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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.


Fun With First Aid!

It was a close call, but he made it!

On 18th September, VST held a fantastic Emergency First Aid at Work course at Firstsite in Colchester. The course lasted the whole day, and all participants gained new life saving skills.

If you or your staff need the skills to save a life, we have two further open courses available to book in November or January, or you can hold a course at your place of work.

Call 01206 505250 to enquire.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Tender Bid Writing

Spotlight on: Tender Bid Writing

This full day course is designed to help your organisation win that all important tender. Whether you are bidding to retain an existing contract or trying to win a new contract, the course will help you to consider the implications of bidding, undertake important preparations, become tender ready and write a successful, winning bid.

12th November Chelmsford

26th November Colchester

If you are interested in this training, get booking at the above links now!


Last chance to book onto Quickbooks training!

Using QuickBooks on 16th November, 10am – 1pm, in Colchester

Available to book by clicking on the link above.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Train the Trainer

Feedback for Train the Trainer course!

Our ever popular Train the Trainer course took place in Colchester on 23rd October 2018 and the delegates could not have been happier with their training. Have a look at some of the feedback:


“Very satisfactory and well delivered. Content great!”

“Very informative course. Lots learnt in a short amount of time. Valuable skills acquired for my role.”

“Really engaging – lots of useful techniques learnt!”

If you want to be as happy as these delegates, the course is running again in January 2019 and can be booked here. Perhaps your organisation would benefit from having your own Train the Trainer course delivered on site? Contact us on or on 01206 505250 for a quote.

Train with us

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.

No 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 history

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.

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‘Walk a Million Steps’

A huge well done and thank you to those that took part in ‘Walk a Million Steps’ and raised an impressive amount of sponsorship. “Care and Support in Essex wanted to become a Community360 Champion and raise money for a worthy independent charity formed in 1968 and celebrating 50 years and who are aiming to raise £50000 to donate to […]

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