Spark Training programme 2024

An affordable programme of online and classroom-based training sessions for Somerset charities and community groups.

Lunch & Learn sessions

A series of free, online, bite-sized sessions led by specialist trainers to help you explore some funding methods you may not have previously considered. Facilitated by the Reflect Recover Renew project.

Upcoming session themes include:

An introduction to social investment, Wednesday 28 February from 1pm-2pm
Legacy giving, Tuesday 5 March from 12.30pm-1.30pm
Digital fundraising, Wednesday 13 March from 12.30pm-1.30pm
Developing a fundraising strategy, Wednesday 20 March from 12.30pm-1.30pm
Corporate fundraising, Tuesday 26 March from 12.30pm-1.30pm

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day, in person workshop delivered by Mind in Somerset, where you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognising signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. This training can be completed as part of the Orange Button Scheme in Somerset.

Takes place on Thursday 29 February & Friday 1 March, and Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 March near Taunton.

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Introduction to Youth Work

A training course delivered by South Gloucestershire Playscheme, aimed at new youth workers and youth volunteers, or those who volunteer with children and young people and want to find out if youth work is for them.

Takes place on Saturday 2 and 9 March.

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Meet The Funder - Children in Need

Join Daniella Lipscombe from Children in Need for a discussion and Q&A on the types of projects they support and the application process.

Takes place on Thursday 7 March, 12pm-1pm, via Zoom.

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The Open Mental Health Community Engagement Project: Lessons Learnt

As the OMH Community Engagement Project draws to a close, we invite you to learn more about the work the team has undertaken and what they have discovered from communities in the county who struggle to access mental health services.

Takes place on Wednesday 13 March, 10am-12pm, via Zoom.

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Health Inequalities: How to Make Your Services More Accessible

Join Helen Fielden from the OMH Community Engagement Project and Brittney Strange, Public Health Specialist with Somerset Council and learn how you can make sure your services are as accessible as possible.

Takes place on Monday 25 March, 10am-11.30am, via Teams.

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In the meantime, if there's a specific topic you would like us to cover, please email

Just wanted to let you know I did the ‘Train the Trainer’ session on ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ that Gill Harrison delivered yesterday as part of the partnership between Spark Somerset and Open Mental Health. I was very impressed not only with the standard of training but with the course itself.

Training participant, April 2023