Training

Spark Training programme 2022

An affordable programme of online and classroom-based training sessions for Somerset charities and community groups. Our upcoming events are listed below. You can catch up on our previous free webinars on our YouTube channel.

Tackling Climate Change Together

This workshop will explore the environmental issues and look at ways in which digital can assist. You will leave the session motivated, inspired and with a practical action plan to combat the climate emergency. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Tuesday 5th July and Wednesday 12 October, 1pm to 4pm via Zoom

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Social Media Essentials - setting up your profile

Social media is an essential marketing tool for any charity or organisation. This workshop will guide you through setting up an account for your organisation on two of the most popular platforms, Facebook and Instagram. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Wednesday 13th July, 2pm to 4pm via Zoom

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Everyday Essentials - Word and Excel

Learn the basics of using Word and Excel so that you can create and edit documents, manage data and keep accurate records. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Monday 18th July, 2pm to 4pm via Zoom

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Adult Mental Health Awareness Training

Led by MHFA England Instructor, Kay Morgan, this course aims to raise awareness of Mental Health, how to challenge stigma, and how recognise symptoms and offer support. Aimed at small VCSE groups in Somerset, eligibilty criteria applies.

Takes place on Wednesday 20th July, 9.30am to 1.30pm, via Zoom. Tickets are £5 per person

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Foundations of Facebook

Explore the basics of Facebook, including profiles, groups and pages. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Thursday 21st July, 10am to 12pm via Zoom

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Utilising Google Workspace

Discover and make the most of the vast array the apps that are available via Google Workspace, including Drive for Cloud storage, Google Meet for video calls and Currents for team collaboration. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Tuesday 26th July, 10am to 12pm via Zoom

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Foundations of Instagram

This workshop will cover some of the basics and answer your commonly asked questions. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Wednesday 27th July, 10am to 12pm via Zoom

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Moving forwards - developing your action plan

Do you generate lots of creative ideas and solutions but struggle to implement them? Creating an innovation plan can help you outline your goals and focus on reaching them, and this workshop will show you how. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Thursday 28th July, 10am to 12pm via Zoom

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Automate your business processes with Microsoft 365

Learn how Microsoft 365 can help you banish those repetitive tasks and automate processes so that you can use your time more effectively. Delivered by Velocity.

Takes place on Wednesday 3rd August, 10am to 12pm via Zoom

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An introduction to fundraising

Aimed at those who are new to fundraising, this session will introduce you to the different types of fundraising, which are right for your organisation and how to approach them.

Takes place on Tuesday 20th September, 10am to 12pm via Zoom. Tickets are £5 per person.

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Creative ways of looking at income

Aimed at new and established organisations, this session will explore the key components of income generation that all VCSE fundraisers should be aware of.

Takes place on Tuesday 27th September, 10am to 12pm via Zoom. Tickets are £5 per person.

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How to Find and apply for funding

This session will cover the basics of writing a good application and is suitable for newly established organisations or those who are new to fundraising. We'll explore how to identify, approach and apply to new funders and share some best-practice techniques.

Takes place on Tuesday 4th October, 10am to 12pm via Zoom. Tickets are £5 per person.

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More training topics and dates to be announced, check back regularly for the details.

Can't see what you're looking for? If there's a specific topic you would like us to cover in a Spark Training session, please email training@sparksomerset.org.uk.

An excellent webinar covering all the important topics around setting up community support and mutual aid groups in an emergency. It helped to confirm some of our practice, improve other aspects and answer questions we had been guessing at.

Webinar participant, April 2020