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



The Secrets Behind a Succesful Funding Bid
With grant funding becoming harder and harder to secure, this workshop will unlock the secrets of how funding applications are assessed and how this can be used to put together bids which stand out from the rest.
Thursday 16th May | 9.30am- 1pm | Burnham on Sea | Admission £30 find out more and book

Child Protection Basic Awareness
This session will cover relevant current legislation, referral mechanisms and information sharing. We will also look at the categories of abuse, the roles/responsibilities and boundaries, early help assessment, safer working practices and whistle blowing procedures.
Wednesday 22nd May | 5.30pm-9.30pm | Compton Dundon | FREE Admission find out more and book
Wednesday 3rd July | 1.30pm-5pm | Middlezoy | FREE Admission find out more and book


Voluntary Sector Forum for South Somerset Groups
A free networking event for voluntary sector staff and volunteers working in the South Somerset area. We will be joined by Sara Hodges from Somerset Skills and Learning, Sarah Drummer-Wade from the National Lottery Community Fund, Andy Ridgwell from Somerset Community Founnation and Matt Day our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.
Tuesday 4th June | 9.30am- 12.30pm | Ilchester | FREE Admission find out more and book


Effective Communication
Learn about a variety of communication forms and methods. This session will include; listening as a communications tool, how to use body language to enhance your message, how to stabilise nerves using breathing techniques, how to manage conflict using effective communication skills, and how to project your voice to get your message across effectively.
Thursday 20th June | 10am to 1pm | Burnham-on-Sea | Admission £30 find out more and book


Emergency First Aid at Work
This Emergency First Aid at Work course will give you the life-saving skills you need to become an emergency first aider in your workplace or organisation. Certificate will be provided on completion. Topics covered include: How to asses an incident, how to manage a unresponsive casualty, how to provide first aid to a casualty who is choking, how to provide first aid to a casualty with external bleeding, how to provide first aid to a casualty in shock, how to provide first aid to a casualty with minor injuries.
Monday 24th June | 9.30am-4.30pm | Yeovil | Admission £50 | find out more and book


Diversifying Income and Developing Sustainability
Would  you like to divert your income and become more sustainable? During this session there will be  the opportunity to review your current income, and increase your understanding of other potential income streamd and how this can influence your strategy. With practical exercises and real life examples, attendees will come away with key actions to take their diversification plans forward.
Friday 5th July | 9.30am to 1pm | Shepton Mallett | Admission £30 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.
Thursday 11th July | 9:45am to 12:45pm | Crewkerne | 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


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