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Our Training and Development Programme 2023-2024

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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.

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.

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

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 6:00pm
- 8:00pm

Deeper Dive into Writing Funding Applications

An interactive hands-on workshop for organisations and community groups who want to practice their skills and would welcome constructive feedback to further develop their skills in writing successful funding applications.
Cost: £20 per participant

Thursday 22 February 2024, 10:00am
- 12:15pm

Fire Warden and Fire Marshal Training

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

Wednesday 24 January 2024, 12:00pm
- 2:00pm

How to Take Minutes

Are you acting as secretary or note taker, or do you need to record meetings? Join us in learning the basics of how to take effective minutes and thus make your task easier. This two-hour online session will take you through the process of producing a 'minute'.
Cost: £20 per participant

Tuesday 16 January 2024, 10:30am
- 12:30pm

Introduction to Health & Safety and Risk Assessments

This 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

Tuesday 20 February 2024, 6:00pm
- 8:00pm

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 cost of living funding and recovery support as well as other general funding.
Cost: £10 per participant

Tuesday 23 January 2024, 1:00pm
- 2:15pm
Thursday 21 March 2024, 10:00am
- 11:15am


All safeguarding training we deliver 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 this 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 11 January 2024, 10:00am
- 12:30pm

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

Thursday 25 January 2024, 10:00am
- 12:30pm

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

Wednesday 28 February 2024, 10:00am
- 12:30pm

Trustees' Safeguarding Responsibilities

An 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

Tuesday 13 February 2024, 6:00pm
- 7:30pm

Skills for leaders of volunteers

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

Thursday 28 March 2024, 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 13 March 2024, 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 10 January 2024, 10:00am
- 11:00am

How to be a Better Leader of Volunteers

For some time, we’ve been asked about training that goes beyond the basics of managing and supporting volunteers. In this two-hour online session, we’ll explore some of the real-life issues that you are facing.
Cost: £20 per participant

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 10:00am
- 12:00pm

How to develop and deliver a Nature Buddies scheme

An online training session for people and organisations interested in setting up a Nature Buddies volunteer scheme to provide support and increase access to green social prescribing activities and opportunities.
Cost: £10 per participant

Thursday 18 January 2024, 9:30am
- 12:30pm
Wednesday 13 March 2024, 9:30am
- 12:30pm

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

Thursday 8 February 2024, 10:00am
- 12:00pm

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

Wednesday 17 January 2024, 10:00am
- 11:00am

Support for social entrepreneurs

Setting up a Social Enterprise

What is the right structure for your organisation? This 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

Monday 8 January 2024, 10:30am
- 12:30pm

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.