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


Voluntary Sector Forums for Youth Organisations
In response to recent announcements regarding Youth Service provision across the County, we are holding these Voluntary Sector Forums aimed specifically at youth organisations. Come and find out how we can support you, meet local funders, and network with other organisations operating in your area.
Monday 12th November | 7pm tp 9pm | Bridgwater | FREE Admission find out more and book
Tuesday 20th November | 7pm to 9pm | Shepton Mallet | FREE Admission find out more and book
Tuesday 27th November | 2pm to 9pm | South Petherton | FREE Admission find out more and book


Mendip Voluntary Sector Forum
Come along to meet with Sharon, our Voluntary Sector Advisor for Mendip, and lots of of other VCSE groups working in the area. Our regular forums are always lively and informative, and are great opportunity to network and learn.
Thursday 15th November | 10:30am to 12:30pm | Street | FREE Admission find out more and book


Mental Health Aware
A half-day session to help raise your awareness of mental health. Upon completion of this course you will receive a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. You will also receive a certificate to say you are MHFA Aware.
Thursday 22nd November | 9am to 1pm | Yeovil | Admission £40 find out more and book
Tuesday 22nd January | 9am to 1pm | Wells | Admission £40 find out more and book


Community Connector Signposting Workshop.
Join our growing team of Community Connectors! Come and find out about services, activies and support in South Somerset, and how to share that information with others. This is an informal role, it's not about adding another task to your busy day, but having the ability to share information and signpost others to support.
Wednesday 28th November | 10am to 12pm | Chard | FREE Admission find out more and book


Mendip Volunteer Coordinator Meeting
Do you manage or Coordinate Volunteers? Join us at our next meeting for the opportunity to learn, talk about specific volunteering topics, and exchange ideas and experiences with your voluntary sector peers. The topic for this meeting will be Volunteers and the Law.
Thursday 6th December | 12pm to 2pm | Wells | FREE Admission find out more and book


GDPR and Cyber Security
The new regulations came into effect in May this year, however your responsibilities around GDPR are ongoing and should be reviewed regularly. At this session you will learn about the principles of GDPR and cyber security, and how to develop your practical 6-point plan for getting your organisation safe, secure and compliant.
Tuesday 27th November | 9:30am to 12:30om | Crewkerne |Admission £35 find out more and book
Tuesday 12th February | 9:30am to 12:30om | Wells |Admission £35 find out more and book


Getting the Most out of Social Media
This interactive session is aimed at organisations that already have Social Media accounts, and are looking to increase their reach and engagement. You'll get tips on creating compelling and shareable content, and find out how social media can be used to engage with your supporters/customers and drive campaigns.
Tuesday 15th January | 9:30am to 12:30am | Burnham on Sea | Admission £35 find out more and book
Thursday 29th January | 9:30am to 12:30am | Wells | Admission £35 find out more and book


Basic Awareness Child Protection
Aimed at staff and volunteers who do not hold a designated role in child protection, this session will give a basic overview of your safeguarding and child protection responsibilities. It includes information about the different types of abuse and what to do if you have concerns about a child, along with the latest information around legislation and local practices.
Thursday 31st January | 9:30am to 12:30pm | Wincanton | Admission £40 find out more and book


Projects - Evidence, Outcomes and Impact.
This session will be useful for anybody working within the voluntary sector who is involved with the planning, development and management of projects. We'll look at how to measure the impact of your projects, how to report on outcomes for things like funding applications, and how to to understand what works, when, and why.
Wednesday 13th February | 9:45am to 12:45pm | Burnham on Sea | Admission £30 find out more and book

Thursday 11th July | 9:45am to 12:45pm | Crewkerne | Admission £30 find out more and book


'Bouncebackabilty' - Tools to Develop Your Resilience
Working in the Voluntary Sector is very rewarding, but it can sometimes be challenging too. It's important to be able recover, dust ourselves down, and move on when faced with the myriad of challenges that life throws at us. Resilient people demonstrate positive traits such as flexibility, high energy and mental agility, and are able to perform at their highest level. At this session, you will learn some practical tools and coping mechanisms to help you reduce stress, and think and act more positively.
Wednesday 6th March | 10am to 1pm | Yeovil | Admission £30 find out more and book


Introduction to Coaching Skills
Coaching is a people management skill that unlocks a person’s potential to maximise their performance. Join us at this half day workshop, where you will learn more about coaching and how it can help you to get the very best from your staff and volunteers.
Tuesday 12th March | 10am to 1pm | Wells | Admission £30 find out more and book


Top Tips for Delivering Great Presentations
This interactive workshop will give you some great tips on how to deliver relevant and interesting presentations with confidence. We'll look at how to conquer your nerves, how to communicate effectively, and the importance of visual aids.
Tuesday 19th March | 10am to 1pm | Westonzoyland | Admission £30 find out more and book


Excellent training session. It was well organised and Susi is a very good trainer, mixing short brainstorming sessions, relevant PowerPoint slides, humour and information into a great package.

Annette, Balsam Centre, Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers, April 2018