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....

WCVA training

February - July 2020

Wales Council for Voluntary Action provide training for those in the third and public sector on a range of topics, including Governance, Management, Public Engagement, Co-production, Communications and Funding.

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 here |

Campaign for Learning

FREE half day financial capability workshops
February 2020

Do you work with parents or families in Wales? Campaign for Learning are running free half day financial capability workshops for organisations working with families on behalf of the Money and Pensions Service.

This half-day practical training will enable you to deliver engaging activities to enable 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 for further details, training dates and how to book your free place|


Webinar: Charity Governance update
25 February 2020 from 2 - 3pm
Delivered through the medium of English

Get the latest updates in charity governance. This webinar aims to provide a summary of the latest updates and changes in charity law and governance and how they could effect your organisation.

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


Volunteer recruitment and satisfaction: share and learn WCVA training at YMCA, Bridgend
Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 from 10am - 4pm

YMCA, Bridgend
Delivered through the medium of English

For volunteers and volunteer leaders that are responsible for volunteer recruitment and/or the volunteer experience. This training will equip you with approaches that can aid volunteer recruitment and prepare your organisation to offer a satisfying volunteering experience that supports ongoing engagement.

| Read more and book here |

Learning Disability Wales

Depression, anxiety and people with a learning disability (Swansea)
26 February 2020

Depression and anxiety are the most common types of mental illness in the UK. People with a learning disability are much more likely to experience mental health issues like these than the general population. This training looks at the latest research as to why this is and how to support someone with a learning disability to understand these conditions. | Read more and book here |

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.

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

Learning Disability Wales

Personal relationships and sexuality
11 March 2020

This course will help you understand your role in supporting adults with their relationships and sexuality. You will learn how to better support people to lead happy and fulfilled lives within the context of current legislation and the need to ensure physical and emotional safety. The course raises awareness of issues of personal relationships and sexuality in an open and honest environment where concerns can be shared and explored. | Read more and book your place here |  

Bridgend County Borough Council

Far-Right Extremism Awareness and Counter Narrative Training
Hi-Tide Porthcawl, 68 Mackworth Road, CF36 5BT
Thursday 12 March from 11am - 1pm
Tuesday 7 April 2020 from 2 - 4pm

A combined awareness raising and counter narrative session, explaining the ideology of the far-right, how these groups operate and how we can all help challenge this. Sessions will cover how to recognise if an individual is vulnerable to radicalisation and how to raise concerns. Training has been organised for frontline staff and will be led by an organisation called Small Steps.

Small Steps is a network of experts and former extremists who bring first-hand knowledge to expose the way far-right groups operate and recruit and provide counter narratives to far-right arguments. They empower communities to challenge this ideology, reducing the appeal of the far-right and its influence at local level. 

To book a place on one of the dates, please email your name and department/organisation along with the title of the event to E: [email protected] or E: [email protected]

Hyfforddiant Ymwybyddiaeth o Eithafiaeth Asgell Dde a Gwrth-naratif
Hi-Tide Porthcawl, 68 Mackworth Road, CF36 5BT
Dydd Iau 12eg o Mawrth, 11am - 1pm
Dydd Mawrth 7fed Ebrill, 2 - 4pm

Sesiwn codi ymwybyddiaeth a gwrth-naratif ar y cyd, sy’n egluro ideoleg yr adain dde eithafol, sut y mae’r grwpiau hyn yn gweithredu a sut y gallwn ni i gyd helpu i herio hyn. Bydd sesiynau’n cynnwys sut i adnabod os yw unigolyn yn agored i gael ei radicaleiddio a sut i godi pryderon. Mae hyfforddiant wedi cael ei drefnu i staff rheng-flaen a bydd yn cael ei arwain gan sefydliad o’r enw Small Steps.

Rhwydwaith o arbenigwyr a chyn-eithafwyr yw Small Steps sy’n dod â gwybodaeth uniongyrchol i ddangos sut y mae grwpiau asgell dde eithafol yn gweithredu ac yn recriwtio ac sy’n darparu gwrth-naratifau i ddadleuon yr asgell dde eithafol. Maent yn grymuso cymunedau i herio’r ideoleg hon, gan leihau apêl yr asgell dde eithafol a’i dylanwad ar lefel leol.

I archebu lle, e-bostiwch eich enw a’ch adran/sefydliad ynghyd â theitl y digwyddiad i E: [email protected]
Neu E: [email protected]

VAWDASV and the impact on children and young people workshops

17 March 2020

Llamau has partnered with Hafan Cymru to deliver free three hour sessions for anyone who comes in to contact with children and young people through their work, volunteering roles or learning environments.

The workshops have been designed to help anyone working with children or young people to understand and identify the signs and behaviours of children and young people experiencing or affected by VAWDASV, and how they can reach out and offer help.

These half day (three hours) workshops will focus on the below core areas:

  • Awareness of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence;
  • Definitions of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence;
  • Understanding the types of abuse and behaviours;
  • Understanding the impact of living with abuse for children and young people;
  • Recognising warning signs of trauma;
  • Exploring a range of tools, you can use to help children and young people.

| To book your place onto a workshop near you (day and evening workshops are available) read more here |

Learning Disability Wales

Making information easy to read and understand: level 2
18 March 2020

This course will include a recap on the principles of Making Information Easy to Read and Understand Level 1 and then look at how delegates can develop and improve their skills. | Read more and book your place here |  

Learning Disability Wales

Introduction to supporting people to get online (3 hours)
31 March 2020

This course 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.
| Read more and book your place here |  

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 |

3-SET online courses

Courses include: Cross-cutting themes, Effective engagement, How to put a budget together for your EU funded project; Introduction to procurement and Match funding.

WCVA's online courses are equally useful as resources for organisations to provide training to large numbers of staff or just one person at a time, and all are free to access for organisations delivering or interested in delivering European funded projects.

| Read more here |

Are you unable to apply for funding because you lack the computer skills needed?

Are your IT skills holding you and your group back?

Bridgend County Borough Council provide FREE computer courses and workshops in your area!

| Read more here |

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.

British Red Cross

British Red Cross think it’s important for young people to learn vital skills. So, they are running FREE sessions to schools and colleges across the country. Find below information about their fully-funded workshops for 10–19 year olds. For primary schools, they are only able to deliver workshops to Year 6 classes. 

They offer two engaging workshops designed to help young people actively learn first aid skills and explore stigma that may affect refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

To book a workshop for your school/group or get more information, E: [email protected] or T: 07710732841.

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.

| Read more here |

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.

| Read more |

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 |

New Pathways - Sure for Mental Health new programme for 2020

From anxiety and stress management workshops to more SURE mental health training courses, there's something for everyone's mental health and wellbeing in their 2020 programme. | Read more here |

For further details, visit www.newpathways.org.uk

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.

| Read more |

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.

| Read more |