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Core Training

Have you and your trustee board / committee undertaken core training recently? Here at BBW CVS we class core training as:

Equality and Diversity


Health and Safety

Safeguarding ( Adults or vulnerable children depending on organisation)

If your group or charity would like to undertake this core training package please get in touch with a member of our team to discuss.

Contact us for log in details to this training

Introducing the voluntary sector – Open University

If you feel that you want to learn more about the voluntary sector then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as your everyday life. You can progress at your own pace over the 8 weeks; each week will take a minimum of 3 hours of your time.

Understand how video can expand and enhance your organisation’s communications and develop practical skills for your productions.

Get a practical guide to fundraising and learn tips on everything from preparing your fundraising story to processing donations.

Target audience: anyone working with children and families in Essex
Learning Outcomes:
What Criminal Exploitation is
  • The signs of Criminal Exploitation in children & young people and how it progresses
  • Practical guidance for communication with children & young people you suspect of being involved in criminal exploitation
  • What services there are available to support children, young people and families who have been subjected to Criminal Exploitation
  • Time for questions and sharing concerns/advice
Date: 5th Oct 2022, Time: 9:30-13:00 Click here to book
Date: 6th Dec 2022, Time: 9:30-13:00 Click here to book

Date: 9th Feb 2023, Time: 9:30-13:00 Click here to book

Media Trust’s Headlining Mental Health programme is offering a free online Autumn course, from September to October, to support you in developing your organisation’s communications strategy. Designed with, and for, mental health charities, the short weekly workshops over two months will help you design, implement, and measure your communications.
There are 30 places available, open to all UK mental health and wellbeing organisations. Register via link above.

As the world continues to recover from COVID and the cost of living is at an all-time high its important to ensure people know how to spot someone in crisis and how to talk to them about their mental health.
In 2019, 111 people lost their lives to suicide across greater Essex; 83% were male.

Get Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations

Free oral health training with Community Dental Services

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service website now provides access to our free ‘Oral health online training toolkits’ aimed at professionals working in Essex with children and children with additional needs.
To complete training and to access other oral health resources please visit the website. An oral health training certificate with CPD hours will be issued on completion.

Charity Trustee Induction and Refresher Virtual Training 

Birketts LLP

Tue, 11 October 2022

09:00 – 15:30


This virtual course provides charity trustees with essential legal training to enable them to comply with law and best practice.

It is vital that all charity trustees and senior managers within charities know and understand the role, duties and responsibilities of trustees. The Charity Commission expects all charities to include in their Annual Report the steps that have been taken to ensure that all trustees have received appropriate training. This course provides a cost effective way to achieve this, as it is aimed at providing trustees with the essential training required to effectively carry out their roles.

The course is run as a virtual training seminar via Zoom** four times per year to allow you to plan ahead and ensure that all incoming trustees (and any other trustees wanting a refresher) are trained, so that your charity may comply with best practice and fulfil its annual reporting obligations.

Cost per delegate: £50 + VAT

Helping your charity understand cost recovery

Webinar: How to invest in digital on a budget

28 July 2022

13:00 – 14:00

Digital can change the way we work and act for the better, making organisations more productive, collaborative, and adaptable. But what digital transformation really comes down to is three important elements: people, processes, and technology.  

In this webinar, how charities can look after these three elements and how they can invest in new digital ways of working without breaking the bank will be looked at. It will also cover ways that charities can fund their digital projects and how to get investment from external sources

Fundraising: Writing Grant Applications

Online Dementia Friends’ Sessions

These are 30-45 minute Information Session webinars delivered online by a volunteer champion, using presentation slides. You’ll be able to talk with the champion and other attendees via the chat box.

Contact Billericay Dementia Action Alliance to find out when there next training courses are running.

Mental Health Awareness Training

Working Well (part of the Essex Wellbeing Service) have funding for free half day Mental Health awareness training for community groups and volunteers. It is aimed at benefitting friends, family and community or voluntary groups in Essex who would benefit from this knowledge and training.

This half day MHFA Mental Health Awareness session is open to any organisation in Essex, residents in the ECC commissioned area, excluding Southend and Thurrock, voluntary or community groups, church or faith groups, Parish Councils, residents, teachers, GP’s nurses, pharmacists or small and medium businesses.

Anyone interested can book using this link or email

Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations


This course, Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations, will help you to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference.

The course is aimed at people who work within voluntary organisations as paid staff or as volunteers or for people who work regularly with voluntary organisations, such as public sector staff or politicians.

The course will take approximately 24 hours to complete. It is divided into 8 weeks, each of which follows a standard pattern to make it easier for you to plan your time. There is a quiz at the end of each week to check what you have learned.

Leadership challenges in turbulent times

In this short course you will have the opportunity to understand and explain how leadership changes in accordance to the needs of the turbulent environments that we experience. You will also explore the leadership challenges that can affect leadership effectiveness and will seek ways to successfully face these challenges.

Free Essential Training for Trustees

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has created a series of FREE online videos for Charity Trustees to help promote good governance and ensure Trustees of all charities understand their responsibilities.

Steps to Effective Recruitment

Supporting Charities to Influence

Inducting a New Joiner

Personal Development Planning

Performance Management

Risk Management

Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction

Communications Support

Cyber Security Essentials

Working in the Voluntary Sector- Open University 

This course focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; and building resilience.

Taking Part in the Voluntary Sector- Open University

This course  was developed by the OU’s Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP) in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Developing Leadership Practice in Voluntary Organisations- Open University

 -This course provides an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice.

Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations – Open University,

This training will help you to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference.

How to Involve Volunteers

Developed by Volunteer Scotland and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL),  this course is about the essential things you need to consider to ensure a positive experience for individuals engaging in volunteering

Free Course – Facebook & Instagram Fundamentals eLearning

Media Trust have partnered with Facebook Blueprint to bring you an eLearning Pathway with 8 modules covering the fundamentals of advertising with Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook Help – Creating a Fundraiser

COVID-19 Digital Checklist for Charity Trustees and Leaders

The tool by Charity Digital Code, comprises a digital checklist, developed by experts from across the sector, and is designed to help support leaders in making effective decisions about digital during the coronavirus crisis – and beyond

Youth Mental Health: Helping Young People with Anxiety
Mental health professionals at the University of East Anglia have created an introduction to managing anxiety disorders in teenagers, with a course ideal for teachers and healthcare professionals.

Helping With Anxiety in Children and Young People During COVID-19
Mental health professionals at the University of East Anglia have partnered with mental health organisations to share helpful strategies to support young people struggling with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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