Spark Training programme 2024

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

Free Networking Forum for VCFSE Organisations in Shepton Mallet

Explore the theme of 'smart working', catch up on what’s happening within the Shepton Mallet area, and share ideas, information and good news.

This forum has been postponed. A new date and time will be announced in due course.

Free Networking Forum for VCFSE Organisations in Somerset

Meet the National Lottery Community Fund's new Funding Officer for Somerset, join Somerset Community Foundation and Clark Foundation for a 1:1 chat, and more.

This forum has been postponed. A new date and time will be announced in due course.

Suicide Awareness Training

A one-hour, bite-sized training session for anyone who wants to understand more about suicide, and learn how to offer practical support to those who may have thoughts of suicide.

Takes place on Thursday 25 July, 10-11am, via Teams.

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Twilight Nature Wellbeing Session

The Somerset Mental Health Network have teamed up with Neroche Woodlanders to offer a free evening session for staff and volunteers of VCFSE organisations in Somerset to experience firsthand the benefits of connecting with nature for our wellbeing.

Takes place on Thursday 1 August, 4-6pm at Young Wood near Taunton.

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Skills Bootcamp – Leadership & Management

A subsidised training course for individuals not seeking an accredited qualification, who are new or existing managers wishing to develop or refresh their skills.

Training begins on Thursday 5 September.

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Introduction to Youth Work

A training course delivered by Turtle CYP (formerly 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:
Wednesday 18 & 25 September at Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater
Saturday 16 & 23 November at Ridgeway Hall, Langport

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Volunteer Coordinators' Forum

Our free, face-to-face meeting for anybody who manages or coordinates volunteers in Somerset to network, learn, share best practice, and gain help and support.

Takes place on Tuesday 24 September, 1:15-3:30pm in Yeovil.

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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