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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.

Very soon we will be announcing details of a free course created in conjunction with ESRC, based at the University of Essex – stand by for more news and how to book your spot.


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: Dementia Awareness, Colchester, 11th June 2019 or 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!

6th June, Chatham Green, Emergency First Aid at Work

Spaces are still available on this excellent First Aid course.

7th June, Uttlesford, Introduction to Management

If you’ve taken your first steps into management, then take this course!

11th June, Chelmsford, Tender Bid Writing

Essential course for winning that bid.

11th June, Colchester Dementia Awareness

Claim your spot on this level 2 accredited course – spaces are filling up fast.



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.

Latest news

Celebrating Volunteers Week 2019

Volunteers Week is a UK wide campaign now in its’ 35thyear. Its’ primary objective is to recognise, celebrate and say thank you to the thousands of volunteers across the UK. “It is also a great opportunity to raise the profiles of some of the great volunteers we have here at Community360 and to increase participation in volunteering.” Said Tracy Rudling, […]

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Pulling out all the stops to support Dementia Action Week

Community360 along with their partners recognised Dementia Action Week 2019, putting on a range of special activities – including walks, information events, a virtual dementia bus, afternoon teas and garden fetes – as part of a special programme of events. Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community360 said “Everyone worked really hard to deliver a programme of events to not only help […]

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Get Ready for Dementia Action Week

A range of activities are being organised across Colchester and the surrounding area to mark Dementia Action Week 2019 Dementia Action Week which takes place 20 -26 May unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. Community360 based in Colchester supports individuals, voluntary and community groups to campaign and raise […]

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