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We provide more than training courses. We provide a range of relevant, practical learning and development opportunities that will benefit you and your organisation for today, tomorrow and beyond.

‘Calm seas never made a good sailor’

Franklin D. Roosevelt


In turbulent times our Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector learning and development opportunities can be relied upon to equip you and help you navigate them.

You may feel that you are in uncharted waters but we can help equip you with the latest skills, legislation, updates and practical guidance you need.

All our sessions are delivered by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.


How to navigate this page and find what you are looking for

1. If you know the session you are looking for

You can either click on the calendar icon below or click here to go to the events calendar from there you can find the available dates and book your place(s).

2. If you are looking for inspiration or browsing...

Scroll down to the ‘Learning and development opportunities by subject’ section to browse by subject and click on any of the subject headings. Each subject has a range of resources ranging from virtual ‘live’ in real time courses to ‘On demand’ resources you can work through at your own pace and time. each subject is divided into two parts, ‘Live’ events and after that section is the ‘On demand’ events section. Each session has a short description of its purpose and content.

How to book onto a session

  1. Search or browse our offer on this page
  2. When you find a session(s) you are interested in click on it and it will take you to our events calendar
  3. If there is not a scheduled delivery date you will be able to register your interest for a session on the Events Calendar page or by clicking here to register your interest.

Download a printable copy of our events calendar for December hereOpens or downloads a document
Download a printable copy of our events calendar for January 2021 hereOpens or downloads a document

Learning and development opportunities by date

Click on the calendar icon above to view the Events calendar. You can filter and sort our calendar by subject, category, date or by keyword e.g Trustee, Management, Finance or Safeguarding.

COVID-19 Notice: Due to current government guidelines all our events are being delivered online


Learning and development opportunities by subject

COVID-19 Notice: Due to current government guidelines all our events are being delivered online

Click on the headings below to jump to the options for the subject, or scroll down the page.

Each section is divided into two parts. The first part is ‘Live’ events which is followed by On demand resources.

🔴 Sustainability: Funding, finance and business planning

🔴 Governance, Law and Trustees

🔴 Safeguarding

🔴 Management and leadership of staff and volunteers

🔴 Youth work

🔴Volunteer Passport

🔴 Suffolk ProHelp sessions


🔴Sustainability: Funding, finance and business planning

In this section you will find a range of resources to equip you with the knowledge and skills you require to run a sustainable organisation including how to obtain funding, manage your finances and evidence the impact and success of your organisation.

‘Live’ events

All of our events in this section are interactive and are delivered ‘live’ in real time by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.

How to check for dates and to book:
Where the event has a scheduled delivery date(s) when you click on the images below you will go to the events calendar. There you will be able to search for the event by title or key word and book. If there is not a date set for delivery you will be given the option to register your interest in a future course.

On demand resources: Sustainability, funding, finance and business planning

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need the flexibility to learn at different times and at your own pace this section is for you.

Click on the images below to go direct to the resource or relevant webpage.

Webinars
Giles Kerkham, MHA Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants will lead you through 3 seminars:

  1. How to come back from lockdown: practical steps
  2. Risk Management: keeping it current
  3. Resilience: building back reserves
    In partnership with Suffolk ProHelp

Webinar
Elizabeth Pearce of EJPearce Ltd, Chair of the Suffolk Institute of Directors and member of Suffolk ProHelp will guide you through some key strategy issues. In this current climate planning now is vital to ensure firm foundations for an agile organisation with solid roots on which to base long term sustainability.

Webinar

As members of Suffolk Pro Help Studio Brand Up are actively supporting local charities and social enterprises to help understand and improve their brand strategy, brand identity design and web presence. Join them for this special webinar. 

Webinar

Join Lorna Rose, a Suffolk ProHelp member, to learn how you can use Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Live events to communicate with your staff and spread your message.

e-learning

Search over 1000 free courses, interactives, videos and more from The Open University.

e-learning and toolkits

NCVO’s resource centre of e-learning for the VCSE.

e-learning

Learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts. Develop your career, learn a new skill, or pursue your hobbies with flexible online courses.

Webinar

Hear from leaders in the social enterprise and third sector, as well as mission-driven space, on their reflections and thoughts on how to navigate through these unprecedented times

Online funding portal

Welcome to Funding 4 Suffolk the search tool that allows you to search for funding for your project, organisation or group quickly and easily.

Video

A brief overview of What is social investment from Big Society Capital

click here to watch the video

e learning

A brief guide to Social Investment from Community Action Suffolk

Click here to watch the video

Various

CAS has a range of videos, bogs, audio bursts on Social Investment

Click here to visit the CAS Social Investment webpage

This workshop was originally offered as part of Community Action Suffolk’s Fundraising Suffolk 2020 conference and is available to watch on demand.

Click here to view the video

This workshop was originally offered as part of Community Action Suffolk’s Fundraising Suffolk 2020 conference and is available to watch on demand.

Click here to watch the video

This workshop was originally offered as part of Community Action Suffolk’s Fundraising Suffolk 2020 conference and is available to watch on demand.

Click here to watch the video

This Key Note was originally offered as part of Community Action Suffolk’s Fundraising Suffolk 2020 conference and is available to watch on demand.

Click here to view the video.

This workshop was originally offered as part of Community Action Suffolk’s Fundraising Suffolk 2020 conference and is available to watch on demand.

Click here to view the video

This workshop was originally offered as part of Community Action Suffolk’s Fundraising Suffolk 2020 conference and is available to watch on demand

Click here to view the video.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

We may be able to create a bespoke course to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your organisations training needs. training@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk


🔴Governance, Law and Trustees

In this section you will find the resources you need to equip you with the knowledge and skills you require to help you fulfil both your own and your organisation’s legal responsibilities.

‘Live’ events

All of our events in this section are interactive and are delivered ‘live’ in real time by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.

How to check for dates and to book:
Where the event has a scheduled delivery date(s) when you click on the images below you will go to the events calendar. There you will be able to search for the event by title or key word and book. If there is not a date set for delivery you will be given the option to register your interest in a future course.

On demand resources: Governance, Law and Trustees

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need the flexibility to learn at different times and at your own pace this section is for you.

Click on the images below to go direct to the resource or relevant webpage.

Webinar

Lucy Pakes, Ashtons HR Consulting and Suffolk ProHelp member talks you through the furlough scheme, bringing staff back from furlough and the impact on employment contracts.

e-learning and resources

NCVO’s resource centre of e-learning for the VCSE.

Resources

Visit the MHA Trustee hub, their hub of downloadable templates and information for the Charity sector.

The CAS Quality Standard is an award which your organisation can achieve to demonstrate its effectiveness and efficiency.

The CAS Quality Standard is endorsed and supported by Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership. It is externally assessed by the Quality Standards Awards Panel comprised of Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk County Council Commissioning, Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership. It was developed in 2005 by VCSE sector organisations, for VCSE sector organisations.

Click here to register or for more information.

The Community Action Suffolk Healthcheck is an online tool for Trustees and staff to assess the internal processes of their organisation

Click here for more information or to register.

e-learning

This website has been produced by Community Action Suffolk to provide Trustees with easy access to a self paced training system. In addition to providing training we hope that you will find this website a useful source of reference information.

Download

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful 1 page guide

Click here to download

Download

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful 1 page guide

Click here to download


Can’t find what you are looking for?

We may be able to create a bespoke course to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your organisations training needs. training@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk


🔴Safeguarding

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. The Charity Commission also make it clear that safeguarding is a key governance issue for charities to comply with.

However, compliance with legislation is often not the main reason people attend training; they do it because they want to stop abuse. Our courses equip you recognise and report abuse correctly. This helps to stop abuse.

‘Live’ events

All of our events in this section are interactive and are delivered ‘live’ in real time by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.

How to check for dates and to book:
Where the event has a scheduled delivery date(s) when you click on the images below you will go to the events calendar. There you will be able to search for the event by title or key word and book. If there is not a date set for delivery you will be given the option to register your interest in a future course.

On demand resources: Safeguarding

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need the flexibility to learn at different times and at your own pace this section is for you.

Click on the images below to go direct to the resource or relevant webpage.

On demand VCSE Safeguarding Conference 2020

Pre recorded workshops from local and national safeguarding experts include:
🔴Keeping children and young people safe from criminal exploitation: A Suffolk picture

🔴Keeping safe: Domestic abuse and Covid 19

🔴Keeping safe from scams

🔴Keeping Safe from Hate crimes.

Basic introduction to safeguarding for informal community groups e.g. collecting and dropping off shopping or prescriptions

Topics include:
What is safeguarding? What might we see or hear that could concern us? How do we report our concerns?Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes

Introduction to safeguarding for village halls and community buildings

Topics include:
What is safeguarding? What are our responsibilities? Do we need a DBS check?Estimated time to complete:
1 hour

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful guide

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful guide

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

This booklet demonstrates the clever tactics used by romance fraudsters. It also dispels the myths of shame and embarrassment often associated with this crime by highlighting the link to coercive control.

Click here to download

The CAS Quality Standard is an award which your organisation can achieve to demonstrate its effectiveness and efficiency.

The CAS Quality Standard is endorsed and supported by Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership.

Click here for more information or to register.

The Community Action Suffolk Healthcheck is an online tool for Trustees and staff to assess the internal processes of their organisation

Click here for more information or to register.

e-learning

This course offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves

Toolkit

Need to protect Children online?

Online Compass is free to use and helps you to:
  • Review Online Safety in your group or organisation.
  • Improve your group’s Online Safety using expert advice.
  • Celebrate your provision through a series of awards.

e-learning and resources

NCVO’s resource centre of e-learning for the VCSE.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

We may be able to create a bespoke course to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your organisations training needs. training@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk


🔴Management and Leadership of staff and volunteers

Our staff (paid or unpaid Volunteers) are vital to the success of our organisations and our most important asset. Supporting them is a key role in any organisation if it wants to become or remain successful. This section is where you will find the Learning and Development opportunities to help provide the skills and knowledge you need.

‘Live’ events

All of our events in this section are interactive and are delivered ‘live’ in real time by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.

How to check for dates and to book:
Where the event has a scheduled delivery date(s) when you click on the images below you will go to the events calendar. There you will be able to search for the event by title or key word and book. If there is not a date set for delivery you will be given the option to register your interest in a future course.

On demand resources: Management and leadership of staff and volunteers

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need the flexibility to learn at different times and at your own pace this section is for you.

Click on the images below to go direct to the resource or relevant webpage.

e-learning
This website has been produced by Community Action Suffolk to provide Trustees with easy access to a self paced training system. In addition to providing training we hope that you will find this website a useful source of reference information.

Webinar

Lucy Pakes, Ashtons HR Consulting and Suffolk ProHelp member talks you through the furlough scheme, bringing staff back from furlough and the impact on employment contracts.

e-learning and resources

NCVO’s resource centre of e-learning for the VCSE.

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful 1 page guide.

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful 1 page guide

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful 1 page guide

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful guide

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful guide

Click here to download

Downloadable guide

Community Action Suffolk’s Volunteering Team have created a useful guide

Click here to download


🔴Youth work

We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit
Robert H. Shaffer

In this section you will find invaluable training courses to support you in your role with working/volunteering with young people. The Level 2 Youth Work courses is nationally accredited by the National Open Collage Network (NOCN).

‘Live’ events

All of our events in this section are interactive and are delivered ‘live’ in real time by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.

How to check for dates and to book:
Where the event has a scheduled delivery date(s) when you click on the images below you will go to the events calendar. There you will be able to search for the event by title or key word and book. If there is not a date set for delivery you will be given the option to register your interest in a future course.


🔴Volunteer Passport

Are you interested in volunteering? The Volunteer Passport is an Accredited level 1 short course to encourage new people into volunteering. The Passport will help learners to build their confidence, gain new skills and understand the variety of volunteer roles out there.

‘Live’ events

The passport is interactive and is delivered ‘live’ in real time by experts in their fields, with practical hands-on experience.

How to check for dates and to book:
Where the event has a scheduled delivery date(s) when you click on the image below you will go to the events calendar. There you will be able to search for the event by title or key word and book. If there is not a date set for delivery you will be given the option to register your interest in a future course.


🔴On demand resources: Suffolk ProHelp

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need the flexibility to learn at different times and at your own pace this section is for you

Click on the images below to go direct to the resource or relevant webpage.

Webinars
Giles Kerkham, MHA Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants will lead you through 3 seminars:

  1. How to come back from lockdown: practical steps
  2. Risk Management: keeping it current
  3. Resilience: building back reserves
    In partnership with Suffolk ProHelp

Webinar

As members of Suffolk Pro Help Studio Brand Up are actively supporting local charities and social enterprises to help understand and improve their brand strategy, brand identity design and web presence. Join them for this special webinar. 

Webinar
Elizabeth Pearce of EJPearce Ltd, Chair of the Suffolk Institute of Directors and member of Suffolk ProHelp will guide you through some key strategy issues. In this current climate planning now is vital to ensure firm foundations for an agile organisation with solid roots on which to base long term sustainability.

Webinar

Lucy Pakes, Ashtons HR Consulting and Suffolk ProHelp member talks you through the furlough scheme, bringing staff back from furlough and the impact on employment contracts.

Webinar

Join Lorna Rose, a Suffolk ProHelp member, to learn how you can use Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Live events to communicate with your staff and spread your message.


Contact Information

If you cannot find what you want within our current training programmes please talk to us and we see if we can help you further.

Email: training@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I view the dates of upcoming events and book?

Click on the ‘Events’ tab below and that will take you to all of our upcoming training and events. When you find a session you want to know more about or attend click on the title of the event and it will open a new page with more information and a link to an online booking page.

What do I need to do if I have a booking for a course that has been postponed or cancelled because of Covid?

For future events that are still scheduled there’s nothing you need to do. If anything changes, we will contact you with updates.

If your event has been postponed, we are working to identify new dates, and we will contact you as soon as we have confirmation and more information this.

If your event has been cancelled, there’s also nothing you need to do. We’ll get in touch with you directly with more information.

What are the Booking Terms and Conditions and cancellation policy for CAS?

Click on the link below to read the Terms and Conditions and Cancellation policy