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…

Autism awareness training

Wednesday 28 April 2021 from 11am – 12noon or Thursday 29 April from 7 – 8pm
Organised by Bridgend Inclusive Network Group – BING

FREE online virtual awareness training for local community groups, charities, sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations providing services in Bridgend County. Learn about how Autism affects people and what you can do to support within your organisation

To register and receive the ZOOM link, E: Bridgendinclusivenetworkgroup@outlook.com

Supporting Carers – Cwm Taf Morgannwg Region workshops

3 May 2021 from 2 – 3.30pm
8 July 2021 from 10 – 11.30am
10 September 2021 from 10 – 11.3oam
8 November 2021 from 2 – 3.30pm
8 February 2022 from 2 – 3.30pm

FREE workshop for individuals and services supporting carers in Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. The key aims of the training are to:

  • raise awareness of who carers are;
  • increase the identification of unpaid carers;
  • enable you to proactively engage with carers;
  • improve access to information and support that is available for carers.

Find out more and book your free place here

Charity financial management – Managing costs and budgets

WCVA training
12 and 26 May 2021 from 10am – 1pm 
Delivered through the medium of English

Learn how to cost your services and increase your likelihood of gaining funding. Read more and book your place here.

Marketing your services

WCVA training
18 and 25 May 2021 | 10am – 1pm
Delivered through the medium of English

Learn how to get your message across to the right people in the most effective way. Read more and book your place here.

Knowledge Hub

If you work in the voluntary sector in Wales the new Knowledge Hub gives you easy access to a range of online information, networking and learning.

Register for free 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.

Find out more about WCVA’s training programme here

You can also take a look at training courses available at other County Voluntary Councils in South Wales at:

Interlink RCT
Neath Port Talbot CVS
Swansea CVS
Voluntary Action Methyr Tydfil

Free sessions to help organisations understand the Welsh elections

The Senedd are holding free online sessions for voluntary organisations to find out more about the election and what it means. You can find out more here …

Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING) spring training programme

Free training is open to all Bridgend County Borough based clubs, groups, charities and not for profit organisations. You can download their brochure here

If you would like to know more about the Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING) and what support they provide, email: Bridgendinclusivenetworkgroup@outlook.com

Carers Wales training

Are you a carer? Carers Wales runs a variety of seminars and training throughout the year.  These sessions are free for carers and cover a range of subjects. Find out more here.

Sustainable Wales offering FREE lockdown online training to BAVO members!

Sustainable Wales free lockdown online training for community groups supported by Renew Wales

Director of Sustainable Wales: “The workshop is tailored to your group and particular activities. The free support aims to reduce your group’s carbon footprint, helping to give you confidence to upgrade your environmental policies.”

The  ‘zoom/teams’ workshop/s will assist Trustees, Directors and key volunteers to respond to the climate and nature emergency.  The sessions will be in line with the Senedd’s ‘Well-Being of Future Generations Act’ and geared to your timetable.

For more details contact: Margaret Minhinnick, E: mm@sustainablewales.org.uk

Sessions increase knowledge and awareness about availability of help for frontline worker

Free online sessions to frontline workers throughout Wales, starting in January 2021 and continuing through the year.

Welsh Government funded project – Dangos –  aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of people who are in day-to-day contact, whether paid or voluntary, with families who might need extra help.

The three-hour long sessions, which will be very interactive, will be supported by a short information pack, and, for those who want it, free access to more detailed e-learning courses about the benefits system and how it works.

The Dangos website gives more details and allows people to register, individually, for sessions. The website is at www.dangos.wales and www.dangos.cymru

If you would like any more information, or are interested in in-house sessions, email: info@dangos.cymru or info@dangos.wales

Did you know volunteers in Bridgend County Borough can attend free Bridgend County Borough Council training?

Courses include:

  • Basic First Aid;
  • Infection Control;
  • Medication Awareness;
  • Manual Handling Refresher;
  • Manual Handling Passport.

Contact: SCWDP@bridgend.gov.uk or call 01656 643228 to register.

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.

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.

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. Find out more about the Samaritans Compassion Toolkit here


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