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…

Being a Carer Representative: introductory training by Carers Wales

14 July 2021 from 10.30am – 12.30pm

Introductory free of charge training for carers interested in becoming a Carer Representative and for those who have recently become Carer Reps. Find out more and book your place here

Introduction to safeguarding in the voluntary sector

WCVA training
14 July 2021 from 10am – 12.30pm
Delivered through the medium of English

Find out about key areas of safeguarding and good practice for voluntary sector organisations in Wales. Find out more and book now

Psychosis Awareness Training

15 July from 10.30am – 12pm
Organised by Bridgend Inclusive Network Group – BING

FREE online virtual awareness training for local community groups, charities, sports clubs and not for profit organisations working in the third sector providing services in Bridgend county only. Find out more here

To book your FREE place and to receive your ZOOM link, E: Bridgendinclusivenetworkgroup@outlook.com

Advanced Carer Representation training by Carers Wales

15 July 2021 from 10.30am – 12.30pm

Advanced free of charge training for experienced Carer Representatives looking to enhance their skills and knowledge. Find out more and book your place here

An introduction to GDPR for the third sector

WCVA online training
15 July 2021 from 10am – 1pm
Delivered through the medium of English

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. Find out more and book here

Basic First Aid training

19 July or 28 July 2021 from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Nantyffyllon RFC, Nant Y Ffyrling, Maesteg CF34 0BU  
Bridgend County Borough Council training

Wear loose clothing which will allow you to work at ground level. Learning outcomes:

  • The roles and responsibilities of an emergency first aider;
  • Assessing an incident;
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty;
  • CPR;
  • Recovery position;
  • Choking;
  • Seizures;
  • Shock;
  • Wound and bleeding;
  • Minor injuries (cuts grazes and bruises);
  • Minor burns and scalds.

NB: Any attendee 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.
You can download booking form here. For further details E: SCWDP@bridgend.gov.uk

New Pathways counselling courses starting September

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 5 Diploma in Counselling for Trauma
Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

New Pathways is a Welsh third sector organisation with nearly 30 years ofexperience in counselling adults and children affected by sexual abuse and delivering training on sexual violence, trauma and related social caretopics. Find out more here

Supporting Carers – Cwm Taf Morgannwg Region workshops

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

Making information easy to read and understand

Learning Disability Wales online training via Zoom
15 September, 14 October 2021
10 am to 12:30pm

This training will introduce you to the basics of making information easy to read and understand for people with a learning disability. This course is suitable for anyone who wants to make their written information more accessible, especially for people with a learning disability.  For further details and to book your place, click on dates above.

Setting up and refreshing networks

WCVA training
28 September 2021
Delivered through the medium of English

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. Find out more and book your place here

Carers Rights and how to advocate for yourself by Carers Wales

2 December 2021, 24 February 2022

Find out about your rights as a carer and how to speak up for yourself more effectively. Free of charge session. Find out more and book your place here

Social Leaders Cymru series of programmes now open for applications!

Various dates in 2021 and 2022.

This is a funded skills and development programme to assist recovery of the third sector in Wales. Delivered by Clore Social Leadership in partnership with the Wales Co-operative Centre, Social Leaders Cymru will be the first online skills and development programme to bring together the third sector across Wales. In turn, this will assist the recovery of the sector from Covid-19 by enhancing resilience, strengthening communities and increasing the diversity of leaders. Social Leaders Cymru programme series:

Emerging Leader Cymru
Experienced Leader Cymru
New Manager Cymru
Digital Leader Cymru
Board Leader Cymru

Find out more 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

National Botanic Garden of Wales Introduction to Beekeeping Course

If you’ve ever considered keeping bees but are unsure where to start or lack the confidence to do so, this course can help! Learn about the honeybee colony, visit their Bee Garden and put on a bee suit, open a hive and be shown its occupants – including drones, workers and the queen.

One space on each of their adult courses will be fully subsidised and candidates can apply to the Growing the Future project by referral letter from a GP or registered charity to gtfadmin@gardenofwales.org.uk Offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit the Botanic Garden’s website.

Sessions to 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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  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Trusted Charity Mark
  • Quality in Befriending
  • Healthy Working Wales Gold
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