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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.


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

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


Fundraising Tips and Tricks (Benfleet, 11th March) – bookings close on 1st March. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Volunteer Recruitment (Uttlesford, 13th March) – bookings close on 4th March. Just a few spaces left!

Finance Made Easy (Uttlesford, 19th March) – bookings close on 8th March.

De-escalation (Chelmsford, 19th March) – bookings close on 12th March.

What's Happening?

Open Programme

The Open Programme continues to go from strength to strength and new courses for April – June 2019 are beginning to appear on the Courses page.

Click here for an overview of the courses available for April – June 2019: Large-print-calendar-Apr-Jun 2019 print portrait with vol week

March will provide a cornucopia of voluntary sector-specific courses. Expect to see Finance, Fundraising and First Aid, as well as Volunteer Management amongst others. If you are hoping to book onto any March courses, then do so soon as time is running out!

April has a little something for everyone across the county. Volunteers are in focus, with the return of our accredited Volunteer Management courses; you can also find out more about Volunteers and the Law. Safety is also on the agenda with Safety for Lone Workers and De-escalation training. Managers and fundraisers can benefit from Presentation Skills, Monitoring and Evaluation and Tender Bid Writing.

May is truly varied! You can learn to: give Emergency First Aid at Work; Make Finance Easy, Chair Meetings and Take Minutes; Write a Press Release; Find out how the Voluntary Sector works; Manage Volunteers and gain Fundraising Tips and Tricks.

June sees the arrival of Volunteer Week, and C360 and VST will be putting together a programme of bite-sized training tasters. Not only this, but there will be EFAW training, Safeguarding and Health and Safety; Tender Bid Writing, Train the Trainer and an Introduction to Management.

Have a look at the calendar to see what takes your fancy.

New First Aid Courses for 2019

New First Aid Courses for 2019

Our excellent Emergency First Aid at Work courses nearly always sell out. If you missed out on earlier courses, you now have another chance to book yourself onto one of these:

Click here to book 8th May at Thurrock

Click here to book 6th June at Chatham Green, (Nr Chelmsford)

If you or your staff need the skills to save a life, come and join one of our excellent courses.

Just £85 pp!

It was a close call, but he made it!

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

New Courses for the Voluntary Sector

      Community360 has released their latest programme of courses, offering high-quality, value-for-money training, which is tailored towards charities and community groups.   Tina Bullen, Community360’s Training and Development Coordinator, says, “In this programme, there will be a stronger focus on supporting induction processes, such as safeguarding and getting to know the voluntary sector. There are also courses that […]

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‘Change that Counts’ to help those who are sleeping rough in the Braintree district.

  A new partnership has formed between homeless charities Hope House and The Salvation Army, and supported by local organisations Community 360, Phoenix Futures, First Stop Centre, Tesco and Braintree Community Safety Partnership, to offer help to those who are sleeping rough in the district.   The ‘Change that Counts’ campaign was launched on Tuesday 18th December and  not only […]

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“Community Voices”

2019 will see a newly transformed Lunch and Learn, with a less formal approach to sharing information about services. There will continue to be a different guest speaker each month, but speakers will now be encouraged to include “wants and needs” during sessions, sharing how other organisations can help in order to promote collaborative working.  Everyone can enjoy refreshments together, […]

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