VCS and 3rd Sector Training
Making Every Contact Count - Free Training

We still have availability on our Making Every Contact Count – Free Training Course on Friday 9th November at 9.30am till 12.30pm – Stanley Primary Care Centre. 

If you would like to attend please let me know or book on via our Hits website.

Free Training in Teesdale

Pre-school Learning Alliance in partnership with Teesdale Area Action Partnership and Durham Community Action are launching free training for volunteers and charities within the Teesdale area

The following workshops are available

Free courses for the unemployed

Could you pleases share this through your networks, if someone is interested please send us their details and we will contact them, many thanks for your assistance with this. 

Kind Regards 
Karen Stubbings 
The Wood Pile

Free Community Learning Courses

Please find attached details of our forthcoming free Community Learning courses 

Helen Brown, Community Resources Officer (Working days: Tuesday – Thursday) Durham Community Action, 9 St Stephen’s Court, Low Willington, County Durham DL15 0BF Direct line: 01388 742059 Main line: 01388 742040



Over the past 3 years, more than 100 organisations have benefited from 'Building Future Sustainability', a 4-day training programme aimed at helping North East voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to generate more money, successfully expand their income generation activities and become more sustainable. 

This programme, a collaboration between Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland and Mark Butcher Associates, will be run again in Newcastle between January and March 2019. It will show you how to raise more money more effectively from trusts, foundations, the Lottery, businesses and the community. Prices are from £85 per day or £285 for the whole 4 day programme. 

Please visit for more details, or email Or you can call Mark on 07515 386439 

What past delegates have said: ‘I have a clearer idea of what I’m doing right, but better still a clear idea of what I could do better’. ‘A great use of my time and really informative’. ‘Loved it! Great to have ‘time out’ to think and develop new strategies.’ ‘’Excellent training! Knowledgeable and entertaining trainer’

Turn 2 Us training - Supporting People in Financial Hardship

Working together with Turn 2 Us (a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other support), we are running 2 workshops in County Durham to help support people in financial hardship. The workshops/presentations are open to all staff working with people in financial hardship and through them we will teach you how to use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator, Grants Search and other online tools to help people maximise their income. 

The Turn2us website includes an easy-to-use Benefits Calculator; a Grants Search database with access to over 1,500 charitable funds; and information on benefits and grants. Last year, over five million people used the Turn2us website with over 2.48 million benefits checks and grants searches completed. For anyone who cannot access their website, there is a free confidential helpline, and we also work with a range of national and local organisations to help reach more people in financial hardship and those who need face to face support. 

What will I learn? • How to use the Turn2us Intermediaries Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tool. • How to access other resources including Find an Adviser and information on benefits and charitable grants. • Where to find the latest information on benefit changes including the roll out of universal credit, localised council tax support and housing benefit When are the workshops? 

Workshop 1 28th November 2018 9.30am – 11.30am (coffee and registration from 9am) St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Park House Road, Durham, DH1 3QF 
Workshop 2 28th November 2018 12.30pm – 2.30pm (coffee and registration from 12.00pm) St. Cuthbert’s Hospice, Park House Road, Durham, DH1 3QF 

There will also be lots of opportunities for questions, answers and sharing of ideas throughout! 

To book a place please reply to this email indicating which session you would like to book onto. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you have any queries feel free to contact me.

Regards. Lindsey Lindsey Ellwood VCS Alliance Co-ordinator Children and Young People’s Service Durham County Council Direct 03000 261763 Switchboard 03000 26 0000

New short courses at SMC

Hello everyone, take a look at our latest upcoming courses for November and December. Please note that some small charges may apply for arts and crafts courses due to increasing costs of materials. If you use a text-to-speech device, please visit our Facebook page. 

For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384 8100, emailing, or pop in to the centre.

Universal Credit Training ….

 Just to confirm that I have now opened the window to take bookings for the following dates … Introduction to Universal Credit Training course - delivered by Durham Welfare Rights Service 

Date and times : **Thursday the 22nd November 9:30am – 4:30pm **Thursday the 6th December 2018 9:30am-4:30pm 

Please note this is a one day course - Venue – Armstrong House , Durham You will receive joining instructions once you have been successfully allocated a place – places are on a first come first served basis- so book early to avoid disappointment I have attached the training brochure which gives an overview of the course aims and objectives 

**This will be the last training dates for 2018 – we will be announcing training for 2019 in the next couple of weeks

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

Family Learning Courses.. 

On behalf of Livin and Jubilee Fields Community centre, please could you share, display and promote the above family learning course, due to start in December between the 7th -19th , from 4.00pm – 6.00pm at Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon

FREE TRAINING @Cornerstones

Cornerstones Centre for the Community in Chester le Street will be hosting the following free training. Criteria is 19+ unemployed or 'not working' and you must live or be volunteering in Durham. All courses are 9.30-3.00pm

Food Safety Friday 9th November - Level 2 
Health and Safety Monday 19th November - Level 2 

If you require any further information please contact the office. Deb Divanis Project Development Officer Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester-le-Street DH3 3TF Tel: 0191 3881313 07419 986883 Email: 

Hidden Sentence awareness sessions for schools in County Durham

We are currently supporting Durham County Council with 6 half day sessions aimed at teaching and non-teaching staff in County Durham – helping to raise awareness on how to support children and families of prisoners. The information flyer is attached. I would really appreciate it if you could help to promote these sessions. Learning outcomes Understand the impact of imprisonment on prisoners’ families Understand the support needs of prisoners’ families Understand the needs and wishes of prisoners’ families Increased awareness of the range of resources available for teaching and non-teaching staff working with children and families of prisoners. 

The six sessions (30 places on each session) are taking place in Spennymoor over the following three days: 
1 October 9am – 12noon or 1pm – 4pm 
1 November 9am – 12noon or 1pm – 4pm 
27 November 9am – 12noon or 1pm – 4pm 

To register for any of these events please contact Abby Fox by email stating preferred date and session. It’s not too late to book for 1 October! The information is also on our twitter (@nepacsinfo) and facebook (/nepacsinfo) pages if you are able to share. 

Many thanks Tina Young Communications and Development Manager NEPACS 20 Old Elvet Durham City DH1 3HW 0191 332 3810 (direct line); 0191 375 7278 (general enquiries) 

Trust in Food Online course 

An online course has been launched by Reading University. It is free, although you can pay £32 for an upgrade that gives you access to it for longer, a certificate on completion etc. 'Trust in Food: Understanding Food Supply Systems' from EIT Food on FutureLearn: 

The information about the course says: “How does your food reach your plate? Can you trust your food? Find out with this online course that will help you understand global food supply systems. You’ll explore the challenges and responsibilities of different people in the food system, including the role of the consumer. You will assess the information available to consumers relating to issues of food safety, nutrition and quality, sustainability of production methods and how these affect consumer trust. You’ll leave the course knowing more about where your food comes from and how you can make a difference in the food supply chain.”

Hidden Sentence training

Nepacs is a north east charity which supports prisoners’ families across the north east. We deliver a range of services to support children and families impacted by imprisonment at prisons, court and in the community. To help raise awareness of the needs of prisoners’ families and how agencies can support them we deliver Hidden Sentence training to professionals from health, local authorities, education, criminal justice and the voluntary sector. So far over 1,500 professionals across the north east have received the training including police, probation, local authority, education, health staff and community/voluntary workers. 

We are delivering some Hidden Sentence training for Darlington Borough Council on Thursday 8 November 2018 in Darlington. This one day course is being held for professionals whose work in the community of Darlington Borough brings them into contact with families of prisoners, including health, education, local authority, police, probation or community/voluntary workers. The course is a full day, 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

To book onto the training please e-mail with your name, organisation name & address and job role. Any queries should be directed to Lucy or Jill on 01325 406454. 

For more information visit our website

New dates for Boost Your Business courses

2 new dates have been announced for this very popular, accredited course in November: 2nd November weekend - Novotel, Newcastle 23rd November weekend - Ushaw College, Durham For those who could not attend the previous weekends, here is another chance (a number did comeback to me saying that they would have liked to attend but had other commitments, and to advise them of other dates). 

For those who did attend, you may know someone who you would like to recommend the course to. It is over 3 days and 2 nights and you do need to committee to the 3 days. They are nice venues and it is good fun and good networking. It is not social enterprise focused but 95% of the content is the same. And at the end of it you get a level 2 accredited qualification in Enterprise skills, and another in Digital Promotion 

So if you are or know someone who may be interested in enrolling on a Boost your Business course, then let me know (you need to contact me so I can get you registered!) There are also still a few places left on 5th October (this weekend) – Ushaw College, Durham, and 19th October weekend – Novotel, Newcastle – let me know if you want to register on any of these dates today or tomorrow.

Kevin Marquis 
Social Enterprise Manager 
T: +44(0) 7909520069 E: W:

New Community Peer Mentor Training Dates and Venues

Thanks for continuing to advertise our Community Peer Mentor training dates for us for free on your Training Opportunities page. 

We have organised 3 new sets of training dates and corresponding venues for November 2018 and for February and March 2019: Really appreciate if you can kindly update your Training Opportunities page with the attached information please:

Upcoming Learning Courses - October & November 2018 - Pioneering Care Centre

We have more new classes and courses coming to the Pioneering Care Centre soon…

Further information can be found on the attached posters. 

Booking is essential. Telephone 01325 321234 Email

FREE TRAINING COURSES at Cornerstones**New**

 We will be holding the following free training courses from September here at Cornerstones Centre for the Community. They are all level NVQ level 2 and the criteria and dates are as follows

Please forward this on to your networks. Criteria: 19+ unemployed or economically inactive, which includes volunteers, living in the Durham area. All courses are 9.30-3.30pm.

Monday 24th September Food safety 
Wednesday 26th September Health and Safety 
Friday 9th November Food Safety 
Monday 19th November Health and Safety 

Regards Debs 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

SIA INTO WORK STATISTICS from Learning Concepts **New**

My colleague Dan has just been working on some statistics for the SIA course we run in all centres. Without doubt one of our most popular courses is the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision. A nationally recognised qualification which will enables candidates to apply for a Door Supervisor SIA Licence. Door Supervisors can work in a wide variety of locations including licensed premises and festivals - and they can also work as Security Guards. 

From the last 8 SIA courses across all centres we have a 89% Employment rate within 4 weeks of the learner completing their application. (This is based on people who pass the test). Of the learners who have gone into work, 95% of them had never worked in SIA before coming here and (even better) 60% of them had been unemployed for over 2 years before coming to us! 

New programmes are planned to start in August but candidates can register interest at their local centre or by contacting Dan in preparation. 
Sunderland - Unit 24 & 25, Bridge House, Off Bedford Street, Sunderland, SR1 1TE – Tel Nos: (0191) 5141215 
MIDDLESBROUGH – Cleveland Business Centre, 1 Watson Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RQ – Tel No: (01642) 231519 
SOUTH SHIELDS – Units 10, 11 & 13 Cookson House, River Drive, South Shields, NE33 1TL – Tel No: (0191) 4540777

More Information about our courses

MAIN Autism training August –December 2018 **New**

Please note that we still have spaces on our upcoming training courses. Please share with your colleagues and friends who are eligible. In order to attend this training individuals must be working or living with individuals aged 16+ in the County Durham area. 

  • Employing people on the Autism Spectrum Wednesday 29th August 10:00am-2:00pm Shawtrust Seaham, Shawtrust Heathway, Seaham, SR7 7UR 
  • Behaviours that Challenge Thursday 11th October 10:00am-3:30pm Witton Gilbert Community Centre, 14 Durham Gardens, Witton Gilbert, Durham DH7 6RP 
  • How to provide accurate Information to individuals on the Autism Spectrum (Social Stories) Friday 9th November 10:00am-3:30pm Supportive, 7a Dean and Chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill DL17 8LH 
  • Identifying Autistic Traits Thursday 6th December 10:00am-12:00noon Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Chester-le-Street DH2 1DE 
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 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 Kimberley on 0191 3008556.

Chrysalis Programme **New**

Please can you promote the Chrysalis Programme for me - The course is ran over a number of weeks and aims to help women move forward from an abusive relationship, preventing them from putting themselves and their children at further risk. 

The course does have an attached qualification; Level 2 in Understanding Domestic Abuse and Developing recovery Strategies. Included in the programme are free family activities that aim to strengthen the family unit, allowing time to build relationships up once more.

Darlington MIND Training Prospectus **New**

Click Here for our 2018 training prospectus