VCS and 3rd Sector Training

SCHEDULED TRAINING DATES IN COUNTY DURHAM FOR JAN-MARCH 2018 FREE TRAINING **New**

Autism Spectrum We are pleased to be able to inform you that MAIN – Taking Autism Personally (MAIN) have been engaged for a further year to provide a Post 16 Diagnostic Support Service for people who are on the autism spectrum but who are not eligible for social care. Part of the contract remit is to deliver free training. This training is available to parents/carers of people who meet the above criteria and who reside in County Durham and professionals working in County Durham with this group of individuals such as social workers, people working in care and residential settings, colleges etc. Attendance at the Awareness training is required before progressing on to further training courses as this is the foundation on which to build further knowledge. 

Please contact me if you are unsure if you are eligible for this free training. 

Below is our schedule for January-March 2018. 

Awareness of the Autism Spectrum Friday 26th January – 10:00am-12:00 noon Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Chester le Street, DH2 1DE 
Autism & Ageing Tuesday 27th February – 10:00am-12 noon Seaton Holme, Hall Walks, Easington Village, SR8 3BS 
Behaviours that Challenge Thursday 29th March- 10:00am-15:30pm Supportive, 7a Dean and Chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill DL17 8LH 


Free Bespoke Training -   Alternatively if you have a minimum number of six staff who require the training I can make arrangements to deliver at a venue convention to yourselves at a mutually agreeable time and date. 

To make a booking please email kfield@iammain.org.uk. If you have any queries or want a copy of the course outcomes, please do not hesitate to email the above address and I will reply by return or alternatively if your query needs more detailed information you can telephone me on 0191 3008556. Kimberley Field.

FREE Training!!! **New**

Everyday Maths & English up to a Level 2 Qualification FREE Training!!! 

Eligibility Anybody 19 plus on or before 31st August 2017 

No Upper Age Limit! Anybody without a Grade C - GCSE or above in Maths or English Flexible Learning ESOL can apply 

Please Contact 01325 311832 for more details

County Durham and Darlington Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Awareness training **Current**

October 2017-March 2018 Please find details of awareness training across County Durham and Darlington they have just released a new portfolio of dates. There is no charge for the training and some dates are available that can be offered for group training as well as the scheduled dates. Please see flyer for further details 

PCP - Become a Personal Trainer **Current**


PCP Gardening Course **Current*

Get Stuck In Redesigning, planning & preparing the PCP wild flower garden 

Starting Thursday 23rd Nov 2017, 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Pioneering Care Centre. Followed by 6 weeks gardening 9.30.00am - 12.30pm 

Contact PCP to book your place: 01325 321234 enquiries@pcp.uk.net pcp.uk.net @PCPandCentre @PioneeringCare

Pioneering Care Centre Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe County Durham, DL5 4SF Company No: 3491237 Charity No. 1067888

The Woodpile Free Courses **Current**

The Wood Pile are offering free courses in woodwork and furniture upcycling for the unemployed. We also provide support for people with a range of disabilities. The courses run for 8 weeks and start in November or February. Each course runs for two hours per week. We hope to keep clients on as volunteers after the course.

Furniture Upcycle Workshop 
Learn to upcycle a piece of furniture with an experienced tutor. You will complete a small project and gain a range of knowledge and skills. 8 week course starting 21st November 2017 or 13th February 2018. 2 hours per week. WHEN November 2017 and February 2018 WHERE The Wood Pile Rennys Lane Dragonville Durham DH1 2RS HOW MUCH? Free to Unemployed in County Durham (restrictions apply) CONTACT 0191 3869735 Please contact us on 0191 3869735 to secure your place, spaces will be limited so book FAST! www.thewoodpile.org

Joinery Workshop 

Learn basic joinery skills from an experienced tutor. You will complete a small wood working project and gain a range of knowledge and skills. The 8 week course starts 7th February 2018. 2 hours per week. WHEN 7th February 2018 WHERE The Wood Pile Rennys Lane Dragonville Durham DH1 2RS HOW MUCH? Free to Unemployed in County Durham (restrictions apply) Please contact us on 0191 3869735 to secure your place. Spaces will be limited so book FAST! www.thewoodpile.org

Energy Training.**Current**

Citizens Advice are delighted to host some Energy Training on Wednesday the 29th November 2017 at Armstrong House.. This will be a half day course from 10-1pm...9 :30 registration and coffee 

 This is to be delivered by Jess Arragon for those who know Jess she was the Energy Champion for Citizens Advice and very popular for delivering Energy training across the county We are keen to make this session as interactive as possible she will be looking at Smart Meters, Switching Tariffs, Priority Services Register , Understanding Energy Bills and Resolutions for Debt and would love for those attending to have input on anything else they would like to hear about.. She will be delivering another session early next year too so don't worry if you aren't able to attend this date 

 **So if you are interested please register your interest as soon as possible as places are limited - book directly with Sam

Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

Groundwork Community Training  we have on offer **Current**

Groundwork NE & Cumbria will be delivering Community Learning courses across County Durham during the 17/18 academic year. We have four different courses on offer under three themed areas and are looking for venues to run the courses in communities that would be interested and benefit from the programme. 

Widening Participation and Employability Get Stuck In 6 hour course - one full day This course is based on environmental conservation skills and covers:  Assessing a task and developing a work programme  Project management  Planning and budgeting  Health & Safety and risk assessment  Safe tool use and tool maintenance  Practical skills; planting, fencing, vegetation management, hedging Learners will develop transferrable skills and be encouraged to further them through volunteering or by joining longer courses like Living Spaces. 

Living Spaces 24 hour course - can be spread out over a maximum of 12 weeks This course aims to engage learners in developing a specific community space while gaining transferrable skills in growing, gardening, conservation and developing an outdoor space for further use. The course includes:  Safe use of tools  Health and safety  Growing skills  Developing an open space  Practical skills to develop the space – specific to the location  Creating and managing wildlife areas Each course will be tailored to develop individual learner’s confidence and interests while creating a lasting legacy in the community space. Skills gained will provide opportunities to further develop their space, encourage volunteering and provide base knowledge that will be valuable when moving onto more formal horticultural courses. 

Intergenerational/Family Learning Activities 

Green Families 12 hour course – 2 hours per week for six weeks, 3 half days or 2 full days This course will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of participants and to suit the delivery venue. Key themes covered include:  Managing and maximising the family budget  Use of the outdoors to support family wellbeing  How to easily grow fresh fruit and vegetables as a family  Cooking using fresh produce and how to reuse ‘leftovers’  Recycling - how and why  Upcycling household items to make useful products  How to save resources and energy to save money  Use of natural products to save household budget costs Each course will provide opportunities for families to work together to achieve their learning objectives. In addition, the design of the courses will enable families to meet other people from within their community, developing new networks, support opportunities and friendships. 

Health and wellbeing Healthy Families 12 hour course – two hours per week for six weeks, three half days or two full days This course aims to equip parents with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to lead more healthy lifestyles to support family life into the future. Courses will be tailored to meet the specific interests and requirements of the audience, but key areas of focus include:  Importance of physical activity and how to incorporate more into family life  Outdoor creative play and family games  Family based outdoor exploration activities including green exercise  Planning and managing family health walks, including creative activities for children  Health and safety and managing risk in the outdoors  Growing and gardening skills  Healthy recipe preparation and cooking  How to source fresh healthy produce within a family budget

For more information please contact: Joanne Ashworth Senior Project Officer Groundwork NE & Cumbria 01207 524803 joanne.ashworth@groundwork.org.uk

Accredited I.T training at Cornerstones **Current**

We know many people have I.T skills but do not have an actual qualification If you or anyone you know is interested in doing an accredited level 2 in I.T can they please contact the office please. on 0191 3881313 / info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk 

Thanks Deb Divanis (Project Development Officer) 

Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester le Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester le Street County Durham DH3 3TF Tel: 0191 3881313 DDivanis@Cornerstonescentre.co.uk www.cornerstonescentre.co.uk

Jo & Mya Education Programme **Current**

Whilst reading through your latest email I wonder if the Jo & Mya Education Programme delivered by Alice House Hospice might be something that could be included in a future edition of Durham Voice.

You can find out more about the Jo & Mya Education Programme and how it has been helping school staff and other professionals involved with children on how to cope with grief and loss. You can find further details on our website – simply follow this link.

New parent Information & training Sessions **Current**

Please find attached information about new parent information and training sessions taking place in November and December 2017

Disability Equality Training **Current**

DAD delivers current and relevant Disability Equality Training Your training can be specifically tailored to your needs and may include individual modules selected from the following topics: 
 The difference between ‘disability’ and ‘impairment’ 
 Stereotyping 
 Hate Crime
 Models of disability
 Equality act and protected characteristics 
 Access 
 Etiquette 
 Behaviour and Language 
 Best practise 
 Independent Living 

We have provided training for many years to different people including Disabled people, Crown Prosecution Service, Darlington Borough Council, Darlington College of Technology, Durham University, NHS, and local and regional businesses. 

Feedback from the Crown Prosecution Service – September 2017 “DAD was commissioned to provide training to CPS staff on the Social Model of Disability partly to improve the service offered to disabled victims and witnesses, and partly to enhance understanding of issues and barriers for disabled colleagues. Feedback from staff was very positive. The trainer had listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve, and the training clearly achieved our objectives, and the objectives of individual participants. Participants described the session as not only thought-provoking and useful, but also enjoyable”. 

Cost 
Disability Equality Training is usually a full day course. Prices are based upon your specific needs, so contact us for a quote. Concessionary rates may be available for block bookings or voluntary organisations. We also have accessible premises in Darlington in which we can deliver the training to you, at a slightly additional cost, please ask for details. 
For further information, please contact: Rosemary Berks 01325 254840 Rosemary.Berks@darlingtondisability.org

New Free Esf Funded Courses At Cornerstones **Current**

Christmas Crafts- Come and make your own Christmas Crafts 3-week course: 
Wednesdays- 29th November 10.00-1.00pm 6th December 10.00-1.00pm 13th December 10.00-1.00pm 

How to use your tablet (must bring own tablet for this course) 3-week course: 
Thursdays -16th November – 9.30-12.30 23rd November – 9.30-11.30 30th November- 9.30-11.30 

Beginners guide to the internet 3-week course: 
Tuesdays-7th November- 9.30-12.30 14th November- 9.30-11.30 21st November -9.30-11.30 

These courses are provided by Gateshead College and funded through ESF. In order to provide these programmes evidence must be supplied on the 1st week to be able to complete the ESF enrolment paperwork and be accepted onto the course. 
The following elements need evidence supplied: • Employment status • DOB • Residency • National Insurance number Documentation evidence could include: • Birth Certificate/Driving Licence/Provisional Licence/Passport • Payslip/DWP/Job Centre letter/NI card • Utility Bill/Mobile phone bill Courses are open to those aged 16+ and you must attend the full 3 weeks. 

To register please contact the main office: All courses will take place at Cornerstones Centre at Chester le Street Methodist Church. TEL: 0191 3881313 Email: info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk

SCHEDULED TRAINING DATES IN COUNTY DURHAM FOR JAN-MARCH 2018 **Current**

Autism Spectrum We are pleased to be able to inform you that MAIN – Taking Autism Personally (MAIN) have been engaged for a further year to provide a Post 16 Diagnostic Support Service for people who are on the autism spectrum but who are not eligible for social care. Part of the contract remit is to deliver free training. 

This training is available to parents/carers of people who meet the above criteria and who reside in County Durham and professionals working in County Durham with this group of individuals such as social workers, people working in care and residential settings, colleges etc. Attendance at the Awareness training is required before progressing on to further training courses as this is the foundation on which to build further knowledge. Please contact me if you are unsure if you are eligible for this free training. 

Below is our schedule for January-March 2018. 

Awareness of the Autism Spectrum Friday 26th January – 10:00am-12:00 noon Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Chester le Street, DH2 1DE 
Autism & Ageing Tuesday 27th February – 10:00am-12 noon Seaton Holme, Hall Walks, Easington Village, SR8 3BS 
Behaviours that Challenge Thursday 29th March- 10:00am-15:30pm Supportive, 7a Dean and Chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill DL17 8LH 


Free Bespoke Training  - Alternatively if you have a minimum number of six staff who require the training I can make arrangements to deliver at a venue convention to yourselves at a mutually agreeable time and date. 

To make a booking please email kfield@iammain.org.uk. If you have any queries or want a copy of the course outcomes, please do not hesitate to email the above address and I will reply by return or alternatively if your query needs more detailed information you can telephone me on 0191 3008556. Kimberley Field.


NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate In an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care **Current**

FREE’ Training Dec 17 start 

For a limited time only there is an exciting opportunity to enrol on the new NCFE CACHE Level 2 Early Years Education and Care qualification ‘free of charge’* If you are working or volunteering in an early years setting, this qualification will give you the solid, underpinning knowledge you need to work confidently with children in a supervised role. The Certificate is made up of banks of shared, themed mandatory units and a choice of optional units. Assessment is through a range of methods including direct observation and written evidence to form an online portfolio. 

Course start and duration: Offer applies to courses starting Dec 17 only.

*To undertake this qualification: learners must be at least 16 years of age; have been UK or EU resident for the past 3 years and be volunteering or working in a nursery, pre-school or reception class with children aged 0-5 years – for a minimum of 6 hours per week. 

Want to find out more?  - - Information / Recruitment Day Thursday 19th October and Friday 20th October

Newton Aycliffe One Point Hub Note: this is not a drop-in session. Please book your place by contacting the Training Centre and request an application form Training Centre Tel: 01732 363070 or email: training.centre@pre-school.org.uk

Free Digital Skills training for 16-24 year olds **Current** 

We’ve had great feedback on our Digital Skills Training with RAW Digital Training, so we’re running some more next month. 

If you know a young person, aged 16-24, who lives in County Durham and is currently unemployed, this course could be for them. If they are looking for a career in ICT, need to give their CV a boost or want to set up their own business, this 4 day course will teach them how to use social media for business, digital marketing, how to create effective logos and designs and much more… 

Courses are running in: - Newton Aycliffe from Monday 6 November - Consett from Monday 13 November - Peterlee from Monday 20 November 

Upcoming courses at St Margaret's Centre **Current**

Our short courses are an excellent way to learn more about the centre in a relaxed environment and meet some of our friendly attendees. For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384


PCP Posters for EFAW and Food Safety Courses **Current**

Please will you promote these 2 courses Emergency First Aid and Food Safety – they are for November.

Dementia Friends Training - Information **Current**

Following the launch of the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Community Partnership (BBB & SB) project to become a Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) we are keen to help individuals, groups and businesses understand more about the effects of dementia on individuals, and ways that they can help to support those living with dementia in the community. 

To this end we are offering FREE information sessions led by a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, and those completing the session will become "Dementia Friends". The session lasts 1 hour and are informal, there are no "tests" and the aim is simply a greater understanding of dementia. 

For further information, please contact Claire O'Connor, Dementia Friends Champion, at www.cakeyclaire62@gmail.com or on 07828011369 to arrange a session either for yourself, your business or your group

Relapse Prevention Course **Current**

There are spaces available on our short 'Relapse Prevention' course starting this Thursday. Find out what 'being well' means to you, how to identify early warning signs and triggers, and how to stay well. For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384 8100, emailing enquiries@stmargaretscentre.co.uk, or pop in to the centre.

Money to burn? Help is at hand to reduce your energy bills and keep your home warm. 

Book a free visit with our home energy advisor. We offer free, impartial advice to help you: • Save money on your energy bills • Move to the cheapest and best tariff for you • Find out if you’re entitled to a home energy grant 

For more information, contact our Managing Money Better home energy advisor:  warmhomes@durham.gov.uk  03000 268 000

Baltic Training Launch New Digital Apprenticeships **Current**

Introducing our new Technical Apprenticeship Programmes Here at Baltic, we know that technology moves quickly, and we move with it. That's why we have developed five new programmes to meet employers' growing technical needs. Covering both Level 3 and Level 4, these new courses put our apprentices at the forefront of the UK's tech industry.

More Information
 
FREE FIRST AID COURSES FOR ALL **Current**

We now have dates for 3 first aid courses all FREE to everyone working or not. All are level 2 all one day. Dates are as follows 9-5pm age 16+ Monday 9th October Monday 6th November Monday 4th December. Please contact us to secure a place

We also have two new FREE first aid courses for anyone 18+ Employed or Unemployed and living in Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside. All courses will take place here at Cornerstones Centre on Monday 20th November and Monday 27th November. If you are interested please register with the facilitator at the following. www.gateshead.ac.uk/free or telephone 0191 4902246

Regards Deb Divanis (Project Development Officer) Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester le Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester le Street County Durham DH3 3TF Tel: 0191 3881313 DDivanis@Cornerstonescentre.co.uk
www.cornerstonescentre.co.uk