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 Garry 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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Suicide Prevention First -Aid Training Course

Thursday 9th May 2024 from 9.30am to 1:00pm 

Broadway House, 4 - 8 The Broadway,  Newbury 

Face to Face Course

About this course

This City and Guilds accredited course will be delivered by our suicide prevention outreach worker Sue Bennett.

The training will equip you with the tools to enable you to ask the right questions and signpost people to the right support.

The course is interactive friendly and empowering.

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Community consultations

How to do Community Consultations

Tuesday 19th March, Frilsham Clubroom

 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, 

This interesting and interactive workshop will help you understand how to get your community to engage with you. Specfically;

  • Where are the people you want feedback from
  • Methods of getting feedback
  • What do you want to know?
  • How to listen to what people are telling you
  • How to disseminate and use feedback

This event is for you if you are:

  • Planning a re-build or refurbishments and want to know the community is behind you and involved
  • Seeking feedback on how the hall is run and getting new people involved
  • Wanting feedback on how people would like to use the hall, how comfortable, accessible and easy to use it is.

Ideally - do not come alone. Bring at least one other trustee with you.

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Essential First Aid Training

Everyday First Aid Workshop

Thursday 8th February 2024, West Ilsley Village Hall

 10.30 am - 12.15 pm, 

Are you interested in learning essential, life-saving first aid skills to help in an emergency? Do you live in a more rural community where emergency services may take a little longer to reach? If so, this course is for you!

This is an interactive workshop, run by an experienced British Red Cross educator, where you will tackle four first aid skills and have the opportunity to ask questions. The aim is to build confidence so you can help someone in a first aid emergency, using everyday objects that you have around you.

This workshop will help you:

learn essential first aid skills,

assess and manage risks to make informed choices when helping others,

build confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency.

Demonstrate how to use a defibrillator

Facilitated by: Connecting Communities in Berkshire

Arrive from 10.30am for 10.45am start.

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Dementia Friendly Training

Thursday 25th April 2024, Pangbourne Village Hall

 10.00 am - 12.00 pm, 

Delivered by AGE UK Berkshire:

The course is for:

  • Anyone who knows or cares for someone who has or is showing signs of Dementia
  • Anyone who provides activities for those with Dementia e.g. fitness classes for elderly, tea & chat sessions, craft or sewing groups etc.
  • People running Village Halls or Community Centres who have those living with Dementia using the facitity.

The course will cover:

  • Dementia friends training
  • How to make an environment easier for someone living with Dementia

What you will get:

  • Dementia friends badge and certificate



FREE to CCB Members (see https://ccberks.org.uk/ccb-membership/)

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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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NSPCC Learning

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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