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VAMT Training Courses


VAMT aims to support, represent and assist the development of high quality
Third Sector organisations and volunteering in the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil

VAMT’s training and events programme continues to develop and we aim to offer relevant and up to date training which YOU tell us you need. The programme is under continuous development so if you have any training or support needs please let us know.

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil is part of a network of County Voluntary Councils (CVC) who are committed to providing a full range of courses to meet the needs of the voluntary sector in Wales as part of a national training framework. Details of the courses being offered by our partner CVCs are available [here…] , and if you are able to travel, we would encourage you to attend.

Course Costs £10.00 per half day and £20.00 per full day unless otherwise stated.

To book, please email your details


VAMT Training & Events Programme

There are no current courses

Courses coming soon in 2016


Chairing Skills

About the Course:

Meetings are one of the key ways in which the work of a voluntary organisation is progressed, so ensuring they are chaired efficiently and professionally is really important.

This course will help you to understand how to plan and run effective meetings, whether you are a volunteer or a paid worker.

Aims:

To provide participants with the knowledge and confidence to be an effective chair of meetings

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • identify the role of the chair and consider the knowledge and skills required
  • understand the preparation and planning needed for success
  • identify tools to work towards a successful meeting

Who this course is for:

Individuals who are new to the role of the Chair, or existing Chairs who want to refresh their knowledge

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Grants – fit for funding

About the Course:

Learn how to prepare for and write concise and compelling funding applications. The course will also provide an overview of the current funding climate in Wales and assist organisations in understanding what influences funders.

Aims:

To provide participants with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about whether and how to work with other third sector organisations to deliver services

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • understand the benefits and obstacles of joint working
  • identify some of the key practical considerations for joint working
  • assess the merits of different consortium structures

Who this course is for:

The course is suitable for those new to fundraising or those wishing to gain a further insight into fundraising processes.

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Being a Trustee

About the course:

Being a trustee is a responsible voluntary role and one that comes with duties and responsibilities. This course will take you through the legal responsibilities you have when you are a trustee as well as your role and the responsibilities you have towards your organisation.

Aims:

To enable participants to understand the duties and responsibilities of being a trustee and what it means in practice:

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • understand what it means to be a trustee, who can be one and what roles and responsibilities trustees may have
  • appreciate what trustees can be liable for, and know how to limit potential risks
  • understand the principles of good governance, the roles of specific officers, and the difference between a trustee board and its subcommittees
  • have an overview of what is needed for effective trustee recruitment and induction

Who this course is for

Individuals who are new to the role of trustee, or who are considering taking up this role within a charitable organisation

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Emergency Life Support (Basic First Aid)

Aims:

To develop knowledge and practical experience of emergency life support principles and practices to support every day situations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session participants will:

  • understand how to deliver CPR in adults, babies and children
  • understand the recovery position
  • how to deal with wounds and bleeding
  • what to do if someone has an asthma attach
  • know how to deal with choking in an adult, baby and child

Who this course is for

Anyone who wishes to understand more about emergency life support

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CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety

Aim

The CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety provide a flexible syllabus which enables training to be tailored to meet specific needs.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • a Firm grasp of the importance of food safety and knowledge of the systems, techniques and procedures involved;
  • an understanding of how to control food safety risks (personal hygiene, food storage, cooking and handling);
  • confidence and expertise to safely deliver quality food to customers

Who this course is for

Anyone working or volunteering in a setting where food is prepared, cooked and handled.

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Mental Health First Aid (Wales)

About the course:

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Mental health problems are common, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. One person in four will experience some form of problem with their mental health in the course of a year. There is a stigma associated with mental health problems which may hinder people from seeking help, many people are not well informed and help is not always on hand, especially when the problem first arises. MHFA (Wales) is a 12 hour course developed and supported by the Welsh Government in partnership with other organisations. MHFA has spread to more than 20 countries worldwide.

Aims

The idea of MHFA is that people should be taught how to perform basic ‘first aid’ for those exhibiting signs of mental distress, just as they are commonly taught first aid for physical problems. MHFA improves mental health literacy and helps people to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone with mental health problems; to respond to various mental health crises, engage with, support and signpost people to appropriate professional help.

Learning Outcomes

MHFA aims to help participants to:

  • preserve life
  • provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state
  • promote the recovery of good mental health
  • provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
  • promote understanding of mental health issues

Who this course is for

Volunteers and staff in voluntary sector organisations

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Managing Volunteers

About the course:

The course consists of three modules:

  1. Introduction to Volunteering and Preparing for Volunteers [click here…]
  2. Volunteer Recruitment, Selection and Induction [click here…]
  3. Getting the Best from your Volunteers [click here…]

While each module may be attended as a stand-alone course, previous participants recommend attending all three modules.

Please note that this training is delivered jointly with Interlink.

1. Introduction to Volunteering and Preparing for Volunteers

About the course:

Are we clear about what we mean by volunteering... what kind of activities do or don’t constitute volunteering and where are the boundaries? The course explores what motivates people to get involved as volunteers and how organisations can benefit. Volunteers may be unpaid but don’t come ‘free’ and some of the cost implications of a volunteer programme are considered.

Aims:

At the end of the course participants will:

  • understand the nature and scope of volunteering and how it differs from paid work
  • recognise how and why organisations involve volunteers in their work
  • appreciate the resource implications of involving volunteers
  • be able to develop a volunteering policy
  • have considered what other policies might be necessary
  • understand key legal issues relating to volunteers
  • be able to identify volunteer roles and draw up volunteer ‘task descriptions’
  • know how to assess and manage risk associated with a volunteer role

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • understand the nature and scope of volunteering and how it differs from paid work
  • recognise how and why organisations involve volunteers in their work
  • appreciate the resource implications of involving volunteers

Who this course is for

Those responsible for the management of volunteers and volunteer programmes in Wales

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2. Volunteer Recruitment, Selection and Induction

About the course:

Attracting volunteers can be a challenge. Attracting a broad diversity of volunteers can be an even greater challenge. The course will help you to plan recruitment and to think about materials and approaches that will reach the volunteers you want.

Aims:

The sessions look at different steps in the recruitment process, including ‘vetting’, interviewing, and matching volunteers to volunteer roles.

As an organisation you will need to gather basic information from a new volunteer and the implications of the Data Protection Act are highlighted. Volunteers also need information, in order to contribute effectively and the requirements of an effective induction are considered.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session participants will:

  • be familiar with a range of methods to attract a diversity of volunteers
  • recognise ‘selection’ as a two way process and be familiar with a range of selection tools
  • understand the use of vetting procedures including DBS checks, and recognise their limitations
  • understand the purpose and nature of a) volunteer agreements and b) volunteer induction
  • recognise potential uses and abuses of volunteers’ personal information
  • recognise ways in which volunteering can be made more accessible to all

Who this course is for

Those responsible for the management of volunteers and volunteer programmes in Wales

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3. Getting the Best from your Volunteers

About the course:

Volunteers can be a great asset to an organisation. This 2 day session ensures that you manage your relationships with them to ensure mutual satisfaction.

Aims

Understanding volunteers’ motivation is key to maintaining their positive involvement. The course looks at what motivates and de-motivates, and how to give appropriate recognition and opportunities for personal development.

Different ways of offering support and supervision to volunteers are explored, recognising that some volunteers require more of these than others. We also look at some difficult scenarios, analysing what has gone wrong and what could be done for the best outcome.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will:

  • understand what motivates and de-motivates volunteers
  • understand good practice in relation to support and supervision
  • recognise and be able to manage a variety of difficult situations
  • know when and how to terminate a volunteering relationship
  • be able to assess needs for training and development and recognise different ways of meeting these
  • know how to give appropriate recognition to volunteers

Who this course is for

Those responsible for the management of volunteers and volunteer programmes in Wales.

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Working together for service delivery

About the Course:

Third sector organisations are increasingly being encouraged to work more collaboratively and form consortia. But working across organisational boundaries can bring difficulties and risks. This training course aims to explore the opportunities offered by working with partners, and to help organisations understand some of the key principles and practical considerations, such as choosing an appropriate structure and developing written agreements.

Aims:

This course will examine all aspects of preparing a funding application and will provide a practical insight into identifying the most appropriate sources of funding for your organisation.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • learn how to write concise and compelling applications
  • understand how good research, realistic outcomes and accurate budgeting can improve the chances of an application being accepted
  • be able to build relationships with grant givers and meet their expectations

Who this course is for:

This course is intended for staff and trustees of third sector organisations who are exploring whether to work with partner organisations.

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Safeguarding Awareness

About the course

This course has been developed in partnership with WCVA, The Care Council for Wales and local authorities across Wales. The training is based on the Social Care Induction Framework Quality Assured Lifelong Learning (SCIF QALL) unit: “Introduction to Safeguarding".

Aim

The course has been designed to convey a number of key values and principles in the safeguarding of individuals and to provide staff, volunteers and trustees with the basic foundation knowledge about responding to abuse and neglect.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • know their own role in relation to safeguarding adults, children and young people from harm, abuse and neglect;
  • understand how individuals are protected from harm, abuse and neglect; and
  • know how to recognise different types of harm, abuse and neglect.

Who this course is for

Staff, Volunteers or trustees who need to have a basic understanding of safeguarding children, young people or adults.

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Accounting basics

About the course:

This is an introductory course for those who wish to learn about setting up simple financial systems within a third sector organisation. This is an interactive course which will give participants the opportunity to work through practical examples and ask questions relating to implementation within their own organisation.

Aims

To provide participants with all the knowledge and information they need in order to set up a simple financial system for their organisation

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • understand basic accounting terms and concepts
  • set up and maintain a simple bookkeeping system
  • establish a petty cash system
  • use the system to produce basic financial reports
  • understand the legal requirements for reporting in relation to their organisation

Who this course is for:

This course is for those who either have little or no experience of bookkeeping within an organisation, or who wish to refresh their skills and knowledge.

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Governing Your Organisation

About the course:

Governance is the systems and processes which ensure the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of your organisation – it is crucial for the effective management of any third sector organisation.

On this course you will explore the principles of good governance, consider how your organisation measures up to them, and explore the systems and the codes of practice you need to put in place to demonstrate you are a good and effective voluntary organisation.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • explore the concept and principles of governance
  • understand the purpose and uses of your ‘governing instrument’ (your constitution or rules)
  • understand the difference between governance and management
  • have considered the Trustee’s relationship with paid staff including the Chief Officer
  • explore the importance of Nolan principles and Trustee codes of conduct
  • understand the roles of Sub-committees and executive committees
  • understand the role of AGMs and other membership meetings
  • have an overview of good practice in trustee recruitment

Who this course is for:

Trustees, potential trustees and staff working with them

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Training on offer in the Region

Interlink RCT Interlink RCT [more information…]

Social Care Workforce planning partnership – joint training calendar – April 2015 to September 2015 [more information…]

Glamorgan Voluntary Services Training [more information…]

Cardiff Third Sector Council [more information…]

Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations [more information…]


Courses for Communities Cymru

For the full range of training on offer across Wales visit the Communities Cymru website [more information…]