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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.

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

Please check individual listings to see if they are online or in-person.

Exploring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Wednesday 1 November 2023, 10am - 12.30pm

A specialist-led in-person workshop to help get your VCS organisation started or refresh its approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, with a free follow-up session online.  Book here.

Supporting Your Volunteers Mental Health 

Tuesday 7 November 2023, 10am - 1pm

An in-person session with an experienced and qualified body psychotherapist to help you to confidently support volunteers with challenges relating to their mental health.  Book here.

Let's Talk About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Wednesday 22 November 2023, 10am - 11am (online)

A relaxed peer-to-peer session to offer encouragement, affirmation, solutions, connections and ideas to initiate, reinvigorate or update equality, diversity and inclusion in organisations. Book here.

Stop Being So Nice!  plus Volunteer Coordinators' Forum

Thursday 23 November 2023, 10am - 12pm (online)

Being lovely is great and is key for Volunteer Coordinators but there are situations when you need to dial the niceness down and use a different voice.  This short online seminar will be followed by a Volunteers Cordinators' Forum where you can share and learn with your local peers.  Book here.

Richmond's Food Partnership Network Meeting

Wednesday 29 November 2023, 12pm - 1pm (online)

Join this developing network's next meeting if your VCS group has an interest, connected activity, or beneficiaries relating to food provision and/or the wider local cost of living offer. The focus will be on available services and activity this winter, including holiday community provision.  Book here.

Effective Governance

Thursday 30 November 2023, 6pm - 8.30pm (online)

Led by one of our long-standing associates and useful for both new and existing trustees, this session is designed to improve your understanding of trustee roles and the responsibilities, principles and practice, to help ensure effective governance in your organisation. Book here.

How Small Charities Can Use AI 

Monday 4 December 2023, 4.30pm - 6.30pm (online)

An online version of our previous in-person session to support the local sector to develop digitally and help inform on the use of AI to increase productivity, save time and reduce costs.  Book here.

Volunteering and the Law

Tuesday 5 December 2023, 10am - 12.30pm (online)

Confident about the key legal differences between volunteers and paid workers?  A free session for those responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers for local organisations.  Book now.

Richmond CVS' 58th AGM

Thursday 7 December 2023, 4.45pm - 6.45pm

Our final event of the year will be our AGM, which will take place in-person in Richmond and be followed by the chance to hear from some of the local groups we have worked with, plus networking time with local colleagues from our sector.  Book now.

Measuring Volunteering

Thursday 25 January 2024, 10am - 12.30pm (online)

Get to grips with the hows and whys of demonstrating the contribution volunteers make.  This online session with Rob Jackson is designed to help with this vital area of work.   Book now.

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Thursday 1 February 2024, 10am - 11.30am (online)

A free awareness session for voluntary and community sector staff and volunteers who want to gain an understanding in topics related to suicide in order to contribute meaningfully to suicide prevention efforts and promote mental health awareness.  Book here.

Emergency First Aid at Work

Friday 2 February 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm

An in-person course for staff and volunteers in a variety of working environments.  Learn a range of potentially life saving techniques for situations requiring early medical intervention. Book here.

Setting Up Setting Out

Thursday 8 February 2024, 10am - 1pm (online)

Got a brilliant idea but need help to turn it into a great charitable project? This online workshop is for individuals, new groups, or established community groups seeking a refresher based in the boroughs of Croydon, Kingston or Richmond.  Work through project ideas, consider what type of organisation you want to be and how you might operate.  Find out more and book here.

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.

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