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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.



Two new financial courses have been added to the open programme!

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

Full Cost Recovery on 30th November, 10am – 1pm, in Colchester

Both courses are available to book by clicking on the links above.



Spotlight on: Train the Trainer

Book Now for our excellent Train the Trainer course!

Coming up in Colchester on 23rd October is our ever popular Train the Trainer course.

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to gain an understanding of how to plan, design and deliver an effective learning session for their organisation’s staff, volunteers or service users.

You’ll explore why and how people learn, including different learning preferences, understand how to design your session so that it meets the needs of your learners, is engaging and memorable, and much much more.

Book now here.

The Autumn/Winter Voluntary Sector Training Collection is here!

The new collection of VST training courses has arrived. Specially designed to meet the needs of the Voluntary Sector, the programme contains some old favourites, as well as some brand new courses. Click here to view our e-brochure.

From October onwards, there is a variety of courses on offer, from finance to fundraising, and health and safety to supporting volunteers. Find all of the details in our Courses section and get booking before all of the places are snapped up!

If you want training but can’t find what you’re looking for in our suite of courses, contact us. Our trainers have a wealth of knowledge about the voluntary sector, and we will probably be able to find what you are looking for.

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

Essex Loan Shark Ordered to Repay £100,000

A LOAN shark from Chelmsford has been ordered to repay over £100,000 of his ill-gotten gains.   Paul Gladman, 54, of West Avenue, was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years and a six-month curfew after pleading guilty to illegal money lending offences on March 19.   Following a confiscation hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court last Friday (September […]

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Children and young people risk becoming involved in gangs

Independent charity Crimestoppers is highlighting that children and young people across Essex are at risk of becoming involved with gangs and the violence and abuse that often follows. Many young people join gangs for protection or say that it makes them feel part of a family. It is not only young men. Young women are also recruited and routinely suffer […]

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Essex Early Help Offer

This document aims to bring together all the key components of the current Essex Early Help Offer and its purpose is to provide a cohesive picture of that offer for those organisations and professionals who support vulnerable children, young people and families. Early Help is the identification of, and response to, emerging problems for children, young people and their families. […]

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