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We are a specialist, not for profit training provider working with the voluntary sector to help them work more efficiently, improve skills and knowledge and deliver even better services to their clients.

What's Happening?

Open Programme

The Open Programme continues to go from strength to strength and new courses for April – June 2019 are now on the Courses page.

Click Large-print-calendar-Apr-Jun 2019 print portrait with vol week a for an overview of the courses available for April – June 2019

Have a look at the calendar to see what takes your fancy.

Alternatively, click on the link below to download our very lovely new look brochure!

NEW! Dementia Awareness

VST is delighted to announce the creation of a new accredited Dementia Awareness course!

VST has been working in conjunction with Gateway Qualifications and trainer Andrew Potts to create an exciting, one-day, level 2 accredited course on Dementia Awareness. The course is suitable for anyone who comes into contact with people living with dementia, such as those who work in care, those who are personal or professional carers, or just those with an interest in developing their understanding of dementia.

This course is available to book now through the open programme here: Dementia Awareness, Colchester, 11th June 2019

Contact us to find out more about this course, or to discuss your own in-house training.

Last Chance to Book!

25th April, Colchester, Supporting, Developing and Managing Volunteers

Part 2 of 2 of our excellent accredited Volunteer Management course. Delegates can choose to do this single course or part 1 (Volunteer Recruitment) as well.

30th April, Chelmsford, Conflict Resolution

Learn to deal with difficult situations confidently.

30th April, Uttlesford, Tender Bid Writing

Write that winning bid!

Book now to avoid disappointment.

Volunteers' Week 1st - 7th June

Did you know that it’s Volunteers’ Week from 1st – 7th June?

Did you know that to celebrate Volunteers Week, Community360 and VST are running free taster events at Winsley’s House in Colchester?

Here’s what’s happening:

3rd June, 12 – 1: Volunteer Essex (Information, Advice and Guidance session)

4th June, 12 – 1: Volunteers and the Law (Training taster)

5th June, 12 – 1: The Power of Volunteering (Talk)

6th June, 12 – 1: What’s My Talent? (Guided assessment)

7th June, (check time): Volunteering in Action: Treemendous Walks (Walk)

Click here to view these events and more at the Volunteers Week website.

Email us on information@community360.org.uk to book your space – places are limited!

We look forward to welcoming you.


Train With Us

How We Can Help You

From management and leadership to communications and fundraising, we can meet all your charity’s training needs – at a cost you can afford. Our current charges for open training courses can be viewed here and are tiered according to the income of organisation so that our training is accessible for all sizes of charities and community groups or others associated with the sector. We run regular half day, full day and two day courses all over Essex for your staff, volunteers, trustees and committee members or we can come up with a course tailored to your charity’s needs and deliver it in house.

We Get Results

92% of people we trained last year say they are now performing better in their jobs, and 86% of charities who sent their staff to us say their organisation has become more efficient as a result.

Expert Trainers, High Quality Training

Our trainers are the voluntary sector’s top experts in leadership, management, fundraising and communications, ready to give you the best quality training. Last year, 98% of people we trained said our trainers were either “excellent” or “good”.

Low Costs

We know times are tough. We work hard to get funding to subsidise the costs of our training for charities and community groups from a range of sources. As A Non-for-Profit, all funds are invested to support the sector.

Easier Travel

Why travel to London when you can receive the same high quality training on your doorstep? Our courses run throughout Essex, at venues convenient to you.

Suitable for Big and Small Charities

We have training to suit everyone – whether you’re from a new or small group looking for basic guidance or from a bigger, well established organisation looking for more advanced advice. Our prices are tiered accordingly.

Relevant Training

We work with charities, voluntary sector organisations and community groups. This means our training is totally relevant to you and your needs.

Our Past

We were established in 1999 thanks to a Lottery grant to provide training in Uttlesford. Since then, we’ve expanded all over Essex and beyond and delivered over 2,000 courses supporting well over 21,000 people. We merged with Community360 on 1st September 2017 and will continue to offer an enhanced and sustainable training programme for the voluntary and community sector in Essex.

Our Present

Tina Bullen joined Community 360 in July 2018 and runs VST. Prior to this, she worked as a teacher trainer for 2½ years and as an English teacher in the FE sector for 10 years. Tina is responsible for managing the open programme and arranging tailored training.

She is very ably assisted by Amanda Woods who is responsible for the behind-the-scenes administration, ensuring everything runs smoothly for everyone booking onto our wonderful courses.

Our Information Team are also on hand to deal with your initial enquiries, so please get in touch.

We are all very happy to help you.

Please don’t hesitate to email us or phone us on 01206 505250 if you have any enquiries.

Latest news

New Courses for the Voluntary Sector

      Community360 has released their latest programme of courses, offering high-quality, value-for-money training, which is tailored towards charities and community groups.   Tina Bullen, Community360’s Training and Development Coordinator, says, “In this programme, there will be a stronger focus on supporting induction processes, such as safeguarding and getting to know the voluntary sector. There are also courses that […]

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‘Change that Counts’ to help those who are sleeping rough in the Braintree district.

  A new partnership has formed between homeless charities Hope House and The Salvation Army, and supported by local organisations Community 360, Phoenix Futures, First Stop Centre, Tesco and Braintree Community Safety Partnership, to offer help to those who are sleeping rough in the district.   The ‘Change that Counts’ campaign was launched on Tuesday 18th December and  not only […]

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“Community Voices”

2019 will see a newly transformed Lunch and Learn, with a less formal approach to sharing information about services. There will continue to be a different guest speaker each month, but speakers will now be encouraged to include “wants and needs” during sessions, sharing how other organisations can help in order to promote collaborative working.  Everyone can enjoy refreshments together, […]

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