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....


Opioids and Depressants: Pain or Pleasure
Thursday 12 December 2019 from 10am - 4.30pm
Barod - 73/74 Mansel Street, Swansea, SA1 5TR

Opioid-based drugs such as heroin and depressants like Valium get bad press, but is it deserved? This one-day course looks at a range of substances that come under these two categories. The attendee’s will delve from the world of heroin production to opioid substitution treatment. The difference between pregabalin and gabapentin will be explored as well as the effects and risks posed by Valium derivates that are available within the market.
| Read more and book your place here |  

For further information on training and additional upcoming courses, please visit barod.cymru/open-training-courses

The Romani and Traveller ‘Jivdi Lil’ (Living Book) Training Day by The Romani Cultural and Arts Company

A resource for anti-bias work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Monday 16 December 2019 from 9.30am - 5pm
The Romani Cultural and Arts Company - 13A Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HA

The free training day will deliver the skills and knowledge to become a ‘lil’, a ‘lavo lil’ or an organiser of an event and programme. The training day will go through the basics about what, where, how and why before developing actual ‘books’ and ‘readers’ with practical exercises. Finally, there will be an opportunity to deliver a short ‘living library’ session. | Read more and book your place here |  

Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Training Day by The Romani Cultural and Arts Company

Tuesday 17 December 2019 from 9.30am - 5pm
First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, in meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, and in addressing the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and inequalities.
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Engaging online

16 January 2020, Caerphilly

This course will help you engage more effectively with your online audience. If you're already using social media to engage with the public but would like to know how to create more engaging content, improve your reach, and discover some new ideas and free tools, this session is for you!
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Bridgend County Borough Council

ILM Endorsed Coaching and Mentoring for Managers (three days)
15, 21 and 28 January 2020 from 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Training Services Wales

Understand how to develop the relationship between coach and coachee against professional standards.

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For further details, T: 01656 643228 or E: [email protected]

Cruse Bereavement Care

Bereavement, loss and dementia CPD training from 9.30am - 4pm

Friday 17 January 2020 - Neath Port Talbot CVS - 17 Alfred Street, Neath, SA11 1EF

Cruse Bereavement Care is providing a FREE six hour CPD training session about bereavement, loss and dementia, supporting people with dementia and those close to them through the grieving process. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 
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For further details or to book your FREE place, T: 01792 462845 or E: [email protected]

Bridgend County Borough Council

ILM Endorsed Coaching and Mentoring for Managers (three days)
5, 12 and 20 March 2020 from 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Training Services Wales

Understand how to develop the relationship between coach and coachee against professional standards.

| Read more |    | Download booking form |

For further details, T: 01656 643228 or E: [email protected]

Developing a theory of change for a complex programme; a systematic framework for ensuring delivery of outcomes in a new Wellbeing Hub for the Nantlle Valley.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University.

Start date: 1 April 2020
Project ID: BUK2200
Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months.
Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.
Application deadline: 14 February 2020

This is a research opportunity that may be attractive to a range of students as it covers a wide field of interests. Health and social care students with an interest in strategic change are an obvious set but so would business studies students interested in public and voluntary sector development, similarly ‘place based’ community development researchers or any students/researchers with a passion for how the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act may be delivered in practice. | Read more |  

Developing a conversation about identifying community needs to embrace well-being through social prescribing interventions

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University 

Start date: 1 April 2020
Project ID: BUK2201
Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months.
Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.
Application deadline: 14 February 2020

This Masters by research project will enable the organisations to identify key Social Prescribing projects and interventions that will meet the needs of the community, improving wellbeing and increase opportunities for employment and skills development all leading to improved health and wellbeing among the community. Central to delivering this vision of this new community health and wellbeing hub is understanding the barriers and opportunities through co-design of delivery of Social Prescribing interventions in meeting community needs and delivering changes in health and wellbeing outcomes among the community. | Read more |

Introduction to Full Cost Recovery

17 June 2020, Merthyr Tydfil -  Delivered bilingually

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. 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.
| Read more and book your place here |

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.

Click on online safeguarding courses from the WCVA Learning Zone

Courses include: Introduction to Safeguarding in the Third Sector (Wales), Safer Recruitment and The Role of the Safeguarding Officer.| Read more |

Work with parents or families in Wales?

FREE Financial Capability Training for organisations

Talking about money isn’t always easy. However, getting children used to talking about money early can help them avoid financial issues in the future. Talk, Learn, Do (TLD) is an excellent evidence-based intervention developed by the Money Advice Service to help parents of 3-11 year olds talk to their children about money.

This half-day practical training will enable you to deliver engaging activities to help parents to teach their children to develop positive money habits. This training course provides skills for those with no financial capability training and offers new approaches for those who have already worked in this field. | Read more |

Gweithio gyda rhieni neu deuluoedd yng Nghymru?

Hyfforddiant Gallu Ariannol am ddim ar gyfer sefydliadau

Nid yw siarad am arian bob amser yn hawdd. Fodd bynnag, gall cael plant i arfer siarad am arian yn gynnar eu helpu i osgoi problemau
ariannol yn y dyfodol. Mae Siarad, Dysgu, Gwneud (SDG) yn ymyriad rhianta sy’n seiliedig ar dystiolaeth a ddatblygwyd gan y Gwasanaeth Gynghori Ariannol i helpu rhieni plant 3-11 oed i siarad â’u plentyn am arian.

Bydd yr hyfforddiant ymarferol hanner diwrnod yma yn eich galluogi i gynnal gweithgareddau difyr i helpu rhieni i addysgu eu plant i ddatblygu arferion arian cadarnhaol. Mae’r cwrs hyfforddi yma yn darparu sgiliau i’r rhai heb unrhyw hyfforddiant gallu ariannol ac yn cynnig dulliau newydd i’r rhai sydd eisoes wedi gweithio yn y maes yma. | Darllen mwy |

Barod and Drink Wise Well

Barod and Drink Wise Age Well have released their  ‘Grey Matters’ Campaign eLearning packages, which are now available to all professionals across Wales

This free training comes in two parts and aims to provide you with knowledge about Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) and how to support someone who has, or may have, ARBD.To check out a demo and to register to access the training, visit the Grey Matters Campaign page on the website.  (Please be sure to check the Terms and Conditions on the website before registering).

Welsh versions of the courses are currently in development.  If you would like to use the Welsh version once it is released, please contact [email protected] and they will enroll you when the Welsh versions are available.

Level 4 Advice and Guidance QCF

The Welsh Government funded Level 4 Advice and Guidance QCF is ideal for individuals who provide information, advice and guidance to clients within a range of different settings; including within support sector organisations, charities and private organisations.

This programme is available on a fully funded basis to individuals who are in suitable job roles. On completion of the Apprenticeship
framework, learners will receive the following certificates:

  • City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Advice & Guidance;
  • Level 4 Apprenticeship in Advice & Guidance;
  • Essential Skills: Communication Level 3;
  • Essential Skills: Application of Number Level 2;
  • Essential Skills: Digital Literacy Level 2.

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Learning Disability Wales' training programme 2019 -2020

All their courses will be held in North and South Wales. They have a range of courses for people in the public, voluntary and private sectors and are designed for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers.

Topics include:

  • Making Information Easy to Read and Understand Level 1 & Level 2;
  • Personal relationships and sexuality;
  • Improving communication through touch with children and adults who have additional learning needs;
  • Workplace Well-being;
  • Introduction to Positive Behavioural Support;
  • Depression anxiety and people with a learning disability.

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Learning Disability Wales

Free three hour training on assessment and care planning

Learning Disability Wales has developed a three hour training session for people with a learning disability. The learning is accessible and interactive. It includes presentation, discussion, group work and a quiz. | Read more |

Ramblers Cymru new training programme

Ramblers Cymru has recently set up a training programme for both members and non-members to develop a wide range of outdoor related and access skills such as:

  • Basic Public Rights of Way training;
  • Basic map reading skills;
  • Leading family walks;
  • Leading a practical volunteer group.

The cost for non-members is very reasonable and usually £20 for a session. | Read more and book your place here |

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 |

FREE training courses with Drink Wise, Age Well

In their survey, one in five people over 50 drinking at risky levels have had the issue raised to them by family, friends or health staff.

Half day and full day Alcohol Awareness sessions are available to help you help someone over 50 make healthier choices about their drinking.

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Free IT courses and workshops

Call in to one of Adult Community Learning's informal drop-in sessions below, to get free help, advice and support using your PC, tablet, laptop or any other technology. Whether you are a complete novice or have a specific query, IT experts will be able to help you. You can even sign up for free learndirect IT courses which give you flexibility to study and learn new skills at your own pace.

Pencoed Library - am
Tŷ Ardd Reference Library, Bridgend - pm

Sarn life Long Learning Centre and Maesteg Sports Centre - am
Aberkenfig Library - pm

Pyle Lfe Centre - am
Ogmore Valley Life Centre - pm

Mulligan Community Shop, Bridgend town centre - am
Y Centre, John Street, Porthcawl - pm

Fridays: Bryncethin Community Centre from 10am - 12pm

For further details, T: 01656 642729, E: [email protected] or visit www.brigend.gov.uk/adultlearning

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 |

Samaritans DEAL: Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening

DEAL is a free resource for teachers and other educational professionals designed to help develop resilience in young people. DEAL includes lesson plans, activities, hand-outs, DEAL digital resources, teachers’ notes and staff training materials can all be accessed and downloaded at any time from Samaritans website. It aims to:

  • raise awareness of emotional health and the importance of recognising when you need help;
  • develop positive coping strategies;
  • reduce stigma and break down barriers around talking about emotional health;
  • develop communication skills;
  • develop supportive and help-seeking behaviour in young people.

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