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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.

How we 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.

Courses Coming Soon

Developing Income Generation Functions

This new one day workshop on the 18th April in Chelmsford addresses the need for a different approach to funding and fund raising for charities and community groups given the current state of the sector. It aims to show delegates how to generate income using assets including premises, equipment, project activities and progressing to establishment of an asset locked CIC (Community Interest Company) to diversify the funding methodology and portfolio…..read more and book>

Get GDPR ready

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. It introduces new requirements for how organisations process personal data (information), so it’s essential to get informed; it’s important to get ready. This interactive workshop is about getting charities and voluntary community sector groups GDPR ready. Due to demand an additional course will take place on 17th April in Colchester….read more and book>

Advanced Trustees Update 

This half day course coming up on 24th April in Chelmsford is designed for more experienced trustees who want to ensure that they are aware of up-to-date practices in undertaking their governance role and that they understand the implications of recent changes in charity legislation. Delegates on the last course said: “Excellent training course. Clear , precise & delivered with a sense of humour.”…..read more and book>

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.

Latest news

The Who will care? Awards 2018

The Who Will Care Awards 2018 will take place on the 23rd of May at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.   The Who Will Care Awards celebrate volunteering and people helping people. Last year 1 in 3 people in Essex undertook some kind of formal or informal volunteering, this is phenomenal as are their contributions to our communities.   Nominations […]

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