VCS and 3rd Sector Training


New Year courses at SMC **New**

Good morning everyone, and happy 2018! Our new courses are now open for anyone who might like to reserve a space. They start next week, so make sure you get in touch asap to book your place.

Please note that AFTER this set of courses, we are changing things slightly. Craft courses from 22nd February will now take place only on a Thursday so that we can open the centre for new attendees on a Tuesday and provide more flexibility. However, we will still be running the same number of courses! 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.

Training & Funding **New**

Durham Community Action have just announced a round of community training sessions to support local community and voluntary organisations. 

For further information please click on the link below: http://www.durhamcommunityaction.org.uk/community-learning-.html

New Horizons, training **New**

At new Horizon we offer a wide range of flexible training courses whether for IT technical certifications, creative applications, business skills or towards career advancement (Adobe, Microsoft, Cisco, ITIL, Prince2, CompTIA etc…). Currently we are helping businesses to be ready for the GDPR deadline. By training their stuff we are effectively helping them saving money on external consultancy fees. We have over 2400 courses to choose from (see them all at http://www.newhorizonsnewcastle.com/). 

Our courses are delivered using a variety of flexible methods, highly engaging and that guarantee a very high success rate. The quality of our delivered training is higher than 93% as reviewed by our students. 

Who are New Horizons? 
World's largest independent IT training company. 
We have helped over 30 million clients over the last 35 years address their business issues and skills requirements.
Our career and corporate training solutions turn ambitions into marketable skills and business goals into tangible results—with learning methods for virtually every schedule and style, plus the most powerful vendor-authorised learning tools and expert instruction. 
We are ranked in the top 5% in the industry for training quality and customer satisfaction as reported by independent third-party learning and quality assurance company, Knowledge Advisors. 
New Horizons training yields a 4:1 benefit-to-cost ratio, based on manager surveys of the improved performance and productivity of their employees immediately following New Horizons training. 
300 computer training centres in 70 countries (and counting) 
Largest Guaranteed-to-Run course schedule in the world Official training partner for technology leaders such as Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, CompTIA and VMware 
Microsoft’s largest training provider, delivering more than 40% of all authorized Microsoft training worldwide 
World’s largest Cisco-authorized training partner 
Over 2400 courses to date

Whether you are looking to improve personal or employee performance, have an IT problem or have a new project in the pipeline, we can help.

Autism and Anxiety Training for Parents/carers **New**

Please could you circulate the attached flyer to any parents/carers who may benefit and around your networks

Waddington Street Centre - Spring 2018 Course Timetable **New**

Could you kindly circulate round to the members of the County Durham Metal Health Provider and Stakeholder Forum the Waddington Street’s summer timetable that people can be referred into.


The courses start in the week beginning Monday 8th January 2018 and learners can enrol on the courses from Monday 18th December by coming into the centre and speaking to a staff member. The courses operate on a first come first served basis.  

If any information or a chat is required the centre’s deputy manager Ali Lee - alee@waddingtoncentre.co.uk tel. 0191 3860702 - should be contacted.


ASPIRE - Our new Programme Jan 2018 **Current**

Please find attached the new training programme for Jan 2018

Aspire Learning, Support and Wellbeing CIC Registered company 8196316 www.aspire-northeast.co.uk Tel: 0191 3891504

Winner of the 'Cornerstone of the Community Award' 2013 Award for 'Outstanding Community Service' 2014

Training Available at Bishop Auckland College **New**

Bishop Auckland College continues to have strong and well developed links with community partners, organisations and other delivery providers across South and West Durham, all who strongly believe in the ethos of community learning. The following courses have been developed and offered at various locations, ensuring learning opportunities can be accessed by all. 

Introduction to Confidence Building and Personal Development at the Pioneering Care Partnership, Cobblers’ Hall, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4SF Starts Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm for 5 weeks (no delivery w/c 12th February 2018. FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £37.50

Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills at the Ferryhill Community Hub, Lambton Road, Ferryhill DL17 8TB Starts Thursday, 25th January 2018, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm for 5 weeks (no delivery w/c 12th February 2018. FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £37.50 

Introduction to Confidence Building and Personal Development at the Newgate Learning Centre, Bishop Auckland DL14 7JQ Starts Friday, 26th January 2018, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm for 5 weeks (no delivery w/c 12th February 2018) FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £37.50 

Introduction to Stress Awareness and Developing Emotional Resilience at the Ferryhill Community Hub, Lambton Road, Ferryhill DL17 8TB Starts Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm for 5 weeks FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £37.50 

Level 2 Award Food Safety in Catering at Newgate Learning Centre, Bishop Auckland DL14 7JQ Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £17.50 

Level 2 Award Food Safety in Catering at Witton le Wear Community Centre, School Street, Witton le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 0AS Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £17.50 

Level 3 Award Emergency First Aid at Work at Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Jubilee Road, Shildon DL4 2AL Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 9.00 am – 16.30 pm FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £17.50 

Level 2 Award Food Safety in Catering at Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Jubilee Road, Shildon DL4 2AL Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 9.00 am – 16.30 pm FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £17.50 

Also there are Maths, English and IT courses delivered at the Newgate Centre. The learner would come in for an initial assessment and directed to the most appropriate level of course. For those, who for whatever reason, cannot commit to attending each week, we offer Maths and English through Distance Learning. 

Please contact Denise Hopps, Project Officer, Bishop Auckland College for more information or to book a place on a course. 01388 443078 or denise.hopps@bacoll.ac.uk
Social Media **Current**

Is it Affecting You? or Someone You know? 

Social Media is a big part of our everyday lives, and it’s here to stay. When used responsibly, it improves relationships, communities and businesses. When used irresponsibly, it does the opposite 
Addictions specialist and emotional coach, Rob Etherson , is hosting a series of seminars aimed at helping people who want to learn more about this subject. The seminar will help participants to explore and understand a range of issues, including : 

 Why is Social Media so addictive? 
 How it helps and hurts relationships
 The positive and negative impact on families and communities 
 Can we live responsibly with it, or not ? 

The 1st event will be held at laurel House 7-8 upper Norfolk St—North Shields On Wed the 10th of January 2018 Time 6.30-8.30-9.00m Cost £15 (refreshments) 

Booking Details e.mail: laurelhousetherapies@outlook.com Rob 07915 440 712 Social Media

BA Hons: Working with Children, Young People and Families **Current**

We are reaching out to people in County Durham who may be interested in our New BA Hons: Working with Children, Young People and Families. This covers all the elements of a youth and community degree and Graduates will be able to pursue a professional youth work career in a variety of settings – the skills, approach and reflective practice you develop with the College are highly transferable to a wide range of careers − but have special relevance for those supporting learning and development in social work agencies, schools and colleges, residential settings, youth work, in community-based organisations, and the growing diverse field of youth work. 

Please let me know if you can help spread the word and if you need any further info. - More info on our website here

Many thanks. Emma Emma Liddell Head of Business Development YMCA George Williams College c/o YMCA Scotland E: e.liddell@ymca.ac.uk DD: 020 7540 4939 M: 07717 222011

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

FREE Training!!! **Current**

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**


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

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.

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

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.