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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.

While our face to face training and events are on hold, we are continuing to provide online resources and learning.

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

Volunteer Coordinators' Forum: The Vision for Volunteering Consultation 

Tuesday 21 September July 2021, 10am - 11.30pm

This meeting offers the chance for local Volunteer Coordinators to feed their experience and ideas into the current national consultation, plus the chance to share ideas and resources.  Book here.

Introduction to Trusteeship Part 1: Duties and Responsibilities 

Thursday 23 September 2021, 6pm - 8.30pm

Find out about trusteeship, the responsibilities and tools available to help your role.  Book here.

Managing Personal and Professional Boundaries 

Tuesday 28 September July 2021, 10am - 12.30pm

If you work directly with service users, this session will help you build the confidence to set and maintain clear boundaries around your working relationships.  Book here.

Introduction to Trusteeship Part 2: Legal Structures, Risk and Liability 

Thursday 30 September 2021, 6pm - 8.30pm

Take a look at different legal structures, their implications and how to minimise risk.  Book here.

Coffee and Fundraising Chat

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 2pm - 3.30pm

An informal online event to talk over your current funding challenges with two sector experts - David Burgess (Apollo Fundraising) and Julie Gavin (Richmond CVS).  Book here.

Developing a Volunteer Management Programme Part 2: Supervising and Supporting Volunteers 

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 10am - 12.30pm

If you involve volunteers in your organisation, this online bite size session will focus on effective support and supervision and will help you develop and retain their commitment.  Book here.

Easyfundraising Fundraising Webinar 

Wednesday 13 October 2021, 2pm - 3pm

Join this free online session to hear easyfundraising in conversation with Richmond CVS and learn how easy it is to raise funds, totally for free, with this online fundraising platform.  Register here.

Richmond CVS Online Trustee Recruitment Event (for potential trustees) 

Thursday 14 October 2021, 6.30pm - 8pm

Ever thought about being a local trustee?  Join us to find out about the key role and responsibilities of trustees and to hear about current opportunities from a diverse range of charities.  Book here.

Introduction to Fundraising 

Thursday 21 October 2021, 10am - 1pm

If you’re a trustee or team member with responsibility for fundraising, especially if you’re new to the role, this online session will help to boost your knowledge and confidence.  Book here.

Introduction to Unconscious Bias 

Tuesday 2 November 2021, 10am - 11.30am

This webinar will help staff, volunteers and trustees of organisations begin to understand unconscious bias and build a wider awareness of it in daily activity and behaviour.  Book here.

Trustee Network Event - Recruiting a More Diverse Board 

Thursday 4 November 2021, 12.30pm - 2pm

Join this peer networking event to learn about how you can create a more diverse board and the opportunity to pose your questions to an expert panel.  Book here.

Developing a Fundraising Strategy 

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 10am - 3pm

For leaders and managers of organisations, this course looks at what a fundraising strategy is, what it contains and how it can help focus resources in the most productive way.  Book here.

Starting Up - How to Become a Charity or Social Enterprise 

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 10am - 1pm

Another chance to join this online session to help turn your brilliant idea into a successful charitable project.  See more details and book here.

Introduction to Trusteeship Part 1: Duties and Responsibilities 

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 6pm - 8.30pm

Find out about trusteeship, the responsibilities and tools available to help your role.  Book here.

It's About Race 

Thursday 25 November 2021, 10am - 1pm

This session aims give a better understanding of racism, racial bias and issues affecting the black community.  Suitable for staff, volunteers and trustees of community groups   Book here.

Introduction to Trusteeship Part 2: Legal Structures, Risk and Liability 

Wednesday 1 December 2021, 6pm - 8.30pm

Take a look at different legal structures, their implications and how to minimise risk.  Book here.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Related Situations 

Thursday 2 December 2021, 10am - 12.30pm

Trustees, staff members or volunteers can learn how following best practice can help reduce difficult situations arising and what to do if they should they occur.  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.

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