Affordable, local training covering a range of topics to help your community group or organisation thrive!


DBS Service - Everything You Need to Know
An interactive workshop led by Spark's DBS Officer to help you gain a better understanding of who is and who is not eligible for a DBS check, and ensure that the correct level of check is being applied for.
23rd February | Crewkerne | £30 | ENROL HERE


Top Tips For Fundraising
This course is aimed at anyone who is new to fundraising, It will give brief overview of the charity sector, and where your organisation sits within it. Delegates will be given an overview of all fundraising income streams.The course will explore the various fundraising methods available within the charity and voluntary sector, and how to make the most of them. You'll gain an understanding of the legal requirements set out by the ICO and the Fundraising Regulator, and be signposted to online resources and tools to help you in your work.
22nd November | Langport | £30 | ENROL HERE


6 Steps to General Data Protection
The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in May 2018, marking the biggest change in data protection law for 20 years. This will impose many legal obligations on organisations that control or process data, so it's absolutely vital your organisation is fully prepared as early as possible. Come to this session to learn how to keep your organisation safe, secure and compliant.

7th December | Wells | £30 |  SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
10th January | Sparkford | £30 | ONE TICKET REMAINING


Introduction to Using Mindfulness to Combat Stress and Anxiety
Mindfulness is based on our ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive and overwhelmed by what's going on around us. This interactive session will introduce you to some some simple mindfulness exercises you can practice every day, and take a look at some of the scientific research behind mindfulness.

1st February | South Petherton | £30 |  ENROL HERE


Introduction to Accountancy for the Voluntary Sector
This course will explore the key financial areas relevant to your organisation; including budgeting and forecasting, preparing financial statements, accounts and annual returns, Gift Aid, tax, and VAT. It's aimed at anyone who works within the finance function of their organisation, and may also benefit those who are thinking of setting up a new organisation.

7th February |Wells |£30 | ENROL HERE
28th February |Crewkerne |£30| ENROL HERE


Stand out on Social Media
An intermediate-level session, aimed at organisations with existing social media profiles who are looking to increase their reach and engagement. Delegates will learn how to create compelling and shareable content, and find out how social media can be used to engage with customers and drive campaigns. There will be an overview of the popular social media platforms, to help you understand which will work best for your organisation, and useful information on the various publishing tools available.

9th February | Crewkerne | £30 |  ENROL HERE


Strategy Before Structure - an Introduction to Legal Structures
This course will explore the advantages and limitations of the various legal structures, and why it's not a 'one size fits all' scenario. We will look at the key considerations to make when choosing a legal structure that will best serve the aims and strategy of your organisation. This course is relevant for anyone who is thinking of setting up a community or social enterprise, either as a new start-up or as a progression from something less formal. It will also be helpful to charities looking to trade outside their primary purpose.

7th March | Crewkerne | £30 | ENROL HERE


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This session has given me a huge amount of information to go and build a solid base for our funding applications.

Delegate, Top Tips for Funding Applications, July 2017