Training Opportunities

Lancaster District CVS are offering bursaries for VCFSE staff and volunteers to attend a two day face-to-face accredited health coaching skills training course. The course aims to upskill individuals so they can have better conversations and support people to reach their self-identified goals.

The course is for people who perform roles where they have the opportunity to support people to make behavioural changes that will encourage improved health and wellbeing. It will provide a range of tools and techniques that will help structure conversations to help individuals set and work towards goals that are important to them, whether this is about lifestyle changes that will promote better health and wellbeing or being better able to manage long term conditions.

VCFSE organisations which would like help to enable their staff or volunteers to access this training can apply to Lancaster District CVS for an attendance bursary. This is to help cover the costs of time taken to attend the course. The bursary totals £175 which will be paid to the organisation’s bank account once both days of the course have been completed.

To take advantage of the bursary, your organisation must first secure a place on a course.

Applying for Health Coach Training Course
Courses are currently being offered in February and March – read the information leaflet to find out more.

Complete the application form in full and send it to [email protected]

Participants that have sent a fully completed form will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis for each course. They will receive a confirmation email, followed by further information with full joining instructions.

Applying for an Attendance Bursary
Forward your confirmation email to Jenny Reddell at [email protected] , who will allocate and confirm a bursary. Like the courses, bursaries will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until they have all been distributed.

Once your two-day course is complete, your trainer will forward the attendance register to CVS and Jenny will get in touch with details about how the bursary will paid.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised two-day training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA England training will teach you the best way to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions.

The course normally costs up to £300, but in this case is fully funded by Lancashire County Council Public Health and is free. However, delegates must pay a £50 deposit (plus £2.65 covering ticketing and payment fees charged by our suppliers) at the time of booking. Your £50 deposit will be repaid on completion of both full days.

This two-day course trains you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Both full days must be attended.

The course will give you:

  • an in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

When registering for this course, your information will be shared with the course provider. See our Privacy Notice for further details.

This course is free, and limited places are available. Please only book if you can attend all day on both days.

Designated Safeguarding Lead training

This training aims to shape and inform effective safeguarding practice for new and/or existing Designated Safeguarding Leads. It will facilitate and actively encourage a questioning and reflective approach from participants in order to address potential grey areas, key challenges and the realities of safeguarding in 2024.

Content

  • The legal and Pan-Lancashire procedural frameworks for safeguarding adults, children and young people and know how to apply these in practice
  • The effective assessment and management of safeguarding risks in different contexts
  • Different types of abuse and neglect, what to look for, how to respond and what to avoid (including contextual safeguarding)
  • Applying learning from case reviews and experience
  • Understanding the central tenets of safer working practice with vulnerable people
  • Clarity around the management of low level concerns and allegations

Facilitator Phil Threlfall is an independent safeguarding trainer and consultant based in Lancashire. A qualified, former social worker who began his career working with vulnerable adults, Phil has 30 years safeguarding and child protection experience and continues to work with a wide range of organisations across the north of England.

When registering for this course, your information will be shared with the course facilitator. See our Privacy Notice for further details.

The cost is £25 for LDCVS members and £50 for non-members. It’s free to join for eligible organisations – find out more and join today.

You may cancel your place and receive a full refund of your registration fee up to 48 hours before the start of the event. This may not include any third party booking or processing fees. Cancellations made after this will not be refunded.

Top tips for writing a funding application (for beginners)

This free online session is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing funding applications and would benefit from some basic pointers that would help them to write successful applications for small funding pots e.g. £500 to £5000 grants.

It will be particularly useful for small, grassroots community organisations such as sports clubs, uniformed services, church/faith groups, arts and or youth group projects. Advice given will help with applications for grant funds such The Lancaster Community Fund or Eric Wright Charitable Trust as well as other small funding pots available.

The session will be delivered by Sharon Phillips, LDCVS Development Support Officer.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the training, you will understand:

  •  how much detail to give to increase your chances of a successful funding application
  • how to structure your answers to application questions
  • how to present your budget and costings for a small funding request

Workshop: Writing a compelling funding application (advanced)

This workshop is designed for people who already have some experience of writing funding applications and would benefit from a practical session to finesse their content for larger funding applications or to develop a project Case for Support document.

During the morning there will be an opportunity to explore the types of questions you will need to respond to for larger funding applications and how best to provide clear, concise responses that provide the detail a funder is looking for. There will also be some focus on costings and getting your budget right.

You’ll be asked to bring examples of previous application questions you have completed, whether successful or unsuccessful and to share these with other attendees for the purpose of a peer-to-peer critique exercise (n.b. Please ensure you do not share anything of a confidential or sensitive nature).

This session will be particularly useful for anyone considering making funding applications for over £10,000 or more.

The session will be delivered by Sharon Phillips, LDCVS Development Support Officer.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the training, you will:

  • understand how to use key words in your response to ensure you address the funder’s priorities
  • be aware of the importance of using clear, concise text that answers the questions posed
  • know how to develop a full cost recovery budget for your project
  • be able to create an effective Case for Support document

The cost is £15 for LDCVS members and £25 for non-members. Membership is free for eligible organisations – find out more and join today.

You may cancel your place and receive a full refund of your registration fee up to 48 hours before the start of the event. This may not include any third party booking or processing fees. Cancellations made after this will not be refunded.