted for an UnLtd cash award.

Funded by the Postcode Innovation Trust, you can also book directly on the programme here.

WCVA training

WCVA is currently suspending all face-to-face training and events, but will continue to deliver online learning where possible.

Their training programme is focused on the needs of the third sector and will help you and your organisation run more effectively and also develop your own skills, knowledge and confidence – whether you are an employee or a volunteer.

Read more about WCVA training

Bridgend Adult Community Learning free accredited online courses

A range of courses are available in areas such as Health and Social Care, communication skills, Customer Service Principles, COSHH essentials, English and Maths. Find out more here and enrol today

Valleys Steps online sessions

Valleys Steps is running online sessions to bring Mindfulness and stress management into your homes. Please note, these sessions are suitable for those aged 16 and above.

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

Talk Training can offer you a nationally recognised qualification that’s fully funded from Welsh Government

In these uncertain times, if you are employed and want to improve your career prospects, but don’t have time to study at college, here’s some fully-funded qualifications you’re entitled to receive from the Welsh Government. The criteria is that you work in Wales, are fully employed, work over 20 hours a week and have no direct funding already. If you think you meet this criteria, the following qualifications are available:

  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) – Levels 4 and 5;
  • Project Management – Level 4;
  • Information, Advice and Guidance – Level 4;
  • Business Administration – Level 4;
  • Information, Advice and Guidance – Level 4

For more details about these funded qualifications, contact Ali Yilmaz from Talk Training on 07772256256 or email: ayilmaz@talktraining.co.uk

Carers UK’s Learning for Living launches in Wales

Carers UK has launched its latest bilingual digital innovation for unpaid carers in Wales, in a drive to recognise their valuable skills and experience. The interactive e-learning programme, Learning for Living, helps carers develop greater understanding of the unique skills and knowledge they apply on a day-to-day basis in their caring role and how they can transfer these skills to the workplace.

Learning for living (English version)

Learning for living (Welsh version)

The course takes approximately two hours to complete and participants can stop and start to complete the course whenever is convenient. On completion, participants will receive a digital badge that can be shared with employers.

Learn online with WCVA’s Learning Zone

WCVA’s Learning Zone offers an accessible and easy way to learn online. 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.

Visit www.learningzone.wales to get your online learning journey started.

TrusteElearning – e-learning website

This e-learning website has been produced by Community Action Suffolk to provide Trustees with easy access to a self paced training system. In addition to providing training, you will find this website a useful source of reference information. The Charity Commission supports this product as an excellent tool to help drive up charity self-reliance and resilience. Read more about TrusteElearning

Samaritans Compassion Toolkit

Their Compassion Toolkit and presentation delivery weave into the sessions or deliver on their own. It is aimed at adults as well as students to teach confidence in having difficult conversations around suicide. This originally evolved from training people in Foodbanks with the Trussell Trust where they were dealing with people who were suicidal and they didn’t know how to handle this type of contact.

Read more about the Samaritans Compassion Toolkit


  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • PQASSO Quality Mark
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Lottery Community Fund
  • Disability Confident
  • Bridgend County Borough Council