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.
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:
Contact us to find out more about this course, or to discuss your own in-house training.
Our Most Popular Courses
In at Number 5: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace is our new follow-up course to Mental Health First Aid and has been a hit with leaders and managers. Come to the session in Chelmsford on 7th October during Mental Health Week
At Number 4:Train the Trainer is always a winner, so there are plenty of opportunities to brush up your training skills with us. Choose between 5th September in Colchester, 23rd October in Harlow, or 25th November in Chelmsford
At Number 3: Advanced Trustee Training has been a hot favourite with experienced trustees, and our tailored training programme has been busy with enquiries and bookings for Trustee Roles and Responsibilities. You can come onto this course on 7th November in Colchester during Trustees Week
At Number 2: Press Release Writing was very well received and feedback from this session told us that you’d like to see a Social Media course, so come along to Social Media in Chelmsford on 29th October
And finally, at Number 1: Conflict Resolution is the perfect course to help you deal with difficult situations and has had some brilliant feedback. Join us for more Conflict Resolution in Witham on 11th December
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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 the right staff to carry out the quality procedures? We offer a Third Party service where we could administer the quality processes for you.
Criteria need to be met and terms and conditions apply. Contact us on email@example.com for more information.
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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”.
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.
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.
We work with charities, voluntary sector organisations and community groups. This means our training is totally relevant to you and your needs.
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.
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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