CAS training – Community Buildings and Village Halls courses

Part 1. Training courses

Part 2. Other CAS support available to Community Buildings and Village Halls

Part 1: Training

These courses can help you meet the legal and practical requirements you may have as a Community Building and/or Village Hall.

The courses on our main training page are suitable for Community Buildings and Village Halls but we have highlighted a popular selection for Community buildings and Village Halls on this page. Details on the courses are below and if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find the courses in date order and you can click on the details there for more information and to book.

Our portfolio of courses include:

Safety and security courses

Security for community buildings: An introduction
This half day course is run by an expert in the security field to help you understand and apply the principles of crime reduction and find out about the potential simple and effective solutions to secure your buildings now and for the future.

Safeguarding children: for Volunteers
The course identifies the need for safe working practices with children, young people and families. It is interactive, informative and practical. It clearly demonstrates where the boundaries are for your role and how to access appropriate timely support.

This course is quality assured by the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board. The course delivers the ‘raising awareness’ or introductory training for those aged 18 and over who are working with children and young people in statutory, voluntary, independent and community organisations, who work across any sections of the community.

Suitable for paid staff and volunteers, it provides an introduction to safeguarding and is a suitable refresher for those needing Group 1-2 training. The training certificate is valid for three years. Lead by local safeguarding experts.

Safeguarding for vulnerable groups ‘Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility’
This 2.5 hour course equips participants with the skills, judgement, knowledge and confidence to recognise and respond to signs of abuse in adults and children. Lead by local safeguarding experts and Quality Assured by the Suffolk Local safeguarding Children Board.

Trustee responsibilities

Community Buildings and Village Halls – Introduction to Trustee roles and responsibilities for good governance
This foundation course is an excellent way of helping both existing and new trustees and committee members to understand what their role and responsibilities are in governing an effective organisation

Equipped to lead Safeguarding in the VCSE; For Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Deputy DSL or Safeguarding Trustee
This new course has been specially created by Community Action Suffolk in consultation with VCSE sector Designated Safeguarding Leads. Being a DSL can feel isolating and DSL’s can be concerned that they are not ‘doing the right thing’. This practical, accessible course will help to overcome isolation and build confidence in those responsible for safeguarding.

Health and Safety courses

Health, safety and welfare. Managing properties properly
This specially commissioned course is delivered by a H&S expert and it engages participants in a practical and sensible approach to the legal requirements for Safety, Health and Welfare. It will increase basic awareness of a range of common HS&W issues surrounding the management of property and other facilities used as workplaces. It will raise awareness of relevant issues surrounding the effective management of property and estate. It offers methods for meeting your duty of care by checking, monitoring and ensuring a reasonable approach.

Health and Safety at Work
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees. This is expanded by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is particularly important, e.g. when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.

Fire Safety and awareness
You are responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re an employer, the owner, the landlord, an occupier or anyone else with control of the premises (e.g. facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor). You are known as the ‘responsible person’. If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities. The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, for example if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.

Health and Safety: NOCN Level 2 Award for the Safe Worker (online training)
This is an online interactive Health and Safety course. It is National Open College Network (NOCN) Certified, Ofqual Approved Health and Safety Qualification: NOCN Level 2 Award for the Safe Worker. It can be completed in 10 hours and will transform the way you deliver health and safety to learners. It has been developed in collaboration between NOCN and mylearnadfriend. The aim is for the learner to demonstrate an awareness of significant health and safety risks in the working environment and being aware of how to identify and deal with them appropriately. The course is created by MyLearnAdFriend, accredited by NOCN and offered in partnership with Community Action Suffolk. Read more here

First Aid

Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day)

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed. (HSE website Aug 2017)

Complete First Aid (2 days)
Unique opportunity for you to complete your training in both Paediatric First Aid (PFA) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), as above, at the same time. Successful candidates will learn the roles and responsibilities of the Paediatric First Aider and Emergency First Aider. You will be equipped with the necessary skills to administer safe and effective treatment when dealing with a range of paediatric and adult first aid situations.

Closed courses

All of the above courses can be delivered for your own staff and volunteers at your own venue. For further information contact

On demand courses

The following courses can also be run on an On demand basis, when we have sufficient interest we will run them.

  • Fire Awareness
  • PAT Testing
  • Understanding GDPR
  • Making the most of your One Suffolk website (One to One sessions also available)
  • How to use Social Media to get your messages out!

Please email if you are interested in any of these.

Upcoming courses can be found on our ‘Learning opportunities by date’ page.


Easy booking and payment

  • Booking and payment for all courses are completed online
  • Payment is required at the time of booking
  • Multiple people can be enrolled in one booking

Our commitment to you

  • We are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for you
  • We will commit to start and end at the times we advertise
  • We actively encourage you to feedback your experience
  • We read all feedback and respond as necessary
  • Your safety and wellbeing is important to us. If you have any safeguarding concerns please speak to your trainer in the first instance or contact the Training, Quality and Safeguarding Development Officer at CAS

Terms and conditions

Booking terms and conditions and cancellation policy are available here.

Part 2: Other support from Community Action Suffolk for Community Buildings and Village Halls

In addition to our training offer CAS has a range of support available to you. Support includes:

For further information on how we can help your organisation, visit our website.

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