Affordable, local training covering a range of topics to help your community group or organisation thrive!


Guide to Funding Applications
An essential session for anyone who is responsible for writing fundraising applications within their organisation! We will look at the key elements of creating a great application, and provide practical tips and advice that will really improve your bid-writing technique!
24th January | Langport | £30 | MORE INFO


6 Steps to General Data Protection
The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in May 2018, marking the biggest change in data protection law for 20 years. This will impose many legal obligations on organisations that control or process data, so it's absolutely vital your organisation is fully prepared as early as possible. Come to this session to learn how to keep your organisation safe, secure and compliant.
9th February | Wincanton | £30 | MORE INFO


Introduction to Using Mindfulness to Combat Stress and Anxiety
Mindfulness is based on our ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive and overwhelmed by what's going on around us. This interactive session will introduce you to some some simple mindfulness exercises you can practice every day, and take a look at some of the scientific research behind mindfulness.
13th February | South Petherton | £30 |  MORE INFO


Introduction to Accounting for the Voluntary Sector
This session will explore the key financial areas relevant to your organisation; including budgeting and forecasting, preparing financial statements, accounts and annual returns, Gift Aid, tax, and VAT. It's aimed at anyone who works within the finance function of their organisation, and may also benefit those who are thinking of setting up a new organisation.
7th February | Wells |£30 | MORE INFO
28th February | Crewkerne |£30| MORE INFO


Stand out on Social Media
An intermediate-level session, aimed at organisations with existing social media profiles who are looking to increase their reach and engagement. Delegates will learn how to create compelling and shareable content, and find out how social media can be used to engage with customers and drive campaigns. There will be an overview of the popular social media platforms, to help you understand which will work best for your organisation, and useful information on the various publishing tools available.
9th February | Crewkerne | £30 |  MORE INFO


DBS Service - Everything You Need to Know
An interactive workshop led by Spark's DBS Officer to help you gain a better understanding of who is and who is not eligible for a DBS check, and ensure that the correct level of check is being applied for.
23rd February | Crewkerne | £30 | MORE INFO


Strategy Before Structure - an Introduction to Legal Structures
This session will explore the advantages and limitations of the various legal structures, and why it's not a 'one size fits all' scenario. We will look at the key considerations to make when choosing a legal structure that will best serve the aims and strategy of your organisation. This course is relevant for anyone who is thinking of setting up a community or social enterprise, either as a new start-up or as a progression from something less formal. It will also be helpful to charities looking to trade outside their primary purpose.
7th March | Crewkerne | £30 | MORE INFO


Basic Child Protection
This session was designed by the Somerset Safeguarding Board (SSCB) to help trustees, employees and volunteers who work with children and families understand their responsibilities with regards to safeguarding and child protection. Participants will gain an understanding of the current legislation for safeguarding children and how this links to child protection history.
15th March | Langport | £35 | MORE INFO
15th May | Bridgwater | £35 | MORE INFO


Adult Mental Health First Aid
An introductory three hour session to raise your awareness of mental health. It is designed to give you a basic knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, and the confidence to interact with someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue, and to challenge the stigma. Upon completion of this course you will get a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it, as well as a certificate to say you are MHFA Aware.
12th April | Wells | £35 | MORE INFO
4th July | Sparkford | £35 | MORE INFO


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This session has given me a huge amount of information to go and build a solid base for our funding applications.

Delegate, Top Tips for Funding Applications, July 2017