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Our Training and Development Programme

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We have a regular programme of training and development events to support groups and organisations in their day-to-day running, as well as offering bespoke tailored training.

Our trainers include NCVS staff and external trainers. Our courses build on the latest policy issues that affect the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, including new legislation briefings, and will enable you to keep up-to-date with staff, trustee and volunteer development.

We regularly review our training and development programme to ensure that it is useful and relevant to the groups we support. If you have training needs that aren’t met by our current programme, please email us.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all sessions currently take place online via Zoom.

Select a training course within the categories below:

Skills for running an organisation

Being a Trustee: what does it mean?

This two-hour online session covers the basic information for all trustees, whether you are new to the role or long-established.
Cost: £20 per participant

Thursday 10 February 2022, 11:00am
- 1:00pm

Fire Warden and Fire Marshall Training

Do you manage a space, office or building? This new two-hour online session will take your Fire Wardens and/or Fire Marshall through the basics. As a result, they will be better equipped to carry out these very important roles.
Cost: £20 per participant

Tuesday 1 March 2022, 10:30am
- 12:30pm

Introduction to Health & Safety and Risk Assessments

This new two-hour online session will explain the basics of health and safety, then take you through the process of carrying out a risk assessment in an organisational environment.
Cost: £20 per participant

Wednesday 23 March 2022, 10:00am
- 12:00pm

Introduction to the role of Board or Committee Secretary

The Board or Committee Secretary is one of the principal roles in a charity or community organisation, yet there are few courses on the subject. In this one-hour online session you will learn why it is so important and that it is definitely not just about taking minutes.
Cost: £10 per participant

Thursday 10 March 2022, 11:00am
- 12:00pm

Top Tips for Writing Funding Applications

For organisations and community groups who are new to applying for funding, or for those in need of a refresher. Relevant for groups applying for COVID-19 funding and recovery support as well as other general funding.
Cost: £10 per participant

Tuesday 25 January 2022, 10:00am
- 11:15am

Trustee Refresher Course

This two-hour online session is intended for trustees who have completed our 'Being a Trustee' course and want to further develop their involvement and awareness of trustee duties.
Cost: £20 per participant

Tuesday 22 February 2022, 1:00pm
- 3:00pm


All safeguarding training delivered by our NCVS Safeguarding Lead, Celina Adams, has been quality assured either by the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board (NCSCB) or by the Nottingham City Safeguarding Adult Board (NCSAB). You will receive a certificate of participation once you have completed the training. If you wish to discuss possible bespoke training, please email ncvs@nottinghamcvs.co.uk.

Introduction to Safeguarding Adults

An online course giving a basic understanding of roles and responsibilities in the safeguarding of adults and how to respond to concerns.
Cost: £25 per participant

Thursday 6 January 2022, 10:30am
- 1:45pm

Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People

An online course giving a basic understanding of roles and responsibilities in the safeguarding of children and young people and how to respond to concerns.
Cost: £25 per participant

Wednesday 19 January 2022, 10:30am
- 1:45pm

Safeguarding Children Designated Lead Person

An online course giving a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead Person.
Cost: £25 per participant

Thursday 24 February 2022, 10:30am
- 1:45pm

Trustees' Safeguarding Responsibilities

An interactive online session for Trustees (or members of Management Committees) of organisations whose activities put them in contact with vulnerable adults or children.
Cost: £15 per participant

Thursday 3 February 2022, 10:30am
- 11:45am

Skills for leaders of volunteers

Look out for a brand new course coming soon, exploring volunteer impact assessment.

Addressing the Barriers to Volunteering

In this one-hour online session, we will identify some of the barriers that potential volunteers face to becoming involved in your organisation and share ideas to remove these barriers.
Cost: £10 per participant

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 10:00am
- 11:00am

Dealing with Conflict in your Volunteer Programme

This one-hour online session aims to share some ideas about how best to deal with the inevitable disagreements, personality clashes and conflicts that arise from time to time among a team of volunteers.
Cost: £10 per participant

Wednesday 1 December 2021, 10:00am
- 11:00am
Wednesday 2 March 2022, 10:00am
- 11:00am

Essentials of Volunteer Management

This one-hour online session looks at methods that have proved to be effective in volunteer leadership, including the best ways to plan, involve, support and retain volunteers.
Cost: £10 per participant

Wednesday 12 January 2022, 10:00am
- 11:00am

Introduction to Volunteers and the Law

A two-hour online course for Leaders of Volunteers to start to develop an understanding of some of the legal requirements that relate to your volunteering programme.
Cost: £20 per participant

Wednesday 9 February 2022, 10:00am
- 12:15pm

Writing Opportunities to attract Volunteers

A one-hour online session to help your volunteer role descriptions stand out, ensuring you attract enthusiastic volunteers.
Cost: £10 per participant

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 2:00pm
- 3:00pm
Tuesday 22 March 2022, 2:00pm
- 3:00pm

Support for social entrepreneurs

Setting up a Social Enterprise

What is the right structure for your organisation? This new two-hour online session will explain your options and provide you with some useful tips to help you through the process of registration and beyond.
Cost: £20 per participant

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 10:00am
- 12:00pm

Other training options

There are always options for skills development outside of formal training sessions. Take a look at the full range of Events and Training offered by NCVS. This includes networking events, and learning opportunities provided by the Practice Development Unit.