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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

New courses for July – September are now available to book! Have a look at the courses or calendar page to see what’s available.

See below for details of a free course created in conjunction with ESRC, based at the University of Essex. Places are running out. Book now!


Free! Impact Assessment Course

Great news! Community360 and Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are working together to bring you a free course.

Speak to leading researchers about how analysing and evaluating data can strengthen your grant applications, demonstrate your charity’s impact and improve the services you deliver.

You can also be the first to register your interest in grant funding to bring one or more of your data research projects to life.

Other benefits:

  • Free onsite parking
  • Complementary lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • Opportunity to speak to the Centre about the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV), which is grant funding allowing organisations to benefit from the expertise of a renowned researcher to conduct the impact assessment for you or to analyse any other area of data

Date: Wednesday 21st August

Time: 9.30 – 3.00 p.m.

Place: University of Essex Campus

Places will be limited. First come, first served.

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity.

Click here to make your booking.

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: Uttlesford,  23rd September 2019.

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

Last Chance to Book!

26th July, Colchester, Safeguarding

Learn how to deal with safeguarding situations with vulnerable adults.

6th August, Colchester, Emergency First Aid at Work

Last remaining places on our ever-popular EFAW course.

16th August, Colchester, QuickBooks

Finally learn what all the buttons do!

Book now to avoid disappointment.

Train With Us

We are a Gateway Accredited Centre

Are you a small organisation who would like to be able to offer a small number of accredited courses but find the accreditation costs too high, or simply do not have enough or the right staff to carry out the quality procedures? We may be able to help you.

We offer a Third Party service where we could administer the quality processes for you on the courses we already deliver. We may also be able to investigate the approval process for courses we don’t already deliver!

Criteria need to be met and terms and conditions apply. Contact us on information@community360.org.uk for more information.

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.

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The Haven Project is looking for new board members and a chair person.

We believe in the power of recovery and that mental wellbeing is possible for  all. The Haven Project, which supports the recovery of people who live with the diagnosis of Personality Disorder, is looking for new board members and a new chair person. The role involves overseeing bi-monthly board meetings, supporting the development of the project and ensuring good financial […]

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ECC – The Braintree Teams are Moving!

The Assessment & Intervention Teams and Family Support and Protection Teams in Braintree are moving to E3 Zone County Hall, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1QH on 15th July 2019. They will be joining the Children in Care Teams who made the move last year.   What will be the advantages of this?   This will bring all the Mid frontline […]

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