Voluntary Sector Training Alliance

Supporting the voluntary sector


The Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Connecting Communities Berkshire have partnered together to provide a training resource for the voluntary sector in West Berkshire. 

Training isn’t always about developing new skills, our workshops will help you to better understand problems you may be having and will support you with planning and implementing solutions to them. Please contact Rachel or Tim to discuss further.

If your training need is not being met please let us know what course you are looking for. Please fill out this form to let us know your training needs.    

Local West Berkshire Training 

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Understanding Housing Needs in your Rural Community

Monday 23rd September 2024, 6.30 pm  - 8.00 pm

Understand more about the housing needs in your rural community by attending this online webinar
This session will cover:
-Why sufficient affordable housing for local people is vital for sustaining rural communities
-What is local housing need and who does it affect?
-The role of Rural Housing Enablers - free, practical support to communities at every stage: from identifying housing needs to spades in the ground.
-How parish councils and rural community groups are key to identifying local housing needs and shaping solutions.
-Building a local evidence base – Housing Needs Surveys
-Next steps – bringing the wider community on board, identifying sites, and working with housing providers and planners
Cost: FREE
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National Training 


The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL), an Academic Centre of Excellence in the OU Business School. It provides learning opportunities and resources to help you develop and strengthen your leadership practice in the voluntary sector.

Courses include: 

Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations    

Level 1: Introductory  Free Course  15 hours study

This course provides an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice. 

Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations  

Level 1: Introductory  Free Course  24 hours study 

This course will help you to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference. It is aimed at people who work within voluntary organisations as paid staff or as volunteers, or for people who work regularly with voluntary organisations, such as public sector staff or politicians.  

Involving Volunteers  

Level 1: Introductory  14 hours study 

This short course on volunteering has been developed by Volunteer Scotland and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) and the main driving spirit comes from the volunteer’s perspective. The course is about the essential things you need to consider to ensure a positive experience for individuals engaging in volunteering.

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Free Safeguarding Awareness Training for Workers

Who Enter People's Homes

Free Safeguarding Awareness Training for Workers

Who Enter People's Homes

Recognise the signs of possible abuse and neglect in homes you visit and help keep children safe

Do you know how to recognise the possible signs of child abuse and neglect?

Every day, thousands of children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults like family members outside of the home, teachers, health and social workers and neighbours.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, children and young people are spending much more time at home and we know isolation can put some children at a greater risk of abuse and neglect.

Postal workers, delivery drivers and workers who regularly visit homes are well placed to spot any emerging safeguarding concerns or signs of possible abuse and neglect.

To support you, we're temporarily making our paid-for online safeguarding course (It's your call) free for you to access. 

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 Psychological First Aid

As voluntary organisations emerge from the immediate crisis of covid-19, rapid and significant decisions will need to be made about the future. Senior leaders and trustees will need to make choices about services, programmes and resources under conditions of great uncertainty. This course will combine practical tools for understanding your organisation and thinking about the future and consider how take your organisation through this process.

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