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We provide high quality affordable training delivered by specialists and experts on a wide range of subjects.  Our programme is led by our network and designed to empower trustees, staff and volunteers in our local voluntary and community sector.


Help Us Help You - Take Our Training Needs Survey Now

With new challenges constantly emerging, we want our training programme to reflect your needs and priorities.  Whether you're a volunteer or staff member of a Richmond borough organisation, your input is vital to our planning.  It takes just 10 minutes or less.  Click here to go to the survey.

We have reintroduced some face to face training and events since the end of Covid restrictions and are continuing to provide online resources and learning.  Please check individual listings to see if they are online or in-person.

You can follow our Eventbrite page to hear about our latest events as they become available.

Our Autumn programme will be published and open for registration soon.

Meet the Funder - Greater London Authority

Monday 4 July 2022, 2pm - 3.30pm (online)

Join this free event to learn more about two key funds from the Mayor of London with application deadlines in August (Building Strong Communities) and October (Untold Stories).  Book asap.

App-based Video Making for Beginners

Wednesday 6 July 2022, 10am - 1pm

This workshop for beginners will get you started on producing short no-budget videos to tell the stories of your small charity, using free apps on smartphone and tablet devices. Book here.

Starting up: How to Become a Charity or Social Enterprise

Thursday 7 July 2022, 10am - 1pm

Got a brilliant idea but need help turning it into a great charitable project? If so, this workshop is for you.  Individuals, new groups, or community groups seeking a refresher are welcome.  Book here.

Legacy Fundraising - How to Get Started with Legacies

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10am - 12pm

Providing around £3 billion of income for UK charities every year, the legacy market is experiencing strong growth.  This session will help you to make it part of your charity's funding mix.  Book here.

COVID-19 and HR for the Voluntary Sector

If you missed it, you can download our webinar presentation by expert Christine Williamson.

There are also many other resources available to voluntary and community sector groups, including:

RHACC free taster courses -  Richmond residents can enrol on a range of free taster courses until Summer 2021.  The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Community Learning have funded over 150 courses, including digital skills, career-related and wellbeing.

Small Charities Coalition - a wide range of free or low cost online training is available including communication, digital, finance, trustee-related and general wellbeing support for your organisation.

theFSI - access a range of affordable training, specifically aimed at supporting small charities, including topics such as governance, impact measurement, fundraising and project management.

NCVO:  Paid-for online training is available for a range of key topics, for both members and non-members.  Their KnowHow resource bank is freely available and covers all the important aspects of running a charitable organisation, including a Coronavirus section.

Training Online from Directory for Social Change:  This online platform features 18 bite-sized introductory level online courses for charities and covers a wide range of topics including finance, HR, data protection, communication and change management.

Safeguarding Training and Guidance:  Richmond Council has refreshed its free online Training & Development Portal and is currently offering free e-learning in Safeguarding Adults (1 hour introductory level), Safeguarding Adults: Level 1 and other topics. Any organisation accessing the website for the first time, will need to register the group by email, including the organisation name, address and the name and email of a manager as a point of contact.  Childrens' online safeguarding training is available at the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

Skills for Care: free online training from ProTrainings to help train care volunteers   Comprised of short video modules, the content includes introduction to adult social care, roles and responsibilities, whistleblowing, equality, diversity and person centred values, telephone support and communication, pain and discomfort, infection prevention and control, food safety, fluids and hydration, health and safety and stress.

Training Costs 

The majority of our courses are fully subsidised for voluntary and community sector organisations delivering services to local communities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Please read our Training Booking Terms and Conditions (Sep 2018) before registering for any of our sessions.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training is often more cost effective if you need to train three or more people. We can deliver our standard courses at a location and time to suit your organisation or we can design a session to your specific needs. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Training Advice and Contact

Not sure if a course meets your needs? Can't find what you're looking for?  Another question?